TanakaSan
TanakaSan

TanakaSan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tanakasanseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2068128412
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-Su 11:00am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Su-Th 4:30pm-11:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 4:30pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Brian Walczyk
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lenora
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from TanakaSan
TanakaSan is a modern American Asian restaurant. Eric Tanaka's background as a Japanese-American kid growing up in LA's melting pot sets the tone for our playful menu. This is the food that satisfies our cravings. We hope you enjoy eating it as much as we enjoy cooking it.
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TanakaSan reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (21)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (15)special occasion (11)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Delish!
    Localdiner
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Caramel chicken wings are a don't miss. Menu has improved from opening with subtle flavor combinations and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snow and Sapporo
    pogiboy
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is my 3rd round going to TanakaSan and each time has been great. During the summer TanakaSan had created a lemon/lime slushy drink combined with Sapporo (Titled Snow Cap/Snow Top?) I bragged about the drink to my girl friend's mother and when we arrived it was missing from the menu. I had asked our server about the drink and she asked the bartender to see if they can put it together. SUCCESS! The Osaka pancake (wow!) and chicken wings were spectacular (best chicken wings ever, and they should be for $2.15/wing) I miss the family style plating they used to have, however, with Seattle losing it's top Chinese restaurant to a fire last X-Mas, I am ready to dub TanakaSan best Asian restaurant in Seattle, and this is coming from a pinoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT TD SPOT!
    jmrmode
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We are on a Tom Douglas food crawl, and this was our 2nd to last stop, and we should have made it one of the first. but nonetheless, the service was great, and the food delivered as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Terrible
    SeattleTransplant
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Absolute bland food. Every dish. Great atmosphere, but truly horrible cooking going on there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • if only I could see the food
    bornhere
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Third visit to this 'delicious' dining destination. I've been here with three different groups of friends and all have agreed that the variety of tastes and textures are excellent. My only issue is that the lighting, or lack of it, makes it most difficult to see the deliciousness that is presented to our table. Alas….
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    ElsaG
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our party of four loved every part of our meal. Favorites were the twice fried chicken wings (salty caramel), roasted corn, and caramelized coconut beef. Service was outstanding as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative lunch menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My cousin visiting from the Bay Area enjoyed the smoked salmon benedict, a new weekend brunch menu item, accordingly to our cheerful waitress. The Asian fusion theme consisted of Bristol Bay salmon, toasted Chinese doughnut, avocado hollandaise and crispy potatoes. I wanted to try one of the plate lunches and chose the Alaskan ling cod katsu and chose as my 2 sides the potato-mac salad and the chili green beans, passing on the rice. The green beans were tasty and the generous portion of katsu was plenty good also to take half home. Visiting the Assembly Hall building, especially on a nice sunny day strolling to Seattle Center after lunch at Tanaka-san, was a great Seattle experience to share with my out of town relative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 Star Asian Fusion Izakaya-style
    KevinR
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Fascinating variants on asian fusion small plates. Similar drink choices and small plate format to Greater Tokyo isakaya pub/restaurants. World class service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sugoi - Amazing!!!
    2full4u
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wow, what more can one say about this amazing culinary fusion of Eric Tanaka and Tom Douglas. We were licking our fingers over the roasted sweet corn, salty caramel chicken wings, the lumpia and the carmelized coconut beef with rice (I was able to substitute brown rice). Even the Mountain Valley Sparkling Water tasted fabulous. Our server Erik was the best and made great selections. Will be going back, a lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and tasty
    nakedtonueVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Twice fried salted caramel wings are drool-worthy. Pork buns and jasmine rice pudding are perhaps way too easy to consume. Sat on the patio, very pleasant and attentive service. Finally tried the sake slushie and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be back for more Pork Buns!
    MEstampadorVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My friends and I celebrated my last day of work at Tanakasan and all I can say is it was the best way to end the day! The food was delish and the sake slushy was refreshing. We ordered the Osaka pancakes, Asian wings, Pork buns... The best thing in the menu was the Pork Buns.. We ordered 2 more orders! We couldn't get enough! Will definitely be back to try out the rest of the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Dine!
    CJStavertVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great take on American Asian cuisine, this Tom Douglas & Eric Tanaka collaboration is a winner. The Osaka Pancakes are a must, and the Ahi Bowl was perfect for lunch. I will definitely return - again and again. Highly Recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love TanakaSan!
    Mari
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    As a Japanese American, I loved dining here for the first time. So many flavors and ideas reminded me of my childhood and traditional dishes my Grandmother used to make, with Eric Tanaka's touch. Definitely will be dining again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety
    Wingnutsglory
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. Very unique Korean/Japanese/Malay/etc. inspirations combined with PNW ingredients. Great space, great service, great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try
    DarkTruth1VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Unfortunately, it is a victim of across the street construction noise at lunch. Short ribs and wings are spectacular. This is a unique enough place that any who want a special dining experience should go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu has upgraded
    neil90dVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We go to Tanakasan regularly, and have enjoyed it, but we loved the recent changes to the menu -- seems significantly upgraded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu choices & portions need boost
    PDXFoodies
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had some difficulty finding selections about which we were excited, the choices being limited. A cocktail was fine but a serving of liquor so small as to be almost invisible in the glass. At $13 this seemed stingy! The same was true of an order of sashimi, consisting of not much more than a tablespoon of the fish, although artfully presented. The entrees were good, as was the service, but we would probably not go back, given the wealth of restaurant choices in Seattle. And because of the name, we expected a more traditional Japanese restaurant.
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  • mecanicogolf
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was very good service with very good food. I would recommend this place to anyone new arriving in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Bit Hit and miss. 2 great dishes and 2 average to below.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner at Tanaka San
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time eating at Tanaka San, the roasted octopus and caramelized coconut beef were wonderful and beautifully presented. Complaint from the guys that the portions were too small, but there are more substantial items on the menu to help with that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great place you know who!
    rstew17
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great food menu as well as drink menu. Unique and a nice value. Check it out"
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive staff
    LuluB
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was good. Staff was terrific. Carried on a conversation without yelling. All in all, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the TanakaSan reviews archive.
  • Cold room temp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Restaurant has a air conditioning that blows cold air on the tables next to the windows. Way too cold
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good HH menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great menu. The chicken was delicious and the cocktails and mixed drinks were very good. :)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant has slipped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went to dinner with family earlier this week. The food has declined. Very bland. Service was ok. It is no longer worth the money. They also seemed annoyed that we brought our kids because I asked for some kid friendly options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • Noodles
    Whatsfordessertbuddy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Went to Tanaka San for Ramen. Ramen was chicken broth and lots of noodles. Not the more traditional pork broth. Good but a bit salty. Also had wings which I thought were very good but also salty. Waiter went past our table twice with our food including serving it to an adjacent table once. He was unapologetic but this really irks me when my food had sat at another table for a short time before being brought to us. We were also sat near the door so the wind blew in each time door was opened to outdoor seating. Also in main flow of people and adjacent to bar so very noisy. Looking up to the balcony you say a bunch of butts on barstools. While I suppose it is kinda hip and near Amazon, I would prefer to go to Isakaya or Kushibar anyday.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Delicious at any time of day
    nakedtonueVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Stopped in for lunch with a friend. Ample portins an new menu items mixed with old favorites. A solid choice for a foodie comfort meal, and the stellar cocktails and fresh juices are a huge bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    BRSwizz
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I've never been a big Tom Douglas fan but we decided to try this place anyway. I am glad we did it was really quite good. The food was certain themed but with Northwest and local connections. I have been recommending this to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Give Cal a raise! He anticipated our every need and took excellent care of us! It was the perfect celebration for our daughter who graduated from PLU with her Master's Degree! We love Tom Douglas and the food was absolutely fabulous!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dining
    FoodBea
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    TanakaSan has become one of our Go-To dining options. Favorite Asian dishes with a West Coast twist. Love the Godzillas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slowfood trend takes on new meaning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    server was great, (service 2 stars because of the slow, sloow, slooow delivery of the entree) she salvaged an otherwise unremarkable experience. As usual the wings were good, the osaka pancake surprisingly good. coconut beef OK, ribs dry and well, just dry. appetizers came out quickly, entrees took forever. All at the table agreed the only reason to come back was for the wings and a beer (and the personality of the server). At 7:30 on Friday night the place seemed to be emptying out... usually not a good sign.
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  • Great place to go with friends!
    Kubie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The ambiance is great, the service is great. The staff is attentive and acknowledges your needs before you even know what they are! And the food is top notch!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Godzilla is in the House!
    rainierVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    You've got to try the Gojira Burger. Bonito flakes on the fries were a nice surprise to our tastebuds too. Tip: ask to have the beef patty cooked medium so that it's not a well-done piece of sawdust.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat Mixed
    HighStandards
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A friend from out of town and I had lunch here last Saturday - I had never heard of TanakaSan before but a foodie friend of hers recommended it. The twice-fried chicken wings were the highlight and the eggplant plate lunch also was tasty. The loco moco came with two beef patties covered in a curry-ish sauce over white rice. One of the beef patties was undercooked inside and the server ended up taking it off of our bill (which was an unexpected but nice gesture). The sauce was pretty good but there wasn't enough of it to mix into all of the rice.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tom strikes again
    chefmark
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Another fine effort from Tom Douglas restaurants. Headed by Eric Tanaka you know you are going to get interesting offerings, reasonable prices, and (mostly) professional service. Situated in the Via6 condos this is an interesting placement for one of his restaurants, but makes perfect sense when you see the construction going on across the street where Amazon is building their HQ.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicken Wings
    mswallace80
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    You must order the chicken wings if you come here. It is the perfect blend of sweet, savory, and spicy. An explosion of flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time customer, pleased!
    foodisgood
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I took my fiancé here for her birthday. We like to consider ourselves foodies. We ordered four different items off of their starters / main course menu and loved every one of them. We will definitely be returning to try more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun food but missing some basics
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    menus on table were stained, wrinkled. silverware spotted and crusty. service was timely and good at clearing plates and empty glasses. wings were great, pork shoulder was tender. hamachi fabulous, dungeness crab / pea "soup" special looked great but didn't deliver on flavor, hanger steak over cooked. wish I lived in the building, love the retail - grocery area.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Colleagues and I went to TanakaSan for the first time on Monday evening and loved the vibe of the place right from the get go - hadn't been to the Assembly Hall before and I was impressed with the concept. I'm not typically a huge Asian food fan, but this experience was fantastic. We all shared several different items and my favorites included the rice cakes - simple yet delicious, the Osaka pancake - great blend of multiple flavors and the spare ribs - meaty and flavorful. Chef Brian did a great job for us and we will be back.
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    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • more vegetarian options
    RichardLasserVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Hi Food was fabulous, just wish they had more vegetarian options with no fish sauce.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate