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
79 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)good for groups (29)great for lunch (26)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (20)great for brunch (16)special occasion (14)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • 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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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try
    DarkTruth1
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
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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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the TanakaSan reviews archive.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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  • 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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  • Husband's 60th Birthday
    birth60day
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were all so excited about coming here and it was even better than we could have imagined. The food was outstanding, the service could not have been better and there is so much to see in this unusual new setting. We loved it and my husband was thrilled.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tanakasan a bowl of delicious
    Lute
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A pleasent atmosphere and great mix of flavors lead to a wonderful brunch for me and my daughter.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colorful concept food
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    First time there we truly enjoyed the freshness and tintilating taste. Will be back often in spite if hard parking.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't get enough of this place
    Flygirl
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food is outstanding, and better then the food is the service. TakakaSan is a reason to visit Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with high hopes
    CasBal550
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I went for Seattle restaurant week. It was a great deal on the amount of food we got for the price, but I was more interested in other items on the menu. Everything seemed a little bland, it just needed a kick up in the flavor. For service we knew it was busy for a weekday lunch but we sat at our table for over 5 minutes without anyone greeting us or providing us with menues or water. The atmosphere and design was great. I found myself more concerned with the other little shops in the building than with my own dish in front of me.
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  • Fabulous food!
    Lwaags
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Went here during seattle restaurant week to just try out another of Tom Douglas"s gems. Loved everything we had at our table. The coconut beef is incredible so much that the morning after my husband and I were fighting over the leftovers!!! Seared tuna, dungeness apple salad, and spare ribs all were great. Best part, they had the coconut cream pie on desert menu !!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food and great service
    Glamgrrl
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    First time trying this restaurant and it was a great surprise. So good I went back with my husband a couple days later. It was Dine around Seattle and I wanted him to try it too. Particular note was the mint salad with edamame beans. Their sauces tableside are great additions to any meal. The best part of the three part meal was that dessert was offered and I chose the coconut creme pie, a staple for any Tom Douglas foodie, but still I order it every time I can. I would definitely try this for happy hour but the bar seems small so I'll see how that works out. Fun place for a date night for sure.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Asian Fusion
    Bunny
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I love the variety of tastes you can get at TanakaSan. The ramen is very fusion-y, but it's good. I had the coconut beef this time, as part of Seattle Restaurant Week and it was delicious. Love the wings.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Typical Tom Douglas! Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Typical Tom Douglas! Amazing food, creatively presented, it's all good. The 4 of us tried different dishes and all were excellent. Thanks for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood find
    Knute000
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great menu and good wine list. Service was also excellant. Ambiance was a little weak with seating being metal style patio chairs without pads or cushions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below Par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We went during Restaurant Week to try a new restaurant and we had no expectations beyond the fact that this is a Tom Douglas restaurant. The meal started out well as the appetizers were good. We both had ordered the hanger steak so when that arrived we expected something really good but the steak was not hot and the vegetables were about 1/2 onion to 1/2 asparagus which is just too much onion. The steak was very chewy and lacked any sort of flavor so we had that boxed and brought it home for our dogs. The coconut cream pie for desert was flavorless and the crust was mediocre. I told the waiter that I ate better at home while in out minds was the fact that we would not come back to this restaurant.
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