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Umi Sake House
Umi Sake House

Umi Sake House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://umisakehouse.com
  • Phone: (206) 374-8717
  • Hours of Operation: Full menu served from 4pm-1am daily. Drinks 'til 2am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Billy Beach
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Available with sufficient notice, and designed to suit function.
  • Private Party Facilities: Available for wedding receptions, private parties, anniversaries, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Hostess/ Manager (206) 374-8717
  • Entertainment: Jazz, motown, or lounge music played 'til 10pm. Upbeat lounge, R&B, old school & 80's music played 10pm- close.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bell
  • Public Transit: Yes
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Limited street parking. Several pay lots within a half block available.
A word from Umi Sake House
Umi Sake House is a unique Japanese cuisine restaurant in the Belltown area of Seattle featuring the highest quality seafood available in the Northwest, a large izakaya-style tapas menu, and boasting a sake list of over 60 imported Japanese bottles. The interior is multi-faceted, with a black slate tiled traditional dining room, a gorgeous 14 person capacity wooden sushi bar, a semi private "tatami" room which holds 12 people, a larger 25 person private dining room, an enclosed "back patio" casual dining room complete with tropical garden, a black concrete liquor bar with custom sake cocktails and fusion traditional cocktails, and a "front porch" casual dining area with a daily extended happy hour from 4-8pm. The variety of atmospheres allows for a different experience with every visit, and the vastness and quality of the menu does the same. For the budding sake enthusiast or the seasoned veteran, the sake menu at Umi is bottle for bottle the best found anywhere outside of Japan!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We came here without knowing much about the restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised by the excellent food. It was beautifully presented (especially the omikase, which I highly recommend), fresh and fulfilling. The ambience was mellow and unintrusive allowing us to focus on our conversation and the great eating experience. I rated this as having a "notable wine list" because as the name suggests they have an extensive sake menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A great time had by all (group of 7). Impressive sake selection, a bit pricy though."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We joined a friend here for fantastic Seattle sushi, on a brief trip through town. We were seated immediately at a great table. Great sake list- we asked our server to help us out, and her recommendation was excellent. We got chirashi, Hama Kama, and one roll to share- the moonriver roll (?). Chirashi and Hama Kama blew us away, and the roll was great too. A lot of food for three people, but we made it happen! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had some of the best sushi I've had in a long time. Very fresh and great presentation."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I was excited to come here from a recommendation from a friend that used to live in Japan. I was proven wrong with my assumption of coastal restaurants typically having better access to fresher fish/sushi than the Midwest. Food here was mediocre and service was horrible. Waiter claimed it was a busy sushi bar; we think it was a poor excuse. Took over thirty minutes to get second roll and sashimi had weird, mushy texture. I wouldn't recommend and wouldn't go again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best sushi ever. We thoroughly enjoyed the out-of-the-box creativity that went into the variety of rolls we tried. Each was it's own spectacular blend of new and old flavors that tantalized and excited our taste buds. The sake we ordered (forget the name) was a perfect complement to the flavors of each roll. We visited as a birthday treat, and the recipient was more than happy. It is a very noisy place, so be prepared!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed sitting in the far back room in the corner. It was less crowded and noisy than the main dining area. I ordered the lobster - which came with mushrooms in a teriyaki sauce. It was delicious! We shared two sushi rolls which were labeled as spicy - but too spicy for us! We couldn't finish them. One of our party had the tuna steak and asked for it cooked. It was very good. Overall a fun dining experience."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Loved the Copper River salmon sushi (expertly prepared) and the Moonraker roll was delicious! Unfortunately it was hard to hear my friend from across the table; they should add some noise-reducing panels as it was too loud to linger for after dinner drinks. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We came here for Mother's Day and wanted to try something new. The rolls were a mix between standard sushi and interesting combinations (some fruit, different sauces, ect). Our server Trevor was great at helping us decide what to order so that we could share. The atmosphere is a step up from other sushi restaurants in town and in my opinion, is the best sushi in town. Their happy hour is very reasonably priced and perfect portions. Only recommendation would to have brown rice available for sushi. Definitely coming back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I travel every week all around. Umi has by far the best sushi ever."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Not from Seattle-area, but this was recommended. So glad it was... amazing rolls, sake flight, and energetic environment. Will definitely keep on my list for next time I return to Seattle. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "One of my best sushi experiences ever! Outstanding sake selection! Specialty rolls so tasty...sacrilegious to soy dip! Dreamy sashimi! No disappointments here!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "After finding this place approximately 8 months ago, I have been unable to go to any other sushi bars because Umi has the best, most unique and delicious sushi rolls available in Seattle. Not only is their sushi high quality, top notch and the specialty bars are unbeatable- but the price is affordable! This is by far my favorite place to get sushi and enjoy a romantic evening with my special someone."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "First time to Umi. A lot of different sake and sushi rolls to choose from. May be less overwhelming to peruse the online menu and have some idea. It takes a bit of time to look through all the potential selections. Very generous amount with the specialty rolls. Sushi/sashimi all great and fresh. Service is friendly and fast. Ambience is much noisier than typical sushi/Japanese restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Umi has been our go-to place for sushi since meeting in 2012. It will be our place for our entire lives. It has great food and great service. It can get a little noisy at times, but the food and service make up for that fact. Will always love going to Umi when we have our cravings for sushi!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is literally the best sushi I've ever had. I'm not a sushi expert but I would highly recommend eating here!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "If you want great sushi then Umi's is where it's at. I recommend that you make reservations days before as you will NOT get a table without one. If you want great food and service then again, go to Umi's. The only thing I do like about this place is the noise. You cannot even hear yourself talk. This is by no means a romantic spot to dine if that's what your looking for. Look else where for a romantic spot because Umi's is not one of those."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I loved sitting in the Garden Room, though the plastic chairs on one side of the table were short and uncomfortable. There was a good selection of sushi and kitchen-prepared foods on the Happy Hour Menu at affordable prices. I ordered the beet salad, which was very tasty and my friend ordered the spicy California roll, which she loved. I also had three orders of sashimi - tuna, salmon and yellowtail. All were fresh and tasty - good portions too. Our server was very attentive, friendly and efficient. The atmosphere in the restaurant was lively and enjoyable. I will definitely go back and will tell my friends about this little gem in Belltown."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "By far the most innovative sushi rolls in Seattle. I have been dining here for two years now, and make it a must every time that I come to town."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Food was great but prices were too high. 3 people and cost was almost $90 per."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This place has amazing food. It really does. But they would leave some peoples water empty while filling others and left us sitting at the table after we were done for 45 minutes with no server in sight. It was odd."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Always such amazing food every time I go. Have yet to eat something that I didn't like."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We stopped in to enjoy some of Seattle's sushi while in town. The sushi was excellent and the service was very good. It was Halloween. The entire staff was in costume which made the night festive."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Have never come across a roll that I didn't like (though having a cilantro allergy is a little limiting sometimes because 75% of the rolls have cilantro in them)."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We were surprised by how much room was in the restaurant. The waitress was very helpful and the sake options were fun to explore. We enjoyed a selection of mackerel and other dishes. the special list of house rolls all looked tempting but all on spicy side. We left very happy."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Once again Umi did not disappoint! Absolutely fantastic food and great atmosphere. We will be back, many many thanks!!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "The happy hour menu is great, the food is really good and the drinks are inexpensive. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "We got several specialty rolls, which were all delicious. The service was a bit slow, but it was very crowded. I made reservations and got right in. The sushi was very fresh tasting. I docked it a star because I have been to other places which showed a bit more creativity in their roll design and recipe, but I would highly recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "The restaurant is pretty tired looking on the inside so don't go expecting elegance. it is a neighborhood stop. the food is good, but not great. as we were eating, it was raining outside and all of a sudden, water started pouring through the ceiling onto our food. we moved to another table and the waiter replaced the dishes that were washed out, but overall not a great dining experience. catch them on a sunny day."
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "We have eaten here several times. I would have to say its our favorite sushi in the area. This visit the service was fair to poor. We tried ordering a bottle of saki in a specific price range and they were out of most bottles. The one we went with the server had initially dissuaded us from. It was still tasty but the process took about a half hour. Our food then took a really long time. We ordered 4 rolls one came in about 10 min, then it was about 20 min for the next two. Finally another 20-30 min later the last one came. They ended up comping the last roll which was really nice of them. All in all we'll be back for the sushi, it just wasn't our best experience this time."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "I really love sushi, but since going gluten free, most sushi restaurants are off limits. But not Umi! Thy make their rice the traditional way and also have gf soy sauce. Our server was very knowledgable about gluten free. I also loved their amazing selection of different rolls and fresh fish."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "Excellent nigiri and rolls. Great service; very reasonably priced happy hour menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "Within two minutes of being seated, we were asked if we were ready to order. She came back again in about 2 more minutes and we still weren't ready and she seemed very irritated. She then left us alone for 20 minutes and finally came back to see if we were ready to order. 2/3 items that we ordered came. She never came back to check on us. After we had eaten everything that came, we had to get her attention and ask her about our third roll. She said it was "coming." Basically, she had forgotten to put it in because it came nearly 30 minutes after the rest of our food and it wasn't even a cooked roll! She never apologized for the wait. The food was great but the service was awful. I won't be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2013
  • "We are vegetarians so often Sushi options, in general, for us are limited. But a friend recommended this place, and we had a very good experience. We went on a weekday for dinner and the place was super crowded. The food was awesome especially their "Tofu Ginger" appetizer, and the "Green Decadence" rolls that we had. We also tried that Black sesame ice-cream and Green tea tiramisu. I think the green tea tiramisu is an acquired taste, I love green tea flavor and am a fan of Tiramisu so I loved it, but my husband who does not like either was not as appreciative :) Our waiter was good, but she was super fast in taking the dishes away from our table so we felt a little rushed. Overall a great restaurant and worth re-visiting!"
    Dined on 5/22/2013
  • "Umi's is such a great location for great sushi - maybe one of the best in Seattle. I love their tropical paradise roll, the street fighter, the caterpillar and the moonraker; however, their tuna/salmon tower wasn't as good as it was the last time and it seems they may have changed the recipe slightly. I also missed their salmon (three varieties) drizzled in truffle oil. Overall, I will continue to enjoy a night at Umi's!"
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "Came to Umi for girl's night and had so much fun! Great food, atmosphere, service, and drinks =) The happy hour specials rocked, great variety and perfect portion sizes. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 3/25/2013
  • "I've never had such fresh sushi! The rolls were not packed with rice; you could actually taste the seafood! We've been back twice. I got the First Ave roll and the Belltown Barbie both times!! Only negative about it is its very crowded so definitely make a reservation and its a little loud - hard to hear the other persons you're with. However that will not stop me from going back!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "Food is always good and I love the specials. Loud party made it less enjoyable this night. I will be back however. The flavors are just too good."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "Umi is one of our faves, but this time the Happy Hour service was a huge disappointment. It was slammed, but they should have been prepared with more servers. We brought a couple there for the first time and all of our orders came out at separate times. We encouraged them to eat, but they really wanted to wait for us so they waited 10 minutes + because our rolls took 4-ever to arrive. Waitress didn't stop by ONCE to ask us how we were doing or if everything was ok. Disappointed in Umi this time."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "They could increase the number of waiters. One person was having to handle too many and at times it did appear chaotic, right from the time you arrived to the time you got served."
    Dined on 4/5/2013