Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm.
Good food and good service.
Food was above average but could have been a little more quantity wise.
They were great about accommodating a large party that included 2 kids. The service was great, the udon and sushi pleased the kids. I impressed my friends since I was the one visiting from out of town.
Our team went to Kaname Izakaya when our boss was in town from corporate headquarters. I was looking for a place where 6 people would be able to sit comfortably and be able to get back to the office without too much delay (which meant I didn't want us to have to wait for multiple 2-tops to clear and be pushed together in the lunch rush). I looked on open table and the menu here looked wonderful.
When I took the team, everyone was really excited about the menu options (but wished ramen were available). As we ate and again as we walked back to the office, the whole team kept telling me "what a great pic" and "thanks for finding that place" and talking about the dishes they want to try next time. It was a total hit and perfect for our group to get out of the office and connect with each other over fabulous food.
Had dinner here Monday.
Started with sushi & my 22 year old son got immediate ill on a bad piece of fish.
I had fried oysters which were also not fresh.
The portions for other plates were small in comparison to the price.
there are many better Japanese restaurants in the Seattle area - this one is never again for me
This little hole in the wall restaurant in Japantown was a pleasant surprise. Having lived in Seattle for so long, I've passed by it many times, but I never thought I'd find such a solid Japanese restaurant. It's larger inside than the outside facade lets on, and has plenty of space for small to medium sized parties. There's even a bar area that was pretty active on a Saturday night. Overall ambiance was what you'd expect from an area in Chinatown, nothing fancy. Just a relaxed, well kept area that's obviously seen many patrons over the years. Don't bring your high brow in here.
Food was pretty solid. We had a pretty decent spread of the menu; Tried the grilled saba, chirashi, tempura, karaage, agedashi tofu, obento, takoyaki... overall, everyone was pretty satisfied with their dishes. I enjoyed the tempura and takoyaki in particular (but be careful with the takoyaki because they come out hot!). Grilled saba was OK, I'd pass on that. Obento had A LOT of food. Great for big eaters. We also enjoyed their warm house sake.
Overall, I would say that we had a great night out and enjoyed the meal. Recommend if you're in the area and looking for some decent Japanese food!
We were here for over an hour and a half for dinner, with reservations. We had to continually ask about the status of our food and even request the proper spoons for our soups etc. The food was good, but not worth the time commitment right before a show we had to get to/were late to. There was a table of 4 sat after us that got everything before us, which was also frustrating.
Great location to have dinner before a concert at Century Link.
We got a nice quiet table in the back for our party of 9 but everything else was quite mediocre. We were celebrating a family dinner and wanted quality, casual Japanese. Nice young waiter but didn't seem to understand that we wanted to order appetizers and beer from the happy hour menu. Very inconsistent quality between dishes. Gobo fries are unique and delicious. I think we were forgotten in the back and had to flag down the waiter and waitress, even though it did not look crowded. The chef or manager served some of our dishes and was very friendly and much more customer oriented. We may try again because we want to have a go-to Japanese restaurant in the ID and love that it is next to Higo.
We enjoyed ourseleves and the well prepared meals we had. We did seem to have a constant communication problem with our Server. Not a big deal but clearly around her treating us like we knew nothing (we had asked for some non-traditional items and this is a pretty traditional restaurant). Definitely would go back. The food was good, the place was quiet and we enjoyed ourselves.
Had 5:00 reservations when they opened and server was new and did a great job, very kind. Plenty to eat and the food was great.
Good, solid place, would return.
My husband and I were visiting Seattle and had a disappointing sushi experience at a popular restaurant the night before. We were looking for good quality sushi at a reasonable price and we were so happy that we found Kaname Izakaya. Not only was the fish really fresh and the flavors excellent, but everyone who worked there was so friendly. The chef even came out to check on us and to make sure we enjoyed our meal. We were completely satisfied and would go back for sure.
We appreciated their flexibility because we started with a reservation for 6 but the number increased to 10. They did not rush us even though they normally close at 9 p.m. We love the gobo fries! Everyone enjoyed their entrees.
Friendly service. Great menu. A good selection of Happy Hour appetizer.
Food was good but service could have been better...took our orders right away and then we waited some time for our drinks to arrive.
I think of restaurants that use Open Table as being 'fancier'.... not so with Kaname. We were surprised the first time we came that I was a bit of a hole-in-the-wall.... in the best way possible.
If you want a Japanese joint that offers a nice variety of both sushi and non-sushi (GyoDon! Kara-age!) at ridiculously reasonable prices, with a terribly sweet staff, this is your place.
I hesitate to write this, because it feels like 'my' secret....
Great authentic Japanese
Authentic, family-owned business. Good portions & friendly service!
Unfortunately, we never got to dine at this restaurant. Upon arrival, nobody greeted us to check us in, and the staff was so busy that people who were already seated in the restaurant started leaving because they weren't getting any service. We then tried to cancel our reservation on Open Table but were unable to do so on the app, so we tried to call the restaurant to cancel by phone, and nobody ever picked up the phone.
Although I put on the Open Table reservations that I was gluten free, I was served a wheat noodle dish. My chicken karagge order was not served. Instead I received chicken teriyaki. When I pointed out the error to the server, he brought a separate order of chickens karagge. Finally, our Miso soups were served after we finished eating. Very disappointing! Have eaten here several times before with good food without errors. Was someone on vacation? Thanks!
My son and I were visiting Seattle and sushi is his favorite. We enjoyed our casual dinner and really good food.
What's going on?
It was good foods but this time we went for HH and dinner has been small and very oily.
The first time I dined here it was good and the service was quick. This time however, not so much. Our server was overwhelmed and many items did not make it to our table. I had Saba Shioyaki appetizer which was nice but the hamachi sushi was stringy and made me gag. I did not eat it. A couple people ordered Tori No Karaage (deep-fried chicken marinated with soy ginger sauce). One person got her order, the other did not. The gal who got her chicken found it bland and the dipping sauce didn't add much flavor. By the time the second person got her chicken, were were all done eating. My companions were OK with the food they did get but as I mentioned many things were forgotten entirely or brought out late. Overall, we were underwhelmed.
Great pick for low key yet yummy, last minute Friday night dinner. My husband and I ordered a variety of sushi rolls and small plates from happy hour hour and regular menus. My only nitpick is too much sauce doused our rolls. Next time I'll know to ask for it on the side.
Nothing to write home about on ambience/decoration but who cares when the food tastes good and the service is superb!
We joined a group of six for drinks and food before a show. Kaname Izakaya is a bar with Japanese bar food. In that, it is fantastic.
We split a dozen small plates, each was unique and very tasty. The octopus dumplings were gold and crunchy outside, and surprisingly soft inside. Gyoza was well done. The whole arrow fish was beautiful and tasty. Note: there are very few vegetarian options.
The selection of sochu is broader than offered just about anywhere else, so tasting is kind of blind reaching. But no complaints.
In all, this is a great bar with unique food. But don't confuse it with some mood lit sushi tasting place.
My friend and I had dinners at Kaname so many times in the past. I don't think we ever had a any disappointment eating there. The food is always very good, I love their tempura and nimono. Very authentic. They serve a very fresh seafood as well. We've had a very pleasant and efficient server. We certainly will go back again.
Been coming here for years. Udon soup itself is rather salty. Quality of the raw fish could be better.
There was a great variety of choices. Reasonably priced. Fresh fish and nicely displayed on the plates.
Loved it!!! The food was so good, the drinks delish and we were transported back to our wedding in Japan! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Thank you!
If your idea of a great dinner is ordering a bunch of "ippinmono" from a Japanese menu and sharing with your friends/family - look no further. Todd, the owner, does a phenomenal job of maintaining an authentic Izakaya feel while taking advantage of Seattle ingredients. Oh, and if you like some imo jochu - they've got a great selection for a little taste away from home. Lastly, the value is great, too :)
I would have preferred a sushi bar, with personalized service from the chef, but the servers were very nice and helpful, and sushi good.