Kaname Izakaya

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$30 and under
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Sushi
Welcome to Kaname Izakaya. Voted #1 Best Japanese in the 2010 Best of Western Washington contest. On the menu is Hiyayakko Trio with Chilled Tofu with ginger & green onions, bonito flakes & Daikon & Tobiko, Shrimp Tempura & Nori and Japanese Potato salad with creamy potato, onions, carrots sand cucumbers. These are just a few things that we have on there, check our our menu link for more!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm.
Monday Closed
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Phone number
(206) 682-1828
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
4.1
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and good service.

LH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was above average but could have been a little more quantity wise.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

FF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

P
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience2

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

GC
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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!

a
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

シアトルでリーズナブルに日本料理をふらっと食べに行きたい時におすすめのお店です。雰囲気も居酒屋風で楽しいです。

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J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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.

CL
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great location to have dinner before a concert at Century Link.

T
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

DS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

JR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good, solid place, would return.

SL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

TL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

j
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service. Great menu. A good selection of Happy Hour appetizer.

t
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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....

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Japanese

KS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, family-owned business. Good portions & friendly service!

JA
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

OT
Baja California
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My son and I were visiting Seattle and sushi is his favorite. We enjoyed our casual dinner and really good food.

p
Hawaii
60 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

What's going on?
It was good foods but this time we went for HH and dinner has been small and very oily.

T
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

V
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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!

RD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

h
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

F
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2014
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Been coming here for years. Udon soup itself is rather salty. Quality of the raw fish could be better.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There was a great variety of choices. Reasonably priced. Fresh fish and nicely displayed on the plates.

AS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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!

S
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 :)

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I would have preferred a sushi bar, with personalized service from the chef, but the servers were very nice and helpful, and sushi good.