Maybe an off night as I’ve eaten here many times before. Fish quality was so, so at best. Sushi chef was a bit of a hard case; either pay attention to your guests or don’t and if not then have someone else take guest orders (sushi bar) don’t try to do both and fail at both.
Food was amazing as usual. We sat at the counter on purpose to have a better experience ordering but were mostly ignored by the chef. Took a while to initially order and as it was busy we understood but the people next to us seemed to get great service and were well attended to. We wanted to order a few additional items and had to wait quite a while to attain the chefs attention.
We decided to have our anniversary dinner at Kisaku at the last minute, and have no regrets! We sat at the counter and basically let the chef feed us whatever by doing omakase. They were very attentive to our special dietary needs, which was to avoid gluten/dairy/eggs for me and dairy/eggs for my husband. There were some interesting flavors like cold smoked ikura and spicy yuzu pepper mixed in, but there were no crass sushi like weird rolls. Everything was classy. The flavoring might have gotten a tiny bit redundant towards the end, & we felt like the chef was feeding us the same things to us as the couples next to us who started later, but not enough to complain. Overall it was very good, & we loved the friendly atmosphere. We’d most likely be back. The service can be a little slow, in that sometimes it takes a little effort to order additional drinks.
This has consistently been one of our favorite neighborhood spots because of the consistently delicious food and great service. This last time all of the the above were mediocre which was really disappointing. We'll definitely try again, but be keeping our eye on other reviews to see if its a trend or a one off.
Food was just ok, not great, not bad, just average. I also felt that it was expensive based on the quality of the dishes and portions.
I love omakase and my coworker referred to me Jason at Kisaku. Jason's omakase set was to die for and he did not disappoint. I enjoyed his creativity of layering multiple flavors together in each round. Everything he gave us was perfect and delicious!
I will definitely be back for his omakase. I already am looking forward to it!
We had a 6pm reservation and despite a number of open tables, we were seated in what appeared to be a small converted closet with 3 tables. We asked for a different table but were turned down. The space would have been ok if they had made any effort to make it inviting. The portable dehumidifier sitting on a spare chair at our table didn't help.
Things didn't get better. Our server didn't seem to care and made no attempt to guide us through the menu or extensive list of specials. Our food order took upwards of 45 minutes to arrive, which was much longer than our neighboring tables which arrived 15 and 30 min after us and had similar orders. Our server didn't check in or let us know when our food might arrive.
Our food was quite tasty when it did arrive. But our experience was further deteriorated by another table ordering a hot stone dish that filled the unvented closet with smoke that lingered for 30 min.
When it came time to pay, our server again didn't seem to care about us. The final let down was the delivery of the bill with no pen to sign. The server checked his pockets, found only one pen and instead of leaving it for us turned to a new group that had arrived at the table next to us to take there order first. We will not be back.
I made a reservation to sit at the sushi counter with my father as a treat for him. We were greeted at the door with a smile and brought to our seats at the counter, service throughout the night was excellent. We enjoyed being able to order individual items over the course of the time we were there, and appreciated the attention to detail and information from the sushi chef. It was a wonderful night and we look forward to heading back soon.
We came quite early so the place was quiet. This made for a very enjoyable meal. All the food was well prepared. The tuna and black cod were exceptional. The service was OK. There is a bit of an odd vibe to the place but we had good meal overall and would return.
Our friend had never been to Kisaku and lives in the neighborhood, which is why we booked a table to have dinner there. We had told her about the great food and she was excited. Maybe it was because we were in the tiny room in the back, or maybe because our server was serving half the tables, but we had such a hard time getting his attention that one of us got up to try to resolve our own needs more than once. When you have to say "the service was not like this last time..." over and over, something is wrong. I hope it was simply that someone called in sick so they were short-handed that night.
I took my two daughters for one of my daughter's 18th B-day dinner. I put in a special request via Open Table. Our waiter immediately asked "Who's Birthday it was" and then let us know we would get free dessert or apps. After our meal was completed, he brought her a cupcake with a candle in it. Even though Kisaku did not know this, but my daughter is about to start her senior year of HS in a new school where she knows no one in Seattle or in school. I wish I could have thrown her a big 18th bday party but she doesn't have any friends here. So this small gesture allowed her little sister and I to serenade her and make it a very intimate and special affair.
Very accommodating of my shellfish allergy and wished us a happy anniversary when i made my reservation, when we arrived, and when we left! We did the two person dinner and the food quality is fantastic.
I wanted to introduce a friend to this amazing Japanese restaurant in Seattle. It is one of my favorites in the city. The food and service are top-notch. My friend thoroughly enjoyed dining here. We will definitely visit again.
Get the Omakase.
The specials were fantastic. The sushi rolls were underwhelming and kind of felt like they got in the way of themselves (to much extra stuff added without much benefit). A little pricey, especially considering the small size of the appetizer servings. We will probably come back once a year or so.
Kisaku is a favorite of ours and you did not disappoint. We came in on a Monday eve @5:45. We were a family of 5 and had a small child with us. The staff were very accommodating. We were pleased with being able to come as a family and enjoyed the food and the ambiance very much.
The place is lively. The service was good. Sushi was ok.
Consistent and delicious Japanese food, but man was it noisy. Didn't help that there was a big group with screaming toddlers, but why does Kisaku feel it's necessary to pump in background rock music?
The best sushi in Seattle. Always come here when I’m back in town. Love the new ownership & chef’s as well!!!
Jason, behind the sushi counter, is the best. He has self-created items that are delicious.
Kisaku is our go to spot for special family celebrations. We have both Sushi lovers and others in our family. At Kisaku we know everyone can find some really wonderful food to enjoy. My four year old grandson was a member of the party and I noticed quite a few children at other tables during our 5 pm sitting. So Kisaku is very family friendly.
We always love Kisaku. The fish is always very fresh and expertly cut.
Great food and atmosphere.
It’s one of the best sushi places in the country. Service was a little wow this time, but I’ll keep going back, after all, it’s about the food.
A very, very good place for sushi and other Japanese treats that you won't find elsewhere. The daily selections are selected thoughtfully and some rarely found- bream, grunt, barracuda... Always get any version of fatty tuna and yellowtail. They are reliably buttery and would be a great first timers experience. There is an extensive daily list of both fish and appetizers that speaks to the chef using ingredients that are market fresh.
Service was incredibly good. She was always available, checked in and still gave us time to develop our plan. I really appreciated her advice- unlike many waitstaff, she was confident in suggesting her favorites and why. Staff were always present to clear and make sure that you were pleased.
My first time making a reservation using Open Table was easy and efficient, and we were promptly and courteously seated when we arrived for our dinner at the counter at 6:30. The sushi chef took our orders and was most pleasant, and I appreciated his careful dedication. To our silly questions he gave us his time, yet when we ordered the food appeared as if by magic. We sampled most of the nigiri specials, and the fish was fresh, the very fatty tuna especially good, melt-in-your-mouth good. The tuna roll was generic. We chose NOT to try the dessert sushi, seared foie gras with savory caramel sauce and cotton candy. (What?) On a bustling Friday, despite the spacious and well appointed room there was a din which made conversation difficult. I prefer Kisaku for lunch at a table. It is a must go to every time I visit Seattle.
Portions really small. Way over priced. Food was sub standard.
It was absolutely delicious. I may stop looking for new sushi restaurants. It was expensive only because I decided to order what we wanted, without thinking about price. It was a special occasion, and I loved it.
Hands down the best fresh nigiri I've ever had. I now go here once a week for sushi.
Always a safe choice for quality Japanese food (sashimi). Not particularly value, but pretty consistently good food. Service can be extremely slow at times, but today was better and I believe they’ve improved.
While food was great, we waited nearly 20 minutes before anyone acknowledged us at our table to even pour water. Customer service at a restaurant needs to be considered.
We went for a dinner, with our somewhat picky 16 year old. We all found different yet delicious and shareable items to please. The atmosphere is mellow yet efficient. Beautiful fish, though a lacking wine list
Terrific food. Sushi was fresh and innovative.
Food was mostly great. The seared Otoro we ordered was not served with the usual ponzu and chili sauce we had grown accustomed to with the previous owner.
Also the waitress was either new or a little out of it, so service was not the best.
Good service though the kitchen was overloaded even though there were empty tables, so food took forever. The food itself was okay - average, but not worth the price point.
Great selection of fish for a price you won't see anywhere else.
They had our table ready when we got there and the sushi chef were happy to let us go off menu and bring us their choice. Food and service was great!
Consistently high-quality seafood prepared expertly. We've been eating at Kisaku for 10+ years. We love the way food is consistently fresh, prepared, and served/presented so well. For our anniversary meal recently, we ordered the tempura softshell Dungeness crab and the trio of tuna as a shared appetizer. We had the sashimi platter to share for our main meal as well as some crisp white wine. It was fabulous.