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.
Kisaku felt a little tired in my first visit in years. I remember it as a fresh and charming addition to the neighborhood when it first opened. Now furnishings look worn, the smell of bleach was strong on the way to the restroom, and the sushi was not impressive especially compared to my memory. Too many pandering sushi rolls (the Wallingford roll for example) and not enough of the excellence in quality and presentation that I remember. Low energy experience overall.
Great birthday celebrations.
The food was marvelous. My wife really enjoyed herself for her birthday. I look forward to coming back. Next time we will sit at the bar and have the chef take care of us.
Great food at a reasonable price, but not fast. Be patient, it is worth it. Relatively noisy. Fine for 2-3 people to talk, but our table of 5 had trouble conversing. But all we really needed to say was "mmm"! Green Lake rolls and black cod are not to be missed!
Kisaku is under new ownership, and it has gotten even better. They have truly delicious new appetizers, and the regular servers who are still there from before are superb, warm, friendly and expert at what they do. A great place to celebrate either a special event or the end of an ordinary day.
Omakase was amazing and fresh
Jason made the most delicious sushi I’ve ever eaten. Thank you for a wonderful meal!
Very disappointing... we had to petition to get our party seated at a regular table instead of wedged between a wall and a family with a young child and their stroller parked mid-restaurant. Food took FOREVER to arrive, and it was dismal. Small sushi rolls and the fish simply didn't taste fresh. We will not be going back.
Friendly staff, fresh from the ocean or fish farm seafood, spectacular presentation. The uni was the freshest I have ever tasted (one day I'll scoop one right out of its shell after harvesting while diving!), the scallop carpaccio was decadent (like butter), and the chef's sashimi platter delighted all my textural and taste buds. Love that we have this world-class sushi bar in our little neighborhood.
Sushi is fairly small (2 inches long) and relatively thin. The balance between fish and rice is overweight in rice. Its fine if you live in the neighborhood but for the price its definitely not worth driving more than 15 minutes for. My reference would be Umi, Shiros, et al.
Favorite neighborhood restaurant. Love it.
It's my third time there. I always loved everything and everyone is great!
Tasty food, beautiful environment, and friendly service.
Chef Jason is a magician and the reason we keep going back!