Japonessa Sushi Cocina

4.6
1977 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in downtown Seattle next to Pike Place Market, Japonessa houses the latest talents of renowned Chef Billy Beach. We are a sushi cocina, featuring a Japanese menu with hints of Latino flair. From traditional offerings at our full service sushi bar, to innovative rolls and exotically imagined Japanese tapas, Japonessa boasts a menu to tantalize all palates.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
Tuesday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
Wednesday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
Thursday- 11:30am - 11:00pm
Friday- 11:30am - 1:00am
Saturday- 12:00pm - 1:00am
Sunday- 12:00pm - 1:00am

Happy Hour Is EVERYDAY, from open-6:30pm in our dining area including our SUSHIBAR, and EVERYNIGHT again at 10:00pm till closing, with extending happy hour for 21+ in our bar lounge from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 971-7979
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Billy Beach
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Catering
See our website japonessa.com for catering information, or contact our Catering Manager directly at catering@japonessa.com
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Cross street
1st Ave & Union St
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Parking details
Street parking is available and is free after 8pm and on Sundays and Holidays.
SAM (Seattle Art Museum) garage is located on Union between 1st and 2nd as well as Target's parking garage.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Dallas
5 reviews
Reviewed on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

Ordered a sashimi salad and left after a couple of bites.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots in Seattle. We even had our post courthouse wedding ceremony here. It is always wonderful! Can be loud if you are with a larger group and trying to hear across the table, but that is the only downside. Quick, friendly service!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for the noodle dish we ordered. The problem was that there weren't that many noodles. The sushi, service and ambiance were great.

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were terrific! We made New Year's Eve reservations and we were seated right away. Drinks were great, food was tasty. Had a great time!

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a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place if you’re a fan of sushi rolls! If you’re looking more for sashimi I wouldn’t recommend here though. Great staff, and great choice of food. Everything looked very interesting! I’d come back if i didn’t live so far. :(

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ET
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a late show to attend. We loved that the restaurant stayed open past 10p. It gave us the opportunity to have a really nice proper meal at such a late hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Fast, was seated right away with reservations

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MS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great good. Service was excellent. Easy to get a reservation even though they are always busy.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like it. The counter seats are awesome experiences!

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour!! Get a reservation during happy hour it was excellent!

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PK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid sushi

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T
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly, the toro sampler was lacking its usual sparkling freshness - also ran out of tamago sushi but didn't tell us until later and didn't ask if we wanted anything different. But typically a fun environment with fresh fish and a great value at Happy Hour.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, price is so worth it, especially happy hour. We love going here.

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M
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As always Japonessa was delicious! My hubby and I often eat at Japonessa before a show at Benaroya Hall. We've eaten here at least a half dozen times and we are never disappointed!!

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GG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I usually brag about Japonessa, but this last visit has me wondering if I’ll go back. The service was excellent, but the food was nothing like the consistent perfection that Japonessa usually delivers.

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CS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Japonessa is a favorite space of mine for lunch with dear friends. It is close to everything--SAM, the waterfront, Pike Market--and the staff are terrific! Did I mention the menu is diverse and colorful? It is wonderful, too.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're in Seattle, Japonessa is a must. They've put a twist on traditional sushi and are serving some of the tastiest treats I've ever had. Everything is elevated to the next level. Their sushi foregoes the wasabi and some of it is pre-seasoned. There are Latin inspired garnishes that creates a taste you won't find anywhere else. Service was also fabulous, from how they pour water to how they speak to you. Absolutely a memorable experience.

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e
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a wonderful experience and staff is always in a great mood and accommodating with kids of any age. Sushi menu is very amazing and there special of the day was the grinch roll and was outstanding. Whenever we are down in Seattle we always make reservations to eat here. Also there happy hour menu is from open to like 6pm

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T
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I used to love Japhonessa. But I've been twice in the last 2 months and the fish tastes watered down and soggy. Like it have been frozen and thawed multiple times.

Not fresh at all.

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SW
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food at Japanessa Sushi Cocina is simply delicious, both at the Seattle and the Bellevue location. However, service we had this evening was terrible. The waiter was very rude and unprofessional . . . Management should instruct its service staff to be more professional, especially with a menu and ambience as good as this.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always great for happy hours

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We heard great things about this place but were sorely disappointed with the food and experience. Most of the fish we had had a slimy coat and did not taste appetizing at all. We had to flag down a waitress for anything that we needed. Will not be going back.

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N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here for special occasions, usually birthdays, for 6-7 years. Always great service & beyond excellent food & drinks! Be sure to make a reservation! Go for the omekase!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our sushi adventure. The Union roll is one of our favorites.

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GV
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here Friday night with a party of 6. I really liked our waiter that served us that night. It was my 22nd birthday and my friends and I decided to celebrate it at Japonessa. The server was very polite, kind and funny. Plus he was very tall as well! I think he's the tallest waiter there. At the end of the night he even brought out a piece of delicious birthday cake for me, which made me felt very warm and fluffy inside. Definitely recommend!

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NH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal, adorable waitress, and perfectly crafted cocktails. Amazing quality as well! Hey highly recommend this for a lunch date, as well as a romantic dinner spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food are amazing! Seafood are fresh and Uni is so delicious!

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top notch restaurant. We had great service and this will become a must do every time we are in Seattle. It is close to Pikes Market and other sites!

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MF
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great sushi! Greeting great and seated quickly at table though reservation warned of counter seating only. 5 stars for greeters! 2 stars for server who fawned over large table next to us and never checked for additional rolls or drinks until the very end. Love the quality and place! Back again soon!

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SC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome sushi happy hour! Tasty and great value! Always a favorite spot.

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T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there a little early, but that being the case they accepted us with no hesitation! The service was sudden and consistent. The waiter was excellent and she was very detailed with her recommendations. The best sushi and service I’ve had in a while! Prices were outstanding! Definitely a place to go back to! Recommend this for anyone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

誕生日のお祝いと伝えるとケーキにロウソクをつけてくれて、とても良いお祝いになりました。

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Sushi quality was awful. The rice was very cheap and I would not recommend.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hot Sweetie special was amazing - great toro. The Matador has got some kick to it, delicious! And the service is always great!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi, some of the best I’ve ever had!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice. Several of our party were sick and so could not attend. Japonessa handled the change without any problem

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was pretty good. It was very loud and difficult to talk across the table.

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d
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

From the first moment it felt like the waiter wanted us to get on with it. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and didn’t order quickly enough for his taste. The pushiness never stopped. He either didn’t read us correctly or simply doesn’t care about customized service. Either way he was the reason it was not a more higher rated meal, because the food was excellent.

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MP
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi that I've had anywhere—the house rolls are inventive and delicious. I personally had the Last Samurai and Seattle Crunch Rolls, with a starter of Miso Soup. Having never been there before, Julia was nice enough to mention that she thought I might be ordering too much food when I tried to order a third—she was right!

Overall, very impressed with the quality of the food and service. Would highly recommend!

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