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About Japonessa Sushi Cocina

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.

1400 First Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

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

Cross Street:
1st Ave & Union St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 971-7979

Website:
http://www.japonessa.com/

Catering:
See our website japonessa.com for catering information, or contact our Catering Manager directly at catering@japonessa.com

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.

Executive Chef:
Billy Beach

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

Specials

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Japonessa Sushi Cocina Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.3

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (32)
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Special Occasion (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Healthy (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Business Meals (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
People Watching (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Spicy (13)
Cozy (11)
Romantic (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Tapas (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Waterfront (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

This is our go-to spot for sushi when friends come in to visit. It’s got amazing food and in a super location.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Spicy, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been wanting to dine at Japonessa for some time and arranged to meet a friend there who I haven’t seen in awhile. Our server was wonderful and guided us through the menu. Unfortunately there were many many fruit flies flying everywhere. She moved us to another part of the restaurant where they wouldn’t be as bad but we still had about 20 flies landing on our food and flying around our heads. People at a table near us were swatting them around their heads. Our server said she’s not allowed to use the flyswatter when diners are there. It was gross and disgusting. Not going back ever.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing dinner with beautiful presentation.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

There is a real fruit fly problem, there were so many and we even moved seats to get away from them but they were on the walls and the bathroom smelled like BO. Additionally I got the sashimi salad and there were 4 little pieces of sashimi and just a ton of mixed greens so I got an additional order of sashimi. We spent $100 and it was not worth it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best restaurants in Seattle! I love the Super Bad Boy, Mexican Ninja and Sweet Seduction rolls. I’ve never been disappointed with their food. Happy hour is awesome, food is fresh and the foodie inside me is always happy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

Came to celebrate a birthday , our server was great and the food was amazing. I’ve personally been 3-4 times and every time it’s amazing. Really suggest the salmon tar tar and the tres Diablo roll.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

More staff on a busy night please... yet overall great food! I love it.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Overall the food and service was great as always. The only complaint was we had a couple of small fruit flies hovering over our food and keep shushing them away. Nothing the restaurant can do but that was the only inconvenience. We said towards the back wall.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Went for a birthday dinner with my wife. We heard great things and we love Umi and Momiji, so I’m disappointed in our experience. We were sat in the back left corner of the restaurant. Restaurant was too loud, lighting too bright, odd mix of business accounts, under dressed tourists and locals, service was quite terrible, and food was just ok. We ordered three rolls. The rolls were very rice-y, if that makes sense. The ratio of rice to fish was off. Overall, it was the ambiance and the service that will keep us from a second visit.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Love Japonessa’s inventive sushi and lovely staff. I visit every time I’m in Seattle!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was great! One of my favorite places to go!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were visiting Seattle and decided to meet up with two good friends for late lunch. This is the first time we’ve eaten here, although we’ve eaten sushi many times before, some dishes here were unfamiliar. We relied so much on the waiter’s recommendations and we found all his recommendations delicious. The service was excellent. We did not mind the noise level, Asian restaurants tend to be noisy, so we were all used to it. To me, it is a sign of good food and comfortable environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience! Definitely make a reservation on a Friday night. The service is excellent, and the sushi was delightful - they used a lot of Latin flavors, but in a subtle way. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our sever was not friendly and had an attitude. He got our order wrong twice, but instead of apologizing gave us more attitude and walked away from the table!!!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had one roll and it was delicious but not spectacular.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Try the streetfighter II roll, the cherry sake, the Union roll, the Albacore tataki salad... I eat sushi quite often and Japonessa has many creative flavor blends that make me drool for more! Nice atmosphere for a casual sitting or even a date. The staff are knowledgable!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good Service, once we got seated. Yummy food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We enjoy Japonessa for amazing happy hour value in the dining room. However, this time our server was very slow and there were gnats buzzing our table. If there were 3 gnats in the dining room, what's the kitchen like??? :(

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

First time visit. Great food, great service, and nice ambiance. Close to Benaroya Hall, so perfect spot for pre-performance dining and beverages.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

always great fresh sushi ! restaurant could use remodel, freshen up the bar

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fresh nigiri and amazing rolls. This is our favorite sushi restaurant in town!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Unusual, creatively different sushi selection and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The sushi was incredible - we had the tres diablos and super bad boy. The fish was very fresh, and taste was rich yet refreshing. Fried tempura Brie was rather ordinary for us, but all in all, wonderful experience!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Everything about Japonessa was great except for 2 things. They didn't have my Open Table reservation on file (I had a confirmation e-mail) and there were quite a few bugs flying around our group of tables in the back. That took away from the experience overall.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Quick service, amazing food!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Brought my co-worker for the first time and she loved it! Always been one of my favorite places!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great service and excellent food. Plus a wonder friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Spicy, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great sushi. The rolls are creative. Somewhat slow service but they were busy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food at a great location. I love this restaurant, especially the happy hour which appears to be every weekday before 3:30, which is also awesome!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We eat here for sushi every time we are in Seattle. The food and service is top notch. We ordered 3 roll which ended up being more food than we expected for 2 people.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Quite atmosphere, great food, always love coming here when I'm in town

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Bright lights & loud music

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had a great beer (Octoberfest) and the Last Samuri Roll was exceptional. Our server was the best we have had anyplace and made the evening even better. It was busy and the noise level a little high yet our reservation was honored and we went straight to a table upon arriving. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was good but a bit pricey. Service was exceptional but not a lot of seating for groups of 3 or more.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Happy hour deals are good, food quality is good, and decor is good. Service is outstanding. I was so impressed with the PATIENCE that our server had. One of the people in my party got to the restaurant 1 hour earlier than the reservation and they let her sit and sip on a beer and study at the table until the rest of us got there at the scheduled time. Also at the end of the night, our party lingered and chatted after the bill had come and our server never seemed irritated or trying to hurry us out even though the restaurant was getting really busy. I so appreciated that he gave us space to converse and enjoy ourselves despite the hustle and bustle of the restaurant. Wish I remembered his name!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Made a reservation, I would recommend doing so. Good food and decent service, drinks are always filled without asking. Waitress seemed spread thin and spent little time with us, not a huge deal but it gave the sense of urgency as she did everything fast. She was very good about checking on us when the food came out.
Really nice decor and ambiance. It’s usually busy here for dinner regardless of the day. The food is good but not great. Every roll seems very similar on paper but when it comes out you definitely can taste the difference. I love their vegetarian roll options. The octopus app has great flavor and creativity but the actual octopus needs work, as it was too tough.
Please note that the tip is included in the bill:

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour, Spicy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Delicious meal. Had fun catching up with friends and eating some tasty food!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was good. Service attentive. We were able to get out in time to catch our movie.

My only complaint is that no one told us there was a 20% service charge already added, and the credit card sheet had a line for gratuity.

At the Tom Douglas restaurants, more than one person always tells us about the service charge, and on the credit card slip there’s a spot to sign but not add a tip.

I consider that to be a best practice and would like to see Japonessa adopt it.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent service, great menu with lots of selections, best happy hour selections. I love that they add 20% service charge onto the bill, making it a no brainer. We will certainly be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

First I want to say that I absolutely love Japonessa. I am always pleased with whatever I order and the overall experience is great. I recently celebrated my work anniversary and was taken out for a celebratory lunch with my supervisor and co-worker. Our entire experience was ruined because we spent the entire time swatting at flies and fanning them away from our food.

I, in no way blame the restaurant for this happening because sometimes.....flies get in. I did however wish that our waitress would have at least offered us a different table. I wanted the people that came with me to love Japonessa just as much as I "still" do but I'm afraid that their experience might have a negative impact on them wanting to come back.

I however, will still come back because this one experience pales in comparison to all the great experiences I've had there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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