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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

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Japonessa Sushi Cocina Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (22)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (17)
Healthy (15)
Late-night Find (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Business Meals (14)
Romantic (14)
Spicy (14)
People Watching (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Cozy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tapas (5)
Waterfront (3)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Great spot after the SAM remix!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Happy hour menu was awesome with a decent selection of full sized rolls at a good price. I’d heard a lot of hype for Japonessa, and while it was overall a good experience, it wasn’t as special as I’d expected.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Over priced food, and mostly uninteresting flavor profiles

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·Dined 3 days ago

Yummy, good service, convenience location and value price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined 4 days ago

Overpriced sushi that doesn’t even taste that good, service is okay not wow, they brought my husbands birthday dessert at the beginning of dinner messing up the whole vibe for us... so no I won’t be back again

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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service are amazing! Love this place!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

After reading all the rave reviews I was disappointed by the underwhelming food. The highlights of the family were the warm miso soup and edamame. Ordering the Casanova and Crunchy Seattle roll was a mistake. Both were heavily covered in sauce and it was hard to even decipher to taste of the fish. I think when it comes to sushi simplicity and the quality of the fish shouldn’t be overshadowed by the dressing, which was the case for the food we ordered. As Seattle is known for having some of the freshest seafood I was surprised that the chefs didn’t let the natural flavors of the food shine. There is a mandatory gratuity fee of twenty percent and interaction with the wait staff was pretty terse. The employees didn’t seem to be happy. I would come back for happy hour only.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As always, Japon essay was excellent. Service was on the spot and food was great. Super Bad Boy, Tarantula Extreme, and The Matador rolls were beyond tasty. The Lobster coconut lime soups was really good too. Hasn't disappointed yet. I will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sushi is good, interesting and fun, but fish was not exceptional. They were very busy and despite the fact that we had a reservation rushed us through very quickly without much attention or interest. Gave the impression of trying to get the table open again ASAP.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was tasty. Also kyle was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was very good and fresh but a little pricey.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful sushi. Fine service. Promptly seated. Birthday recognition excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Nice and great food as always but a bit rushed.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The happy hour was good, the service was excellent. We have been here many times but this was the first time at the sushi bar. The food was not bad but somehow it didn’t shine tonight.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Been here many times and never disappoints. Great place to go for lunch - happy hour til 6:30

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I got to introduce 3 friends to Japonessa and they all loved it. Our server, Megan, was great in telling us what was safe/gluten-free for the two of us who needed that information. As always, the happy hour menu had something for everyone. I just wish there were more cooked items that aren't coated with flour or had regular soy sauce in the marinade...I remember so many items I used to love (before finding out about my intolerance).

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

It's a must experience! We are Never disappointed. Love Alejandro too! The best host in the land.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic! Went a bit later in the evening and got a great table! Great service, great food, great ambience. Lovely evening.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food and very nice location. celebrated anniversary. got welcomed with wine and nice servers very polite and service driven. good food. recommended
thank you

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I appreciate that they now have a fresh sheet and offer Uni when available. I go in part because of rehearsals/performances at Benaroya Hall, but I also go because of the quality of the sashimi/sushi.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The Tempura Brie was amazing and the Green Tea Sour hit the spot. Definitely coming back next time I'm in Seattle.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Service here is always excellent. Staff is super friendly, very helpful.
It is a very popular place, so there is a bit of a wait for seating w/o a reservation, and food service can get backed up, but the place is always packed when I go so it is to be expected.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My hubby and I love Japonessa! We've been several times and the service and food are always great! My suggestion is to make a reservation otherwise you will be waiting forever!!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This place is way over rated and over priced. The sushi was pretty good-- fish tasted fresh-- but the rolls we're not good. Too much sauce and other stuff so you couldn't taste the fish. Also the rolls were rolled really poorly with extra rice in inside the roll. That's what you do when you're trying to skip on the fish. Also, we always get A bottle of Nigori sake from our usual hole in the wall sushi place at home in California. Our server told us they no long offer the bottles but a karafe type thing instead. This seemed a little shady and especially so once we tasted it and it was clear they had mixed it cheap sake with the good stuff. At $30 a karafe this is particularly lame. We pay about $12 for our actual bottle at home.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Love their specialty rolls, especially Super Bad Boy and Sweet Sensation.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always spot on

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

What a delight! From the engaging staff through the delectable morsels of marine proteins to the final sip of Sake, the entire experience worked for me. While I am a foodie, I don't have much experience with Sushi. Japonessa is going to change that! I'm making reservations for an afternoon happy hour tour of more palate stimulating experiences. I'm not a fan of mandatory gratuities, but I would have happily left the 20% were it not compulsory. More images available at sound-images.net

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best sushi in Seattle!!!! I highly recommend the sushi omakase.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great sushi, traditional and inventive non-traditional. Terrific wait staff and great service. Definitely our go to downtown restaurant!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Innovative take on sushi with latin flair. Its a busy restaurant but the food is worth the wait.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a great meal and great service from Victor even if he did talk us into Tempura fried Cheese Cake, which was decadent and delicious. We also had Sashimi, the Ledgend roll, Miso soup and Tempura, all very good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Usually the food and service is great, but this time around the waiter got 3 of our orders wrong and did not really seem to care and definitely did not comp us anything.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I love Japonessa. It never disappoints. Service and food quality are top notch. I have introduced many friends to the restaurant over the years and will continue to return myself and bring new friends with me.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Awesome place! Love the calamari salad:) a must try!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Completely amazing. I go with a friend of mine, and we always go here because it is completely amazing. Each and every time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, People Watching, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Casual, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Loved Japonessa and their ample menu of innovative, interesting, unique sushi rolls. We split 3 among the two of us and had more than enough— they’re huge! The fish was fresh and delicious. Service was good, beverages were tasty, dinner was great.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

High energy restaurant! Definitely not quiet so probably not great for a romantic dinner but great for other occasions. Wait staff was helpful, present when you needed them but not hovering. The food was excellent...probably the best sushi rolls I've ever had! Glad I had reservations as It was packed.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We've made Japonessa a tradition before performances at Seattle Opera. With nice weather (like Saturday), we walk from the restaurant to Seattle Center and McCaw Hall.

Belly Sampler, Tres Diablos, and California Crunch, all washed down with sake' and a Lemon Drop. De-lish!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Great Beer
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was amazing, fresh and interesting. We noticed lack of service though and bad timing on food and interest by our server. Not sure if this is due to the automatic service charge or just he didn’t care. I would go back again though next time in town

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Service and food combined to create a very enjoyable experience

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