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Sankai, Edmonds, WA

Sankai

4.9
4.9
726 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Sushi master Ryuichi Nakano casts a wide net at SanKai, drawing longtime fans and welcoming newcomers to his intimate new sushi restaurant in the heart of downtown Edmonds. Enjoy our cozy dining room, omakase sushi bar, or heated outside dining in our domes.

Please note we are a small restaurant and children (babies) need to me accounted for in your reservation if you need seating/highchair. Stroller space is limited and may not always be accommodated.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Tempura
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (425) 955-8789
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ryuichi Nakano
  • Catering
    Please contact us at eat@sankaisushi.com for more information on catering!
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at eat@sankaisushi.com for more information on private events!
  • Neighborhood
    Edmonds
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    Free Street Parking and extended evening parking available in local Bank Lots.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 726 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Overall

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Food

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Japanese

  • North of Seattle

    Best Overall

  • North of Seattle

    Best Food

  • North of Seattle

    Best Service

  • North of Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • North of Seattle

    Best Value

  • North of Seattle

    Innovative

  • North of Seattle

    Healthy

  • North of Seattle

    Neighborhood gem

  • North of Seattle

    Great for outdoor dining

726 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Most of the foods are amazing, especially sashimi. But the rice with dishes was just ok.

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  2. PMHE

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and excellent service! They do have outdoor heated “bubbles”, I think I will try that next time!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    For restaurant weeks, the antic of food is not worth the price. I really like the area and the food but it was hopefully for food then just 3 small dishes.

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  4. Bdaygirl

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish was fresh, the outdoor seating experience was unique and fun, and our server was helpful and sweet! Can't wait to come back!

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  5. LainieJ

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go back! Some of the best sushi that I’ve ever had. Great service and ambience. Would highly recommend reservations.

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  6. DougW

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi and sashimi I’ve had since leaving Japan. Our waitress was well versed in the fish presented and very attentive to our likes and needs. Excellent location to celebrate my wife’s birthday! Thank you Sankai!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will always go back! Such great flavors and freshness. Seasonal sushi menu.

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  8. RobertL

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Preparation of the food, variety of choices, Sapporo on tap, assortment of sake, very pleasant and accommodating staff

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  9. BrianP

    Seattle

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Edmonds. The food and service are outstanding.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We sat out in a dome and watched a storm roll in, cozy and warm. We’ll be back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food has always been great here but on Easter Sunday it was not. The chicken karaage was floury tasting and the salad was limp! Our server was great and maybe it was just an off day?

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service If you haven’t been go now!

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  13. JanetM

    Dallas

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was fabulous and the service outstanding. We enjoyed our visit very much. They always have an interesting selection of seafood, I might not normally eat.

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  14. TraceyS

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always the freshest, most delicious sushi. Open every day.

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  15. GillianD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience. The fresh sheet had many fish I'd never seen on offer. They were all so good. The service is impeccable, casual and friendly.

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  16. HeidiY

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our family’s special occasion restaurant but we also eat here for every day meals. It’s outstanding every time and the service is also really great.

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  17. InnaW

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fresh. The best sushi in the Seattle area.

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  18. MSK7

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi bar at Sankai has become my favorite place to eat fish in the area. We had another great evening with some fabulous sushi and terrific service.

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  19. BrianP

    Seattle

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sankai is one of our favorite go to restaurants in Edmonds. We have always had a wonderful experience and highly recommend it. There are so many good options in Edmonds and Sankai is in our top 5.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great fast service. definitely worth a visit, make reservations

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sankai rates as one of Seattle’s best restaurants for good reasons. The customer service is top notch, the menu choices are extraordinary, and the food is exemplary. My spouse is a vegetarian. She raved and smiled the whole time while enjoying the Green Roll. For me, the Sankai roll and selections of off-menu Nigiri prepared sushi were so fresh, as well as, distinctive. Having been to very good restaurants in Japan, Sankai represents those restaurants so very well!

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  22. Rachel

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious sushi, delightful omakase. Very cute and pleasant atmosphere.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual. Thank you chef Nakano for a delicious meal. If you haven’t been to this restaurant I suggest you go asap, you’ll enjoy the delicious food and attentive service in a very comfortable setting. Can’t wait to go back.

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  24. Orlando

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible, service was great, overall really good.

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  25. BobM

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was so patient and kind. The food is fresh fish and made to perfection. We’ve selected Sankai as our go to sushi restaurant in the area.

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  26. EricaL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love Sankai! The sushi is beyond fresh and they know their craft. Service is always friendly. This is our place for whenever we are craving crazy yummy sushi.

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  27. JimM

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nigari selection is excellent, and the quality is outstanding. The chicken bowl was on the dry side.

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  28. Bones

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi place I've been to since living here over the last 8 years.

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  29. Ricardo

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat good sushi, we sat out side and we loved it

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  30. lovefood

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been a while since we been to San Kai. It still doesn't disappoint. The only difference is that we sat at the bar this time since there was a opening. I try to sit at the sushi bar if possible as I feel provides a much different, more personal experience than sitting at a table. This didn't disappoint as Nakano San was super friendly and attentive. The food and service were also still excellent as always.

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  31. Gogogamera

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We went to Sankai with fond memories of a time we visited pre-pandemic. It’s just not what it was. We had a variety of small plates, one omakaze set and loads of rolls. The quality was not at the level we expected-of the rolls ordered, rainbow roll was a tasty standout.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place and will continue to return as often as I can.

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  33. Redc

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have a great experience at Sankai. I can’t recommend it enough. The food is always fresh, their recommendations are always good, and the service is wonderful.

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  34. RandyL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Sushi in the Seattle area. We have been going for several years and I just won't eat sushi anywhere else.

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  35. PaulaP

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality of the food is top level and the service was very attentive. The restaurant is very small and has less than a dozen tables indoors plus bar seating, plus a few "bubble" enclosed outdoor tables. There were many piles of supplies on the end of the bar (for takeout?) which was unattractive and took away from the overall look. We enjoyed the exceptional nigiri!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As we looked for Sushi restaurants to take our great niece (from Colorado) to we wanted present her with an extraordinary sushi restaurant experience. We had visited “I Love Sushi” in Bellevue. Yet, the restaurant has been temporarily closed. Our research led us Sankai. The staff were friendly and helpful, and took pride in their presentation and quality of food. Between three persons we experienced the 14 pc Nigiri plate, Green and Veggie rolls, California roll, edamame and Brussel Sprouts. We found the food and service to be, simply, extraordinary!

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  37. Eleanor

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the staff are consistently beyond expectations and wow, it’s right here in Edmonds.

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  38. ChelseaO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic dinner spot. The staff is friendly and wonderful and the food is to die for.

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  39. AmieS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love eating here! Even though tables are close, because of the small space, they do a wonderful job with the ambiance! Talk about some of the best sushi!! 🍣

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  40. SharonG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love Sankai. It is always a happy place with friendly staff!!!

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FAQs

Sankai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 955-8789.

Sankai is rated 4.9 stars by 726 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sankai

111 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA 98020

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Edmonds
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Tempura
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free Street Parking and extended evening parking available in local Bank Lots.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ryuichi Nakano
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (425) 955-8789
  • Catering
    Please contact us at eat@sankaisushi.com for more information on catering!
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at eat@sankaisushi.com for more information on private events!
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