Sushi Kappo Tamura

4.7
1076 reviews
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Using local and seasonal ingredients is the most important element in Japanese cuisine. It also has become the primary principle for the international culinary community. With commitment to that philosophy, Tamura features sustainable seasonal ingredients of the Pacific Northwest in authentic Japanese preparation.

Tamura is a Kappo style restaurant where food is prepared in an open kitchen and served quickly in a lively environment where staff and guests talk about the food and beyond. Our goal is to become the very best restaurant to our guests by getting to know them and serving them in a personable yet professional manner.


*Please note that a 20% living wage charge is included (dine in only). The house retains 100% of these charges to help fund higher wages and benefits to all staff. Additional gratuity is not expected.
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LS
Raleigh
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is so delicious and so fresh. Service is perfection.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We love Sushi Kappo Tamura and come here a few times a year. We came with our kids this time for Mothers Day brunch. First, I had an original reservation for six people, but when I confirmed, I did so for four. I called the restaurant to do this, because my wife and I are both in the industry and we know how important this is. When we arrived, the hostess was confused and said that our reservation was for six and she would have to reset the table for four. She was pleasant about it. The manager however, seemed to scowl at us the rest of the meal. Never once did she crack a smile or say a word. Perhaps I was being sensitive by this point, but the chef seemed to not be happy with us either, and when we left, nobody thanked us or said goodbye. Our server was great and the food was fantastic as always, but the manager in particular was ice cold and it seemed that that the lack of goodbye was on purpose. Perhaps this all had to do with the reservation mishap, but i had an email confirmation for a party of four. Perhaps it was because of our kids, but there were other kids as well. Don't worry. We will be back as i believe this is the best sushi in Seattle. I just wanted to share the feedback. We didn't feel very welcomed from the beginning and leaving the restaurant was the same.

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FH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always from Edward. Fish here is always fresh and prepared/presented perfectly by the sushi chefs

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PY
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Chef’s Omakase experience was above and beyond amd was perfect to celebrate a dear friend’s Birthday!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Wonderful experience in Seattle. We chose the chef's Omakase. Such a great selection from the chef. A must do for all the foodies out there.

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GW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and very friendly staff. Best omakase we’ve had in Seattle.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!

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SB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for wife’s birthday dinner. Excellent food, well presented with friendly but not overly fussy staff. Unrushed meal with nice drinks choices. This is our second time visiting and the high standard of our first visit was heightened by a nice table side conversation with one of the staff. Arigatou gozaimasu, gotisousama desita!

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LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute best sushi and best service in Seattle. Recommend the black cod belly and uni.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot with exceptional service and flavors.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in town but expensive

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H
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place. The fish is so fresh and delicious. The service is always friendly.

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ZW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I have ever had. Beats the best of the best, including Nobu. Would definitely recommend 100%

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner!

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P
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far sets the bar for Omakase. Chefs Omakase includes A LOT of food. I’ll be sure to try the sushi specific Omakase the last time, I was barely able to finish.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely neighborhood Sushi restaurant. Minutes from downtown Seattle via Uber. Service, food and ambiance was perfect. We enjoyed our conversation w/out having to shout.
Would definitely return to this gem of a restaurant.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly unique and fulfilling experience at Kappa Tamura! The food was fresh, service impeccable. Couldn't have asked for a better experience on our last night in town! Don't skip on this gem in Eastlake

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything wonderful!

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JL
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a hidden gem. Located on busy Eastlake Ave, I've walked/driven past this place dozens of times and never given it a second look. I went here for Seattle Restaurant week. The sashimi was fresh and delicious, but the sake pairing really put the dinner over the top. Final note: do not skip their creme brule ... hands down the best I've had.

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m
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful treat during Seattle Restaurant week. Parking is tricky but worth the extra effort

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HL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of course I would recommend, we love this place, the food, people are outstanding

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Rolls were just ok, that’s all I was there for.

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JL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It's a beautiful restaurant, but overall it was a huge disappointment. The sushi rolls were poorly constructed, quite expensive, and neither classically authentic not particularly imaginative. The waitstaff were friendly but not very accommodating. And the bill comes with a disclaimer explaining that they have added a 20% gratuity to the check, which the restaurant itself will keep in order to pay wages. Next time we are in this neighborhood, we will just go down the street to I Love Sushi.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I wasn’t a fan of the food. Our server was great, however.

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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish was very fresh. Matt, our sushi chef made excellent recommendations for Sushi and Sashimi.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I did not even know this restaurant was there. We found it on the Seattle Restaurant Week list and decided to try it. The food is a Japanese fusion and is nicely done. Service was very friendly and helpful. At first glance, the bill seemed a bit pricey, but that is because 20% is already tacked on and the bill comes with a large strip of paper that clearly explains why. I had absolutely no problem with it. I strongly recommend this place but it is definitely not for someone on a shoestring budget.

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AS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

They usually make great sushi and the chestnut creme brulee is to die for. Nice ambiance, rather quiet. It was our go-to sushi place for a while. But when we went for the Restaurants Week menu promo, the food was average and the fish did not seem that fresh (a bit dry, less tasty than usual). So maybe avoid promotions and go for the a-la-carte menu. It was a one-time event for a usually good restaurant, though, so we'll surely come back. But will keep exploring other places, too.

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CA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

At the end of the meal I received a surprise 20% additional fee. That made the restaurant week 3 for 35 thing feel like deceptive marketing and really ruined my experience. Everything up to that point was great. When that came I felt lied to and deceived.

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n
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This was a great experience. My ratings were intended to imply what the words said- that is, 3 stars = good, not average. I found the experience was fantastic. The server was very knowledgeable and I appreciated her advice and input greatly. I enjoyed all the food, and I have very high standards for Japanese. My fiancee has been to Japan multiple times and agreed that the food was great. I prefer my restaurants quieter, and I found the noise level moderate - probably a little louder than I would like, but a little quieter than the average restaurant.

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KC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful family dinner there with some very good sake. Sushi was excellent and the service was first rate.

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DJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite sushi restaurant. They make all their desserts from scratch. You have to try the mochi or sesame ice cream!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi in town.

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Sushi. Live in San Francisco and find myself making excuses to fly to Seattle just to go to Sushi Kappo Tamura. For me, the best sushi outside of Tsukiji in Tokyo.

Focus on Sustainability is a big plus.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We order tempra udon. Only two pieces of shrimp. The soup was sooo salty!

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w
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Our go to restaurant for sushi, tempura, udon and other Japanese delights. Always fresh fish, quality ingredients and excellently prepared with superb service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice!

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R
Seattle
128 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Japanese restaurants I have dined at.
The food, ambiance, price point, customer service are all a two thumbs up in my book.

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Y
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner as usual, we love it, always consistent, we recommend it to all our friends

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SK
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Japanese restaurant in Seattle. Not only the sushi but THE best Tempura & Tempura Udon. The only restaurant who gets it right. So good!

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S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

This is a lovely restaurant, but at least the lunch menu was very limited and the prices high. Diners will get better value & a larger selection five minutes away at I Love Sushi (I’m not in any way connected with the latter except as a customer.) For that matter, a better udon soup than I had can be found at the Bento Box in the UDistrict nearby. I was especially irked that the waiter forgot my udon order & had to be reminded. He also disappeared for long stretches.

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