TanakaSan

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$30 and under
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Asian
TanakaSan is a modern American Asian restaurant. Eric Tanaka's background as a Japanese-American kid growing up in LA's melting pot sets the tone for our playful menu. This is the food that satisfies our cravings. We hope you enjoy eating it as much as we enjoy cooking it.
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J
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wings are the best. You should try the beef and noodles and share.

N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

This is not Japanese cuisine. Spaghetti with Five Spice is not Japanese. The restaurant is a gimmick to get people to $50 for things mixed with kim Chee and radishes in the name fusion Japanese. Avoid this place at all costs.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Asian Fusion by Eric Tanaka....1st time there and loved it. Highly recommend. Food unlike anywhere else.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is great. Everything we ate was solid with the exception of the mackerel.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Go engaged!!!

FC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved this place! The food was delicious, as were the drinks, and the servers were friendly and very helpful. Would definitely eat here again!

ER
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, the service was excellent, and the people-watching on the patio was very entertaining!

B
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy this place ... great place (and area) to bring out of towners ...

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was fancy food so I didn't love it but most people would and it was a great atmosphere!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food is so good here. Everything we tried was fantastic. Not true for the service. I can only guess that since they get a 20% service charge instead of the ability to tip, the incentive to provide excellent service by the wait staff is gone. So unfortunate since the food is so good.

m
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanakasan always delivers! Amazing food, great beer and wine pairing options, wonderful wait staff.

T
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was awesome...she knew the dishes and sauces and helped us make our choices.
The infused sake was delicious!

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Underwhelmed. A couple items were quite good, but overall portions were small, food just OK, and prices high.

DD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Consistent food. Service no longer better than average as was after switch to mandatory service charge. Sigh.

AS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff. Went at lunch time and it was really loud but that is expected.

E
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great, flavorful food more than makes up
For slow service

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Japanese style curry chicken thigh in bento? Wow, so good!!!

FW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get the fresh juice - every sip is a joy!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Jami and delicious food!

DB
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It wa hard for me to understand what I was ordering... size, combination of ingredients... would have liked pictures to see what tie portions looked like

OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Server seemed irritated the whole time. Drinks took forever. Never got my second drink, water was good I guess. Food was great! Probably would come back for appetizers and drinks but not for a full dinner.

AB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great tasting dumplings, but tiny portion that cost a lot.

MJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and the food was fantastic.

MM
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tanakasan is a very reliable place for good meal that is nice while still feeling casual. The setting is a bit unique, being open to the building it is inside of, and the noise level isn't quiet, but there is plenty of room between tables so it allows you to relax and have fun. The food varies from decent to outstanding, the dumplings are always worth ordering, the chicken wings are amongst the best in Seattle, the coconut beef is a nice sweet/savory entree, and the shrimp pancake is a real winner. The Happy Hour is terrific, and the house cocktails are very good, especially the sake slushies.

MD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went above and beyond! I was taking my friend to a surprise party for her after dinner and we were ahead of schedule. I let the host and our waiter know and they were incredibly accommodating and helpful in helping me slow down the meal and get back on schedule! Our waiter Conner and the host (can’t remember his name!) were AWESOME!

TanakaSan
Responded on May 16, 2019

Thank you so much for celebrating such a special occasion with us!!! We appreciate you! Andrea E Guest Relations, TDR

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed the food and the service and we certainly would return. I would have rated it higher, but one of our meals was black cod, a Valentine's special but the portion was just tiny.

DK
Seattle
218 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love Tanakasan but we were saddened by menu changes. Missed the fried rice. Please bring it back. Otherwise dinner was awesome. Wings best ever. Drinks awesome. Super Spaghetti and Coconut Beef.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers = 👌
Entree = 👌
Slushi sake fusions = stuff and 👌🍶🍶🍶

The ambiance is great. It has that restaurant background noise but not loud and you can have a nice conversation with your partner. The service was also great. Every time we seemed to need help they were quick to spot us and they also went around the tables seeing if customers would need anything.

The only ding I give it would be their seared tuna entree. The sauce was overwhelming with dill and floral tastes while the tuna was seared perfectly it had no flavor. The beef tataki was delicious so was their version of the okonomiyaki. The katsu omelet was 👌. The okonomiyaki was 🔥. Beef tataki 🔥. Seared tuna 🤮

I’d go again to try their other dishes.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day

CG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the amazing kimchi crab Rangoon and the crunchy apple salad as a perfect complement for appetizers. For dinner we loved the brothy fishball and wonton hot pots. All delicious flavors and a great date night for $50. So good on a chilly Seattle night! We will be back!

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly staff. This is one of my go to restaurants in downtown Seattle.

CZ
Seattle
76 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Its just expensive bar food now. Recipes have been changed, to worse. Feels like another Amazon cafeteria now. I will not go back...

JE
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and cocktails are offered are all amazing at Tanakasan. The dumpling platter is a perfect share-able plate providing just the right portions to split between two & all the dumplings included were delicious. The mackerel was also some of the best fish I have had in a while. The cocktails are inventive and also quite tasty.

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food at Tanakasan was amazing! The spare ribs were so good (the outside had the right amount of crispiness to the glaze, the meat fell off the bone, and they were the perfect amount of spiciness), the dumpling platter creative and tasty, and the katsu omelette was soooo delicious! But our service was absolutely horrible. Our waitress was not friendly. Every other Tom Douglas restaurant I have been too has had very attentive staff, they ask if you have been there before, explain how things work. She did none of that. I had to ask what the dumplings of the day were and how people generally order (share vs getting own plates). She forgot our drinks and only when she checked in 20 minutes later did she realize they never came. We sat there so long without her interacting with us that the two tables who arrived after us left before us and the host ended up coming over, clearing our plates, asking if we wanted dessert, and bringing us our dessert. She wandered over at some point to give us our bill (before our dessert came out which I thought was a bit rude). So the food was amazing, ambience great, the host was personable but our waitress obviously didn't care. One of the downsides of an included 20% tip.

DV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

It’s a good thing we had 21/2 before our Jazz Alley Show. It took that long to get served. Both sets of bar drinks took 15-20 min., they have no bussers so dirty plates sat in front of us till we piled them and asked twice to have them taken away. 20 % gratitutity which considering our service was poor was high. The food was great tho but by time our next set of drinks showed up we had already finished our meal and we were there from 7:15 to almost 9:30. Manager informed us a big party cane in and his bartender was slammed. So we were the ones shirt changed.

J
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Salmon was dry, very small, and smelled fishy

GR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Was not super impressed with the food, which could have been forgivable had the service level been better. Was disappointed to spend so much money on a meal, with mandatory tipping/service charge and find that the waitress at a barely full or even busy restaurant cannot even make appropriate table touches during our meal. Will not ever return.

MP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and overall quality experience.
The menu and food are exceptional.

L
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went to TanakaSan to celebrate an employee's birthday at lunch time. We were seated promptly and the service was efficient and friendly. I ordered a special that was recommended by the waiter and was very disappointed in the lack luster and flavorless dish. The noodles were a little overcooked, the peanut sauce was very bland and pointless and the meatballs had so much lemongrass in them that they were fibrous and kind of hairy in texture -- just not a good dish at all. The others at the table seemed to enjoy what they ordered off the menu, but my special was not special at all.


I will go back, but I will be careful about what I order next time.

TV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Loved the chicken wings, ribs and pot stickers were good as well. The curry dumplings were disappointing. Loved the juice options. We enjoyed the meal, lots of food.