wa'z

4.8
101 reviews
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wa’z is a Japanese Kaiseski restaurant that distinguishes its menu with a modern Northwest Kaiseki tasting of artful, seasonal fare.
We serve a 9 course tasting menu available either at the chefs counter or at the regular dining table.
We also have a temaki lunch set available on Saturday and Sunday during lunch time.
Please be aware that the dining table is named “high top table “ on the reservations.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit was my fourth time to wa'z , with my first being shortly after wa'z opened. The food is just as thoughtful, the presentation just as clean, that atmosphere a sensitive balance of formal manners with casual attitude, and the taste just as delicate as the first wonderful trip. The team has grown, and the place has matured, but the thoughtfulness and seasonality is something that continues and is (for me) to be valued greatly.

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AL
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Me and my friend went during their Sakura special, everyone were nice there and very thoughtful. You can tell that they put in lots of effort in the menu, all the courses were decent but nothing really surprised me.
I would recommend my friend to go try just for fun, but this is not the place on my first to go list.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legit Kaiseki from Kyoto. Immense efforts and heart are poured by Chefs led by Hiro san in producing fine cuisine and art here. For the April menu, I especially liked cured leaves which were prepared one year ago with an extremely low yield in Hassen and ice cream. Delicate taste and beautiful presentation beyond words. A must try.

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PT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s a lot that can be said about wa’z. It’s never a simple menu and it will always challenge your palate. The opportunity to speak to the chefs at the counter is priceless. They have an excellent sake selection, and they take the time to make well reasoned suggestions.

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

The experience was magical. The chefs performed directly in front of us, preparing dish after sublime dish. Each course was unique, delicious, combining fascinating flavors and textures. They explained each dish, telling us the ingredients and concept. The sake selection was fabulous and they did an excellent job of recommending the perfect match for the dishes we were consuming. The pace of service was perfect; never rushed, but offering the dishes at the rate that guaranteed us plenty of time to absorb each exquisite set of experiences. It is an expensive experience, but provided an evening commensurate with the cost.

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

If you like Japanese food you must try this True Japanese delicacy.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. All dishes were prepared beautifully and tasted fresh and clean.

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G
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had decent Kaiseki in Kyoto and this restaurant is comparable to that. It is true Japanese Kaiseki with a local touch. Recommend for anyone who likes fine Japanese cuisine. Of course as any Kaiseki place, the price is a bit on the high end but I think it’s well worth it.

Oh and, if you sit at the counter, you can see the chefs making the dishes and explain what each dish is.

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

Fantastic food experience was awesome and service.

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EP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service, food was delicious and creative. Really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend.

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L
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating my Brother's birthday over a Kaiseki dinner last night. Food presentation and quality were on point. Especially appreciated the Chefs taking the time to explain what each dish was and the meaning behind the presentation and use of ingredients. Extra points for the Chefs going above and beyond decorating a plate with the words "Happy Birthday" using sugar for my Brother's dessert. Price point is definitely a little on the higher end, but would still recommend for a nice Kaiseki experience.

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JA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth it! Food and service were amazing. I highly recommend.

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C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was my second time at the restaurant and the ambiance was not the same. The first time had a professional atmosphere where the cooks were concerned about the food and providing the best experience for the clients. This time, the cooks were chit chatting during the dinner course and the handling of the food lacked professionalism. When cutting the fish, the cook seemed to grab any knife available instead of a standard sashimi knife and they openly asked "is this your first time cutting fish?" in front of the clients.

Overall, the restaurant's charm lied in the quality of ingredients, the handling of the ingredients, and the ambiance of care and concern for the clients. The quality was there but the handling and ambiance was not the same as before.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Treated myself to a dinner date and decided to try some Japanese cuisine that wasn’t sushi or ramen. Servers were very attentive, although chefs weren’t quite as engaging with those of us at the counter as i wish they could’ve been. The portions were smaller (usually a few bites for each dish), but I probably finished my meal a comfortable 75% full.

While the concept of kaiseki cuisine was unique, I don’t feel it was completely worth the price charged. 9 courses was $110, and with tax and included 20% tip, the food bill for a single person comes to about $145. The food was tasty, but for the price, i didn’t fee as “wow-ed” as i was expecting to. Overall a good and unique experience, and I’m glad i tried it, but I don’t think I would make this a go-to special occasion restaurant.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience on visual, taste, and explanation of each dish served. It's pricy but worth it especially for once in a lifetime experience or any special occasion. Waitress and chefs we're very friendly and asked any questions you may have on any dishes or origin of the food. Again highly recommend to anyone.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Everything is perfect except for the price. Well, for this kind of restaurant, that’s what you’d expect so no complaints at all.

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

Super good

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited this restaurant for our first anniversary. The food was great!

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely seasonal tasting menu with inspiration drawn from Japanese tradition. Really looking forward to visit again to experience what another month has in store.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So far the best Japanese food I’ve had in Seattle

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably good food. This combines wonderful Kaiseki with quality on par with what I've had in Kyoto along with PNW adaptions and ingredients.

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Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Every single course was great, tasty and creative. The food tastes authentic, yet with a little bit of twist.

The presentation was equally amazing. I loved all the dishes.

My husband and I brought our friends. They enjoyed the experience and the food. This is definitely a good place to entertain your guests or treat yourself with good foodZ.

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TW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic to have an authentic Kaiseki experience in the Pacific Northwest, complete with locally available ingredients (the geoduck was the best I have ever had)! Service was fun and comfortable! Overall food was very good - perhaps just a bit shy of meeting the mark given the price. Overall though, a great experience.

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NB
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our Kaiseki experience. The January menu was inspired by Japanese New Year traditions. I really enjoyed the chef explaining each dish to us. We did the premium menu chef counter service. 9 courses for $110 may seem steep to some but it’s also about the experience. Would totally go back. Left fully satisfied. My only complaint is I thought the rice dish could use a little salt.

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EI
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, wonderful experience. Definitely try this place, it's worth it!

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny! Such a wonderful experience, the hospitality was very authentic to what you see in Japan. The food was beautifully plated, and they teach you about the history of what you're eating along the way. 10/10 would recommend, thank you w'az team!

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AB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun and delicious experience sitting at the chef's counter. Really flavorful and beautifully presented kaiseki, with great service.

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JJ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner!!!

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am coming back. I will open a savings account, call it 'W'az fund' and find random excuses to eat here such as Anniversary of Adopting Pet Fish. Ah, a great W'az occasion!

Loved the food and seasonality of it. Beautiful and inviting.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

they made desert in birthday theme

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P
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and presenations are creative, and excellent service!!

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E
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully tasting and creative monthly menu featuring both imported and local meat and fish. Bar seating is great for dates. Thoroughly enjoyed our two hour dinner there.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely exceptional !!! Quality of food, service. Everything is 5 stars.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We really had high hopes for this place. The food was very underwhelming. It lacked creativity and flavor, and it is not worth the price. I understand the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. However, the flavor profile across most of the dishes was very bland. The only thing we enjoyed was the tofu in the first dish.

Also, I really did not appreciate that one of the dishes was a very basic tempura and soba that looked and tasted like it was prepared by any random and inexpensive Asian restaurant. We came here for quality, craft, and uniqueness, and we found none of it.

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AH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience sitting at the counter was amazing. Each dish was unique and delicious. The chefs took the time to explain each dish and the staff was extremely attentive. One of the best and most delicious dining experiences of my life.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Neither traditional nor authentic Kaiseki Ryori at all. But I searched on line there were many people suggested this restaurant as Kaiseki. I don't know is it a kind of ads or bias of conformity.

Stale Sashimi and hard sushi,even the inferior strawberry fook. THE ONLY COURSE THAT I SATISFIED WITH WAS THE FIRST APPETIZER TOFU. All the others were really a waste of my time drove from Vancouver to Seattle particularly for Wa'z.

By the way, i would like to give a fundamental suggestion for trying to be like Kaiseki Ryori, each course should change the corresponding tableware since the taste of previous course will stay on the chopsticks and probably destroy the next one.

Never just実のないほんのみせかけ。
Sincerely.

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R
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great in every way. The sake was smooth and worth it. A bit pricey.

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AY
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wa'z serves Kyoto style Kaiseki cuisine with a creative twist using Northwest fresh ingredients. It is always a treat to dine at the counter, with Hiro-San who is the head chef and owner of the restaurant. The menu changes monthly, with a theme which is seasonal and festive at the same time. Great thought is given to assemble each dish, from the presentation, to the quality of the food and taste (with choice selections of the freshest ingredients), the colors of the different compositions, and the garnish, all in perfect harmony, sometimes with a kick (a delicate touch of yuzu flavored spice). For me, it is always a feast not just for the tummy, but the eyes and the mind, sometimes whimsical, and sometimes stimulating imagination and a sense of nostalgia (of travels to Japan), not just my taste buds. Hiro-San never disappoints. The cuisine gets better each month. I look forward to going back each month because I am so curious what Hiro-San would create....it's addictive!

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Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seattle is very lucky to have thoughtful, authentic kaiseki cuisine available. The menu changes monthly, and the seasonal evolutions are fun to watch. A must-try.

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