wa'z

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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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BS
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epicurean delight! Fantastic dining experience beginning to end.

m
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, delicious food, beautiful ambiance.
Came here for a special night out, it did not dissapoint! Very expensive, but, in my opinion, well worth it.

ML
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special experience. 8 course tasting menu only, served with a description by the chef of what you are about to eat. The dishes were unique in my experience--great taste and gorgeous.

RC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here, and it was delicious and creative. We had the October menu. The presentation of each dish was visually stunning, incorporating a fall aesthetic into the meal. They take risks with their food here, juxtaposing flavors that are not commonly found together while operating within the framework of a traditional kaiseki menu. Best of all, every time you come back, the set menu has changed. A5 wagyu and sea urchin made appearances on both of the menus I have tasted. Almost everything else had changed, making each experience unique.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great customer service and the food was beyond all expectations. The 9 course meal was portioned perfectly and everyone left happy and satisfied. We will be back again!

t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtful, uncomplicated and well prepared food, with attentive and friendly, unpretentious service. We'll be back.

DN
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Fresh food, impeccable service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both top notch!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best tasting menu I’ve ever tasted. The overall experience is awesome

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable experience for the two of us, but that was the whole point. We enjoyed the variety of the courses, the flavors, textures, and the presentation. We’re normally not ones to take pics of our food, but we took a few and a video for our private viewing pleasure. I recommend it to anyone looking for an experience. We were also full by the end of the meal, which we found odd yet refreshing considering the portions.

GL
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's definitely a good experience. Very relaxing. Feels been taken good care of & amazed at how creative are the food! There were a few pauses during the 9-course dinner, we happily took the chance to give palate an intermission.

BJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was a bit underwhelmed. Clean, fresh flavors but some dishes lacked dimension and texture

ES
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly, THE BEST Japanese Restaurant we’ve been in North America. Would like to go back in a heartbeat!!!!
Was the highlight of our Seattle trip.

ER
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful service

T
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The Kaiseki set menu was very good with a taste of many different ingredients. True to the traditional Japanese cooking style. Very close to what one may experience at an upper scale traditional Japanese restaurant in Japan. The service was excellent.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an experience!!

IK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a special way to bring in my 39 birthday with such beautiful food and wonderful humans. Thank you wa'z! <3

F
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Japanese kaiseki place for a special occasion dinner. Fyi, "high top" means table, not counter, but it was just fine because the chef hand-delivers your food to the table and gives you an explanation of what you're about to eat.

MC
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a wonderful dining experience at Wa'z! We went there to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was perfect in many ways. Every item in the Kaiseki menu was well-executed and the chefs took their time to explain what the dish was made of. Food presentation was also outstanding and it was aesthetically pleasing. It is a great place to celebrate special occasions and I can't wait to go back there next time. :-)

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I came here with my husband as a secret surprise to celebrate his birthday, as a weekend getaway from the Bay Area. Little did we know, we had one of the best kaiseki experience outside of Japan. To back up my claim, we’ve been to Japan handful of times and have stayed at various ryokans. We always look forward to our traditional kaiseki meals because it showcases the local and seasonal ingredients of a particular region of Japan.

Chef Hiro and his team of sous chefs nailed the heart of kaiseki cuisine. The simplest of ingredients are also the most difficult to master. The cooked rice had the glossiness & stickiness. The dashi (base broth for many Japanese dishes) was clear and packed with umami. Everything from the knife techniques, the beautifully shaped plates, the presentation of the food, to the explanation of every ingredient each course made us felt like we were in Japan once again.

Thank you Chef Hiro & team for such a fulfilling meal and for making my husband feel special that night. I only wish for wa’z to be closer to the Bay Area! Or perhaps plan to open a restaurant in the near future in the Bay Area? 🙂

SR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s not well explained but there seems to be set seating times as they prepare courses in groups. Nice explanation of each course but an overall explanation of kaiseki for newcomers would have been nice. Quality of food was great but it’s not the same as I had in Kyoto.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visually stunning, interactive, and delicious meal clearly made with care and intent. Delightful and unique brunch - highly recommend!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

1 chefs nails are too long and should be cut and shortened

2 after tax tips, $145 per person. price > expectation, very disappointing. Most ingredients are just cost saving. The most valuable dish (tsukuri/sashimi) out of the 9 courses tastes just OK, not amazing for sure, but very salty, also uni was not very fresh.

3 Not the best omesake in North America, but one of the most overpriced for sure (I don't mind paying high price otherwise I won't book the table, but price is way above expectation.)

4 Very disappointing that the chef would short me a jasmine ice cream on the menu, which tells me that they are not that professional on managing their food or portion for their customers (compensated me with a salted cream and a nasty miso ice cream that I did not enjoy)

AT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. My wife and I attended with two other friends and we all came away with smiles. It is expensive, relative to just a regular night out, but we all felt we got our money’s worth. For a special occasion, I’d highly suggest it just for the experience.

OT
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As I was researching restaurants for our upcoming visit, I saw Wa’z on several foodie lists. A fan of Japanese food and the beautiful and incredible kaiseki meals served during visits to Japan, I booked two counter seats for my wife and I.

We both loved the experience watching the chefs execute their craft with artistic finesse up close. Each of the nine courses perfectly balanced in flavor and almost too pretty to eat. I enjoyed everything from start to finish with the salmon tartare, wagyu beef and uni, and unagi courses being among my favorites.

If you’re in the city and looking for a great culinary experience, Wa’z is an excellent choice. Can’t wait to come again the next time we’re in Seattle.

🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome experience. Good food, friendly staff and chefs! We would definitely go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!
It’s even hard to believe you can get this level of wonderful Japanese outside of Japan, and at this place.
Highly recommended.
I have already been to this place 4 or 5 times and will certainly continue to re-visit.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good in general. Too much red miso sauce on a couple of dishes over powering the other ingredients and making them a too salty.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It’s a terribly precious, self congratulatory place. However the food was very good and the ingredients of the highest quality. Portions were very small and I was still hungry even after ten courses. The $110 tasting menu is all that is available.
We were rather surprised that when the bill came we were urged to place a further tip - 20% mandatory seems adequate to me. Seems a bit OTT in spite of the excellent quality of the ingredients used.

BB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time celebrating my husband's birthday. We had reservations and came late due to traffic, and everyone was very accommodating. They made the night special, and the food was incredible. Definitely one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in my entire life.

LT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 3rd time dining at Wa'z Seattle. Each month Chef creates a new set of menu according to season change. To me, dining at Wa'z not only gives me the satisfaction of tasting top quality Japanese food, it also gives me the enjoyment of experiencing an unique artistic presentation.

Thank you everyone at Wa'z. I will be back.


Lillian Tao

OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience. An excellent chef and helpers. Very delicious and eye pleasing food. Nice to see fresh offerings from the market.

PD
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course was so fresh and prepared beautifully. The chef described every dish in detail and we enjoyed everything. We will definitely be back!

AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Its not a bad restaurant. I'd recommend it if the price point was lower and the quality of food was a tad better. I personally just feel that the food was too inconsistent for a recommendation at the price offered. Some dishes were amazing, and some left me saying "whoa, that should not be on the menu"
Service was good, staff was friendly. But service was a bit odd. Presenting each dish by a different staff member, and that staff member not always knowing what he or she was explaining made for an odd experience.

Overall, a good experience. But not one I'd recommend for the price point, or try again until the service model is changed, and perhaps the menu is revamped a bit.

BP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love how unpretentious this place is. The food, presentation, and friendliness of the staff is as magnificent as any Michelin starred restaurant that I’ve ever been to. The ambience could use updating, but other than that, I’m a fan. High praise for a local restaurant that serves authentic Washoku cuisine!

a
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant we've eaten at this year. Amazing food, service, everything!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as good for the repeat visit.

h
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit, still love the uniquely Japanese-inspired kaiseki style menu. The dishes are always inspiring, creative and delicious.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great date night!

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelin Stars worthy food and service. Attentive and helpful staff. It’s like being in Kyoto.