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About Umi Sake House

Umi Sake House is a unique Japanese cuisine restaurant in the Belltown area of Seattle featuring the highest quality seafood available in the Northwest, a large izakaya-style tapas menu, and boasting a sake list of over 60 imported Japanese bottles. The interior is multi-faceted, with a black slate tiled traditional dining room, a gorgeous 14 person capacity wooden sushi bar, a semi private "tatami" room which holds 12 people, a larger 25 person private dining room, an enclosed "back patio" casual dining room complete with tropical garden, a black concrete liquor bar with custom sake cocktails and fusion traditional cocktails, and a "front porch" casual dining area with a daily extended happy hour from 4-8pm. The variety of atmospheres allows for a different experience with every visit, and the vastness and quality of the menu does the same. For the budding sake enthusiast or the seasoned veteran, the sake menu at Umi is bottle for bottle the best found anywhere outside of Japan!

2230 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Full menu served from 4pm-12am daily. Drinks 'til 2am.

Cross Street:
Bell

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 374-8717

Website:
http://umisakehouse.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz, motown, or lounge music played 'til 10pm. Upbeat lounge, R&B, old school & 80's music played 10pm- close.

Catering:
Available with sufficient notice, and designed to suit function.

Parking Details:
Limited street parking. Several pay lots within a half block available.

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Arcelia Castillo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Umi Sake House Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Special Occasion (25)
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Fun (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Happy Hour (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Hot Spot (17)
Casual (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Authentic (15)
Cozy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Healthy (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Spicy (12)
Business Meals (11)
Romantic (10)
Late-night Find (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Waterfront (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We did the $40 Omakase. It was all amazing except for one clam based one, but at least we were adventurous! The seat bottoms were the same height as our table which was a little different and made it tough on my bad back. Other than that everything was awesome!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

Umi is always amazing. We have hit them up quite a few times, and often make a point of it while visiting Seattle. My parents were thoroughly impressed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, People Watching, Healthy, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 2 days ago

Good sushi generally. But since sushi rolls had been pre-prepared and left in a cool environment these were not great. Tasty but not freshly made.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Took my wife here for our Valentine's Day celebration. It was a great meal, service was fast and efficient. We were in the back area and it was cold and very loud so prepare for that. The food was delicious as usual and we had plenty of leftovers for the next day.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Crystal was our server. She is one of the BEST servers I’ve had in Seattle. She literally thought of all options for our high needs table: gluten free, vegan, etc ....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous venue! Absolutely delicious, well worth the pricing!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

I brought my sister to dinner for her birthday. The food and service were stellar. It was a little uncomfortable to eat at the low table and it was loud for our taste. That being said, I am SOOOOO coming back!

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 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Very fun and hopping place on a Saturday night. Good food, great service.

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 (Montana)·Dined 4 days ago

Wait staff was fantastic. All of our food was really high quality, great tasting except for the Spider Roll. Something was off about that. Regardless, one of the better sushi restaurants I’ve been to in the US.

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 (Portland)·Dined 4 days ago

Must make reservation in advance. I had a party for 8 and am verified via Opentable. I received a verification text from restaurant 2 days prior- which I responded to. Then I had 2 different verification phone calls from restaurant- apparently they were extremely concerned I was going to stiff them. Anyway, we made it. A little crammed inside, and very loud- but place was nice, service was great, and food was pretty good. Not really traditional sushi, so be aware. Great drinks also. I would go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

So good, go during happy hour. Paid $20 with a $5 tip for me and a date to share 3 sushi rolls. Amazing sushi for an ever better price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot, Tapas, Healthy, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Delicious!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

We were sat promptly, and got our food quickly.

Server was attentive, checked in and refilled water multiple times.

Food was great, the baked trio was delicious.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food and cocktails at this spot. The menu is a bit overwhelming but everything was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Dumplings were delicious. Rolls were yummy but fell apart.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Attentive and knowledgeable Server. We didn’t get a part of our order and he quickly fixed that. Great food! Never hesitate going to Umi!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place has gone downhill, sashimi was nasty and way overpriced. Time to find a new spot

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delicious! The staff was pretty nice. It didn't cost an arm and a leg, but it's a way better value during Happy Hour!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Got there 20 min ahead of my reservation, hostess said too early and had to wait for my reservation time. They actually called my name 10-min prior to my reservation then to tell me they can't seat us because it is still early! Then of course we didn't get seated until 10 mi after reservation. Bad customer service .

The place is Super noisy, food is way too overrated. Our short ribs were half burned so I had to ask them to remake it. Seating is way too weird for dinner as the "table" is coffee table height - always have to bend down to eat. Seats are narrow so bumped every time I get in and out of my sofa.

No I will not return. No way!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was subpar. We ended up sending back food because it tasted terrible.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing . Best sushi I’ve ever had. So creative

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always an excellent option. We usually go for the omakase as well as a roll or two, and it never disappoints. This time there was a special of Greek sea bream, and it was amazing! Melted right in the mouth. Also noticed how much attention they paid to a gluten-free customer next to us--while it's not something I would require, it's great to see that there is care in regards to food allergies and intolerances.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Exactly what we were looking for. Fast service and great food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The waiter seemed to be a little annoyed that we were only ordering a little bit of food for happy hour and spilled some of my friend's soup while putting it on the table (and then didn't apologize/acknowledge it). Overall, however, the food was quite good: I had a seattle roll and the poke salad!

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

A beautiful corner table in the raised area of the dining room made for a lovely date. Love those happy hour specials!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We love sushi and found this terrific restaurant where the food is delicious, the ambiance is lovely and the servers were delightful!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great service! Great sushi! Coming from Vancouver where there’s an abundance of excellent Japanese restaurants, Umi is right up there. Looks to be kid friendly too, which is fantastic. Happy Hour selection is fabulous.!!! Thank you Umi for a great experience. We will definitely go again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Hands down the best vegetarian sushi I’ve ever had. The service was fast and friendly and all the food was amazing. I’ll be eating here every time I come to Seattle

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I always love Umi, it and it's sister restaurant Momiji are my favorite sushi restaurants in Seattle. The rolls were excellent as always, as was the service. However, and this was by no means the fault of Umi, there was this table of drunk mid 30s white women seated at the table next to me and my dining partner and they were incredibly loud and obnoxious. So much so that even when shouting, my dining partner and I could not hear each other converse during certain parts of the meal because they were so loud. In hindsight I should have said something, but at the time I figured discretion is the better part of valour. Next time though...

To all the drunk white women out there, here's a pro tip: I know you think what you're talking about is the funniest and most awesome thing ever, but I can guarantee you it's not. Have some consideration for those around you and keep it down.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food and service was excellent and extremely fast. My only issue is the noise level was too high to really be able to hear my friend 2 feet away from me.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Umi always delivers the delicious sushi and a guaranteed fun night!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Everything was very good. Sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, black cod, agedashi tofu.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent experience and arrived early from an event. Accommodated the change in reservation with a little wait but while worth the time. Food incredible, service excellent, and environment modern, best Sushi outside of Tokyo.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Cozy, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Ive been multiple times and love it more and more! Warm saki is amazing. All the sushi is fantastic and the atmosphere is really cool and unique. Doesnt get better than Umi. Thanks u guys!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great meal and our waitress provided excellent guidance!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Went here with a large group. Food was good but I was disappointed with the speed of service. Particularly because had a reservation at 530pm and were told by staff when we arrived that we had to be out by 7pm to make room for another party.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

This was my second visit to Umi Sake House and it did not disappoint. The sushi has been outstanding both times, highly recommended.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I loved everything about the place except for one thing which is just me being picky. The chairs in the garden room are quite low and the bench seats are not proportional so it makes conversation a little awkward and you end up either propping yourself on the table or slouching back into the seat.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very good food. Service was fast but server seemed in a rush the entire time. Overall very good

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really appreciated the friendly service & accommodating our last minute party of (8)!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive
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