When it comes to the best places to eat in Seattle, you can never go wrong with sushi. Because even the pickiest kids can’t help but love the bite-sized rolls, conveyer belts and small plates that make sushi an irresistible culinary adventure. Here’s where to take the fam the next time a fresh fish craving hits.
If prizes are your thing...
...Kura Sushi's ingenious incentive system makes dinner time easy for families. The most entertaining dinner you've had in a long time, it doesn't get better than earning prizes while you eat. Your kids will love grabbing plates from the revolving sushi bar and finishing them off in no time flat. With each set of five plates devoured, a short anime film plays at the table. And when 15 are down, you get a prize. Parents will love that plates are just $2.95 each and that these savory, authentic dishes are made with healthy, high-quality ingredients.
266 116th Ave.
If you want an unusual take...
...Shiro's Sushi's new sushi burgers should be on your list. An easy sell for kids, these faux burgers are held together by two rice "buns" and feature traditional flavor combos like smoked salmon and smelt in The Classic and tempura shrimp and avocado in another. With four "burgers" to choose from, you can't go wrong. They even have a vegan option for those craving plant-based dinner.
2401 2nd Ave.
If you miss Blue C Sushi…
… put a trip to Tengu Sushi on your list. Like Blue C, they serve sushi on a conveyer belt that runs around the sushi bar. Plates are priced based on color, making it easy for your kids and you can grab fresh rolls for as little as $1.50 a plate. You’ll also find tender teriyaki dishes, bento boxes, tempura and Gyoza if you want to branch out.
311 N.E. Thornton Pl.
If you want an outdoor patio...
… I Love Sushi is the place for your crew. They’ve got a great patio with a view and clear partitions, so you can feel safe while you eat. The patio is first come, first serve, and off hours are your best bet for getting a seat, especially when wiggle worms are involved. Shared plates are how they roll here, and we agree they make a great option for family style dining. Parents will also dig the variety of veggie rolls available. Always an easy and healthy option for kids!
1001 Fairview Ave. N.
If you want something a little different…
… Japonessa Sushi Cocina is the place you’ll find it. A long-time local fave, this spot mixes traditional Japanese sushi with a Latin flair. Expect to find saucy rolls like the Mexican Ninja and Scorpio Sting alongside the usual suspects. You’ll find lots of habanero, jalapeno and spicy chili aioli that add extra zing to these rolls, so watch out when you order for the kids.
1400 1st Ave.
500 Bellevue Way N.E., Ste. 130
If you want to save some dough…
…Sushi Me is a great place to eat on the cheap. This Eastside eatery makes going out to dinner easy. Not only will your kids flip for the conveyer belt sushi that lets them snag dinner as it rolls by, but you’ll love the prices. Maki rolls stay under $5, while the specialty rolls cap at $6. Add in delish ramen and you’ve got yourself a spot you can hit any time with the kids in tow.
1299 156th Ave. N.E.
If sustainable seafood is your thing…
…then look no further than Mashiko. You’ll find this restaurant, that’s as committed to reducing their carbon footprint as they are to serving creative, fresh sushi options, in the heart of West Seattle at the Junction. We love the wit they bring to their menu—who can resist ordering a Hoard the Hand Sanitizer or Social Distancing roll?—and the variety you’ll find here too.
4725 California Ave. S.W.
If you want to dine with friends…
…head to Fuji Sushi in the heart of the International District. They’ve got lots of space and an extensive menu so everyone in your group can find something they love. Detour from sushi and try a bento box if you dare. Otherwise, you can count on familiar specialty rolls, standard rolls and a whole lot of apps that cater to your pickier eaters.
520 S. Main St.
If date night is what you’re craving…
…make a reservation at Sushi Kashiba at the Pike Street Market. This upscale sushi restaurant is a hot spot for sushi fanatics who come from far and wide to enjoy the creative cuisine of three-time James Beard Award winner, Chef Kashiba. You can dine in the courtyard on a late summer evening or find an intimate table inside. Choose from hot or cold a-la carte items or choose a signature set dinner that’s perfect for two.
86 Pine St., Ste. 1