Food & Culture

The Best Sushi in Seattle

In a city with so much great food, we wanted to know: What really takes the prize? Our critics tasted the very best sushi to find out

By Chelsea Lin August 26, 2018


This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print as the cover story of the September 2018 issue. Read more from the Best of the Best Restaurants feature story hereClick here to subscribe.

Best of the Best: Wataru

Along a relatively quiet strip in Ravenna, the talk amongst foodies is all about chef Edouardo Jordan, whose duo of high-profile restaurants, JuneBaby and Salare, sit on each side of this charming neighborhood sushi spot.

Do yourself a favor and don’t let it fade into the background—Wataru makes our favorite sushi (one of Seattle’s favorite foods, thanks to our access to excellent fresh fish) for a number of reasons. Key among them: You can actually make a reservation (many sushi bars are first come, first served) for the omakase (market price, about $100 per person), in seatings at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. nightly.

During those meals, chef-owner Kotaro Kumita will hand over piece after piece of deftly sliced fresh fish, hand-pressed into perfect rice, a skill he mastered under mentors such as Seattle’s preeminent sushi hero Shiro Kashiba. We’d wait in line for this sushi, but thankfully, we don’t have to.

Kotaro Kumita, chef-owner of Wataru. Photo by Alex Crook

Ravenna, 2400 NE 65th St.; 206.525.2073;


Sushi Kashiba
Pike Place Market, 86 Pine St.; 206.441.8844;

Sushi Kappo Tamura
Eastlake, 2968 Eastlake Ave. E; 206.547.0937;

Tangletown, 2101 N 55th St.; 206.545.9050;


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