Best New Restaurants 2021

At Aki Kushiyaki, Fine Dining Means Meat on a Stick

Japanese kushiyaki restaurants inspired this tasting menu destination, which uses binchotan charcoal to grill chicken, wagyu, and more.

09/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Bucket Brigade

Here’s What (and How) to Order at Taku

The Top Chef alum dishes up karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, in his Capitol Hill bar.

08/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Best in the biz

Jean Nakayama Rolls with the Punches at Maneki

She and Fusae “Mom” Yokoyama—Maneki’s power duo—survived a pandemic with a dose of historical perspective.

06/04/2021 By Stefan Milne Photography by Kyle Johnson

Dragons and Highballs

Rondo Japanese Kitchen Opens on Broadway

The neighborhood's izakaya master translates his sense of fun to lunchier fare. Don't worry, there's still a highball machine.

01/03/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Anniversary Dinner

21 Seattle Restaurants Marking Major Milestones

Favorites that celebrated significant anniversaries in 2019.

11/26/2019 Edited by Jaime Archer

CRITIC’S PICKS

What We’re Eating Now September 2019

This month's favorites: crazy fun Japanese drinking snacks, clandestine deep-dish, and bistro staples, remixed.

08/20/2019 By Seattle Met Staff

Fun with Listicles

29 Seattle Japanese Restaurants That Won't Let You Down

We live in a city overflowing with excellent Japanese food. Whether you're craving top-notch ramen or hand-rolled sushi, these are the spots to seek out.

05/28/2019 By Seattle Met Staff

Dining Guide

4 Japantown Restaurants You Need to Know About

A verifiable sushi destination, this neighborhood's also home to fried snacks and weekend ramen.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion With Rosin Saez

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News March 2019

This month: gluten-free bliss, a home for kushikatsu, and sake for days.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Reuben's Brews Expands While Other Brewpubs Shutter

Seven dining developments on our radar this (busy) week.

01/25/2019 By Jaime Archer

Opening Dispatch

Tiny Counter By Tae Is Now Serving Hand Rolls in Chophouse Row

Seems like the perfect fit for this out-of-the-way space.

11/15/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Still Not Sated?

16 More New Spots You Need to Know

Kaiseki. Barbecue. Short rib pho. Our current restaurant landscape is equal parts indulgent and elegant.

10/23/2018 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion

Drumroll Please

And Seattle Met's 2018 Restaurant of the Year Is...

...a tiny noodle haunt in Fremont serving big, elegant flavors.

10/23/2018 By Rosin Saez

Art & Craft

Kamonegi Is Seattle Met's Restaurant of the Year

Mutsuko Soma excels at so much more than soba.

10/23/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

It's Slurp Season

8 Life-Giving Ramen Spots in Seattle

Cold weather this fall calls for a steaming bowl of ramen, stat.

10/15/2018 By Nosh Pit Staff

Review

Wa’z Explores the Quiet Art of Kaiseki

The Belltown restaurant’s eight-course menus are the understatement of the year.

09/11/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robata

Robots Now Work at a Capitol Hill Restaurant

Junkichi Robata Izakaya is the second Seattle restaurant to employ AI-powered Sota robots.

06/19/2018 By Stefan Milne

Review

Review: Tamari Bar, Capitol Hill’s Vibrant New Izakaya

No matter the hour, Tamari Bar feels like a rollicking late-night bender.

05/22/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

The Newness

A Flood of Japanese Restaurants Recently Opened—Including These 6 Spots

None of which are sushi bars.

03/06/2018 By Rosin Saez

Coming Soon

Shabu Shabu Comes to the International District

Hunker down over your own personal pot of brothy goodness when Shabu Chic opens April 6.

03/20/2012 By Allecia Vermillion