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Maneki

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
International District, Seattle
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and The Seattle Times
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  • Leonardo H.
    "Try the Black Cod Kasuzuke - A must here at Maneki."(15 Tips)
    AFAR Media
    "sakana dinner with salt-broiled mackerel"(2 Tips)
    Lillian Y.
    "amaebi sushi with its head in tempura style is a must."(6 Tips)
    Alex H.
    "Go to Maneki and order Geoduck Batayaki."(2 Tips)
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The best values are the combo dinners, which are under $20 and include sunomono, miso, rice, tea, and fruit for dessert; the sakana dinner with salt-broiled mackerel is fantastic. Read more
  • Sam D.
    Sam DukeDecember 22, 2012
    Get there right when they open, sit at the bar, order some Sapporos and start making your way through the specials written on the cabinet. Then, prepare for mind expansion.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Getting seats at this 107-year-old Japanese restaurant can be an utter puzzlement, but should you crack the code, the mind-boggling list of specials are where it's at. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Tanya P.
    Tanya PhamFebruary 16, 2013
    Everything here was absolutely delicious. Had miso black cod collar (best fish I've ever had), tuna tartare, sea kelp hijiki, and clams sake broth. One of my all time favorite restaurants.
  • Lillian Y.
    Lillian YoungFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh, top-quality sushi and sashimi at an unbeatable price. Amaebi w/ it's deep fried head, geoduck, scallop, uni and much more. One of the most traditional and authentic Japanese restaurants.
  • Leonardo H.
    Leonardo HartomoFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Black Cod Kasuzuke - A must here at Maneki. Amazing flavors and texture. Marinated in kasu (the lees of sake) and grilled, the cod transforms into little succulent bites of heaven. (via @Food
  • Mingfei Y.
    Mingfei YanJuly 22, 2012
    Nice service. Usually need to reserve but I got lucky with Walk in. Salmon is fresh and I love Tekka don! The miso soup is tasty too. $25-35 per person usually.
  • Jane H.
    Jane HudsonAugust 20, 2010
    Salt Broiled Mackerel Sakana Dinner will have everyone trying to eating off your plate! Let them because it comes with sashimi, cucumber salad, miso soup, shrimp + veggie tempura, fruit + tea for $16!
  • c'est qui :.
    c'est qui :)March 5, 2011
    Make reservations! For ppl who love good, authentic Japanese food. So yummy and cheap. Try Age Dashi Tofu, Unagi/Eel Sushi Roll, Spider Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Black Cod.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MurrayMarch 26, 2016
    Spicy tuna roll and chicken yakisoba were good in a small, old-fashioned space. I think it's the oldest restaurant in Seattle.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    Really love the motsu-ni here. Black cod kama is a must have if course. Authentic and homey Japanese food.
  • Colin B.
    Colin BoeSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for fresh, delicious homestyle Japanese food at prices that won't crush your wallet. Thumbs up to the sassy ladies that run this place!
  • Leonardo H.
    Leonardo HartomoJune 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Black Cod Kasuzuke - I can't seem to resist this every time. Black Cod, you're too good + a soba soup on the side. And Barley Shochu.
  • Priya P.
    Priya ParkerAugust 16, 2014
    "The absolute king of 'how the hell is this so cheap' in Seattle is the miso-glazed black cod collar at Maneki. $7.50 for what would be easily twice that at almost any other restaurant."
  • Brittney
    BrittneyMarch 8, 2011
    All time favorite sushi place, even though it is a dive. It isn't necessarily creative, but more or less traditional, big pieces, affordable, and fresh!
  • Riley E.
    Riley EdmundsAugust 30, 2013
    Try the Durkee roll. Whether or not you're a vegetarian, this roll is something straight out of sushi heaven.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HutchinsonDecember 18, 2009
    They've been in Seattle for 100+ years for a reason.My favorites are: Calpico martini, 'steamed salmon in foil pouch' (trust me on this one,) karage and wild salmon sashimi. Don't try going w/o a Read more
  • Scott R.
    Scott RyanApril 18, 2015
    Sashimi fresher than this only exists in the ocean itself. Many other Japanese delicacies. To say the prices are fair is a serious understatement.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaDecember 9, 2016
    Traditional Japanese food in a cozy setting. Seafood heavy menu. Expect a wait without rez. 🍚🐟
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyApril 18, 2015
    The oldest continually operated Japanese restaurant on the West Coast, Maneki has been open for 107 years and counting.
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetFebruary 18, 2011
    It does not get more old-school in Seattle than the century-old Maneki, a homey haunt of homely delights kept in line Read more
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SidmanAugust 28, 2010
    If you don't order the black cod you're missing out on one of the best meals of your life! Fried eggplant is also great.
  • Eduardo R.
    Eduardo RamirezJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you call and provide your reservation information if you plan to get a table.
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesMay 26, 2010
    The truly-great-granddaddy of Japanese restaurants. Stuffs savory "doughnut-holes" with bits of octopus, sprinkled them with bonito flakes and called it tako-yaki. Read more
  • Zigolleid
    ZigolleidSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork Katsu is extremely cheap for the amount you get, and the quality is much better than most Japanese restaurant around the area.
  • Keri D.
    Keri DingOctober 9, 2014
    not impressed by their sushi and sashimi.Recommend ordering cooked food here.Their miso cod is the best I've ever had
  • David V.
    David VerrinderOctober 8, 2015
    The tempura, sushi and chicken don are all delicious
  • Lillian Y.
    Lillian YoungSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    amaebi sushi with its head in tempura style is a must. $4.5 for two pieces.
  • Curtis L.
    Curtis LuiJanuary 28, 2013
    Definitely make reservations or you will be waiting awhile!
  • Alicia K.
    Alicia KSeptember 10, 2011
    Awesome chirashi which is how good Japanese restaurants are measured by.
  • Carter G.
    Carter GApril 11, 2015
    The black cod and tempura here are amazing!
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin W.January 25, 2013
    really just okay. service lacks and the food is mediocre. head waitress made up excuses for why the food didn't come out as described on the menu. really wanted to like (or love) this place, no cigar
  • Ally W.
    Ally WuJanuary 28, 2011
    Best broiled black cod ever and cheap! Must try!
  • Luciano T.
    Luciano TsirosDecember 31, 2011
    Great drinks. Also try the Salmon Teriyaki.
  • DenMom & MoMo W.
    DenMom & MoMo WJune 13, 2013
    Note to all: don't be a rookie. And make a reservation.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SantosJanuary 8, 2016
    Sushi and a wide variety of Japanese food
  • Nika L.
    Nika LinFebruary 20, 2013
    The lil ol' Japanese ladies are so cute here!
  • Daniel
    DanielFebruary 19, 2012
    Try the mozuku. It's good seaweed with a kick.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SuAugust 20, 2014
    Monk fish liver
  • Emmersone
    EmmersoneNovember 8, 2010
    Nigiri sushi is very generous. Gyoza is very good.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonFebruary 7, 2016
    The dinners have so many sides!
  • Stefan
    StefanDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, very authentic
  • David N.
    David NewmanDecember 4, 2013
    Two words: Spider Roll
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerSeptember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good for groups!
  • Frank C.
    Frank ClarkOctober 28, 2010
    The soft shell crab tempura is amazing.
  • Letao T.
    Letao TaoAugust 8, 2014
    Butter-yaki is pretty authentic stuff.
  • Whi C.
    Whi ChangOctober 9, 2014
    Love everything in here.
  • Buster B.
    Buster BensonSeptember 14, 2012
    Black cod is the thing apparently.
  • Linton W.
    Linton W3 weeks ago
    Black miso cod!!
  • John B.
    John BrooksAugust 5, 2012
    Sit at the bar.
  • Misty S.
    Misty ShockSeptember 10, 2012
    Black cod collar!
  • Derek P.
    Derek PunsalanFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Miso Black Cod and Garlic Tempura.
  • Alexander D.
    Definitely call ahead!
  • Everyday
    EverydayMarch 21, 2013
    Meh selection. Good black cod. Sashimi is quite bland and not worth trying.
  • Kate B.
    Kate B.October 11, 2012
    Uni. 'Nuff said!
  • Daniel
    DanielFebruary 19, 2012
    Try the menu!
  • Aaron
    AaronApril 3, 2011
    Totally disappointing sushi and some of the worst service in town. Otherwise great. ;)
  • Ben P.
    Ben PippengerAugust 9, 2010
    Black cod...do it
  • mizleyley
    mizleyleyFebruary 23, 2010
    Delicious rolls
  • Nima T.
    Nima TalebiFebruary 11
    Worst service I've had in a long time. Wow. Never coming back.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HillingerJuly 26, 2009
    Go to Maneki and order Geoduck Batayaki. Enter nirvana.
  • Nima T.
    Nima TalebiFebruary 11
    Really bad service; rude.
  • Erik F.
    Erik FreySeptember 2, 2009
    Get a JoJo roll!
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