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Marination Ma Kai

Hawaiian Restaurant$$$$
North Admiral, Seattle
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  • The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • David G.
    "Love the kimchi fried rice and the specialty cocktails."(9 Tips)
    Aaron T.
    "Spam sliders!! Kimchi rice!!! Everything!!"(8 Tips)
    Brett M.
    "The fries and Kalbi beef tacos are delicious."(7 Tips)
    Cheryl C.
    "Kalbi beef tacos and mini pork sliders rock"(7 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2014
    Go for breakfast burritos in the morning, Spam sliders for lunch, and kimchi fried rice and boozy shaved ice at night. Sit in the dining room overlooking Seattle or outside. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Jaden K.
    Jaden KaleFebruary 17, 2015
    Hit the Ma Kai station on a day they offer "Aloha Fries". $9 for a basket of pulled pork, kimchi paste, Japanese mayo, furikake, scallions, & a fried egg, all covering crispy fries... You can't lose!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 16, 2013
    Spam sliders, a killer view of the city, and a waterfront location. What more could you want? How about boozy shave ice, an expertly selected beer selection, and a full bar.
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana VoyerSeptember 7
    Perfect setting on the water with a view of the Seattle skyline! It's a very casual spot with a bar as well. We loved the GF tacos, kimchi quesadillas, sliders and lychee margaritas. Lots of flavor!
  • Jana O.
    Jana ObscuraOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the spam musubi and always get the jalapeño fizz if you like cocktails with a kick! Lots of seating and a long table w outlets for solo diners along the wall. So happy they've finally arrived.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJuly 30
    You just can't beat the prices or the view...and that's why there's a line! Seriously, yummy, affordable Hawaiian fusion ($3 kalua sliders!), and a killer view across the bay of Seattle's skyline.
  • Chew 0.
    Chew 001June 17
    If you are missing MaiTai , this place to go with the most spectacular view of the city's skyline. Go on a weekday evening to sit by the edge and enjoy a drink watching the waters and avoid the crowd
  • Jeremy A.
    Jeremy AkersFebruary 2, 2015
    Tacos are killer, spam sliders hit a not often scratched spot, kimchi fried rice is a must have. The menu is definitely at the intersection of a lot of good food, so purists may wanna keep it pushing
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy postcard views of Seattle's skyline at Marination Ma Kai. Their menu offers great Korean fried rice, Hawaiian bites like Loco Moco and fish-n-chips. Full bar, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Read more
  • Juvy L.
    Juvy LucinaJuly 18, 2013
    Loved it! Unexpected find. Great placement right at the water taxi drop off. Being from Hawaii, I was pleasantly surprised. Had the Kalua Pig quesadilla & spam musubi. Also Hawaiian sun drinks? WIN.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CameronAugust 8, 2013
    Kalbi Beef Taco and Pork Slider was great. Fried Rice was just OK for me. View is amazing and a good sized patio. They'll add alcohol to your shaved ice! Careful, melts quick.
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • David G.
    David GinsbergOctober 3, 2015
    Love the kimchi fried rice and the specialty cocktails. The view isn't bad either.
  • Maya S.
    The kalbi taco salad was so good! The pickled japalenos complement the sweetness of the marinade and the slaw. Also liked the macaroni salad, classic w/ a slight twist of added spam
  • Cheryl R.
    Cheryl RichmondFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Fish tacos with pickled onions and crema. Delish! But they're tiny, so if you're hungry get a few. Or order some Spam Musubi for a side. And a guava shave ice too!
  • Stefan
    StefanJuly 17, 2015
    Great city views and outdoor seating. Take your friends here for a beer and when the sun's gone drive over to Alki.
  • Dominic
    DominicMay 25, 2015
    Fish tacos- stay away, everything else is good. Especially if yur from CA. These are beyond sad fish tacos lacking in substance, presentation or flavor. Spicy pork tacos are the exact opposite but
  • Drew M.
    Drew MilamAugust 23, 2016
    Order from the side window...assuming you're getting alcohol. So much faster! Also, kimchi fried rice is a must.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 7, 2014
    If you're coming from Downtown, take the Water Taxi across the sound--it arrives at Ma Kai's doorstep--for good views and a relaxing trip.
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YagelOctober 4, 2016
    LL: "Awesome outdoor patio with Hawaiian fusion food & drinks…used to be a food truck, their brick'n'mortar in west seattle has an amazing view"
  • Allie B.
    Allie BriskinMay 3, 2016
    great views, great tacos. definitely get the miso ginger glazed chicken tacos and the pork sliders!
  • Sam C.
    Sam CanlasSeptember 24, 2016
    The view is one of the best parts about this place, however their food holds its own, and their specialty drinks give them a boost above their competition!
  • Alexandria B.
    Alexandria BakerMay 8, 2014
    When you get a bunch of tacos and you want to know which is which ask them to put them in separate containers. I didn't eat any of my tacos because I couldn't tell which we're pork v.s. chicken.
  • Mel C.
    Mel CJuly 10, 2016
    Beef tacos and fries are awesome and affordable! Great atmosphere right on the water.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YOctober 8, 2012
    All the joy of the Capital Hill location but with a view and plenty of seating! We will be regulars! Kalbi beef tacos are the best!
  • Eric R.
    Eric ReillyJune 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish taco, beef taco, pork slider, mac n' spam, and kimchi fried rice. Amazing.
  • Stina M.
    Stina MMarch 4, 2013
    Their shave ice syrups are all housemade! Lilikoi, guava & lychee are my faves!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyJanuary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Spam slider, views of downtown seattle... Need I say more? 😉
  • Jarson A.
    Jarson AbenojarMay 26, 2015
    This is a great spot! It has a great view of the Seattle skyline. Plus the food is cheap and hits you in all the right places.
  • Jan G.
    Jan GrodeckiJanuary 25, 2015
    This is a well kept secret. Great food and spirits with an unbeatable view of Seattle's skyline.
  • Brett M.
    Brett MorrisJuly 12, 2014
    The fries and Kalbi beef tacos are delicious. Come by on a clear day for the spectacular view.
  • Pam M.
    Pam MartinMay 2, 2014
    Kalua pork tacos! Two thumbs up! The slaw they put on those suckers...Y.U.M! Even better though ...the view!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CMarch 30, 2016
    The fish taco was really good, the ginger chicken and kalbi beef tacos were ok. The shave ice is not like the real hawaiian shave ice I've had and I wouldn't recommend it.
  • SouthernBeets
    SouthernBeetsOctober 1, 2014
    One of the best views of the Seattle skyline! Try 1) any taco and 2) kimchi quesadilla (my favorite quesadilla ever!).
  • chi s.
    chi shiDecember 23, 2015
    Tacos are amazing and the Hawaiian fries are crazy filling
  • Andru E.
    Andru EdwardsAugust 9, 2014
    Great fish and chips here with unique tartar sauce
  • Portley C.
    Portley ColwellJune 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the veggie quesadillas and take in the amazing views!
  • Emerson D.
    Emerson De OliveiraAugust 6, 2014
    If your going to order a drink with your food, order at the bar because you can put in your food order there too and our will be a lot quicker than waiting in the main line
  • Annie
    AnnieOctober 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the shave ice. Lots of wonderful house made syrups to choose from. My favorite is coconut and guava.
  • Larissa V.
    Larissa Vidal2 weeks ago
    It turns out, spam musubi and a (virgin) bloody mary make the perfect snack after a long run.
  • Dottie J.
    Dottie JohnsonJune 6, 2013
    Great fish and chips and fantastic view. Catch ferry from Seattle and head to West Seattle, worth the trip.
  • Lailanie G.
    Lailanie GadiaJuly 4, 2016
    I enjoyed their Kahlua sliders along with eating with a view of the Seattle skyline!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BaadeFebruary 26, 2013
    A basket of fries can feed a small army. Or a couple of people & then a flock of hungry birds outside.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BeasleyJune 19, 2014
    Make this a day trip. Take the foot ferry from downtown to west Seattle. You can hang out over there for a bit.
  • Rachel H.
    Rachel HalladayNovember 5, 2013
    Chicken tacos are to die for...only taco spot I've liked since leaving San Diego!
  • Goss N.
    Goss Nuzzo-JonesJuly 7, 2015
    Spam musubi was really good. Nice ambiance across from the Seattle skyline.
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PenaJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    No matter what you order, make sure you add a musubi and Hawaiian Sun drink to it.
  • Kim S.
    Kim Sharpe JonesNovember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great craft beer selection from a certified cicerone (like a sommelier except for beer!)
  • Dave P.
    Dave PeckJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's Seattle. It's the summer. Why aren't you riding the Water Taxi to Marination Ma Kai and grabbing a beer once you're there?
  • Pratiksha C.
    Pratiksha ChauhanFebruary 1, 2016
    Best views of Seattle with great food - one of my fav places in summertime
  • Diana F.
    Diana F.November 17, 2012
    Kimchi Fried Rice and Kalbi Beef Tacos! YUMYUM! ❤
  • Gabriella M.
    Gabriella McDanielJune 25, 2015
    It has incredible Hawaiian food that is just to die for!!!
  • Steve R.
    Steve ReaginJuly 30, 2013
    Sitting on the patio eating kimchee pork quesadillas on a beautiful summer afternoon. FTW!
  • Jessica P.
    Kalbi with kimchi fried rice is the bomb!!! Spamusubi always hit the spot!
  • Josh H.
    Josh HollandJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the line fool you, service is speedy. Try a pork slider.
  • PoP O.
    PoP OngsakornAugust 11, 2014
    Spicy Pork Tacos is really good
  • Andru E.
    Andru EdwardsAugust 9, 2014
    The shave ice is amazing here!
  • Eric P.
    Eric ParkinsonAugust 17, 2014
    Kimchi Fried Rice with Spicy Pork and an Egg
  • Ian B.
    Ian BradshawAugust 26, 2015
    It's all about the Kim chi quesadilla
  • Steven H.
    Steven HaberJune 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Four spicy pork tacos and shave ice with coconut ice cream!
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SzaboOctober 13, 2014
    The view is amazing even in damp weather
  • Charley B.
    Charley BiggsMay 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish tacos are the best....great beer too.
  • Vishal S.
    Vishal SoodFebruary 20, 2016
    Great views on a clear day and yum food
  • Sharman G.
    Sharman GerdesApril 22, 2016
    Sitting outside is the best---also shaved ice delicious.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SubicaMarch 9, 2014
    Spilt the fries with a friend. They're huge!
  • Holger K.
    Holger KuehnleSeptember 23, 2016
    Great tacos, spam musubi and spam sliders.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JoshiAugust 17, 2015
    Great view, not a ton of Gluten Free options.
  • Dana B.
    Dana BeverlyMarch 9, 2015
    Mmmm fish tacos! Not my favorite in Seattle, but still damn good.
  • Austin R.
    Amazing food. Tried to figure out how I could bring this to Atlanta.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RJuly 9
    Spam sliders and Hawaiian pork tacos were my favorite.
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TrostleJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Spam sliders!! Kimchi rice!!! Everything!!
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungJune 17, 2013
    Grab a beer, sit outside & enjoy the view!
  • Melani M.
    Melani MoralesMarch 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Loco mock and khalua pork tacos!
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl CorbinDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the pork sliders with hot chili sauce
  • Keri D.
    Keri DingOctober 9, 2014
    katsu burger is really good and has received an award
  • ˙ɯ uɐıɹq
    ˙ɯ uɐıɹqOctober 5, 2012
    Grab a menu at the counter before you get in line!
  • Lee V.
    Lee VerberneNovember 28, 2012
    Malt Ponzu Vinegar for your fries!!
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl CorbinOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Kalbi beef tacos and mini pork sliders rock
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SwisherMay 30, 2015
    Definitely get the pork sliders!
  • armand v.
    armand vasquezDecember 5, 2013
    The kimchi fried rice is a must have!
  • ImpulseWine.com
    ImpulseWine.comJune 8, 2013
    The Pork Katsu is to die for!
  • Phill R.
    Phill RameySeptember 24, 2016
    Don't fear spam, get the musubi!
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CNovember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacos, drinks and the view!
  • Brandon D.
    Brandon DarrinJuly 18, 2013
    Amazing food and beer selections.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 9, 2015
    Elbow your way to a spot on the patio
  • Steve C.
    Steve CurtisJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kalbi tacos are amazing!!!
  • KC S.
    KC StarDecember 28, 2014
    A quick trip to Hawaii from Seattle
  • Kylene W.
    Kylene WolfeJuly 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos are delicious!
  • Steve M.
    Steve McQuadeJune 12, 2013
    Parking sucks, but the food is great!
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl CorbinOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Kalbi beef tacos rock
  • ImpulseWine.com
    ImpulseWine.comSeptember 14, 2013
    Enjoy a beer outside on the water
  • Carla R.
    Carla RogersOctober 6, 2012
    They have adult beverages too!!! Welcome to Alki!!!
  • Denise D.
    Denise DyFebruary 12, 2014
    Pork Katsu Sandwich
  • Maryn G.
    Maryn GerdesApril 22, 2016
    Shave ice for sure!
  • Lillian
    LillianAugust 11, 2014
    Reminds me of home!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoAugust 11, 2015
    Great tacos
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Spam sliders for the win!
  • Rory L.
    Rory LeidMay 4, 2013
    Beer on tap!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KozielOctober 4
    Breakfast Burritos?
  • Diana P.
    Diana PhotoOctober 24, 2016
    poor quality meat. too greasy potatoes. But good view
  • C.Y. L.
    C.Y. LeeMay 13, 2016
    Kalua pork not recommended. Dry.
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