Green star Kisaku (Green Lake)

2101 N 55th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-9050
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Categories: Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • Kisaku is an upscale sushi place that will deliver one of the better meals you’ve had in a long time. This is pristine seafood, in the hands of experts who know it’s best to let the integrity of the fish speak for itself—go elsewhere for rolls with cream cheese or mango in them (and don't let the door hit you on your way out).
  • Features: Bar/Happy Hour
  • Cuisine: Japanese and Sushi
  • Serving Hours: Mon, Wed-Thurs 11:30 am-2 pm, 5-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat 11:30 am-2 pm, 5-10 pm; Sun 5-9:30 pm
  • Price Range: $$

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Average Rating:
  • 4.60000/5 Stars.
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commeatus 5

truly remarkable restaurant

tightly tucked away in tangletown, kisaku looks like any other nicer seattle restaurant: large windows, clean-cut presentation, warm earth tones on the walls--zagat would eat this place up. but don't let the common appearance fool you, kisaku is anything but. I went twice with a partner for the evening. there was a wait both times, even though we had made a reservation the second visit. we chatted up the sushi assistant (named "alfred") and got $30 dollars of sashimi and a small bottle of hot house sake. the sake was underwhelming but the sashimi was impeccable. yellowtail, blue shrimp, scallops, razor clam, japanese sea bass, the selection was exquisite, and would have cost $50 at any other similar restaurant. the qualitiy of ingredients really stood out from the entire experience. fish was fresh and fatty, the seaweed and daikon bed it lay in was crisp and tasty in its own right. we ordered some custom sushi rolls to finish and they were quickly delivered and outstandingly made. I'll be going back quite a bit, I think.
Posted by commeatus on August 9, 2011 at 9:01 AM · Report this
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Oddly, really good for vegetarians.

Fresh sashimi, yeah, yeah, yeah... Pfft. Kisaku may be good for that, but for vegetarians and vegans out there with a craving for sushi (and the tofu roll at your local place doesn't cut it anymore), try Kisaku. All the standard vegetarian fare was there, plus many new variations. They were even accommodating when I asked for my favorite, tempura fried sweet potato in a roll (sometimes, I get it with avocado, too). I didn't get the standard "oh, the chef can't do that," from the waitress. Instead, she answered yes. You'll leave full, but leave enough room for their homemade desserts. Whatever you do, don't pass up on the honeydew sorbet---it's light and refreshing--and tastes like a honeydew snowflake
Posted by VeggieSushiLover on August 30, 2007 at 1:26 AM · Report this
3

Good balance, modern and traditional

Kisaku keeps a nice taste of Traditional Japanese Sushi. But not formal or Japanese only. They also have americanized taste also. We all, American, Japanese, Chinese and European can enjoy the dinner. OMAKASE for cheff will be better, if you're the japanese food lover.
Posted by Panda on August 24, 2007 at 11:11 PM · Report this
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Roll the dice, order omikase

Before going to Kisaku, I would eat sushi once a month at whatever place maybe getting a little tuna, a little salmon; you know the drill. However, Kisaku has opened my eyes to almost everything. Omikase, or chef's choice, may sound scary, but if you don't trust the sushi chef to choose, how can you trust the chef to give you quality sushi? Omikase lets the chef tell you what's best, what's flavorful, and what's only being served that week. Now, there's nothing I won't eat with a recommendation from Nakano-san. Nakano's sushi bar is always filled with regulars, which says a lot. Many of the regulars come every single week to savor the wonderful sushi. Become a regular and let the chef choose, you won't regret it.
Posted by Chris on August 4, 2007 at 1:14 AM · Report this
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Best date night sushi in Seattle, period.

Last time I showed up at Kisaku, I was elbowed at the knee out of the way by a three-year old, while his parents smiled and apologized, saying he wanted sashimi for his birthday dinner, and he wanted to make sure they had gotten it fresh off the boat (they had). So what do three-year olds know that I don’t? Probably how to choke down uni without retching. But plunking down at the bar and asking for the chef’s special will never disappoint at Kisaku. It’s clean. It’s small. It’s intimate, and it’s off the beaten path. Kisaku also isn’t the fast-food sushi conveyor industrialization, which makes one feel like serving yourself is a sacred duty to the Toyota process. Tables actually have white cloths that are changed between meals at Kisaku, and their sake selection has significantly more settings than “sweet as a rice-covered dingdong” and “engine degreaser”. No, conveyor-belt sushi this is not. Every fresh, delicious chunk of seafood is sliced off for you and presented beautifully. The octopus and the ahi tuna are always excellent, and the miso soup isn’t made from a powder. And the staff is good at what they do. It shows. Kisaku is a family-run affair, and some of their hours seem a bit odd, but the main dining times are always available, and it’s one of the best date places to have dinner, then a quiet walk around Greenlake to finish off the evening.
Posted by zymyrgy on July 20, 2007 at 9:06 PM · Report this

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