As questionable as Japanese-Mexican fusion might sound, Japonessa is kind of nailing it. Make a reservation, order some Bad Boy rolls (like spicy tuna rolls but battered and fried) and tempura brie for the table, and get a few rounds of mango sangria going. It’s a little touristy and nine out of ten times our sushi rolls completely fall apart and little grains of sticky rice and cucumber sticks end up all over the table, but it tastes great, there are exciting vibes aplenty, and it’s the perfect light-bite pregame.
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Mariscos Mexico is a Mexican stall at Pike Place Market that serves delicious seafood tacos.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
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Maneki in the International District is one of the oldest restaurants in Seattle. Come here to eat sushi and other Japanese plates in a tatami room.
Momiji is a Capitol Hill sushi spot that works for a low-key happy hour, but also a sake-filled birthday dinner.
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There’s a lot of good Mexican in Seattle, but Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill also has an excellent rooftop.
Fremont Bowl is a casual Japanese spot in Fremont with delicious and affordable donburi bowls and poke.
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