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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The Pink Door
The Pink Door is part circus burlesque, part Italian restaurant, and is one of the best dining experiences you can have in Seattle.
Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
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.
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Kamonegi is an excellent Japanese restaurant in Fremont that serves homemade soba and tempura.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka U-District
Our choice for Ramen in the University District is Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.
Sushi Kanpai is in the bottom of an apartment in First Hill, but don’t let that stop you from going. The sushi makes for a good weeknight 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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