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Umi Sake House

4.6
4.6
2020 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Umi Sake House is a unique Japanese cuisine restaurant in the Belltown area of Seattle featuring the highest quality seafood available in the Northwest, a large izakaya-style tapas menu, and boasting a sake list of over 60 imported Japanese bottles. The interior is multi-faceted, with a black slate tiled traditional dining room, a gorgeous 14 person capacity wooden sushi bar, a semi private "tatami" room which holds 12 people, a larger 25 person private dining room, an enclosed "back patio" casual dining room complete with tropical garden, a black concrete liquor bar with custom sake cocktails and fusion traditional cocktails, and a "front porch" casual dining area with a daily extended happy hour from 4-8pm. The variety of atmospheres allows for a different experience with every visit, and the vastness and quality of the menu does the same. For the budding sake enthusiast or the seasoned veteran, the sake menu at Umi is bottle for bottle the best found anywhere outside of Japan!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 89 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (206) 374-8717

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Arcelia Castillo

  • Catering

    Available with sufficient notice, and designed to suit function.

  • Private party facilities

    Available for wedding receptions, private parties, anniversaries, etc.

  • Private party contact

    Hostess/ Manager: (206) 374-8717

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Bell

  • Parking details

    Limited street parking. Several pay lots within a half block available.

  • Public transit

    Yes

  • Entertainment

    Jazz, motown, or lounge music played 'til 10pm. Upbeat lounge, R&B, old school & 80's music played 10pm- close.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Japanese

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

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  1. LL

    LocalLookingforClassics

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful offering of omakase and selection of sake. We also enjoyed the spicy coconut lobster soup. FYI- The omakase is served on platters; not by course.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience1
    Overall, decent experience. Although, they sat us next to a a family with kids and in between another table that had a couple next to us. It would have been better to have a private booth (considering we were celebrating my birthday) and I was really looking forward to this sushi spot. We also tried to call them several times to ask them what time would be best to move our reservation and make sure we reserved a booth, but they never answered. Happy hour selection: a lot of options, sashimi set was okay (the sashima cuts were huge and seemed sort of fresh), unagi roll was okay. I appreciated the edamame they gave us at the beginning. Not sure if I want to book on open table anymore (even with the requests and calls I make to the restaurants). Also, I would not go here if you are looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant. Too many kids and not suitable if you want a romantic date night. food and service was subpar.
  3. g

    goodeatsdiva

    Jackson Hole

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our server was very professional and friendly, but probably serving too many tables. We felt rushed, yet had long waits for simple water refills. We also had food coming all at once (appetizer, salads, main dishes), craning the small table. Some sushi pieces were also falling apart. So, great place, but maybe attempting to serve more people than they are capable of.
  4. JM

    JoeM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour menu extensive, I think every day of the week, great tasting, and great value. I love coming back to Umi.
  5. JL

    JohnL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The sushi is just average and I get the feeling some of the roles are prepared in advance and just pulled out of the fridge when ordered.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Wonderful to have gluten free labeling but the fish is not very fresh.
  7. EA

    EmmaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and service were great, made even better by the beautiful interior! Perfect for date nights with friends or a partner
  8. F

    Foodie88

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi and sashimi were AMAZING The service was impeccable Will come back every time I am in Seattle from now on!!
  9. DL

    DanaLich

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, atmosphere was amazing, our waitress was great as was our supporting server, Ryan. You have a great team there! Will absolutely return.
  10. D

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My food and My Bartner was super! I had fried octopus, Diablo roll, and yellowtail belly and it was AWESOME!
  11. K

    Kecia

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Hour still remains Best in Seattle! Customer Service is always friendly and fun.
  12. MN

    MiguelN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was an excellent recommendation. I will definitely come on my next visit to Seattle
  13. KF

    KFoodie

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Hostess sent us a text the table was ready (we had a reservation) we came up to the host stand and the hostess told us it would be a minute more we ended up waiting 12 mins till we could seat. People in a private room were screaming every 5 minutes and yelling constantly. Our crab had a weird taste to it didn’t taste right
  14. KQ

    KarenQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time ever having sushi & it was delicious! Our server Max took me on a master culinary tour from the best tuna bite to the matcha fried ice cream for dessert & all the magic in between!! Would definitely recommend 10/10!
  15. LT

    LauraT

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Umi sake house was great. Our server was friendly and attentive. The sushi rolls are huge! Certainly a lot for one person. The calamari was perfect. Tuna belly nigiri also was good. Would definitely recommend this place
  16. a

    adelinev

    Seattle

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!!!! HH and casino royale roll was amazing!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A meetup to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Umi provided a delicious birthday dessert. Service attentive. I always enjoy my visits to this spot.
  18. YL

    YueL

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We only ordered from the Happy Hour menu We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service. Will definitely go back and try some sushi from their regular menu.
  19. EB

    EgeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, delicious food. The only downside is its very loud.
  20. C

    Cesario17

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved the vegan sushi and other tofu vegan options that they had!
  21. JP

    JesseP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been frequenting this joint for some time, it’s a must hit. Happy hour is one of the best in the city. Sabi
  22. GK

    GKT1

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food is delicious. Best sushi in Seattle. The noise level is extreme. We were screaming at each other trying to hold a conversation. Too loud. Service was good- a little slow but it was packed…
  23. J

    Judge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food w reasonable prices! Highly recommended!
  24. KS

    KatS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really good food. Amazing service but a little too loud (outside area). And the floor was too sticky.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable evening at the bar counter. Amazing and fresh sashimi with great service.
  26. CS

    ConnieS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed celebrating a birthday event with family at Umi’s! We were lucky and scored a reservation during HH on the patio. We loved everything we ordered and the service was excellent. Thank you for making us feel special 🎂
  27. S

    Shellbell263

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Your experience depends on where you sit, half of the restaurant is full of plants and cozy booths and the other cafeteria like. It did not feel like the quality meet the price. $175 one small bottle sake, one roll and 16 nigiri pieces. The woman who cleared the plates was intrusive and insensitive, did not feel like an elevated dinning experience. Last time I was there was several years ago, it does not feel the same.
  28. e

    emilyw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Umi Sake has one of the best sushi happy hours in the city! Friendly staff, quick service, and an expansive happy hour menu.
  29. MS

    MelissaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine at Umi Sake House each time we visit our son at UW. The hot plates are excellent. We had the Filet Mignon and it was exceptional. There is a great variety of Specialty Rolls, and there are plenty of delicious vegetarian options, as well. The sake cocktails are terrific and the wait staff is always friendly. You are given a 90 minute window to dine but that is plenty of time because the food arrives quickly.
  30. A

    Andrea

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food was amazing and our server was knowledgeable about our sake choices and dinner selections.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice menu, unique rolls and cool ambiance. Great Happy Hour!
  32. r

    reynarook

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sushi, great service, and wonderful warm atmosphere.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic quality fish
  34. l

    ladas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I love Umi Sake. The only thing I really dislike is the noise level. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a bar it’s so loud. I wish/hope there is a way to break up the dining rooms with half walls, sound absorbing cloth or fabric barriers or sound absorbing ceiling materials. It’s almost too much sometimes. We can be sitting next to each other and can hardly hear each other.
  35. TA

    TerriA

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience! Sake flight was informative and delicious. Tried all of the fresh catch options and a few rolls. Knowledgeable and friendly server. Great energy at the sushi bar where you can see the chefs in action.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Max was excellent!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with a fun atmosphere! 10/10 would recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Pricey but good
  39. H

    Hannahk

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    They were out of 80% of what we tried to order. Huge bummer
  40. H

    Heej

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Seattle's sushi gems. Beautiful interior decor, delicious food, and lovely staff. Highly recommend!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Umi Sake House using the Order Online button. Umi Sake House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 374-8717.

Umi Sake House is rated 4.6 stars by 2020 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 89 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Umi Sake House

2230 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bell

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Limited street parking. Several pay lots within a half block available.

  • Public transit

    Yes

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arcelia Castillo

  • Entertainment

    Jazz, motown, or lounge music played 'til 10pm. Upbeat lounge, R&B, old school & 80's music played 10pm- close.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 374-8717

  • Catering

    Available with sufficient notice, and designed to suit function.

  • Private party facilities

    Available for wedding receptions, private parties, anniversaries, etc.

  • Private party contact

    Hostess/ Manager: (206) 374-8717

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