Some things are harder to make at home. Sushi, for example, poses a few challenges, especially if the market around the corner from your apartment doesn’t happen to sell sushi-grade tuna. Fortunately, there are still a bunch of great takeout and delivery options all around the city. Order from one of the places on this guide, and you can show your support while also gracefully admitting that you aren’t up to the task of making your own 10-course omakase.
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The best sushi in the city is now available for takeout. From Thursday through Saturday, this spot by Pike Place Market is serving $100 omakase boxes that you can preorder and pick up. In each box, you’ll find 10 pieces of nigiri, nine pieces of sashimi, tamago, rice, and a small portion of their incredible miso black cod.
Maneki is the oldest Japanese restaurant in the city, and if you don’t have a reservation, it’s almost impossible to get in before 9:30pm. But now they have online ordering for pickup, so if you still end up eating at 9:30pm, it’s your fault and nobody else’s. This spot in the International District serves some of the best nigiri and spicy tuna in town - make sure to add on an order of gyoza or takoyaki for the full Maneki experience.
Toyoda Sushi in Lake City is a great spot on the north end if you like wasabi, generously-portioned nigiri, and delicious deep-fried spicy tuna rolls. They’re offering takeout and in-house delivery from 5-8pm on Wednesday-Sunday, and you can text them at 206-383-8182 around 24 hours in advance to place an order. For more information, check out their Instagram page.
All you want right now is enough raw fish to completely cover the surface of your coffee table. In that case, Musashi’s is a solid choice. They have a lot of six-piece rolls on the menu that cost around $4, plus nigiri that’s less than $3, so you can get a lot of really tasty sushi delivered to you without spending a ton.
If you’ve never eaten at Wataru before, it’s probably because you tried to get in and they were booked solid. Now’s your chance to finally enjoy their 10-course omakase from the comfort of your couch. You can also order a chirashi bowl or sushi rolls with six types of fish, with every option on their menu ranging between $35-$40. Make sure to check their website often, because preorders sell out quickly.
Ikina’s a reliable sushi standby - they serve fantastic nigiri for reasonable prices and have a strong lineup of appetizers to round out your meal. If you’re in the mood for maki, one of the best options here is the soy paper-wrapped protein roll, filled with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crab, and ponzu sauce. And even if they didn’t serve sushi at all, we’d order delivery from this Capitol Hill spot just for their mushroom-y kabocha squash and mascarpone dumplings.
Shiro’s new to-go menu focuses on plates featuring one type of fish, from a salmon combo (with four different types of nigiri, a roll, and roe) to a special scallop tasting, each piece topped with seasonings like plum sauce, powdered egg yolk, and sancho pepper. Every plate comes with their signature egg dessert (which is kind of like a sweet omelette), so if you close your eyes, you can imagine yourself at the sushi counter instead of just being stuck at your kitchen island. Call the restaurant at 206-443-9844 to place your order.
Kisaku is one of the few sushi spots open for lunch right now. Almost all of their lunch specials cost less than $15, and they’re also selling bottles of sake - which would make your lunchtime conference call exponentially more interesting.
Fremont Bowl serves fantastic raw fish-filled chirashi rice bowls for pickup or delivery. Their lightly-seared salmon cuts like warm butter and the smoky homemade soy sauce will forever ruin the store-bought kind. It’s like that one time Ina Garten told you to make your own chicken stock and you listened.
If you’re looking for sushi takeout in West Seattle, order from Mashiko. They use sustainable fish, offer a few omakase meals for two, and have plenty of nigiri available a la carte, like Hawaiian albacore with chili oil, scallop with lemon and sea salt, and seared skipjack tuna. Upgrade your meal by ordering a couple of their matcha IPAs - they’re delicious but expect your beer to be very green.
Sushi Kappo Tamura in Eastlake sources sustainable fish as well, and serves a great selection of nigiri and specialty rolls. Get a set for $29 along with an order of squash and fried tofu miso soup, and be sure to tack on some albacore belly if they have it.
Kiriba is our favorite sushi spot on the north end. We especially like the White Tiger roll, topped with escolar and blowtorched parmesan cheese. You’ll also find great miso soup, tempura-battered rolls stuffed with miso-marinated fish, and seared salmon toro nigiri.
Momiji seems like they’re trying to use as many different ingredients as possible in their sushi rolls. Case in point: the Moonraker, which is filled with sriracha yellowtail, cucumber, and cilantro, and then topped with seared spicy snow crab, black tobiko, jalapeño-citrus sauce, truffle oil, and green onions. It’s hard to get it all in one bite, but these loaded rolls are delicious. And when you’re eating them at home, you don’t have to worry about being messy - only your roommate and/or parrot can judge you now.
Umi Sake House is Momiji’s sister spot in Belltown, so you’ll see similar maki rolls that are practically the size of golf balls. Nearly all of the signature rolls have a ton of heat, so keep this place in mind if you’re craving something spicy.
While the spicy tuna on crispy rice isn’t on Moontree’s delivery menu (we’d eat a popcorn bucket full of them on a Friday night), the rest of the sushi here is delicious as well. From perfectly-seasoned nigiri to the aforementioned spicy tuna that has an ideal amount of sesame oil and scallion blended in, this is the best spot in and around Queen Anne.
We once overheard someone at this ID spot tell the sushi chef he was moving to Tokyo the next day, and wanted Tsukushinbo to be his last meal in Seattle. That’s how good the sushi is here. While the nigiri is excellent, there are also plenty of vegetarian options, like rolls filled with green beans, carrots, and pumpkin tempura. And right now they’re offering takeout and delivery through third-party apps.
This Belltown sushi spot specializes in seared sushi - their signature roll, filled with spicy tuna and topped with seared salmon, jalapeño, and a sweet sauce, is particularly excellent. Right now you can order for delivery through third-party apps.
The best part about Sushi Me, a casual spot in Bellevue, is grabbing California rolls and shumai from a moving conveyor belt. Getting these same things delivered instead isn’t the same, but you still can eat cajun-spiced seared salmon nigiri without having to wear pants, which might almost be just as fun. Plus, nothing on the menu costs more than $6.50.
Tsui Sushi Bar serves three different kinds of belly (salmon, albacore, and yellowtail), and you should order all of them - especially the salmon, covered in spicy aioli, sweet teriyaki, and fresh scallion. Even their simple tataki plates (seared sashimi with mango sauce) are excellent.