The first time we sat at Tsukushinbo’s sushi counter, we overheard someone tell the chef that he was moving to Tokyo the very next day. At first we thought this guy was a little nuts for having sushi the night before relocating to Japan, but after trying it for ourselves, we get it. The menu is short, but there are things you might not see at other spots in town, like barracuda or smoked kinmedai. And the result is fantastic, especially during a solo meal, when you can really appreciate how the yellowtail melts like Crisco without any distractions. If you’re not in the mood for sushi, you can also get some great ramen - which is only available on weekends at lunch, and tends to attract long lines.
Where we've featured it
14 Affordable Places To Impress An Out-Of-Towner
14 places where you can impress out-of-towners without spending too much money.
More spots in International DistrictSee more
Dough Zone Dumpling House
Dough Zone Dumpling House is a great spot for Chinese dumplings and noodles in the International District.
Kau Kau Barbeque Market
KauKau BBQ Market is not the prettiest Chinese restaurant, but it’s definitely one of the best in the International District.
Pho Bac Sup Shop
Pho Bac Sup Shop is a Vietnamese spot in the International District serving some seriously great pho and bar snacks.
More Japanese spotsSee more
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka U-District
Our choice for Ramen in the University District is Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.
Kamonegi is an excellent Japanese restaurant in Fremont that serves homemade soba and tempura.
Suggested by our writers
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.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more