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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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.
Matt’s In The Market
Matt’s In The Market is a Pike Place institution for seafood and upscale American dishes.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a downtown staple in Pike Place Market with great mac and cheese and panini.
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Katsu Burger is a Japanese burger joint in Capitol Hill serving great fries, shakes, and deep-fried burgers.
Kamonegi is an excellent Japanese restaurant in Fremont that serves homemade soba and tempura.
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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Trove is a Capitol Hill Korean barbecue place that’s one of Seattle’s best restaurants for DIY meat-grilling.
There’s a lot of good Mexican in Seattle, but Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill also has an excellent rooftop.
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