wa'z

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81 reviews
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wa’z is a Japanese Kaiseski restaurant that distinguishes its menu with a modern Northwest Kaiseki tasting of artful, seasonal fare. In addition to modern Kaiseki dining, wa’z offers highly coveted Chef Counter seating. This premium seating includes full kitchen views, interaction with Chef Hiro, and the ultimate tasting experience with Chef’s choice Kaiseki offering an 8 to 10 course tasting menu.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So far the best Japanese food I’ve had in Seattle

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably good food. This combines wonderful Kaiseki with quality on par with what I've had in Kyoto along with PNW adaptions and ingredients.

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OT
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Every single course was great, tasty and creative. The food tastes authentic, yet with a little bit of twist.

The presentation was equally amazing. I loved all the dishes.

My husband and I brought our friends. They enjoyed the experience and the food. This is definitely a good place to entertain your guests or treat yourself with good foodZ.

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TW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic to have an authentic Kaiseki experience in the Pacific Northwest, complete with locally available ingredients (the geoduck was the best I have ever had)! Service was fun and comfortable! Overall food was very good - perhaps just a bit shy of meeting the mark given the price. Overall though, a great experience.

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NB
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our Kaiseki experience. The January menu was inspired by Japanese New Year traditions. I really enjoyed the chef explaining each dish to us. We did the premium menu chef counter service. 9 courses for $110 may seem steep to some but it’s also about the experience. Would totally go back. Left fully satisfied. My only complaint is I thought the rice dish could use a little salt.

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EI
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, wonderful experience. Definitely try this place, it's worth it!

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny! Such a wonderful experience, the hospitality was very authentic to what you see in Japan. The food was beautifully plated, and they teach you about the history of what you're eating along the way. 10/10 would recommend, thank you w'az team!

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AB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun and delicious experience sitting at the chef's counter. Really flavorful and beautifully presented kaiseki, with great service.

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JJ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner!!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

they made desert in birthday theme

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P
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and presenations are creative, and excellent service!!

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E
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully tasting and creative monthly menu featuring both imported and local meat and fish. Bar seating is great for dates. Thoroughly enjoyed our two hour dinner there.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely exceptional !!! Quality of food, service. Everything is 5 stars.

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We really had high hopes for this place. The food was very underwhelming. It lacked creativity and flavor, and it is not worth the price. I understand the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. However, the flavor profile across most of the dishes was very bland. The only thing we enjoyed was the tofu in the first dish.

Also, I really did not appreciate that one of the dishes was a very basic tempura and soba that looked and tasted like it was prepared by any random and inexpensive Asian restaurant. We came here for quality, craft, and uniqueness, and we found none of it.

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AH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience sitting at the counter was amazing. Each dish was unique and delicious. The chefs took the time to explain each dish and the staff was extremely attentive. One of the best and most delicious dining experiences of my life.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Neither traditional nor authentic Kaiseki Ryori at all. But I searched on line there were many people suggested this restaurant as Kaiseki. I don't know is it a kind of ads or bias of conformity.

Stale Sashimi and hard sushi,even the inferior strawberry fook. THE ONLY COURSE THAT I SATISFIED WITH WAS THE FIRST APPETIZER TOFU. All the others were really a waste of my time drove from Vancouver to Seattle particularly for Wa'z.

By the way, i would like to give a fundamental suggestion for trying to be like Kaiseki Ryori, each course should change the corresponding tableware since the taste of previous course will stay on the chopsticks and probably destroy the next one.

Never just実のないほんのみせかけ。
Sincerely.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great in every way. The sake was smooth and worth it. A bit pricey.

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AY
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wa'z serves Kyoto style Kaiseki cuisine with a creative twist using Northwest fresh ingredients. It is always a treat to dine at the counter, with Hiro-San who is the head chef and owner of the restaurant. The menu changes monthly, with a theme which is seasonal and festive at the same time. Great thought is given to assemble each dish, from the presentation, to the quality of the food and taste (with choice selections of the freshest ingredients), the colors of the different compositions, and the garnish, all in perfect harmony, sometimes with a kick (a delicate touch of yuzu flavored spice). For me, it is always a feast not just for the tummy, but the eyes and the mind, sometimes whimsical, and sometimes stimulating imagination and a sense of nostalgia (of travels to Japan), not just my taste buds. Hiro-San never disappoints. The cuisine gets better each month. I look forward to going back each month because I am so curious what Hiro-San would create....it's addictive!

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seattle is very lucky to have thoughtful, authentic kaiseki cuisine available. The menu changes monthly, and the seasonal evolutions are fun to watch. A must-try.

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ML
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime Kaiseki experience as close to Japan experience as I have seen in the states. Excellent

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F
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having lived in Japan for ten years, and having married a Japanese man, I have very distinct likes and dislikes when it comes to Japanese food. I also know that, even in Japan, kaiseki cuisine is not something you would be able to enjoy on a regular basis. I was thrilled that the opportunity to do so not only became available in Seattle, but in time for my husband and I to commemorate a significant anniversary.

Neither of us were in any way disappointed. This restaurant, its food, and its staff are all stellar! The head chef was extremely personable and was able to answer our (admittedly detailed) questions about techniques and ingredients, and he did so in ways that reflected our own deep appreciation of the wonders we were eating.

We very much need to save up again to be able to enjoy this incredible place again as soon as possible. Exquisite!

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R
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Subtle, sophisticated, balanced, traditional, wonderful... What a wonderful experience Wa'z was for me and my guest. A very enjoyable journey through nine unique and tasty courses. We also enjoyed talking to the chefs about each course as they were served. Also, the service was impeccably friendly, informative, unobtrusive and always on top of the service. Highly recommended.

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T
Philadelphia
221 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Unfortunately, Wa’z failed on two significant fronts — aesthetics/presentation and flavor. The food was more on the bland than intense side and the appearance more home style than high-end restaurant. Even with the addition of wasabi, which we had to request, flavor-interest was lacking.We opted for the six course menu and were disappointed throughout. The wine list is more-or-less non-existent, so be prepared to drink sake, which also came across as bland (and we opted for two different flights, including the premium selection, but neither impressed). Sorry to be so negative, but given this restaurant’s reputation and the cost of the meal we expected much, much more.

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SN
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall with well done balanced courses.

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JY
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with amazing, astonishing display and of course Delicious dishes. The omakase expressed chef’s heart and soul along with beautiful seasonal display for each dish. I’ve been there 3 times and can’t wait to taste next new menu!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. The Halibut cheeks were outrageously delightful.

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BW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We came from Vancouver, BC and thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. Wonderful food, and the service was outstanding.

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the food and experience. Chef Hiro was amazing and most of the dishes came out perfectly. One downside is that it did come out to be slightly more expensive than expected. Two people with sake came out to be around $350 (20% tips + 10% tax) . Think the value will be better if the total cost comes to be around $250-$300

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M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals of my life. The chef's menu was delicious, creative and everything was created and served with so much care. We came here for our anniversary meal and it was perfect to celebrate the occasion.

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K
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Kaiseke and service. Very friendly chef.

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KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Chefs counter experience was terrific. Seasonal and delicious

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C
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of my life. Beautiful presentation, complexity of flavors... if I lived locally I would go monthly to experience their changing flavors. I cannot emphasizes enough— go and enjoy a meal of your dreams!

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WM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A total gem of fine dining, a very unique dining experience.

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d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and presentation. We really enjoyed the authenticity of the food.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! The service, food and drinks are worth every single penny. LOVE IT

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for the September chef's experience and it was amazing. The food was freaking amazing. Thought I would not like some of the "authentic" offerings but everything was fantastic. Staff was incredible and very nice.
Only downside was that I thought I was going to restaurant for the $60 chef's experience. When I got there I found it was the "deluxe" experience which is $110 per person. Not the end of the world but when it doubles the price without expecting it I can see where that would cause issues.
I'll be back for sure. On my top "date night" list!

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N
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at wa'z was amazing. We had previously had a kaiseki meal in Kyoto that was highly memorable, but this topped that experience. Service was impeccable, the food was astoundingly good across each course & is great for exposing diners to the wonders of Japanese cuisine beyond just sushi and noodles, and the whole experience was truly a work of art. We came for my husband's birthday, sat at the counter for the full kaiseki dinner, and enjoyed a sake flight. I told my husband that while early, it was so good that I'd like to come back for my birthday in April! Its place on the Bon Appetit 50 best new restaurants is definitely well earned and deserved!

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AY
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish is made with tender loving care, and the best local ingredients in season. The presentation is creative and unique. It is such a pleasure to dine here!

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k
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Creative cuisine with authentic Japanese taste

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