wa'z

4.8
127 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.
We serve a 9 course tasting menu available either at the chefs counter or at the regular dining table.
We also have a temaki lunch set available on Saturday and Sunday during lunch time.
Please be aware that the dining table is named “high top table “ on the reservations.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visually stunning, interactive, and delicious meal clearly made with care and intent. Delightful and unique brunch - highly recommend!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

1 chefs nails are too long and should be cut and shortened

2 after tax tips, $145 per person. price > expectation, very disappointing. Most ingredients are just cost saving. The most valuable dish (tsukuri/sashimi) out of the 9 courses tastes just OK, not amazing for sure, but very salty, also uni was not very fresh.

3 Not the best omesake in North America, but one of the most overpriced for sure (I don't mind paying high price otherwise I won't book the table, but price is way above expectation.)

4 Very disappointing that the chef would short me a jasmine ice cream on the menu, which tells me that they are not that professional on managing their food or portion for their customers (compensated me with a salted cream and a nasty miso ice cream that I did not enjoy)

AT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was outstanding. My wife and I attended with two other friends and we all came away with smiles. It is expensive, relative to just a regular night out, but we all felt we got our money’s worth. For a special occasion, I’d highly suggest it just for the experience.

OT
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I was researching restaurants for our upcoming visit, I saw Wa’z on several foodie lists. A fan of Japanese food and the beautiful and incredible kaiseki meals served during visits to Japan, I booked two counter seats for my wife and I.

We both loved the experience watching the chefs execute their craft with artistic finesse up close. Each of the nine courses perfectly balanced in flavor and almost too pretty to eat. I enjoyed everything from start to finish with the salmon tartare, wagyu beef and uni, and unagi courses being among my favorites.

If you’re in the city and looking for a great culinary experience, Wa’z is an excellent choice. Can’t wait to come again the next time we’re in Seattle.

🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome experience. Good food, friendly staff and chefs! We would definitely go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!
It’s even hard to believe you can get this level of wonderful Japanese outside of Japan, and at this place.
Highly recommended.
I have already been to this place 4 or 5 times and will certainly continue to re-visit.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good in general. Too much red miso sauce on a couple of dishes over powering the other ingredients and making them a too salty.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s a terribly precious, self congratulatory place. However the food was very good and the ingredients of the highest quality. Portions were very small and I was still hungry even after ten courses. The $110 tasting menu is all that is available.
We were rather surprised that when the bill came we were urged to place a further tip - 20% mandatory seems adequate to me. Seems a bit OTT in spite of the excellent quality of the ingredients used.

BB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time celebrating my husband's birthday. We had reservations and came late due to traffic, and everyone was very accommodating. They made the night special, and the food was incredible. Definitely one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in my entire life.

LT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 3rd time dining at Wa'z Seattle. Each month Chef creates a new set of menu according to season change. To me, dining at Wa'z not only gives me the satisfaction of tasting top quality Japanese food, it also gives me the enjoyment of experiencing an unique artistic presentation.

Thank you everyone at Wa'z. I will be back.


Lillian Tao

OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience. An excellent chef and helpers. Very delicious and eye pleasing food. Nice to see fresh offerings from the market.

PD
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course was so fresh and prepared beautifully. The chef described every dish in detail and we enjoyed everything. We will definitely be back!

AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Its not a bad restaurant. I'd recommend it if the price point was lower and the quality of food was a tad better. I personally just feel that the food was too inconsistent for a recommendation at the price offered. Some dishes were amazing, and some left me saying "whoa, that should not be on the menu"
Service was good, staff was friendly. But service was a bit odd. Presenting each dish by a different staff member, and that staff member not always knowing what he or she was explaining made for an odd experience.

Overall, a good experience. But not one I'd recommend for the price point, or try again until the service model is changed, and perhaps the menu is revamped a bit.

BP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love how unpretentious this place is. The food, presentation, and friendliness of the staff is as magnificent as any Michelin starred restaurant that I’ve ever been to. The ambience could use updating, but other than that, I’m a fan. High praise for a local restaurant that serves authentic Washoku cuisine!

a
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant we've eaten at this year. Amazing food, service, everything!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as good for the repeat visit.

h
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit, still love the uniquely Japanese-inspired kaiseki style menu. The dishes are always inspiring, creative and delicious.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great date night!

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelin Stars worthy food and service. Attentive and helpful staff. It’s like being in Kyoto.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went in May when the food has a Boys' theme. The chef was able to deliver some fresh in season ingredients, but putting them together wasn’t entirely successful. The ambience was also lacking for a kaiseki restaurant.

A
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and even better sushi with a very unique experience. Looking forward to going back as well as taking friends and family there. Fish soup was delicious!

L
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite meals in all of Seattle. Omakase style eats from an amazing Chef who's honed his craft at this location over the past 14 years.

JR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience unlike any other in Seattle.

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Skillfully and beautifully executed meal. Had May menu and paired it with sake flight. Truly memorable experience.

G
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, different menu (changed monthly). Every course is a work of art.

The salted ice cream, omg!

J
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special place. The attention to detail in all areas was sheer perfection.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit was my fourth time to wa'z , with my first being shortly after wa'z opened. The food is just as thoughtful, the presentation just as clean, that atmosphere a sensitive balance of formal manners with casual attitude, and the taste just as delicate as the first wonderful trip. The team has grown, and the place has matured, but the thoughtfulness and seasonality is something that continues and is (for me) to be valued greatly.

AL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Me and my friend went during their Sakura special, everyone were nice there and very thoughtful. You can tell that they put in lots of effort in the menu, all the courses were decent but nothing really surprised me.
I would recommend my friend to go try just for fun, but this is not the place on my first to go list.

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legit Kaiseki from Kyoto. Immense efforts and heart are poured by Chefs led by Hiro san in producing fine cuisine and art here. For the April menu, I especially liked cured leaves which were prepared one year ago with an extremely low yield in Hassen and ice cream. Delicate taste and beautiful presentation beyond words. A must try.

P
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s a lot that can be said about wa’z. It’s never a simple menu and it will always challenge your palate. The opportunity to speak to the chefs at the counter is priceless. They have an excellent sake selection, and they take the time to make well reasoned suggestions.

SG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was magical. The chefs performed directly in front of us, preparing dish after sublime dish. Each course was unique, delicious, combining fascinating flavors and textures. They explained each dish, telling us the ingredients and concept. The sake selection was fabulous and they did an excellent job of recommending the perfect match for the dishes we were consuming. The pace of service was perfect; never rushed, but offering the dishes at the rate that guaranteed us plenty of time to absorb each exquisite set of experiences. It is an expensive experience, but provided an evening commensurate with the cost.

AJ
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Japanese food you must try this True Japanese delicacy.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. All dishes were prepared beautifully and tasted fresh and clean.

G
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had decent Kaiseki in Kyoto and this restaurant is comparable to that. It is true Japanese Kaiseki with a local touch. Recommend for anyone who likes fine Japanese cuisine. Of course as any Kaiseki place, the price is a bit on the high end but I think it’s well worth it.

Oh and, if you sit at the counter, you can see the chefs making the dishes and explain what each dish is.

WC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food experience was awesome and service.

EP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service, food was delicious and creative. Really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend.

L
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating my Brother's birthday over a Kaiseki dinner last night. Food presentation and quality were on point. Especially appreciated the Chefs taking the time to explain what each dish was and the meaning behind the presentation and use of ingredients. Extra points for the Chefs going above and beyond decorating a plate with the words "Happy Birthday" using sugar for my Brother's dessert. Price point is definitely a little on the higher end, but would still recommend for a nice Kaiseki experience.

JA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth it! Food and service were amazing. I highly recommend.

C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was my second time at the restaurant and the ambiance was not the same. The first time had a professional atmosphere where the cooks were concerned about the food and providing the best experience for the clients. This time, the cooks were chit chatting during the dinner course and the handling of the food lacked professionalism. When cutting the fish, the cook seemed to grab any knife available instead of a standard sashimi knife and they openly asked "is this your first time cutting fish?" in front of the clients.

Overall, the restaurant's charm lied in the quality of ingredients, the handling of the ingredients, and the ambiance of care and concern for the clients. The quality was there but the handling and ambiance was not the same as before.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Treated myself to a dinner date and decided to try some Japanese cuisine that wasn’t sushi or ramen. Servers were very attentive, although chefs weren’t quite as engaging with those of us at the counter as i wish they could’ve been. The portions were smaller (usually a few bites for each dish), but I probably finished my meal a comfortable 75% full.

While the concept of kaiseki cuisine was unique, I don’t feel it was completely worth the price charged. 9 courses was $110, and with tax and included 20% tip, the food bill for a single person comes to about $145. The food was tasty, but for the price, i didn’t fee as “wow-ed” as i was expecting to. Overall a good and unique experience, and I’m glad i tried it, but I don’t think I would make this a go-to special occasion restaurant.

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