One of my favorite things about Seattle is all the delicious seafood the city has to offer. Growing up in a landlocked state, I developed a sushi addiction when I lived in D.C., and have found even Seattle’s “less than stellar” rolls and sashimi are much higher quality than anything I could find back home in Pennsylvania, no matter how much I’d be willing to pay.
Luckily for my wallet, Seattle also boasts plenty of generous sushi happy hours. Here are a few of my favorites:
Full disclosure: Japonessa was the first sushi happy hour I tried in Seattle, so I may be a little biased. But, even still, I think it’s safe to say it boasts one of the best happy hours in the city. They have not one, but three different happy hours.
The first is every day from open to 6:30 p.m., with another in the bar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Then, if you prefer your sushi after 9 p.m., there’s a late night happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. Which means, unless you decide to dine there during the unfortunate hours of 8 - 10 p.m., you’re pretty much guaranteed a deal on everything from sashimi and sushi rolls to calamari and short ribs.
Tsui Sushi Bar
Four words: All-day happy hour. Yes, Tsui Sushi Bar has an all-day happy hour, every day of the week. OK, to be fair, while their happy hour runs the entire time they are open, their hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (so not exactly all day). But still, it’s pretty impressive that no matter what time you dine there, you’re guaranteed to pay considerably lower than you would most other places.
“I wanted to create a restaurant that has good ambiance, friendly staff, and great food without breaking your wallet,” Thurston Tsui said. “I love it when people dine with us and when paying the bill they are shocked at the price.” The menu at Tsui is extensive. You can even get dessert at a cheaper rate, along with your standard sashimi, spicy yellowtail roll, and Seattle crunch roll.
Recently, Capitol Hill has welcomed a few more Japanese restaurants (thankfully) to the neighborhood, but Momiji still has a special place in my heart as one of the best sushi happy hours (HH) on the hill. Their outdoor Japanese garden doesn’t hurt either. Their regular HH runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (and until 7 p.m. in the bar). I personally love the bad boy roll, but for those who want something besides straight sushi, they can try their albacore poke, or spicy ginger chicken. Feeling thirsty? Momiji has plenty of sake to choose from as well as rose or plum wine.
Momiji also has a late-night bar menu from 10 p.m. to 12: 30 am. every day with some slightly different offerings than their earlier discounted fare.
Moshi Moshi has two happy hours every day, but the best time to come here is on Sundays for their all night happy hour in the bar (or 3 pm. to 6 p.m. in the regular dining area). You won’t pay more than $7 for their HH items (and can get edamame and select other items for $3). If you’re in need of a cocktail with your sushi, try their ginger mojito or wasabi bloody Mary for $7.
Can’t make Sundays? Their happy hour also runs Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight.
A Ballard neighborhood favorite, Shiku Sushi keeps customers happy with an all-day happy hour (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.) on Saturday and Sunday. They also have a happy hour during the week from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
With prices running from $3 to $6, you can spend your weekend at Shiku pigging out on mini salmon croquettes, stuffed mushrooms, pork gyoza, and of course sushi rolls like their Ballard Ave roll without feeling too guilty.