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May 30, 2008 05:37 PM

Family Friendly Sushi

We're trying to think of a Japanese restaurant to take the family to for my Dad's birthday. Obviously, good food is important, but I also want a place where both my parents and my preschooler can feel comfortable. Since it's my Dad's birthday, I also want it to be nice, but not in a trendy "scene" type of way. We just moved to Seattle a couple of weeks ago, so I'm not familiar with many places yet. We live in Seattle, my parents are in Issaquah, so anywhere Seattle/Bellevue/Issaquah or thereabouts would be fine. Thanks!

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  1. i see small kids (and their parents) all the time at Nishino. btw jujubee, i remember you from the Boston board-- welcome to Seattle!

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    1. re: barleywino

      Thanks for suggestion and the warm welcome, barleywino! It's nice to see a familiar name in a new place.

      1. re: barleywino

        just went to shun (near u-village, might be easy for those east siders) with a 3 month old and a 14 month old and we were welcomed with opened arms. oh and the food was great!

      2. Kisaku, between Greenlake and Wallingford in the "Tangletown" area would up right up your alley although I'm not certain if the location is that great for you. It's totally family friendly, although we see lots of couples, large groups of twenty/thirty somethings and everything else there. It has a nice feel with white linen tableclothes, a wrap around sushi bar and carpeting, which keeps it from being overly noisy. The sushi is very fresh and tasty but also reasonably priced and the service is always friendly and efficient. This place is always packed at just about any time of the evening (an excellent sign) so make your reservations! Enjoy.

        Kisaku Sushi Restaurant
        2101 N 55th St Ste 100, Seattle, WA 98103

        1. Just about any sushi place in Seattle would qualify. Although it's big and established, I Love Sushi on Lake Union is always excellent, it's bustling enough that a slightly noisy kid is no problem, and it has a fair number of cooked dishes for anyone who doesn't want (just) sushi.

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          1. re: BruceB

            Conveniently, there's also an "I Love Sushi" in Bellevue. I haven't been to that one, but I assume it's of the same quality of the SLU spot.

            1. re: Beans2007

              The I Love Sushi in Bellevue just moved. They are now waterfront on "Lake Bellevue" a pond with a fountain in the center.

              It's okay (I never leave there thinking that I had a great meal).

              But I wouldn't choose it as a sushi destination over:
              Flo, Yama in the Galleria (both in Bellevue)

              Both are upscale, but comfortably so.

          2. Fuji Sushi in the International Dist. has tatami rooms ... could be fun for the whole family, I know it was for me when I was a kid.

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            1. re: oliveoyl

              We take our kids to Chinoise all the time. They are wonderful with the kids. They have multiple locations, and are pan-asian, so always good choices for non-sushi eaters.

              We recently brought them to Chiso in Freemont. It is a bit more upscale enviroment, outstanding sushi, and they were very accomodating for the kids. not as many families as Chinoise, but we were not the only group with children.

            2. I second Shun by University Village - also we've taken our 2-yr old to Chiso in Fremont. Both are great.

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              1. re: thevioletpear

                Yup, I'd third that. Nice enough, but not fancy pants, excellent sushi.