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Chinoise On Madison - 20 Reviews - 2801 E Madison St, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 323-0171

Chinoise On Madison

2801 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-0171
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Chinoise On Madison - Seattle, WA


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One of our favorite sushi restaurants in town. Jae has fresh, delicious fish and his preparations are excellent and creative. Pros: Great Sushi Bar, Happy Hour Cons: Park...


First time there, I met people early in the evening. It wasn't busy, the food came fast. The sushi was decent, but I'm no sushi expert. The Pad Thai had too much ketchup (you ...

s'ok 11/16/2006

Not bad, not great. You pay more than you probably should, the food is pretty good, the service is great. more

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Chinoise on Madison 3/24/2006

Great restaurant. Make sure you sit at the sushi bar. When it's super busy, the service can be slow in the back. In the summer, they open up the back deck; this is a wonderful way to eat. Just remember to put some bug spray on your ankles if it's early evening. They have a number of great dishes that aren't sushi: I really like the bun cha gio (vermicelli noodle bowl) and the spring rolls are divine. But the sushi bar is where it's at. When smelt is in season, Jae (the owner and sushi chef) will make amazing sushi with it. more

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Great sushi that you can afford to eat often 3/17/2006

I'm a little biased because this is the restaurant my husband and I go to most regularly, so I'm sure we get special treatment. But, then again, we go so frequently because the sushi is good and pretty inexpensive. Jae's sushi comes in wonderful slabs, thick and extra long so that you can squeeze a mini order of sashimi out of your nigiri. How else could we stuff ourselves to the gills with fresh fish, cold nigori sake, and Kirin beer and spend an _average_ of $25 per person? When we do large takeout orders, it usually comes to less than $40 total (because we don't get the soup and drinks) and we still end up with more than we can eat. This isn't some supposed 25 for $25 situation either, where you actually end up spending at least $35 a person once you figure in drinks. A steamy, salty dish of edamame gets delivered to you shortly after you're seated. You can order from the pan-Asian offerings, the best of which are the big bowls of Vietnamese rice noodle bowls with egg rolls and charbroiled pork, green bean chicken, and Thai garlic shrimp. I also like the crispy bird's nest noodles for the perfect egg noodles and variety of meat and vegetables, but ask for extra garlic if you're afraid it'll be too bland. Or, you can order from the sushi menu. The fresh list isn't always up-to-date and Jae always has fish that aren't on the menu, so ask if you're hankering for something in particular. You'll have the best dining experience if you sit at the sushi bar, but you can't sit there unless you order some sushi. Sitting at the bar is good for pacing and for attention from the chef. It takes a little longer to get sushi to the tables, especially when it's summer and the capacity doubles because the patio's open. I think it's easier for the chefs to slip you a plate of sushi while they're working on other orders when you're sitting right in front of them with an empty plate. If you sit at a table, expect a leisurely dining experience. It's a pretty casual restaurant, but its atmosphere suggests a classier experience. All the walls have wonderful murals on them of scenes taken from Japanese prints and Asian motifs. There's a dry riverbed along one side of the ramp leading to the diningroom. Lighting is subdued. Classical music plays on the speaker system. In the summer, you'll feel like you're in another world on their large, brightly painted patio in the back. more

Great Sushi! 9/16/2005

Chinoise is perfect for a casual sushi dinner. The sushi is always fresh and they have great options for those who don't eat sushi. My favorite non-sushi dish is the Buddhist Tofu - Yum! While the atmosphere and the food get a thumbs up, the staff can be a little cranky and some times slow. For the most part, it's worth suffering through the bad service to get to the great food. more

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Good food and nice dining environment 7/12/2005

I typically don't like pan-asian restaurants because I think they stretch themselves thin, but I found Chinoise to be very enjoyable. The dishes were very good and there is a large variety (obviously). Also, they do have an outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant which is great for nice summer days. I have eaten at the one in the ID by uwajimaya and they were pretty good too. more

Asian goodness 11/8/2004

This Japanese restaurant is right next to Harvest Vine, but doesn't suffer from the same seating problems. We ordered a couple of dishes, and found the food to be very tasty. The cold sake came in a special container that had a rounded center area to put ice in, so it could chill your drink without actually being in the sake. The service was cheerful and helpful. Definately on the pricey side, but with the expected good food and service to accompany the higher cost. more

Good asian food! 10/16/2004

We usually go to this place when we want Asian food but want a variety. They have great spring roll, good sushi and other good dishes all for a good price. more
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  • In Short
    A modern mix and noodle bar and pan-Asian bistro, this Madison Park locale features dim lighting and a smooth jazz soundtrack. Get started with appetizers like fried soft-shell...

  • 10/5/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; 5pm -10pm Sat 4pm-10pm Sun 4pm--9pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Mann, Central, Central Seattle, Stevens, Capitol Hill