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Toyoda Sushi - 22 Reviews - 12543 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 367-7972

Toyoda Sushi

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12543 Lake City Way NE
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Perfect 10. Nothing can top the value of a trip to Toyoda after a hard week for the joy of eating their wonderful Sashimi dinner. Shared with my wife, the one Sashimi dinner is...

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i've been to toyoda a few times and have always had decent food, but somehow my experience a few days ago will make sure that i won't be back anytime soon. my fiance and i LOVE ja...

Perfect 10. 7/31/2007

Perfect 10. Nothing can top the value of a trip to Toyoda after a hard week for the joy of eating their wonderful Sashimi dinner. Shared with my wife, the one Sashimi dinner is the exact right amount. Each item in the Sashimi dinner is as fresh as can be. A table is fine but the bar is even better. How did we get so lucky as to have this fine establishment in our very back yard? It is worth arranging one's life so as to be at Toyoda's by 5:15. If you can't do that, get on the list as soon as you can and expect a potentially long but worthwhile wait. more

overrated 6/4/2007

i've been to toyoda a few times and have always had decent food, but somehow my experience a few days ago will make sure that i won't be back anytime soon. my fiance and i LOVE japanese food and were excited to give toyoda's saba shioyaki and a wine marinated fish a try. we ordered a dinner portion of the saba and a side order of the other fish and i'm sad to say that we were shocked when it arrived. the server dropped off two tiny pieces of the saba that cost $17 was the same size as my side order that was $10. we ordered kani, which is described on the menu as "cooked crab" and it was IMITATION CRAB. at $2 a piece for fake meat, we were completely taken by surprise! we also ordered amaebi and yakitori and as the meal came out to be $60 we found ourselves still hungry and eating every last bit of food (including the onion on the yakitori sticks!!!) as the server took away the dishes. for a meal to total near $70 (tip included) there are plenty of other places to get the most bang for your buck try kisaku near greenlake or i love sushi on lake bellevue. $70 at i love sushi will leave you feeling stuffed and satisfied...... not hungry and grumpy.... =( more

Toyada's Sushi 4/18/2007

Oh My great service and very fresh, Highly recomend more

Good sushi, Needs more space 9/7/2006

Toyoda has good eats and a friendly staff (especially the sushi chefs behind the bar). I do wish they had a little more space in the dining area ... but I guess being crowded is a sign of being good! more

good local sushi joint, but many better ones around 7/25/2006

i went here upon a friend's rave recommendation. i thought it was "ok", but not worth the trip to get to (i live in ballard). i haven't been back since. it's a great local place, but there are so many better places to get sushi if you have to drive. more

Toyoda Sushi 7/22/2006

So, after reading all the great reviews on this place, I stopped by and got some takeout. I immediately regretted my decision to take out rather than stay in. I want to be one of the people Helen says hello to by name as they walk in the door! I just loved the energy of this place, and can't wait to go back, sit down, and get to know the place better. Oh, I almost forgot...the food. It was basic, no frills, amazing sashimi and sushi, served in ample, generous portions. Try the spicy tuna handroll. Mmmmm. The noodle-mayo-salad thing is weird, but not bad and free, so, What the Heck? Give it a try. more

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How does Toyoda compare to Nishino 6/29/2006

[Original Post] I have never eaten at Toyoda, but I would be curious to hear comments from people who have also eaten at Nishino. Nishino is my favourite sushi in Seattle - more for good quality food than ambience or price. How do the two stack up? [Added on 7/18/06 after my visit] They say first impressions count, so let me give my impressions of my one visit to Toyoda compared with my many visits to Nishino… My wife and I drove up to Toyoda on Friday night around 7pm. There was a small line but we were seated fast. The Toyoda décor was on par with most sushi restaurants in Seattle – functional yet unspectacular. For environment and ambience, Nishino has it beat; not that I love Nishinos atmosphere – I find it somewhat modern and sterile, but it is nicer than Toyoda. One point Nishino. After we were seated, the waitress quickly brought over complementary miso soup. The soup was average. The miso-paste was bland, it came with soggy tofu and spinach. Nishinos miso has them outclassed – the richer miso flavours, the smoky taste with clams and real seaweed is a much better experience. Before we ordered, the waitress came over with yet another complimentary dish – a small noodle bowl. I found this to be a little odd and to detract from the experience. The noodles were nothing special and seemed to serve as some sort of “filler”. I came to eat good sushi, I don’t need to fill up on blanched noodles. As we placed our order, we were informed that they had no fresh Shake (salmon) left, only the smoked salmon. Whoa, what kind of sushi place runs out of a staple like Salmon at 7pm on a Friday night? At this point I have to admit, I was starting to feel a little grumpy (low blood sugar :)) and questioning the wisdom of the pioneering Judys Book recommenders before me. My expectations for good sushi dropped as finished placing our order. Amazingly, the sushi came out really fast – much quicker than Nishino usually gets it out. My first bite was the Hamachi. Wow. I don’t think I have tasted Hamachi so fresh outside of Tokyo. It literally melted in my mouth, it was spectacular and vastly exceeded my expectations. In all the years I have been eating at Nishino, I have never tasted a piece of Hamachi this fine. Next up was the Torro (fatty tuna), which sticks our like a sore thumb on their menu. Most of their nigiri pieces are $4-5, but the Torro runs $10. My bite of Torro cannot be described as anything other than divine. I’ve only tried two pieces and I’m sold on Toyoda already. Next came the Unagi, which was also a nicer cut than Nishino – it was wider and more moist, not as saturated in kabayaki sauce. We also tried their Spicy Tuna Tempora roll; which is thinly sliced and comes in about 14 pcs in a heap on a plate. It was very good, but not spectacular. The arboretum roll at Nishino has it beat. On the service side – I felt like it was almost a little too fast. I felt like we ate fast-food sushi really quick and didn’t having a lengthy dining experience. This was a negative for me. So, where do I net out on Nishino vs. Toyoda? Nishino is where I will go when I want a longer more intentional meal, to enjoy and savor more variety of dishes. Toyoda is where I will go when I’m just craving good sushi without the expense of special-occasion-ness that Nishno carries. more

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Wow. Incredible sushi 5/1/2006

Toyoda makes very few pretensions - it simply delivers incredibly good sushi. Well worth the trip to lake city. A small restaurant tucked into Lake City, this is not the type of place you would typically seek out. Fresh, tasty sushi is the primary / only reason (do you really need another?) to come here - the decor is unspectacular and the service was mildly attentive at best. Their miso soup wasn't the best I've had, but their tempura ice cream is incredible. The sushi though, was incredible. more

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Lots o' yummy fish, no fuss. 4/25/2006

I love their laid-back atmosphere at Toyoda Sushi. The workmanship is not quite top-notch, but it delivers good, decent food with fresh ingredients, and the people are so nice. Nigiris here come with big pieces of fish for sure :-) I like how miso soup comes out as soon as you sit down at the bar. Don't know about the last complimentary salad we received though - it was some pasta-y salad with milky bland sauce and fake crabs in it. If you gotta do a little complimentary dish (referred to as sakizuke - a little dish preceding a meal) you gotta do it right. Like kabuki, sushi was really for commoners to begin with if you trace back the history, so I hate all the fuss at some places as well as pretentious chefs. Toyoda Sushi is plain and old fashioned in a good way - it makes you comfortable and they are considerate of how you are eating. In my book their eagerness to please you gets high marks. Their ikura is good (tastes like it's cured in house) and unagi is also good. I'd ask the chef what's good that day if you are eating sushi. I haven't tried lots of their cooked dishes, and I don't intend to try tempura ice cream they push - they are usually nasty things that come pre-packaged from a supplier, ready to be fried. It's just me (I don't believe in food at a restaurant that's not prepared on-site), but who knows what preservatives went in there. All in all, eating sushi here is a good neighborhood experience when you crave sushi but don't want to have to dress up for it. Don't miss the huge model/model train store down the street if you're into that sort of thing. Also they have a Prime Minister Koizumi maneki neko (lucky cat) - pretty classic. more

Best I've had! 4/19/2006

Toyoda's was the first sushi place I ate at in Seattle, and it remains my favorite. Try the sashimi platter for a huge selection, enough for two people! The place is small, so arrive early or prepare to wait, but don't miss it! more

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Hankering for Sushi 3/12/2006

If you are looking for a consistently good sushi hang-out without all the fuss of some 'fancier' purveyors - I highly suggest you seek out Toyoda's in Lake City. Try the agadashi tofu (crispy batter and not soaked in some sauce and soggy) and don't leave without the tempura ice cream. The fish is of good quality and the waitresses are generally friendly and responsive (although there is this cranky one whom I seem to get ALL of the time - but I won't let her get in between me and my sake nigiri). Try the tempura spicy tuna roll (not on the menu apparently - but you can ask and they will deliver). The establishment is frequently quite busy - Fri-Sun arrive early (they open at 5PM) or around 7PM between the rushes. And of course...keep the Sapporo rolling... more

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My favorite sushi in Seattle 12/28/2005

I got to say I love it...... more

Worth the trip. 8/17/2005

Toyoda is my favorite sushi in Seattle. They came recommended on sushifinder.com, and on my numerous trips there I've never been disappointed. This is some of the freshest, highest quality fish I've had in Seattle. There's an extensive menu with a good variety of fish and a number of good, unusual rolls. Ask for shiso leaves with your yellowtail, and try the spicy tuna roll; they're both dynamite. The chirashi and sashimi also look very good. On our first visit, we sat at the counter on a very busy Friday night (after a 30 minute wait) and were delighted -- it was fun to watch the chefs do intricate knifework and cut up huge slabs fish, plus they sent a number of "freebies" our way. A great introduction! more

My favorite spot 8/17/2005

This is the true case of where getting to know the people running the show makes your experience that much better. One of the best things about any sushi restaurant is being able to sit at the bar and talk with the chefs. Learn what they like to make, and they'll learn what you like to eat. Mr. Toyoda knows what I like, and knows that I'm willing to try new things. So it's no big deal when he puts a plate of sea snails or monkfish liver in front of me. I'm not giving away any secrets of the place - other than to tell you to sit at the bar, watch, listen, and conversate. Your dining experience will be that much better! more

Worth the drive 5/10/2005

For all those wanting to find the local sushi spot that will match the quality of Toyoda, we have not yet found it - make the drive! more

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Sushi suggestion 3/6/2005

Toyoda has been excellent for years. It has a clientele of regulars, as well as those of us who only go every couple years. Small, crowded space. Nice owners. And great food. Every time I've been I've thought I should eat out more often. more

North Seattle Secret 9/11/2004

Gotta agree with the other reviews here. Don't drive too fast on Lake City Way.. you might miss this little sushi haven tucked in among the other stores that line the street. (It is on the West side of Lake City Way). My only reason for the 4 stars on "service" is based on the fact that you may have to wait for a while to get a seat on a busy night. The line is there for a reason -- the sushi is tasty :) The prices are not the cheapest (nor are they the most extravagant), but the quality is worth paying for. More traditional sushi's, so their menu may not match up to stuff like a peanut-butter-jelly roll that you may get at Wasabi Bistro or someplace trendy-er. The local (north seattle folk) and native (from Japan) friends agree - this place rocks:) more

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totemo oishikute, chotto konde kedo 7/15/2004

everytime I've been to toyoda sushi, it's always packed with locals. it is a north seattle meeting place. the service is good despite the high volume of customers for its modest sized interior. i think the atmosphere is very friendly. the sushi is top-notch and so is the sake. more

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Best sushi in Seattle 7/14/2004

In my opinion, this is hands down the best sushi restaurant in Seattle. And the fact that it is on Lake City Way -- makes it all the more interesting and delicious. You'd never expect to find one of the best restaurants in Seattle on this road....but sure enough, the food and the service make it on my top 3 of seattle. The price isn't cheap -- it's not too pricey either. Just what you'd expect from quality sushi. If you haven't been, you must go. more
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  • Hours:

    Sun.-Mon., 5-8:30 p.m.; Wed.-Thur., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-9:30 p.m.; Closed Tuesdays
  • Neighborhoods:

    North, Olympic Hills, North Seattle
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