Seattle’s Best Teriyaki Shops

Teriyaki is everywhere in Seattle. That's not surprising, since Seattle's the birthplace of American teriyaki, an adaptation of Japanese yakitori featuring a soy glaze heavily sweetened with sugar instead of mirin. (In 2007, Seattle Weekly traced the city's teriyaki history, beginning in the mid-1970s.) Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of nine Seattle-area teriyaki joints that Chowhound users think are the region's best.

JOY TERIYAKI
12334 Lake City Way NE, Seattle
206-361-5188
Teriyaki chicken is an option here, but Chowhounds know that it's the authentic Mongolian specialties that make this Lake City restaurant a worthy destination.
#1 on map

KONA KITCHEN
8501 Fifth Avenue NE, Seattle
206-517-5662
This Hawaiian and Japanese fusion restaurant serves up delicious teriyaki beef; it's skewered with pineapple, mushrooms, and other veggies.
#2 on map

OKINAWA TERIYAKI
1100 Western Avenue, Seattle
206-447-2648
This downtown favorite rises above the average teriyaki joint. Lunch always draws a crowd.
#3 on map

OSAKA GRILL TERIYAKI & DELI
128 Pike Street, Seattle
206-340-1793
It's a bit grungy and there's smoke billowing everywhere, but during busy lunch hours, there's always a line out the door.
#4 on map

RAINIER TERIYAKI
3330 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
206-725-7783
A good option for teriyaki south of downtown.
#5 on map

SETSUNA
11204 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
206-417-3175
The chicken teriyaki is made using skin-on thigh pieces, and the dinner combos are a great bargain.
#6 on map

TERIYAKI MADNESS
127 15th Avenue E, Seattle
206-328-0144
The chicken teriyaki is solid at this Capitol Hill restaurant, but the Japanese curry might be even better.
#7 on map

TOSHI'S TERIYAKI GRILL
509 S. Third Street, Renton
425-687-5938
This relatively new restaurant is the only place operated by the original Toshi's founder, Toshi Kasahara—arguably the pioneer of modern-day teriyaki.
#8 on map

TOSHIO'S TERIYAKI
1706 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
206-323-6303
High demand and constant turnover means the food is always fresh at this Seattle teriyaki mainstay—plus the parking lot means driving isn't a hassle.
#9 on map

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