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.
12334 Lake City Way NE, Seattle
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
8501 Fifth Avenue NE, Seattle
This Hawaiian and Japanese fusion restaurant serves up delicious teriyaki beef; it’s skewered with pineapple, mushrooms, and other veggies.
#2 on map
1100 Western Avenue, Seattle
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
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
3330 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
A good option for teriyaki south of downtown.
#5 on map
127 15th Avenue E, Seattle
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
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
1706 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
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