Wa’z is a Japanese Kaiseski restaurant that distinguishes its menu with a modern Northwest Kaiseki tasting of artful, seasonal fare. In addition to modern Kaiseki dining, wa’z offers highly coveted Chef Counter seating. This premium seating includes full kitchen views, interaction with Chef Hiro, and the ultimate tasting experience with Chef’s choice Kaiseki offering 8 to 10 tasting course. Omakase - Chef Choice Menu is offered only at the Counter tables.
Really fun and delicious experience sitting at the chef's counter. Really flavorful and beautifully presented kaiseki, with great service.
they made desert in birthday theme
Food and presenations are creative, and excellent service!!
Wonderfully tasting and creative monthly menu featuring both imported and local meat and fish. Bar seating is great for dates. Thoroughly enjoyed our two hour dinner there.
This restaurant is absolutely exceptional !!! Quality of food, service. Everything is 5 stars.
We really had high hopes for this place. The food was very underwhelming. It lacked creativity and flavor, and it is not worth the price. I understand the simplicity of Japanese cuisine. However, the flavor profile across most of the dishes was very bland. The only thing we enjoyed was the tofu in the first dish.
Also, I really did not appreciate that one of the dishes was a very basic tempura and soba that looked and tasted like it was prepared by any random and inexpensive Asian restaurant. We came here for quality, craft, and uniqueness, and we found none of it.
The experience sitting at the counter was amazing. Each dish was unique and delicious. The chefs took the time to explain each dish and the staff was extremely attentive. One of the best and most delicious dining experiences of my life.
Neither traditional nor authentic Kaiseki Ryori at all. But I searched on line there were many people suggested this restaurant as Kaiseki. I don't know is it a kind of ads or bias of conformity.
Stale Sashimi and hard sushi，even the inferior strawberry fook. THE ONLY COURSE THAT I SATISFIED WITH WAS THE FIRST APPETIZER TOFU. All the others were really a waste of my time drove from Vancouver to Seattle particularly for Wa'z.
By the way, i would like to give a fundamental suggestion for trying to be like Kaiseki Ryori, each course should change the corresponding tableware since the taste of previous course will stay on the chopsticks and probably destroy the next one.
The food was amazing!
This place is great in every way. The sake was smooth and worth it. A bit pricey.
Wa'z serves Kyoto style Kaiseki cuisine with a creative twist using Northwest fresh ingredients. It is always a treat to dine at the counter, with Hiro-San who is the head chef and owner of the restaurant. The menu changes monthly, with a theme which is seasonal and festive at the same time. Great thought is given to assemble each dish, from the presentation, to the quality of the food and taste (with choice selections of the freshest ingredients), the colors of the different compositions, and the garnish, all in perfect harmony, sometimes with a kick (a delicate touch of yuzu flavored spice). For me, it is always a feast not just for the tummy, but the eyes and the mind, sometimes whimsical, and sometimes stimulating imagination and a sense of nostalgia (of travels to Japan), not just my taste buds. Hiro-San never disappoints. The cuisine gets better each month. I look forward to going back each month because I am so curious what Hiro-San would create....it's addictive!
Seattle is very lucky to have thoughtful, authentic kaiseki cuisine available. The menu changes monthly, and the seasonal evolutions are fun to watch. A must-try.
Sublime Kaiseki experience as close to Japan experience as I have seen in the states. Excellent
Having lived in Japan for ten years, and having married a Japanese man, I have very distinct likes and dislikes when it comes to Japanese food. I also know that, even in Japan, kaiseki cuisine is not something you would be able to enjoy on a regular basis. I was thrilled that the opportunity to do so not only became available in Seattle, but in time for my husband and I to commemorate a significant anniversary.
Neither of us were in any way disappointed. This restaurant, its food, and its staff are all stellar! The head chef was extremely personable and was able to answer our (admittedly detailed) questions about techniques and ingredients, and he did so in ways that reflected our own deep appreciation of the wonders we were eating.
We very much need to save up again to be able to enjoy this incredible place again as soon as possible. Exquisite!
Subtle, sophisticated, balanced, traditional, wonderful... What a wonderful experience Wa'z was for me and my guest. A very enjoyable journey through nine unique and tasty courses. We also enjoyed talking to the chefs about each course as they were served. Also, the service was impeccably friendly, informative, unobtrusive and always on top of the service. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately, Wa’z failed on two significant fronts — aesthetics/presentation and flavor. The food was more on the bland than intense side and the appearance more home style than high-end restaurant. Even with the addition of wasabi, which we had to request, flavor-interest was lacking.We opted for the six course menu and were disappointed throughout. The wine list is more-or-less non-existent, so be prepared to drink sake, which also came across as bland (and we opted for two different flights, including the premium selection, but neither impressed). Sorry to be so negative, but given this restaurant’s reputation and the cost of the meal we expected much, much more.
Great experience overall with well done balanced courses.
Excellent service with amazing, astonishing display and of course Delicious dishes. The omakase expressed chef’s heart and soul along with beautiful seasonal display for each dish. I’ve been there 3 times and can’t wait to taste next new menu!
Outstanding. The Halibut cheeks were outrageously delightful.
Amazing. We came from Vancouver, BC and thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. Wonderful food, and the service was outstanding.
Love the food and experience. Chef Hiro was amazing and most of the dishes came out perfectly. One downside is that it did come out to be slightly more expensive than expected. Two people with sake came out to be around $350 (20% tips + 10% tax) . Think the value will be better if the total cost comes to be around $250-$300
This was one of the best meals of my life. The chef's menu was delicious, creative and everything was created and served with so much care. We came here for our anniversary meal and it was perfect to celebrate the occasion.
Excellent Kaiseke and service. Very friendly chef.
Amazing. Chefs counter experience was terrific. Seasonal and delicious
One of the best meals of my life. Beautiful presentation, complexity of flavors... if I lived locally I would go monthly to experience their changing flavors. I cannot emphasizes enough— go and enjoy a meal of your dreams!
A total gem of fine dining, a very unique dining experience.
Excellent food, service, and presentation. We really enjoyed the authenticity of the food.
This restaurant is amazing! The service, food and drinks are worth every single penny. LOVE IT
Went there for the September chef's experience and it was amazing. The food was freaking amazing. Thought I would not like some of the "authentic" offerings but everything was fantastic. Staff was incredible and very nice.
Only downside was that I thought I was going to restaurant for the $60 chef's experience. When I got there I found it was the "deluxe" experience which is $110 per person. Not the end of the world but when it doubles the price without expecting it I can see where that would cause issues.
I'll be back for sure. On my top "date night" list!
Our experience at wa'z was amazing. We had previously had a kaiseki meal in Kyoto that was highly memorable, but this topped that experience. Service was impeccable, the food was astoundingly good across each course & is great for exposing diners to the wonders of Japanese cuisine beyond just sushi and noodles, and the whole experience was truly a work of art. We came for my husband's birthday, sat at the counter for the full kaiseki dinner, and enjoyed a sake flight. I told my husband that while early, it was so good that I'd like to come back for my birthday in April! Its place on the Bon Appetit 50 best new restaurants is definitely well earned and deserved!
Every dish is made with tender loving care, and the best local ingredients in season. The presentation is creative and unique. It is such a pleasure to dine here!
Wonderful meal. Creative cuisine with authentic Japanese taste
There are 6 people dinning in that night. 4 out of 6 which including me and my partner think food is way too salty through our whole menu. 2 out of 6 is celebrating birthday no comments
Fantastic place. Attentive service, great food. A real pleasure.
Such a cool experience!! I really enjoyed watching the chefs work- amazing playing
The meal was exceptional. It was my husband's birthday and they took the time to put a special birthday message on his dessert.
We had a wonderful dinner with the 11 course tasting menu. Great use of fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients. Talented chef with very creative ideas.
Excellent presentation and taste. All the servers were very good. At $110/person for the fixed menu meal is a great treat. Drinks added another $40/person and then 20% service charge, this is a special occasion place.
We absolutely loved the food. Our highlights: the A5 wagyu nigiri was excellent, the braised rockfish with eggplant was delicious, and the dessert (buckwheat tea ice cream and pear mousse) was outstanding.