TanakaSan is a modern American Asian restaurant. Eric Tanaka's background as a Japanese-American kid growing up in LA's melting pot sets the tone for our playful menu. This is the food that satisfies our cravings. We hope you enjoy eating it as much as we enjoy cooking it.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: M-Su 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner: M-Th 3:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-11:00am
Dinner: Sun 3:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
TanakaSan Ratings and Reviews
The food was good, but the wait to get f ...
The food was good, but the wait to get food seemed really long even though we sat right away (almost to the point of walking out). I think this was because there seemed to be only one server. I hate to knock a restaurant due to that because it isn't the guy's fault, he was really working hard. but they really could have used another person.
As far as the meal, that was very good. Dumplings were amazing. Loved the burger and the chicken katsu omelette.
This is my first time writing a review, ...
This is my first time writing a review, I normally don't... But I had such a great time, so I felt like I needed to. The food was great, but the service was above and beyond. Jett was amazing. We were out of town (visiting from Philadelphia), but he made us feel right at home.
As for the food, you have try their wings and tuna.
Interesting design concept--a movable fe ...
Interesting design concept--a movable feast in Tom Douglas's constellation of dining experiences in Seattle. Everything was delicious. Our server provided valuable guidance about portion size (a "small plate" serves two--larger than expected). She was extremely gracious. The coconut beef is utterly and completely soul satisfying.
We had a great time at TanakaSan. The se ...
We had a great time at TanakaSan. The setting was attractive, and the food was outstanding. Our waiter did a great job of helping us understand what the right amount of food would be for us to share some plates. We walked away satisifed without being stuffed or leaving a lot behind. Because we were visiting from out of town, taking leftovers wasn't a good option.
TanaksSan is my wife and I's favorite pl ...
TanaksSan is my wife and I's favorite place for high quality comfort food. With their new menu to change to smaller plates and more choices, I can see us going to TanakaSan more often. The Carmel Chicken Wings are a must order every time and the new dumplings are fantastic.
We've been to this place several times a ...
We've been to this place several times and the each time was excellent save for this last time.
The time it took for our food to be served was ridiculous (Tanaka San was not busy at 5PM Sunday).
Our apps took 30 minutes to arrive and our entrees well over 50 minutes.
We gave ourselves 1 hr 45 minutes to get to our movie and our food just arrived too late to get to the movie.
I'll always, always, always come back for the wings (No doubt the best in the city but they are over 2 dollars/wing). But with the wait time we had I'm unsure if I'd provide Tanaka San with the glowing recommendations I've provided in the past.
Our server was nice but the kitchen just didn't push our food out and our server could've done a better job of managing our expectations when it come to the arrival of our food. When a server says "Wings should be out soon." I expect a 5 minute arrival and not 20.
But the food and drinks were bomb. Like I said....best wings in the city. And who doesn't love the Summer Snow Cap?
Great service, great space, almost great food
I really enjoyed my hiro double beef burger but the fries that came with it were heavily coated in seasoning that removed any delicious savoriness, umami, that you would typically associate with fries and replaced it with sweetness, and not the kind of sweetness that you would even associate with even a sweep potato fry. Otherwise it was a great meal with great service! Also really enjoyed their local craft beer IPA on tap.
I went to try out 15 restaurant week dea ...
I went to try out 15 restaurant week deal. Had tofu plate and miso soup. This place is a fusion not authentic. I would say authentic Asian foods are always better. Sometimes, you wanna mess with traditional stuff cause it seem boring but it's just too different. I wanted my sauce to be more liquids not thick peanut saucy. I ended up making wraps with noodles and veggies. The herbs were heavy on the shiso leafs. This dish is inspired by vermicelli Vietnamese style. I preferred that not this. But, you do get more veggies here it seems and no fish sauce flavors. If you have strong dislike of authentic Asian foods, they can be strong, this place suits you fine.
The chicken wings are the best in town, ...
The chicken wings are the best in town, the crunch and flavoring are perfect. Loved the texture of the rice cakes as well. The main dishes for Seattle Restaurant week were very good, mu husband loved the beef and I enjoyed the salmon. Lots of texture and great flavor combinations again. I thought the desserts could be tweaked just a bit, but my friends liked that the panna cotta was light yet delicious.
What the heeeezy?
If you are looking for overpriced and over-rated Asian-American served in small portions with an extravagant ambiance, Tanakasan is the place to go! My husband and I went and it was alright. Honestly, save your money and venture out to the International district for some great food, great price and fantastic serving portions. If you want the American twist added to the Asian part, Panda Express is better. :)
My parents were visiting from out of state and my mom's cousin and her husband came down from Vancouver, BC to spend the night. My uncle had also come up from CA. Tanaka San was the perfect place to have everyone meet up and have a wonderful meal in a lovely environment with amazingly patient service (thanks again, David)!
SERIOUSLY loved this place!
My friend visiting from East coast wanted Seattle's best Asian fusion. We got a variety of small plates as well as sake flights. All of the apps were great- especially the dumplings and osaka pancake. We liked the dumplings so much that we ordered a second round of them. I really appreciated learning about sake from the bartender as well. It was an altogether delicious meal with great atmosphere and fantastic smiling servers. We will be back! Soon!
Just okay overall, food needs work...
The overall ambience of the restaurant was great- especially with some good coffee at Assembly afterwards. However, the food really needs a little work. We ordered quite a few items: coconut beef, fried rice, chicken wings, ramen for the kids, tuna tartare, and some pickle/kimchee appetizers.
- The beef was extremely salty, we could taste the coconut milk which was good with some white rice but it seems to have been prepared with too much fish sauce - they need to just ease up on the sauce and it would be much improved.
- The chicken wings also needed to have less fish sauce as well in the marinade. It was too salty for any Thai styled typed wings; more heat should be added but really cut down on the salt.
- The tuna tartare was probably our least favorite. The fish and sauce combination just didn't fit well together and not complementing to one another.
- As for the kids Ramen, it seemed to be quite bland. The soup did not have any rich or complex flavors in it. It seemed to just be shoyu type ramen (soup and noodles only) and nothing else - even some bean sprouts or eggs would have added some texture.
- The last part was the fried rice. This was okay, not salty but good enough. Maybe add in a hint of salty fish or dried scallops and that would punch it up without adding too much liquid sauce for flavor.
We won't be heading back here again in the short term, I think the menu needs some work and/or the kitchen staff really needs to try out the food before sending it over to the customers!
The host was super accommodating of our ...
The host was super accommodating of our party, even when we outgrew our original reservation unexpectedly. The bottle of champagne we wanted at first, but the waitress made a great alternative recommendation. We shared a whole bunch of smaller plates, tasting menu style, and everything was fantastic!
best sushi in seattle.
We took our son here for his birthday, and it was aMAZing. Very expensive but worth it. The folks who run it are so sweet and helpful, beautiful manners, and the sushi was just incredible. Really imaginative menu and dishes that tempt the eye and tickle the pallet . Go.
I've eaten at TanakaSan three times and, unfortunately, each time has been disappointing. While the ambiance and service is always great, the food is so-so. I can easily find more tasty food in less expensive and less hyped locations. My guests seemed to agree - we all ordered different items and none of us finished our lunch. Back to the service though - the server noticed the barely-touched soup and took it off the check. TanakaSan is fine.
Turning into a favorite!
This was our second visit to TanakaSan. Great place to share different items on the menu with friends or family in an effort to try more of their creative dishes. Everything dish we have tried so far has been delish! Also an interesting and relative drink menu that includes a choice of Asian whiskey. Service is attentive (but not overly) and accommodating and the setting is simple yet interesting.
We love this location as it is a great place to visit before or after a jazz show (across the street for Jazz Alley) and is only 2 blocks from the Seattle shopping scene. We will be back and plan to continue share this spot with friends!
My favorite Tom Douglas restaurant
We love Tanakasan and especially like sitting at the chefs bar. It's fun to watch them prepare foods as we order. This time I hit Yelp to check recent reviews and found diners raving about the Coconut Beef and Osaka pancake. We had these and true to reviews, both were wonderful.
I don't think the wine selection has ever been good here (should be featuring more local wines), so this time we tried the hot sake with amomatic seasoning (nice if you like something hot) and the chilled Ruby Red sake slushy (great!).
Another great meal at a Tom Douglas joint
Had dinner on New Year's Day here. Been here a bunch before. Best thing this trip was the Osaka pancake. Found the salt-caramel twice-fried chicken wings to be much spicier than usual. I would normally have liked that but had some canker sore problems so I skipped them beyond one bite. Great octopus dish I hadn't had before and I love octopus. Our drinks were good and the service was the usual excellent.
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