One of my favorite places to go for lunch when I’m in Seattle is Marinepolis Sushi Land. They started out a single restaurant and has been expanding every since. Today, they have a dozen locations in Washington and Oregon. We went to the one in Bellevue.
Sushi Land is basically one big sushi bar. The sushi plates are placed on a belt that moves around the entire bar. If you see a dish you like, just grab it. It’s very informal dinning because you never know who is going to sit at the stool next to you. The stools are placed very close together to get as many dinners up to the bar as possible. If you have a group of 4 or more, you can get a booth and get a bit more privacy.
The color of the plates indicate the cost of the dish. Prices start at $1 for a green plate and goes up to $3 for a purple plate. In addition, there are some side items that you can order for additional cost, like a Miso soup or bottomless Diet Coke. Not all items at Marinepolis makes it to the belt. If you don’t see it on the belt, you can order it from the menu by asking one of the sushi chefs to make it for you. They generally makes more than you ordered and place the extras on the belt.
The quality of the sushi at Sushi Land is really good and the instant you bite into it, you’ll understand why this place is so popular – there is always a line up during lunch time. The place is designed to get you in and out as soon as possible. It’s not the place to go to if you want to sit and relax (if you try to lean back on the bar stool, you’ll just fall over).
We consumed a total of 27 plates of sushi (4 adults plus Sally) and the bill came to $52 with tax and tip. Extremely reasonable for sure and that’s another reason why Marinepolis Sushi Land is so popular. it’s a good thing we got there 20 minutes before the lunch crowd showed up. Otherwise, we would have been in the line up.