Local AAPI-Owned Restaurants to Support This Month and Every Month

It's important to support our local AAPI-owned restaurants, especially during AAPI Heritage Month this May. These businesses contribute to the diversity and richness of our Seattle community and have often faced unique challenges in the past. By supporting AAPI-owned restaurants we are helping to preserve their rich cuisines. Let’s support the individuals and businesses that make Seattle so unique! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite AAPI-owned restaurants in the Seattle area to support this month and year-round. 

Umi Sake House

Located in the heart of Belltown, Umi Sake House offers a unique blend of traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist. Their extensive sake menu and fresh sushi options are a must-try for any sushi lover. They've also recently added outdoor dining options to their repertoire. Did we mention they have amazing vegetarian options as well? 

Moshi Moshi Sushi & Izakaya 

For a fun and vibrant dining experience, Moshi Moshi in Ballard is the perfect spot. Their creative sushi rolls and Japanese-inspired small plates are made with high-quality ingredients and beautifully presented. Don't miss their happy hour specials, including discounted sushi rolls and drinks. Our favorites include the Crunch Roll and the Classic Spicy Tuna Roll. 

Sugo Hand Roll Bar 

Led by Culinary Director and Executive Chef Young Cho, Sugo debuts a first-of-its-kind hand roll restaurant in Seattle and a dining experience that highlights a creative menu featuring exciting cocktails, sustainably-sourced fish and unique selections, such as Spicy Bay Scallop and King Salmon handrolls, as well as Ebi Lollipop, Kakiage and more on the Shio menu. Located near Pike Place, their sleek, modern space and friendly staff create a fun and lively atmosphere, perfect for a night out with friends or a quick lunch break.

Buddha Ruksa

Buddha Ruksa in West Seattle has been a neighborhood favorite for over a decade. Their authentic Thai cuisine and friendly service make it a go-to spot for locals. Their menu features classic Thai dishes like Pad Thai and curry, as well as more unique options like their signature Pumpkin Curry.


Located in Capitol Hill, Stateside offers a modern take on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Their flavorful dishes and creative cocktails make it a popular spot for both locals and tourists. They've recently added outdoor seating options to their beautiful patio area.

Coffeeholic House

For a sweet treat or a cozy coffee date, Coffeeholic House in Columbia City, Greenwood and soon Bellevue, is a must-visit. Their menu features a variety of specialty lattes and teas, as well as delicious pastries and desserts. Their cozy atmosphere and friendly staff make it the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon.

Matcha Magic

Matcha Magic in Bellevue is a matcha lover's dream! From matcha lattes to unique açai bowls, their menu is full of rich and delicious offerings. Their cozy interior and friendly staff make it the perfect spot to enjoy a sweet treat.


Momiji in Capitol Hill offers a chic and modern atmosphere with a focus on traditional Japanese cuisine. Their extensive sushi menu features a variety of fresh and creative rolls, as well as other classic dishes like ramen and udon. They also offer outdoor seating options in a gorgeous zen garden centered in the restaurant. 

Korean Tofu House

Korean Tofu House in University District is a hidden gem for Korean cuisine. Their menu features a variety of traditional dishes, including their signature Soon Tofu Soup. Their generous portions and affordable prices make it a popular spot among students and locals alike.

These are just a few of the many AAPI-owned restaurants in our area that deserve our support. Whether you choose to dine-in, takeout, or order delivery, let's make an effort to support these businesses and show them some love this month and every month. Whether you're in the mood for sushi, matcha, or Korean comfort food, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Let's continue to show our love for these local restaurants this month and every month.

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