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Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya Restaurant Coming to EPCOT in 2023

Sushi fans everywhere rejoice, there is a new restaurant coming to EPCOT that will be right at the top of your list of places to try later this summer. That’s right, Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya is coming to the Japan pavilion and you aren’t going to want to miss it!

Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya restaurant EPCOT

In this post, we are going to share with you everything we know about Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya, the new Japanese restaurant coming to EPCOT’s Japan pavilion.

We’ll share with you the opening date, the menu, how to make reservations, a full review once we eat there, and all the other details about the unique atmosphere, theming and decorations inside the restaurant.

The first thing to know about Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya is that it is replacing the long-time restaurant Tokyo Dining. We knew a few months back that Tokyo Dining was going through a refurbishment, and this is the first info about its replacement.

It will be located in the exact same location and Disney says that “this table-service restaurant will offer a festive dining experience in a sharable Izakaya-style for you to create memories and good times through flavors.”

sushi plates at Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya restaurant EPCOT

Shiki-Sai is located on the second floor of the Japan pavilion, and offers stunning views of EPCOT, the World Showcase Lagoon, and, of course, fireworks!  Make sure to ask for a window seat!

“Here, you’ll be able to experience the essence of Japan’s seasonal festivals, where each month brings a new celebration to your table. From hanging tanzaku to celebrate Tanabata in July to savoring moon-viewing dumplings in September, a cultural representative from Japan will guide you through each unique festival experience, one bite at a time.

The atmosphere also embraces the festivals of Japan, with the atmosphere featuring beautiful, hand-painted artwork and lanterns highlighting some of the natural wonders that Japan offers as well.

This unique spot provides a can’t-miss dining experience along with a magnificent trellis inspired by the roof of the Phoenix Hall in Kyoto that will mesmerize your eyes while the food captivates your taste buds.”

Though the atmosphere sounds great, it’s really the food we are interested in! Of course, you can understand right away from the name that this restaurant specializes in sushi, and you can even watch it being made in front of you by chefs at the sushi bar.

food at Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya restaurant EPCOT

Some highlights from the sushi bar include the Kobore SushiTokyo Negi Roll, Funamori, and The Monster Roll.

Kobore Sushi translates to “overflowing sushi” and this item is “overflowing” with flavors. It features negi toro and nakaochi tuna elegantly paired with salmon roe and green onion.

The Tokyo Negi Roll combines green onion tempura rolled with tuna tataki and topped with jalapeno aïoli, shredded carrot, and sliced jalapeno for a delightful roll that you simply need to try.

The Funamori features sashimi and sushi arranged on a boat-shaped platter. This iteration of Funamori is even served with the festive pomp and the boat procession of the famous Tenjin Matsuri! 

Besides sushi, it offers teppan items and there will be an open and grill. It will offer feature items from the delicious world of Japanese Izakaya, a type of casual pub-style restaurant. The idea behind the Izakaya cuisine is for guests to share small plate, and that is exactly what they will do at Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya.

pancake from Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya restaurant EPCOT

he menu at an Izakaya typically features a wide range of small dishes, and here is no different. From savory Karaage Chicken to succulent Salmon Misoyaki, even a refreshing Tomato Salad with Avocado, Izakaya cuisine is all about offering a variety of delicious small plates that can be indulged in a social and relaxed atmosphere.

Another highlight is the Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake made with a batter of flour, eggs, and water, and then filled with shredded cabbage and bacon, and topped with tangy okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, bonito flakes, and pickled ginger. 

We still don’t have all the details yet such as the full menu or the prices, but it looks pretty upscale and we don’t expect it to be cheap by any means. From the first photos, it looks a bit fancier than Tokyo Dining was, so we expect it to be slightly more expensive than that.

Don’t worry, it’s not going to be on the level of Takumi-Tei downstairs or anything like that, but expect lots of authentic and exclusive sushi and other Japanese dishes you won’t find anywhere else in Disney World.

EPCOT Park Hours japan pavilion at night

Whatever the case, it all looks delicious, and we can’t wait to get in there and try everything!

We also now have an exact opening date and Disney has announced that Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya will open on August 30, 2023, so we are not that far away from the opening. We also don’t know when you will be able to make advance dining reservations to dine here, but they will be absolutely necessary for the first few months if you are interested in going.

It’s certainly a welcome addition to the Japan pavilion and it has a chance to be one of our favorite restaurants in EPCOT when all is said and done.

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Stay tuned for more details about the Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya restaurant soon right here, including menu info and photos, and reviews of all the food and drinks.

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kamir bouchareb st

Tuesday 17th of October 2023


Tony Piscitelli

Monday 14th of August 2023

We have enjoyed eating at the former Japan restaurant quite a few times on our visit to Epcot, and are looking forward to eating at at the Shiki-Sai, and I am sure the food and service will still be outstanding. Tks. for the update.

kamir bouchareb st

Wednesday 21st of June 2023

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