Aloha! Marination ma kai opens its Seacrest Boathouse doors

October 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 9 Comments

Right under a sign that welcomes you with ALOHA, not one, but three Japanese maneki-neko (“beckoning cat”) figurines – symbols of good luck – are at the Marination ma kai ordering counter to welcome you too. We dropped by just after the doors at Seacrest Boathouse were unlocked for an unspecified period in “soft open” mode. The sign on the door explains the “limited menu” we reported last night – the basic fare their truck serves:

By 11:10, they were already fairly busy. They’re expecting to stay open tonight till 8.

P.S. See more of what’s happening inside and outside the renovated restaurant space in our sneak-peek report from last week.


  1. I just got back from there. Fast, friendly service and tasty food. A tip to the folks … there isn’t a large menu board, so grab a paper menu from the counter before you order.

    Comment by Brian M. — 2:30 pm October 4, 2012 #

  2. Food and service excellent. Beautiful day. My dog was also served a nice bowl of cold water.
    It is so nice to know that after a run at Alki I have a restaurant to go, that does not serve grease food but very nutritious food with good quality ingredients.

    Comment by Nanda — 2:38 pm October 4, 2012 #

  3. awesome! WSB, please let us know when breakfast is being served.

    Comment by Spana — 3:38 pm October 4, 2012 #

  4. Congratulations to Marination!!! Can’t wait to eat there.

    Comment by Kari — 4:06 pm October 4, 2012 #

  5. Any chocolate macademia nut pie?

    Comment by Faith4 — 4:26 pm October 4, 2012 #

  6. Please please Please serve some ono-kine Hawaiian Grindz. Right in my hood. Kalua Pig sliders? chicken long rice?

    Comment by KS — 8:06 am October 5, 2012 #

  7. Spam… The best post run snack!

    Comment by SpamMAN — 6:03 am October 6, 2012 #

  8. Cold and uninviting, not a place to hang out in. Essentially a take out place. Awful use of great space and location.

    Comment by lfrillman — 7:18 am October 6, 2012 #

  9. I have been there everyday, since I live across the street. It is bit cool ou back. But if you dress warm it is so nice.

    I think Marination is going to need a few more chairs once summer returns.

    Congrats Marination Team you are doing great. Can’t wait for breakfast menu to start.


    Comment by Pauline — 7:59 am October 6, 2012 #

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