Mt Fuji Asian Bistro Sushi

★★★★☆
  • 905 W Main St Ste 21B

    Durham, NC 27701

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  • 919-680-4968

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Food was great and the out seating with the band made for a very fun night. Will definitely go back.

3
★★★★★

Food was great and the out seating with the band made for a very fun night. Will definitely go back.

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We've tried Mt. Fuji 3 times this past year to give them a chance and were disappointed each time. Service was bad, food presentation and flavor - terrible. Sushi was just mediocre. Ordered a pasta dish that we were told was a "customer

3
★★★★★

We've tried Mt. Fuji 3 times this past year to give them a chance and were disappointed each time. Service was bad, food presentation and flavor - terrible. Sushi was just mediocre. Ordered a pasta dish that we were told was a "customer

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I have been to Mt Fuji before and I like their pad thai so we made a reservation to dine once more on a Saturday evening. We ate our meal and our waiter was average and I have no complaints there. Literally 5 minutes after we signed the

3
★★★★★

I have been to Mt Fuji before and I like their pad thai so we made a reservation to dine once more on a Saturday evening. We ate our meal and our waiter was average and I have no complaints there. Literally 5 minutes after we signed the

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My wife and I have been to Mt Fuji for several occasions. We have always had the sushi, have never ordered from from the dinner menu. Tonight was Thursday, the usual 50% off sushi rolls night. The food has always been stellar. Fresh,

3
★★★★★

My wife and I have been to Mt Fuji for several occasions. We have always had the sushi, have never ordered from from the dinner menu. Tonight was Thursday, the usual 50% off sushi rolls night. The food has always been stellar. Fresh,

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This is some of the best sushi in Durham especially when it is half price! I have had a couple of the dishes off the menu and they have been great. Always the same consistency unlike PF Changs.

The manager seems to be a little tight because it always seems understaffed. The waitstaff is great but, slow because they are way too busy!

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★★★★☆

This is some of the best sushi in Durham especially when it is half price! I have had a couple of the dishes off the menu and they have been great. Always the same consistency unlike PF Changs.

The manager seems to be a little tight because it always seems understaffed. The waitstaff is great but, slow because they are way too busy!

Pros: Better than PF Chang's

Cons: Understaffed

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We love to eat here on Fridays because of the 'buy one sushi roll, get one free' deal! The sushi is delicious and the presentation of it is pretty. The service here is also pretty good. Highly recommended.

4
★★★★☆

We love to eat here on Fridays because of the 'buy one sushi roll, get one free' deal! The sushi is delicious and the presentation of it is pretty. The service here is also pretty good. Highly recommended.

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Haven't been so disappointed in sushi as I have by Mt. Fuji. For $13, I only received 4-5 rolls of spicy tuna roll when one should get at least 8 rolls of a special roll (at least in every other sushi place I have been). Secondly, the tuna was chunky tuna, such as one would find in a can, not rare tuna pieces. Complete rip-off (and still hungry!). Even though I am not local (was driving through) I would not recommend this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Haven't been so disappointed in sushi as I have by Mt. Fuji. For $13, I only received 4-5 rolls of spicy tuna roll when one should get at least 8 rolls of a special roll (at least in every other sushi place I have been). Secondly, the tuna was chunky tuna, such as one would find in a can, not rare tuna pieces. Complete rip-off (and still hungry!). Even though I am not local (was driving through) I would not recommend this place.

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Great sushi and very fresh. Nice decor and always fun on half price thursday. They also have many other asian dishes for those who do not like sushi.

2
★★★★★

Great sushi and very fresh. Nice decor and always fun on half price thursday. They also have many other asian dishes for those who do not like sushi.

Pros: Nice Saki selection

Cons: can take some time when busy

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We go to Mt. Fuji on a regular basis and have always had good service and good sushi. Never tried the other dishes because they don't look too interesting, but the sushi is really good and so is the garlic calamari. Just a tip, avoid half price sushi night on Thursdays, the place gets packed with drunk Duke kids that create a seriously unpleasant atmosphere. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.

2
★★★★☆

We go to Mt. Fuji on a regular basis and have always had good service and good sushi. Never tried the other dishes because they don't look too interesting, but the sushi is really good and so is the garlic calamari. Just a tip, avoid half price sushi night on Thursdays, the place gets packed with drunk Duke kids that create a seriously unpleasant atmosphere. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.

Pros: great sushi

Cons: duke brats on thursday night

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First time I have left almost a full meal on the table in ten years; and not ask for the rest to be wrapped up. Food was amateur, poor. The taste was quite memorable; but not in a good way. Service was slow and poor...almost comical. There are other similar restaurants in the area with similar menus that are wonderful. They need to step it up or they probably will not be around long. I should have gave the $70 spent to charity or some other worthy cause. Always a great disapointment when you walk away from a restaurant regretting the money you spent. I usually will give a restaurant a second and sometime even a third chance; but I will not be back. In my opinion the food was that bad. Sorry; but in my opinion, I definately do not recommend this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

First time I have left almost a full meal on the table in ten years; and not ask for the rest to be wrapped up. Food was amateur, poor. The taste was quite memorable; but not in a good way. Service was slow and poor...almost comical. There are other similar restaurants in the area with similar menus that are wonderful. They need to step it up or they probably will not be around long. I should have gave the $70 spent to charity or some other worthy cause. Always a great disapointment when you walk away from a restaurant regretting the money you spent. I usually will give a restaurant a second and sometime even a third chance; but I will not be back. In my opinion the food was that bad. Sorry; but in my opinion, I definately do not recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Leaving the restaurant to hear the great Friday music and atomosphere outside in Brightleaf Square

Cons: Food,Service,

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I have been to Mt. Fuji on several occasions now. The food is okay. No better or worse than P.F. Changs. The problem is the service and atmosphere. Each time, the service has been terrible. Last night's meal was the last straw. There was one table of drunk undergrads who were screaming and pounding on their table for hours. They were clearly disturbing everyone in the restaurant, but no one did anything. There was no way anyone could have a pleasant conversation during their meal. It was overwhelming. When we talked to the wait staff, they didn't care and made excuses for the undergrads, likely because of the large tip they were anticipating. Then we talked to the owner who was drinking at the bar the whole time. He said that he didn't do anything because he was "off duty"! Are you kidding me!?!? He is the OWNER! He couldn't have been more indifferent about our terrible experience. I've never experienced anything like that -- an owner who did not care about return business.

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. That place always has problems and the staff is always either rude or incompetent.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Mt. Fuji on several occasions now. The food is okay. No better or worse than P.F. Changs. The problem is the service and atmosphere. Each time, the service has been terrible. Last night's meal was the last straw. There was one table of drunk undergrads who were screaming and pounding on their table for hours. They were clearly disturbing everyone in the restaurant, but no one did anything. There was no way anyone could have a pleasant conversation during their meal. It was overwhelming. When we talked to the wait staff, they didn't care and made excuses for the undergrads, likely because of the large tip they were anticipating. Then we talked to the owner who was drinking at the bar the whole time. He said that he didn't do anything because he was "off duty"! Are you kidding me!?!? He is the OWNER! He couldn't have been more indifferent about our terrible experience. I've never experienced anything like that -- an owner who did not care about return business.

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. That place always has problems and the staff is always either rude or incompetent.

Cons: The whole dining experience

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Mount Fuji is a gem in Brightleaf Square. They offer a full sushi bar as well as Thai selections, Japanese selections, and some Chinese selections. Each dish is delicious! They have great specials for Duke students on Thursday nights. It's wonderful to sit outside during the warmer months. Service is great. It has become a neighborhood favorite!

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★★★★★

Mount Fuji is a gem in Brightleaf Square. They offer a full sushi bar as well as Thai selections, Japanese selections, and some Chinese selections. Each dish is delicious! They have great specials for Duke students on Thursday nights. It's wonderful to sit outside during the warmer months. Service is great. It has become a neighborhood favorite!

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Depending on the night (I recommend Tuesdays and would stay away on Mondays) this is actually pretty good sushi.

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★★★☆☆

Depending on the night (I recommend Tuesdays and would stay away on Mondays) this is actually pretty good sushi.

Pros: fish can be very fresh, presentation always good

Cons: bad service

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The food on our table was not cooked proper at all. My dish smelled like raw egg :(
Not able to eat any of the dishes at our table.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food on our table was not cooked proper at all. My dish smelled like raw egg :(
Not able to eat any of the dishes at our table.

Cons: Thumbs down

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I've gone several times to dinner to this place. It would take awhile to get seated and then get the food. But I went for a business lunch and there were few people there. We got the food quickly and it was delicious. I recommend this place with one reservation: the prices are not the cheapest. Entrees are a dollar or two more than similar places.

2
★★★★☆

I've gone several times to dinner to this place. It would take awhile to get seated and then get the food. But I went for a business lunch and there were few people there. We got the food quickly and it was delicious. I recommend this place with one reservation: the prices are not the cheapest. Entrees are a dollar or two more than similar places.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Prices are a little too high

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Located in downtown Durham in the Brightleaf section I have to admit that the sushi is great. It does not have a fishy smell or a fishy taste. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is relatively great especially if you happen to get the waiter name Dan. He has tons of personality and charisma which can make your dining experience a joy. Get there early before it gets crowded or you will have a long wait for your food. If you are planning to come for lunch try to get there between 11:00AM and 11:30AM. That way you will be promptly seated or you can pick your seat. You may even want to sit outside if the day is not too warm. Make sure that you try the seaweed salad. It is to die for. Be exotic and go for a dish that you would ordinarily not order. For it is better to try than to not have tried at all.

2
★★★★☆

Located in downtown Durham in the Brightleaf section I have to admit that the sushi is great. It does not have a fishy smell or a fishy taste. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is relatively great especially if you happen to get the waiter name Dan. He has tons of personality and charisma which can make your dining experience a joy. Get there early before it gets crowded or you will have a long wait for your food. If you are planning to come for lunch try to get there between 11:00AM and 11:30AM. That way you will be promptly seated or you can pick your seat. You may even want to sit outside if the day is not too warm. Make sure that you try the seaweed salad. It is to die for. Be exotic and go for a dish that you would ordinarily not order. For it is better to try than to not have tried at all.

Pros: Great Food!

Cons: Can be very crowded and service can be slow if you get there later than earlier.

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Delicious Asian fusion food and sushi, the curries are all soo yummy and it has the only good pad thai in the triangle. Prompt seating usually, unless its the weekend-- call ahead to give your name. Drinks are also great-- the bartender was extra friendly and able to match my food with an equally wonderful cocktail. Its also vegetarian friendly; theyll make any dish with tofu instead of meat. Its kind of pricey, but worth it! Call ahead and reserve if you have a big group or want to sit in the seperate room with straw mats.

2
★★★★☆

Delicious Asian fusion food and sushi, the curries are all soo yummy and it has the only good pad thai in the triangle. Prompt seating usually, unless its the weekend-- call ahead to give your name. Drinks are also great-- the bartender was extra friendly and able to match my food with an equally wonderful cocktail. Its also vegetarian friendly; theyll make any dish with tofu instead of meat. Its kind of pricey, but worth it! Call ahead and reserve if you have a big group or want to sit in the seperate room with straw mats.

Pros: Good mix of foods and nice cocktails

Cons: Can be crowded/long wait

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I went to this place with some co-workers and I thought it was a great Sushi restaurant. They serve big portions and everything was well-presented. I had one of the sampler platters, and everything was great. It's also a great atmosphere. We sat at a table, but they also have a neat sushi bar that looks like it would be fun.

I would recommend Mount Fuji!

2
★★★★★

I went to this place with some co-workers and I thought it was a great Sushi restaurant. They serve big portions and everything was well-presented. I had one of the sampler platters, and everything was great. It's also a great atmosphere. We sat at a table, but they also have a neat sushi bar that looks like it would be fun.

I would recommend Mount Fuji!

Pros: Sushi

Cons: parking is difficult

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We have visited this restaurant three times. On two of those occasions, my husband requested medium rare beef .... both times, the cook sent WELL DONE beef! On the last visit, I had chicken terriyaki and it was so overcooked, it was rubbery!! Good sushi but the food is lacking and the service is bad, even when there are few clients. We will NEVER recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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★☆☆☆☆

We have visited this restaurant three times. On two of those occasions, my husband requested medium rare beef .... both times, the cook sent WELL DONE beef! On the last visit, I had chicken terriyaki and it was so overcooked, it was rubbery!! Good sushi but the food is lacking and the service is bad, even when there are few clients. We will NEVER recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Pros: good sushi

Cons: food overcooked

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I traveled extensively throughout Asia and fell in love with the unique and healthy cuisine offered by China, Japan, and Thailand.

Mt. Fuji offers the first true authentic pan-Asia cooking that I have experienced in the Southeast. Their sushi is delectable and their chefs are first rate. The curry dishes are an absolute must! I had given up hope on finding perfected Asian cuisine until Mt. Fuji came along. Though I would still consider it the best kept secret of Durham, call ahead for reservations because this place now holds a steady crowd of repeat customers who have also fervently recommended this restaurant to their friends.

From their elegant surroundings to friendly staff, the remarkable talents of both the sushi and kitchen chefs are offered to you in a dining experience that will be worth your money and give you an experience to look forward to after a hard days work.

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★★★★★

I traveled extensively throughout Asia and fell in love with the unique and healthy cuisine offered by China, Japan, and Thailand.

Mt. Fuji offers the first true authentic pan-Asia cooking that I have experienced in the Southeast. Their sushi is delectable and their chefs are first rate. The curry dishes are an absolute must! I had given up hope on finding perfected Asian cuisine until Mt. Fuji came along. Though I would still consider it the best kept secret of Durham, call ahead for reservations because this place now holds a steady crowd of repeat customers who have also fervently recommended this restaurant to their friends.

From their elegant surroundings to friendly staff, the remarkable talents of both the sushi and kitchen chefs are offered to you in a dining experience that will be worth your money and give you an experience to look forward to after a hard days work.

Pros: Authentic Cuisine, Warm Servers, Great Food

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I love the food and have been impressed with every dish I've tried. Often contemporary Asian fusion places fail to create dishes with complex taste and character, but Mt. Fuji succeeds where other places fail. The ambience is enjoyable--a little dark, but I love the exposed brick walls and decor. The special room in back is also great for a larger dinner party. My biggest suggestion to this restaurant would be to work on improving the service. The servers have generally been nice but in one case in particular I was less than impressed with my service and felt extremely undervalued as a customer who is paying good money to eat there. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this restaurant hands down.

2
★★★★★

I love the food and have been impressed with every dish I've tried. Often contemporary Asian fusion places fail to create dishes with complex taste and character, but Mt. Fuji succeeds where other places fail. The ambience is enjoyable--a little dark, but I love the exposed brick walls and decor. The special room in back is also great for a larger dinner party. My biggest suggestion to this restaurant would be to work on improving the service. The servers have generally been nice but in one case in particular I was less than impressed with my service and felt extremely undervalued as a customer who is paying good money to eat there. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this restaurant hands down.

Pros: Taste and Variety, Ambience

Cons: Service

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Im so glad that theres a sushi restaurant in Durham now. The food is great and the Makis are very creative and beautifully presented. The atmosphere is very romantic perfect for taking a date.

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★★★★★

Im so glad that theres a sushi restaurant in Durham now. The food is great and the Makis are very creative and beautifully presented. The atmosphere is very romantic perfect for taking a date.

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I worked in sushi restaurants for 2 years, so let me tell you that this place is great. The food is pricey but not unreasonably so and it is gorgeous inside. As for all the negative comments about the service, I know firsthand that sushi restaurants usually have 2 kitchens (a sushi bar and a hot food kitchen) and it is very difficult to time between them. If your food arrives separately, it is almost NEVER the server's fault, but rather the kitchens fault for improper timing while cooking (I hate to see people blaming fellow servers for things that servers have little control over. Luckily now I work in a diner with one kitchen where that is rarely a problem.)

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★★★★★

I worked in sushi restaurants for 2 years, so let me tell you that this place is great. The food is pricey but not unreasonably so and it is gorgeous inside. As for all the negative comments about the service, I know firsthand that sushi restaurants usually have 2 kitchens (a sushi bar and a hot food kitchen) and it is very difficult to time between them. If your food arrives separately, it is almost NEVER the server's fault, but rather the kitchens fault for improper timing while cooking (I hate to see people blaming fellow servers for things that servers have little control over. Luckily now I work in a diner with one kitchen where that is rarely a problem.)

Pros: food, atmosphere

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Mount Fuji has the best sushi I have had in the triangle to date. Their other dishes are equally appealing, especially the curries. Also, they are very vegetarian friendly and will substitute tofu for just about all of the meat dishes on their menu. The bar area is very small, and right in front of the kitchen, not someplace to go and have a drink at the bar.

2
★★★★★

Mount Fuji has the best sushi I have had in the triangle to date. Their other dishes are equally appealing, especially the curries. Also, they are very vegetarian friendly and will substitute tofu for just about all of the meat dishes on their menu. The bar area is very small, and right in front of the kitchen, not someplace to go and have a drink at the bar.

Pros: great food, good value

Cons: poor bar location

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This is my favorite lunchtime restaurant. I have yet to have the sushi, but my co-workers and I love the noodle dishes (home made noodles and lots of veggies) and the chicken dishes. The price is good, the booths are private and the service very good. It is good for a romantic meal or private business conversation. There is a cozy looking room in the back that looks great for a meal with kids, a large group or a romantic dinner.

2
★★★★★

This is my favorite lunchtime restaurant. I have yet to have the sushi, but my co-workers and I love the noodle dishes (home made noodles and lots of veggies) and the chicken dishes. The price is good, the booths are private and the service very good. It is good for a romantic meal or private business conversation. There is a cozy looking room in the back that looks great for a meal with kids, a large group or a romantic dinner.

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My husband and I moved to NC from Los Angeles a year ago. In LA, we lived near "sushi row" where there were several blocks of the best sushi in the state. Mt. Fuji rivals the big city sushi restaurants and is the best we have found in North Carolina (and we've tried many). The staff is fabulous, the food melts in your mouth -- and the Mt. Fuji roll is a must try.

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★★★★★

My husband and I moved to NC from Los Angeles a year ago. In LA, we lived near "sushi row" where there were several blocks of the best sushi in the state. Mt. Fuji rivals the big city sushi restaurants and is the best we have found in North Carolina (and we've tried many). The staff is fabulous, the food melts in your mouth -- and the Mt. Fuji roll is a must try.

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We really liked Mt. Fuji. The presenation of our orders was really nice, better than I've experienced at any sushi bar in recent memory (in Durham, CH, Ral). The service was a little disappointing, our plates arrived a few minutes apart, but we'll chalk that up to bad luck.

Pricing, a few reviews have complained about the prices. But I thought that they were reasonable. Consider this: A WholeFood sampler costs $13. The Mt. Fuji nigiri sampler was $16. The prices are similar but I kind of wanted to take a picture of my plate at Fuji.

2
★★★★☆

We really liked Mt. Fuji. The presenation of our orders was really nice, better than I've experienced at any sushi bar in recent memory (in Durham, CH, Ral). The service was a little disappointing, our plates arrived a few minutes apart, but we'll chalk that up to bad luck.

Pricing, a few reviews have complained about the prices. But I thought that they were reasonable. Consider this: A WholeFood sampler costs $13. The Mt. Fuji nigiri sampler was $16. The prices are similar but I kind of wanted to take a picture of my plate at Fuji.

Pros: quality, price, location

Cons: decor, service

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Sampled the tuna tataki - very fresh. The pineapple-shrimp fried rice was to DIE FOR. Our dinner mates reported that the sushi was very fresh and the massaman curry was very tasty.

Loved the relaxing euro-lounge background music, and the decor and architecture of the building set a nice atmosphere. I will agree with comments about service - main courses not arriving promptly for everyone. However, the service irregularities were easy enough to overlook with everything else the restaurant has going for it.

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★★★★☆

Sampled the tuna tataki - very fresh. The pineapple-shrimp fried rice was to DIE FOR. Our dinner mates reported that the sushi was very fresh and the massaman curry was very tasty.

Loved the relaxing euro-lounge background music, and the decor and architecture of the building set a nice atmosphere. I will agree with comments about service - main courses not arriving promptly for everyone. However, the service irregularities were easy enough to overlook with everything else the restaurant has going for it.

Pros: tasty food, decor, ambience

Cons: service

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I had my first vist to Mt. Fuji last night. Food was great, especially the Sushi. Main dishes were quite pricey for the amount served. Service was fantastic. Noodles were appropriately priced and there was an ample amount. I would go back but only for a special occasion because of the main meal prices. Thank you.

2
★★★★☆

I had my first vist to Mt. Fuji last night. Food was great, especially the Sushi. Main dishes were quite pricey for the amount served. Service was fantastic. Noodles were appropriately priced and there was an ample amount. I would go back but only for a special occasion because of the main meal prices. Thank you.

Pros: Great food, quiet dining, good variety on menu

Cons: main dishes pricey, booths are uncomforta, need asian desserts

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the sushi is great but all the other food has been completely disapointing. The one bartender that made that place is now gone...yhe place is going down hill fast

2
★★★★★

the sushi is great but all the other food has been completely disapointing. The one bartender that made that place is now gone...yhe place is going down hill fast

Pros: Bartenders, Sushi

Cons: inconsistent

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The food wasn't too great - for the price we paid, we expected to have better tasting food. The server was friendly, but everyone's food should be served at the same time - not one by one (my friend's food sat in front of her for 10 minutes before I got my entree). Also, the entree plates should not be cleared until everyone is finished with their food!

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★★★☆☆

The food wasn't too great - for the price we paid, we expected to have better tasting food. The server was friendly, but everyone's food should be served at the same time - not one by one (my friend's food sat in front of her for 10 minutes before I got my entree). Also, the entree plates should not be cleared until everyone is finished with their food!

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