Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant

★★★☆☆
RA Sushi blends fresh sushi, hip music and contemporary decor all rolled up into one flavorful experience.
  • 3908 Westheimer Rd 234

    Houston, TX 77027

    Cross street: Highland Village

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  • 713-621-5800

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Nice Americanized sushi... Prices are reasonable what else can you ask for?

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★★★★★

Nice Americanized sushi... Prices are reasonable what else can you ask for?

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Beatiful sushi place located in one of the most classy locations in Houston, Texas. If you like sushi this is the place for you to enjoy your night with friends.

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★★★★★

Beatiful sushi place located in one of the most classy locations in Houston, Texas. If you like sushi this is the place for you to enjoy your night with friends.

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I have been the to the City Centre location many times. The food started off very good and appealing. It seems like with time the food isn't as good or fresh/up to par when they first opened. I really like the ambiance Why did they take Blue Crab Cakes off the menu!! NO - i loved them :(
Before I didn't mind paying for the higher dollar food, but it's not the same. They have a decent HH. Good place to meet up friends for HH.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been the to the City Centre location many times. The food started off very good and appealing. It seems like with time the food isn't as good or fresh/up to par when they first opened. I really like the ambiance Why did they take Blue Crab Cakes off the menu!! NO - i loved them :(
Before I didn't mind paying for the higher dollar food, but it's not the same. They have a decent HH. Good place to meet up friends for HH.

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The food used to be better. The prices - especially on drinks - have gotten way out of control. All things considered, there are a lot more places in Houston to go pay too much for bad food and weak drinks.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food used to be better. The prices - especially on drinks - have gotten way out of control. All things considered, there are a lot more places in Houston to go pay too much for bad food and weak drinks.

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I was a big fan of RA Sushi two years ago. I always come and eat here for lunch with my boyfriend every weekend. I love it when they open the windows when the weather is great outside. Location is great, the ambiance is great, and the food USED to be good. I have no idea what happen? It seems like they are under different management now because they made a few changes on their menu and even the type of chicken they use for their teriyaki chicken, which used to be one of my favorite, changed. It isn't as lean, and the rice is a bit saggy now. The place became ghetto, and every Friday and Saturday night, it seems like it turned into a club...... Their staff has the tendency of being rude, and when I had my birthday celebration here in 2009, it was awful. I miss the old RA Sushi...

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★★★☆☆

I was a big fan of RA Sushi two years ago. I always come and eat here for lunch with my boyfriend every weekend. I love it when they open the windows when the weather is great outside. Location is great, the ambiance is great, and the food USED to be good. I have no idea what happen? It seems like they are under different management now because they made a few changes on their menu and even the type of chicken they use for their teriyaki chicken, which used to be one of my favorite, changed. It isn't as lean, and the rice is a bit saggy now. The place became ghetto, and every Friday and Saturday night, it seems like it turned into a club...... Their staff has the tendency of being rude, and when I had my birthday celebration here in 2009, it was awful. I miss the old RA Sushi...

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Food was great though..

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★★★★☆

Food was great though..

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Love the second floor outisde view, great music and good. Good place to meet with friends.

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★★★★☆

Love the second floor outisde view, great music and good. Good place to meet with friends.

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The atmosphere here is better than the sushi. It's a good place to go when it's cool outside and the have the windows open and the music going, they also have some good happy hour specials. The sushi is okay, but I go more for the atmosphere than the food.

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★★★☆☆

The atmosphere here is better than the sushi. It's a good place to go when it's cool outside and the have the windows open and the music going, they also have some good happy hour specials. The sushi is okay, but I go more for the atmosphere than the food.

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I recently published a comment about a bad expereince I had at RA on Westheimer location. the waiter had used profanity with my friend and myself. I was ofcourse shocked and upset at the situation. I contacted RA corporate and management through their e-mails provided on their website. I was surprised to have the regional manager contact me regarding the situation. He expressed that RA does not condone that type of behavior and assured me the situation was being handled internally with the individual. I beleive in letting a business know when they are doing well, and when they are doing not so well. I feel good knowing that management actually took the time to really listen to their customers and value their patronage. Thank you RA for taking the time to listen to your cutomers.

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★★★☆☆

I recently published a comment about a bad expereince I had at RA on Westheimer location. the waiter had used profanity with my friend and myself. I was ofcourse shocked and upset at the situation. I contacted RA corporate and management through their e-mails provided on their website. I was surprised to have the regional manager contact me regarding the situation. He expressed that RA does not condone that type of behavior and assured me the situation was being handled internally with the individual. I beleive in letting a business know when they are doing well, and when they are doing not so well. I feel good knowing that management actually took the time to really listen to their customers and value their patronage. Thank you RA for taking the time to listen to your cutomers.

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I went to the CityCentre location about a week ago and sat at a table for about 15 mins but no one ever came to ask me for my order or if I had been helped. I tried to flag the manager down a couple of times but I could see that he was busy spending his important time flirting with the bartender. Real professional. I ended up just walking out because I didn't want to wait for overpriced food with crappy service

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to the CityCentre location about a week ago and sat at a table for about 15 mins but no one ever came to ask me for my order or if I had been helped. I tried to flag the manager down a couple of times but I could see that he was busy spending his important time flirting with the bartender. Real professional. I ended up just walking out because I didn't want to wait for overpriced food with crappy service

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All there is to say is that I've been here twice and both occasions leave me regretting my decision. crappy place but its great for people who think they're trendy

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★☆☆☆☆

All there is to say is that I've been here twice and both occasions leave me regretting my decision. crappy place but its great for people who think they're trendy

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We went here the other night to try it, seeing as how it was a new sushi place in a nice part of town. From the get go, my impression was that this place is really 'tweeny' and shouldnt be taken seriously as a restaurant; unless you like Miley Cyrus remixes blaring while you eat. At first I ordered the miso soup, which is where the dinner gets ugly. I was hungry so I ate it fast, but when I got to the end I felt something crunch in my mouth. When I spat out the crunchy nuisance, I realized that my soup had come with shards of glass in the bottom. Thats right, broken glass. The kind that slices your insides up. The manager was less than apologetic when we told her; she ran off into the kitchen. Then she came out and told us everything would be taken care of (which turns out she would comp our soup and nothing else). We ate our sushi and when the bill came, it wasnt obvious that the soup had been comped, so we asked for the manager (the service was extremely slow). She didnt come after we asked 3 waiters, so we were about to leave when she came over and sternly told us that the soup had been comped and accused us of trying to get more out of them. We were just surprised because when you go to a restaurant, spend a lot of money on wine and food, then ingest glass, you usually get at least a free dessert... and a smile. She then demanded our information when we asked for her name, and was very rude.

Oh yeah, and everyone who ate the sushi paid for it the next day, if you know what I mean.

Long story short: if you like sushi, edible food, or decent service, then stay away from this place

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here the other night to try it, seeing as how it was a new sushi place in a nice part of town. From the get go, my impression was that this place is really 'tweeny' and shouldnt be taken seriously as a restaurant; unless you like Miley Cyrus remixes blaring while you eat. At first I ordered the miso soup, which is where the dinner gets ugly. I was hungry so I ate it fast, but when I got to the end I felt something crunch in my mouth. When I spat out the crunchy nuisance, I realized that my soup had come with shards of glass in the bottom. Thats right, broken glass. The kind that slices your insides up. The manager was less than apologetic when we told her; she ran off into the kitchen. Then she came out and told us everything would be taken care of (which turns out she would comp our soup and nothing else). We ate our sushi and when the bill came, it wasnt obvious that the soup had been comped, so we asked for the manager (the service was extremely slow). She didnt come after we asked 3 waiters, so we were about to leave when she came over and sternly told us that the soup had been comped and accused us of trying to get more out of them. We were just surprised because when you go to a restaurant, spend a lot of money on wine and food, then ingest glass, you usually get at least a free dessert... and a smile. She then demanded our information when we asked for her name, and was very rude.

Oh yeah, and everyone who ate the sushi paid for it the next day, if you know what I mean.

Long story short: if you like sushi, edible food, or decent service, then stay away from this place

Pros: Running water, electricity

Cons: Food, service, managers, atmosphere

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over priced bad fish. why are these gooks still in business. service was bad and i was treated like sh@t because i wasn't asian. seriously its 2010.

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★☆☆☆☆

over priced bad fish. why are these gooks still in business. service was bad and i was treated like sh@t because i wasn't asian. seriously its 2010.

Pros: ugly easy chicks

Cons: ugly easy chicks

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I LOOVVVVE this place! My friends and I come here almost weekly to end a hard week of work (or in some cases begin our week.) GREAT happy hour! I never been during regular hours but happy hour has a great selection of food and drinks. It is always busy and seating is pretty easy to get compared to other places during happy hour. This is definatly a "hot spot" in houston if you like sushi and fusion food! Sunday Ra has a "reverse" happy hour from 8-11 and it is so much fun. The only "negative" thing I can say is their drinks aren't all that to me. Would love to see a frozen drink on the menu or some better tasting drinks. The drink with the most "bang for your buck" is the appletini or cosmo I guess. If Ra had better drinks the place would be PERFECT!

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★★★★☆

I LOOVVVVE this place! My friends and I come here almost weekly to end a hard week of work (or in some cases begin our week.) GREAT happy hour! I never been during regular hours but happy hour has a great selection of food and drinks. It is always busy and seating is pretty easy to get compared to other places during happy hour. This is definatly a "hot spot" in houston if you like sushi and fusion food! Sunday Ra has a "reverse" happy hour from 8-11 and it is so much fun. The only "negative" thing I can say is their drinks aren't all that to me. Would love to see a frozen drink on the menu or some better tasting drinks. The drink with the most "bang for your buck" is the appletini or cosmo I guess. If Ra had better drinks the place would be PERFECT!

Pros: Great Food and Atmosphere

Cons: Subpar drinks

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If you are looking for great sushi, this is not the place for you. Likewise, if you're looking for good prices, stay away. Ra is much more of a bar that serves sushi than a sushi restaurant with a bar. And if you go with this in mind, your experience at RA will be perfectly enjoyable.

In a smashing location at the middle of Highland Village, Ra is one of those see and be seen places. Most people who come here come to enjoy the the cocktails and happen to snack on one of the rolls that they conveniently offer. The whole restaurant is exquisitely and elegantly decorated; when the windows are open during spring, it is truly hard to beat. If you're single, this is one of the places you to to remedy that situation, it will be full of beautiful people, well lubricated by a cocktail or two; it truly is a yuppie's paradise. You would almost expect it to be featured in a Bret Easton Ellis, and priced accordingly. Yet, the sushi is lackluster. Their menu has nothing that jumps out and blows your mind. They treat their food as things to put in your mouth while you wait for your next cocktail, which are actually pretty good.

If you come to RA expecting to sit down, relax, and have some good sushi, you will be sorely disappointed; but if you come with a few friend to see some eye candy and enjoy some cocktails, you'll love it.

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★★☆☆☆

If you are looking for great sushi, this is not the place for you. Likewise, if you're looking for good prices, stay away. Ra is much more of a bar that serves sushi than a sushi restaurant with a bar. And if you go with this in mind, your experience at RA will be perfectly enjoyable.

In a smashing location at the middle of Highland Village, Ra is one of those see and be seen places. Most people who come here come to enjoy the the cocktails and happen to snack on one of the rolls that they conveniently offer. The whole restaurant is exquisitely and elegantly decorated; when the windows are open during spring, it is truly hard to beat. If you're single, this is one of the places you to to remedy that situation, it will be full of beautiful people, well lubricated by a cocktail or two; it truly is a yuppie's paradise. You would almost expect it to be featured in a Bret Easton Ellis, and priced accordingly. Yet, the sushi is lackluster. Their menu has nothing that jumps out and blows your mind. They treat their food as things to put in your mouth while you wait for your next cocktail, which are actually pretty good.

If you come to RA expecting to sit down, relax, and have some good sushi, you will be sorely disappointed; but if you come with a few friend to see some eye candy and enjoy some cocktails, you'll love it.

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this was a nice venue for the young and trendy and well attended, but not for the food. The sushi was sub-standard and really no better than what you can pick up at the supermarket. The presentation was lacking considering the prices and they were very skimpy on sauces and basics such as ginger and wasabi. Had to ask for more. The green tea tastes like dirty rain water and when asking to have it changed out, we got iced tea with about a teaspoon of ice. The waitress really gave the impression that she was bothered to have to wait on us. She only smiled when it was time to get the check. This was really a bad dining-out experience and I would not ever recomment Ra to friends. Too many other great sushi places in Houston and Katy to deal with that. Also, ended up with a bad upset stomach.

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★☆☆☆☆

this was a nice venue for the young and trendy and well attended, but not for the food. The sushi was sub-standard and really no better than what you can pick up at the supermarket. The presentation was lacking considering the prices and they were very skimpy on sauces and basics such as ginger and wasabi. Had to ask for more. The green tea tastes like dirty rain water and when asking to have it changed out, we got iced tea with about a teaspoon of ice. The waitress really gave the impression that she was bothered to have to wait on us. She only smiled when it was time to get the check. This was really a bad dining-out experience and I would not ever recomment Ra to friends. Too many other great sushi places in Houston and Katy to deal with that. Also, ended up with a bad upset stomach.

Pros: heated patio

Cons: Food and service

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On a pretty weekend, RA opens up their windows on the second floor, so guests can enjoy the sunshine and music across the way playing at Central Market. However, the best time to go is for happy hour.

Happy hour is from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday. They have 1/2 off appetizers and sushi, $1 sakes, $2 Beers, $3 well drinks, $4 wines and specialty drinks, and $5 Kirin.

The best roll on the menu is the Viva Las Vegas roll--crunchy, creamy, spicy, with just a hint of sweetness. Only order two though, or you will feel like you have been through a Vegas buffet.

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★★★☆☆

On a pretty weekend, RA opens up their windows on the second floor, so guests can enjoy the sunshine and music across the way playing at Central Market. However, the best time to go is for happy hour.

Happy hour is from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Monday-Saturday. They have 1/2 off appetizers and sushi, $1 sakes, $2 Beers, $3 well drinks, $4 wines and specialty drinks, and $5 Kirin.

The best roll on the menu is the Viva Las Vegas roll--crunchy, creamy, spicy, with just a hint of sweetness. Only order two though, or you will feel like you have been through a Vegas buffet.

Pros: Happy Hour

Cons: Can be a little too clubby

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They need to get a better head chef back there. Their sous chefs don't know what they are doing. On two different occasions I had serious, SERIOUS, dirt and grit in the wasabi mashed potatoes. Disgusting. I shudder to think at what other carelessness the rest of the food is handled with.

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★☆☆☆☆

They need to get a better head chef back there. Their sous chefs don't know what they are doing. On two different occasions I had serious, SERIOUS, dirt and grit in the wasabi mashed potatoes. Disgusting. I shudder to think at what other carelessness the rest of the food is handled with.

Pros: Nice menu, innovative dishes

Cons: Really, you can't wash your food before prepping it?

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1) No reservations, first come, first served.
2) 2.5 Hours wait. ( This is the first time - and last - for me to wait for 2.5 hours to get at table )
3) Staff attitude: The teenager-like hostess attitude left too much to be desired:" There is nothing we can do for you. You can 'wait until a table is free, or if you can, try to get a table on your own. If you want to leave, just let us know so we can cross you out of the waiting list."
4) Manager Attitude: " We need a credit card to serve your table' (?). That is our policy, and if you don't like it you can leave. - This is also a first: - Good restaurants ( Mortons, Capital Grille, Truluck's, etc ) NEVER ask for a credit card PRIOR serving. They assume you are a good customer and make sure you feel welcome.

In conclusion: it takes effort and time to write a review. More often than not, I don't write them. This time, the service was so bad and inconsiderate, that taking the time to let you guys know what is going on, was needed.

I will not go back to that restaurant. Please think about it before you decide to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

1) No reservations, first come, first served.
2) 2.5 Hours wait. ( This is the first time - and last - for me to wait for 2.5 hours to get at table )
3) Staff attitude: The teenager-like hostess attitude left too much to be desired:" There is nothing we can do for you. You can 'wait until a table is free, or if you can, try to get a table on your own. If you want to leave, just let us know so we can cross you out of the waiting list."
4) Manager Attitude: " We need a credit card to serve your table' (?). That is our policy, and if you don't like it you can leave. - This is also a first: - Good restaurants ( Mortons, Capital Grille, Truluck's, etc ) NEVER ask for a credit card PRIOR serving. They assume you are a good customer and make sure you feel welcome.

In conclusion: it takes effort and time to write a review. More often than not, I don't write them. This time, the service was so bad and inconsiderate, that taking the time to let you guys know what is going on, was needed.

I will not go back to that restaurant. Please think about it before you decide to go.

Cons: Mismanaged place, poor service, average food.

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My husband and i have been going to Ra for about a couple of months now. The wait is long, but well worth it. Our first couple of experiences have been bad due to the service, almost wanting to ban Ra sushi, until this one waiter took care of us (Michael). He's really nice, never had to ask for anything as if he could read our minds. Never once ever had to wonder where my waiter was unlike most restaurants that we have been to. For those people who are having a hard time finding a sushi restaurant with fresh sushi and great service, go to RA. Make sure you ask for Michael though or else you might end up with a bad experience. Don't forget to take care of him as well : )

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★★★★★

My husband and i have been going to Ra for about a couple of months now. The wait is long, but well worth it. Our first couple of experiences have been bad due to the service, almost wanting to ban Ra sushi, until this one waiter took care of us (Michael). He's really nice, never had to ask for anything as if he could read our minds. Never once ever had to wonder where my waiter was unlike most restaurants that we have been to. For those people who are having a hard time finding a sushi restaurant with fresh sushi and great service, go to RA. Make sure you ask for Michael though or else you might end up with a bad experience. Don't forget to take care of him as well : )

Pros: food and service

Cons: wait time

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Very slow service, too over 30 minutes to get sushi. Had to ask where it was, at which point it suspiciously immediately appeared.

The next round was no faster. Took over 2 hours to be served two rounds, appetizers and nagiri...and not due to the leisurely pace of the eaters.

The displeasure felt was exasperated by the loud, bad music which made it difficult to talk, which is annoying if their service is so slow you're forced to sit there forever. Almost considered ditching and just leaving around enough money on the table.

Won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very slow service, too over 30 minutes to get sushi. Had to ask where it was, at which point it suspiciously immediately appeared.

The next round was no faster. Took over 2 hours to be served two rounds, appetizers and nagiri...and not due to the leisurely pace of the eaters.

The displeasure felt was exasperated by the loud, bad music which made it difficult to talk, which is annoying if their service is so slow you're forced to sit there forever. Almost considered ditching and just leaving around enough money on the table.

Won't be back.

Pros: Cheap happy hour drinks

Cons: Slow service, small portions w/sushi, overpriced food, loud

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What happened to Rickshaw?

I heard all the rage about this place only to show up to an inner city club and dump

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★☆☆☆☆

What happened to Rickshaw?

I heard all the rage about this place only to show up to an inner city club and dump

Pros: nothing

Cons: crowded and not enough staff

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The service at this place is rude, slow, and disorganized. Beware of giving your driver's license to the waiter: I took my boyfriend there on his birthday, we had TERRIBLE service, as the waiter kept forgetting things, and he took my boyfriend's license and lost it. The restaurant manager is rude and unwilling to compensate him in any way. Needless to say, we couldn't go out anywhere for drinks afterward, as he now has no license. Nice birthday! I want my money back, but of course I won't get it. I can get good sushi and good service at several other places, and that is what I will do, as well as the rest of my family and friends who used to frequent RA

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★☆☆☆☆

The service at this place is rude, slow, and disorganized. Beware of giving your driver's license to the waiter: I took my boyfriend there on his birthday, we had TERRIBLE service, as the waiter kept forgetting things, and he took my boyfriend's license and lost it. The restaurant manager is rude and unwilling to compensate him in any way. Needless to say, we couldn't go out anywhere for drinks afterward, as he now has no license. Nice birthday! I want my money back, but of course I won't get it. I can get good sushi and good service at several other places, and that is what I will do, as well as the rest of my family and friends who used to frequent RA

Pros: NONE

Cons: See below

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Loved to food and drinks, but the service was a little slow. We went there for my husbands birthday and it was great! Probably better to go during the week.

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★★★★☆

Loved to food and drinks, but the service was a little slow. We went there for my husbands birthday and it was great! Probably better to go during the week.

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the food is great and so is the service only one con get there before happy hour you can wait 20 to 40 mins but worth the wait!!

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★★★★★

the food is great and so is the service only one con get there before happy hour you can wait 20 to 40 mins but worth the wait!!

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My boyfriend and I went eat there and the food was very tasty, espcially the scallop roll thingy. But the waitress was really rude. I've worked in the service a good bit, so I know I'm not just being judgemental. She was rude and told us that we ordered too much food! She treated us like we were stupid the whole dinner and had a ugly attitude. My friend went about a month later and had just the same type

Of service

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★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I went eat there and the food was very tasty, espcially the scallop roll thingy. But the waitress was really rude. I've worked in the service a good bit, so I know I'm not just being judgemental. She was rude and told us that we ordered too much food! She treated us like we were stupid the whole dinner and had a ugly attitude. My friend went about a month later and had just the same type

Of service

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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I eat here once, twice a week. I was really shocked at the reviews. Yes, the service can be slow.. but typically its not bad. And the price? I spend way less here than Japanerios and other place in Sugarland, Katy. The Happy Hour is fantastic for good deals. Their Zonie, Tsunami, and Tunacado is a must for me once a week. Everyone in Houston seems to create menus where its fried, stuffed with cream cheese and swimming in some mayo sauce with little creativity with rolls that puts the fish center stage. I actually like the taste of fish and this place definitely showcases it with quality that can't be beat.

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★★★★★

I eat here once, twice a week. I was really shocked at the reviews. Yes, the service can be slow.. but typically its not bad. And the price? I spend way less here than Japanerios and other place in Sugarland, Katy. The Happy Hour is fantastic for good deals. Their Zonie, Tsunami, and Tunacado is a must for me once a week. Everyone in Houston seems to create menus where its fried, stuffed with cream cheese and swimming in some mayo sauce with little creativity with rolls that puts the fish center stage. I actually like the taste of fish and this place definitely showcases it with quality that can't be beat.

Pros: Food, Music

Cons: service can sometimes be slow

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My friends and I can't stand this place. It tries WAY too hard to be hip. RA cares about image more than good service & quality food.

I have been more than once but last time I waited at a table 15 minutes before anyone even brought water. The server disappeared & returned 10 minutes later to take our drink order. It only got worse from there- and the place was never crowded. No excuse for poor service.

The sushi is terrible and overpriced. If I want headache-inducing music and a cheesy crowd, I'll go to a club, not RA- at least there I might be able to get a drink.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends and I can't stand this place. It tries WAY too hard to be hip. RA cares about image more than good service & quality food.

I have been more than once but last time I waited at a table 15 minutes before anyone even brought water. The server disappeared & returned 10 minutes later to take our drink order. It only got worse from there- and the place was never crowded. No excuse for poor service.

The sushi is terrible and overpriced. If I want headache-inducing music and a cheesy crowd, I'll go to a club, not RA- at least there I might be able to get a drink.

Pros: NONE

Cons: service, crowd, food, parking

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Ok, I'll admit. The decor is pretty creative and visually appealing. But an entire restaurant can't hinge solely on image. The first time I tried this place was in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday, so it's safe to assume that it was pretty slow. However, they still had the music thumping like it was a Friday night! I think that's absurd. We were seated quickly, of course. The waitress explained the menu to us, since we were first timers, and I liked the whole mark-down-what-you-want-on-a-list concept. I think they came up with it to avoid having to try and HEAR customers over the club music. The food took a little while, but it ended up being pretty tasty, and cost what I expected to pay for decent sushi. I have a weird observation that put me off a little, though. The waitresses work attire is too casual for how trendy and fabulous the restaurant looks. They were all wearing black wife-beaters and jeans. I didn't like it. I would expect sleek black button-ups at this kind of place, and DEFINITELY not jeans. And on another note, the second time I tried this place was a Thursday night. But when we walked in and saw a line down the stairs, we turned right back around and went to our tried-and-true sushi fall-back place: Tokyohana. Overall, I think RA focusses too much on being one of the cool kids and not enough on quality. But maybe everyone overlooks it because it's so hip to say "OHMIGOSH, going to RA! I'm so interesting!"

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★★★☆☆

Ok, I'll admit. The decor is pretty creative and visually appealing. But an entire restaurant can't hinge solely on image. The first time I tried this place was in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday, so it's safe to assume that it was pretty slow. However, they still had the music thumping like it was a Friday night! I think that's absurd. We were seated quickly, of course. The waitress explained the menu to us, since we were first timers, and I liked the whole mark-down-what-you-want-on-a-list concept. I think they came up with it to avoid having to try and HEAR customers over the club music. The food took a little while, but it ended up being pretty tasty, and cost what I expected to pay for decent sushi. I have a weird observation that put me off a little, though. The waitresses work attire is too casual for how trendy and fabulous the restaurant looks. They were all wearing black wife-beaters and jeans. I didn't like it. I would expect sleek black button-ups at this kind of place, and DEFINITELY not jeans. And on another note, the second time I tried this place was a Thursday night. But when we walked in and saw a line down the stairs, we turned right back around and went to our tried-and-true sushi fall-back place: Tokyohana. Overall, I think RA focusses too much on being one of the cool kids and not enough on quality. But maybe everyone overlooks it because it's so hip to say "OHMIGOSH, going to RA! I'm so interesting!"

Pros: very cool decor

Cons: flighty wait-staff, stupidly loud music, parking, crowds at night and on weekends

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My initial visit was a year ago and wanted to go back. Second visit was last night and will not go back again unless there are a few changes. Prior to placing our order, we were brought someone elses order - 3 different times! We placed our order and they brought us the wrong order twice. The music was so loud my husband and I were frustrated because we kept saying "what?", "say again", "I didn't hear you". we were sitting at a table for two and had to sit on the edge of our seats so our heads could be close enough to hear each other. Drinks way over priced for the quantity and the music was TOO loud. Guess that is why we kept getting the wrong food - the waitress could not even hear us! It seems as though they are confused - Night club or restaurant. They need to remove the music from the eating area!!!

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★★★☆☆

My initial visit was a year ago and wanted to go back. Second visit was last night and will not go back again unless there are a few changes. Prior to placing our order, we were brought someone elses order - 3 different times! We placed our order and they brought us the wrong order twice. The music was so loud my husband and I were frustrated because we kept saying "what?", "say again", "I didn't hear you". we were sitting at a table for two and had to sit on the edge of our seats so our heads could be close enough to hear each other. Drinks way over priced for the quantity and the music was TOO loud. Guess that is why we kept getting the wrong food - the waitress could not even hear us! It seems as though they are confused - Night club or restaurant. They need to remove the music from the eating area!!!

Pros: good food, nice decor

Cons: overpriced drinks and music too loud to hear the person next to you.

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Sometimes I have to come here if friends want to, but the service is terrible EVERY time. No matter how slow it is or what time of day, the service is always bad and really slow. Servers constantly forget to check back or even take orders. The food is expensive for how mediocre it is.

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★★☆☆☆

Sometimes I have to come here if friends want to, but the service is terrible EVERY time. No matter how slow it is or what time of day, the service is always bad and really slow. Servers constantly forget to check back or even take orders. The food is expensive for how mediocre it is.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: terrible service

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The atmosphere was great. Reasonable volume music playing. Reasonable lighting. The servers were poor advisors of the menu, which is often needed in a sushi restaurant.

Enjoyed the trip, may make it back, would recommend stopping somewhere to eat before your snacks at RA.

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★★☆☆☆

The atmosphere was great. Reasonable volume music playing. Reasonable lighting. The servers were poor advisors of the menu, which is often needed in a sushi restaurant.

Enjoyed the trip, may make it back, would recommend stopping somewhere to eat before your snacks at RA.

Pros: Great atmosphere

Cons: Just less than average service with only reasonable food.

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Waited for 30-45 minutes, before canceling our order (they hadn't even begun making our food). Don't go here unless no other sushi restaurant is open.

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★☆☆☆☆

Waited for 30-45 minutes, before canceling our order (they hadn't even begun making our food). Don't go here unless no other sushi restaurant is open.

Pros: Taste of food

Cons: Service, Price

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Went for a friend's birthday party. Happy hour had a good menu and would recommend the Tootsy Maki and Viva Las Vegas roll. Service started out okay, but throughout the night it was horrible. Had to request for server to come and serve us repeatedly

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★★★☆☆

Went for a friend's birthday party. Happy hour had a good menu and would recommend the Tootsy Maki and Viva Las Vegas roll. Service started out okay, but throughout the night it was horrible. Had to request for server to come and serve us repeatedly

Pros: nice area, club style feel

Cons: parking unless you valet

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...so, it might seem you just entered the door to the next fashionable night club instead of a restaurant.Cute girls and guys sitting around with beers, sake and delicious sushi.

Pros: Food, try the Californian Roll, ambiance, location
Cons: if you want to eat and listen to your friends conversation, it might not be your place!

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★★★★☆

...so, it might seem you just entered the door to the next fashionable night club instead of a restaurant.Cute girls and guys sitting around with beers, sake and delicious sushi.

Pros: Food, try the Californian Roll, ambiance, location
Cons: if you want to eat and listen to your friends conversation, it might not be your place!

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RA Sushi not only is a really nice restaurant it has great sushi. My friends and I usually go on Sundays during Happy Hour. I love to drink Sake so its always a great deal during Happy Hour. Its also been named a a great place to meet people.

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★★★★☆

RA Sushi not only is a really nice restaurant it has great sushi. My friends and I usually go on Sundays during Happy Hour. I love to drink Sake so its always a great deal during Happy Hour. Its also been named a a great place to meet people.

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Okay so I've always heard great things about this place, so my boyfriend, me and some friends went there. Getting in was easy, the atmosphere was chill, fun, relaxed, and young, which was PERFECT. They had great music to go along with it!
Down to the bad part.. we actually had to FIND our waitress. We ordered the Goujia (i think thats how it is spelled), and a Sunami, then some of our friends ordered. Well 10 min later we still had not seen our ONE drink that we ordered, and our friends had theirs, waited another 5 min, and then went to find the waitress b/c she still had not even come to check on us. Found her, explained to her that I still had not gotten my drink, and she had gotten things confused, and brought us our drink (which was 13$ and hardly full of liquor, mostly ICE) then had to wait another 10 min for the server to give us our food.
The food was amazing, but the service was horrible.
On top of all of that, their credit card machine kept rejecting (denying) our card, which needless to say had money in it. So after that we ended up paying cash.
Go if you want to just chill, and hang out, and order your drinks at the bar, you will most likely get them quicker that way.

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★★★★☆

Okay so I've always heard great things about this place, so my boyfriend, me and some friends went there. Getting in was easy, the atmosphere was chill, fun, relaxed, and young, which was PERFECT. They had great music to go along with it!
Down to the bad part.. we actually had to FIND our waitress. We ordered the Goujia (i think thats how it is spelled), and a Sunami, then some of our friends ordered. Well 10 min later we still had not seen our ONE drink that we ordered, and our friends had theirs, waited another 5 min, and then went to find the waitress b/c she still had not even come to check on us. Found her, explained to her that I still had not gotten my drink, and she had gotten things confused, and brought us our drink (which was 13$ and hardly full of liquor, mostly ICE) then had to wait another 10 min for the server to give us our food.
The food was amazing, but the service was horrible.
On top of all of that, their credit card machine kept rejecting (denying) our card, which needless to say had money in it. So after that we ended up paying cash.
Go if you want to just chill, and hang out, and order your drinks at the bar, you will most likely get them quicker that way.

Pros: Great Food, Fun Hang Out Place

Cons: Service

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The restaurant appears as if a good chunk of the money went into the decor and the sound system (which was ridiculously loud). The waitress was attentive and helpful although it would have been nice to have a flashlight as it was impossible to read the menu. I held my menu up to the small candle on the table hoping not to light the menu on fire. But dim light and ear-splitting music is not the only problem. The sushi rolls are bland and tasteless and fell apart as if improperly prepared. If you attempt to dip your sushi in the soy sauce you will lose what didn't fall apart when you first picked it up. I strolled over to the sushi preparation area and noted about 6 or 7 young american guys (not one appeared remotely japanese) hurriedly preparing mushy rolls. Nobody can prepare sushi well when they are in a hurry. For three people we ordered the lobster spring rolls (not bad) however the crazy monkey roll, the spicy tuna roll and the lobster shrimp roll were quite awful. Still hungry and disappointed we ordered teriyaki beef (way too salty) and a concoction of pineapple chicken (not too bad). Desperate to leave, my wife decided to ordered fried ice cream. We have had this numerous times before but this came straight out of the freezer sliced up like pieces of pound cake with some ghastly drizzle over it. It was not flash fried as in other japanese restaurants. One thing you are guaranteed is a headache to match the stomach ache you will get eating here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant appears as if a good chunk of the money went into the decor and the sound system (which was ridiculously loud). The waitress was attentive and helpful although it would have been nice to have a flashlight as it was impossible to read the menu. I held my menu up to the small candle on the table hoping not to light the menu on fire. But dim light and ear-splitting music is not the only problem. The sushi rolls are bland and tasteless and fell apart as if improperly prepared. If you attempt to dip your sushi in the soy sauce you will lose what didn't fall apart when you first picked it up. I strolled over to the sushi preparation area and noted about 6 or 7 young american guys (not one appeared remotely japanese) hurriedly preparing mushy rolls. Nobody can prepare sushi well when they are in a hurry. For three people we ordered the lobster spring rolls (not bad) however the crazy monkey roll, the spicy tuna roll and the lobster shrimp roll were quite awful. Still hungry and disappointed we ordered teriyaki beef (way too salty) and a concoction of pineapple chicken (not too bad). Desperate to leave, my wife decided to ordered fried ice cream. We have had this numerous times before but this came straight out of the freezer sliced up like pieces of pound cake with some ghastly drizzle over it. It was not flash fried as in other japanese restaurants. One thing you are guaranteed is a headache to match the stomach ache you will get eating here.

Pros: I liked the music but it is loud enough for a dance club

Cons: forget about conversation, skip the food, grab a drink and sit outside

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The entrance/stair way lights were very cool but that ended up being the best thing about this place. It was really busy so we sat at a table on the 'bar' side. Seems as though this place can't decide if it wants to be a night club or a restaurant. It was very loud and hard to talk across the table, men were just standing around as if it was a meat market, the atmosphere once inside nothing to speak of, the cosmo's were too sweet, and the sushi very average at best. There are too many better sushi places in town to waste your time (and money) at this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

The entrance/stair way lights were very cool but that ended up being the best thing about this place. It was really busy so we sat at a table on the 'bar' side. Seems as though this place can't decide if it wants to be a night club or a restaurant. It was very loud and hard to talk across the table, men were just standing around as if it was a meat market, the atmosphere once inside nothing to speak of, the cosmo's were too sweet, and the sushi very average at best. There are too many better sushi places in town to waste your time (and money) at this one.

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The food is great! I love the tootsi maki rolls are soooo GREAT! I love the happy hour and all the food and drink prices! Sundays are for sure the place to go!

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★★★★★

The food is great! I love the tootsi maki rolls are soooo GREAT! I love the happy hour and all the food and drink prices! Sundays are for sure the place to go!

Pros: amazing happy hour and good food

Cons: sometimes waitresses can be rude

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I went to Ra with a group of 8 on a busy Wednesday night for a friend's birthday. We were seated promptly, and the ambiance and decor is fantastic! Service was lagging (I know they were busy), but it took 15 minutes to get a Miller Lite bottle and some saki. Our server just didn't seem to try very hard because I'm sure he knew he could grat us (AND BTW WE ARE NOT CANADIANS, it was a group of young professionals and our server coulda made alot more $$ would he tried). Anyway, the rolls were very tasty (I recommend the Viva Las Vegas Roll... even though it strangely tasted like mashed potatoes). Crispy Spicy Tuna roll was not what i expected, but still okay. The sushi here is by far not the best in Houston, but I would probably go back one day. Something else that was a little disturbing was that a girl ran to the bathroom to ralph, and didn't make it. She let it rip by the windows near the bathrooms, and the staff let that sH1T sit there on the ground grossing everyone out for 10 minutes before anyone cleaned it up. Freaking DISGUSTING!! But to cap it off, the birthday dessert was phenomenal! COMPLIMENTARY VALET TOO!!

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★★★★★

I went to Ra with a group of 8 on a busy Wednesday night for a friend's birthday. We were seated promptly, and the ambiance and decor is fantastic! Service was lagging (I know they were busy), but it took 15 minutes to get a Miller Lite bottle and some saki. Our server just didn't seem to try very hard because I'm sure he knew he could grat us (AND BTW WE ARE NOT CANADIANS, it was a group of young professionals and our server coulda made alot more $$ would he tried). Anyway, the rolls were very tasty (I recommend the Viva Las Vegas Roll... even though it strangely tasted like mashed potatoes). Crispy Spicy Tuna roll was not what i expected, but still okay. The sushi here is by far not the best in Houston, but I would probably go back one day. Something else that was a little disturbing was that a girl ran to the bathroom to ralph, and didn't make it. She let it rip by the windows near the bathrooms, and the staff let that sH1T sit there on the ground grossing everyone out for 10 minutes before anyone cleaned it up. Freaking DISGUSTING!! But to cap it off, the birthday dessert was phenomenal! COMPLIMENTARY VALET TOO!!

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A friend brought us here as they frequent this place...claiming good sushi/atomosphere.
We came here for a Sat. Lunch...
The place is nice...cool decor atomosphere.
Sushi is above avg. but not the best best.

But none of that matters...

I saw this with my own eyes...

A (M- - - - ) (rhymes with House) drops down from below the sushi bar onto a bar stool...then jumps down to the floor..and goes to the kitchen doorway...stays there and drinks water from a puddle near the door and the wall not far from a sink I suppose...

Then goes back up the bar stool...hops on top of the glass and walks around!!!

This was crazy! I was able to keep our table calm, I didn't want to cause a scene... but a few other tables saw this and got up instantly.

Luckily we just paid our bill and we left... it was disgusting.

Just thought you should know about this...

We will never return.

FYI: why won't this review let me say the word (M O U S E) and ( R U N S ) ???

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend brought us here as they frequent this place...claiming good sushi/atomosphere.
We came here for a Sat. Lunch...
The place is nice...cool decor atomosphere.
Sushi is above avg. but not the best best.

But none of that matters...

I saw this with my own eyes...

A (M- - - - ) (rhymes with House) drops down from below the sushi bar onto a bar stool...then jumps down to the floor..and goes to the kitchen doorway...stays there and drinks water from a puddle near the door and the wall not far from a sink I suppose...

Then goes back up the bar stool...hops on top of the glass and walks around!!!

This was crazy! I was able to keep our table calm, I didn't want to cause a scene... but a few other tables saw this and got up instantly.

Luckily we just paid our bill and we left... it was disgusting.

Just thought you should know about this...

We will never return.

FYI: why won't this review let me say the word (M O U S E) and ( R U N S ) ???

Pros: atomosphere, decor

Cons: M O U S E loose in restaurant for starters.

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I went to Ra Sushi on this past Sunday night. It has the first time my daughter and I had been and we both were very impressed by the ambience of the place. A male server smiled at us and said hello with a sincere look on his face. The hostess eveline sat us and was very polite and sat us near the sushi area. However, we did not get service right away. I was starting to get very frustrated because my daughter was very thirsty and were not even offered drinks! However, a server named lauren quickly came to our table and asked if we had been waiting long. She did not know where are server was, but assured us that we would be taken care of and she did just that. Our drinks were always filled, and our food was out quickly. We observed that she also was juggling several other tables the same way, and my daughter and I were very impressed. Our opinion was quickly changed and we had an overall pleasant experience. The hostesses greeted us on our way out warmly and invited us back. The only complaint I have is the parking situation, but its managable.

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★★★★☆

I went to Ra Sushi on this past Sunday night. It has the first time my daughter and I had been and we both were very impressed by the ambience of the place. A male server smiled at us and said hello with a sincere look on his face. The hostess eveline sat us and was very polite and sat us near the sushi area. However, we did not get service right away. I was starting to get very frustrated because my daughter was very thirsty and were not even offered drinks! However, a server named lauren quickly came to our table and asked if we had been waiting long. She did not know where are server was, but assured us that we would be taken care of and she did just that. Our drinks were always filled, and our food was out quickly. We observed that she also was juggling several other tables the same way, and my daughter and I were very impressed. Our opinion was quickly changed and we had an overall pleasant experience. The hostesses greeted us on our way out warmly and invited us back. The only complaint I have is the parking situation, but its managable.

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This place is a lot of fun. Its got great atmosphere, good music, excellent drink menu and awesome food. The drinks on the mnu are good and offer a variety. The food is good. I'm not a big fan of sushi but i did really enjoy some of the different rolls they offer. Parking isnt the best but they do offer complimentary valet. The bar area is hopping on Friday nights so get there early and get a good seat by the window.

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★★★★☆

This place is a lot of fun. Its got great atmosphere, good music, excellent drink menu and awesome food. The drinks on the mnu are good and offer a variety. The food is good. I'm not a big fan of sushi but i did really enjoy some of the different rolls they offer. Parking isnt the best but they do offer complimentary valet. The bar area is hopping on Friday nights so get there early and get a good seat by the window.

Pros: Complimentary Valet

Cons: Parking

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I go to RA Sushi all the time and always have fun. You kind of have to know what to order. The Shaggy Dog and the Park roll are both off- menu items that are both spicy and delicious. Chili ponzu yellowtail and the Tunacado are really good Sashimi plates. The Sesame Wings are surprisingly good and also on the happy hour menu.Get to know the bartenders and cocktail servers and they will make sure you are taken care of. As for rats.....like I said, I am there at least three times a week and have never seen anything like that. Maybe it came in with the ratviewer.

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★★★★☆

I go to RA Sushi all the time and always have fun. You kind of have to know what to order. The Shaggy Dog and the Park roll are both off- menu items that are both spicy and delicious. Chili ponzu yellowtail and the Tunacado are really good Sashimi plates. The Sesame Wings are surprisingly good and also on the happy hour menu.Get to know the bartenders and cocktail servers and they will make sure you are taken care of. As for rats.....like I said, I am there at least three times a week and have never seen anything like that. Maybe it came in with the ratviewer.

Pros: Great bar staff, good food.

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this places reminds me of hooter s. the hostesses could stand to cover themselves a little more and every female server had bra straps showing from their tight tank tops. some of the staff had shirts with very provocative words which i found to be a little sexist.

about half of the stuff we ordered was ok but the other half was pretty bad. the service was ok but i expect better service for the price. the music was way too loud and we could barely hold a conversation.

the decor is nice and the sake was good but that was all. i guess the place is ok if you're looking for americanized-japanese food in a place that's a mixture between hooter s and numbers. but if you're looking for good sushi, go somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

this places reminds me of hooter s. the hostesses could stand to cover themselves a little more and every female server had bra straps showing from their tight tank tops. some of the staff had shirts with very provocative words which i found to be a little sexist.

about half of the stuff we ordered was ok but the other half was pretty bad. the service was ok but i expect better service for the price. the music was way too loud and we could barely hold a conversation.

the decor is nice and the sake was good but that was all. i guess the place is ok if you're looking for americanized-japanese food in a place that's a mixture between hooter s and numbers. but if you're looking for good sushi, go somewhere else.

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RA is great at looking fancy and cool. Customers are always very dressed up. Although the food is good, I've experienced much better food for less money. I go to RA when I need to impress someone, not when looking for great sushi.

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★★☆☆☆

RA is great at looking fancy and cool. Customers are always very dressed up. Although the food is good, I've experienced much better food for less money. I go to RA when I need to impress someone, not when looking for great sushi.

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The Houston Chronicle tested the mercury levels in 15 different sushi restaurants around Houston, one of them was RA. RA's sushi had more than double the FDA's guideline for mercury levels and had the highest levels tested of any restaurant in Houston - 2.5 parts per million. To be fair, the FDA's guideline is 1 part ber million, which is 10 times less than what is considered safe (i.e., 10 parts per million or more would be unsafe). So RA's sushi is presumably still safe at 2.5 parts per million but it makes you wonder whether they are using the safest supplier. All the restaurants on their survey were tested on 2 separate occasions so their results appear reliable. RA's second test was actually considerably higher for mercury, but both results were more than double the FDA guidelines.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Houston Chronicle tested the mercury levels in 15 different sushi restaurants around Houston, one of them was RA. RA's sushi had more than double the FDA's guideline for mercury levels and had the highest levels tested of any restaurant in Houston - 2.5 parts per million. To be fair, the FDA's guideline is 1 part ber million, which is 10 times less than what is considered safe (i.e., 10 parts per million or more would be unsafe). So RA's sushi is presumably still safe at 2.5 parts per million but it makes you wonder whether they are using the safest supplier. All the restaurants on their survey were tested on 2 separate occasions so their results appear reliable. RA's second test was actually considerably higher for mercury, but both results were more than double the FDA guidelines.

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I visited RA for the first time for an early evening date on a Friday. We arrived in time for Happy Hour and were seated promptly. The "well drinks" weren't the best, yet my apple martini and Tsunami drink that we shared were great. The pinapple wontons are AWESOME and $4 during happy hour. The ambience was very relaxed and eclectic and our server was very attentive. Though our waitress spilled soy sauce on my date's shirt, it wasn't anything major (the shirt could be relpaced...honest mistake) and th manager insisted that he comp our next meal up to $40 dollars. I've lived in Japan for a year eating almost nothing but sushi and felt that RA's cuisine was more than up to par. RA is a great date or happy hour spot. Just try it for yourself. Word to the wise...anyone that knows anything about sushi knows to send it back if you feel its not cold enough

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★★★★☆

I visited RA for the first time for an early evening date on a Friday. We arrived in time for Happy Hour and were seated promptly. The "well drinks" weren't the best, yet my apple martini and Tsunami drink that we shared were great. The pinapple wontons are AWESOME and $4 during happy hour. The ambience was very relaxed and eclectic and our server was very attentive. Though our waitress spilled soy sauce on my date's shirt, it wasn't anything major (the shirt could be relpaced...honest mistake) and th manager insisted that he comp our next meal up to $40 dollars. I've lived in Japan for a year eating almost nothing but sushi and felt that RA's cuisine was more than up to par. RA is a great date or happy hour spot. Just try it for yourself. Word to the wise...anyone that knows anything about sushi knows to send it back if you feel its not cold enough

Pros: Happy Hour, atmosphere

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I have been to RA Sushi twice. The first time was amazing, the food was great and the service was nothing to complain about. My second time though, I got ill even though I ordered the exact same thing (I'm a creature of habit). Just a warning that the food quality is not consitant.

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★★★☆☆

I have been to RA Sushi twice. The first time was amazing, the food was great and the service was nothing to complain about. My second time though, I got ill even though I ordered the exact same thing (I'm a creature of habit). Just a warning that the food quality is not consitant.

Pros: Awesome Happy Hour Specials

Cons: Food Quality not Consitant

 

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