This is a well-hidden sushi spot. The atmosphere is filled with dimly lit pale-wooded tables accented with fresh flowers and chopsticks. Customers settle at a table or at the sushi bar occupied by a seasoned team of pros. They have outstanding food that is fresh and well prepared including yellowtail, toro, and silken scallops. Even the hot dishes, such as the Chilean sea bass, are fantastic.
Not bad, but my Salmon Sushimi was half frozen and crunchy. I was even told ""maybe you should let it sit there to thaw out some before you eat it"". I would have been there another hour. There are plenty of better and cheaper sushi places in Denver.
Fresh fish, good atmosphere. Good service, but they do waste a lot of plastic and paper towels in there.
Chefs a great.
best sushi resturant in colorado. fish is always fresh. why would someone care about plastic waste when the resturant serves faquga and toro. if you eat sushi and force fed bloated goose livers you are contributing more to the destruction of the planet than some plastic wrap. I think never decomposes is a bit overly dramatic. I just bought a 20 pack of heafty freezer bags to thow in a land fill in honor of sasa's excellent food. chew on that.
First off, I would just like to say that I was a server for 7 years. Because of this, I usually go easy on servers and I always know what's their fault and what's not. I've never left below a 20% tip, in fact I usually leave around 30%, so the fact that I'm writing a review (my 1st review ever) on the terrible service means that it was absolutely awful.
My boyfriend and I were very excited to try Sushi Sasa. We love Sushi Den and heard this place was comparable so we made reservations for Saturday night. The decor immediately impressed me when we first walked in the door. It was minimal, modern, and very light. However, we were escorted to the basement where it's a bit darker and more intimate. Had I known there was gong to be 12 middle-aged women screaming for a bachelorette party down there, I would've asked to be seated upstairs.
We had ate a very light lunch that day because we knew we were going to get our fill of sushi. That was a mistake! Had I known it would take our server 20 minutes to even acknowledge us, I would've definitely had a snack before I came. I understand that servers can be busy, but he never even stopped by or acknowledged us to say he would be right with us. He just showed up at our table 20 minutes later, with a very rushed ""Hi how are you? Thanks for waiting. Can I get you something to drink?"" At that point, we had already looked over the entire menu and decided what we wanted so we went ahead and told him we wanted to order. He took the order and rushed off. I didn't even get his name because he never told us his name.
Our appetizer took awhile to come out, but it was worth the wait. I can't remember the exact name but it was some sort of Dynamite dish with tempura-style shrimp and asparagus in a a wonderful creamy sauce. Yum! The server never stopped by to check on us when we were eating the appetizer. But at this point, I expected he wouldn't.
We ordered an assortment of rolls and sushi for our main course. We ordered the Fire Fry roll, the Diablo roll, and the Caterpillar roll. They were all amazing!! Especially the Caterpillar roll. My boyfriend and I love eel and I will say that this particular roll was one of the best eel rolls I have ever had. We also got pieces of sushi: Maguro (tuna), Unagi (freshwater eel), and Kani (crab). All very good as well. However, the tuna was very spicy. Definitely had a lot of wasabi, which was not specified on the sushi list so we were a little taken aback. Not a big deal for my boyfriend since he loves spicy food, but kind of a dealbreaker for me as I don't particularly enjoy super spicy food. As you can tell, we ordered quite a bit of food, so you can imagine that it took us quite a long time to eat. Our server never stopped by ONCE. However, the second we had taken our last bite sure enough, there he was at our table with the check. How convenient! That was the absolute only time he had paid any attention to us. And he didn't even run our card, the busboy did.
I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed I was. Had we been shown respect and given good service, I would have easily given this place 4-5 stars. It was so bad that not only will I never go back, but I will make it known to all of my friends and family not to waste their time or money here. I know lots of other good places that would be appreciate our business and we will go elsewhere from now on!
Pros: Excellent rolls and sushi
Cons: Worst service I've had in years
Very good sushi and soups, however I was disappointed to know that I was contributing to the mass amount of waste that was going on inside the restaurant- each sushi roll was wrapped in plastic wrap, sliced, then the plastic was immediately thrown away [plastic never decomposes- it will just sit in a landfill]. Many other disposable products were used that were not necessary. Sushi Sasa would be well advised to be more green otherwise mass amounts of people who are green- minded will boycott the restaurant- I'm one of them.
Pros: Creative sushi ideas and tasty combinations
Cons: Wastefull use of plastic and desposables
The sushi was delightful and the service was lovely but such a successful business should be putting more energy and money into being green. There were disposable hand towels wrapped in plastic, disposable wooden chop sticks and lots of plastic used behind the counter. Although the food was fine, I'd choose another more sustainably oriented sushi restaurant over Sasa, until they decide to become more environmentally responsible.
Pros: good food, sweet service
Cons: uses a lot of disposible items and plastics
Let the Chef's do their magic. Omakase is the only way to go, although their rolls aren't too shabby either.
Pros: fresh fish, great staff, did i mention the fresh fish?
Truly disappointing. Having tried numerous sushi spots in Denver, Sushi Sasa was on our list to try. We had heard mixed reviews but of course wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt and try them out for ourselves. To start with, even having made a reservation, we arrived about 10 minutes before our reserved time. There were multiple two tops and four tops open but we were asked if we wanted to sit at the sushi bar because no tables were available. We declined. On a side note, friends of ours that had made reservations for Valentines Day were called TWICE to ask if they wanted to move from their table to the sushi bar. I can only assume that the mgmt is trying to maximize their table space. I would think saying no once would be more than enough...Regardless, we were directed to the stall that they call a bar in the basement. We were told we could order a bottle of wine there which we did. Just as the glasses were poured we were told our table was ready. We were then told that they couldn't transfer our tab to the table. Good grief. The hostess offers to take our wine to the table for us so we cash out at the bar. When we turn around, the hostess is gone so we schlep our own bottle back upstairs to one of the exact tables we had seen open when we arrived. Ok, we agree to put all of that confusion behind us and try to enjoy our dinner. We order a calamari app. It arrives and is super chewy and substandard but sometimes you win sometimes you lose. I chalked it up to ordering the wrong item. We then select one roll and a variety of nigiri. It arrives dried out and tastes awful. The rice has too much vinegar which throws off the flavor of all the sushi. The only soy sauce available is incredibly salty which only confuses the flavors. Light soy was not even an available option. So we work through a below average meal which I know can happen from time to time and I chalk it up to experience. We were disappointed when we left but the real zinger came when both myslef and my partner spend the next three days sick to our stomachs and all the joy that brings. I always hesitate to throw the 'food poisoning' card but something just wasn't right with the meal and for that matter the entire experience. Sorry Sushi Sasa but I can't even give you one star for the effort. I'll stick with Sushi Hai, Izakaya Den, Sushi Den and even the sushi plate at Tokyo Joes. They all offer far superior fare.
Cons: Poor service, poor quality fish, possible food poisoning...
The sushi was very fresh and the combinations were very unique. definitely one of the bext sushi places in Denver!
Pros: Sushi, atmosphere, unique dishes
Cons: parking, small dining room
Sushi Sasa's Ankimo was recently listed as a top 100 must eat in Denver, so I ordered it and reviewed it:
Foie Gras is not exactly the most popular of all delicacy dishes, and probably even less so when named ?steamed monkfish liver? ? so I wouldn?t expect massive appeal, but it was very nice. Three rich, creamy and flavorful medallions that melt in your mouth. The other components on the plate suited it perfectly I thought, balancing each bite. Was it amazing? No - but I?m not obsessively into foie gras like others may be. Still very good.
Pros: Very decent sushi
My friends and I had the best experience ever at a restaurant over the weekend. We were looking for good sushi, but we found not only that but servers that sincerely cared about us having a good time. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable and we never had to wait or wonder when our drinks or food would arrive. It was just a enjoyable experience all around and I would recommend it to friends visiting the area.
Pros: service, food, atmosphere
My girlfriends and I decided to do our weekly happy hour as Sushi Sasa. I called ahead to see what the happy hour specials were and the man I spoke with recommended I make reservations, so I did. After finally finding the place (which was not easy, as there's no sign) and parking in the tiny excuse for a parking lot we walked in and the place was deserted, good thing I made reservations... Our server ignored us for the majority of the time we were there, it took at least fifteen minutes to get each drink, prompting us to ask if she had forgot, which she did forget what I ordered and had to come back and ask ten minutes after I ordered it, longer for food and our order was wrong, she forgot two of the four rolls we ordered. We were the only table in the restaurant!! After eating we wrote down how we wanted the bill split and the server (after ignoring the credit cards for a good fifteen minutes) ended up just spliting it in four, which was not what we had asked for. The food was good but it was definitely not worth the money and the aggrevation of the service. I won't be back.
Pros: Decent food
Cons: Expensive, horrible service
my wife and I decided to try sushi sasa on a Monday night before a show at the Bluebird. surely allowing a little over an hour for some wine, an appetizer and a couple rolls should be sufficient. our mistake. we sat for at least twenty minutes before someone took our drink order, so we of course put our food order in as well. another twenty minutes passes, now we're getting antsy - 40 minutes sitting with water glasses only. finally someone arrives with the bottle of wine that we now have to gulp down (or leave. but at that price, we ain't leaving any). rolls eventually make their way out, where's the app? forget it, I say. ""Oh, yeah, um, its probably ready, should I check?"" we're told. OK, sure, why not, bring out the app an hour after we sit down and are now focused on inhaling our sushi in no time flat so we don't miss too much of the show. the food was excellent, truly, but the experience absolutely sucked. there's way too many good sushi joints in town for me to give this place a second chance. once was definitely enough
Pros: quality of food
Cons: absolutely terrible service
Lived in Japan for many years and felt like I was back there tonight!
The food was amazing and close to traditional, service amazing wonderful young lady, and the manager even asked about our meal. Nice professional young man!
I will definitely return and with friends!
Pros: Great service, Fantastic cuisine!
I wanted to let everyone know that the owner really does care about his customers. He contacted me directly and took the steps to fix the situation. Thank you very much.
I was such a huge fan of this place from the first time I tried it. Even when they screwed up a rediculously easy order.
I love the atmosphere but the chef/owner and manager have become lazy while riding the wave of popularity that this place is experiencing.
I have gone for dinner, happy hour and lunch and this place is going downhill fast. For example, if you show up for happy hour, they don't know what's on special or where the drink menus are. This is not the fault of the servers....it is the managers job to be sure that the staff is trained properly.
If you go for dinner you will be rushed, your food will be slow, and your bill will be large.
As for lunch, I went recently and it was an insult to be neglected. I took a friend on our lunch hour. (Yes, sasa, lunch is only an hour) I boasted and bragged about how wonderful it was and how I go regularly. We arrived at about 20 after and ordered right away.We waited 18 minutes for our dried out edamame, and our extra simple rolls showed up at 3 minutes to the hour. Not to mention that they were wrong, and had to be sent back. The manager walked by at least 12 times and knew how long our food took, and did nothing. He did not offer an apology or to try to make it right on the next visit. He just acted like he didn't notice.
This seems like a crappy way to treat a regular who sends countless people to your establishment.
We were forced to take our food to go in order to return to work on time.
I did not want our food for free, but I would like to know that my business is appreciated. I never have a huge bill because of a special diet. But I am able to recommend a restaurant to hundreds of people on a regular basis.
I must say that I am sorry that such a wonderful place has such low standards for service and hospitality.
A manager is someone who can fix something before it becomes an issue.
40 minutes for a veggie roll? Try again.
Pros: amazing menu
After reading a few of these reviews I had to put my two cents in for Sushi Sasa. I must first say that my boyfriend and I are true sushi lovers. We have eaten at Tao in Las Vegas and he has eaten at Nobu in Dallas even meeting Chef Nobu Matsuhisa once. Having said that, true Sushi Lovers will understand that we are not the roll loving, soy sauce/wasabi paste dunking, average sushi eaters. We typically eat sashimi and especially love omakasi. We first went to Sushi Sasa a year ago and fell in love instantly. We ordered the Omakasi and spend each course moaning and groaning over the phenomenal, exciting, inventive creations. We have now been back several times and each time we are not disappointed. I easily put this place on Par with Tao in Las Vegas. As for the people who complain about the ""small selection"" or ""rolls"" well they obviously don't understand these types of restaurants. High quality restaurants like Sushi Sasa are not out to astound you with 50 rolls. They have concise, creative fushions created by true Chefs. The restaurant was loud? It is probably because the place stays packed but that kind of energy doesn't deter us so we've never had a problem. Actually, if you go on a weeknight it's much more subdued. Also, we've had nothing but amazing service but then again we enjoying dining not shoving food in our mouths and running out the door. If you want the best, most innovative sushi in Denver then you will be a true fan of Sushi Sasa. As for everyone who gave this place a bad review, I hope you don't go back so that we can insure a seat the next time we go.
Pros: Amazingly Fresh Fish, Innovative Menu and Excellent Service
Cons: It's not next door to our apartment
We went to Sushi Sasa on Sunday,February 15th for a belated Valentine's dinner. We called for reservations on Friday and made them for the only available time slot open. We expected the restaurant to be loud and crowded and that we would wait to sit down and none of this was the case. We were warmly greeted at the door and seated immediately. Our server was quick and friendly and guided us through all of our menu questions. We ordered drinks, several appetizers, sashimi, the amazing toro tartare, had soup and salad and dessert all for around $100. Is that an expensive dinner? Maybe, but since when is sushi cheap? We ate well beyond what we were hungry for just to try all of the interesting menu items and because it was a special dinner. Sushi Sasa has great food, great atmosphere and we had great service and we're already planning a return!
Pros: Different from your average sushi menu
Cons: Hard to just walk in- reservations often required
While visiting friends in Boulder over the holidays, we happened to come across Sushi Sasa via a hotel recommendation. Yes, it was kinda hard to find at first, being that my friends just moved to Boulder, from Chicago. But once we arrived it was like we had found a small pearl in a very old building. The decor was a bit stark, but I found it more modern than awkward. The wine list was a bit overbearing, but we had nothing but pure guidance from our server. Our server recommended a few items, I guess luckily to our liking we enjoyed everything from the rolls to the nigiri, I am not a big sashimi fan, but my friends loved the sashimi appetizer. A few things from the kitchen were shared by all. Overall, i would highly recommend Sushi Sasa to any of my friends if they were to ever visit Denver. This is my first posting here on citysearch, but I am sure, as I travel often, it will not be my last. Happy eating.
I was expecting big things, and was appalled. I expected a sushi restaurant, not a yuppy place that happened to serve sushi. It was painfully loud and uncomfortable. It was crowded too, though I could not understand why. The sushi selection was horrible. I guess they figured 20 pages of liquor menu would get you drunk enough you wouldn't notice the lack of sushi selection. The ingredients were all good, but the rolls were horribly put together. I make better rolls at home myself. I could barely eat because the rolls fell apart so easily. The service wasn't good either, though I expected that based on the other reviews on this site. In short, I'm never going there again. Sonodas is light years ahead of this place on all fronts: food, atmosphere, decor, service, etc. This place has nothing to recommend it. I can't see why anyone goes there. My dinner there was a horrible experience and I won't be repeating it (even if it was free). Sushi Sasa- you pay for the pretension, not the food or the experience. Safe yourself an unpleasant experience, you'll have a better dinner if you grab day old sushi from the deli at the grocery store.
Pros: food freshness
Cons: worst rolled sushi ever, so loud it hurt my ears, slow service, way too crowded, unpleasant decor, no selection, bad parking
It was OK. I would have given it 3 stars except that I could not hear my dinner partner across a small table. The sushi was good, but the rolls were all overpriced and kept falling apart. The service was very slow and drinks, alcoholic or not took forever. The atmosphere and noise level was more like that of a trendy bar not a restaurant.
Cons: noise, prices, parking, service
The food was pretty good, but the atmosphere and service need work. If you sit upstairs, it is crowed and noisy. I also expected the service to be fine dining due to the prices. Not so, and she overcharged us. She charged $20 dollars per glass of wine that was $10. My boyfriend didn't tell me until we got home, so I didn't get a chance to correct the mistake. Giving her the benefit of the doubt that it was just a mistake, not the kind of mistake I would expect from a nice restaurant. I might try it again during the week to see if the service is better, but last time I went it was just as noisy. Also, it bothers me that the restrooms are oddly situated and you can hear the dining room noise. Maybe that is just me. I went for a special birthday dinner that wasn't very special.
Pros: good sushi
Cons: noisy, crowded, service
I LOVE this place! It is the BEST sushi I have ever had! I've had sushi at some of the best places in the US, Nobu, Geisha House, Social House but Wayne has a special way of making it beyond exceptional, FRESH ingrediants, absolute chic atmosphere, Lychee martinis... Awh, I love it!
Pros: Its the best sushi I have ever had!
As always, you will find incredible food at Sushi Sasa! The waitress was a delight. Conversely, you are NOT allowed cameras in the restaurant as there might be 'spies'. So, don't take a long a camera for a birthday dinner. Otherwise, fantastic. Will continue to go ... just without the proof.
I just moved to Denver from Miami about 2 months ago. I went to Sushi Sasa for the first time this weekend. I had such a great time. First, I was very skeptical about sushi in the mountains, and my date was out to prove me wrong. He certainly did! I was blown away! The fish was SO fresh an sooo good! It was extremely busy, and a very trendy crowd. I felt right at home. We had this sparkeling sake that i had never had before- it's my new favorite drink!!! I will be back for sure. I can't wait! i need to make reservations for me and my girlfriends for this weekend, (we had resv. and still had to wait about 10 minutes, but i didn't care because it was at the bar that I was introduced to the sparkeling sake!). Love it! Love it! Love it!
We came in to Sushi Sasa for lunch the other day, it was very busy and we were a party of 7, but much to our surprise, we were seated in 5 minutes and the afternoon continued with great service.. Our server seemed busy, but was very informative with every dish that came out. They had many veggie tempuras and veggie rolls to choose from for my vegetarian sister and even offered to create a vegetarian plate for her. They also brought out chicken skewers for my son. We ordered many different rolls, my favorite being the spicy tuna dynamite roll with a ponzu sauce. Everybody had a great time. I have been to Sushi Sasa before and had been talking it up to my family for a while now, thanks for making it as great as i had told them it was!
Pros: Beautiful place, friendly service, awesome food, menu with something for everyone!
Cons: Parking during the day
So I'm an avid fan of Sushi Den. I've been to local places, Sonodas, wherever. I've been going to Sushi Den exclusively for the past two years so I've developed a palette for the good stuff.
Pros: Overall presentation
Cons: Parking and everything else. Although parking is the least of your worries.
We visited Sushi Sasa for our first time this weekend. I was there with my parents and wife and from the beginning we had a poor experience. Service was extremely slow and it was impossible to order cocktails or wine. When we did, it took 20 minutes to get our order. The menu is very limited and the sushi is just average. We were not even offered dessert and instead, our waitress just brought the check. We had to have someone bring her back so we could get a dessert menu. There are better options for sushi around town and I will not be returning.
This has to be one of the most overrated restaurants in Denver. I am a sushi aficionado and have ate at almost every sushi restaurant in Colorado and many times in Japan. I know its hard to find good sushi in Denver but the experience at Sushi Sasa was horrible from start to finish. We ordered Ankimo(steamed monkfish liver) as a starter but it was red, dry, and stunk like a liver from a common fish. We ordered a Ginjo sake we were very familiar with but they served it in a bleach smelling glass that we had to get replaced. They never replaced the sake that went to the sink with the chlorinated glass! The sake was very watery and was not like the same sake we had before at other restaurants. It was probably old or split with another drink. They never opened the bottle in front of us so it could have been diluted with something else in the kitchen. The kobe beef we ordered was very ordinarily cooked and nothing special. As for the sushi, it was mediocre. The fish was about the same quality you find in other Denver sushi joints but the rice was awful. The rice was mushy and sticky in the mouth and did not balance with the fish. I was very disappointed with this restaurant after all the good reviews I have read and praise I have heard from friends. I will definately not go back and would recommend you spend your money elsewhere.
I've loved Sasa ever since they opened. Great food, Great atmosphere and Great Service!!! A+ all the way! Keep it up Sasa!
Pros: The whole place!
This is the best sushi we've had! We normally go to another popular sushi place in Denver, but after reading the reviews of Sushi Sasa, we had to try it. The atmosphere, the service, but most of all the food was phenominal!! Our waiter had suggestions that were amazing. We went on a Friday night, be sure to make a reservation. This place totally exceeded our expectations, even after reading the great reviews. We are now huge fans of Sushi Sasa!
Pros: Sushi, service, atmosphere
Cons: Small dining area
I saw this place driving to work and decided to try it, and I was very impressed! The food was very delicious and the atmosphere was incredibly peaceful! Check them out and be sure to try their spider rolls, 2 words DA-LICIOUS!
I didn't have much time, I was only in denver for one night and the concierges at the hotel Teatro highly reccommended it. The whole house was packed and I didn't have a reservation, but the host let me know that it wouldn't be too long before I would have a table she said 15 to 20 minutes, so I had a drink at their bar and waited about 10 minutes before I was sent back upstairs to my table. The service was a little rough at first, but we had noelle as our server and she ended up being really good and very knowledgeable about the food and the sake. The food and presentation was very immpressive, We had a good amount of their specialty fish the snapper sampler, croation toro, fresh unagi, live octopus and the kobe beef, all of them were very good, and Fresh. Also had a really good cold sake that I couldn't even begin to spell. The staff seemed to be on top of the experience and the manager seemed to stop by at just the right times to check on us, very attentive younger guy. Overall I would reccommend this place to any one and I will be sure to stop back by when I am in town. It rates right up there with Masa which is my hometown favorite, except my bill wasn't quite as high.
Pros: Food and Service
If you?re a true sushi lover like me, and I don?t mean eating just sushi rolls, but the real stuff sashimi style, then this is the best spot in the city! The ambience at this establishment is chic, clean, and modern. It is a great place to dine for a date, business meeting, or anytime if you have a discerning palate and can only settle for the absolute best. Now, I?ve lived on the west coast and I honestly can say that I never even had sushi there that was a wonderful as this spot. I?ve eaten sushi everywhere, and this is really one of only a few select places that has made a lasting impression on my senses and most importantly taste buds. There is not one place in Denver that can even come close, sorry Sushi Den!
Pros: Cusine, Ambience
Im sorry but this sushi was about one step above ""grocery store sushi"". Sushi Den and Sonoda's are much better quality and have better service. I was in a group of 8 and was charged 18% gratuity for fast-food-quality service. No one was personable or helpful and the food was way overpriced. The rolls were 50% rice and 5% fish. I felt sick afterwards from the food and the bathrooms were smelly and dirty- which didnt help out the tummy ache.
Cons: Expensive, low quality sushi, horrible service
I made sure to read all the reviews posted on here before i went to Sasa so I could compare previous reviews with my own experience. All in all, I thought it was good sushi. I don't think it is necessarily better than Den though. The menu was definitely a bit more diverse and unique here as I was able to try cuttlefish sashimi for the first time. I do agree that the place needs a sign on the front door but besides that I thought it was a great experience. It was not very noisy as other reviews state, the food was great, and both the server and host were very hospitable. I'd go again... if Den closes down.
Pros: Great selection, delicious food
Cons: No sign, a little pricey
I spent 65.00 on lunch . The waiter took away food that was hardly touched and never asked how our food was. It was terrible. The fish was not fresh. When I told the host he said he would take care of me next time. There wont be a next time
Pros: Nice atmosphere
Cons: poor service fish is not fresh, be carefull, order cooked food
I will be the first to admit that when I fall in love with a restaurant, I fall head over heals. It has been almost two years now, and this is still by far the best Sushi restaurant in Denver, and is on par with anything else I have eaten across the country! Yes, you have to wait if you don?t have a reservation. Yes, the service can be spotty on busy nights. Yes, if you don?t know where to park, it can be hard to deal with. But WHO CARES! The fish is Top Notch! Wayne, AJ, Jimmy and crew all fling some amazingly fresh and delicious dishes. They always have strange and hard to find fish from all over the world and some of the best rolls in town. I am yet to have a bad experience there and I have eaten there at least three times a month since my first visit. You say what about Sushi Den? I say what about them? Ever since their expansion, they have become a first-rate Vegas style food factory with good food and service. But if you want something truly exceptional and food that goes above and beyond all else, go see Wayne at Sushi Sasa!
Pros: Best fish by far!
Cons: None big enough to mention.
This is definitely a hidden jewel... Freshest fish, masterful preparation, incredible service, elegant atmosphere, delicious cocktails... all with a friendly neighborhood vibe. Lively, but quiet enough for easy conversation. Regulars (and newbies!) are treated like royalty. I don't think I could ask for more in a sushi joint. Manager Joey is the bomb!! Definitely get reservations, Sasa fills up quick.
Pros: Atmosphere, INCREDIBLE service, great sashimi and tempura
Cons: Absolutely none!
Having read the reviews, we decided to head down early on a Sunday. I called on the way to see if there might be a table open, yes, see you when you get here! From the delicious cold sake to the red bean ice cream at the end, the experience is one of those you know you'll do again. Elegantly creative food and a joy to have smaller portions. Yes, it can add up to try all those lovely little tasting plates but not a one was disappointing in the slightest. Our server was speedy, attentive and had many great recommendations for first time patrons. There was parking in the little lot with designated Sushi Sasa spots attached to the building on the west side.
Pros: Gorgeous interior, great addition to the area, THE FOOD
Sasa is truly the best place to get sushi west of the Allagash river. I was truly impressed with everything from the food and wine, to the neighborhood itself (there is a huge REI down the street). My wife and I went in this saturday night (we tried Friday but they were booked solid), and to start off with, we were both floored by the subtle, zen-like atmosphere. Everything is quietly elegant and really compliments all the pretty faces that fill the place from top to bottom. I could have just people watched and been fine, and my wife noted that even the wait staff was to be admired. But really, Sasa is all about the fish. my work takes me all over the country and I can't remember the last place i've enjoyed such tasty creations. Our waiter told us that The chef/owner spent some time with Iron chef Morimoto from the food network and maybe that's what makes Sasa so good. Another tip our waiter gave us was to try at least one thing from the kitchen with our sushi and I can't thank him enough. We had an amazing black cod dish and I can't wait to go back to try something else. As I said, it wasn't perfect, we did have to wait for some of our food, but having eaten at as many restaurants as I have, you can't go into a busy, popular restaurant on a weekend night and expect things to be perfect. I was actually surprised when we got there that there were empty tables at 8:30, but the host explained that they would all be full in a matter of minutes with the next wave of reservations and sure enough, within ten minutes the place was roaring with people. I felt bad for our waiter, as he went from just us to a full section in a matter of minutes. But he was very freindly and knowledgeable and despite being busy, took the time to talk to us and answer our questions. I suppose my only real complaint was that nothing was on tap and the beers were all huge, so you really had to commit to getting a good buzz. Wait, that's not a complaint!!! Awesome, highly recommended.
Pros: The restaurant as a whole!
Cons: Finding the restaurant ( no sign), and parking
My boyfriend and I have gone to Sushi Sasa twice. I will never go again. The first time was highly anticipated as I'd heard fantastic things regarding both the atmosphere and the sushi. So, it took about ten minutes for the waiter to come by and take our drink orders. Fine. The service was lackadaisical at best, but the sushi was good and the oysters on the half shell were some of the best I've had in Denver.
Pros: Atmosphere, raw menu, sushi
Cons: Worst service I've ever experienced anywhere
Dare I say it....better than the Den. Yes, I said it! I've been going to the Den for years and I must say Sasa is absolutely amazing. I always order the Chef's tasting menu and have never ever been dissapointed. Be sure to make a reservation as they will turn you away as I saw on a Thursday night to an unfortunate group of people. Nothing bad to say about this place!
Pros: Sushi, free parking in back and great service
Cons: Ambience is a little stark but it makes the food stand out even more
I have been dining at Sushi Sasa since it opened a little over 2 years ago now. I have never had any of the problems everyone else is talking about. The servers know us and generally dont have to ask for our drink order. It doesnt matter which chef we sit in front of (granted 99.9% of the time it is Wayne) but they always remember what we like and do not like. Lunch time service is fantastic, i have taken several co-workers with me to get sushi and out of all of the sushi restaurants I have been to around denver and other cities, this is by far the one that got me hooked on Sushi! The Diablo Roll is absolutely mouth watering and any of the tar-tar dishes are amazing as well. Savory and Fresh all the way I highly recommend this joint and I will continue to go there until it becomes one of these other massive monstrosity sushi bars that dont have the personal touch that wayne adds to every dish they serve.
Pros: You get what you pay for! You pay a higher price at Sasa but its worth it, other sushi bars charge an arm and a leg and the fish is bad. Sasa has never to this date served a piece of bad fish!
Cons: Parking can be an issue but its worth it!
I think any restaurant is worth two visits before making a judgement. After one average visit and one poor visit, I just don't agree with the hype this restaurant is receiving. The service was weak (and the host brought the attitude we should feel priveledged to dine there.) I acknowledge that the fish was good (very fresh, good variety - holds it own against any restaurant I've tried in Denver) but both nights, the rice was so poorly prepared, the rolls wouldn't hold together. The restaurant was particularly loud - difficult to hold a conversation. To the credit of the host, they came up and asked our opinion of the restaurant and the meal (this was within the first couple weeks of Sushi Sasa opening). When we gave him our honest feedback (about the rolls), he disregarded our comments and responded with a story about how some celebrity had just visited. There are plenty of other Sushi restaurants that are less expensive, have better service/less pretentious, and have a better atmosphere. As much as I wanted to like Sushi Sasa, it disappointed on all three fronts.
Pros: Fish variety, freshness
Cons: Service, value, poorly constructed rolls, loud
The sushi is very over rated. The rolls are a bit basic and non-inventive but have a high sticker price, why? The salmon sashimi is served in blocks (I'm told the traditional Japanese way) but this cut makes it unappealing. The service was just okay (a bit lazy except for the host) but who cares if the food is on the mark. This place isn't bad, it's just not as great as some of the reviews it gets.
Cons: Average Food
Susi SaSa was amazing. Extremely helpful host and friendly waiters made this weekend dining experience uniquely pleasant. My husband is in love with their Shiitake Mushrooms salad and I can't wait to go and try the rest of the dishes on the ""From Japan"" menu. Absolutely Delicious!
Pros: Friendly atmosphere, awesome food.
Cons: Make Reservations.
The best ever! I have tried some of the best sushi in the country but love Sasa more than anything, with the personalized service and friendly faces its so nice! Great prices too!!! I love Wayne & the rest of the Sasa staff!!!
I went to Sushi Sasa on a Saturday evening with a girl-friend who had raved about HER neighborhood sushi place. And I still can't get that evening off my mind!
Pros: Good food, great atmosphere, charming staff
Cons: Can't think of any