Yakuza

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The BEST burgers in Portland, hands down. Little crunchy onion things-oh I dont' know what they do, and yes, I know this is a japanese restaurant. Throw all that out the window and get their burgers. Stylish interior, upscale crowd.

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The BEST burgers in Portland, hands down. Little crunchy onion things-oh I dont' know what they do, and yes, I know this is a japanese restaurant. Throw all that out the window and get their burgers. Stylish interior, upscale crowd.

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On the time of our arrival, we literally waited for our food for an hour and 15 minutes. Well i guess the kitchen was busy, but come on, its Father's Day and they should have placed more cooks on the line to complete all 25 tickets.

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On the time of our arrival, we literally waited for our food for an hour and 15 minutes. Well i guess the kitchen was busy, but come on, its Father's Day and they should have placed more cooks on the line to complete all 25 tickets.

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The burger is truly exceptional, spicy and sweet, crunchy yet succulent. Well made and addictive. The service takes a while, but that is because they are perfecting that perfect patty on the grill. Giving you more time to spend with your

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The burger is truly exceptional, spicy and sweet, crunchy yet succulent. Well made and addictive. The service takes a while, but that is because they are perfecting that perfect patty on the grill. Giving you more time to spend with your

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I work in the neighborhood so stopped by after work for a nosh, but to my surprise was greeted with indifference to the point of neglect. The hostess looked at me disgruntled when I told her I'd like a bite to eat. "Well, hmmmmph, I guess

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★★★★★

I work in the neighborhood so stopped by after work for a nosh, but to my surprise was greeted with indifference to the point of neglect. The hostess looked at me disgruntled when I told her I'd like a bite to eat. "Well, hmmmmph, I guess

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Very disappointed. It took over 40 min to get a simple order of 2 burgers, even though the restaurant was nearly empty. The worst part was the actual food. Ordered my burger "medium" and got a patty of virtually raw hamburger. Very, very

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★★★★★

Very disappointed. It took over 40 min to get a simple order of 2 burgers, even though the restaurant was nearly empty. The worst part was the actual food. Ordered my burger "medium" and got a patty of virtually raw hamburger. Very, very

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This spot reminds us of NY a lot. It's super laid back, chill atmosphere and friendly servers. The food was delicious w/the exception of the octopus, it wasn't good. My only problem was the prices, since the dishes are small, we got 3

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★★★★★

This spot reminds us of NY a lot. It's super laid back, chill atmosphere and friendly servers. The food was delicious w/the exception of the octopus, it wasn't good. My only problem was the prices, since the dishes are small, we got 3

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We have been regulars at this restaurant since the day they opened, and have brought dozens of people to eat there. Mica used to give attention and care to the food, and seemed appreciative of his customers. Sadly, for the last two years,

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We have been regulars at this restaurant since the day they opened, and have brought dozens of people to eat there. Mica used to give attention and care to the food, and seemed appreciative of his customers. Sadly, for the last two years,

Pros: nice neighborhood

Cons: Poor service, forgotten food items, no apology for long wait

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We went here only because Portland magazine said it had the best burger in town.\r
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On that front, it was AMAZING! The burger is top-notch, we each had one along with a scallop and dungeness entree. To that end their sushi is fresh and

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We went here only because Portland magazine said it had the best burger in town.\r
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On that front, it was AMAZING! The burger is top-notch, we each had one along with a scallop and dungeness entree. To that end their sushi is fresh and

Pros: The best burger I have had in awhile, lived up to hype

Cons: Cocktail list is awful and limited, wine list was miniscule

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I was grumpy and was looking for something other than our usual standby's, yakuza is in the hoodI had been before, right after they opened and remembered it had been tasty-so we decided to give it a shot. Problem one, I was already

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★★★★★

I was grumpy and was looking for something other than our usual standby's, yakuza is in the hoodI had been before, right after they opened and remembered it had been tasty-so we decided to give it a shot. Problem one, I was already

Pros: burger

Cons: Sloooooooow and unapologetic service

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we waited almost 90 minutes for disappointing sushi. apparently we should have ordered the kobe burger but still no excuse for waiting that long. the table next to us was seated after us and got served before us, and their order was even

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we waited almost 90 minutes for disappointing sushi. apparently we should have ordered the kobe burger but still no excuse for waiting that long. the table next to us was seated after us and got served before us, and their order was even

Pros: ambience

Cons: slow, poor service

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Our visit to Yakuza was quite seredipitous. We had made reservations for the second seating at Beast next door and were told we could wait at Yakuza until called for dinner. Our first entry into Beast was at best bad so when we entered

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Our visit to Yakuza was quite seredipitous. We had made reservations for the second seating at Beast next door and were told we could wait at Yakuza until called for dinner. Our first entry into Beast was at best bad so when we entered

Pros: Fabulous food and service

Cons: Desserts were sold out.

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I came here for my birthday dinner because I had heard fabulous reviews about the food. And for the most part, the food was pretty fabulous. I don't know if I would go as far as to call this the best burger in Portland, but it definitely

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I came here for my birthday dinner because I had heard fabulous reviews about the food. And for the most part, the food was pretty fabulous. I don't know if I would go as far as to call this the best burger in Portland, but it definitely

Pros: burger, scallops, beef tartare, al fresco atmosphere

Cons: ABOMINABLE service--and the sushi was not great.

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The ONLY reason Yakuza gets less than 5 perfect stars is due to the occasionally pokey service. Otherwise, both the sushi and (especially!!!!) the sashimi are second to none. Carefully prepared and imaginative rolls, and delicate, luscious

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The ONLY reason Yakuza gets less than 5 perfect stars is due to the occasionally pokey service. Otherwise, both the sushi and (especially!!!!) the sashimi are second to none. Carefully prepared and imaginative rolls, and delicate, luscious

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Food = excellent! Probably the best sushi I've had in Portland. Servers = pretty good, seemed friendly enough, fairly prompt. Why the one star then? They made a big mistake on my bill that showed up a couple of months later. They did

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Food = excellent! Probably the best sushi I've had in Portland. Servers = pretty good, seemed friendly enough, fairly prompt. Why the one star then? They made a big mistake on my bill that showed up a couple of months later. They did

Pros: incredibly fresh sushi

Cons: poor customer service

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This place serves up great fresh rolls and an eclectic menu of other Japanese fare. I like to sit at the spacious bar and try some of their fun cocktails. If you are waiting to have dinner next door at Beast they will bring your drinks over for you. Great attentive staff

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This place serves up great fresh rolls and an eclectic menu of other Japanese fare. I like to sit at the spacious bar and try some of their fun cocktails. If you are waiting to have dinner next door at Beast they will bring your drinks over for you. Great attentive staff

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The reviews which Yakuza received during the summer of 2008 do not do justice to the dining experience it offers now. I ate at Yakuza with Portland friends on October 12, 2008 while visiting from the East Coast. The experience was

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The reviews which Yakuza received during the summer of 2008 do not do justice to the dining experience it offers now. I ate at Yakuza with Portland friends on October 12, 2008 while visiting from the East Coast. The experience was

Pros: As you sample different menu items, you wind up wanting to taste every dish on the menu!

Cons: Had to leave for the airport.

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The first time I went to Yakuza, I had an amazing aesthetic dining experience. The ambiance was stunning, the service fantastic and friendly, drinks were spectacular and the scallop tempura and pear avocado roll were simply to die for. My

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The first time I went to Yakuza, I had an amazing aesthetic dining experience. The ambiance was stunning, the service fantastic and friendly, drinks were spectacular and the scallop tempura and pear avocado roll were simply to die for. My

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Got rid of amazing sushi chef. Bartender clad in a grey t-shirt and ratty jeans. We sent back two undrinkable Cosmopolitans (pretty hard to mess up), and guess what? The bartender proceeded to taste, yes, with his mouth on our glass,

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Got rid of amazing sushi chef. Bartender clad in a grey t-shirt and ratty jeans. We sent back two undrinkable Cosmopolitans (pretty hard to mess up), and guess what? The bartender proceeded to taste, yes, with his mouth on our glass,

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Don't go here if you just want to get some sushi rolls- they cut rice from the menu, so more nigiri or rolls. That said, this place offers up some great dishes! Smaller plates, but not tapas small. My wife and i split 5 plates (3

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Don't go here if you just want to get some sushi rolls- they cut rice from the menu, so more nigiri or rolls. That said, this place offers up some great dishes! Smaller plates, but not tapas small. My wife and i split 5 plates (3

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I'm a huge fan of sushi and this was some of the blandest I've ever had! The service was speedy, the decor was crisp and modern, but the sashimi had absolutely no flavor. The dishes were way too expensive for the size and taste. I would

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★★★★★

I'm a huge fan of sushi and this was some of the blandest I've ever had! The service was speedy, the decor was crisp and modern, but the sashimi had absolutely no flavor. The dishes were way too expensive for the size and taste. I would

Cons: poor tasting food! need I say more

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On my first visit, we ordered sushi a la carte and I was underwhelmed. The sushi was ordinary, flavorless and of poor texture. It came to $45 a person so I'm not sure why everyone complains of the prices at Hiroshi which is superb and cost

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On my first visit, we ordered sushi a la carte and I was underwhelmed. The sushi was ordinary, flavorless and of poor texture. It came to $45 a person so I'm not sure why everyone complains of the prices at Hiroshi which is superb and cost

Pros: Parking

Cons: Food, price, portions

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5-6 friends and I went to Yakuza last night and I cannot say I am terribly impressed.\r
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Although the restaurant is nicely designed, dimly lit, it has terrible acoustics. I could barely hear or make myself be heard to my friends on the

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5-6 friends and I went to Yakuza last night and I cannot say I am terribly impressed.\r
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Although the restaurant is nicely designed, dimly lit, it has terrible acoustics. I could barely hear or make myself be heard to my friends on the

Pros: Cute blonde tattooed waitress

Cons: SLOW and FORGETFUL service, bad acoustics, average food

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Please ignore all the other negative reviews of this place. Those people either haven't been here or are complete idiots. I go here every chance I get. Yes, the service is slow, but know this going in and you'll be just fine. DEFINITELY

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Please ignore all the other negative reviews of this place. Those people either haven't been here or are complete idiots. I go here every chance I get. Yes, the service is slow, but know this going in and you'll be just fine. DEFINITELY

Pros: Setting, food, drinks, everything.

Cons: Not having a vomitorium so I could purge and eat more.

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nine of my girlfriends and i went to yakuza lounge tonight. kansas was our server, with help from kit. they totally were ON it. as soon as a drink was empty a new one came. nice. they had fantastic reccomendations for us for our sushi.

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nine of my girlfriends and i went to yakuza lounge tonight. kansas was our server, with help from kit. they totally were ON it. as soon as a drink was empty a new one came. nice. they had fantastic reccomendations for us for our sushi.

Pros: good food, awesome service

Cons: nada

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The restaruant looks great - but if you want fine Japanese food, do yourself a favor and skip it! Forget that it's a beautiful space and it's in a hip neighborhood. Do your research and find yourself a traditional JAPANESE OWNED

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The restaruant looks great - but if you want fine Japanese food, do yourself a favor and skip it! Forget that it's a beautiful space and it's in a hip neighborhood. Do your research and find yourself a traditional JAPANESE OWNED

Pros: Ambience - hip neighborhood

Cons: Not a Japanese person to be found.

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After hearing rave reviews over the past from my friends and family about how wonderful this place is, We decided to make the long haul last night from lake O? my husband, his parents, & two of our friends decided to get together and pre

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After hearing rave reviews over the past from my friends and family about how wonderful this place is, We decided to make the long haul last night from lake O? my husband, his parents, & two of our friends decided to get together and pre

Pros: every thing that you'll put into your mouth!

Cons: the fact that it's in ne portland

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I've been twice now. The service seems to have only gotten worse. Most recently, I was there with a group of 3 others. We were told we would be seated in about 20 minutes. We waited at the bar for over 40 minutes. The bartender was

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I've been twice now. The service seems to have only gotten worse. Most recently, I was there with a group of 3 others. We were told we would be seated in about 20 minutes. We waited at the bar for over 40 minutes. The bartender was

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This place is amazing, we had dinner here last night and after waiting two weeks or so for them to reopen from their summer vacation we were surprised to learn that they had changed there hours ( they now open at 6 ) and also a BUNCH of

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This place is amazing, we had dinner here last night and after waiting two weeks or so for them to reopen from their summer vacation we were surprised to learn that they had changed there hours ( they now open at 6 ) and also a BUNCH of

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We have been to Yakuza several times and enjoyed their novel but overpriced cuisine. $7 for shaved zucchini seemed a bit high but it was artfully presented. We knew that some of the food takes a bit of time to prepare but when planning

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We have been to Yakuza several times and enjoyed their novel but overpriced cuisine. $7 for shaved zucchini seemed a bit high but it was artfully presented. We knew that some of the food takes a bit of time to prepare but when planning

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I have been to yakuza many times since they opened last year and have have recommended it even more times, I love this restaurant for what it is i.e great food & amazing drinks, for 'those that know' the chefs feature some of the best

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I have been to yakuza many times since they opened last year and have have recommended it even more times, I love this restaurant for what it is i.e great food & amazing drinks, for 'those that know' the chefs feature some of the best

Pros: the hot food & cocktails

Cons: service & some of the sushi

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This place is gloriously inauthentic (I think you?d have to attach that evil ?fusion? word to it), but it?s gloriously good. Go light on the sushi, as it?s expensive and purely average. Go for the dishes. I?ve been a couple times, both

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This place is gloriously inauthentic (I think you?d have to attach that evil ?fusion? word to it), but it?s gloriously good. Go light on the sushi, as it?s expensive and purely average. Go for the dishes. I?ve been a couple times, both

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This restaurant could be great, if the main attraction (sushi) wasn't so mediocre and the service wasn't so blatantly bad. The "really spicy tuna" was not so very spicy. The sushi with mango was a bit disappointing. Unagi roll was

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This restaurant could be great, if the main attraction (sushi) wasn't so mediocre and the service wasn't so blatantly bad. The "really spicy tuna" was not so very spicy. The sushi with mango was a bit disappointing. Unagi roll was

Pros: ambience

Cons: service, mediocre food

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We were there on a Friday night. We ordered drinks for a table of 6 and got them 25 minutes later. The bartender was "backed up" per the waitress but he sure had time to shoot the breeze while our table sat there, sad and

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We were there on a Friday night. We ordered drinks for a table of 6 and got them 25 minutes later. The bartender was "backed up" per the waitress but he sure had time to shoot the breeze while our table sat there, sad and

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we went to yakuza for girls' night out, and every one of us was completely disappointed. our drinks took 25 minutes to arrive (and weren't that great), the food was very 'eh', and the service was terrible. it seemed that they only

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we went to yakuza for girls' night out, and every one of us was completely disappointed. our drinks took 25 minutes to arrive (and weren't that great), the food was very 'eh', and the service was terrible. it seemed that they only

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YOU WILL LOVE THIS PLACE, THEY ONLY USE REAL WASABI ON THEIR SUSHI, NEED I SAY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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YOU WILL LOVE THIS PLACE, THEY ONLY USE REAL WASABI ON THEIR SUSHI, NEED I SAY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Certainly folks that enjoy merry go round sushi are going to have a difficult time at Yakuza. This place is fantastic and the sushi chef a delightful surprise for both the experienced sushi aficianado and the novice alike. If you get the

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Certainly folks that enjoy merry go round sushi are going to have a difficult time at Yakuza. This place is fantastic and the sushi chef a delightful surprise for both the experienced sushi aficianado and the novice alike. If you get the

Pros: Great chef, fabulous fish, romantic atmosphere

Cons: none observed

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My partner and I took my son and his prom date to dinner at Yakuza. We arrived early, were promptly situated, and enjoyed a leisurely spin through the starter, sashimi and nigiri menus. We enjoyed the radishes and the beets, were thrilled

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My partner and I took my son and his prom date to dinner at Yakuza. We arrived early, were promptly situated, and enjoyed a leisurely spin through the starter, sashimi and nigiri menus. We enjoyed the radishes and the beets, were thrilled

Pros: Excellent food, Good Sake, Gracious, attentive servers

Cons: It's hard to get full for under $80 a person.

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my fiance and i had dinner tonight at this place and absolutly loved it, we sat on the back patio over looking the most incredible japanese garden ever, whilst having a few rolls and snacks from the hot menu, everything we had was either

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my fiance and i had dinner tonight at this place and absolutly loved it, we sat on the back patio over looking the most incredible japanese garden ever, whilst having a few rolls and snacks from the hot menu, everything we had was either

Pros: garden, food & drinks

Cons: UNDERSTAFFED!!!!!!!!

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that my friend and I went to yakuza last sunday and it was so good, we had the greatest experience eating out since moveing to portland last year ( and that says a lot ) we eat out at least 3x per week and just heard about this place in

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that my friend and I went to yakuza last sunday and it was so good, we had the greatest experience eating out since moveing to portland last year ( and that says a lot ) we eat out at least 3x per week and just heard about this place in

Pros: sushi, cocktails

Cons: ?

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A large group of us went to Yakuza tonight. The location was great, the venue / space, was very well orchestrated. The hot menu was very good. The cold menu needs to spend some time tasting Murata. \r
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Spend more time on operations and

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A large group of us went to Yakuza tonight. The location was great, the venue / space, was very well orchestrated. The hot menu was very good. The cold menu needs to spend some time tasting Murata. \r
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Spend more time on operations and

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If you get the chance, sit at the sushi bar and let the whims of the charming sushi chef be your guide. On my last evening at Yakuza, this past Friday, the escolar was particularly enchanting, and I always order the caterpillar roll, as

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If you get the chance, sit at the sushi bar and let the whims of the charming sushi chef be your guide. On my last evening at Yakuza, this past Friday, the escolar was particularly enchanting, and I always order the caterpillar roll, as

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we ate here last sunday night and loved everything about the restaurant the food both from the kitchen and the sushi bar was very tasty & the bottle of sake chosen by are server was silky smooth. we sat on the heated patio overlooking an

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we ate here last sunday night and loved everything about the restaurant the food both from the kitchen and the sushi bar was very tasty & the bottle of sake chosen by are server was silky smooth. we sat on the heated patio overlooking an

Pros: food, drink & decor

Cons: dessert

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I went to this place the other night hoping for another good sushi joint to add to my list. The appetizers were good, especially the scallops and truffle fries but their sushi rolls were small and pricey. It reminded me of eating sushi in

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I went to this place the other night hoping for another good sushi joint to add to my list. The appetizers were good, especially the scallops and truffle fries but their sushi rolls were small and pricey. It reminded me of eating sushi in

Pros: Good apps

Cons: charge for soda refills, rolls are pricy and expensive

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A good friend of mine that I would describe as a "foodie" and I dropped in on a busy Friday night. We had to wait, which was expected. The food was amazing. The scallops wrapped in phylo dough are really to die for and should not be

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A good friend of mine that I would describe as a "foodie" and I dropped in on a busy Friday night. We had to wait, which was expected. The food was amazing. The scallops wrapped in phylo dough are really to die for and should not be

Pros: Great food, atmosphere

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We just ate at yakuza for the first time - 5:30 pm on a friday night & we were the first and only table for a while. Everything we ordered was above average delicious - sesame crusted pork tenderloin appetizer, poke salad, spicy tuna roll

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We just ate at yakuza for the first time - 5:30 pm on a friday night & we were the first and only table for a while. Everything we ordered was above average delicious - sesame crusted pork tenderloin appetizer, poke salad, spicy tuna roll

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We tried Yakuza, and it was very good. THE BEST THING IN THE PLACE ARE THE TRUFFLE FRIES!! They're a must. Ribbon thin, crispy, and saturated in truffle flavor. YUM! Beautiful sushi bar (though we sat in the restaurant). We had spicy tuna

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We tried Yakuza, and it was very good. THE BEST THING IN THE PLACE ARE THE TRUFFLE FRIES!! They're a must. Ribbon thin, crispy, and saturated in truffle flavor. YUM! Beautiful sushi bar (though we sat in the restaurant). We had spicy tuna

Pros: nice atmosphere, great food, authentic sushi bar, good service

Cons: waiting to be seated (despite reservations), crowding, tables smallish and close together

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this has to be the worst japanese restaurant i've been to in p-town in a long time. the wait is ridiculous, their rules are even worse and their table service is down right rude. on a saturday night at 8pm they were out of 4 of our

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this has to be the worst japanese restaurant i've been to in p-town in a long time. the wait is ridiculous, their rules are even worse and their table service is down right rude. on a saturday night at 8pm they were out of 4 of our

Pros: interior design, ambiance

Cons: everything else; food, service, food, attitude, seating, food...food!

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We took my mother and father in law and over all it was a disappointment. The staff are still charming but the service was confused. We had 2 or 3 different waiters so that may have been the problem.Two mistakes were made - one item was

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We took my mother and father in law and over all it was a disappointment. The staff are still charming but the service was confused. We had 2 or 3 different waiters so that may have been the problem.Two mistakes were made - one item was

Pros: cocktails and happy hour menu

Cons: more desserts please ! confused service. Some menu items slipping.

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my friends and I took the LONG drive over to yakuza last friday, from s.e. we arrived about 20 min. late for our reservation, we were greeted very promptly from the kitchen staff as we walked in, and one of the servers ( they only have two

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★★★★★

my friends and I took the LONG drive over to yakuza last friday, from s.e. we arrived about 20 min. late for our reservation, we were greeted very promptly from the kitchen staff as we walked in, and one of the servers ( they only have two

Pros: food, design, staff

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Yakuza's setting on a trendy corner of NE Portland is both comfortable and exotic, and its back patio is a secret garden during warm weather days and nights. Precise furnishings and muted lighting set a sophisticated tone to the swanky…

 

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