Japanese Fusion & Saki Bar

★★★☆☆
  • 1210 Walnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  • 215-985-1838

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I have gone to Aki Japanese Fushion for a date night with my husband and LOVED it! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was just as good!

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★★★★★

I have gone to Aki Japanese Fushion for a date night with my husband and LOVED it! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was just as good!

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So, the sushi and saki truly are delicious. The atmosphere is perfect for a nice week/weekend night. Outdoor seating is limited, but available. Some of the items are a little pricey, but all things considered, definitely worth it.

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★★★★☆

So, the sushi and saki truly are delicious. The atmosphere is perfect for a nice week/weekend night. Outdoor seating is limited, but available. Some of the items are a little pricey, but all things considered, definitely worth it.

Pros: Delicious all around

Cons: Maybe a little pricey

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this place has been revamped and called Aki... I haven't been to the 'new' place yet. the all you can eat is only sunday and wednesday now.

And it's 25 bucks.. for 25 bucks, I rather go to Minado... although I might try one day just to see how it is.

I'm not sure why they pick Sunday and Wednesday. I'm always concern of why places only pick certain days... to do all you can eat.

1
★★★☆☆

this place has been revamped and called Aki... I haven't been to the 'new' place yet. the all you can eat is only sunday and wednesday now.

And it's 25 bucks.. for 25 bucks, I rather go to Minado... although I might try one day just to see how it is.

I'm not sure why they pick Sunday and Wednesday. I'm always concern of why places only pick certain days... to do all you can eat.

Pros: all u can eat...

Cons: sometimes services isn't that good

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We're new to Philly and were a little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews here obsessing over the rice issue. Maybe they've changed since then because we were baffled after dining there about what the issue was; we've had tons of sushi in NYC, Philly and elsewhere and this restaurant's sushi came with a very normal amount of rice; it was standard issue sushi as far as we could tell in terms of size and fish-to-rice ratio, and very fresh and delicious. Stuffed ourselves on a variety of maki rolls and nigiri, and washed it down with a couple of hot sakis. Awesome. We're definitely going back.

2
★★★★★

We're new to Philly and were a little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews here obsessing over the rice issue. Maybe they've changed since then because we were baffled after dining there about what the issue was; we've had tons of sushi in NYC, Philly and elsewhere and this restaurant's sushi came with a very normal amount of rice; it was standard issue sushi as far as we could tell in terms of size and fish-to-rice ratio, and very fresh and delicious. Stuffed ourselves on a variety of maki rolls and nigiri, and washed it down with a couple of hot sakis. Awesome. We're definitely going back.

Pros: terrific sushi, great price, friendly staff, quick service

Cons: none

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I do not understand why some of you good critics feel cheated by a little extra rice. You're also always free to decline the salad and miso served before the sushi. The quality is great for any unpretentious customer, especially for the relatively low price of 20 dollars (for all you can eat!). It is fresh and of a good variety, and leaves you stuffed at the end of your meal. For that kind of sushi dinner (for only $20) I don't know how one could have the audacity to complain about a tiny increase in rice (and good rice, at that). Now, if only they would reopen from their renovations...

2
★★★★★

I do not understand why some of you good critics feel cheated by a little extra rice. You're also always free to decline the salad and miso served before the sushi. The quality is great for any unpretentious customer, especially for the relatively low price of 20 dollars (for all you can eat!). It is fresh and of a good variety, and leaves you stuffed at the end of your meal. For that kind of sushi dinner (for only $20) I don't know how one could have the audacity to complain about a tiny increase in rice (and good rice, at that). Now, if only they would reopen from their renovations...

Pros: Great sushi, great price, great atmosphere, great service

Cons: Ungrateful and pretentious reviewers

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Went to eat there last night (Thursday, October 9) and it was closed.

The windows were filled with many weeks worth of dust and had a fallen-over paper sign which said "Will Reopen in October". I guess they didn't say when in October...

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to eat there last night (Thursday, October 9) and it was closed.

The windows were filled with many weeks worth of dust and had a fallen-over paper sign which said "Will Reopen in October". I guess they didn't say when in October...

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I had the sushi buffet and was disappointed. The fish is good but I'm a little bit insulted at the rice/meat ratio. They are pretty blunt about filling their customers up on rice in order to keep costs low. I respect this decision but it doesn't mean I plan on returning.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had the sushi buffet and was disappointed. The fish is good but I'm a little bit insulted at the rice/meat ratio. They are pretty blunt about filling their customers up on rice in order to keep costs low. I respect this decision but it doesn't mean I plan on returning.

Pros: Lots of rice

Cons: Lots of rice

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I have one thing to say about this japanese resteraunt. " oh how I miss that good sushi and cooked food in the past. Recently, I have visted this resteraunt . When it comes to food , i don't care what cuisine it is must have a charcter of liveness . My sushi which I ordeded was to my dissapointment stale, like a flat taste. in other words " dead " . There was no vinegrar or sweet taste to the rice which is a must in sushi, and the fish tasted like it came out of the freezer and warmed up by a microwave. The life of sushi is in the rice as well as the fish must be soft and ready for the devourer. My friend was upset as well. The curry dish was not what we expected and served warm and the curry on the rice was sticking like paste. Don't get me wrong here I know the rice suppose to stick but not like power form. I was totally humilated by its food . Years ago when I went there it was like NIGHT AND DAY ,,, DAY then AND night now. In other words i am thinking perhaps the owner has changed . If you folks like a sweet and some vinigar taste or like your food served to perfection, avoid this place , and I hope they also ( the owners and managers or kitchen people will understand they better do something about the service and food there. But I must conclude the service was somewhat deserving of a single star. AOI YO MEZAMEYO. RISE AOI OR DIE.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have one thing to say about this japanese resteraunt. " oh how I miss that good sushi and cooked food in the past. Recently, I have visted this resteraunt . When it comes to food , i don't care what cuisine it is must have a charcter of liveness . My sushi which I ordeded was to my dissapointment stale, like a flat taste. in other words " dead " . There was no vinegrar or sweet taste to the rice which is a must in sushi, and the fish tasted like it came out of the freezer and warmed up by a microwave. The life of sushi is in the rice as well as the fish must be soft and ready for the devourer. My friend was upset as well. The curry dish was not what we expected and served warm and the curry on the rice was sticking like paste. Don't get me wrong here I know the rice suppose to stick but not like power form. I was totally humilated by its food . Years ago when I went there it was like NIGHT AND DAY ,,, DAY then AND night now. In other words i am thinking perhaps the owner has changed . If you folks like a sweet and some vinigar taste or like your food served to perfection, avoid this place , and I hope they also ( the owners and managers or kitchen people will understand they better do something about the service and food there. But I must conclude the service was somewhat deserving of a single star. AOI YO MEZAMEYO. RISE AOI OR DIE.

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This place is great if you want to try REAL Japanese food. Sushi is great, but other Japenese menue is fabulous! I loved chicken curry, beef teriyaki, and una-ju. Ra-men noodle is great as well. The waitresses are very nice and friendly. I truly recommend this place. I always try to go there and eat whenever I can.

2
★★★★★

This place is great if you want to try REAL Japanese food. Sushi is great, but other Japenese menue is fabulous! I loved chicken curry, beef teriyaki, and una-ju. Ra-men noodle is great as well. The waitresses are very nice and friendly. I truly recommend this place. I always try to go there and eat whenever I can.

Pros: very friendly and nice waitresses, fabulous food

Cons: parking might be a little hard because of the center city

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Seriously AVOID this place if you can avoid extreme food sickness (the site will not let me write in food p o i soning). Went in a group of four of which 3 people all got food sickness. I assume it was the gray-colored tuna. All of the fish was unfresh, the service was less than mediocre, not to mention the decor of this place is 60's diner mixed with a cheap japanese movie set. Two of my fellow diners had to make a run for the bathroom in the middle of dinner upon which the manager was called for. The manager was extremely rude and completely unconcerned with the fact that three of us were getting sick right in his restaurant. He was unwilling to cooperate and finally grudgingly gave us a 50% discount off the bill but the smartest move would have been for us to walk out.

Nothing good can come from eating at this place. If you want some sushi buffet in the city, I recommend Ajia or if you're willing to travel, Minado's in Norristown.

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★☆☆☆☆

Seriously AVOID this place if you can avoid extreme food sickness (the site will not let me write in food p o i soning). Went in a group of four of which 3 people all got food sickness. I assume it was the gray-colored tuna. All of the fish was unfresh, the service was less than mediocre, not to mention the decor of this place is 60's diner mixed with a cheap japanese movie set. Two of my fellow diners had to make a run for the bathroom in the middle of dinner upon which the manager was called for. The manager was extremely rude and completely unconcerned with the fact that three of us were getting sick right in his restaurant. He was unwilling to cooperate and finally grudgingly gave us a 50% discount off the bill but the smartest move would have been for us to walk out.

Nothing good can come from eating at this place. If you want some sushi buffet in the city, I recommend Ajia or if you're willing to travel, Minado's in Norristown.

Pros: Quick seating

Cons: Food sickness, Rude manager, Slow staff

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I love the fact that it is a sushi buffet for only 20 dollars. All that sushi is totally worth 20 dollars. The sushi were fresh and were made on the spot. Going during the week is better because there aren't a lot of people so your food comes out quicker but going on Friday nights or the weekend, don't expect to eat till you're satisfy unless u decide to sit there for about 5 hours. I think that they shouldn't limit their menu for the all you can eat to just sushi but include other japanese dishes too.

2
★★★★★

I love the fact that it is a sushi buffet for only 20 dollars. All that sushi is totally worth 20 dollars. The sushi were fresh and were made on the spot. Going during the week is better because there aren't a lot of people so your food comes out quicker but going on Friday nights or the weekend, don't expect to eat till you're satisfy unless u decide to sit there for about 5 hours. I think that they shouldn't limit their menu for the all you can eat to just sushi but include other japanese dishes too.

Pros: Fresh sushi when you order and all you can eat for 20 dollars

Cons: gets very packed on the weekends that it's almost impossible to order sushi

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My husband and I, admittedley are not sushi experts by any stretch of the imagination, however, as we have lived in this city for several years now, we have had the pleasure of experiencing Philly's many fine sushi establishments. Attracted by the idea of "all you can eat sushi," my husband and I decided to venture to Aoi Sushi to fulfill a Sat. night sushi craving. One cannot argue that $20 for "all you can eat sushi" is a bad bargain, however, after my husband took his first bite of his salmon sushi, he was overcome with dry heaves, no joke. The sushi took on an almost-radioactive pink olor, while the quality was less than subpar. Any novice could tell this sushi was not top quality by any means. We were completely dissapointed. In short, we were forced to dump leftover sushi in my purse, rather than pay the amount for not finishing our "all you can eat sushi." It was that bad. In a city with so many quality choices, we would suggest choosing ANY alternative restaurant. If you have taken the time to read this review, consider yourselves warned.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I, admittedley are not sushi experts by any stretch of the imagination, however, as we have lived in this city for several years now, we have had the pleasure of experiencing Philly's many fine sushi establishments. Attracted by the idea of "all you can eat sushi," my husband and I decided to venture to Aoi Sushi to fulfill a Sat. night sushi craving. One cannot argue that $20 for "all you can eat sushi" is a bad bargain, however, after my husband took his first bite of his salmon sushi, he was overcome with dry heaves, no joke. The sushi took on an almost-radioactive pink olor, while the quality was less than subpar. Any novice could tell this sushi was not top quality by any means. We were completely dissapointed. In short, we were forced to dump leftover sushi in my purse, rather than pay the amount for not finishing our "all you can eat sushi." It was that bad. In a city with so many quality choices, we would suggest choosing ANY alternative restaurant. If you have taken the time to read this review, consider yourselves warned.

Pros: Quick service and all you can eat

Cons: less than quality fish and dry heaves

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20$ all you can eat sushi is a good deal. the fish was acceptable, and the eel and the mackerel were good. spicy roll had a little too much mayo. if you are expecting high quality fish, then shell out some dough and go somewhere nice. service was quality, but i was one of the only people in the place on mon. around 830. all in all worth the 28 bucks for sushi, tea, tax, and tip.

2
★★★★☆

20$ all you can eat sushi is a good deal. the fish was acceptable, and the eel and the mackerel were good. spicy roll had a little too much mayo. if you are expecting high quality fish, then shell out some dough and go somewhere nice. service was quality, but i was one of the only people in the place on mon. around 830. all in all worth the 28 bucks for sushi, tea, tax, and tip.

Pros: price, service, food

Cons: you get what you pay for

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I like this place- as soon as you walk in, there is a sign posted that says "If you cannot control your children, don't bring them here." Tuesday night was empty until 6 pm. We were the only ones at the bar and what a bartender! Wonderful drinks at a good price. Try the dirty martini! Dinner was good, too. The service was terrific. We got the sushi for two and it was a reasonable price. The only complaint I had was the quality of the seaweed in the Philly roll and some our pieces in the platter had rice that fell apart. However, the rest was great and I enjoyed the miso soup. Also, you gotta love listening to the Beatles music in the background! We'll definitely return to AOI.

2
★★★★☆

I like this place- as soon as you walk in, there is a sign posted that says "If you cannot control your children, don't bring them here." Tuesday night was empty until 6 pm. We were the only ones at the bar and what a bartender! Wonderful drinks at a good price. Try the dirty martini! Dinner was good, too. The service was terrific. We got the sushi for two and it was a reasonable price. The only complaint I had was the quality of the seaweed in the Philly roll and some our pieces in the platter had rice that fell apart. However, the rest was great and I enjoyed the miso soup. Also, you gotta love listening to the Beatles music in the background! We'll definitely return to AOI.

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This is not the premier sushi restaurant in town, but it is definitely a great value. While the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired, the service was excellent and the food certainly met expectations. A pleasant experience overall.

2
★★★★☆

This is not the premier sushi restaurant in town, but it is definitely a great value. While the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired, the service was excellent and the food certainly met expectations. A pleasant experience overall.

Pros: value, pleasant staff

Cons: atmosphere

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I have worked in sushi restaurants during college and know what good sushi looks and tastes like. This place was completely disgusting. They used way too much rice vinegar in the rice... making it taste sour and pasty. The assortment of fish seemed fresh except for the salmon and tuna. Fresh salmon and tuna are supposed to smell like cucumber not fishy... both fishes looked like they had been in the freezer for a week, thawed, and then served. For a place that busy they should be serving those types of fish fresh (since they are the most popular).

lastly where was the ginger and wasabi on the plate? The wasabi was non-existant under the sushi....

Pay the extra money for better sushi else where.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have worked in sushi restaurants during college and know what good sushi looks and tastes like. This place was completely disgusting. They used way too much rice vinegar in the rice... making it taste sour and pasty. The assortment of fish seemed fresh except for the salmon and tuna. Fresh salmon and tuna are supposed to smell like cucumber not fishy... both fishes looked like they had been in the freezer for a week, thawed, and then served. For a place that busy they should be serving those types of fish fresh (since they are the most popular).

lastly where was the ginger and wasabi on the plate? The wasabi was non-existant under the sushi....

Pay the extra money for better sushi else where.

Pros: Great plum wine

Cons: ...

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I found the sushi taste to be very bland. it wasn't the sweet tasting rice vinegared sushi rice i am used to. I also didn't like the all black walls, felt very dark in there.

1
★★☆☆☆

I found the sushi taste to be very bland. it wasn't the sweet tasting rice vinegared sushi rice i am used to. I also didn't like the all black walls, felt very dark in there.

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My husband and I went for all you can eat Sushi at AOI. We were very very disappointed. There were various restrictions about how much we could order. The Sushi was not fresh. My salmon sushi was opaque. The seaweed was chewy. They skimped out on everything. They even skimped out on the fake crab meat (which is so very very cheap!) We were very unsatisfied with the food there although we did not try any of the hot foods.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went for all you can eat Sushi at AOI. We were very very disappointed. There were various restrictions about how much we could order. The Sushi was not fresh. My salmon sushi was opaque. The seaweed was chewy. They skimped out on everything. They even skimped out on the fake crab meat (which is so very very cheap!) We were very unsatisfied with the food there although we did not try any of the hot foods.

Cons: Bad Sushi, Skimpped on food

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I love sushi, but I am the type to order sashimi with little or no rice because I love the fish so much. The all you can eat was as i expected, paper thin pieces of fish with tons and tons of rice. I would have gotten jsut as much fish , and a lto less rice for the same price or less al a carte.

1
★★★☆☆

I love sushi, but I am the type to order sashimi with little or no rice because I love the fish so much. The all you can eat was as i expected, paper thin pieces of fish with tons and tons of rice. I would have gotten jsut as much fish , and a lto less rice for the same price or less al a carte.

Pros: poorly made rolls, fish was too small

Cons: good service, fish was fresh

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The Sushi and Sashimi was great, for All You Can Eat, they didn't serve you a large clump of rice. Service was good, they food came right up quickly.
They place is a brightly lit, probably to compensate for the dark walls.
The place reminds me of an old, rock & roll, dive bar. Perhaps it converts to that after dinner, ha ha ha.

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★★★★☆

The Sushi and Sashimi was great, for All You Can Eat, they didn't serve you a large clump of rice. Service was good, they food came right up quickly.
They place is a brightly lit, probably to compensate for the dark walls.
The place reminds me of an old, rock & roll, dive bar. Perhaps it converts to that after dinner, ha ha ha.

Pros: Sushi, Sashimi

Cons: Decor

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I never recommend Aoi for the atmosphere, but for the price of the all-you-can-eat sushi menu, you can't beat the quality of the food you'll receive. I've always gotten fresh sushi every time I've eaten at Aoi, and the service is normally pretty good.

2
★★★★☆

I never recommend Aoi for the atmosphere, but for the price of the all-you-can-eat sushi menu, you can't beat the quality of the food you'll receive. I've always gotten fresh sushi every time I've eaten at Aoi, and the service is normally pretty good.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good sushi

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this restaurant is very unique and comfortable. food is sometimes good but not always outstanding: sizewise. there is a bar sitting and having good cocktails and japanese sake would make you feel, well, is this really japanese restaurant?, because of the decoration and atomousphire. there is a very kind waiter named "Tiger". he is just fun, fun, and well trained. why don't you try something different??? will be unique, again.

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★★★★☆

this restaurant is very unique and comfortable. food is sometimes good but not always outstanding: sizewise. there is a bar sitting and having good cocktails and japanese sake would make you feel, well, is this really japanese restaurant?, because of the decoration and atomousphire. there is a very kind waiter named "Tiger". he is just fun, fun, and well trained. why don't you try something different??? will be unique, again.

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I've been going to this place regularly for their sushi buffet since freshman year of college. It's one of the best places to go with a group of sushi-loving friends-- or to watch a bunch of frat brothers in a sushi-eating contest... It's all about the point system. :P The staff is extremely polite and friendly, and know exactly that they are talking about. On busy weekend nights (Friday-Saturday), it might take quite a bit longer to get your food, but that's not because of the service, it's because the two poor sushi chefs behind the bar can only make sushi so fast for a completely full restaurant. On other nights, the dining experience is perfect. I definitely recommend to this anyone who is a no-frills sushi lover, and has a few friends who love sushi as well.

2
★★★★☆

I've been going to this place regularly for their sushi buffet since freshman year of college. It's one of the best places to go with a group of sushi-loving friends-- or to watch a bunch of frat brothers in a sushi-eating contest... It's all about the point system. :P The staff is extremely polite and friendly, and know exactly that they are talking about. On busy weekend nights (Friday-Saturday), it might take quite a bit longer to get your food, but that's not because of the service, it's because the two poor sushi chefs behind the bar can only make sushi so fast for a completely full restaurant. On other nights, the dining experience is perfect. I definitely recommend to this anyone who is a no-frills sushi lover, and has a few friends who love sushi as well.

Pros: great food, fun atmosphere, great service

Cons: no parking, crowded on weekend

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This is absolutely the freshest sushi that I have had in the city. Each piece was tender and melted in your mouth. The presentation wasn't perfect though and between 2 people, we ended up spending a pricey $120.00 for lunch because of the speciality items that we ordered.

2
★★★★☆

This is absolutely the freshest sushi that I have had in the city. Each piece was tender and melted in your mouth. The presentation wasn't perfect though and between 2 people, we ended up spending a pricey $120.00 for lunch because of the speciality items that we ordered.

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Aoi is clearly the best AYCE sushi in Philadelphia. It's not perfect but it's a good deal anyhow!

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★★★★☆

Aoi is clearly the best AYCE sushi in Philadelphia. It's not perfect but it's a good deal anyhow!

Pros: Inexpensive, Sushi selection, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Slow service, Parking difficult, Must finish all food

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the sushi is decent, but there have been more than a couple of occasions where the service left all of us wondering "what the heck???" (ie. not having anyone take your order for 20 minutes; another occasion waiting 45 minutes after ordering before having to ask a waitress what's going on, to hear "we ran out of rice"). service is often rude and slow (depending on server). our office has given up on this place, too bad cause its only a block away.

1
★★★☆☆

the sushi is decent, but there have been more than a couple of occasions where the service left all of us wondering "what the heck???" (ie. not having anyone take your order for 20 minutes; another occasion waiting 45 minutes after ordering before having to ask a waitress what's going on, to hear "we ran out of rice"). service is often rude and slow (depending on server). our office has given up on this place, too bad cause its only a block away.

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I am reading all the reviews for this restaurant and frankly I think every one who says "o The sushi is ok " "you can only order 15 pieces at a time" So what you are probably getting more than you would any where else. Plus I am a regular customer and I think the sushi is wonderful. The spicy tuna is amazing and where else can you go and spend 20 bucks for all you can eat?GROW UP GET OVER IT

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★★★★★

I am reading all the reviews for this restaurant and frankly I think every one who says "o The sushi is ok " "you can only order 15 pieces at a time" So what you are probably getting more than you would any where else. Plus I am a regular customer and I think the sushi is wonderful. The spicy tuna is amazing and where else can you go and spend 20 bucks for all you can eat?GROW UP GET OVER IT

 

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