Sushi Zanmai

★★★★☆
  • 1221 Spruce St

    Boulder, CO 80302

    Cross street: At Broadway, Around Town

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  • 303-440-0733

About Sushi Zanmai

Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Sun-Fri 5-10pm; Sat 5pm-midnight

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They charge the cards even extra after you add tips and blame their new computer system for that which happens for some reasons very often. Future customers, please check your bills....

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★☆☆☆☆

They charge the cards even extra after you add tips and blame their new computer system for that which happens for some reasons very often. Future customers, please check your bills....

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This may be the FUNNEST sushi restaurant in Boulder. We always sit at the sushi bar here because the entertainment is as great as the sushi itself. Between Tora and Zanmai, I'm not sure which are my favorites. Just be sure to get there early otherwise the line goes out the door.

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★★★★★

This may be the FUNNEST sushi restaurant in Boulder. We always sit at the sushi bar here because the entertainment is as great as the sushi itself. Between Tora and Zanmai, I'm not sure which are my favorites. Just be sure to get there early otherwise the line goes out the door.

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I've been here twice. The first time was excellent--it was a tuesday night, uncrowded--and the food was fresh, delicious, and presented well. Our server was a mellow white dude from hawaii. Good guy.
But the next time SUCKED!!! Crowded, no place to wait for a table inside--had to wait in the snow. And our waiter...have you ever seen the movie Office Space? You know the obnoxious waiter who barges up to the table offering up shrimp poppers and extreme fajitas? The one who wears lots of flair who you wish would just die? That was our waiter. He tried to make bad, kind of insulting jokes to endear us, but it only made us want to throw water at him. I wasn't feeling well, and he laughed at me for not ordering sake, then asked if my friend (who'd just gotten out of the hospital for bad steam burns) if she'd tip him a pharmie. Sooo, the food was great, but the general atmosphere was horrid. Go to Sushi Tora unless you're looking for frat-boy sushi madness (frat boys would love Zanmai).

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★★☆☆☆

I've been here twice. The first time was excellent--it was a tuesday night, uncrowded--and the food was fresh, delicious, and presented well. Our server was a mellow white dude from hawaii. Good guy.
But the next time SUCKED!!! Crowded, no place to wait for a table inside--had to wait in the snow. And our waiter...have you ever seen the movie Office Space? You know the obnoxious waiter who barges up to the table offering up shrimp poppers and extreme fajitas? The one who wears lots of flair who you wish would just die? That was our waiter. He tried to make bad, kind of insulting jokes to endear us, but it only made us want to throw water at him. I wasn't feeling well, and he laughed at me for not ordering sake, then asked if my friend (who'd just gotten out of the hospital for bad steam burns) if she'd tip him a pharmie. Sooo, the food was great, but the general atmosphere was horrid. Go to Sushi Tora unless you're looking for frat-boy sushi madness (frat boys would love Zanmai).

Pros: great sushi

Cons: freaky, obnoxious service

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I really enjoyed the sushi at this restaurant. They have a very good selection. We tried the Zanmai roll which was excellent. The restaurant is on the small side and it can get crowded with long waits. I recommend going at off-peak times to avoid the frustrating waits.

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★★★★☆

I really enjoyed the sushi at this restaurant. They have a very good selection. We tried the Zanmai roll which was excellent. The restaurant is on the small side and it can get crowded with long waits. I recommend going at off-peak times to avoid the frustrating waits.

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We went to lunch the other day and ordered the lunch combo which comes with a salad. After some very slow service, we finally got our salad and my friend found a red beetle in it. We told the server, and she offered free edamame or ice-cream. We didn't want either and we barely touched our meal after the beetle made us lose our appetites. We were charged for the full bill. I have never had such poor service after paying so much.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to lunch the other day and ordered the lunch combo which comes with a salad. After some very slow service, we finally got our salad and my friend found a red beetle in it. We told the server, and she offered free edamame or ice-cream. We didn't want either and we barely touched our meal after the beetle made us lose our appetites. We were charged for the full bill. I have never had such poor service after paying so much.

Pros: Nice looking restaurant

Cons: terrible service

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If you are a sushi connoisseur Sushi Zanmai is a great place to enjoy a meal. It is always fun to watch the sushi chefs work their magic creating different sushi dishes. Of course you must try the other dishes too.

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★★★★☆

If you are a sushi connoisseur Sushi Zanmai is a great place to enjoy a meal. It is always fun to watch the sushi chefs work their magic creating different sushi dishes. Of course you must try the other dishes too.

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zanmai definitely has a good atmosphere and is always fun to go to, however, truth is their sushi is not the best (although after a few sakes that doesnt matter a whole lot!). the last few times ive been in they have been less than generous with their cuts of sushi and sashimi. ive also seen better presentation and service at other sushi joints. zanmai is in a great location but it wont be my first choice for sushi next time i go out.

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★★☆☆☆

zanmai definitely has a good atmosphere and is always fun to go to, however, truth is their sushi is not the best (although after a few sakes that doesnt matter a whole lot!). the last few times ive been in they have been less than generous with their cuts of sushi and sashimi. ive also seen better presentation and service at other sushi joints. zanmai is in a great location but it wont be my first choice for sushi next time i go out.

Pros: atmosphere, location

Cons: pricey, small pieces

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This is our favorite place to eat in boulder. Great atmosphere, great food, great chefs. Great for a date night, or with a big group of friend or for parties.

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★★★★★

This is our favorite place to eat in boulder. Great atmosphere, great food, great chefs. Great for a date night, or with a big group of friend or for parties.

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We went there to celebrate friends birthday in one of their sake-bombing rooms and they gave away our reservation that had been made 2 weeks prior and confirmed several times before our arrival. Once we complained about this we were given an awful table that did not suit the needs for our party. On top of that one of their former employees tried to start a fight with one of the members of our party. The manager did nothing and when we called back, to ask about a friend's camera that was left there, she did not apologize and tried to cut the conversation as short as possible. Messing up reservations is one thing but not apologizing is another. That is my first and last time I will ever go there.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there to celebrate friends birthday in one of their sake-bombing rooms and they gave away our reservation that had been made 2 weeks prior and confirmed several times before our arrival. Once we complained about this we were given an awful table that did not suit the needs for our party. On top of that one of their former employees tried to start a fight with one of the members of our party. The manager did nothing and when we called back, to ask about a friend's camera that was left there, she did not apologize and tried to cut the conversation as short as possible. Messing up reservations is one thing but not apologizing is another. That is my first and last time I will ever go there.

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The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers. The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers. The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers.

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★☆☆☆☆

The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers. The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers. The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers.

Pros: Location

Cons: Parking, Service

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when i returned from being in japan for a year i didn't think i would find something close to what i was used to being so land locked...well zanmai did it for me. the izakaia (bar/food) side takes you to japan as soon as you take off your shoes. if you're lucky enough to have a party of 6 you get to sit on the tatami mats on the floor. you can also buy a bottle of sake, and they will put your name on it for future dinning experiences with them. AND THE FOOD. fabulous...you must get chef specials, they know what they're doing.
hope you love it as much as we did!

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★★★★★

when i returned from being in japan for a year i didn't think i would find something close to what i was used to being so land locked...well zanmai did it for me. the izakaia (bar/food) side takes you to japan as soon as you take off your shoes. if you're lucky enough to have a party of 6 you get to sit on the tatami mats on the floor. you can also buy a bottle of sake, and they will put your name on it for future dinning experiences with them. AND THE FOOD. fabulous...you must get chef specials, they know what they're doing.
hope you love it as much as we did!

Pros: the people

Cons: getting a seat

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I love Sushi Zanmai.
They have some of the best selection of sushi in town. Best of all this is the only place where I can find the Zanmai roll. I always leave there feeling satisfied with their sushi. The only downside I find about this place is the size of it. It's a small resturant for the popularity of it. The wait time can be killer at times, yet people still wait for a seating. That in itself should indicate how good it is.
I wish I could comment on the other food they have available but honestly I've never looked or tried it. I'm there for the sushi.

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★★★★★

I love Sushi Zanmai.
They have some of the best selection of sushi in town. Best of all this is the only place where I can find the Zanmai roll. I always leave there feeling satisfied with their sushi. The only downside I find about this place is the size of it. It's a small resturant for the popularity of it. The wait time can be killer at times, yet people still wait for a seating. That in itself should indicate how good it is.
I wish I could comment on the other food they have available but honestly I've never looked or tried it. I'm there for the sushi.

Pros: Excellent Sushi, Ambience is friendly

Cons: Parking, wait times, limited seating. Crowded.

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My wife and I go here everytime we want sushi. Chef's are entertaining, food is great. Recommend sitting at the bar

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★★★★★

My wife and I go here everytime we want sushi. Chef's are entertaining, food is great. Recommend sitting at the bar

Pros: food, ambiance, service

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never lets me down-- very fun atmosphere, great rolls, would highly reccommend it!

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★★★★★

never lets me down-- very fun atmosphere, great rolls, would highly reccommend it!

Pros: great rolls

Cons: the wait

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This place is great! I used to go here when they first opened around 1982, when I was a student at CU. That was really my first real intro to Japanese cuisine. We used to get pretty hairy on the Sake, and the sushi chef would play his saxaphone later on. My friend got carried away one night and ate a golf ball sized chunk of wasabi, almost lost him. Some great memories here, and the sushi has always been mouth watering. Many a cab ride home from Zanmai!

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★★★★★

This place is great! I used to go here when they first opened around 1982, when I was a student at CU. That was really my first real intro to Japanese cuisine. We used to get pretty hairy on the Sake, and the sushi chef would play his saxaphone later on. My friend got carried away one night and ate a golf ball sized chunk of wasabi, almost lost him. Some great memories here, and the sushi has always been mouth watering. Many a cab ride home from Zanmai!

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Hands down the best sushi in the Denver/Boulder area. I've been to Sushi Den many times, as well as Hapa, Japango, Sushi Tora, Mori, and a host of others that were recommended, but Zanmai is easily the best sushi I've had to date. Very fresh and bright tasting food, fun/lively atmosphere, friendly service, etc. Expensive, sure, but that goes without saying for sushi...go on Sunday or at lunch times to get the best deal. Beware, it's often crowded...make reservations if your party is big enough. This is overall my favorite restaurant in the area, regardless of style of food...consistent quality time after time.

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★★★★★

Hands down the best sushi in the Denver/Boulder area. I've been to Sushi Den many times, as well as Hapa, Japango, Sushi Tora, Mori, and a host of others that were recommended, but Zanmai is easily the best sushi I've had to date. Very fresh and bright tasting food, fun/lively atmosphere, friendly service, etc. Expensive, sure, but that goes without saying for sushi...go on Sunday or at lunch times to get the best deal. Beware, it's often crowded...make reservations if your party is big enough. This is overall my favorite restaurant in the area, regardless of style of food...consistent quality time after time.

Pros: SUSHI

Cons: Often 20-40 min wait, Often loud/noisy

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Best Sushi in Boulder, hands down. The appetizers are delicious and the rolls are to die for. Don't expect to go in there and not pay for it. It is well worth the cost. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. Excpet, when a group decided to do saki bombs, then the atmosphere picks up a little bit. There private rooms are great for parties and events. he tables are set into the floor, you remove your shoes before eneteirng and enjoy the ambience. There is no extra cost for them either. If you are going to have sushi in a land locked state, you better go to Sushi Zanmai in Boulder.

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★★★★★

Best Sushi in Boulder, hands down. The appetizers are delicious and the rolls are to die for. Don't expect to go in there and not pay for it. It is well worth the cost. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. Excpet, when a group decided to do saki bombs, then the atmosphere picks up a little bit. There private rooms are great for parties and events. he tables are set into the floor, you remove your shoes before eneteirng and enjoy the ambience. There is no extra cost for them either. If you are going to have sushi in a land locked state, you better go to Sushi Zanmai in Boulder.

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Sushi Zanmai definitely has great sushi! When I moved to Colorado (from the East cost), I thought my sushi days were over. I have been very impressed with the quality of fish. The sushi rice actually tastes like sushi rice, but doesn't overpower the fish. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is fun. I would definitely recommend Sushi Zanmai.

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★★★★★

Sushi Zanmai definitely has great sushi! When I moved to Colorado (from the East cost), I thought my sushi days were over. I have been very impressed with the quality of fish. The sushi rice actually tastes like sushi rice, but doesn't overpower the fish. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is fun. I would definitely recommend Sushi Zanmai.

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This is a casual college-town Japanese restaurant where traditional dishes, such as delicately battered tempura, are enjoyed in tea rooms with geisha-style service. Nigirizushi and other favorites are served at the sushi…

 

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