Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood

★★★★☆
  • 1620 Market St

    Denver, CO 80202

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  • 303-595-9500

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Sonoda's has amazing sushi and a reasonably priced lunchtime menu. Try the salad - it comes with a tangy ginger dressing. Fills up fast, so be sure to get there early. A small patio, but the majority of seating is inside downstairs.

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★★★★☆

Sonoda's has amazing sushi and a reasonably priced lunchtime menu. Try the salad - it comes with a tangy ginger dressing. Fills up fast, so be sure to get there early. A small patio, but the majority of seating is inside downstairs.

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I can't tell you about the sushi at this place because I don't eat it, but I have friends who really like sushi (hence why I was at a sushi place). But I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and amount of non sushi options. I ordered a shrimp plate which was very good. (Note: There were non seafood options too.)

The restaurant got very warm (it was August when we went, so that was to be expected) since their air conditioning isn't very strong.

Also the fruity drinks were very good.

4
★★★★☆

I can't tell you about the sushi at this place because I don't eat it, but I have friends who really like sushi (hence why I was at a sushi place). But I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and amount of non sushi options. I ordered a shrimp plate which was very good. (Note: There were non seafood options too.)

The restaurant got very warm (it was August when we went, so that was to be expected) since their air conditioning isn't very strong.

Also the fruity drinks were very good.

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Probably the best sushi for an affordable price anywhere in the city. The chefs really do a good job and you can tell their fish is fresh. I am a big fan of this place and it rivals the fancier sushi places downtown.

4
★★★★☆

Probably the best sushi for an affordable price anywhere in the city. The chefs really do a good job and you can tell their fish is fresh. I am a big fan of this place and it rivals the fancier sushi places downtown.

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I really like this place for sushi. The servers and sushi chefs are very personable and the menu is great. I went during 5280 week and got a fabulous deal while trying lots of different courses, all of which were great: lots of different sushi/sashimi, seaweed salad and green tea ice cream. Excellent!

4
★★★★☆

I really like this place for sushi. The servers and sushi chefs are very personable and the menu is great. I went during 5280 week and got a fabulous deal while trying lots of different courses, all of which were great: lots of different sushi/sashimi, seaweed salad and green tea ice cream. Excellent!

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We made 7pm reservations and were not seated until 8pm. Our waitress wasn't the most friendliest...I won't go back. The food...um, just okay.

1
★★★☆☆

We made 7pm reservations and were not seated until 8pm. Our waitress wasn't the most friendliest...I won't go back. The food...um, just okay.

Pros: great area

Cons: service, wait for a table

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Just went there a couple of nights ago and I think the sushi quality has gone down. We used to get decent sushi for the price (never has been the best sushi) but it must have been an off night. The sushi tasted old and the rolls were poorly made. 2 for 1 hot sake was the best part of the night. If you are going out for sushi night go some where else that may be a little more pricey but it will be worth the extra money.

1
★★★☆☆

Just went there a couple of nights ago and I think the sushi quality has gone down. We used to get decent sushi for the price (never has been the best sushi) but it must have been an off night. The sushi tasted old and the rolls were poorly made. 2 for 1 hot sake was the best part of the night. If you are going out for sushi night go some where else that may be a little more pricey but it will be worth the extra money.

Pros: Decently priced sushi

Cons: Sushi quality is poor

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Excellent sushi at all of there location. Does not matter if you are in downtown, park meadows or aurora. Service is good. Definitely sometimes you will have to wait to be seated, and décor is not upscale. Yes, it will cost you; if you like sushi, but you not in Macdonald what do you expect. I traveled all over the world, and for Colorado area I can say with confidence, BEST SUSHI!

2
★★★★★

Excellent sushi at all of there location. Does not matter if you are in downtown, park meadows or aurora. Service is good. Definitely sometimes you will have to wait to be seated, and décor is not upscale. Yes, it will cost you; if you like sushi, but you not in Macdonald what do you expect. I traveled all over the world, and for Colorado area I can say with confidence, BEST SUSHI!

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I like this place, we prefer to sit at the sushi bar. It is a little cold and sterile but in the summer this is a great little place. I only eat cooked sushi and here is what I recommend: Unagi, Shrimp Tempura Roll, California roll, Spider roll and our VERY favorite: Catapillar Roll ( to DIE for!!!!) We've tried other places but this place has the freshest crab and eel. The drinks are great as is the sake. Get the house salad too, the dressing is heaven!

2
★★★★☆

I like this place, we prefer to sit at the sushi bar. It is a little cold and sterile but in the summer this is a great little place. I only eat cooked sushi and here is what I recommend: Unagi, Shrimp Tempura Roll, California roll, Spider roll and our VERY favorite: Catapillar Roll ( to DIE for!!!!) We've tried other places but this place has the freshest crab and eel. The drinks are great as is the sake. Get the house salad too, the dressing is heaven!

Pros: Fresh, High Quality food, Laid back

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The service was friendly but slow last Friday evening. The edamame was a little bland. The beef-wrapped scallions were tasty and the gyoza was very good. I don't recommend the "magic mushrooms"; they were interesting, but in a bad way. The tempura came out piping hot and was tasty, but the grouper special last night lacked significant flavor. The decor here is rough. Kind of like eating in a bus station. The fish tanks are interesting, especially the one that contains live Piranhas. This place is okay, but I wouldn't be in a big rush to go back there.

1
★★★☆☆

The service was friendly but slow last Friday evening. The edamame was a little bland. The beef-wrapped scallions were tasty and the gyoza was very good. I don't recommend the "magic mushrooms"; they were interesting, but in a bad way. The tempura came out piping hot and was tasty, but the grouper special last night lacked significant flavor. The decor here is rough. Kind of like eating in a bus station. The fish tanks are interesting, especially the one that contains live Piranhas. This place is okay, but I wouldn't be in a big rush to go back there.

Pros: fresh fish, tempura

Cons: , decor

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For overall value and experience, Sonoda's still beats Sushi Den. The food is good and reasonably priced as befits one of the better Sushi restaurants.

Happy hour is a good deal if you want to save money.

2
★★★★☆

For overall value and experience, Sonoda's still beats Sushi Den. The food is good and reasonably priced as befits one of the better Sushi restaurants.

Happy hour is a good deal if you want to save money.

Pros: Price, No wait, Service

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What makes a good restaurant is the people!, or in Sonoda's case, business. If you find a good sushi chef at Sonoda's than your in for a treat, but if you unfortunately just sit in front of any random sushi preparer than your definitely going to experience a below average experience because there's no "kokoro" - "heart". If you try the "Dynamite", I have no idea whats in theirs, but I don't think its seafood. The atmoshpere is riddled with random papers, business cards, fax's, free calendars from insurance agents, etc. sloppily thrown up on the wall. This place pays NO attention to atmosphere.

1
★★☆☆☆

What makes a good restaurant is the people!, or in Sonoda's case, business. If you find a good sushi chef at Sonoda's than your in for a treat, but if you unfortunately just sit in front of any random sushi preparer than your definitely going to experience a below average experience because there's no "kokoro" - "heart". If you try the "Dynamite", I have no idea whats in theirs, but I don't think its seafood. The atmoshpere is riddled with random papers, business cards, fax's, free calendars from insurance agents, etc. sloppily thrown up on the wall. This place pays NO attention to atmosphere.

Pros: specific sushi chefs, good friendly service, quick service

Cons: no kokoro/heart, poorly prepared food, bad value

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This restaurant serves decent sushi all around...but nothing jumps out about them...They don't excel in variety...Their atmospher is not fantastic...And the mexican sushi chefs don't put the time in to hold a menial conversation...I think that for the best tasting sushi in town you should go to the Sushi Den...For the Best value go to Uokura...For a nice experience go to Akebono or perhaps Genroku...Just don't consider Sonoda's a first choice!!!

1
★★☆☆☆

This restaurant serves decent sushi all around...but nothing jumps out about them...They don't excel in variety...Their atmospher is not fantastic...And the mexican sushi chefs don't put the time in to hold a menial conversation...I think that for the best tasting sushi in town you should go to the Sushi Den...For the Best value go to Uokura...For a nice experience go to Akebono or perhaps Genroku...Just don't consider Sonoda's a first choice!!!

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I'm not going to mention the "other place", but Kenny Sonoda has taken all the best food, the best appetizers, the best service and spread it all over town. The Downtown "hole in the sidewalk" is the best for ambiance (in a strange underground way), but Park Meadows (DTC) location is every bit as good and much less expensive to park near.

I eat there at least 2x per month (it'd be more but sushi is expensive). Keep it up Kenny!

Groups ok, but plan to wait!

2
★★★★☆

I'm not going to mention the "other place", but Kenny Sonoda has taken all the best food, the best appetizers, the best service and spread it all over town. The Downtown "hole in the sidewalk" is the best for ambiance (in a strange underground way), but Park Meadows (DTC) location is every bit as good and much less expensive to park near.

I eat there at least 2x per month (it'd be more but sushi is expensive). Keep it up Kenny!

Groups ok, but plan to wait!

Pros: GREST Sushi, Clean, FRESH

Cons: Expensive, Expensive, Expensive

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I am from Japan, so I should know how good Japanese food tastes like. Food at Sonoda's is not bad, if you are American and looking for Americanized Japanese food, but it does not compare to some restaurants in other cities. My husband ordered Nabeyaki Udon (white noodles cooked in Japanese soup). I tasted it, and the soup was too sweet for real authentic Japanese. I ordered a la carte sushi. Fish was OK, but did not taste like the freshest. If you want to eat good Japanese food, go to a restaurant with lots of Orientals. They know what is really good Japanese food. The decor of the restaurant was so so.

1
★★☆☆☆

I am from Japan, so I should know how good Japanese food tastes like. Food at Sonoda's is not bad, if you are American and looking for Americanized Japanese food, but it does not compare to some restaurants in other cities. My husband ordered Nabeyaki Udon (white noodles cooked in Japanese soup). I tasted it, and the soup was too sweet for real authentic Japanese. I ordered a la carte sushi. Fish was OK, but did not taste like the freshest. If you want to eat good Japanese food, go to a restaurant with lots of Orientals. They know what is really good Japanese food. The decor of the restaurant was so so.

Pros: Location, Aquariums

Cons: Food, Service

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I have eaten at Sonoda's many times. It's fine if you want a fish fix, and they have a very large bar, and the aquariums are a nice touch. However, the omnipresent tiles and countertop remind one of what it would be like to eat sushi in a bathroom. It is competent, but not overwhelming sushi, successful because of its size and location, not because of anything else special.

1
★★★☆☆

I have eaten at Sonoda's many times. It's fine if you want a fish fix, and they have a very large bar, and the aquariums are a nice touch. However, the omnipresent tiles and countertop remind one of what it would be like to eat sushi in a bathroom. It is competent, but not overwhelming sushi, successful because of its size and location, not because of anything else special.

Pros: Location, aquariums

Cons: Sterility, Ambience - not!

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The Sonoda's at Park Meadows has the freshest fish in town. The Sushi masters are fast and friendly, and the wait staff are very attentive.

2
★★★★★

The Sonoda's at Park Meadows has the freshest fish in town. The Sushi masters are fast and friendly, and the wait staff are very attentive.

Pros: Fresh, Fast, Experienced

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That is the only good thing that I can say about Sonoda's. I have been there several times and enjoyed a good meal, but it is consistantly ruined by poor service and workers that are not customer focused. The Japanese tradition is entrenched in disipline, and this place misses the point.

1
★★☆☆☆

That is the only good thing that I can say about Sonoda's. I have been there several times and enjoyed a good meal, but it is consistantly ruined by poor service and workers that are not customer focused. The Japanese tradition is entrenched in disipline, and this place misses the point.

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Great restaurant with very good lunchtime food. Dinner is a bit more expensive, but still worth the price.

2
★★★★★

Great restaurant with very good lunchtime food. Dinner is a bit more expensive, but still worth the price.

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okay it is looks as if Sonoads likes to slam competitors....lets leave Sushi den alone.

Sonodas is a great restaurant with good sushi, lets stick to that.

2
★★★★☆

okay it is looks as if Sonoads likes to slam competitors....lets leave Sushi den alone.

Sonodas is a great restaurant with good sushi, lets stick to that.

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Sonoda's downtown Denver was the first place I ever had sushi. That was about 10 years ago, and I have been going back regularly ever since. The sushi is very fresh and prepared wonderfully. The atmosphere of the restaurant and sushi bar downstairs is great. I recommend giving Sonoda's in downtown Denver a try!

2
★★★★★

Sonoda's downtown Denver was the first place I ever had sushi. That was about 10 years ago, and I have been going back regularly ever since. The sushi is very fresh and prepared wonderfully. The atmosphere of the restaurant and sushi bar downstairs is great. I recommend giving Sonoda's in downtown Denver a try!

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Freindly and Happy Staff. Clean Resturant that makes you feel at home. I HIGHLY recommend the EEL.
Great Value!!!!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

Freindly and Happy Staff. Clean Resturant that makes you feel at home. I HIGHLY recommend the EEL.
Great Value!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Inexpensive, TASTE, STAFF

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Great sushi! I have always been impressed with the service and speed. Whenever I take someone out for sushi, this is my first choice bar none.

2
★★★★★

Great sushi! I have always been impressed with the service and speed. Whenever I take someone out for sushi, this is my first choice bar none.

Pros: Great Sushi, Inexpensive, Speed

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Sure, Sushi Den has the fancy, trendy atmosphere, but at Sonoda's [on Parker Rd], you will not find a friendlier staff, better service, or better food. Too much rice at Sushi Den. Too pretentious there too. It feels like people are there to see and be seen. Sonoda's stuffs the sushi full of good stuff, has a perfectly adequate amout of rice, and the taste is out of this world. It is a truly friendly place and THE place to go for people who love sushi.

2
★★★★★

Sure, Sushi Den has the fancy, trendy atmosphere, but at Sonoda's [on Parker Rd], you will not find a friendlier staff, better service, or better food. Too much rice at Sushi Den. Too pretentious there too. It feels like people are there to see and be seen. Sonoda's stuffs the sushi full of good stuff, has a perfectly adequate amout of rice, and the taste is out of this world. It is a truly friendly place and THE place to go for people who love sushi.

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I have been eating sushi for the last five years. I have never seen such value. I have been to Sonoda's in Aurora some seven times and I have never been dissappointed.

2
★★★★★

I have been eating sushi for the last five years. I have never seen such value. I have been to Sonoda's in Aurora some seven times and I have never been dissappointed.

Cons: Inexpensive, TASTE

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We have been going to Sonoda's for 3 years now and will not go to any other sushi place again.

2
★★★★★

We have been going to Sonoda's for 3 years now and will not go to any other sushi place again.

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Our favorite sushi in the Park Meadows area. They could use some more room however, as you are likely to get seated nearly elbow-to-elbow with the patrons at the next table. Weekday happy hour is the time to go!

2
★★★★★

Our favorite sushi in the Park Meadows area. They could use some more room however, as you are likely to get seated nearly elbow-to-elbow with the patrons at the next table. Weekday happy hour is the time to go!

Pros: Great sushi

Cons: Crowded dining

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I have eaten at the Downtown Sonoda's location a number of times and have enjoyed the experience each and every time. The sushi is consistently fresh and the portions are reasonable for the price (especially if you hit the happy hour). The ambience definitely leaves something to be desired but if you're just looking for good sushi then Sonoda's is worth the visit.

2
★★★★☆

I have eaten at the Downtown Sonoda's location a number of times and have enjoyed the experience each and every time. The sushi is consistently fresh and the portions are reasonable for the price (especially if you hit the happy hour). The ambience definitely leaves something to be desired but if you're just looking for good sushi then Sonoda's is worth the visit.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great happy hour, Great location

Cons: Atmosphere

 

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