Sakura Restaurant & Bar

★★★★☆
  • 350 St Peter St 195

    Saint Paul, MN 55102

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  • 651-224-0185

About Sakura Restaurant & Bar

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11:30am - 10:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 11:30am - 11pm;Sun. 12am - 9pm
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I have been to multiple sushi restaurants... but this place is my #1 favorite! The staff is always nice and the food is great!\r
I recommend the green mussels! I have to get them everytime I go there, they are just delicious!!\r
For me,

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★★★★★

I have been to multiple sushi restaurants... but this place is my #1 favorite! The staff is always nice and the food is great!\r
I recommend the green mussels! I have to get them everytime I go there, they are just delicious!!\r
For me,

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One of the best sushi dining experiences in the Twin Cities. The decor is very minimalist and very spacious. Our waitress did a good job of answering our questions and guiding us to something new to try. Our rolls were perfectly balanced in taste and texture. Can't wait to return!

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★★★★☆

One of the best sushi dining experiences in the Twin Cities. The decor is very minimalist and very spacious. Our waitress did a good job of answering our questions and guiding us to something new to try. Our rolls were perfectly balanced in taste and texture. Can't wait to return!

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This place has the best sushi in town

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★★★★★

This place has the best sushi in town

Pros: best sushi in town, fair prices

Cons: parking can be difficult

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Made a reservation at Sakura and showed up late due to traffic. Not only that, but we were going to a show at the Ordway, so we told the host that we only had about 40 minutes. He was very accommodating and prioritized our order. We were very appreciative to have received such great service. On top of all that, the sushi was some of the best I??ve had in the Twin Cities. The restaurant itself is unique and inviting. Can??t think of anything negative to say about this place, other than the fact that it is in downtown St Paul, which is too far away from me to afford me the ability to dine here frequently.

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★★★★★

Made a reservation at Sakura and showed up late due to traffic. Not only that, but we were going to a show at the Ordway, so we told the host that we only had about 40 minutes. He was very accommodating and prioritized our order. We were very appreciative to have received such great service. On top of all that, the sushi was some of the best I??ve had in the Twin Cities. The restaurant itself is unique and inviting. Can??t think of anything negative to say about this place, other than the fact that it is in downtown St Paul, which is too far away from me to afford me the ability to dine here frequently.

Pros: Great service

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All I have to say is AMAZING and YUMMY. I could eat here everyday of my life if I could !!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★☆

All I have to say is AMAZING and YUMMY. I could eat here everyday of my life if I could !!!!!!!!!!!

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Sakura is by far my favorite sushi restaurant in the Twin Cities area, and I have been to quite a few. Compared to others, the food is just as great if not better but more affordable. Since it is in St. Paul (hence, more low-key), it is almost never too busy to accommodate walk-ins (I've only made reservations once) and the food is very authentic, offering not only great sushi and sashimi plates but also bento boxes, shabu shabu, tempura, yose nabe, and other Japanese dishes. And the service, contrary to what some reviewers have said, has always been superb. Highly, highly recommended to all my friends.

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★★★★★

Sakura is by far my favorite sushi restaurant in the Twin Cities area, and I have been to quite a few. Compared to others, the food is just as great if not better but more affordable. Since it is in St. Paul (hence, more low-key), it is almost never too busy to accommodate walk-ins (I've only made reservations once) and the food is very authentic, offering not only great sushi and sashimi plates but also bento boxes, shabu shabu, tempura, yose nabe, and other Japanese dishes. And the service, contrary to what some reviewers have said, has always been superb. Highly, highly recommended to all my friends.

Pros: Parking (meters free @ night), Service, Sushi, Price

Cons: Quieter (if you're looking for a more happenin' place, go downtown or uptown)

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I love Japanese food, especially sushi. I've eaten at several sushi places in the Twin Cities, and I think Sakura is one of the best. The fish always tastes fresh and is prepared very well. They also have a great selection of sushi at pretty reasonable prices. (For sushi!) The parking is easy if you take their advice and park in the Lawson ramp and they also validate your parking afterwards; so it's free! The only reason I did not give them 5 stars is that sometimes the service feels a little impersonal (especially when they're busy). But they've always been friendly and for the most part, I've always received my food fast. I recommend the Adam Hall roll (eel roll with salmon and yellowtail) and also, their Sakura Sushi Entree is great. And if you want a real treat, order their Toro (fatty tuna) - it is SO good and SO worth it! :)

2
★★★★☆

I love Japanese food, especially sushi. I've eaten at several sushi places in the Twin Cities, and I think Sakura is one of the best. The fish always tastes fresh and is prepared very well. They also have a great selection of sushi at pretty reasonable prices. (For sushi!) The parking is easy if you take their advice and park in the Lawson ramp and they also validate your parking afterwards; so it's free! The only reason I did not give them 5 stars is that sometimes the service feels a little impersonal (especially when they're busy). But they've always been friendly and for the most part, I've always received my food fast. I recommend the Adam Hall roll (eel roll with salmon and yellowtail) and also, their Sakura Sushi Entree is great. And if you want a real treat, order their Toro (fatty tuna) - it is SO good and SO worth it! :)

Pros: Great sushi, reasonable prices, free parking, friendly staff.

Cons: Sometimes a little impersonal.

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I've been here many times and the seafood is always incredibly fresh and delicious. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Plus if you're not a sushi eater, there's something here for you, too.

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★★★★★

I've been here many times and the seafood is always incredibly fresh and delicious. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Plus if you're not a sushi eater, there's something here for you, too.

Pros: good sushi and other Japanese food for non-sushi folks

Cons: nothing

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Shortly moving from New York City and deprived of good food, I found this place refreshing. I called atleast 10 Japanese restaurants to see if they served Shabu Shabu (thinly sliced beef dipped in boiling water at your table with veggies) and this is the only one that did. The service was good and the staff was super nice. The shabu shabu was Amazing! and I'd totally recommend this to anyone that's ready for an authentic Japanese dish and ready to try something totally different from the way OVERDONE downtown/uptown minneapolis sportsbar/restaurants.

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★★★★★

Shortly moving from New York City and deprived of good food, I found this place refreshing. I called atleast 10 Japanese restaurants to see if they served Shabu Shabu (thinly sliced beef dipped in boiling water at your table with veggies) and this is the only one that did. The service was good and the staff was super nice. The shabu shabu was Amazing! and I'd totally recommend this to anyone that's ready for an authentic Japanese dish and ready to try something totally different from the way OVERDONE downtown/uptown minneapolis sportsbar/restaurants.

Pros: great staff

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Fare: I really like siting at the sushi bar and watching the sushi artists create all the sushi. It really is like art that you can eat. I always order some sort of tuna roll and I make sure it has avocado in it. Yum!

Prices: Normal sushi prices.

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★★★☆☆

Fare: I really like siting at the sushi bar and watching the sushi artists create all the sushi. It really is like art that you can eat. I always order some sort of tuna roll and I make sure it has avocado in it. Yum!

Prices: Normal sushi prices.

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I called Sakura and was glad to hear they could take 8 for dinner and made a reservation. First time here. Afterwards, I thought, I better read the reviews. Some said the service was bad, and yet, some liked it. So, I called back, mentioned we had a show at 8 and wanted to know if they really could accommodate us with prompt service? The lady (mioko) on the phone said she would make sure. I felt better after the call. We got there and the table wasn't ready for us. They took a long time to take our order. When the rice and sauce came out before our meals, the lady (a different one) passed only some of them out and left. My family noticed that she left the rest of them on the other table. We waited for her to return and pass them ourt, she didn't. So, i did. Finally six meals came. Two of us had ordered sushi, and she said it takes a long time to make. We waited. And waited some more. Finally, we flagged Mioko down. It's not ready yet, "Last time I ask the chef to try and hurry he was mad at me for 6 months, do you want him mad at me," she asked? Our sushi arrived and it was time to go. We got it boxed, ate a few while waiting for our check. It tasted old and dry. Normally, we both really like sushi, and have eaten it at other restaurants in other states. There is no comparison, it definitely is not fresh. If we weren't in such a hurry I would have had her remove it from the bill. Would we ever go back? Never, never, never. Normally I do not take the time to write a bad review. But I felt maybe I could spare some people the distress of a bad night out at this restaurant. By the way, who gave this restaurant a 4 star rating? It needs to be changed to a 1 star. They may have gotten an award in 2001, but this is 2008 and I think they have ridden on that good word for too long. This restaurant needs to be humbled. Stay away. Do not give them any business, and then maybe they will get better or better yet, go away.

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★☆☆☆☆

I called Sakura and was glad to hear they could take 8 for dinner and made a reservation. First time here. Afterwards, I thought, I better read the reviews. Some said the service was bad, and yet, some liked it. So, I called back, mentioned we had a show at 8 and wanted to know if they really could accommodate us with prompt service? The lady (mioko) on the phone said she would make sure. I felt better after the call. We got there and the table wasn't ready for us. They took a long time to take our order. When the rice and sauce came out before our meals, the lady (a different one) passed only some of them out and left. My family noticed that she left the rest of them on the other table. We waited for her to return and pass them ourt, she didn't. So, i did. Finally six meals came. Two of us had ordered sushi, and she said it takes a long time to make. We waited. And waited some more. Finally, we flagged Mioko down. It's not ready yet, "Last time I ask the chef to try and hurry he was mad at me for 6 months, do you want him mad at me," she asked? Our sushi arrived and it was time to go. We got it boxed, ate a few while waiting for our check. It tasted old and dry. Normally, we both really like sushi, and have eaten it at other restaurants in other states. There is no comparison, it definitely is not fresh. If we weren't in such a hurry I would have had her remove it from the bill. Would we ever go back? Never, never, never. Normally I do not take the time to write a bad review. But I felt maybe I could spare some people the distress of a bad night out at this restaurant. By the way, who gave this restaurant a 4 star rating? It needs to be changed to a 1 star. They may have gotten an award in 2001, but this is 2008 and I think they have ridden on that good word for too long. This restaurant needs to be humbled. Stay away. Do not give them any business, and then maybe they will get better or better yet, go away.

Pros: Ummm...I'm still thinking. Oh, you get a discount on parking. Yippie

Cons: Wish I could write my bill off on gambling losses on my taxes.

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My friend and I went here on a Monday, so it was a slower night. The food was good; we both had their shrimp tempura which was delicious. The service was good; the server wasn't too pushy but was still attentive at the same time. I would recommend this restaurant if you're ever in the St. Paul downtown area and crave sushi. Their menu is also pretty big so you?ll have a lot to choose from.

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★★★★☆

My friend and I went here on a Monday, so it was a slower night. The food was good; we both had their shrimp tempura which was delicious. The service was good; the server wasn't too pushy but was still attentive at the same time. I would recommend this restaurant if you're ever in the St. Paul downtown area and crave sushi. Their menu is also pretty big so you?ll have a lot to choose from.

Pros: Good food, good service, ambience is nice.

Cons: Parking is kind of difficult to find.

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Since moving to the Twin Cities four years ago, I have eaten at Sakura seemingly countless times. I love the terrific ambiance, and I can't get enough of the selection of authentic Japanese cuisine. I found their sushi to be of very high quality, and their entrees are fantastic (I'm a huge fan of their tempura dishes). This is an ideal spot for a first date.

I noticed that there are a number of reviews here telling angry stories about the quality of service here. Well, here's my $0.02 on the matter: Of the approximately two dozen times I've eaten at this restaurant, I have had one incredibly subpar server. She was obviously new, and very inattentive. It was very disappointing and somewhat upsetting to my dinner party, considering one of the charms of the place had previously always been the positive service. That being said, are you really going to write off an otherwise outstanding restaurant because you have a 4% chance of having bad service? If so, you are missing out.

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★★★★★

Since moving to the Twin Cities four years ago, I have eaten at Sakura seemingly countless times. I love the terrific ambiance, and I can't get enough of the selection of authentic Japanese cuisine. I found their sushi to be of very high quality, and their entrees are fantastic (I'm a huge fan of their tempura dishes). This is an ideal spot for a first date.

I noticed that there are a number of reviews here telling angry stories about the quality of service here. Well, here's my $0.02 on the matter: Of the approximately two dozen times I've eaten at this restaurant, I have had one incredibly subpar server. She was obviously new, and very inattentive. It was very disappointing and somewhat upsetting to my dinner party, considering one of the charms of the place had previously always been the positive service. That being said, are you really going to write off an otherwise outstanding restaurant because you have a 4% chance of having bad service? If so, you are missing out.

Pros: Wonderful entrees and sushi, great ambience

Cons: the sushi adds up fast on your bill, don't go the night of a Wild game

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I ate here once four years ago and I vowed never to come back again. Just having eaten here a month ago has put Sakura back on my list of the best Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities. The service was excellent; the food was fresh and very tasty. Love the redesign of the restaurant. Will recommend this place to others for sure.

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★★★★☆

I ate here once four years ago and I vowed never to come back again. Just having eaten here a month ago has put Sakura back on my list of the best Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities. The service was excellent; the food was fresh and very tasty. Love the redesign of the restaurant. Will recommend this place to others for sure.

Pros: Quality and freshness of food

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I have now been to Sakura 2 times. The first time I went I ordered a bento box. I got the shrimp tempura and teriyaki steak. Both were delicious and the shrimp were fairly large. This also came w/ tempura veggies which were wonderful as well. The second time I went I had another bento box but this time w/ teriyaki chicken and the shrimp tempura. Again the shrimp was delicious, but the chicken teriyaki was loaded w/ fat. And I would think that would be hard to do w/ chicken considering they are usually fairly fat free. It was like I got the left overs of the chicken and was disgusting. I couldn't eat it, mostly b/c I was grossed out, but also b/c I couldn't chew it! My mom on the other hand ordered only teriyaki chicken (not part of a bento box) and hers was delicious. It was obviously a chicken breast and not a piece of fat was on it. So if you want teriyaki chicken do not order it as part of the bento box. My husband also really likes their sushi although I have never tried it. I am going to next time. And I'm going to stick w/ the shrimp tempura and teriyaki steak!

Service has always been okay, (although a tad slow at times) nothing to rave about, but not nearly as bad as some previous posters have had.

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★★★★★

I have now been to Sakura 2 times. The first time I went I ordered a bento box. I got the shrimp tempura and teriyaki steak. Both were delicious and the shrimp were fairly large. This also came w/ tempura veggies which were wonderful as well. The second time I went I had another bento box but this time w/ teriyaki chicken and the shrimp tempura. Again the shrimp was delicious, but the chicken teriyaki was loaded w/ fat. And I would think that would be hard to do w/ chicken considering they are usually fairly fat free. It was like I got the left overs of the chicken and was disgusting. I couldn't eat it, mostly b/c I was grossed out, but also b/c I couldn't chew it! My mom on the other hand ordered only teriyaki chicken (not part of a bento box) and hers was delicious. It was obviously a chicken breast and not a piece of fat was on it. So if you want teriyaki chicken do not order it as part of the bento box. My husband also really likes their sushi although I have never tried it. I am going to next time. And I'm going to stick w/ the shrimp tempura and teriyaki steak!

Service has always been okay, (although a tad slow at times) nothing to rave about, but not nearly as bad as some previous posters have had.

Pros: tempura, extras (soup, salad)

Cons: fatty teriyaki chicken, slow wait staff at times

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We ordered the sushi deluxe, but we didnt get full so we decided to order more. Our waitress suggested the tempura fire roll special so we ordered it. It did not take too long to make and the presentation of the roll looked delicious and appetizing. As I drank my tea, my husband asked,is that a fly on the roll? So he turned the plate towards me and there was a small insect that appeared to be flapping its wings, but was stuck in the creamy sauce.Since we could not agree what kind insect it was or if it was part of the meal, we pulled the closest server and asked her what she saw and if she saw the insect to confirm that it was not part of the meal. She said "no" and did not give an explanation but grabbed our server to deal with the issue. Our server also confirmed that this unknown insect was not part of the meal.The waitress apologized and replaced the order w/o saying anything further. We felt ignored the rest of the night as we ate our questionable fire roll. A server knocked over a full pitcher of water next to our table and left a puddle on the floor. It took nearly 20 min. for them to clean up the mess. The waitress was kind enough to offer not one but two free scoops of ice cream for the unknown insect incident. After finishing our ice cream we were surprised and wondering why the manager/owner didnt come to apologize and instead the waitress brought our bill, to our surpise there was no discount we were charged for everything. We could have made a scene throughout this time,and tried not to let the incident ruin our night. Before leaving we pulled the owner aside to complain. I told her about the insect in our order, her respnse "I know, I heard". I was appalled and offended. If she knew and heard why didnt she say anything to us.She then added that it was not put there intentionally (have you heard of a restaurant that put insects intentionally).She didnt apologize and didnt seem to care so we left. By far the worst customer service weve EVER experienced!

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★☆☆☆☆

We ordered the sushi deluxe, but we didnt get full so we decided to order more. Our waitress suggested the tempura fire roll special so we ordered it. It did not take too long to make and the presentation of the roll looked delicious and appetizing. As I drank my tea, my husband asked,is that a fly on the roll? So he turned the plate towards me and there was a small insect that appeared to be flapping its wings, but was stuck in the creamy sauce.Since we could not agree what kind insect it was or if it was part of the meal, we pulled the closest server and asked her what she saw and if she saw the insect to confirm that it was not part of the meal. She said "no" and did not give an explanation but grabbed our server to deal with the issue. Our server also confirmed that this unknown insect was not part of the meal.The waitress apologized and replaced the order w/o saying anything further. We felt ignored the rest of the night as we ate our questionable fire roll. A server knocked over a full pitcher of water next to our table and left a puddle on the floor. It took nearly 20 min. for them to clean up the mess. The waitress was kind enough to offer not one but two free scoops of ice cream for the unknown insect incident. After finishing our ice cream we were surprised and wondering why the manager/owner didnt come to apologize and instead the waitress brought our bill, to our surpise there was no discount we were charged for everything. We could have made a scene throughout this time,and tried not to let the incident ruin our night. Before leaving we pulled the owner aside to complain. I told her about the insect in our order, her respnse "I know, I heard". I was appalled and offended. If she knew and heard why didnt she say anything to us.She then added that it was not put there intentionally (have you heard of a restaurant that put insects intentionally).She didnt apologize and didnt seem to care so we left. By far the worst customer service weve EVER experienced!

Pros: free ice cream if you get a surprise in your dish

Cons: horrible customer service

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Ridiculous! Even at the most busy restaurant, we often receive the requisite and expect the most standard of service. But, at Sakura, after allowing an entire hour to lapse, and waiting patiently for someone to come over to explain why not a single item of our order had been brought to our table (nor had anyone cleared the towels or detritus that was left), I asked the manager to look into the matter since our waitress had disappeared. A few minutes later our food finally arrived. I wondered if they forgot the order. Our waitress's excuse was that the seaweed salad took a long time to plate. "A whole hour!!" was what I was thinking. Impossible. Japanese restaurants don't make their own seaweed salads. In the states, it is purchased in bulk and plated simply but scooping a heap onto the plate and throwing some inexpensive garnishes.

Our sushi/sashimi was quite good. Therefore, the only service staff tipped by our party was the sushi chefs and bus-boy. No apology or explanation was given by the manager (whom I believe is the owner). I should congratulate her on her abilities to remove herself from any unpleasant dining experience. We would have been satisfied with a more truthful explanation of why we were left seated for over an hour, without anyone explaining the delay; why no dishes were provided when the sushi came out; why the debris was not removed; why the teapot was not refilled; why such a messed occurred over such a simple dinner.

By the way, we are frequent customers to Sakura, but no longer. The sushi is good, but as long as the ingredients are fresh, the combination is correct, and the presentation is decent, you can find the same quality (and exact same rolls/sashimi/sushi/entres) at a number of other Japanese restaurants. Japanese food is no longer a specialty and more along the lines of Italian food.

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★★☆☆☆

Ridiculous! Even at the most busy restaurant, we often receive the requisite and expect the most standard of service. But, at Sakura, after allowing an entire hour to lapse, and waiting patiently for someone to come over to explain why not a single item of our order had been brought to our table (nor had anyone cleared the towels or detritus that was left), I asked the manager to look into the matter since our waitress had disappeared. A few minutes later our food finally arrived. I wondered if they forgot the order. Our waitress's excuse was that the seaweed salad took a long time to plate. "A whole hour!!" was what I was thinking. Impossible. Japanese restaurants don't make their own seaweed salads. In the states, it is purchased in bulk and plated simply but scooping a heap onto the plate and throwing some inexpensive garnishes.

Our sushi/sashimi was quite good. Therefore, the only service staff tipped by our party was the sushi chefs and bus-boy. No apology or explanation was given by the manager (whom I believe is the owner). I should congratulate her on her abilities to remove herself from any unpleasant dining experience. We would have been satisfied with a more truthful explanation of why we were left seated for over an hour, without anyone explaining the delay; why no dishes were provided when the sushi came out; why the debris was not removed; why the teapot was not refilled; why such a messed occurred over such a simple dinner.

By the way, we are frequent customers to Sakura, but no longer. The sushi is good, but as long as the ingredients are fresh, the combination is correct, and the presentation is decent, you can find the same quality (and exact same rolls/sashimi/sushi/entres) at a number of other Japanese restaurants. Japanese food is no longer a specialty and more along the lines of Italian food.

Pros: Not a thing, except the sushi and sashimi

Cons: The service - the slowest in the entire twin cities and the most incompetent.

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I liked the layout of the restaurant and the service was very good. I just found the sushi and sashimi menu to be very limited compared to what we are used to in Arizona, believe it or not! We'll try other sushi places before considering coming back this one.

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★★☆☆☆

I liked the layout of the restaurant and the service was very good. I just found the sushi and sashimi menu to be very limited compared to what we are used to in Arizona, believe it or not! We'll try other sushi places before considering coming back this one.

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The service at Sakura was just horrible. I went there with a few friends on a Saturday night at around 8:00 pm.. It took us 45 minutes to get our appetizers, and nearly 2 hours to get our food!!! When I complained (to whom I presume was the owner of the restaurant), she told me it was very busy and this was the best they could do. Not even an apology, so I can only guess that this is how long it usually takes at this restaurant. The food was ok... nothing too extraordinary. If you like good sushi with better service, I suggest a different restaurant (there's one just a few blocks away from Sakura). Plus, parking around Sakura was pretty bad too. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service at Sakura was just horrible. I went there with a few friends on a Saturday night at around 8:00 pm.. It took us 45 minutes to get our appetizers, and nearly 2 hours to get our food!!! When I complained (to whom I presume was the owner of the restaurant), she told me it was very busy and this was the best they could do. Not even an apology, so I can only guess that this is how long it usually takes at this restaurant. The food was ok... nothing too extraordinary. If you like good sushi with better service, I suggest a different restaurant (there's one just a few blocks away from Sakura). Plus, parking around Sakura was pretty bad too. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

Pros: I don't have any

Cons: Service, Sushi was not great, and bad location

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My husband and I try and come here at least once a month for sushi and tempura. We've tried other places but we keep coming back to this one. Other than the fact that the fish is very fresh, their prices are also pretty reasonable. I always get the same thing, the sushi deluxe, and although you can't pick which nigiri comes with your meal, the chefs are good at giving you a nice variety. It also comes with the california roll which is the best california roll I've had so far. Big pieces with a lot of crab filling! I'm not really big on tempura but my husband loves the tempura here because it's so light and crispy and comes with a flavorful sauce.

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★★★★★

My husband and I try and come here at least once a month for sushi and tempura. We've tried other places but we keep coming back to this one. Other than the fact that the fish is very fresh, their prices are also pretty reasonable. I always get the same thing, the sushi deluxe, and although you can't pick which nigiri comes with your meal, the chefs are good at giving you a nice variety. It also comes with the california roll which is the best california roll I've had so far. Big pieces with a lot of crab filling! I'm not really big on tempura but my husband loves the tempura here because it's so light and crispy and comes with a flavorful sauce.

Pros: SUSHI!!!

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This was by FAR the worst place I've been to in Minnesota! We had a large party and reserved the private dining area on the upper level. The reservation was for 7:30 pm and we were told that the entire area would be clear; however, when we arrived (at 7:40 pm) the entire area was still filled with customers. When we approached one of the owners who we had worked with initially, he first 1) avoided us, 2) lied and said that they cleared the area at 5 pm (but somehow people still managed to be sitting there???), and. 3) walked away when we were expressing our frustrations with the situation. It didn't end there, the gentleman's wife and owner of the restaurant (Mioko) decided to "assist" with the problem. We explained the issues to her: the area was not ready at the time agreed upon, we were charged per head and this was supposed to include beverages but later they lied and said they knew nothing about that, and food was not even ready at 7:30 pm. Instead of accomodating us and apologizing for the inconvenience, the business owner started CRYING!!!!! Yes, in front of our entire group she broke down into tears because she CLEARLY recognized she was in the wrong. Long story short, the owners are incredibly unprofessional and do not know how to deal with customers. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOUR NEXT MEALl!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was by FAR the worst place I've been to in Minnesota! We had a large party and reserved the private dining area on the upper level. The reservation was for 7:30 pm and we were told that the entire area would be clear; however, when we arrived (at 7:40 pm) the entire area was still filled with customers. When we approached one of the owners who we had worked with initially, he first 1) avoided us, 2) lied and said that they cleared the area at 5 pm (but somehow people still managed to be sitting there???), and. 3) walked away when we were expressing our frustrations with the situation. It didn't end there, the gentleman's wife and owner of the restaurant (Mioko) decided to "assist" with the problem. We explained the issues to her: the area was not ready at the time agreed upon, we were charged per head and this was supposed to include beverages but later they lied and said they knew nothing about that, and food was not even ready at 7:30 pm. Instead of accomodating us and apologizing for the inconvenience, the business owner started CRYING!!!!! Yes, in front of our entire group she broke down into tears because she CLEARLY recognized she was in the wrong. Long story short, the owners are incredibly unprofessional and do not know how to deal with customers. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOUR NEXT MEALl!!!!!

Pros: None.

Cons: Food is not good enough to make up for the bad service.

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Not recommened for sushi lovers. The Yaki Tori, Gyoza, and Shrimp tempura were great. The sushi was possibly the worst I've ever had. The fish was not cut properly and too large. Great sushi melts in your mouth and dose not get stuck in your teeth. The service would have to be the worst part of the meal. We never got a spoon for our soup, and could not find our server before our soup was cold. Not to mention the long wait, there was not enough servers for the size of the resturaunt.

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★★☆☆☆

Not recommened for sushi lovers. The Yaki Tori, Gyoza, and Shrimp tempura were great. The sushi was possibly the worst I've ever had. The fish was not cut properly and too large. Great sushi melts in your mouth and dose not get stuck in your teeth. The service would have to be the worst part of the meal. We never got a spoon for our soup, and could not find our server before our soup was cold. Not to mention the long wait, there was not enough servers for the size of the resturaunt.

Pros: Appetizers

Cons: sushi and service

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The sushi was definetly the star! I've been to some places where the sushi pieces are tiny and you can't even taste the fish, but not here - the sushi was big and beautiful. Very fresh. I had uni here for the first time and loved it! We also ordered some hot food, and my favorite was the tempura scallops that came with this amazing sauce! (plum sauce?) Service was a little slow, but not bad.

2
★★★★☆

The sushi was definetly the star! I've been to some places where the sushi pieces are tiny and you can't even taste the fish, but not here - the sushi was big and beautiful. Very fresh. I had uni here for the first time and loved it! We also ordered some hot food, and my favorite was the tempura scallops that came with this amazing sauce! (plum sauce?) Service was a little slow, but not bad.

Pros: sushi, atmosphere, food

Cons: tiny tables, service

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Cannot call this Sushi place. It was downright bad and the waitress didn't have the decency to bring chopsticks. Wasabi was old; didn't have any kick to it. Don't know what kind of japanese sushi this is. Coming from LA, this place is a sorry representation of a sushi place and should be shut down.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Cannot call this Sushi place. It was downright bad and the waitress didn't have the decency to bring chopsticks. Wasabi was old; didn't have any kick to it. Don't know what kind of japanese sushi this is. Coming from LA, this place is a sorry representation of a sushi place and should be shut down.

Pros: Close to Hotel St. Paul and nice part of the town ;-)

Cons: Sushi ;-)

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After trying a number of different sushi restaurants around the cities I would have to say that this is the best. The sushi was extremely fresh and they have a huge variety of rolls. I recommend this place to all sushi lovers!

2
★★★★★

After trying a number of different sushi restaurants around the cities I would have to say that this is the best. The sushi was extremely fresh and they have a huge variety of rolls. I recommend this place to all sushi lovers!

Pros: Value and Fast Service

Cons: Ambience

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This was our second sushi resturaunt after trying one in Las Vegas & the waitress was very helpful with making our selections. We went on valentines day & they also had horse drawn carriage rides outside. Very romantic.

2
★★★★★

This was our second sushi resturaunt after trying one in Las Vegas & the waitress was very helpful with making our selections. We went on valentines day & they also had horse drawn carriage rides outside. Very romantic.

Pros: Helpful Staff

Cons: none

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I went there for a birthday luncheon for a friend. We ordered a huge variety of rolls... very good, a bit pricey. I think we spent 40 dollars a person but didn't need to eat dinner. They have wonderful NO.9 rolls.
The miso soup was great. They have a so-so atmosphere. It's tucked away on a St. Paul street. Parking was found in a ramp two or three blocks away.

2
★★★★☆

I went there for a birthday luncheon for a friend. We ordered a huge variety of rolls... very good, a bit pricey. I think we spent 40 dollars a person but didn't need to eat dinner. They have wonderful NO.9 rolls.
The miso soup was great. They have a so-so atmosphere. It's tucked away on a St. Paul street. Parking was found in a ramp two or three blocks away.

Pros: Good sushi!

Cons: Location is a pain in the neck!

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sakura sushi is good and the size of the sushi is decent compare to other sushi places. I also think they have good kitchen food (for example: tempura, miso soup, fried soft-shell crab, etc..)
I recommend the number 9 roll and their aspen roll. But if your're a aa raw fish kind-of-person, then go for the hamachi, toro, and salmon. Spicy tuna will lite your mouth on fire if you like spicy food.

Parking can be a little hard, because of its location downtown st. paul, on weekdays especially during lunch hours and when there are events in st. Paul. Best place to park is in ramp across from the restaurant pazzaluna. They validate for parking.

2
★★★★☆

sakura sushi is good and the size of the sushi is decent compare to other sushi places. I also think they have good kitchen food (for example: tempura, miso soup, fried soft-shell crab, etc..)
I recommend the number 9 roll and their aspen roll. But if your're a aa raw fish kind-of-person, then go for the hamachi, toro, and salmon. Spicy tuna will lite your mouth on fire if you like spicy food.

Parking can be a little hard, because of its location downtown st. paul, on weekdays especially during lunch hours and when there are events in st. Paul. Best place to park is in ramp across from the restaurant pazzaluna. They validate for parking.

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I have had Sushi at a few places in the Twin cities, and no restaurant compares to the quality of Sakura. My wife and I enjoyed two bowls of Nameko soup (mushroom and tofo) which was fantastic followed by the california roll appetizer. We then shared the aspen and "ecolab" rolls which were both excellent...large rolls and the freshest sushi I've ever had. It was my wife's birthday and they treated her to a FREE tempura fried ice cream. This place has class, but doesn't come across as snobbish at all. If you like great japanese food (specifically the sushi) try Sakura.

2
★★★★★

I have had Sushi at a few places in the Twin cities, and no restaurant compares to the quality of Sakura. My wife and I enjoyed two bowls of Nameko soup (mushroom and tofo) which was fantastic followed by the california roll appetizer. We then shared the aspen and "ecolab" rolls which were both excellent...large rolls and the freshest sushi I've ever had. It was my wife's birthday and they treated her to a FREE tempura fried ice cream. This place has class, but doesn't come across as snobbish at all. If you like great japanese food (specifically the sushi) try Sakura.

Pros: Food quality, Service, Value

Cons: Parking can be difficult

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service is slow but best value by far. most extensive selection of rolls i've found in the cities. fish is very fresh.

2
★★★★★

service is slow but best value by far. most extensive selection of rolls i've found in the cities. fish is very fresh.

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Delicious, fresh food (hard to find good fish in the Twin Cities!). Servers are willing to help make food less intimidating for those with less sushi experience. Costs can be add up, but not compared to other places for fresh seafood and/or sushi.

2
★★★★★

Delicious, fresh food (hard to find good fish in the Twin Cities!). Servers are willing to help make food less intimidating for those with less sushi experience. Costs can be add up, but not compared to other places for fresh seafood and/or sushi.

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I'm not a fan of sushi, so I'll leave that to the professionals. But the beef teriyaki and vegetable and shrimp tempura was very good. I went on a Friday night and we were seated right away. The clean lines and subdued lighting create a great atmosphere for dates, friends, and family alike. On the down side, the service was average - the water glasses are small and didn't get filled very often.

2
★★★★☆

I'm not a fan of sushi, so I'll leave that to the professionals. But the beef teriyaki and vegetable and shrimp tempura was very good. I went on a Friday night and we were seated right away. The clean lines and subdued lighting create a great atmosphere for dates, friends, and family alike. On the down side, the service was average - the water glasses are small and didn't get filled very often.

Pros: tempura, atmosphere, prompt seating Fri pm

Cons: average service

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Went to Sakura with the Mrs. and had the tonkatsu and chirashi sushi for lunch. The tonkatsu was good, they use a fattier pork which is essential for good pork cutlet, and the chirashi (sashimi over a bowl of sushi rice) was very good for the price. But the rice that came with the tonkatsu???? Let's just say I've had better rice at some food court in a strip mall in Montana. If rice is no big deal for you, then you probably won't have ANY problems with Sakura...but being Japanese and growing up on a diet of rice, I'd have to say it may have been one of the worst rice I've had in my 35 year existence.

2
★★★★☆

Went to Sakura with the Mrs. and had the tonkatsu and chirashi sushi for lunch. The tonkatsu was good, they use a fattier pork which is essential for good pork cutlet, and the chirashi (sashimi over a bowl of sushi rice) was very good for the price. But the rice that came with the tonkatsu???? Let's just say I've had better rice at some food court in a strip mall in Montana. If rice is no big deal for you, then you probably won't have ANY problems with Sakura...but being Japanese and growing up on a diet of rice, I'd have to say it may have been one of the worst rice I've had in my 35 year existence.

Pros: food

Cons: rice, rice, rice

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We lived in Rochester for a few years, and Sakura was by far my favorite place to eat in Minnesota. I'm so glad that some friends took us along to this restaurant. It was my first Japanese food, and it made a great first impression. Since then, Japanese has become my favorite food and I have sampled it at several restaurants both in various Midwestern cities and also on the East Coast and the Northwest. Sakura's food was just as good as it was in any other place where I've eaten since. The atmosphere is great, the staff is wonderfully helpful whether you're a sushi novice or experienced Japanese food fan. It's definitely one of the best restaurants in the Cities.

2
★★★★★

We lived in Rochester for a few years, and Sakura was by far my favorite place to eat in Minnesota. I'm so glad that some friends took us along to this restaurant. It was my first Japanese food, and it made a great first impression. Since then, Japanese has become my favorite food and I have sampled it at several restaurants both in various Midwestern cities and also on the East Coast and the Northwest. Sakura's food was just as good as it was in any other place where I've eaten since. The atmosphere is great, the staff is wonderfully helpful whether you're a sushi novice or experienced Japanese food fan. It's definitely one of the best restaurants in the Cities.

Pros: Excellent food, Helpful staff, Great atmosphere

Cons: Pricey

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The nigiri style sushi is the best quality in St. Paul. I wasn't a huge fan of their roles, but they were decent.

2
★★★★☆

The nigiri style sushi is the best quality in St. Paul. I wasn't a huge fan of their roles, but they were decent.

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When I went to Sakura with my boyfriend we sat at the bar, where our sushi was prepared right in front of us. The waitress and the cook were both SO NICE, and made excellent recommendations for us! I don't eat sushi very often, but I thought it was EXCELLENT. The cook also recommended sake for us! We had to try a cold and hot sake, so by the end of the evening, we had a $70 bill!! It was expensive, but to be fair, we had $30 worth of sake and three big plates of sushi! I would recommend this place for a special night out. And I just have to say one more time how incredibly nice all the employees are. The entire time they made us feel at home, and I felt like we were the only couple in the whole resturant!

2
★★★★★

When I went to Sakura with my boyfriend we sat at the bar, where our sushi was prepared right in front of us. The waitress and the cook were both SO NICE, and made excellent recommendations for us! I don't eat sushi very often, but I thought it was EXCELLENT. The cook also recommended sake for us! We had to try a cold and hot sake, so by the end of the evening, we had a $70 bill!! It was expensive, but to be fair, we had $30 worth of sake and three big plates of sushi! I would recommend this place for a special night out. And I just have to say one more time how incredibly nice all the employees are. The entire time they made us feel at home, and I felt like we were the only couple in the whole resturant!

Pros: Sushi, Sake, Service

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This is by far my favorite Sushi resauraunt of all time. So many of the sushi places now are to hip and too loud or else you are paying WAY too much for a couple tiny pieces of fish. Don't get me wrong, it is easy to spend upwards of $40 per person with drinks but the portions are great. Miyoko (owner) will always be glad to sit and chat with you for a few minuts. But the real action is at the sushi bar. Try a Sushi delux (my personal favorite) It is 11 Pieces of Cheffs choice sushi. If that is a little too much try the Sakura Sushi. I have been to all the local sushi places in the citeis and many in other states and Sakura is by far my Favorite.

2
★★★★★

This is by far my favorite Sushi resauraunt of all time. So many of the sushi places now are to hip and too loud or else you are paying WAY too much for a couple tiny pieces of fish. Don't get me wrong, it is easy to spend upwards of $40 per person with drinks but the portions are great. Miyoko (owner) will always be glad to sit and chat with you for a few minuts. But the real action is at the sushi bar. Try a Sushi delux (my personal favorite) It is 11 Pieces of Cheffs choice sushi. If that is a little too much try the Sakura Sushi. I have been to all the local sushi places in the citeis and many in other states and Sakura is by far my Favorite.

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Every time I've been here the service has been exceptionally prompt and courteous. The atmosphere is very light, airy and open. Great value. I've never been disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Every time I've been here the service has been exceptionally prompt and courteous. The atmosphere is very light, airy and open. Great value. I've never been disappointed.

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In response to Joy, who reported Sakura having only 6 basic rolls ... did you turn the sushi list over?! They have just as many rolls to choose from as any other sushi place -- your basic maki as well as larger specialty varieties. And, you can also choose from a list of custom-made rolls that the chef specially prepared and named after players on the Wild hockey team. They're delicious (the rolls, not the players). Sakura is my favorite Twin Cities sushi spot east/north of the Mississippi. :)

2
★★★★☆

In response to Joy, who reported Sakura having only 6 basic rolls ... did you turn the sushi list over?! They have just as many rolls to choose from as any other sushi place -- your basic maki as well as larger specialty varieties. And, you can also choose from a list of custom-made rolls that the chef specially prepared and named after players on the Wild hockey team. They're delicious (the rolls, not the players). Sakura is my favorite Twin Cities sushi spot east/north of the Mississippi. :)

Pros: Friendly service, delicious sushi, not too crowded

Cons: Ramp parking

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Sakura is St. Paul's place to go for sushi.

Sit at the bar where they will make your order before your eyes.

Not only the freshest, but an artwork to behold!

Serive is tasteful and prompt, and Sakura makes you feel that you are an important customer.

Sakura has validated parking for Lawson ramp.

2
★★★★★

Sakura is St. Paul's place to go for sushi.

Sit at the bar where they will make your order before your eyes.

Not only the freshest, but an artwork to behold!

Serive is tasteful and prompt, and Sakura makes you feel that you are an important customer.

Sakura has validated parking for Lawson ramp.

Pros: Free parking, Great ambience

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this place could be GREAT with some attention to detail! The sushi is mostly good but the pieces are too big to eat in a mouthful. Awkward and messy with chopsticks. Also, the upstairs seating area is completely devoid of ambience (what is that pile of gravel doing there?) and I chafed at the $90 bill (for two) when it landed on our Formica tabletop. Sit downstairs and in the tatami rooms if possible -- then it seems worthwhile. The service was diner-style. I made reservations, but waited in the foyer for 15 minutes before we were seated.

1
★★★☆☆

this place could be GREAT with some attention to detail! The sushi is mostly good but the pieces are too big to eat in a mouthful. Awkward and messy with chopsticks. Also, the upstairs seating area is completely devoid of ambience (what is that pile of gravel doing there?) and I chafed at the $90 bill (for two) when it landed on our Formica tabletop. Sit downstairs and in the tatami rooms if possible -- then it seems worthwhile. The service was diner-style. I made reservations, but waited in the foyer for 15 minutes before we were seated.

Pros: quality of food

Cons: ambience, service

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The food was quite good. The server was nice but slow. I would recommend it as a nice place to go before a play

2
★★★★☆

The food was quite good. The server was nice but slow. I would recommend it as a nice place to go before a play

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Sakura has definitely got authentic sushi options. However, I was a bit disappointed by their limited option of rolls. They only had about six to choose from and they were all pretty standard. Besides the rolls, the food was great quality.

2
★★★★★

Sakura has definitely got authentic sushi options. However, I was a bit disappointed by their limited option of rolls. They only had about six to choose from and they were all pretty standard. Besides the rolls, the food was great quality.

Pros: Floor Seating, Sushi Bar

Cons: Limited Menu, No Parking

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Not just the best sushi in the Twin Cities, but the owner, Miyoko Omori, is one of the nicest people you could meet.

2
★★★★★

Not just the best sushi in the Twin Cities, but the owner, Miyoko Omori, is one of the nicest people you could meet.

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expensive of course and great people working there. i always have a good time there. excellent to go to before a Wild game.

2
★★★★☆

expensive of course and great people working there. i always have a good time there. excellent to go to before a Wild game.

Pros: great people, good beer

Cons: , yakiniku

 

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