Saji-Ya

★★★★☆
Grand Avenue restaurant known for its sushi and teppanyaki creations.
  • 695 Grand Ave

    St Paul, MN 55105

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  • 651-292-0444

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Saji-ya has real Japanese food, which is unfortunately uncommon in Midwestern Japanese restaurants. And they do it pretty well. We had flounder and grilled squid. The flounder was quite tasty (albeit not fried like the menu said), and the

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★★★★★

Saji-ya has real Japanese food, which is unfortunately uncommon in Midwestern Japanese restaurants. And they do it pretty well. We had flounder and grilled squid. The flounder was quite tasty (albeit not fried like the menu said), and the

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I have been going to many different Japanese restaurants in the twin Cities since the early 90's and there is one that has worked hard to recreate itself from 1990's and that is Saji-ya. I went for the Teppanyaki and stayed for the sushi. The teppanyaki was a fun show and generous portions for the price, I thought. We thought we would have some fun and try some Sushi. My server suggested the Super Saji roll and the Spicy Tuna roll along with a small assortment of other sushi. It was some of the freshest sushi I have had in the Twin Cities. We had such a wonderful time. I have recommended Saji-ya to many of my friends.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to many different Japanese restaurants in the twin Cities since the early 90's and there is one that has worked hard to recreate itself from 1990's and that is Saji-ya. I went for the Teppanyaki and stayed for the sushi. The teppanyaki was a fun show and generous portions for the price, I thought. We thought we would have some fun and try some Sushi. My server suggested the Super Saji roll and the Spicy Tuna roll along with a small assortment of other sushi. It was some of the freshest sushi I have had in the Twin Cities. We had such a wonderful time. I have recommended Saji-ya to many of my friends.

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This used to be a top-notch restaurant, but seems to be going downhill. We ate on a TH night, had slow and very unattentive service (had to search the waiter out for drink refills, 2 orders were forgotten), and the sushi was just so-so.

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★★☆☆☆

This used to be a top-notch restaurant, but seems to be going downhill. We ate on a TH night, had slow and very unattentive service (had to search the waiter out for drink refills, 2 orders were forgotten), and the sushi was just so-so.

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The atmosphere here is very hip, and appeals to younger people quite well. The hostess shouts out the number of people in your party as he seats you (in Japanese, of course) and the rest of the staff responds with a welcome. Not quite the same as being in Japan, but a nice touch nonetheless. The sushi is good, better than most, but not amazing. The bento trays are very large and definitively worth trying. The cost is a little high, particularly for some of the maki, but overall it is a fun restaurant with a lot of appeal.

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★★★★☆

The atmosphere here is very hip, and appeals to younger people quite well. The hostess shouts out the number of people in your party as he seats you (in Japanese, of course) and the rest of the staff responds with a welcome. Not quite the same as being in Japan, but a nice touch nonetheless. The sushi is good, better than most, but not amazing. The bento trays are very large and definitively worth trying. The cost is a little high, particularly for some of the maki, but overall it is a fun restaurant with a lot of appeal.

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I have lived in LA, NYC, Miami, and Mpls. I'd have to say the quality and variety of Mpls restaurants is still comparable to other large cities. Last night I went to Sajiya and was sorely disappointed by the abject quality of the food. Granted we attended the happy hour for a "taster" and left with the most awful taste in my mouth. I could have gotten better sashimi at Whole Foods. I ordered a bowl of rice, which I specifically asked for "japanese sushi rice" and got a dry pile of jasmine rice that I was charged $2.50 for! It was a very cold day so my finace ordered a bowl of Udon Noodle soup and what came out was a bland bowl of mystery-flavored broth. We couldn't tell *what* flavor the broth was - certainly nothing we've ever had before and we know what authentic Japanese is. And just to for a last twist of the knife in our side, the saki did nothing but augment the foul, fishy sashimi taste with a tart, vinegary aftertaste.

We've been exploring japanese restaurants in the twin cities and Origami remains to have the best quality and their happy hour still is the best combination of quality and price. Saji-ya seemed like a fun local hangout, but stay away from the food!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have lived in LA, NYC, Miami, and Mpls. I'd have to say the quality and variety of Mpls restaurants is still comparable to other large cities. Last night I went to Sajiya and was sorely disappointed by the abject quality of the food. Granted we attended the happy hour for a "taster" and left with the most awful taste in my mouth. I could have gotten better sashimi at Whole Foods. I ordered a bowl of rice, which I specifically asked for "japanese sushi rice" and got a dry pile of jasmine rice that I was charged $2.50 for! It was a very cold day so my finace ordered a bowl of Udon Noodle soup and what came out was a bland bowl of mystery-flavored broth. We couldn't tell *what* flavor the broth was - certainly nothing we've ever had before and we know what authentic Japanese is. And just to for a last twist of the knife in our side, the saki did nothing but augment the foul, fishy sashimi taste with a tart, vinegary aftertaste.

We've been exploring japanese restaurants in the twin cities and Origami remains to have the best quality and their happy hour still is the best combination of quality and price. Saji-ya seemed like a fun local hangout, but stay away from the food!

Pros: Nice social hangout

Cons: Stay away from the food

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My daughter and I went to Saji Ya on a Sunday night. We were promptly seated but we only got our server after 15 minutes. We already knew what we were going to order but the time it took for us to finally give it was way too long to wait. Once we placed our order it took half an hour to get our food which was unacceptable because there were only 14 people in the restaurant. Once we had finished eating and had asked for our bill it took 15 minutes to finally get our bill. The food is pretty good but the service is terrible.

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★★☆☆☆

My daughter and I went to Saji Ya on a Sunday night. We were promptly seated but we only got our server after 15 minutes. We already knew what we were going to order but the time it took for us to finally give it was way too long to wait. Once we placed our order it took half an hour to get our food which was unacceptable because there were only 14 people in the restaurant. Once we had finished eating and had asked for our bill it took 15 minutes to finally get our bill. The food is pretty good but the service is terrible.

Pros: good food

Cons: bad service

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I have been to many Japanese restaurants in the Twin cities and this is by far the best. The food is really, really, good. The service is also great. They have very unique rolls which are very yummy. My favorite one is the incredible hulk roll. I would recommend going nowhere else but Sajiya for Japanese food.

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★★★★★

I have been to many Japanese restaurants in the Twin cities and this is by far the best. The food is really, really, good. The service is also great. They have very unique rolls which are very yummy. My favorite one is the incredible hulk roll. I would recommend going nowhere else but Sajiya for Japanese food.

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I have eaten at my sushi restuarants in the midwest area and Saji-Ya is alright. If you are craving a quick bite of sushi this would be the place to go. But if you are looking for some really good sushi there is koyi sushi, Origami, Blue Martini and Fujya. I would have to say that those are the best sushi in MN.

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★★★☆☆

I have eaten at my sushi restuarants in the midwest area and Saji-Ya is alright. If you are craving a quick bite of sushi this would be the place to go. But if you are looking for some really good sushi there is koyi sushi, Origami, Blue Martini and Fujya. I would have to say that those are the best sushi in MN.

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As Sushi goes the food was decent, the decor was nice, and also a nice location with parking, but the service was not only incredibly slow but they did not get the order correct. It was not very busy and it still took about 45 minutes for them to get our Sushi. If speed and accuracy of service would improve this could be an above average Sushi establishment. It was on a Sunday evening and I would have given them the benefit of the doubt on slowness had it not been for all the other reviews commenting on slow service.

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★★☆☆☆

As Sushi goes the food was decent, the decor was nice, and also a nice location with parking, but the service was not only incredibly slow but they did not get the order correct. It was not very busy and it still took about 45 minutes for them to get our Sushi. If speed and accuracy of service would improve this could be an above average Sushi establishment. It was on a Sunday evening and I would have given them the benefit of the doubt on slowness had it not been for all the other reviews commenting on slow service.

Pros: Location, Decor

Cons: Slow / Poor service

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Just went here for dinner last night and had a great experience. The service wasn't exactly the greatest, and had I been on a schedule vs. a leisure Sunday evening, it may have been a problem. Our server was a very sweet girl who understood the menu well. So to recap on the service: not abysmal, not spectacular; nothing worth writing as much as I already have.

To name a few, I've had sushi at Chino Latino, Origami, Benihana's. The sushi here was so amazing, and wins out on all past experiences. I am still craving it and have been sitting on the fence all afternoon on whether to get some more for dinner take-out tonight. Some of the rolls are pretty pricey, but when you are eating them and the plate is suddenly empty, you dismiss the prices and order more anyways. We had the salmon sashimi, the spicy tuna roll, the number 9 roll, the king crab sashimi, and the crunchy roll. The king crab was probably my least favorite, but all the rolls were so good. We also got the ginger chicken wings and the egg rolls. Both were very good, but their sushi is where it's had. I'm so glad to know I have a top sushi place in my neighborhood so I don't have to keep driving to Minneapolis when I need a fix.

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★★★★☆

Just went here for dinner last night and had a great experience. The service wasn't exactly the greatest, and had I been on a schedule vs. a leisure Sunday evening, it may have been a problem. Our server was a very sweet girl who understood the menu well. So to recap on the service: not abysmal, not spectacular; nothing worth writing as much as I already have.

To name a few, I've had sushi at Chino Latino, Origami, Benihana's. The sushi here was so amazing, and wins out on all past experiences. I am still craving it and have been sitting on the fence all afternoon on whether to get some more for dinner take-out tonight. Some of the rolls are pretty pricey, but when you are eating them and the plate is suddenly empty, you dismiss the prices and order more anyways. We had the salmon sashimi, the spicy tuna roll, the number 9 roll, the king crab sashimi, and the crunchy roll. The king crab was probably my least favorite, but all the rolls were so good. We also got the ginger chicken wings and the egg rolls. Both were very good, but their sushi is where it's had. I'm so glad to know I have a top sushi place in my neighborhood so I don't have to keep driving to Minneapolis when I need a fix.

Pros: Sushi sushi sushi!

Cons: now that I think of it, our table was sticky, too

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-SLOW yet casual service
-Seaweed on the sushi like a rubber tire
-Overcooked everything
-Are Sunday's baby night??
-Dirty, bad lighting and crammed together like you are sitting on an airplane...

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★☆☆☆☆

-SLOW yet casual service
-Seaweed on the sushi like a rubber tire
-Overcooked everything
-Are Sunday's baby night??
-Dirty, bad lighting and crammed together like you are sitting on an airplane...

Pros: One nice glass of wine

Cons: Most everything

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The sushi here is pretty good. The atmosphere is very fun; the decorating is great. The service is good, the servers are friendly and can help you pick out what type of sushi you would like.

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★★★★☆

The sushi here is pretty good. The atmosphere is very fun; the decorating is great. The service is good, the servers are friendly and can help you pick out what type of sushi you would like.

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I've been here a few times now and have never been disappointed. The drinks are really fabulous, although a bit expensive. The food is great - the sushi is fresh and artfully made. Saji Ya has a nice patio for the summer, nice ambiance inside and plenty of free parking. I am looking forward to going back!

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★★★★★

I've been here a few times now and have never been disappointed. The drinks are really fabulous, although a bit expensive. The food is great - the sushi is fresh and artfully made. Saji Ya has a nice patio for the summer, nice ambiance inside and plenty of free parking. I am looking forward to going back!

Pros: Food, parking, ambiance

Cons: expensive drinks (but isn't that true everywhere?)

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I love Saji Ya! I wish i could afford eating sushi more often. The staff was really nice. When i didn't understand a few of the dishes, they were really helpful. I've had sushi lots of other places and rate SajiYa at the top witha few others.You have to try their caterpillar, crunchy roll and the Yaki Niku appetizer - too die for!

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★★★★★

I love Saji Ya! I wish i could afford eating sushi more often. The staff was really nice. When i didn't understand a few of the dishes, they were really helpful. I've had sushi lots of other places and rate SajiYa at the top witha few others.You have to try their caterpillar, crunchy roll and the Yaki Niku appetizer - too die for!

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I love their sushi and always have a great experience .My favorite chef is Manny though all the chefs are great and have been there for a long time.
Very good sushi and drink selection.
Yum!

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★★★★★

I love their sushi and always have a great experience .My favorite chef is Manny though all the chefs are great and have been there for a long time.
Very good sushi and drink selection.
Yum!

Pros: Good suggestions from server. Free shuttle to wild games

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We chose Saji-Ya to take our out of town guests to for a fun, unique dining experience. The experience was anything but that. We were seated right away when we arrived prompty for our reservation, but service just tumbled downhill from there. Our server was either brand new or the management just doesn't care about training it's staff properly, as she guessed when we had questions about the menu and we had to go out of our way to get what we needed for our table. Shouldn't the server take care of that? We were also disappointed to learn that they had run out of tai (red snapper.) How can a sushi restaurant run out of a popular fish at 8 on a Saturday? We would have ordered more sushi (even though it was very sub-par) and dessert, but all our dishes were cleared and the bill brought to the table before we were asked (or had the opportunity to ask) for anything else. We decided to spend our dessert and drink money down the road at Cafe Latte instead, which was the much better choice in the end. Through the Saji-Ya website I wrote to the management about our experience, but now it's several weeks later and I still haven't received an apology for the disappointing service. It's obvious that Saji-Ya cares nothing about restaurant hospitality and customer service.

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★★★☆☆

We chose Saji-Ya to take our out of town guests to for a fun, unique dining experience. The experience was anything but that. We were seated right away when we arrived prompty for our reservation, but service just tumbled downhill from there. Our server was either brand new or the management just doesn't care about training it's staff properly, as she guessed when we had questions about the menu and we had to go out of our way to get what we needed for our table. Shouldn't the server take care of that? We were also disappointed to learn that they had run out of tai (red snapper.) How can a sushi restaurant run out of a popular fish at 8 on a Saturday? We would have ordered more sushi (even though it was very sub-par) and dessert, but all our dishes were cleared and the bill brought to the table before we were asked (or had the opportunity to ask) for anything else. We decided to spend our dessert and drink money down the road at Cafe Latte instead, which was the much better choice in the end. Through the Saji-Ya website I wrote to the management about our experience, but now it's several weeks later and I still haven't received an apology for the disappointing service. It's obvious that Saji-Ya cares nothing about restaurant hospitality and customer service.

Pros: Convenient location

Cons: Poor service, management apathy, mediocre food

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We were seated promptly, but the serivce went down from there. Our server did not know the menu when we asked questions. We constetntly had to ask for refills of tea and water. Our dishes were cleared after a first round, without asking if we would like more. The check was brought before we were asked about desert. The food was ok, but not worth it because of the service.

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★★☆☆☆

We were seated promptly, but the serivce went down from there. Our server did not know the menu when we asked questions. We constetntly had to ask for refills of tea and water. Our dishes were cleared after a first round, without asking if we would like more. The check was brought before we were asked about desert. The food was ok, but not worth it because of the service.

Pros: Food is ok

Cons: Serivce

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I love the little outdoor scenery they have at the entrance that you walk through before being seated. And everyone shouts out at greeting as you are brought to your table. It really sets the mood. They have a good selection of sushi that's always fresh, but I'm not sure if they still offer one of my favorite items. It was a unique combination plate for the whole table and served in a ship motif. If they still offer this, get it by all means. It is very festive and good tasting.

PROS: Entrance Atmosphere
CONS: none

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★★★★★

I love the little outdoor scenery they have at the entrance that you walk through before being seated. And everyone shouts out at greeting as you are brought to your table. It really sets the mood. They have a good selection of sushi that's always fresh, but I'm not sure if they still offer one of my favorite items. It was a unique combination plate for the whole table and served in a ship motif. If they still offer this, get it by all means. It is very festive and good tasting.

PROS: Entrance Atmosphere
CONS: none

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I have always had a good experience at Saji-Ya. On a recent visit, we had Malo as our server and he was awesome! Very attentive and friendly! Food is always wonderful!
I highly recommend this restaurant if you're in the area.
Only thing I would change is the atmosphere, like the decor but it lacks something since the remodel....not very intimate.

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★★★★★

I have always had a good experience at Saji-Ya. On a recent visit, we had Malo as our server and he was awesome! Very attentive and friendly! Food is always wonderful!
I highly recommend this restaurant if you're in the area.
Only thing I would change is the atmosphere, like the decor but it lacks something since the remodel....not very intimate.

Pros: Sushi, Service, Food

Cons: Ambiance

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Group of 20 went there day before Thanksgiving. All sat next to each other, 10 to a table, upstairs at the teppanyaki tables. Chef was great and good personality. Food was the best. Service was average due to waitress having to go downstairs all the time.
Price is comparable to Ichiban's and Benihanna's. Worth every penny. Parking a pain if on a busy night. Small bar area not impressive

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★★★★☆

Group of 20 went there day before Thanksgiving. All sat next to each other, 10 to a table, upstairs at the teppanyaki tables. Chef was great and good personality. Food was the best. Service was average due to waitress having to go downstairs all the time.
Price is comparable to Ichiban's and Benihanna's. Worth every penny. Parking a pain if on a busy night. Small bar area not impressive

Pros: Teppanyaki food, Beer selection, Teppanyaki chef

Cons: Parking, Bar area

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My husband and baby go to this restaurant montly. We recommend the grilled beef dishes and the sushi. We are not teppanyaki food fans so we cannot recommend what we are not into. The portions of the bento boxes are generous for a Japanese restaurant which is saying alot compared to the other Japanese restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is wonderful our daughter loves the place and she is only 16 months old. I love the staff as well always welcoming and accomodating.
I hope this place does not change.

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★★★★★

My husband and baby go to this restaurant montly. We recommend the grilled beef dishes and the sushi. We are not teppanyaki food fans so we cannot recommend what we are not into. The portions of the bento boxes are generous for a Japanese restaurant which is saying alot compared to the other Japanese restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is wonderful our daughter loves the place and she is only 16 months old. I love the staff as well always welcoming and accomodating.
I hope this place does not change.

Pros: great food, good staff, Awesome tempura

Cons: busy

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The food was simply amazing. I ordered the sashimi appetizer with a steak bento. The service was average. The best night to go is Saturday night. For some reason the food tastes so much better, especially from the kitchen. I believe the two cooks on staff was an elderly Japanese woman and a young asian man.

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★★★★★

The food was simply amazing. I ordered the sashimi appetizer with a steak bento. The service was average. The best night to go is Saturday night. For some reason the food tastes so much better, especially from the kitchen. I believe the two cooks on staff was an elderly Japanese woman and a young asian man.

Pros: Saturday night cooks, Great tasting food, Good ambience

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The food and service were good, but the noise level was so high we couldn't hear the couple across the table and we eventually gave up trying to converse at all.

I would not recommend this resturant if conversation is on your menu.

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★★★☆☆

The food and service were good, but the noise level was so high we couldn't hear the couple across the table and we eventually gave up trying to converse at all.

I would not recommend this resturant if conversation is on your menu.

Pros: food

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Weve been going to saji ya since it first opened in the late 70's its always been prety good. last night it was outstanding! our server Mayu was very attentive and suggested the Salmon tiki tacos. YUM! Crispy wonton shells filled with a spicy salmon sushi they come in tuna too.Saji has a new head chef and its building a larger sushi bar.THANKS WE'LL BE BACK!

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★★★★★

Weve been going to saji ya since it first opened in the late 70's its always been prety good. last night it was outstanding! our server Mayu was very attentive and suggested the Salmon tiki tacos. YUM! Crispy wonton shells filled with a spicy salmon sushi they come in tuna too.Saji has a new head chef and its building a larger sushi bar.THANKS WE'LL BE BACK!

Pros: FREE PARKING, NICE PEOPLE, COMFORTABLE

Cons: SUSHI CAN BE SLOW

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I'm a big sushi fan and have sampled almost all the Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities. This was by far the worst. The shrimp tempura roll tasted like it was over a week old -- chewy and unedible. The sushi did not appear or taste fresh. I would not waste my money on this place again -- we paid $80 for 2 (w/out alcohol). We left wishing we had dined at Dixie's next door.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm a big sushi fan and have sampled almost all the Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities. This was by far the worst. The shrimp tempura roll tasted like it was over a week old -- chewy and unedible. The sushi did not appear or taste fresh. I would not waste my money on this place again -- we paid $80 for 2 (w/out alcohol). We left wishing we had dined at Dixie's next door.

Pros: Fun atmosphere

Cons: Poor quality fish, Too expensive, smokey

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I've had sushi at quite a few places around the twin cities and Saji-ya definitely underwhelmed me. The server didn't show up for 15 minutes after seating, he forgot part of our order, brought me a beer without asking for it and then didn't come back to give us change without having to hunt him down. As for the sushi, the seaweed was chewy and tough, the slices of nigiri unagi were undersized and lacking in sesame, the sockeye rolls were tiny. There was absolutely none of the presentation nor elaborate creativity that make Fuji-ya and Kikugawa fun to eat at. I was prepared to drop the $75 on a sushi dinner for two but I expected to leave feeling like I had been treated well and that the details were looked after.

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★★★☆☆

I've had sushi at quite a few places around the twin cities and Saji-ya definitely underwhelmed me. The server didn't show up for 15 minutes after seating, he forgot part of our order, brought me a beer without asking for it and then didn't come back to give us change without having to hunt him down. As for the sushi, the seaweed was chewy and tough, the slices of nigiri unagi were undersized and lacking in sesame, the sockeye rolls were tiny. There was absolutely none of the presentation nor elaborate creativity that make Fuji-ya and Kikugawa fun to eat at. I was prepared to drop the $75 on a sushi dinner for two but I expected to leave feeling like I had been treated well and that the details were looked after.

Pros: it is in St Paul

Cons: no creativity, below avg food, bad service

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Bowl of noodles tasted like it was made from a 99-cent package of instant noodles. Inattentive server took 20 minutes to bring us the check from the time the table was cleared. Went with a friend, and both agree we'd never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bowl of noodles tasted like it was made from a 99-cent package of instant noodles. Inattentive server took 20 minutes to bring us the check from the time the table was cleared. Went with a friend, and both agree we'd never go back.

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I was there specifically for the sushi. While the ingredients were fresh, a better sushi chef is obviously needed. I ordered the Imperial set (11 Nigiris, 3 Tekkamakis and 3 Kappamakis). The Tekkamaki (suppose to contain tuna) was somehow replaced by something with salmon. The Nigiris looked amateurish. I think the chef needs to practice more on how to make better rice pads. The hint of horseradish that is supposed to be inside each of Nigiri sushi was missing. The chef also threw in a couple of unknown rolls. They were practically just rice rolls. What a cheap trick to fill up the plate. Also, personally I'd expect at least one Temaki Sushi to be in the set considering the price. I hope it was just a bad-chef day for them. Two months ago I was there and had a Caterpillar Sushi. It was above average. What happened since?

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★★★☆☆

I was there specifically for the sushi. While the ingredients were fresh, a better sushi chef is obviously needed. I ordered the Imperial set (11 Nigiris, 3 Tekkamakis and 3 Kappamakis). The Tekkamaki (suppose to contain tuna) was somehow replaced by something with salmon. The Nigiris looked amateurish. I think the chef needs to practice more on how to make better rice pads. The hint of horseradish that is supposed to be inside each of Nigiri sushi was missing. The chef also threw in a couple of unknown rolls. They were practically just rice rolls. What a cheap trick to fill up the plate. Also, personally I'd expect at least one Temaki Sushi to be in the set considering the price. I hope it was just a bad-chef day for them. Two months ago I was there and had a Caterpillar Sushi. It was above average. What happened since?

Pros: Good parking, Fresh Ingredients

Cons: Value, Authenticity

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my roommate is strict veggetarian, so when we dine here together, we eat (sharing) solely the appetizers: Atsuagi, Vegetable Tempura, Seaweed Salad, Miso & Egg Drop Soups - excellent! Always nice service, but sushi (salmon & yellowtail) has always been disappointing.

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★★★★★

my roommate is strict veggetarian, so when we dine here together, we eat (sharing) solely the appetizers: Atsuagi, Vegetable Tempura, Seaweed Salad, Miso & Egg Drop Soups - excellent! Always nice service, but sushi (salmon & yellowtail) has always been disappointing.

Pros: awesome appetizers, great service

Cons: med-grade sushi

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As a Japanese and a big fan of sushi, I always enjoy trying sushi in different places. I and my friend chose Saji-ya for our special dinner because we heard its good reputation. However, the dinner was quite disappointing. We waited for the meal for 2 hours but the meal was below our expectation. This restaurant needs to work more to improve the quality in operation.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a Japanese and a big fan of sushi, I always enjoy trying sushi in different places. I and my friend chose Saji-ya for our special dinner because we heard its good reputation. However, the dinner was quite disappointing. We waited for the meal for 2 hours but the meal was below our expectation. This restaurant needs to work more to improve the quality in operation.

Pros: Location, No reservation

Cons: Slow Service, Expensive

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I love this place.

The sushi and dinner menu have always been fantastic for me. I love the sushi bar. The ambience is the best. My children love it. I live in Victoria and make the drive for Saji Ya. If you go in the summer, sit outside.

I do not recommend the Teppanyaki. It has always been Okay, but very slow. It took 2 hours last time and I had four children with me. The time before it was an 1 1/2 hours. I have given it 4 chances and it has failed me everytime.

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★★★★★

I love this place.

The sushi and dinner menu have always been fantastic for me. I love the sushi bar. The ambience is the best. My children love it. I live in Victoria and make the drive for Saji Ya. If you go in the summer, sit outside.

I do not recommend the Teppanyaki. It has always been Okay, but very slow. It took 2 hours last time and I had four children with me. The time before it was an 1 1/2 hours. I have given it 4 chances and it has failed me everytime.

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We waited much too long for a table, but the food was definitely worth it. They have an interesting selection, although not being that familiar with sushi varieties, I wasn't too clear on how the menu is put together. I would definitely recommend, especially if dining with several other people.

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★★★★☆

We waited much too long for a table, but the food was definitely worth it. They have an interesting selection, although not being that familiar with sushi varieties, I wasn't too clear on how the menu is put together. I would definitely recommend, especially if dining with several other people.

Pros: Good variety of sushi, Good Location, Nice atmosphere

Cons: A little crowded, Menu is confusing

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Saji-Ya is my favorite place to eat. You must do the teppanyaki... You Won't be Disappointed!!!!! (Make sure to make the reservations as early as possible... they fill up quick, especially on the weekends) These dinners range from 25-30 dollars, but I always have leftovers for lunch the next day. You get a fabulous egg drop soup, salad and a shrimp appetizer with your meal. They also offer a fried rice option, which I highly recommend. Their focus is on simple seasoning, which enhances the natural flavor of the food. Hot off the grill, it will melt in your mouth!!! The best part is you get a free show with your dinner with the very entertaining and talented chefs. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

Saji-Ya is my favorite place to eat. You must do the teppanyaki... You Won't be Disappointed!!!!! (Make sure to make the reservations as early as possible... they fill up quick, especially on the weekends) These dinners range from 25-30 dollars, but I always have leftovers for lunch the next day. You get a fabulous egg drop soup, salad and a shrimp appetizer with your meal. They also offer a fried rice option, which I highly recommend. Their focus is on simple seasoning, which enhances the natural flavor of the food. Hot off the grill, it will melt in your mouth!!! The best part is you get a free show with your dinner with the very entertaining and talented chefs. Enjoy!

Pros: great food, price, ambience

Cons: Parking allow for at, least an extra 15 min, to find a spot

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I used to love this place, went there all the time. But the last time I was there, after a lengthy hiatus, something had happened. The service fell way off, and one of my favorite maki disappeared from existence! My friends and I were seated right away at a table, because the bar was packed, but even though there were like, three other tables of people in the whole restaurant, our server could have been left in the dust by a whole pack of turtles. I will think before I go there again soon. Oh, the food was fine, but lackluster.

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★★★☆☆

I used to love this place, went there all the time. But the last time I was there, after a lengthy hiatus, something had happened. The service fell way off, and one of my favorite maki disappeared from existence! My friends and I were seated right away at a table, because the bar was packed, but even though there were like, three other tables of people in the whole restaurant, our server could have been left in the dust by a whole pack of turtles. I will think before I go there again soon. Oh, the food was fine, but lackluster.

Pros: yummy sushi bar

Cons: SLOW, crowded parking lot

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the dynamite is definitely "dynamite"! and the tempura shrimp is delicious! wish the sushi bar / bar area was a little more inviting. some of the tables are a little close. great service! and the tepanyaki is a blast!

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★★★★★

the dynamite is definitely "dynamite"! and the tempura shrimp is delicious! wish the sushi bar / bar area was a little more inviting. some of the tables are a little close. great service! and the tepanyaki is a blast!

Pros: good variety, fresh

Cons: often crowded, parking can be hard

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I have been going to Saji Ya's for many years now and I still salivate at the thought of their Bento trays. Their teriyaki sauce is the best. The soup you get as an appetizer is so tasty - I mean how do they pack so much flavor in an almost clear broth. The breaded and fried onion slice on a kushi is so yummy when you dunk it in the teriyaki sauce. And the dressing for the salad is just too good. As you can see, I love this place.

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Saji Ya's for many years now and I still salivate at the thought of their Bento trays. Their teriyaki sauce is the best. The soup you get as an appetizer is so tasty - I mean how do they pack so much flavor in an almost clear broth. The breaded and fried onion slice on a kushi is so yummy when you dunk it in the teriyaki sauce. And the dressing for the salad is just too good. As you can see, I love this place.

Pros: The teriyaki sauce

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Value is not good. Seafood is not that fresh. Quantity is lacking. Environment is ok. Go somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

Value is not good. Seafood is not that fresh. Quantity is lacking. Environment is ok. Go somewhere else.

 

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