Fuji-Ya Restaurant

★★★★☆
The Twin Cities' original Japanese restaurant offers noodles and sushi, as well as bento boxes and specialty dishes.
  • 600 W Lake St

    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Cross street: Garfield Avenue

    Map & Directions
  • 612-871-4055

About Fuji-Ya Restaurant

Hours
Dinner: Tues. - Thurs.: 5pm to 10pm Fri. - Sat.: 5pm to 10:30pm Sunday: 5pm to 9pm Late Night Sushi: Fri. & Sat.: 10pm till Midnight Happy Hours: Tues. - Thurs.: 5pm to 7pm and 10pm till Midnight Sunday: 8pm to 10pm
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Sushi, sushi, sushi. You'll find them here plus other exciting menus like katsudon. You don't have to wait too long. Their service is quick.

5
★★★★★

Sushi, sushi, sushi. You'll find them here plus other exciting menus like katsudon. You don't have to wait too long. Their service is quick.

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This is a cool place to go to. I just love it in here because they have a big room for VIPs and a large group of people. They also have great fresh stews!

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★★★★★

This is a cool place to go to. I just love it in here because they have a big room for VIPs and a large group of people. They also have great fresh stews!

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better than the other places in the city, I had a great and nice dinner here and I know you will love this all.

3
★★★★★

better than the other places in the city, I had a great and nice dinner here and I know you will love this all.

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not so friendly staff but excellent food, i ate their with my wife dinner at valentines day it was beautiful they have like little sitting area wehere you seat on the floor, go eat there if you never did!

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★★★★★

not so friendly staff but excellent food, i ate their with my wife dinner at valentines day it was beautiful they have like little sitting area wehere you seat on the floor, go eat there if you never did!

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Meh, pretty good - seemed more hyped-up to me than anything but not bad.

3
★★★★★

Meh, pretty good - seemed more hyped-up to me than anything but not bad.

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I was visiting from Chicago this week,and my friends in Minneapolis met me at Fuji Ya for some sushi and sake.The sake list was very impressive,the service was great,and the sushi definitely surpassed the usual sushi fare I have eaten at home.I know where I'll be visiting again on my next trip to the Twin Cities!

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★★★★★

I was visiting from Chicago this week,and my friends in Minneapolis met me at Fuji Ya for some sushi and sake.The sake list was very impressive,the service was great,and the sushi definitely surpassed the usual sushi fare I have eaten at home.I know where I'll be visiting again on my next trip to the Twin Cities!

Pros: Fantastic sushi!Great place!

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After living in the Twin Cities for several years,I've tried most of the sushi restaurants in the area,and always return to Fuji Ya.It is the absolute best option for sushi and Japanese food in town.Without a doubt.

2
★★★★★

After living in the Twin Cities for several years,I've tried most of the sushi restaurants in the area,and always return to Fuji Ya.It is the absolute best option for sushi and Japanese food in town.Without a doubt.

Pros: Best Twin Cities Sushi!

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Officially, Fuji Ya is beyond overrated. I have been here four times now and each time the staff has been rude (excuse me, server? but your art degree isn't changing the fact that you're bringing me fish) the food was mediocre at best and the prices were a joke. This place is annoying.

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★☆☆☆☆

Officially, Fuji Ya is beyond overrated. I have been here four times now and each time the staff has been rude (excuse me, server? but your art degree isn't changing the fact that you're bringing me fish) the food was mediocre at best and the prices were a joke. This place is annoying.

Pros: pretty restaurant

Cons: service, annoying atmosphere

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Last Wednesday I had dinner in the main dining room. A private room was arranged ahead of time and we were sat immediately despite the packed bar and lounge area. This was my second visit. My first experience was in the front room where I had drinks and food with a friend but a terrible waitress, forgetful and unprofessional. I wanted to give Fuji-Ya a second chance. Unfortunately the food was just ok, nothing outstanding, our waitress was just ok, not horrible but very uninterested and definitely seemed to be just going about the motions. Now, the part that really bummed me out was the family with a bunch of kids running around the adjoining table/room that were so loud we could hardly carry on a conversation. I'm all for bringing your children out for dinner, but these people's kids were beyond loud and unruly. Overall, the food, service and atmosphere really disappointed me for the evening I had planned. The best part of the evening was the crab cake appetizer that I thought was flavorful and the presentation was beautiful. Not enough of a reason to ever return however.

1
★★★☆☆

Last Wednesday I had dinner in the main dining room. A private room was arranged ahead of time and we were sat immediately despite the packed bar and lounge area. This was my second visit. My first experience was in the front room where I had drinks and food with a friend but a terrible waitress, forgetful and unprofessional. I wanted to give Fuji-Ya a second chance. Unfortunately the food was just ok, nothing outstanding, our waitress was just ok, not horrible but very uninterested and definitely seemed to be just going about the motions. Now, the part that really bummed me out was the family with a bunch of kids running around the adjoining table/room that were so loud we could hardly carry on a conversation. I'm all for bringing your children out for dinner, but these people's kids were beyond loud and unruly. Overall, the food, service and atmosphere really disappointed me for the evening I had planned. The best part of the evening was the crab cake appetizer that I thought was flavorful and the presentation was beautiful. Not enough of a reason to ever return however.

Pros: Location

Cons: Servie

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I was a little nervous to try Fuji-Ya after reading the past two reviews, however, we decided to give it a try anyway...and I'm glad we did. I know what good sushi should taste like (I frequently eat sushi in Hawaii, California and Seattle) and I can vouch that Fuji-Ya has fresh fish. The yellowtail, white toro, eel, and salmon were all very good. I was disappointed that they were out of blue fin tuna which is my favorite. I wasn't as happy with the scallop, which tasted a little fishy. We also tried a couple vegetarian rolls which were great. I did think the cucumber roll was overpriced...almost $5 (they are usually $2-3). Our waitress was very friendly and helpful, even after a big dinner rush came in. We also received a hot towel before dinner which was a nice touch. I would recommend Fuji-Ya to others looking for good sushi and would go back again.

2
★★★★☆

I was a little nervous to try Fuji-Ya after reading the past two reviews, however, we decided to give it a try anyway...and I'm glad we did. I know what good sushi should taste like (I frequently eat sushi in Hawaii, California and Seattle) and I can vouch that Fuji-Ya has fresh fish. The yellowtail, white toro, eel, and salmon were all very good. I was disappointed that they were out of blue fin tuna which is my favorite. I wasn't as happy with the scallop, which tasted a little fishy. We also tried a couple vegetarian rolls which were great. I did think the cucumber roll was overpriced...almost $5 (they are usually $2-3). Our waitress was very friendly and helpful, even after a big dinner rush came in. We also received a hot towel before dinner which was a nice touch. I would recommend Fuji-Ya to others looking for good sushi and would go back again.

Pros: Fresh sushi and good service

Cons: Would like a wider and more exotic selection of sushi

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Both food and service was just horrible. Fish didn't taste fresh and the sushi rice was kind dry. Our server was very unfriendly.

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★☆☆☆☆

Both food and service was just horrible. Fish didn't taste fresh and the sushi rice was kind dry. Our server was very unfriendly.

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I know I know, I couldn't believe it either, especially after reading the reviews contained herein, but...

After walking in to Fuji-Ya and noticing that behind the sushi bar resided two young dudes of Mexican persuasion (and I do mean 'dudes'), I kinda knew what I would be in for.

The "dudes" didn't disappoint....They dished some horribly weak sushi...the fish was thin and tasteless, the Tako was as rubbery as your grandmothers garter, our waitress was rude and "hurried" even though I was there on an as un-busy weekday night as could be imagined in downtown St Paul.

Did I mention the goofballs behind the bar?? OMG! They stood there grinning like Cheshire cats, slicing the horrible, tasteless fish, with Grinch-like, knowing smiles like they knew we were all suckers for being there.

I would never, ever go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I know I know, I couldn't believe it either, especially after reading the reviews contained herein, but...

After walking in to Fuji-Ya and noticing that behind the sushi bar resided two young dudes of Mexican persuasion (and I do mean 'dudes'), I kinda knew what I would be in for.

The "dudes" didn't disappoint....They dished some horribly weak sushi...the fish was thin and tasteless, the Tako was as rubbery as your grandmothers garter, our waitress was rude and "hurried" even though I was there on an as un-busy weekday night as could be imagined in downtown St Paul.

Did I mention the goofballs behind the bar?? OMG! They stood there grinning like Cheshire cats, slicing the horrible, tasteless fish, with Grinch-like, knowing smiles like they knew we were all suckers for being there.

I would never, ever go back.

Pros: Uh, at least they serve alcohol.

Cons: Sushi, service/waitstaff

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The BEST sushi place in town! The service here is awesome and the atmosphere is upbeat. For those that want a little more intimacy, the main dining room is nice and relaxed. I prefer the sushi bar where coversations are abundant and sake bombs are tempting. Food here is top notch and if you are not a sushi lover, there is an awesome black angus tobanyaki (sp) dish that will make you come back for more. If you havn't been here, give it a try!

2
★★★★★

The BEST sushi place in town! The service here is awesome and the atmosphere is upbeat. For those that want a little more intimacy, the main dining room is nice and relaxed. I prefer the sushi bar where coversations are abundant and sake bombs are tempting. Food here is top notch and if you are not a sushi lover, there is an awesome black angus tobanyaki (sp) dish that will make you come back for more. If you havn't been here, give it a try!

Pros: Food, Service, Fun!

Cons: Parking..not Fuji Ya's fault

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I always enjoy myself when I go here. Excellent food, excellent service, great servers, the whole atmosphere. LOVE IT!

2
★★★★★

I always enjoy myself when I go here. Excellent food, excellent service, great servers, the whole atmosphere. LOVE IT!

Pros: Food!

Cons: Parking, sometimes

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This being my first Twin Cities Sushi, I have to say that it is my favorite so far- in MN! The happy hour prices are unbelievable- the service was great- and the ambiance was perfect! At an uptown restaurant you can't expect anything less than a full house; this place measures up in more ways than one. They have a great selection of sushi and appetizers and if you're lucky enough to make it during happy hour you'll be greatly pleased with the prices. Half price bottles of wine on Thursday's; how can you beat that?! Get there early if you want to get in on happy hour; people generally line up outside!
In a nutshell; if you live in the Twin Cities and haven't been to Fuji-Ya yet, you need to stop what your doing and go now! If you are in from out of town; make this a must on your list of dinner stops!

2
★★★★★

This being my first Twin Cities Sushi, I have to say that it is my favorite so far- in MN! The happy hour prices are unbelievable- the service was great- and the ambiance was perfect! At an uptown restaurant you can't expect anything less than a full house; this place measures up in more ways than one. They have a great selection of sushi and appetizers and if you're lucky enough to make it during happy hour you'll be greatly pleased with the prices. Half price bottles of wine on Thursday's; how can you beat that?! Get there early if you want to get in on happy hour; people generally line up outside!
In a nutshell; if you live in the Twin Cities and haven't been to Fuji-Ya yet, you need to stop what your doing and go now! If you are in from out of town; make this a must on your list of dinner stops!

Pros: Happy Hour!!

Cons: none

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I've been a Fujiya fan for 10 - 12 years since they were in the old building. Lately, my visits have been less impressive. The atmosphere is great and the staff rules, but the sushi seems to be declining in quality. I would never say such a thing of my favorite place if it wasn't consistent. I eat there at least twice a week. Presentations are not as nice, even slapped together sometimes I wanted to return it. The past six visits the sashimi was not even sliced properly, we had to pull out the tendon to chew it. Its slowly turning into fast food sushi. I hope they improve cause I really love the atmosphere.

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★★★☆☆

I've been a Fujiya fan for 10 - 12 years since they were in the old building. Lately, my visits have been less impressive. The atmosphere is great and the staff rules, but the sushi seems to be declining in quality. I would never say such a thing of my favorite place if it wasn't consistent. I eat there at least twice a week. Presentations are not as nice, even slapped together sometimes I wanted to return it. The past six visits the sashimi was not even sliced properly, we had to pull out the tendon to chew it. Its slowly turning into fast food sushi. I hope they improve cause I really love the atmosphere.

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My boyfriend knows that I am a huge fan of sushi. He saw this place in downtown St. Paul called Fuji-ya. I had never been there and drove by serveral times. The service was great, the food was great. Everyone was so friendly. The waitress was a great help also with recommending different sushi dishes as well as specials they had on specific types of sushi. Since then we always go to Fuji-ya every two weeks, it's become a sort of routine for us now. I highly recommend Fuji-ya on Grand for anyone who is looking to experience great quality sushi.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend knows that I am a huge fan of sushi. He saw this place in downtown St. Paul called Fuji-ya. I had never been there and drove by serveral times. The service was great, the food was great. Everyone was so friendly. The waitress was a great help also with recommending different sushi dishes as well as specials they had on specific types of sushi. Since then we always go to Fuji-ya every two weeks, it's become a sort of routine for us now. I highly recommend Fuji-ya on Grand for anyone who is looking to experience great quality sushi.

Pros: atmosphere, friendly staff, great food, fresh sushi

Cons: parking and some servers like to take their time

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Great food. The service was average. The atmosphere can be loud on a Friday & Saturday night, but that's not unusual; if you go, make a reservation. All in all a great sushi place. I will return; it had awesome food.

2
★★★★☆

Great food. The service was average. The atmosphere can be loud on a Friday & Saturday night, but that's not unusual; if you go, make a reservation. All in all a great sushi place. I will return; it had awesome food.

Pros: Ambience, sushi,

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I've gone to many sushi places and I must say, I love going to the Fujiya in downtown St. Paul. I've been to that restaurant over 10 times and each time they amazed me. I'm obsessed with their yellow tail and tuna. Their Dynamite roll is spicy and mouth watering. If I'm feeling really hungry, I order their Reiko box. It consist of 3 lighty, glazed terriyaki sticks, a new york strip, (medium-rare cooked perfectly) vegetable tempura, and a side of rice. The sushi chefs are very friendly and outgoing. Sometimes, at the end of your meal, they give you a long, slice of pineapple drizzled with raspberry sauce for free! It's a quiet atomosphere and very romantic. I'd say the only downfall would have to be their service. Most of the waitresses/waiters that I've had are really quiet and snoody. Other than that, a fantastic place to eat at!

2
★★★★★

I've gone to many sushi places and I must say, I love going to the Fujiya in downtown St. Paul. I've been to that restaurant over 10 times and each time they amazed me. I'm obsessed with their yellow tail and tuna. Their Dynamite roll is spicy and mouth watering. If I'm feeling really hungry, I order their Reiko box. It consist of 3 lighty, glazed terriyaki sticks, a new york strip, (medium-rare cooked perfectly) vegetable tempura, and a side of rice. The sushi chefs are very friendly and outgoing. Sometimes, at the end of your meal, they give you a long, slice of pineapple drizzled with raspberry sauce for free! It's a quiet atomosphere and very romantic. I'd say the only downfall would have to be their service. Most of the waitresses/waiters that I've had are really quiet and snoody. Other than that, a fantastic place to eat at!

Pros: fresh seafood, great sushi chefs, and on time

Cons: bad servers

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We went to the Fuji-ya in St. Paul. It's not quite as nice as the uptown Fuji-ya, but the food is as good. The have all the regular selection of rolls. The were out of toro wich was dissapointing. The serivce was good.

2
★★★★☆

We went to the Fuji-ya in St. Paul. It's not quite as nice as the uptown Fuji-ya, but the food is as good. The have all the regular selection of rolls. The were out of toro wich was dissapointing. The serivce was good.

Pros: Good rolls

Cons: Atmosphear

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This is only the second time I feel compelled to write a review on Citysearch on a poor restaurant experience. The other one being New French Restaurant which folded about a month after I reviewed. I have been going to Fuji Ya in Uptown consistently for 7 yrs since their Lyndale location days. Over this period the food has gone from exciting to above-average but customer service has become plain lousy. Yesterday I called the restaurant in the afternoon to verify that I could call ahead to place my name on their waiting list for the sushi bar (no reservations at the sushi bar) and the lady who answered the phone confirmed. As I was on my way to pick up my girlfriend the same night I promptly called and was told by a male staff, who identified himself as the manager, that they didn't have such policy and I had to appear in person to be on the waiting list with a 40 mins wait. I explained to him that I had already been told by their female staff I could call ahead to be put on the waiting list and I had done that before. The manager said he would not be able to do that. I believe that, policy aside, a restaurant manager willing to leave his customer stranded because his staff provided the wrong information shows how little care or respect they give to customer satisfaction. At their price point I expect reasonable accommodation.

Will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is only the second time I feel compelled to write a review on Citysearch on a poor restaurant experience. The other one being New French Restaurant which folded about a month after I reviewed. I have been going to Fuji Ya in Uptown consistently for 7 yrs since their Lyndale location days. Over this period the food has gone from exciting to above-average but customer service has become plain lousy. Yesterday I called the restaurant in the afternoon to verify that I could call ahead to place my name on their waiting list for the sushi bar (no reservations at the sushi bar) and the lady who answered the phone confirmed. As I was on my way to pick up my girlfriend the same night I promptly called and was told by a male staff, who identified himself as the manager, that they didn't have such policy and I had to appear in person to be on the waiting list with a 40 mins wait. I explained to him that I had already been told by their female staff I could call ahead to be put on the waiting list and I had done that before. The manager said he would not be able to do that. I believe that, policy aside, a restaurant manager willing to leave his customer stranded because his staff provided the wrong information shows how little care or respect they give to customer satisfaction. At their price point I expect reasonable accommodation.

Will never go back.

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Fujiya uptown is more than just a sushi bar and Japanese food eatery; it is full bar with a hip crowd and on many nights a live DJ.

The food is really good and usually fresh. They have an great selection of sushi beyond the typical tuna, yellow tail, salmon variety. If you dare, they will make you something creative that is not even on the menu.

The staff is friendly. Sushi is expensive, and Fujiya is no exception.

PROS: fresh fish, good variety
CONS:

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★★★★★

Fujiya uptown is more than just a sushi bar and Japanese food eatery; it is full bar with a hip crowd and on many nights a live DJ.

The food is really good and usually fresh. They have an great selection of sushi beyond the typical tuna, yellow tail, salmon variety. If you dare, they will make you something creative that is not even on the menu.

The staff is friendly. Sushi is expensive, and Fujiya is no exception.

PROS: fresh fish, good variety
CONS:

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I think of this place as a friends gathering plac. THe atmosphere is very casual but the food is diferent and refreshing. The sushi served up is always fresh and delicious. Prices are pretty good and affordable.I would recomend this to any sushi lovers or people who want to try. ITs a fun time!

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★★★★☆

I think of this place as a friends gathering plac. THe atmosphere is very casual but the food is diferent and refreshing. The sushi served up is always fresh and delicious. Prices are pretty good and affordable.I would recomend this to any sushi lovers or people who want to try. ITs a fun time!

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Restaurant is great! I have only been there once, but had a great experience and will definately return! The sushi was fabulous! Loved the dragon and the spider. Unagi is very good. One of the friends I had dined with had never had sushi before and is allergic to shellfish. That being said our waiter was extrememly patient and helpful. Reservations definately recommended. We were seated promptly on a Saturday night with a crowded restaurant because we had reservations. Prices were comparable to any other TC sushi.

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★★★★☆

Restaurant is great! I have only been there once, but had a great experience and will definately return! The sushi was fabulous! Loved the dragon and the spider. Unagi is very good. One of the friends I had dined with had never had sushi before and is allergic to shellfish. That being said our waiter was extrememly patient and helpful. Reservations definately recommended. We were seated promptly on a Saturday night with a crowded restaurant because we had reservations. Prices were comparable to any other TC sushi.

Pros: sushi, service

Cons: parking

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Everytime I've been there, I have not been able to leave with anything less than $40/person on the bill, and I'm a very petite person who does not eat that much! However, that said, the sushi tastes very fresh and I love the appetizers. It does not get very busy for some reason (maybe bc of the price) so I have never had to wait for seating. The service is always very consistent and friendly.

2
★★★★★

Everytime I've been there, I have not been able to leave with anything less than $40/person on the bill, and I'm a very petite person who does not eat that much! However, that said, the sushi tastes very fresh and I love the appetizers. It does not get very busy for some reason (maybe bc of the price) so I have never had to wait for seating. The service is always very consistent and friendly.

Pros: good service, fresh sushi

Cons: expensive price

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The ambiance and food are good. Service is hit or miss and the chairs are so uncomfortable you won't want to stay long. Every chair feels like the bottom is falling out.

2
★★★★☆

The ambiance and food are good. Service is hit or miss and the chairs are so uncomfortable you won't want to stay long. Every chair feels like the bottom is falling out.

Pros: food, ambiance, parking

Cons: service, comfort

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If you are looking to find the best Sushi in Minneapolis then head to Fuji Ya immediately. A classic and confortable dining area and amazing Sushi are combined at this resteraunt to create an unforgettable experience. Not overly expensive you can afford to make Fuji Ya a place that you visit frequently and the wide varitey of good eats will keep you coming back for more.

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★★★★☆

If you are looking to find the best Sushi in Minneapolis then head to Fuji Ya immediately. A classic and confortable dining area and amazing Sushi are combined at this resteraunt to create an unforgettable experience. Not overly expensive you can afford to make Fuji Ya a place that you visit frequently and the wide varitey of good eats will keep you coming back for more.

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I've gone to Fujiya 3 times over the last two years. The first time, we had to wait over 45 minutes for seating because we did not have reservations. We ended up eating in the bar area. The last time, I was meeting friends there and I was snubbed by the host at the front. What was that? Will not be returning any time soon. Two bad experiences out of three... Sushi and service is also average in comparison to other local sushi places. Atmosphere is great if you take away the service element.

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★★★☆☆

I've gone to Fujiya 3 times over the last two years. The first time, we had to wait over 45 minutes for seating because we did not have reservations. We ended up eating in the bar area. The last time, I was meeting friends there and I was snubbed by the host at the front. What was that? Will not be returning any time soon. Two bad experiences out of three... Sushi and service is also average in comparison to other local sushi places. Atmosphere is great if you take away the service element.

Pros: Atmospere

Cons: Expensive

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First of all this place is beautiful. Very romantic, esp the private rooms. The service was top-notch, very imformative and friendly. Sushi was just good, nothing esp special and the food was like-wise. The menu offers several things for those not sure of "real" Japanese food and our server accomidated picky people very well indeed. It was a little on the pricy side for what was offered, but overall a good experiance.

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★★★★☆

First of all this place is beautiful. Very romantic, esp the private rooms. The service was top-notch, very imformative and friendly. Sushi was just good, nothing esp special and the food was like-wise. The menu offers several things for those not sure of "real" Japanese food and our server accomidated picky people very well indeed. It was a little on the pricy side for what was offered, but overall a good experiance.

Pros: beautifully decorated, good service, good variety

Cons: expensive

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We go to Fuji ya a lot and every time we have gone it has been awesome! The only bad thing we've ever had there was the Toro( it was like rubber).

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★★★★★

We go to Fuji ya a lot and every time we have gone it has been awesome! The only bad thing we've ever had there was the Toro( it was like rubber).

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The sushi at Fuji ya was VERY good. Almost as good as some of the NYC and San Francisco Sushi bars that I goto. However, the hot foods on the menu left a lot to be desired. It just was plain and not very good. The sushi, I cannot say enough about, but the balance needs to be there. Prices at this place are reasonable and I could get used to it, but if I have to live in the hinterlands just to have good inexpensive sushi, that would be crazy.

2
★★★★☆

The sushi at Fuji ya was VERY good. Almost as good as some of the NYC and San Francisco Sushi bars that I goto. However, the hot foods on the menu left a lot to be desired. It just was plain and not very good. The sushi, I cannot say enough about, but the balance needs to be there. Prices at this place are reasonable and I could get used to it, but if I have to live in the hinterlands just to have good inexpensive sushi, that would be crazy.

Pros: Sushi, ambience, decor

Cons: BULGOGI!?!?!?!, Bland hot foods

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The food at Fuji Ya is excellent, sushi is delicious. I highly recommend the dining experience.

2
★★★★★

The food at Fuji Ya is excellent, sushi is delicious. I highly recommend the dining experience.

Pros: Sushi, Service, Food

Cons: Crowded, parking

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Perhaps the best Japanese restaurant in the entire TC area!! The service is very friendly and prompt. The seatings are nice too! They have the traditional Japanese tatami seating on the floor. I LOVE the Unagi-don especially. How could they make the eel so cruncy from the outside, sticky soft inside, and so sweet??

2
★★★★★

Perhaps the best Japanese restaurant in the entire TC area!! The service is very friendly and prompt. The seatings are nice too! They have the traditional Japanese tatami seating on the floor. I LOVE the Unagi-don especially. How could they make the eel so cruncy from the outside, sticky soft inside, and so sweet??

Pros: nice waiter, delicious food

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My wife and I have eaten at some of the top sushi houses in the country (including Nobu NYC, etc...) and this takes it. Not only was the negiri fresh and reasonably priced it was also some of the most rare and difficult to find. Not only that, I had their Kobe beef (and I take pride in noting that I was the first person to ever order it). It was new to the menu and was $35. While that may seem high it was close to a pound of the most wonderful meat I have ever tasted...BAR NONE. And I do mean any meat, anywhere!! Needless to say, I found out later that they are selling it at cost to get the fact that they offer Kobe beef out there...so I feel some responsibility to pass it on!! Expect the price to go up...$80-90 would be reasonable for this!!

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★★★★★

My wife and I have eaten at some of the top sushi houses in the country (including Nobu NYC, etc...) and this takes it. Not only was the negiri fresh and reasonably priced it was also some of the most rare and difficult to find. Not only that, I had their Kobe beef (and I take pride in noting that I was the first person to ever order it). It was new to the menu and was $35. While that may seem high it was close to a pound of the most wonderful meat I have ever tasted...BAR NONE. And I do mean any meat, anywhere!! Needless to say, I found out later that they are selling it at cost to get the fact that they offer Kobe beef out there...so I feel some responsibility to pass it on!! Expect the price to go up...$80-90 would be reasonable for this!!

Pros: Food, Food, Food

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My Husband and I love sushi, have had a favorite place in St. Paul, but decided to try some new ones.

we went early on a Friday Night and were able to be seated in a Tontomi room.

this was a wonderfully Romantic Experience. The sushi was great, tempura delightfull and the Seafood Doria was a rich finish.

We will be back. We have a new favorite closer to home.

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★★★★★

My Husband and I love sushi, have had a favorite place in St. Paul, but decided to try some new ones.

we went early on a Friday Night and were able to be seated in a Tontomi room.

this was a wonderfully Romantic Experience. The sushi was great, tempura delightfull and the Seafood Doria was a rich finish.

We will be back. We have a new favorite closer to home.

Pros: romantic, price, selection

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My girlfriend and I were extremely anxious to delve into the sushi experience, so a friend demanded we go to Fuji-Ya. I called ahead and reserved us a private room, and when we got there we were dissappointedly placed in a room next to one filled with a bunch of 17 year-old screaming girls. (One of whom even said, "I only have 2 sushis left!" Ugh.)

Our waiter Jason was top-notch. He sat down with us and helped us order, he made suggestions, and he was very patient. The potstickers were a phenomenal appetizer. We got the California roll (excellent) & the spicy tuna roll, which was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The sashimi-style sockeye salmon &bigeye tuna melted in our mouths. We also ordered a wonderful Philly roll. Dangerously hot green tea was our dessert, and we left Fuji-Ya craving our next sushi experience.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I were extremely anxious to delve into the sushi experience, so a friend demanded we go to Fuji-Ya. I called ahead and reserved us a private room, and when we got there we were dissappointedly placed in a room next to one filled with a bunch of 17 year-old screaming girls. (One of whom even said, "I only have 2 sushis left!" Ugh.)

Our waiter Jason was top-notch. He sat down with us and helped us order, he made suggestions, and he was very patient. The potstickers were a phenomenal appetizer. We got the California roll (excellent) & the spicy tuna roll, which was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The sashimi-style sockeye salmon &bigeye tuna melted in our mouths. We also ordered a wonderful Philly roll. Dangerously hot green tea was our dessert, and we left Fuji-Ya craving our next sushi experience.

Pros: Service, Food Quality, Presentation

Cons: Pay Parking

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In early 2002 (when I moved to the Twin Cities), I told many friends about how great my experiences had been at Fuji-Ya. In fact, I truly believe I had the best sushi dinner I have ever had at Fuji-Ya. However, over the last year or so, things have changed and not for the better. Though still quite acceptable service and atmosphere-wise, prices have gone up, and food quality has gone down (a big problem when you are talking sushi). This is not the place it was last year. With numerous sushi options in Minneapolis (most with lower prices), Fugi-Ya will need to work hard to get back up to speed. After about four not-so-good experiences in a row, it is off my list.

1
★★★☆☆

In early 2002 (when I moved to the Twin Cities), I told many friends about how great my experiences had been at Fuji-Ya. In fact, I truly believe I had the best sushi dinner I have ever had at Fuji-Ya. However, over the last year or so, things have changed and not for the better. Though still quite acceptable service and atmosphere-wise, prices have gone up, and food quality has gone down (a big problem when you are talking sushi). This is not the place it was last year. With numerous sushi options in Minneapolis (most with lower prices), Fugi-Ya will need to work hard to get back up to speed. After about four not-so-good experiences in a row, it is off my list.

Pros: Clean, Easy parking (fee), Service

Cons: Cost, Quality

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This is standard Twin Cities Japanese fare which means: Prices are a little steep and the sushi is average . The menu offers a wide selection of sushi. . .too bad they were out of several of our choices. (Recommendation: don't put it on the permanent menu if you can't regularly offer it for sale.) Also interesting: This place touts itself as authentic Japanese and yet offers some Korean items on the menu. (Since when did Japan and Korea merge?) Service was polite and covered all the major bases. The overflowing sake pour is surprisingly generous, entertaining and recommended. Arrive early as the place fills up fast. Overall, it is on par for midwest ethnic dining (almost an oxymoron) but this niche is begging for a corner Japanese joint with California pricing. I'll go back but not often.

2
★★★★☆

This is standard Twin Cities Japanese fare which means: Prices are a little steep and the sushi is average . The menu offers a wide selection of sushi. . .too bad they were out of several of our choices. (Recommendation: don't put it on the permanent menu if you can't regularly offer it for sale.) Also interesting: This place touts itself as authentic Japanese and yet offers some Korean items on the menu. (Since when did Japan and Korea merge?) Service was polite and covered all the major bases. The overflowing sake pour is surprisingly generous, entertaining and recommended. Arrive early as the place fills up fast. Overall, it is on par for midwest ethnic dining (almost an oxymoron) but this niche is begging for a corner Japanese joint with California pricing. I'll go back but not often.

Pros: Generous sake pour, Fun patio seating

Cons: Pay Parking Lot, Prices a bit steep

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Come on already - this is great left-side-of-the-brain dining. While other slop houses continue to ruin an already delicate sushi-as-food reputation with slapped together rolls and amatuer nights, Fuji-Ya keeps the quality high from all angles. We're talking considerate presentation and sashimi you can cut with chopsticks. Service is great - stoic; informative; there when needed - not sugary and in your face. This dining engages all senses - and it's nice to see an ongoing commitment to avoid the tar pit of "we got 'em locked in - let's blow off quality" insisted upon by so many other formerly great restaurants. GO...

2
★★★★☆

Come on already - this is great left-side-of-the-brain dining. While other slop houses continue to ruin an already delicate sushi-as-food reputation with slapped together rolls and amatuer nights, Fuji-Ya keeps the quality high from all angles. We're talking considerate presentation and sashimi you can cut with chopsticks. Service is great - stoic; informative; there when needed - not sugary and in your face. This dining engages all senses - and it's nice to see an ongoing commitment to avoid the tar pit of "we got 'em locked in - let's blow off quality" insisted upon by so many other formerly great restaurants. GO...

Pros: Quality, Value, Presentation, Flavor, Obvious commitment

Cons: Packed constantly, (go on a Sunday)

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The sushi at Fuji-ya competes well with twin city mainstays Origami and Kikugawa. I recommend making reservations for the private rooms and sitting on the floor. I also am a big fan of their tempura appetizers. I had udon noodles at one meal and found them fairly bland; if you're going to Fuji-ya you're likely there for the sushi anyway.

2
★★★★☆

The sushi at Fuji-ya competes well with twin city mainstays Origami and Kikugawa. I recommend making reservations for the private rooms and sitting on the floor. I also am a big fan of their tempura appetizers. I had udon noodles at one meal and found them fairly bland; if you're going to Fuji-ya you're likely there for the sushi anyway.

Pros: great sushi

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Owner Carol Weston Hanson has done an outstanding job in designing and decorating this fine Japanese restaurant on Lake Street in Minneapolis. The sushi is first rate and so are several signature dishes such as the lightly fried soft shell crab. The ginger and green tea ice creams are made from original recipies. Hanson and her husband (Fuji-Ya's general manager) have continued the fine japanese dining experience began by Carol's mother over three decades ago when she had a now legendary japanese restaurant on the Mississippi riverfront at St. Anthony Falls. Sadly that restaurant is no more, but the tradition continues with Fuji-Ya at Lake Street.

2
★★★★★

Owner Carol Weston Hanson has done an outstanding job in designing and decorating this fine Japanese restaurant on Lake Street in Minneapolis. The sushi is first rate and so are several signature dishes such as the lightly fried soft shell crab. The ginger and green tea ice creams are made from original recipies. Hanson and her husband (Fuji-Ya's general manager) have continued the fine japanese dining experience began by Carol's mother over three decades ago when she had a now legendary japanese restaurant on the Mississippi riverfront at St. Anthony Falls. Sadly that restaurant is no more, but the tradition continues with Fuji-Ya at Lake Street.

Pros: Beautiful interior, Great sushi creations

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I really liked the food here. The atmosphere was trendy and fun. The service was friendly and honest. The waitor conceded to us that the chef will put out the best food on Friday and Saturday nights. I value consitency in an establishment but our experiences have been good. This place is about as authentic as you can get 1500 miles from an ocean.

2
★★★★☆

I really liked the food here. The atmosphere was trendy and fun. The service was friendly and honest. The waitor conceded to us that the chef will put out the best food on Friday and Saturday nights. I value consitency in an establishment but our experiences have been good. This place is about as authentic as you can get 1500 miles from an ocean.

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the setting is beautiful, the service is great, and the food is impeccable. you cannot go wrong whether dining in or taking out with this fine restaurant.

2
★★★★★

the setting is beautiful, the service is great, and the food is impeccable. you cannot go wrong whether dining in or taking out with this fine restaurant.

Pros: great sushi, nice lighting, different sections

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Stuff your wallet with cash as high as Mt. Fuji before entering this joint. Otherwise you won't have enough money to tip the lousy service...oh wait....,,,, The food is ridiculously expensive and tremendously lousy. What a dissappointment to what I'm use to. I came from Cali where they have have "all you can eat" sushi for $19.99. Here, just a roll will cost you almost as much. C'mon, is the airfreight for shipping fish that expensive?

0
★☆☆☆☆

Stuff your wallet with cash as high as Mt. Fuji before entering this joint. Otherwise you won't have enough money to tip the lousy service...oh wait....,,,, The food is ridiculously expensive and tremendously lousy. What a dissappointment to what I'm use to. I came from Cali where they have have "all you can eat" sushi for $19.99. Here, just a roll will cost you almost as much. C'mon, is the airfreight for shipping fish that expensive?

Cons: fishy and smelly, expensive, noisy

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Sushi here is truly unique...and the best. I've eaten all over the US...and so far this place is still the best sushi I've eaten so far. I love the unique sushis they make if you request it. It's not very traditional, but it's hopping...it's good...and it's the best in the Twin Cities.

2
★★★★★

Sushi here is truly unique...and the best. I've eaten all over the US...and so far this place is still the best sushi I've eaten so far. I love the unique sushis they make if you request it. It's not very traditional, but it's hopping...it's good...and it's the best in the Twin Cities.

Pros: Sushi

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trendy atmosphere, well priced.. good quality sushi. I had a great time although I put a dent in my wallet.

2
★★★★☆

trendy atmosphere, well priced.. good quality sushi. I had a great time although I put a dent in my wallet.

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Best atmosphere, Great service, convinent location and of course GREAT SUSHI. I love the whole identity and the ads are super clever!!!!

2
★★★★★

Best atmosphere, Great service, convinent location and of course GREAT SUSHI. I love the whole identity and the ads are super clever!!!!

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Having worked at a Japanese restaurant, being Japanese, and having the chance to try many different sushi restaurants all over the U.S. and Japan....I'd have to say, the sushi I had at Fuji-Ya is sub-par. Whether it was the day of the week or whether it was the standard daily sushi.....it was not good. Whatever the reason, there's absolutely no excuse for the "itamae" (chef) to serve that kind of poor quality sushi. You're being cheated of your hard-earned money, if you order sushi at Fuji-Ya.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Having worked at a Japanese restaurant, being Japanese, and having the chance to try many different sushi restaurants all over the U.S. and Japan....I'd have to say, the sushi I had at Fuji-Ya is sub-par. Whether it was the day of the week or whether it was the standard daily sushi.....it was not good. Whatever the reason, there's absolutely no excuse for the "itamae" (chef) to serve that kind of poor quality sushi. You're being cheated of your hard-earned money, if you order sushi at Fuji-Ya.

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This is a great option for those of you that love sushi but your spouse or friends may not. Fuji-ya has great sushi but also great japanese entrees (fully cooked!). The price is a little higher but you are definitely getting what you pay for. Great ambience too.

2
★★★★★

This is a great option for those of you that love sushi but your spouse or friends may not. Fuji-ya has great sushi but also great japanese entrees (fully cooked!). The price is a little higher but you are definitely getting what you pay for. Great ambience too.

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Hardly anyone knows that Fuji-Ya was the first Japanese restaurant in the Twin Cities way back in 1959. Maybe that's in part because of its many location changes or the evolution of its Japanese cuisine. Regardless, the current Fuji-Ya in…

 

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