Waraji Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 5910 Duraleigh Rd 147

    Raleigh, NC 27612

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  • 919-783-1883

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Had heard rave reviews about this place and over the course of a couple years we tried many times to dine here. Apparently, as we later found out, they abruptly close and go on extended vacations. We finally caught them open one night. My husband ordered a small plate of different sushi offerings and I ordered teriyaki chicken. Simple, right. 90 minutes later, we are still waiting! Parties of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have come in after us, ordered, eaten and left. We repeatedly asked our server to send the manager over. She brushed her hands in the air, in our faces, everytime we asked, dismissing us (the old talk to the hand gesture) and angrily stated the manager was busy. After almost 2 hours of these shenanigans, we asked for a check to pay for our teas (which we could not even get a refill on). They didn't bring our check, but instead our meals. I wish we had stood our ground and left, but we were starving and it was too late to go to another Japanese restaurant. The food was mediocre (give me Tokyo House anyday) and it was overpriced. That was our first and definitely our last visit. I did have a good laugh at the skinny American blondes who looked about 16 but were made up and dressed to look "Japanese". They were about as authentic looking as the food and service.

Normally, my husband and I tip 30-50% but this evening, due to the talk to the hand bit and the snarling and attitude, we tipped 10% which actually I regret tipping at all. I believe the servers have to tip out the sushi guys, so had we not tipped at all, the server would have lost money on our table and that would have rightfully been deserved.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had heard rave reviews about this place and over the course of a couple years we tried many times to dine here. Apparently, as we later found out, they abruptly close and go on extended vacations. We finally caught them open one night. My husband ordered a small plate of different sushi offerings and I ordered teriyaki chicken. Simple, right. 90 minutes later, we are still waiting! Parties of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have come in after us, ordered, eaten and left. We repeatedly asked our server to send the manager over. She brushed her hands in the air, in our faces, everytime we asked, dismissing us (the old talk to the hand gesture) and angrily stated the manager was busy. After almost 2 hours of these shenanigans, we asked for a check to pay for our teas (which we could not even get a refill on). They didn't bring our check, but instead our meals. I wish we had stood our ground and left, but we were starving and it was too late to go to another Japanese restaurant. The food was mediocre (give me Tokyo House anyday) and it was overpriced. That was our first and definitely our last visit. I did have a good laugh at the skinny American blondes who looked about 16 but were made up and dressed to look "Japanese". They were about as authentic looking as the food and service.

Normally, my husband and I tip 30-50% but this evening, due to the talk to the hand bit and the snarling and attitude, we tipped 10% which actually I regret tipping at all. I believe the servers have to tip out the sushi guys, so had we not tipped at all, the server would have lost money on our table and that would have rightfully been deserved.

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The best sushi I have found in Raleigh so far. Nothing fancy, but excellent food and service.

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★★★★★

The best sushi I have found in Raleigh so far. Nothing fancy, but excellent food and service.

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I love this place for all the best reasons. Great quality, best flavor, perfect presentation and fantastic service. This is Raleigh's best!

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★★★★★

I love this place for all the best reasons. Great quality, best flavor, perfect presentation and fantastic service. This is Raleigh's best!

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This place the BEST customer service!!! Our waitress Natalie was the most patient, and helpful waitress I've ever met... When you eat sushi at a new restaurant sometimes their menu can be alittle confusing, but Natalie was very helpful and

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★★★★★

This place the BEST customer service!!! Our waitress Natalie was the most patient, and helpful waitress I've ever met... When you eat sushi at a new restaurant sometimes their menu can be alittle confusing, but Natalie was very helpful and

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Run, don't walk to this place if you are looking for the best sushi around. These guys are masters at what the do and the flavors are out of this world.

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★★★★★

Run, don't walk to this place if you are looking for the best sushi around. These guys are masters at what the do and the flavors are out of this world.

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Twice a week we visit this place. The only down side is eating at other sushi places will make you appear like a sushi snob. The quality can be tasted and the selection of fish is second to none.

3
★★★★★

Twice a week we visit this place. The only down side is eating at other sushi places will make you appear like a sushi snob. The quality can be tasted and the selection of fish is second to none.

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The quality of fish is ALWAYS consistent. The service is good; especially if you sit at the sushi bar. We hardly ever order from the menu and have the chefs prepare whatever rolls they feel like making. I not been satisfied w/ only 2

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★★★★★

The quality of fish is ALWAYS consistent. The service is good; especially if you sit at the sushi bar. We hardly ever order from the menu and have the chefs prepare whatever rolls they feel like making. I not been satisfied w/ only 2

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# of Visits: several

The Good: This is one of few places in town that still makes good nigiri sushi. The presentations are simple and clean. Their basics are still in tact, as far as the sushi goes. The rolls are good too, but as some others may have also noticed, they tried to sneak in some "not so fresh" things in my rolls as well once. This only happened once in lunch so I'm hoping it was a fluke, and not intentional. Keep in mind I am trying to rate the restaurants in regards to the region. NC is not California or New York where fresh fish and vendors are abundant. I know this because my husband used to be in the industry when I was in west coast.

The Bad: Their kitchen dishes seems to have taken a dive over the time. I was displeased with their udon and zaru soba noodle. The noodles were overcooked and so the texture was off. I wasn't impressed by the broths either. The service is on and off. Best to sit at the sushi bar to get the best experience.

Summary: Over all a good Japanese restaurant but a bit on the expensive side. I recommend this place to anyone craving good old fashion nigiri sushi or sashimi. Their fish is good when they have them but I recommend eating at the sushi bar to enjoy their nigiri sushi or all their sushi for that matter if possible. They used to be better as far as keeping their fish fresh and the number of varieties but fear that the slower business has them struggling to save much as possible. I hope that someday I will be back to re-review this place with better rating because it's a shame to see one of the few "original" or "old school" sushi restaurant that has earned much respect over the years go down in quality and service. I really wish they had 3.5 stars because that would have been a more fair rating.

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★★★☆☆

# of Visits: several

The Good: This is one of few places in town that still makes good nigiri sushi. The presentations are simple and clean. Their basics are still in tact, as far as the sushi goes. The rolls are good too, but as some others may have also noticed, they tried to sneak in some "not so fresh" things in my rolls as well once. This only happened once in lunch so I'm hoping it was a fluke, and not intentional. Keep in mind I am trying to rate the restaurants in regards to the region. NC is not California or New York where fresh fish and vendors are abundant. I know this because my husband used to be in the industry when I was in west coast.

The Bad: Their kitchen dishes seems to have taken a dive over the time. I was displeased with their udon and zaru soba noodle. The noodles were overcooked and so the texture was off. I wasn't impressed by the broths either. The service is on and off. Best to sit at the sushi bar to get the best experience.

Summary: Over all a good Japanese restaurant but a bit on the expensive side. I recommend this place to anyone craving good old fashion nigiri sushi or sashimi. Their fish is good when they have them but I recommend eating at the sushi bar to enjoy their nigiri sushi or all their sushi for that matter if possible. They used to be better as far as keeping their fish fresh and the number of varieties but fear that the slower business has them struggling to save much as possible. I hope that someday I will be back to re-review this place with better rating because it's a shame to see one of the few "original" or "old school" sushi restaurant that has earned much respect over the years go down in quality and service. I really wish they had 3.5 stars because that would have been a more fair rating.

Pros: Good sushi sometimes

Cons: Sometimes not so good sushi

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We used to come here every weekend and recently We noticed they increase the price but the food quality is not as good as it used to be and I have never see any high end restaurant sell the fountain soda $2.75 only movie theaters. I some times can buy a lunch $2.75 at burger king. I??ll rather come to Tasu Bristro in Brier creek for quality of services, food, better prices and nice atmosphere

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★★☆☆☆

We used to come here every weekend and recently We noticed they increase the price but the food quality is not as good as it used to be and I have never see any high end restaurant sell the fountain soda $2.75 only movie theaters. I some times can buy a lunch $2.75 at burger king. I??ll rather come to Tasu Bristro in Brier creek for quality of services, food, better prices and nice atmosphere

Pros: parking

Cons: too expensive, food not fresh

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I haven't eaten at Waraji in about 6-8 years. At that time, I was impressed by their variety of innovative rolls (for Raleigh) and fresh fish. I ate there for lunch and was really disappointed by the spicy tuna on top of their Mary Roll-- there was actually brown pieces in there and most of the tuna had a fishy taste to it, even through the majo/sriracha sauce, which BTW didn't have enough sriracha in it. The rice on at least some of the inside out rolls was way too dry. I suspect these rolls and the spicy tuna were probably made the night before. I have to say, I've actually had worse sushi in Raleigh, but only once. On the plus side, the unagi nigiri was much better... saba was ok. My guess is that lunch is not their forte.

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★★☆☆☆

I haven't eaten at Waraji in about 6-8 years. At that time, I was impressed by their variety of innovative rolls (for Raleigh) and fresh fish. I ate there for lunch and was really disappointed by the spicy tuna on top of their Mary Roll-- there was actually brown pieces in there and most of the tuna had a fishy taste to it, even through the majo/sriracha sauce, which BTW didn't have enough sriracha in it. The rice on at least some of the inside out rolls was way too dry. I suspect these rolls and the spicy tuna were probably made the night before. I have to say, I've actually had worse sushi in Raleigh, but only once. On the plus side, the unagi nigiri was much better... saba was ok. My guess is that lunch is not their forte.

Pros: Easy to get in for lunch

Cons: Dry rice and brown tuna

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If you want a sushi place that is consistent in delivering fresh sushi, this is the place for you.

Pointing out the obvious, it's very busy on weekends so plan accordingly or expect to wait. It's worth it though.

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★★★★☆

If you want a sushi place that is consistent in delivering fresh sushi, this is the place for you.

Pointing out the obvious, it's very busy on weekends so plan accordingly or expect to wait. It's worth it though.

Pros: consistently good sushi

Cons: sushi is slow to be served

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I'm guessing most who've given this place rave reviews have never eaten at a quality sushi spot. I was visiting friends from CA and I was unimpressed by the roll selection and quality. I've never seen a sushi place with no rainbow roll. The crab was fake and the rolls were like something I'd get at a supermarket. The sashimi was ok. The service was friendly but our food took forever. Maybe the Japanese dishes are better. Being from L.A. I was hoping for the best since NC isn't known for sushi. I can literally walk to 5 different places that are all better than this. You guys need to get some better places in town if you think this is great.

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★★★☆☆

I'm guessing most who've given this place rave reviews have never eaten at a quality sushi spot. I was visiting friends from CA and I was unimpressed by the roll selection and quality. I've never seen a sushi place with no rainbow roll. The crab was fake and the rolls were like something I'd get at a supermarket. The sashimi was ok. The service was friendly but our food took forever. Maybe the Japanese dishes are better. Being from L.A. I was hoping for the best since NC isn't known for sushi. I can literally walk to 5 different places that are all better than this. You guys need to get some better places in town if you think this is great.

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As you see, the wait time could be seen as a CON, but I've been a regular for many years now and the wait time actually gives you the anticipation of a good meal... and time enough to finish that bottle of sake. The service is amazing, if you are a regular you may end up getting freebies like my group did last night. Yun San is especially kind and an exciting member of the staff. Give her 25% minimum. I'm going to be asininely selfish and say stay away from this establishment because you're going to dig into my quality of service and wait time :) All in jest, the best in town, even in big cities a place like this could only be dreamed of... yet another reason to visit Raleigh.

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★★★★★

As you see, the wait time could be seen as a CON, but I've been a regular for many years now and the wait time actually gives you the anticipation of a good meal... and time enough to finish that bottle of sake. The service is amazing, if you are a regular you may end up getting freebies like my group did last night. Yun San is especially kind and an exciting member of the staff. Give her 25% minimum. I'm going to be asininely selfish and say stay away from this establishment because you're going to dig into my quality of service and wait time :) All in jest, the best in town, even in big cities a place like this could only be dreamed of... yet another reason to visit Raleigh.

Pros: Quality of food and service

Cons: Wait time

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Used to be so good when it opened - I have been over 20 times and I will never go back...nothing like below average service on more than one occasion to turn me off to a restaurant. The sushi chefs are aloof and focused on preparing the take-out sushi before anything else. The sushi bar is crowded and the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. It is strange in that you wait forever to get served and to get sushi but then the wait staff is focused on bringing you the check before you even finish. They need an infusion of true Japanese hospitality. The magic of Waraji is long past...

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★★☆☆☆

Used to be so good when it opened - I have been over 20 times and I will never go back...nothing like below average service on more than one occasion to turn me off to a restaurant. The sushi chefs are aloof and focused on preparing the take-out sushi before anything else. The sushi bar is crowded and the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. It is strange in that you wait forever to get served and to get sushi but then the wait staff is focused on bringing you the check before you even finish. They need an infusion of true Japanese hospitality. The magic of Waraji is long past...

Pros: Raw fish

Cons: Customer service, wait staff, chairs and atmosphere

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When we're hungry for sushi, it's always Waraji that we choose. We've never been disappointed. Make sure you either call first or know they are definitely open. We went twice when the restaurant was closed because the owners were on vacation.

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★★★★★

When we're hungry for sushi, it's always Waraji that we choose. We've never been disappointed. Make sure you either call first or know they are definitely open. We went twice when the restaurant was closed because the owners were on vacation.

Pros: Always good!

Cons: Nothing

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Don't be put off by its location in a strip mall--It's a Great place for a date. Waitstaff was extremely friendly and informative. On the expensive side, but totally worth it when you taste their sushi. Recommend the Scari Jeri (not sure about the spelling) roll--also great basics like Spicy Tuna, Spider, etc. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Definitely worth trying if you've never been--I'll definitely be going back soon!!

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★★★★★

Don't be put off by its location in a strip mall--It's a Great place for a date. Waitstaff was extremely friendly and informative. On the expensive side, but totally worth it when you taste their sushi. Recommend the Scari Jeri (not sure about the spelling) roll--also great basics like Spicy Tuna, Spider, etc. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. Definitely worth trying if you've never been--I'll definitely be going back soon!!

Pros: Best sushi in the triangle

Cons: Small dining room--sometimes there's a wait

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I don't know what the last reviewer is talking about. Waraji has THE best quality sushi in the area, hands down. Period. They are busy, but that is a sign of success. Don't listen to anyones reviews, just go and try for yourself. You won't be sorry you did.

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★★★★★

I don't know what the last reviewer is talking about. Waraji has THE best quality sushi in the area, hands down. Period. They are busy, but that is a sign of success. Don't listen to anyones reviews, just go and try for yourself. You won't be sorry you did.

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Good Sushi and service but be prepared to wait for a table! Due to the small size and popularity of this location you may have to wait for a table. Overall very much worth the wait.

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★★★★★

Good Sushi and service but be prepared to wait for a table! Due to the small size and popularity of this location you may have to wait for a table. Overall very much worth the wait.

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I like the fact that everytime I dine at waraji the quality of the food is consistant. I've been dining here for a while and they deserve a high praise for their work. Their menu is nothing out of the ordinary but is traditional and always good. Tuna here is almost always fresh, not frozen, and very tasty. I notice that their rice is also very well seasoned and of good quality. I enjoy nigiri sushi the most, and I notice that the shari is one of the best in town. If you want some funky, fushion sushi there are other places that might better suit you but when it comes to traditional food and sushi, I don't think you can top waraji in this area. Over the years I visited many and almost all sushi restaurants and narrowed my sushi dining to three places. Waraji, sono, and haru. Each places has their unique take and flair. Take it from a guy who's been around. If your looking for good sushi, stop by waraji.

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★★★★★

I like the fact that everytime I dine at waraji the quality of the food is consistant. I've been dining here for a while and they deserve a high praise for their work. Their menu is nothing out of the ordinary but is traditional and always good. Tuna here is almost always fresh, not frozen, and very tasty. I notice that their rice is also very well seasoned and of good quality. I enjoy nigiri sushi the most, and I notice that the shari is one of the best in town. If you want some funky, fushion sushi there are other places that might better suit you but when it comes to traditional food and sushi, I don't think you can top waraji in this area. Over the years I visited many and almost all sushi restaurants and narrowed my sushi dining to three places. Waraji, sono, and haru. Each places has their unique take and flair. Take it from a guy who's been around. If your looking for good sushi, stop by waraji.

Pros: Top notch quality food served consistantly

Cons: Service can have ups and downs

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Well Friends,

This was my 3rd attempt at a good meal at Waraji. I was reluctantly persuaded by some friends in a rather large group to visit Waraji again this past Saturday night. As I suspected it had not changed. In fact, it was worse than ever before. Reservations were at 7:00. Arrived 15 minutes early and waited as the others arrived. No place to even get a drink as we waited. That in itself is not the real issue, so here it is.
Ordered drinks at 7:30 Got them at 7:45. Ordered food at 7:50. Finally got the food around 8:30, but had to wait another 10 minutes for the little dish to mix the wasabe and soy. Food was as usual very expensive. Ordered a deluxe sushi platter, the soup was cold, the salad was actually good though. The sushi was however no better than I could get at Kroger in the deli. Also the portions were very small. Most of our group had to order additional rolls to fill up. Most ot the rolls went for arounf $10.00 which is really high. Finally got out of there at 10:15. 3 hours and 15 minutes!!!!

Based on these things: atmosphere, price, quality and service, Waraji is at the bottom of the heap.
For 2 Sushi platters, 2 rolls and 2 beers the cost came to $79.00. Since the decided we were in a group and required an automatic 18% gratuitiy that brought our cost to over $93.00. Could have eaten Kroger 5 times for that amount. Service is the worst anywhere. Can't even get a refill on water without asking for it.
If possible (and it wasn't) I would have tipped $1.00

I've eaten at most every sushi restaurant in the Triangle and Warajis is by far the worst in all categories.

Hope you experiences here have been better

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★☆☆☆☆

Well Friends,

This was my 3rd attempt at a good meal at Waraji. I was reluctantly persuaded by some friends in a rather large group to visit Waraji again this past Saturday night. As I suspected it had not changed. In fact, it was worse than ever before. Reservations were at 7:00. Arrived 15 minutes early and waited as the others arrived. No place to even get a drink as we waited. That in itself is not the real issue, so here it is.
Ordered drinks at 7:30 Got them at 7:45. Ordered food at 7:50. Finally got the food around 8:30, but had to wait another 10 minutes for the little dish to mix the wasabe and soy. Food was as usual very expensive. Ordered a deluxe sushi platter, the soup was cold, the salad was actually good though. The sushi was however no better than I could get at Kroger in the deli. Also the portions were very small. Most of our group had to order additional rolls to fill up. Most ot the rolls went for arounf $10.00 which is really high. Finally got out of there at 10:15. 3 hours and 15 minutes!!!!

Based on these things: atmosphere, price, quality and service, Waraji is at the bottom of the heap.
For 2 Sushi platters, 2 rolls and 2 beers the cost came to $79.00. Since the decided we were in a group and required an automatic 18% gratuitiy that brought our cost to over $93.00. Could have eaten Kroger 5 times for that amount. Service is the worst anywhere. Can't even get a refill on water without asking for it.
If possible (and it wasn't) I would have tipped $1.00

I've eaten at most every sushi restaurant in the Triangle and Warajis is by far the worst in all categories.

Hope you experiences here have been better

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My family and I absolutely LOVE this restaurant. The best and freshest sushi in the Triangle, in my opinion. Nice atmosphere, great service, good place for families or for a couples dinner out. The only disadvantages I can see are that they are not open on Sundays (last time I checked) and that you sometimes have to wait for a table. I recommend avoiding peak hours, especially on the weekend. But, even with the wait, it's well worth it!

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★★★★★

My family and I absolutely LOVE this restaurant. The best and freshest sushi in the Triangle, in my opinion. Nice atmosphere, great service, good place for families or for a couples dinner out. The only disadvantages I can see are that they are not open on Sundays (last time I checked) and that you sometimes have to wait for a table. I recommend avoiding peak hours, especially on the weekend. But, even with the wait, it's well worth it!

Pros: Fabulous sushi!

Cons: Wait for tables at peak times

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Everytime I eat at Waraji I try something new. Today was a new roll. Someone recommended an off the menu item called Scary Jerry,apparently a guy named Jerry created this roll which has a little bit of everything in it. The flavor was spicy(but you can get it mild), delicate, and Big! On top of all the great flavors, if you check out the dinner menu you can practically get miso or salad with most orders, even the sushi! Overall the staff is great, the food delicious, and the time, a delight!

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★★★★★

Everytime I eat at Waraji I try something new. Today was a new roll. Someone recommended an off the menu item called Scary Jerry,apparently a guy named Jerry created this roll which has a little bit of everything in it. The flavor was spicy(but you can get it mild), delicate, and Big! On top of all the great flavors, if you check out the dinner menu you can practically get miso or salad with most orders, even the sushi! Overall the staff is great, the food delicious, and the time, a delight!

Pros: Friendly Faces

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I've been living in the triangle for several years now and I must say if you want to eat sushi and Waraji is within an acceptable distance for you, you should be eating here. Their fish is always tops, the rice is flavored properly and the beer is cold. I usually sit at the sushi bar so I can watch the action and get recommendations from the sushi chef. If you are not doing that you are missing out on whatever the house is hiding away for the best customers.

One word of warning. Waraji is popular especially on the weekends. If you want to eat here on the weekends go early or expect to wait a long time.

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★★★★★

I've been living in the triangle for several years now and I must say if you want to eat sushi and Waraji is within an acceptable distance for you, you should be eating here. Their fish is always tops, the rice is flavored properly and the beer is cold. I usually sit at the sushi bar so I can watch the action and get recommendations from the sushi chef. If you are not doing that you are missing out on whatever the house is hiding away for the best customers.

One word of warning. Waraji is popular especially on the weekends. If you want to eat here on the weekends go early or expect to wait a long time.

Pros: Good food and service that is consistantly good

Cons: Hard to get into on the weekends

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Most people tend to rate the food as the best sushi in the triangle. That may have been the case in past years but I think Waraji quality in both food and sevice had dropped from my last experience.

I was there for a birthday party with 12 guests. Right after being seated we were informed that they do not split checks for parties of more than 5. Apparently, they will add a certain percentage of the check if they are forced to split the check. Our main server was rude, which makes the automatic 18 percent added gratuity for our party, money poorly spent. Don't get me wrong, I totally understand the automatic gratuity which is standard at many resturants, and we would have increased the gratuity had our server actually been more pleasant.

The food took an extremely long time to arrive, with no updates from our server. It took over an hour to finally get our food. One guest ordered Terriyaki, the other 11 ordered sushi.

Waraji's food is seasoned well, and their sushi has a little bit of a spicy bite, which does set it apart from other resturants in the area. Overall the food itself was above average in quality, but a step below Wasabi in Cary for freshness, texture, and taste.

This was the second birthday party I have attended at Waraji and I'd have to say, that I don't think I'll go to another after this experience. I also doubt that the any one else in our party will be having any celebration or casually dine at this establishent.

Waraji has received many awards as well as positive reviews, but I think they've let their accolades go to their head. I doubt, I'll comeback to see if they ever get their act together.

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★★☆☆☆

Most people tend to rate the food as the best sushi in the triangle. That may have been the case in past years but I think Waraji quality in both food and sevice had dropped from my last experience.

I was there for a birthday party with 12 guests. Right after being seated we were informed that they do not split checks for parties of more than 5. Apparently, they will add a certain percentage of the check if they are forced to split the check. Our main server was rude, which makes the automatic 18 percent added gratuity for our party, money poorly spent. Don't get me wrong, I totally understand the automatic gratuity which is standard at many resturants, and we would have increased the gratuity had our server actually been more pleasant.

The food took an extremely long time to arrive, with no updates from our server. It took over an hour to finally get our food. One guest ordered Terriyaki, the other 11 ordered sushi.

Waraji's food is seasoned well, and their sushi has a little bit of a spicy bite, which does set it apart from other resturants in the area. Overall the food itself was above average in quality, but a step below Wasabi in Cary for freshness, texture, and taste.

This was the second birthday party I have attended at Waraji and I'd have to say, that I don't think I'll go to another after this experience. I also doubt that the any one else in our party will be having any celebration or casually dine at this establishent.

Waraji has received many awards as well as positive reviews, but I think they've let their accolades go to their head. I doubt, I'll comeback to see if they ever get their act together.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service, order turn around time, reservation and check spliting policy

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By far this is the best sushi i have had in this area. The prices are amazing in comparison to the variety they offer. Good thing i live close by to experience Japanese cooking at its best anytime!

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★★★★☆

By far this is the best sushi i have had in this area. The prices are amazing in comparison to the variety they offer. Good thing i live close by to experience Japanese cooking at its best anytime!

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it's a bit expensive, but that's something you would pay for a sushi restaurant like that. they've got a really good sushi, if you go during lunch time, the price isn't that bad either!

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★★★★★

it's a bit expensive, but that's something you would pay for a sushi restaurant like that. they've got a really good sushi, if you go during lunch time, the price isn't that bad either!

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: a bit expensive

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Very nice atmosphere. Regarding the food, I was not blown away.
Spring rolls appear to be safe.
Service was ok. I was not bothered too much and I always appreciate that. Staff seemed aloof.

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★★☆☆☆

Very nice atmosphere. Regarding the food, I was not blown away.
Spring rolls appear to be safe.
Service was ok. I was not bothered too much and I always appreciate that. Staff seemed aloof.

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A lot of you guys say the Sushi here is great. But I have to say that it is not that great, its just average. It is impressive because the pieces of Nigiri and Sashimi are huge, but this is because it is not the best grade of fish. Just like when you go to the fish market, one day you may get lucky and be served very good Salmon or Yellowtail, such as what heppened to me once, only to return and find the quality to be very inconsistent. The place has good ambiance but gets too crowded and noisy to the point that the staff looses control and can't keep up. I have never liked the appetizers or side orders at Waraji which are more chinese in flavor. Bottomline is, if you want consistently good Sushi/Sashimi/Japanese food, go to Kashin in Cary.

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★★★☆☆

A lot of you guys say the Sushi here is great. But I have to say that it is not that great, its just average. It is impressive because the pieces of Nigiri and Sashimi are huge, but this is because it is not the best grade of fish. Just like when you go to the fish market, one day you may get lucky and be served very good Salmon or Yellowtail, such as what heppened to me once, only to return and find the quality to be very inconsistent. The place has good ambiance but gets too crowded and noisy to the point that the staff looses control and can't keep up. I have never liked the appetizers or side orders at Waraji which are more chinese in flavor. Bottomline is, if you want consistently good Sushi/Sashimi/Japanese food, go to Kashin in Cary.

Pros: nice decor, good ambience, good sushi

Cons: inconsistent sushi quality, average food/appetizers, unappetizing carpet

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I have been a long time fan (enthusiast) of Waraji, for a smallish city like Raleigh this is THE place for sushi and a selection of traditional Japanese dishes. The place is usually clean and cozy but busy on weekends. They have a good menu, friendly service and chefs with personality and genuine care about their work. Now onto the important stuff... Fish, Chef Masa buys good fish. Period. The rolls/dishes are usually consistent and prepared fresh with care. Presentation is good and if they are not too busy expect outstanding care at the bar. They have a good range of Japanese sakes a Tatami room for larger parties and lots of repeat customers. I believe they have plans to open another location which should cut down some on the wait times and hopefully improve some on the consistency, the true test for any good place when it gets busy and popular.

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★★★★★

I have been a long time fan (enthusiast) of Waraji, for a smallish city like Raleigh this is THE place for sushi and a selection of traditional Japanese dishes. The place is usually clean and cozy but busy on weekends. They have a good menu, friendly service and chefs with personality and genuine care about their work. Now onto the important stuff... Fish, Chef Masa buys good fish. Period. The rolls/dishes are usually consistent and prepared fresh with care. Presentation is good and if they are not too busy expect outstanding care at the bar. They have a good range of Japanese sakes a Tatami room for larger parties and lots of repeat customers. I believe they have plans to open another location which should cut down some on the wait times and hopefully improve some on the consistency, the true test for any good place when it gets busy and popular.

Pros: Quality no compromise ingredients

Cons: Busy, sometimes too busy to keep the dining experience up

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The service was ok and the food was better than what I have expected. What I will recommed for appetizer is the Yakitor, which a two chicken and scallion skewers grilled with teriyaki sauce.

4
★★★★☆

The service was ok and the food was better than what I have expected. What I will recommed for appetizer is the Yakitor, which a two chicken and scallion skewers grilled with teriyaki sauce.

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My family and I have been eating at Waraji for 3 years and have always had a great expereicne until tonight. We arrived at 7:15 on a Tuesday night and had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. We were happy to wait since the food is always worth it! We were seated at 7:30, ordered our drinks and filled out our sushi paper to give to the waitress when she came back to bring the drinks. Our food did not arrive at our table until 8:45!!! We waited 1 hour and 15 minutes for 5 rolls of sushi. People that had come in 15 minutes after us had eaten, paid and left before we got our food. The waitress apoligized and said that it was coming in a few minutes time and time again. I finally offered to pay for the wine and appetizer so we could leave to go somewhere else. They were nice enough to bring us a free salad and ice cream for my two year old son....On the way out the waitress told us from now on when we arrive that we should fill out our sushi order while we are waiting for our table so we do not have to wait an hour and a half. I am sorry to tell her that in all the times I have eaten at Waraji that this was the first time that we have ever had to wait this long and we did not order in any other manor than we had tonight. It is going to be a long time if ever before I can go back to a place that I have been eating once a week for years.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family and I have been eating at Waraji for 3 years and have always had a great expereicne until tonight. We arrived at 7:15 on a Tuesday night and had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. We were happy to wait since the food is always worth it! We were seated at 7:30, ordered our drinks and filled out our sushi paper to give to the waitress when she came back to bring the drinks. Our food did not arrive at our table until 8:45!!! We waited 1 hour and 15 minutes for 5 rolls of sushi. People that had come in 15 minutes after us had eaten, paid and left before we got our food. The waitress apoligized and said that it was coming in a few minutes time and time again. I finally offered to pay for the wine and appetizer so we could leave to go somewhere else. They were nice enough to bring us a free salad and ice cream for my two year old son....On the way out the waitress told us from now on when we arrive that we should fill out our sushi order while we are waiting for our table so we do not have to wait an hour and a half. I am sorry to tell her that in all the times I have eaten at Waraji that this was the first time that we have ever had to wait this long and we did not order in any other manor than we had tonight. It is going to be a long time if ever before I can go back to a place that I have been eating once a week for years.

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In my opinion, Waraji is the best sushi in Raleigh - hands down. I have tried several other restaurants but I am always disappointed. The fish is Waraji is very fresh and there is lots of it in and on the rolls. The wait can be long but I think it's worhwhile and it is fun if you're there with friends. Just go down the shopping center to the Mexican restaurant and have a beer while you wait. The staff is super friendly and are ready with suggestions. As many have said before, the Scary Jerry is the best.

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★★★★★

In my opinion, Waraji is the best sushi in Raleigh - hands down. I have tried several other restaurants but I am always disappointed. The fish is Waraji is very fresh and there is lots of it in and on the rolls. The wait can be long but I think it's worhwhile and it is fun if you're there with friends. Just go down the shopping center to the Mexican restaurant and have a beer while you wait. The staff is super friendly and are ready with suggestions. As many have said before, the Scary Jerry is the best.

Pros: Sushi, staff

Cons: no bar

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I LOVE sushi! Can't get enough of it! Waraji is my favorite of all of the sushi restaurants on Raleigh. We always try to get there as soon as they open at 5:30 during the week. That's the only way you can avoid the crowd, unless you've made reservations. There are many rolls and varieties of sushi to choose from. Some of the rolls are just MASSIVE! You may think $11 is a lot for a sushi roll, but when it comes out, you are like...Wow! I ordered too much! We've always had a pleasant experience at Waraji and continue to go back for special occasions or special treats to ourselves. It's a bit on the pricey side, so we do try to only go on special occasions. I'd definitely recommend going! The fish is extremely fresh!

If you go for lunch, sit at the sushi bar. You'll get your sushi quicker and the sushi chefs are pretty cool. You'll also get to see the fish right in front of you and see how fresh it is. Definitely good quality of fish! Try it! You'll like it!

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★★★★★

I LOVE sushi! Can't get enough of it! Waraji is my favorite of all of the sushi restaurants on Raleigh. We always try to get there as soon as they open at 5:30 during the week. That's the only way you can avoid the crowd, unless you've made reservations. There are many rolls and varieties of sushi to choose from. Some of the rolls are just MASSIVE! You may think $11 is a lot for a sushi roll, but when it comes out, you are like...Wow! I ordered too much! We've always had a pleasant experience at Waraji and continue to go back for special occasions or special treats to ourselves. It's a bit on the pricey side, so we do try to only go on special occasions. I'd definitely recommend going! The fish is extremely fresh!

If you go for lunch, sit at the sushi bar. You'll get your sushi quicker and the sushi chefs are pretty cool. You'll also get to see the fish right in front of you and see how fresh it is. Definitely good quality of fish! Try it! You'll like it!

Pros: Great sushi! Very fresh!

Cons: Pricey

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Great sushi in a great atmosphere. Try the green tea or red bean ice cream and you will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is. The spider roll is my favorite.

4
★★★★☆

Great sushi in a great atmosphere. Try the green tea or red bean ice cream and you will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is. The spider roll is my favorite.

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I went to Waraji with two other people once. I am glad that the conversation flowed, because the food was very slow in coming. Boy, howdy, it was good though! Every single thing on our tray was divine. The only thing that wasn't Delicious (note the capital "D") was a tofu appetizer that my vegetarian sister got. I would go back, but only if I have good company to pass the time with.

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★★★★☆

I went to Waraji with two other people once. I am glad that the conversation flowed, because the food was very slow in coming. Boy, howdy, it was good though! Every single thing on our tray was divine. The only thing that wasn't Delicious (note the capital "D") was a tofu appetizer that my vegetarian sister got. I would go back, but only if I have good company to pass the time with.

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I love sushi and japanese food. I've been to almost every single japanese restaurant in the triangle. Waraji is your best and safest bet. The service can be sketchy sometimes but not often. They have good quality sushi and food that are almost always very consistant. Probably the only place I recommend at any given time. There are other places in town that are great...but not always. To me consistant good quality food is the most important thing in a restaurant. Especially sushi restaurants.

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★★★★☆

I love sushi and japanese food. I've been to almost every single japanese restaurant in the triangle. Waraji is your best and safest bet. The service can be sketchy sometimes but not often. They have good quality sushi and food that are almost always very consistant. Probably the only place I recommend at any given time. There are other places in town that are great...but not always. To me consistant good quality food is the most important thing in a restaurant. Especially sushi restaurants.

Pros: Good consistant quality food and service at a reasonable price.

Cons: Nothing really. Maybe the wait on food and service at busy hours.

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I reviewed waraji first time and gave it a good rating....I said food was good and consistant..but what happened?...Next couple of times I went in was very disappointing. Service was bad..the server was rude and sushi fish quality was not great at all.. I recommended this place to alot of people...but it seemed I made a mistake.. I'll be honest...I enjoyed it the first time...but consistancy is definitely not there. They might have had a bad day but I will tell you that I did not finish my food. I really really hope next time will be whole lot better. Otherwise my recommendation is worth nothing. One of the best in country?..Lets not BS too much now...It's ok...but definitely not all that.....I'm not the one to not ever go back to a restaurant because of bad experiences...I always give it a few more tries...I hope it gets better so that I can re-review this place.

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★★☆☆☆

I reviewed waraji first time and gave it a good rating....I said food was good and consistant..but what happened?...Next couple of times I went in was very disappointing. Service was bad..the server was rude and sushi fish quality was not great at all.. I recommended this place to alot of people...but it seemed I made a mistake.. I'll be honest...I enjoyed it the first time...but consistancy is definitely not there. They might have had a bad day but I will tell you that I did not finish my food. I really really hope next time will be whole lot better. Otherwise my recommendation is worth nothing. One of the best in country?..Lets not BS too much now...It's ok...but definitely not all that.....I'm not the one to not ever go back to a restaurant because of bad experiences...I always give it a few more tries...I hope it gets better so that I can re-review this place.

Pros: Good food once in a while....definitely not worth all the hype.

Cons: Service, food inconsistancy, too much hype.

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Waraji's sushi sushimi is SO FRESH and DELICIOUS. The presentation is beautiful and the sushi bar is comfortable to sit at if you are eating by yourself or try one of the low tables if your with a group!! I recommend the SCARY JERRY roll....

Amazing sushi and friendly waitstaff that remember your name and often times your usual order. They serve soup and salad before bringing your sushi, so its a little added bonus!!

Would be a fun place for a date if youre comfortable shoving huge sushi rolls into your mouth!

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★★★★★

Waraji's sushi sushimi is SO FRESH and DELICIOUS. The presentation is beautiful and the sushi bar is comfortable to sit at if you are eating by yourself or try one of the low tables if your with a group!! I recommend the SCARY JERRY roll....

Amazing sushi and friendly waitstaff that remember your name and often times your usual order. They serve soup and salad before bringing your sushi, so its a little added bonus!!

Would be a fun place for a date if youre comfortable shoving huge sushi rolls into your mouth!

Pros: FABULOUS SUSHI!!!!!

Cons: a little pricey, but definitely worth it for the amazing food and service!

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love it, a gem in raleigh. if you like sushi, theres no better place in the area than waraji for quality sushi, and ive tried them all.

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★★★★★

love it, a gem in raleigh. if you like sushi, theres no better place in the area than waraji for quality sushi, and ive tried them all.

Pros: excellent sushi

Cons: sometimes a wait, but thats the mark of a great restaurant, and worth it.

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I've eaten at many sushi places around the triangle, and I'd have to say that Waraji is the best!
Most of the servers are very nice and have been working there for a long time! The sushi chefs are great to talk to! You should try a DD Special or a Scary Jerry! They aren't on the sushi menu, but if you ask the sushi chef, he'll make it for you! It is owned by a Japanese man by the name of Masa.
They get a sushi shipment every Monday, the fish is very fresh! I'm not sure what these people say when they say that the fish is "smelly." The green tea is delicious, tastes like the green tea from Japan! The hosts are so friendly!! They are quick to clean tables when very busy and are fun to talk to! They usually over-estimate the wait time by 30 minutes just so they don't get any complaints so if you sit tight, you'll usually get sat a lot quicker then expected.
Only thing I could complain about is the wait on food, the wait to be sat, and the restaurant should be bigger. They are planning to open up another sushi restaurant downtown!
But the sushi is definitely worth the wait! The tatami rooms are very fun, it's kid friendly. I suggest you make a reservation on weekdays. Unless you want to sit at the sushi bar. On weekends they only take reservations of 6 or more, which stinks.
They offer take-out, a lot of people complain about the wait, but they said that they put the order in when they receive it and it comes out the same printer as the ones the servers order the sushi on. The girls that do take out are very sweet. One leaves little notes on the receipts and the other is very kind on the phone and always is eager to help you if you need any! You get free soups or salad if for every 10 dollars or something. Their eZpoints system is great! You should asked to be signed up if you go there a lot

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★★★★★

I've eaten at many sushi places around the triangle, and I'd have to say that Waraji is the best!
Most of the servers are very nice and have been working there for a long time! The sushi chefs are great to talk to! You should try a DD Special or a Scary Jerry! They aren't on the sushi menu, but if you ask the sushi chef, he'll make it for you! It is owned by a Japanese man by the name of Masa.
They get a sushi shipment every Monday, the fish is very fresh! I'm not sure what these people say when they say that the fish is "smelly." The green tea is delicious, tastes like the green tea from Japan! The hosts are so friendly!! They are quick to clean tables when very busy and are fun to talk to! They usually over-estimate the wait time by 30 minutes just so they don't get any complaints so if you sit tight, you'll usually get sat a lot quicker then expected.
Only thing I could complain about is the wait on food, the wait to be sat, and the restaurant should be bigger. They are planning to open up another sushi restaurant downtown!
But the sushi is definitely worth the wait! The tatami rooms are very fun, it's kid friendly. I suggest you make a reservation on weekdays. Unless you want to sit at the sushi bar. On weekends they only take reservations of 6 or more, which stinks.
They offer take-out, a lot of people complain about the wait, but they said that they put the order in when they receive it and it comes out the same printer as the ones the servers order the sushi on. The girls that do take out are very sweet. One leaves little notes on the receipts and the other is very kind on the phone and always is eager to help you if you need any! You get free soups or salad if for every 10 dollars or something. Their eZpoints system is great! You should asked to be signed up if you go there a lot

Pros: Fresh fish, service, great location, great sushi and friendly staff!!

Cons: wait on food, and size of restaurant.

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Let me first say that the folks @ Waraji do an excellent job serving good sushi in a place where most palates are unsophisticated. Most restaurants go for extra profit by lowering the grade of materials used.
While comparing this fine Raleigh establishment to Shimizu or Araki in Tokyo is completely irrelevant in context of "sushi", Waraji is ok even when compared to places like Sushi of Gari in NYC.
Long story short - GREAT JOB guys!

Now for details on sushi....
Rice is done correctly @ Waraji despite many restaurants getting it wrong in the Triangle.
Many restaurants use low grade California rice. Next time when you are at Waraji, look @ the rice. The grains are milky white, and they are uniform. Seasoning is important as well. Most restaurants use
"sushi powder". It's hard to make good sushi rice with vinegar, salt, and sometimes, sugar, since
it's hard to get real rice vinegar in the US. The rice @ Waraji is balanced and nothing sticks out. It's a
good vehicle for "neta" or topping.
Fish: tuna comes from a distributor who has access to higher grade Atlantic bluefin tuna (port of entry=boston). There is only 1 other place in the Triangle who is doing business with this distributor. There's nothing wrong with other types of tuna - if they are handled properly...but with great regret, i must inform
everyone that 99% of "sushi grade" tuna in the US is quite simply "way below par" by Japanese standards.
Good job Waraji, for serving us this lower margin (therefore higher cost performance to us!) product.
they usually have several varieties of "white fish" - my favorites at Waraji are "hirame" (halibut?) and rockfish. Other staples, such as squid and mackerel are average. Sea urchin comes from either Canada
or West Coast. No grade "B" bagged sea urchin here...(as opposed to other places). Also, the premium items cycle a lot quicker here (Japanese customers and well educated Americans eat here) resulting in always fresh stock...

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★★★★★

Let me first say that the folks @ Waraji do an excellent job serving good sushi in a place where most palates are unsophisticated. Most restaurants go for extra profit by lowering the grade of materials used.
While comparing this fine Raleigh establishment to Shimizu or Araki in Tokyo is completely irrelevant in context of "sushi", Waraji is ok even when compared to places like Sushi of Gari in NYC.
Long story short - GREAT JOB guys!

Now for details on sushi....
Rice is done correctly @ Waraji despite many restaurants getting it wrong in the Triangle.
Many restaurants use low grade California rice. Next time when you are at Waraji, look @ the rice. The grains are milky white, and they are uniform. Seasoning is important as well. Most restaurants use
"sushi powder". It's hard to make good sushi rice with vinegar, salt, and sometimes, sugar, since
it's hard to get real rice vinegar in the US. The rice @ Waraji is balanced and nothing sticks out. It's a
good vehicle for "neta" or topping.
Fish: tuna comes from a distributor who has access to higher grade Atlantic bluefin tuna (port of entry=boston). There is only 1 other place in the Triangle who is doing business with this distributor. There's nothing wrong with other types of tuna - if they are handled properly...but with great regret, i must inform
everyone that 99% of "sushi grade" tuna in the US is quite simply "way below par" by Japanese standards.
Good job Waraji, for serving us this lower margin (therefore higher cost performance to us!) product.
they usually have several varieties of "white fish" - my favorites at Waraji are "hirame" (halibut?) and rockfish. Other staples, such as squid and mackerel are average. Sea urchin comes from either Canada
or West Coast. No grade "B" bagged sea urchin here...(as opposed to other places). Also, the premium items cycle a lot quicker here (Japanese customers and well educated Americans eat here) resulting in always fresh stock...

Pros: One of the best sushi venues in the Triangle

Cons: Kids on the sushi counter

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Excellent Sushi. If you like spicy/sweet Ask Chef David to make you a ScaryJerry roll! Thes guys are good.

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★★★★★

Excellent Sushi. If you like spicy/sweet Ask Chef David to make you a ScaryJerry roll! Thes guys are good.

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Waited 70 mins for food to arrive, another 15 mins to pay my bill. At the end, had to get up and find a manager/owner (Kenji Tomashiro) to ask him to please process my CC so I can leave. Overheard a waitress talking about someone leaving w/o paying the bill; not surprising at all, I was very close to doing the same.
The food was OK, but not the best sushi in the area though. Talked to the owner, but he did not really care.

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★☆☆☆☆

Waited 70 mins for food to arrive, another 15 mins to pay my bill. At the end, had to get up and find a manager/owner (Kenji Tomashiro) to ask him to please process my CC so I can leave. Overheard a waitress talking about someone leaving w/o paying the bill; not surprising at all, I was very close to doing the same.
The food was OK, but not the best sushi in the area though. Talked to the owner, but he did not really care.

Pros: OK sushi

Cons: not worth the wait

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Waraji is well-known for great service and great food. The staff there are one-of-a-kind seeing that they take the time to get to know their customers on a personal level. Always with a smile on their face and more than willing to make your waraji experience, the best there could be. The hosts and hostesses are just lovely and very polite. The wait can be a little tiring but it is expected. Waraji has had number one ratings numerous amount of times so it is not a surprise that it can become packed very quickly. Some may say that the wait for the food takes a while, but that too is expected if the restaurant is packed. I'm sure that the staff do what they can to get the food out in a timely fashion (even if it can take awhile). If people complain about waiting for their food, then I'm sure Harris Teeter is open to them to buy ready-to-go sushi. I love the restaurant and the people there! The sushi is great and so are the chefs! I would definitely recommend Waraji to anyone and everyone!

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★★★★★

Waraji is well-known for great service and great food. The staff there are one-of-a-kind seeing that they take the time to get to know their customers on a personal level. Always with a smile on their face and more than willing to make your waraji experience, the best there could be. The hosts and hostesses are just lovely and very polite. The wait can be a little tiring but it is expected. Waraji has had number one ratings numerous amount of times so it is not a surprise that it can become packed very quickly. Some may say that the wait for the food takes a while, but that too is expected if the restaurant is packed. I'm sure that the staff do what they can to get the food out in a timely fashion (even if it can take awhile). If people complain about waiting for their food, then I'm sure Harris Teeter is open to them to buy ready-to-go sushi. I love the restaurant and the people there! The sushi is great and so are the chefs! I would definitely recommend Waraji to anyone and everyone!

Pros: great food, great atmosphere, FANTASTIC service

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I've heard from a few people that this is the best sushi in the area. That might be true, I can't really comment on that. Being a vegetarian, my options were pretty limited - much moreso than at Sushi Blues and ShabaShabu. There was nothing the least bit creative on the menu as far as vegetarian items are concerned, but that's not really the problem - I've long gotten over the fact that some restaurants don't cater to my diet. What really bothered me about Waraji was the wait. I'm not talking about the long line to get in (I'm sure that's frustrating, but I went with five friends and we made reservations so we were at least seated promptly). We placed our orders and then began the wait. We went through a round of drinks and then another. Then we had another. I had to wonder if they weren't just hoping we would get enough alcohol in us to forget that we actually placed an order. It was a good hour and a half before we got our food. It was probably the most ridiculous wait I've ever had for a meal. To make matters worse, the waitress had absolutely no sympathy and as much as told us, "yeah, it happens all the time, what are you going to do?" And I guess she didn't need to care because, with our party of six, her tip was already secured on the bill. I noticed at least one other group in our vicinity who were visibly upset by the delay and I have another friend who told me that he and his wife once left the restaurant without getting their food because the wait was so long. I guess the sushi really must be the best in the area if so many people are willing to endure such terrible service (and it was on a Wednesday night, to boot - I'd hate to show up on a weekend!). Next time I want "the best sushi around" I'll hop a plane to Japan - it'll be quicker.

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★★☆☆☆

I've heard from a few people that this is the best sushi in the area. That might be true, I can't really comment on that. Being a vegetarian, my options were pretty limited - much moreso than at Sushi Blues and ShabaShabu. There was nothing the least bit creative on the menu as far as vegetarian items are concerned, but that's not really the problem - I've long gotten over the fact that some restaurants don't cater to my diet. What really bothered me about Waraji was the wait. I'm not talking about the long line to get in (I'm sure that's frustrating, but I went with five friends and we made reservations so we were at least seated promptly). We placed our orders and then began the wait. We went through a round of drinks and then another. Then we had another. I had to wonder if they weren't just hoping we would get enough alcohol in us to forget that we actually placed an order. It was a good hour and a half before we got our food. It was probably the most ridiculous wait I've ever had for a meal. To make matters worse, the waitress had absolutely no sympathy and as much as told us, "yeah, it happens all the time, what are you going to do?" And I guess she didn't need to care because, with our party of six, her tip was already secured on the bill. I noticed at least one other group in our vicinity who were visibly upset by the delay and I have another friend who told me that he and his wife once left the restaurant without getting their food because the wait was so long. I guess the sushi really must be the best in the area if so many people are willing to endure such terrible service (and it was on a Wednesday night, to boot - I'd hate to show up on a weekend!). Next time I want "the best sushi around" I'll hop a plane to Japan - it'll be quicker.

Pros: great place for fasting

Cons: incredibly long wait for food, indifferent waitstaff

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Out of the whole "Waraji" experience I expected great food, great service, and a well kept environment. So...... of course ..... they had it all. But most of all I liked waiting at the front for 45 min to an hour. Why did I like it you say? Because the hosts that Waraji are the BEST in town. They are well mannered and always there for a great conversation. Ever since the first time I went in, they have yet to forget my name, Mr. Witicker! There is a nice young boy that works there that always looks sharp. He always keeps a smile on his face even when it's busy, because he knows that the people that wait for the sushi are going to get the best damn sushi ever made!!! The best days to eat are the days when the two top notch hosts are working. I will like to keep their names anonymous so I will call them Thunder and Lightening. When Thunder and Lightening are working they are quick and fast at getting people seated. They can't do much about a 45 min wait, but when people pop out of their seats, they are on it like thunder and lightening. These two names suit the well mannered boys very well. Obviously if your going into a restaurant with a parking lot full of cars, and a restaurant with seats already filled, lets be reasonable people... your going to have to wait for food even when you get seated. If your too lazy to wait for food, why even go out and eat, cook at home. Quit complaining about a bad experience, and food smelling fishy.. To be honest.. I didn't know fish could have a fishy smell to it. Other than that, the hosts are unique and one of their kind. People complain about how long the wait is, well it's not their fault. They were just hired, from the best out there, to take reservations, write down the names on the waitlist, and take to go orders. They seem the busiest out of everyone. Whenever i get a to go order I always leave a phat tip for them. I mean lets not be cheap, they are actually serving us, as we are in a seat.THUNDER!

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★★★★★

Out of the whole "Waraji" experience I expected great food, great service, and a well kept environment. So...... of course ..... they had it all. But most of all I liked waiting at the front for 45 min to an hour. Why did I like it you say? Because the hosts that Waraji are the BEST in town. They are well mannered and always there for a great conversation. Ever since the first time I went in, they have yet to forget my name, Mr. Witicker! There is a nice young boy that works there that always looks sharp. He always keeps a smile on his face even when it's busy, because he knows that the people that wait for the sushi are going to get the best damn sushi ever made!!! The best days to eat are the days when the two top notch hosts are working. I will like to keep their names anonymous so I will call them Thunder and Lightening. When Thunder and Lightening are working they are quick and fast at getting people seated. They can't do much about a 45 min wait, but when people pop out of their seats, they are on it like thunder and lightening. These two names suit the well mannered boys very well. Obviously if your going into a restaurant with a parking lot full of cars, and a restaurant with seats already filled, lets be reasonable people... your going to have to wait for food even when you get seated. If your too lazy to wait for food, why even go out and eat, cook at home. Quit complaining about a bad experience, and food smelling fishy.. To be honest.. I didn't know fish could have a fishy smell to it. Other than that, the hosts are unique and one of their kind. People complain about how long the wait is, well it's not their fault. They were just hired, from the best out there, to take reservations, write down the names on the waitlist, and take to go orders. They seem the busiest out of everyone. Whenever i get a to go order I always leave a phat tip for them. I mean lets not be cheap, they are actually serving us, as we are in a seat.THUNDER!

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I have tried sushi all over Raleigh and sadly I have to group Waraji with the worst sushi restaurants of Raleigh. I ordered green tea, the Waraji roll, and ton katsu. You can't really mess up green tea, but my problem was with the poor service. It was hardly ever refilled. I naturally ordered the Waraji roll because it was the restaurant roll after all and I was extremely disappointed. The roll was cut into 4 pieces and was way too big. each piece had to be eaten in at least 3 bites and I wasn't able to taste the roll's flavor in its entirety. The tempura soft shell crab in the roll was obviously fried for a little too long. I tore off a part of the leg and found it to be HOLLOW. An obvious sign that it was not fresh and most likely frozen. My main course was a traditional Japanese dish called ton katsu and I was disappointed again. I took one bite and I was done. There was too much sauce and made the entire dish very soggy and unappetizing. I sat at the sushi bar and the head sushi chef, who I think is the owner, saw that I was unsatisfied and tried to remedy the situatiion by offering me free ice cream. It was a nice, but weak gesture. Free, cheap ice cream does not make up for a terrible dinner. To top it off, the waitress did not speak very good English (if at all) and my dining experience at Waraji was very bland. A lot of people say that Mura and Waraji are rivals, but Waraji doesn't stand a fighting chance!

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★★★☆☆

I have tried sushi all over Raleigh and sadly I have to group Waraji with the worst sushi restaurants of Raleigh. I ordered green tea, the Waraji roll, and ton katsu. You can't really mess up green tea, but my problem was with the poor service. It was hardly ever refilled. I naturally ordered the Waraji roll because it was the restaurant roll after all and I was extremely disappointed. The roll was cut into 4 pieces and was way too big. each piece had to be eaten in at least 3 bites and I wasn't able to taste the roll's flavor in its entirety. The tempura soft shell crab in the roll was obviously fried for a little too long. I tore off a part of the leg and found it to be HOLLOW. An obvious sign that it was not fresh and most likely frozen. My main course was a traditional Japanese dish called ton katsu and I was disappointed again. I took one bite and I was done. There was too much sauce and made the entire dish very soggy and unappetizing. I sat at the sushi bar and the head sushi chef, who I think is the owner, saw that I was unsatisfied and tried to remedy the situatiion by offering me free ice cream. It was a nice, but weak gesture. Free, cheap ice cream does not make up for a terrible dinner. To top it off, the waitress did not speak very good English (if at all) and my dining experience at Waraji was very bland. A lot of people say that Mura and Waraji are rivals, but Waraji doesn't stand a fighting chance!

Cons: long wait, inadequate wait staff, sushi not fresh

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This is by far the *best* sushi place in all of triangle that I have tried - The wait time is horrendous but it speaks volumes for the quality of their food. It is Japanese owned so the style is truly Japanese. Also it's a family and very loyal people who work for them. The food is truly delicious, so if you are going for great fresh sushi this is the place. Not sure if it was my lucky day or the norm, the sashimi portion was very generous and that is hard to see. :)!

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★★★★★

This is by far the *best* sushi place in all of triangle that I have tried - The wait time is horrendous but it speaks volumes for the quality of their food. It is Japanese owned so the style is truly Japanese. Also it's a family and very loyal people who work for them. The food is truly delicious, so if you are going for great fresh sushi this is the place. Not sure if it was my lucky day or the norm, the sashimi portion was very generous and that is hard to see. :)!

Pros: Great freshest sushi

Cons: wait time

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This restaurant consistently gets great reviews and yet I consistently have poor experiences here...Yet I keep coming back out of wishful thinking....The service is always horrible and I swear the same waitstaff has been there for years...Recently went back in hopes of having a good experience...At 9pm on a weekday with a half empty restaurant it took an hour and half to get our food...The sushi always tastes fishy and not fresh...It seems to take a miracle to get service or-gasp-refills! The atmosphere is lacking-lots of bright light-not at all romantic or cozy...I just still don't get why it's got such a high rating....Am I missing something? Go to Mura instead and have a truly enjoyable meal...

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant consistently gets great reviews and yet I consistently have poor experiences here...Yet I keep coming back out of wishful thinking....The service is always horrible and I swear the same waitstaff has been there for years...Recently went back in hopes of having a good experience...At 9pm on a weekday with a half empty restaurant it took an hour and half to get our food...The sushi always tastes fishy and not fresh...It seems to take a miracle to get service or-gasp-refills! The atmosphere is lacking-lots of bright light-not at all romantic or cozy...I just still don't get why it's got such a high rating....Am I missing something? Go to Mura instead and have a truly enjoyable meal...

Pros: Parking?

Cons: Food, service, atmosphere, value

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One of the better sushi restaurants I have sampled in the Triangle. The Saturday half price sushi special is tempting, too. The only annoying thing is that they refuse to split the bill, so diners are left to haggle among themselves.

Though Waraji is a Japanese restaurant, I have to say that the Thai noodles are also fantastic.

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★★★☆☆

One of the better sushi restaurants I have sampled in the Triangle. The Saturday half price sushi special is tempting, too. The only annoying thing is that they refuse to split the bill, so diners are left to haggle among themselves.

Though Waraji is a Japanese restaurant, I have to say that the Thai noodles are also fantastic.

 

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