Murata Restaurant

★★★★☆

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Hours
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Friday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM
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Although they do serve white-people sushi, I dig this place because their specials is legit that even Ryoshiro would eat himself. I've been a religious weekly customer for nearly 8 years now and their Chirashi never fails. It's gone up in

3
★★★★★

Although they do serve white-people sushi, I dig this place because their specials is legit that even Ryoshiro would eat himself. I've been a religious weekly customer for nearly 8 years now and their Chirashi never fails. It's gone up in

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Sashimi is not just cut raw fish. When you watch the preparations of a master, look carefully at how the fish is held and moved as though it were still swimming. Murata is far better than Nobu.

For sushi, rice is the beginning and few do it better. I consider Murata to be on par with Nozawa.

If you are poor, go to mcdonalds instead.

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★★★★★

Sashimi is not just cut raw fish. When you watch the preparations of a master, look carefully at how the fish is held and moved as though it were still swimming. Murata is far better than Nobu.

For sushi, rice is the beginning and few do it better. I consider Murata to be on par with Nozawa.

If you are poor, go to mcdonalds instead.

Pros: quality and presentation

Cons: you might need a reservation

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Recommend by business associates -- they were correct. My Japanese friends and I agreed that it was the best sushi any of us ever had. Though we did set a new record for the highest bill -- $100 each with no alcohol. That said, worth ever penny and I am going back tomorrow!!

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★★★★★

Recommend by business associates -- they were correct. My Japanese friends and I agreed that it was the best sushi any of us ever had. Though we did set a new record for the highest bill -- $100 each with no alcohol. That said, worth ever penny and I am going back tomorrow!!

Pros: Fresh everything - abalone was unbelievable!

Cons: $$$$$

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i've been going here for years. love their food, it is always so fresh and sinfully yummy. the rainbow roll is a good choice, spicy tuna rolls are scrumptious too.

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★★★★★

i've been going here for years. love their food, it is always so fresh and sinfully yummy. the rainbow roll is a good choice, spicy tuna rolls are scrumptious too.

Pros: food is incredible, owner is precious

Cons: a little on the spendy side

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An absolutely terribly experience: after inquiring about a chef's choice/omakase situation and receiving an enthusiastic "yes," my boyfriend and I were served 1 plate of New Year's pickles/slices of fish cake, a cucumber salad with two slices of sea cucumber, a serving of matsutake soup ($7.00 on the menu), and 9 pieces each of dry, unremarkable fish, including unagi that we both concluded was definitely off and could not eat. We drank tea throughout. The bill was brought with a slice of pineapple. The total: $160.00. A perfunctory tally of what these items would have cost if ordered a la carte: $30-35/person.

Restaurant Murata took advantage of two willing, eager customers looking for what we'd been told would be a memorable experience. We received a massively unfair bill and sub-par, generic sushi. We will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

An absolutely terribly experience: after inquiring about a chef's choice/omakase situation and receiving an enthusiastic "yes," my boyfriend and I were served 1 plate of New Year's pickles/slices of fish cake, a cucumber salad with two slices of sea cucumber, a serving of matsutake soup ($7.00 on the menu), and 9 pieces each of dry, unremarkable fish, including unagi that we both concluded was definitely off and could not eat. We drank tea throughout. The bill was brought with a slice of pineapple. The total: $160.00. A perfunctory tally of what these items would have cost if ordered a la carte: $30-35/person.

Restaurant Murata took advantage of two willing, eager customers looking for what we'd been told would be a memorable experience. We received a massively unfair bill and sub-par, generic sushi. We will not be returning.

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My boyfriend and I wanted to go out to a nice Japanese restaurant so we did a google search and found "Restaurant Murata". I love Sushi and finding a good sushi restaurant back home in Illinois is very hard. We had three sushi rolls: the california roll, the cucumber roll, and the spicy tuna roll. All three were delicious! We had water, green tea, and hot sake to drink. Their specialty is their green tea, which they make there from fresh tea leaves and it was amazing! We couldn't stop asking for more. I was new to sake, so that was an interesting experience. I liked it for sure. We shared an entree....the sirloin beef tips over veggies with a bowl of rice. They brought us an extra bowl of rice at NO EXTRA CHARGE since we were sharing the entree. Very nice of them. I know it's only a bowl of rice, but still. The waitresses were very nice and polite. They wore kimonos, which was neat. They have little rooms for bigger groups of people where you can sit at the tables that are low to the ground and you sit on pillows. (Or you can kneel on them like they do traditionally.) With the entree came a bowl of soup that I couldn't put down and an interesting custard. For dessert, a slice of cantaloupe per person. Including the tip, our total was $53 for the three sushi rolls, an entree that we shared, green tea, and a small bottle of sake. I thought it was a good deal, since the food was absolutely amazing and the service was very friendly. I'd definitely take my friends and family there when they come out for a visit.

5
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I wanted to go out to a nice Japanese restaurant so we did a google search and found "Restaurant Murata". I love Sushi and finding a good sushi restaurant back home in Illinois is very hard. We had three sushi rolls: the california roll, the cucumber roll, and the spicy tuna roll. All three were delicious! We had water, green tea, and hot sake to drink. Their specialty is their green tea, which they make there from fresh tea leaves and it was amazing! We couldn't stop asking for more. I was new to sake, so that was an interesting experience. I liked it for sure. We shared an entree....the sirloin beef tips over veggies with a bowl of rice. They brought us an extra bowl of rice at NO EXTRA CHARGE since we were sharing the entree. Very nice of them. I know it's only a bowl of rice, but still. The waitresses were very nice and polite. They wore kimonos, which was neat. They have little rooms for bigger groups of people where you can sit at the tables that are low to the ground and you sit on pillows. (Or you can kneel on them like they do traditionally.) With the entree came a bowl of soup that I couldn't put down and an interesting custard. For dessert, a slice of cantaloupe per person. Including the tip, our total was $53 for the three sushi rolls, an entree that we shared, green tea, and a small bottle of sake. I thought it was a good deal, since the food was absolutely amazing and the service was very friendly. I'd definitely take my friends and family there when they come out for a visit.

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I haven't had any vacation in past 30 years, and my old business partner invited me to US from Japan for my retirement anniversary . My friend asked me to try Japanese foods in the US, and we went to this restaurant.

To be honest, this restaurant is not acceptable customer service at all. 1) We used a Tatami room, and waited 20 minutes for menu to come. 2) We ordered some sushi and dinner meals, and the waitresses forgot to serve an appetizer, and came after the dessert. 3) Bring the bill before the dessert. 4) No customer service except order, bring foods, and bills. 4) As I was a business man traveling around in the world, and as a Japanese customer, this restaurant should not be represented as a Japanese food restaurant.

I went to several Japanese restaurant in the following weeks in Portland. This place is the worst ever in the US. I am writing this here because they should have had a good customer service and we would like to keep the quality of Japanese restaurant with both foods and customer service.

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★☆☆☆☆

I haven't had any vacation in past 30 years, and my old business partner invited me to US from Japan for my retirement anniversary . My friend asked me to try Japanese foods in the US, and we went to this restaurant.

To be honest, this restaurant is not acceptable customer service at all. 1) We used a Tatami room, and waited 20 minutes for menu to come. 2) We ordered some sushi and dinner meals, and the waitresses forgot to serve an appetizer, and came after the dessert. 3) Bring the bill before the dessert. 4) No customer service except order, bring foods, and bills. 4) As I was a business man traveling around in the world, and as a Japanese customer, this restaurant should not be represented as a Japanese food restaurant.

I went to several Japanese restaurant in the following weeks in Portland. This place is the worst ever in the US. I am writing this here because they should have had a good customer service and we would like to keep the quality of Japanese restaurant with both foods and customer service.

Pros: not authentic foods at all

Cons: Bad customer service

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fresh sushi, creative apps, Kimono wearing waitress at dinner time. Great place to go to for good authentic japanese food. Their rice soup is one of the best in town.

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★★★★★

fresh sushi, creative apps, Kimono wearing waitress at dinner time. Great place to go to for good authentic japanese food. Their rice soup is one of the best in town.

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There was little Murata had to recommend itself to me, other than the fact it held up other reviewers' claims that the restaurant was authentic. Come to think of it, Subway, Denny's and Applebees are authentic American dining experiences, and so it is useless to equivocate "authentic" with "good." I don't know what all the stir has been about Murata. There are plenty of better Japanese places in town; I think that my experience of eating at Murata underscores the sad fact that downtown Portland has no decent Japanese food venue -- you're better off on the east side, out Woodstock, or even eating "fusion" Japanese on E. Broadway. Food: The rice was perfect. saba was cooked for goodness sake (!) and served without shiso, perhaps not a crime, but odd enough. Fatty tuna was a tough cut. Presentation was unembellished, the edamame was as tired out as the staff, and we left there lighter in the pocketbook but all the world wiser. Good authentic Japanese food? Go West, go to Hillsboro.

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★★☆☆☆

There was little Murata had to recommend itself to me, other than the fact it held up other reviewers' claims that the restaurant was authentic. Come to think of it, Subway, Denny's and Applebees are authentic American dining experiences, and so it is useless to equivocate "authentic" with "good." I don't know what all the stir has been about Murata. There are plenty of better Japanese places in town; I think that my experience of eating at Murata underscores the sad fact that downtown Portland has no decent Japanese food venue -- you're better off on the east side, out Woodstock, or even eating "fusion" Japanese on E. Broadway. Food: The rice was perfect. saba was cooked for goodness sake (!) and served without shiso, perhaps not a crime, but odd enough. Fatty tuna was a tough cut. Presentation was unembellished, the edamame was as tired out as the staff, and we left there lighter in the pocketbook but all the world wiser. Good authentic Japanese food? Go West, go to Hillsboro.

Pros: Harsh fluorescent lighting made it easy to see the portions

Cons: The exit was too far from our table

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I went to Murata because of all the reviews on it calling it (best of the North West!!) I was greatly disappointed. I ordered two things: salmon roll, soft shell crab roll. I was sitting at the bar, so had full view.
1) the salmon roll was basically a spread of rice, and a spread of mashed salmon over it. It tasted almost like tuna! No spices. Nothing.
2) I had to wait 15 minutes for the soft shell roll. The waitress even brought the bill before the chef gave her a hard eye. She pulled it, jumping with apology.
3) after 15 minutes someone came out the kitchen with a fried "alien". The chef put that lien as it is, over a spread of rice and rolled it and cut it up. Again, no spices, no art, nothing.
4) As I bit into the soft shell roll, it burnt my tongue. I had no idea they would be this hot.
5) the chef while preparing other orders, would heat and reheat fish in a small oven, over used aluminum. the fesh smelled stale. looked browned.
6) the waitresses were overly friendly. almost superficial. there was a continuing symphony of "hi" "bye" "thank you" in japanese, and it was intimidating to me since I spoke no japanese and didn't know how to respond. also, it was irritating having to respond twenty times.
7) I paid $20 plus tip. what a waste!

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★★☆☆☆

I went to Murata because of all the reviews on it calling it (best of the North West!!) I was greatly disappointed. I ordered two things: salmon roll, soft shell crab roll. I was sitting at the bar, so had full view.
1) the salmon roll was basically a spread of rice, and a spread of mashed salmon over it. It tasted almost like tuna! No spices. Nothing.
2) I had to wait 15 minutes for the soft shell roll. The waitress even brought the bill before the chef gave her a hard eye. She pulled it, jumping with apology.
3) after 15 minutes someone came out the kitchen with a fried "alien". The chef put that lien as it is, over a spread of rice and rolled it and cut it up. Again, no spices, no art, nothing.
4) As I bit into the soft shell roll, it burnt my tongue. I had no idea they would be this hot.
5) the chef while preparing other orders, would heat and reheat fish in a small oven, over used aluminum. the fesh smelled stale. looked browned.
6) the waitresses were overly friendly. almost superficial. there was a continuing symphony of "hi" "bye" "thank you" in japanese, and it was intimidating to me since I spoke no japanese and didn't know how to respond. also, it was irritating having to respond twenty times.
7) I paid $20 plus tip. what a waste!

Pros: location

Cons: price, work hours, quality, freshness

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Those are the best sushi I have eaten in the Pacific Northwest Area. I don't know why some people really hate the restaurant that much. ALL of the Japanese and Asia Pro Sports player who plays in the U.S major league, to name a few (Ichiro, Nomo, Jojima, Yao Ming) have been there and left signatures and photos with the chef. I can't see why their food is as bad as people mentioned. And I myself have been dining authentic Japanese sushi for over 15 years in Japan, asia, Canada and US. This is one of the three best sushi restaurant I have been to. If people think the food portion is too small, this isn't the right place for you, maybe Todai sushi buffet will be better for you to fill up your stomach. But this is Authentic Sushi, the size, the way the chief made the sushi.

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★★★★★

Those are the best sushi I have eaten in the Pacific Northwest Area. I don't know why some people really hate the restaurant that much. ALL of the Japanese and Asia Pro Sports player who plays in the U.S major league, to name a few (Ichiro, Nomo, Jojima, Yao Ming) have been there and left signatures and photos with the chef. I can't see why their food is as bad as people mentioned. And I myself have been dining authentic Japanese sushi for over 15 years in Japan, asia, Canada and US. This is one of the three best sushi restaurant I have been to. If people think the food portion is too small, this isn't the right place for you, maybe Todai sushi buffet will be better for you to fill up your stomach. But this is Authentic Sushi, the size, the way the chief made the sushi.

Pros: Fresh Sushi, fully experienced (over 30 years) sushi chief

Cons: Food like Tempura just average, better save it for sushi only

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Not cheap or romantic... just great sushi. Possibly the best sushi in Portland. Fresh and very tasty.

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★★★★★

Not cheap or romantic... just great sushi. Possibly the best sushi in Portland. Fresh and very tasty.

Pros: Valet parking

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I have traveled all over the world and had some of the best sushi. I also owned my own restaurant so I know what goes into quality sushi and poor sushi that the owner is trying to save some money on. This sushi is really not good and I will not go back there. I discovered this revuew site a little too late. If I read the reviews I would not have gone. I do not understand how they claim to have fresh fish and it is not. No respecting chef would serve what they do. You do not have to listen to me, but you will not be happy with the service or food. You will only waste your time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have traveled all over the world and had some of the best sushi. I also owned my own restaurant so I know what goes into quality sushi and poor sushi that the owner is trying to save some money on. This sushi is really not good and I will not go back there. I discovered this revuew site a little too late. If I read the reviews I would not have gone. I do not understand how they claim to have fresh fish and it is not. No respecting chef would serve what they do. You do not have to listen to me, but you will not be happy with the service or food. You will only waste your time and money.

Pros: no pros

Cons: everything about them

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I don't understand what people are saying with the good reviews!!! I read.... I went.... I ate.... it was horrible!!! I truly believe that they are now depending and surviving on their past reputation and reviews! Who serves smoked salmon and cooked mackerel as sushi?!?!? I asked why... they gave me the cold shoulder. The sushi rolls are mostly rice and tiny pieces of cheap fish and loaded with veggies (which is a way for them to save money).... No customer service at all! You can check it out and see for yourself, but you will be disappointed.... I wish I read the negative reviews on the restaurant before I went there! I found out too late! I don't think our family or my colleagues will ever go back there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't understand what people are saying with the good reviews!!! I read.... I went.... I ate.... it was horrible!!! I truly believe that they are now depending and surviving on their past reputation and reviews! Who serves smoked salmon and cooked mackerel as sushi?!?!? I asked why... they gave me the cold shoulder. The sushi rolls are mostly rice and tiny pieces of cheap fish and loaded with veggies (which is a way for them to save money).... No customer service at all! You can check it out and see for yourself, but you will be disappointed.... I wish I read the negative reviews on the restaurant before I went there! I found out too late! I don't think our family or my colleagues will ever go back there.

Pros: ?

Cons: fish is cheap quality, service is bad

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I love sushi so when I moved to Portland recently, I asked for recommendations and checked the reviews on City Search. I have to say that although I've relied on the City Search reviews a lot, I've never really been compelled to write a review until now. I couln't believe that a place that received such great reviews served smoked fish and called it fresh sashimi! I think they're now getting by on past good reviews. What they should be really concerned about is keeping the quality of their sushi consistent, rather than now skimping on quality to save a few bucks!

We went twice just ourselves and thought it was satisfactory. Service was not great but we weren't too bothered because we equated with the small business type dealings. So, when my family and our family Pastor and his wife flew in from out of state to see our new home in Oregon, we wanted to take them out to sushi. It was their last day in Portland and we wanted to make our last meal together for a long time special. We asked the waitress if the chef could make a special sashimi platter for our table. We stressed we wanted fresh fish and top quality. We were assured that for the $90 plate, we would receive the best. What did we get? Smoked fish! Anyone who really knows sushi, knows that this is very cheap for the restaurants to get and this is a way for them to charge a lot to their customers (by calling is sushi) and then serving them smoked/cooked fish! It's insulting to customers that they assume that their clientel wouldn't know the difference.

I would never to go this place again. I would be embarrassed to take anyone to Murata and have them serve smoked fish- calling it sashimi! Sushi lovers-- there are so many quality sushi restaurants out there-- don't waste your money on this place.

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★★★☆☆

I love sushi so when I moved to Portland recently, I asked for recommendations and checked the reviews on City Search. I have to say that although I've relied on the City Search reviews a lot, I've never really been compelled to write a review until now. I couln't believe that a place that received such great reviews served smoked fish and called it fresh sashimi! I think they're now getting by on past good reviews. What they should be really concerned about is keeping the quality of their sushi consistent, rather than now skimping on quality to save a few bucks!

We went twice just ourselves and thought it was satisfactory. Service was not great but we weren't too bothered because we equated with the small business type dealings. So, when my family and our family Pastor and his wife flew in from out of state to see our new home in Oregon, we wanted to take them out to sushi. It was their last day in Portland and we wanted to make our last meal together for a long time special. We asked the waitress if the chef could make a special sashimi platter for our table. We stressed we wanted fresh fish and top quality. We were assured that for the $90 plate, we would receive the best. What did we get? Smoked fish! Anyone who really knows sushi, knows that this is very cheap for the restaurants to get and this is a way for them to charge a lot to their customers (by calling is sushi) and then serving them smoked/cooked fish! It's insulting to customers that they assume that their clientel wouldn't know the difference.

I would never to go this place again. I would be embarrassed to take anyone to Murata and have them serve smoked fish- calling it sashimi! Sushi lovers-- there are so many quality sushi restaurants out there-- don't waste your money on this place.

Pros: Can't think of anything....

Cons: Horrible sushi! Smoked fish... not real sashimi! Below average service.

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I tried 3 different and two entrees on a recent visit to Murata. I had the california, spicy tuna, and river eel rolls. While the fish was extremely fresh and the flavor of the rolls was good, the rice was too mushy and the rolls kept falling apart (it seemed like they were not rolled especially well). If you don't mind bad texture, then you'll definitely like the rolls. I also tried the fatty tuna nigiri. I usually don't like tuna, but after reading the reviews on citysearch, just had to see how fresh the fish was. It was definitely fresh. Compared to

The two entrees i tried were the tonkatsu dinner and fried oysters a la carte. the oysters were large and juicy, but lacked flavor. the tonkatsu was nothing to write home about.

Service was somewhat slow despite it being such a small restaurant and there being two waitresses. The waitresses were not very attentive to our refill needs. for a resturant that is supposedly nice, i felt the ambience and decor lacking. it seemed to lack elegance and personality.

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★★★★☆

I tried 3 different and two entrees on a recent visit to Murata. I had the california, spicy tuna, and river eel rolls. While the fish was extremely fresh and the flavor of the rolls was good, the rice was too mushy and the rolls kept falling apart (it seemed like they were not rolled especially well). If you don't mind bad texture, then you'll definitely like the rolls. I also tried the fatty tuna nigiri. I usually don't like tuna, but after reading the reviews on citysearch, just had to see how fresh the fish was. It was definitely fresh. Compared to

The two entrees i tried were the tonkatsu dinner and fried oysters a la carte. the oysters were large and juicy, but lacked flavor. the tonkatsu was nothing to write home about.

Service was somewhat slow despite it being such a small restaurant and there being two waitresses. The waitresses were not very attentive to our refill needs. for a resturant that is supposedly nice, i felt the ambience and decor lacking. it seemed to lack elegance and personality.

Pros: fresh fish, free parking

Cons: mushy rice, poor service

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Murata tastes just like eating in Japan! All the flavors and little dishes, like the chawanmushi taste just like it came from Kyoto. You can order a set dinner or be more adventurous and order a few dishes ala carte.
The service is a lot like being in Japan too! Everyone is attentive and wants to make sure that you eat the best food and get the best service.
Also, the grade of sashimi is very very high. I am not sure if anyone else in Oregon buys such a high grade of fish. So if you are wondering about the price tag, you pay for what you get at Murata -- the best.

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★★★★★

Murata tastes just like eating in Japan! All the flavors and little dishes, like the chawanmushi taste just like it came from Kyoto. You can order a set dinner or be more adventurous and order a few dishes ala carte.
The service is a lot like being in Japan too! Everyone is attentive and wants to make sure that you eat the best food and get the best service.
Also, the grade of sashimi is very very high. I am not sure if anyone else in Oregon buys such a high grade of fish. So if you are wondering about the price tag, you pay for what you get at Murata -- the best.

Pros: most authentic menu, highest quality of ingredients, variety of dishes

Cons: space is small, but that adds to the authenticity. really feels like Japan.

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Murata is the finest sushi chef in Portland. Not only is the fish incredibly fresh and the service amazing, but the ambiance is the closest to a traditional family-run Japanese restaurant. You will definitely see a Japanese business-man or two sitting at the bar (make a reservation for this spot to watch a master chef in action!) Don't listen to anyone who has anything negative to say about this place!

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★★★★★

Murata is the finest sushi chef in Portland. Not only is the fish incredibly fresh and the service amazing, but the ambiance is the closest to a traditional family-run Japanese restaurant. You will definitely see a Japanese business-man or two sitting at the bar (make a reservation for this spot to watch a master chef in action!) Don't listen to anyone who has anything negative to say about this place!

Pros: Freshest fish of the highest quality, excellent service

Cons: Reservations recommended, slightly spendy

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I just went to Murata for the second time and this time I order take out. I drove a ways away ( I am from Washington state) just to get their Spicy Tuna rolls, which are the best in town! Tonight they did not offer Toro Tuna, but when available, it is a MUST HAVE! Parking was hard to find for take out, since they not validate parking for take out orders. I also ordered their Hawaiin Rainbow roll and I asked for Wild salmon as oppose to smoked salmon. You have to reqest it, or they may serve it to you with the smoked salmon. It was very fresh and delicious. They offer the freshest fish and very top quality. The only thing that disappointed me was their California rolls. Sure it had the real crab, but you could hardly tell, since they drowned it with a mayonnaise creamy sauce...Not good. The sashimi is top notch. This I had when I dined in there the first time. Prices are extremely high, but you do get what you pay for. Having been to Japan before, I am extremely picky about my sushi. I would recommend this restaurant to any Sushi-Connisseour seeking out the freshest sushi in town.

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★★★★★

I just went to Murata for the second time and this time I order take out. I drove a ways away ( I am from Washington state) just to get their Spicy Tuna rolls, which are the best in town! Tonight they did not offer Toro Tuna, but when available, it is a MUST HAVE! Parking was hard to find for take out, since they not validate parking for take out orders. I also ordered their Hawaiin Rainbow roll and I asked for Wild salmon as oppose to smoked salmon. You have to reqest it, or they may serve it to you with the smoked salmon. It was very fresh and delicious. They offer the freshest fish and very top quality. The only thing that disappointed me was their California rolls. Sure it had the real crab, but you could hardly tell, since they drowned it with a mayonnaise creamy sauce...Not good. The sashimi is top notch. This I had when I dined in there the first time. Prices are extremely high, but you do get what you pay for. Having been to Japan before, I am extremely picky about my sushi. I would recommend this restaurant to any Sushi-Connisseour seeking out the freshest sushi in town.

Pros: Top notch quality sushi

Cons: Parking for take out orders not validated at the parking lot and it's hard to find a parking spot.

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Fresh and tasty sushi but be careful cause its easy to hike up the bill! I spent 53.00 just on avocado rolls and california rolls. By the way ixnay on the fried soft shell crab

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★★★★☆

Fresh and tasty sushi but be careful cause its easy to hike up the bill! I spent 53.00 just on avocado rolls and california rolls. By the way ixnay on the fried soft shell crab

Pros: fresh sushi excellent service

Cons: deep fried soft shell crab

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They have a quality fresh food. If you just need to have a quick Japanese food, there is a new convert belt SUSHI restaurant in town. We usually make a reservation before we go to eat at Murata; we love their food and people are really friendly, you would better go there again and know them.

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★★★★★

They have a quality fresh food. If you just need to have a quick Japanese food, there is a new convert belt SUSHI restaurant in town. We usually make a reservation before we go to eat at Murata; we love their food and people are really friendly, you would better go there again and know them.

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I have dined at Murata on several occasions, and agree they have excellent sushi. However, this week I attempted to stop for dinner before attending the ballet, and we were refused a table, even though there were empty tables in the restaurant. It was an hour before show time, and we were only looking for a quick bite to eat. No explanation was given, just that they could not help us. I will not be back.

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★★★☆☆

I have dined at Murata on several occasions, and agree they have excellent sushi. However, this week I attempted to stop for dinner before attending the ballet, and we were refused a table, even though there were empty tables in the restaurant. It was an hour before show time, and we were only looking for a quick bite to eat. No explanation was given, just that they could not help us. I will not be back.

Pros: Sushi

Cons: Rude service

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My guest & I spent $145 on sushi and sashimi. The fish was superb and better than most places in Portland. The service is horrifyingly bad. They ignore you. They never once offered to pour tea for me and I had to ask over five times. I read on another sushi website a similar comment which is that if you have a problem, the owner will refuse to talk to you. While the sushi tasted great, the presentation was haphazard; the waitress would pay attention to Japanese customers only;owner refused to hear me out. I'm in a quandary as I haven't found sushi as good in Portland; maybe I'll just tip accordingly.

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★★☆☆☆

My guest & I spent $145 on sushi and sashimi. The fish was superb and better than most places in Portland. The service is horrifyingly bad. They ignore you. They never once offered to pour tea for me and I had to ask over five times. I read on another sushi website a similar comment which is that if you have a problem, the owner will refuse to talk to you. While the sushi tasted great, the presentation was haphazard; the waitress would pay attention to Japanese customers only;owner refused to hear me out. I'm in a quandary as I haven't found sushi as good in Portland; maybe I'll just tip accordingly.

Pros: Sushi, Parking

Cons: Service, Price, Price

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Murata clearly stands out at the finest Japanese restaurant in Portland. The service can be slow at times and the restaurant gets crowded during the lunch hour. The quality of their authentic Japanese dishes such as Nigiri Sushi and Sashimi are absolutely top notch. Rainbow rolls and other non-traditional cusine is not their strong suit.

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★★★★★

Murata clearly stands out at the finest Japanese restaurant in Portland. The service can be slow at times and the restaurant gets crowded during the lunch hour. The quality of their authentic Japanese dishes such as Nigiri Sushi and Sashimi are absolutely top notch. Rainbow rolls and other non-traditional cusine is not their strong suit.

Pros: Excellent sushi, Fish is very fresh, More than just sushi

Cons: Slow service, Sometimes crowded

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I dined in November, 2005. The rainbow roll was made with SMOKED salmon instead of the fresh salmon that every other quality sushi restaurant uses. I asked the waitress about it and she bluntly said that I needed to request fresh salmon otherwise I wouldn't get it. I have been to dozens of sushi restaurants all over the country and have never heard this before. The rest of the sushi was good but as a true sushi lover, I cannot recommend Murata.

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★☆☆☆☆

I dined in November, 2005. The rainbow roll was made with SMOKED salmon instead of the fresh salmon that every other quality sushi restaurant uses. I asked the waitress about it and she bluntly said that I needed to request fresh salmon otherwise I wouldn't get it. I have been to dozens of sushi restaurants all over the country and have never heard this before. The rest of the sushi was good but as a true sushi lover, I cannot recommend Murata.

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There is nothing fancy or gimmicky about this place. If you like real japanese cuisine, with the freshest and best sushi in Portland, then this is the place. There are always lots of Japanese businessmen and tourists which gives the restaurant an aura of authenticity. The non-sushi items are also phenomenal. Chef Murata always personally prepares the sushi, and his experience and knowledge really shine through. And it's actually priced very reasonably.

2
★★★★★

There is nothing fancy or gimmicky about this place. If you like real japanese cuisine, with the freshest and best sushi in Portland, then this is the place. There are always lots of Japanese businessmen and tourists which gives the restaurant an aura of authenticity. The non-sushi items are also phenomenal. Chef Murata always personally prepares the sushi, and his experience and knowledge really shine through. And it's actually priced very reasonably.

Pros: best sushi in town, great service, priced reasonably

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I ordered my sushi/sashimi to go because this is a tiny restaurant and better suited to adults (I have a 5 y.o. with a lot of energy). The nigirizushi (salmon) was pretty good, but the massago rolls weren't rolled tight. The shrimp tempura roll was a disappointment; the coating was soggy and oily only 5 minutes after we received our food. The rice was overcooked.

I would like to try this restaurant again, though, and sit at the bar and order more authentic offerings. The waitresses and the sushi chef were very hospitable.

2
★★★★☆

I ordered my sushi/sashimi to go because this is a tiny restaurant and better suited to adults (I have a 5 y.o. with a lot of energy). The nigirizushi (salmon) was pretty good, but the massago rolls weren't rolled tight. The shrimp tempura roll was a disappointment; the coating was soggy and oily only 5 minutes after we received our food. The rice was overcooked.

I would like to try this restaurant again, though, and sit at the bar and order more authentic offerings. The waitresses and the sushi chef were very hospitable.

Pros: nigirizushi, service, parking

Cons: sushi rolls

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It's often difficult to differentiate a great Japanese restaurant from a bad, but this one seems to be a cut above the others I've tried: Mio Sushi, Syun, Misohapi, Bush Garden, Koji, I Love Sushi, and Saburo's. Try the soba topped with dried seeweed. Also recommend spicy tuna rolls and cold soba noodles with dipping sauce. For you adventurous types, the California rolls have real crab. Prices are high, but worth it.

2
★★★★☆

It's often difficult to differentiate a great Japanese restaurant from a bad, but this one seems to be a cut above the others I've tried: Mio Sushi, Syun, Misohapi, Bush Garden, Koji, I Love Sushi, and Saburo's. Try the soba topped with dried seeweed. Also recommend spicy tuna rolls and cold soba noodles with dipping sauce. For you adventurous types, the California rolls have real crab. Prices are high, but worth it.

Pros: Great service

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This place has some of the freshest sashimi in Portland. I've been here at least 5 or so times, and not once has any of the nigiri been less that sparkling. All the standard fish are very fresh. Unlike most japanese restaurants in Portland, they offer dishes beyond sushi/tempura/teriyaki, such as chazuke, rice served in green tea. Or zosui, savory rice porridge. The space is small, with three tatami rooms in addition to the main dining area. The space however feels a bit like a fish bowl, being located in an office building, but the decor is thankfully restrained and not too corporate looking. Really good fish.

2
★★★★★

This place has some of the freshest sashimi in Portland. I've been here at least 5 or so times, and not once has any of the nigiri been less that sparkling. All the standard fish are very fresh. Unlike most japanese restaurants in Portland, they offer dishes beyond sushi/tempura/teriyaki, such as chazuke, rice served in green tea. Or zosui, savory rice porridge. The space is small, with three tatami rooms in addition to the main dining area. The space however feels a bit like a fish bowl, being located in an office building, but the decor is thankfully restrained and not too corporate looking. Really good fish.

Pros: very fresh fish, friendly service, parking

Cons: small space, pricey

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Multiple Bad experiances have soured me on this resaurant. Food can be good but restaurant is too small and kids seem to run wild. DO NOT TAKE A DATE HERE or expect to have conversation. Even semi-private shoji rooms can be tainted as there are two tables to each room.

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★☆☆☆☆

Multiple Bad experiances have soured me on this resaurant. Food can be good but restaurant is too small and kids seem to run wild. DO NOT TAKE A DATE HERE or expect to have conversation. Even semi-private shoji rooms can be tainted as there are two tables to each room.

Pros: Varity

Cons: Expensive, Crowded

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the food here is great but i'm kind of a budget shopper...not a great place for cheap eats...

2
★★★★☆

the food here is great but i'm kind of a budget shopper...not a great place for cheap eats...

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

Cons: value

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Truly the best fish in Portland, fresh and large portions, prepared beautifully. We've had the opportunity to have both grades of toro as well as abalone here. For really wonderful food, great authentic atmosphere, and a neat experience, Murata can't be beat.

2
★★★★★

Truly the best fish in Portland, fresh and large portions, prepared beautifully. We've had the opportunity to have both grades of toro as well as abalone here. For really wonderful food, great authentic atmosphere, and a neat experience, Murata can't be beat.

Pros: Awesome fish

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From all the Japanese retaurants that I have been to in Portland, Murata rates as one of the highest. All sushi bars order their fish from the same company (Pacific Seafood). Therefore what percentage of the cut used by the restaurant in making sushi will determine the quality differences. The conveyor style restaurants use almost 100%, therefore can offer you lower prices. Murata provides quality cuts, therefore you should expect to pay a little more.

2
★★★★☆

From all the Japanese retaurants that I have been to in Portland, Murata rates as one of the highest. All sushi bars order their fish from the same company (Pacific Seafood). Therefore what percentage of the cut used by the restaurant in making sushi will determine the quality differences. The conveyor style restaurants use almost 100%, therefore can offer you lower prices. Murata provides quality cuts, therefore you should expect to pay a little more.

Pros: Quality, Atmosphere

Cons: Slow service

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The highest quality fish I have had in Portland, in a traditional Japanese setting (mat rooms and all!). There are many fantastic dishes at Murata, especially the oysters in ponzu sauce, the spicy tuna roll (the best of I have had in Portland), the scallops, and the sashimi. It is a crime not to order sashimi at Murata, as the fish is so perfectly fresh. The prices are high, and the service is slow. It sometimes feels like they've forgotten you when you're in one of the side rooms. However, it is well worth the downfalls for the fantastic food, as far as I am concerned. As a side note, the dividers between mat rooms can be removed to provide a space for large parties (I would say about 16 people).

2
★★★★★

The highest quality fish I have had in Portland, in a traditional Japanese setting (mat rooms and all!). There are many fantastic dishes at Murata, especially the oysters in ponzu sauce, the spicy tuna roll (the best of I have had in Portland), the scallops, and the sashimi. It is a crime not to order sashimi at Murata, as the fish is so perfectly fresh. The prices are high, and the service is slow. It sometimes feels like they've forgotten you when you're in one of the side rooms. However, it is well worth the downfalls for the fantastic food, as far as I am concerned. As a side note, the dividers between mat rooms can be removed to provide a space for large parties (I would say about 16 people).

Pros: Amazingly fresh fish, Traditional mat rooms, Easy to park

Cons: SLOW Service, Overpriced

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Murata used to be the best place to eat sushi in town. But since Terry-san left there is no fun to chat with chef about the specials of the day. Service is very slow and not fridendly.
This place is very clean and fish is very fresh. But the prices are a little bit higher than other sushi restaurants around Portland.

2
★★★★☆

Murata used to be the best place to eat sushi in town. But since Terry-san left there is no fun to chat with chef about the specials of the day. Service is very slow and not fridendly.
This place is very clean and fish is very fresh. But the prices are a little bit higher than other sushi restaurants around Portland.

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Restaurant Murata is about as far from a conveyor belt sushi joint as a high-end steakhouse is from McDonald's. So while it's more expensive than many Japanese places around town, the quality of ingredients and attention-to-detail…

 

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