Saburo's Sushi House Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1667 SE Bybee Blvd

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-236-4237

About Saburo's Sushi House Restaurant

Hours
Monday through Thursday 5pm to 9:30pm. Fri. 5 to 10:30 pm. Sat. 4:30 to 10. Sun. 4:30 to 9 pm
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Leave the Kids at Home (small crowded space) & Get there Early (there's a wait)... but ALL worth it! Best Sushi in Portland!

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★★★★★

Leave the Kids at Home (small crowded space) & Get there Early (there's a wait)... but ALL worth it! Best Sushi in Portland!

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sushi to die for

3
★★★★★

sushi to die for

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A couple of weeks ago my wife said she wanted to meet me for dinner at this sushi restaurant we hadn't tried but she said her fellow employees had raved about. I went on Citysearch and read the most interesting group of reviews. It seems

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★★★★★

A couple of weeks ago my wife said she wanted to meet me for dinner at this sushi restaurant we hadn't tried but she said her fellow employees had raved about. I went on Citysearch and read the most interesting group of reviews. It seems

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The last few visits to this restaurant made me to decide to write a review. The services were extremely poor. My son ordered a tempora shrimp, but they gave us a tempera shrimp noodle. We told them it was a wrong order, but the server

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★★★★★

The last few visits to this restaurant made me to decide to write a review. The services were extremely poor. My son ordered a tempora shrimp, but they gave us a tempera shrimp noodle. We told them it was a wrong order, but the server

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How in the world did this place get rated so highly? I tried it based on it's high rating on CitySearch and my mouth actually feels assaulted. It smelled funny to begin with and it tasted worse. Old fish, mushy rice and imitation crab

3
★★★★★

How in the world did this place get rated so highly? I tried it based on it's high rating on CitySearch and my mouth actually feels assaulted. It smelled funny to begin with and it tasted worse. Old fish, mushy rice and imitation crab

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The fish was fresh and the flavor was ok to fair, but personally I think the size of the portions was a downside. When I go out for sushi I like trying as many different kinds of nigiri as I can , and maybe a couple of rolls. But there,

3
★★★★★

The fish was fresh and the flavor was ok to fair, but personally I think the size of the portions was a downside. When I go out for sushi I like trying as many different kinds of nigiri as I can , and maybe a couple of rolls. But there,

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Like any good restaurant that doesn't take reservations, pick your time to avoid the crowds. 15 minutes before opening is always our choice, so we get served quickly. Generous portions of quite excellent sushi, sashimi, rolls, specials and

3
★★★★★

Like any good restaurant that doesn't take reservations, pick your time to avoid the crowds. 15 minutes before opening is always our choice, so we get served quickly. Generous portions of quite excellent sushi, sashimi, rolls, specials and

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This place has good sushi and the size of some of the rolls is huge. I tried quite a few of my favorite rolls like Unagi (eel), California, Spicy Tuna - all of them were good. The salmon raw sushi was also good.
In general, all of the sushi was decent to pretty good. The vegetable tempura was just okay.
Would definitely go there again (only wished it was closer).
The downside of the place is the wait - about 45 minutes or more on Friday evening. However, the service is quite fast, the wait is primarily from the place being small (in other ways, cramped).
The other thing that I found weird with the place is that you have to get all of your order in one shot - so, we just ended up ordering more than what we consumed and had about 2-3 servings of sushi as to-go (which was the case with many other customers).
Street parking is plenty.

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★★★★☆

This place has good sushi and the size of some of the rolls is huge. I tried quite a few of my favorite rolls like Unagi (eel), California, Spicy Tuna - all of them were good. The salmon raw sushi was also good.
In general, all of the sushi was decent to pretty good. The vegetable tempura was just okay.
Would definitely go there again (only wished it was closer).
The downside of the place is the wait - about 45 minutes or more on Friday evening. However, the service is quite fast, the wait is primarily from the place being small (in other ways, cramped).
The other thing that I found weird with the place is that you have to get all of your order in one shot - so, we just ended up ordering more than what we consumed and had about 2-3 servings of sushi as to-go (which was the case with many other customers).
Street parking is plenty.

Pros: Quite cheap and good sushi

Cons: Wait time, take only one order

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SABURO's will be closed July 4th to July 7th for Independence Day.

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★★★☆☆

SABURO's will be closed July 4th to July 7th for Independence Day.

Pros: CLOSED DAYS

Cons: CLOSED DAYS

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Saburo is a very popular sushi place. With their bigger than life sushi, it's hard not to be the talk of town.

Aside from how huge their sushi are, I don't think there's anything special about Saburo. The place is cramped, the wait is horrendous, the service is not superb, and the taste is so-so.

Regardless, I would eat at Saburo again, but I wouldn't be the one who suggested it.

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★★★☆☆

Saburo is a very popular sushi place. With their bigger than life sushi, it's hard not to be the talk of town.

Aside from how huge their sushi are, I don't think there's anything special about Saburo. The place is cramped, the wait is horrendous, the service is not superb, and the taste is so-so.

Regardless, I would eat at Saburo again, but I wouldn't be the one who suggested it.

Pros: Great value!

Cons: The wait, the service, and the taste is alright.

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I was first introduced to Saburo??s when I was 14 and started taking Japanese in high school. Our sensei took us on a field trip to Saburo??s. I even remember the first thing I ever had, the yakitori.
17+ years later, I still frequent Saburo??s every chance I get, and most of the time I bring friend (or "new converts" as I like to call them). I find myself watching the newbies working on getting with the program, soon they??ll be able to order like regulars. Tony and the other staff are always polite, friendly, and accommodating??a lot of people are waiting to get in so things have to move quickly. Mr. Saburo (who can be found behind the counter most nights working with the other staff making the sushi) always seems to take a lot of pride when people complement their experience in his restaurant and thank him as they leave.
I have read many of the critics?? remarks, and I must say most people are way way off. Yes there are long waits--it??s a very popular joint! If you don??t like waiting, stop by, put your name on the list, go pick up the other members in your party, and be back in a half hour to an hour. Yes it??s a bit divey??but are you there for the food or are you there for the dcor, cups, and plates? I have eaten a lot of sushi in my days and whenever I go out to other sushi restaurants I always find myself comparing their sushi to Saburo??s, and I honestly have never found any place around here that can compete with their food. I travel to Seattle frequently and I have searched high and low and nothing in the area can compete with Saburo??s food either. Same goes for Hawaii, I'm sad to say.
The fish is fresh, the sushi is creative, the prices are reasonable, and the portion sizes are great! Save what you don??t eat for a midnight snack, next days lunch, or otherwise??it will still be good then! My favorite is the salmon belly, the spicy tuna salad, and of course?the toro!
A couple of months ago while waiting to be seated, my girlfriend and I met some folks from LA that were very well to do and were very skeptical that Saburo's could match their LA sushi house quality, but decided to come anyway. The end result, the gentleman had one enthusiatic word, ??Primo!?. I couldn??t have agreed more. See you there!!

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★★★★★

I was first introduced to Saburo??s when I was 14 and started taking Japanese in high school. Our sensei took us on a field trip to Saburo??s. I even remember the first thing I ever had, the yakitori.
17+ years later, I still frequent Saburo??s every chance I get, and most of the time I bring friend (or "new converts" as I like to call them). I find myself watching the newbies working on getting with the program, soon they??ll be able to order like regulars. Tony and the other staff are always polite, friendly, and accommodating??a lot of people are waiting to get in so things have to move quickly. Mr. Saburo (who can be found behind the counter most nights working with the other staff making the sushi) always seems to take a lot of pride when people complement their experience in his restaurant and thank him as they leave.
I have read many of the critics?? remarks, and I must say most people are way way off. Yes there are long waits--it??s a very popular joint! If you don??t like waiting, stop by, put your name on the list, go pick up the other members in your party, and be back in a half hour to an hour. Yes it??s a bit divey??but are you there for the food or are you there for the dcor, cups, and plates? I have eaten a lot of sushi in my days and whenever I go out to other sushi restaurants I always find myself comparing their sushi to Saburo??s, and I honestly have never found any place around here that can compete with their food. I travel to Seattle frequently and I have searched high and low and nothing in the area can compete with Saburo??s food either. Same goes for Hawaii, I'm sad to say.
The fish is fresh, the sushi is creative, the prices are reasonable, and the portion sizes are great! Save what you don??t eat for a midnight snack, next days lunch, or otherwise??it will still be good then! My favorite is the salmon belly, the spicy tuna salad, and of course?the toro!
A couple of months ago while waiting to be seated, my girlfriend and I met some folks from LA that were very well to do and were very skeptical that Saburo's could match their LA sushi house quality, but decided to come anyway. The end result, the gentleman had one enthusiatic word, ??Primo!?. I couldn??t have agreed more. See you there!!

Pros: the sushi

Cons: toro is seasonal, only one location

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I would go here a few times a week if I could! Very good quality, down to earth staff, and huge portions of mouth watering sushi.

Worth the wait! Although it would be 5 star without it.

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★★★★☆

I would go here a few times a week if I could! Very good quality, down to earth staff, and huge portions of mouth watering sushi.

Worth the wait! Although it would be 5 star without it.

Pros: Fresh Sushi, creative menu, huge portions

Cons: Sometimes there is a bit of a wait...

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Hello customers, Saburo's will take a Spring break, for more information please visit our website.

Thank you very much to all those who wait to dine in, and we have four servers, and trying our best to give the best services.

2
★★★★★

Hello customers, Saburo's will take a Spring break, for more information please visit our website.

Thank you very much to all those who wait to dine in, and we have four servers, and trying our best to give the best services.

Pros: Off from work!

Cons: No sushi for ten days :(!

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Good quality & large portions.

2
★★★★☆

Good quality & large portions.

Pros: food quality & quantity

Cons: wait lines (part of the charm I guess)

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I *love* this place, it is where my husband and went on our first date:) Aside from the nostalgia, I do truly love their sushi rolls and sashimi the best and I have been to alot of sushi joints around town. Totally worth the wait (I don't think I've never not waited) but get in faster if you just bring your sweetie! There is something about that picture of a cat dressed in a karate uniform while making sushi that makes this place strangely romantic...

5
★★★★★

I *love* this place, it is where my husband and went on our first date:) Aside from the nostalgia, I do truly love their sushi rolls and sashimi the best and I have been to alot of sushi joints around town. Totally worth the wait (I don't think I've never not waited) but get in faster if you just bring your sweetie! There is something about that picture of a cat dressed in a karate uniform while making sushi that makes this place strangely romantic...

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Love this place but also realize it is like the super size sushi house. It's always tastes good but may not always be good for you.

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★★★★☆

Love this place but also realize it is like the super size sushi house. It's always tastes good but may not always be good for you.

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Best Sushi in Portland! Always a line on weekend evenings, but HUGE sushi rolls are worth the wait.

4
★★★★☆

Best Sushi in Portland! Always a line on weekend evenings, but HUGE sushi rolls are worth the wait.

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This place has lost their mind. I've been MANY times and last time I went will be the very last EVER.

1st - Waited for about an hour to get seated
2nd - Could get a refill on my soda
3rd - The creamy scallops tasted off. When I told them they advised the "the quality is good and they will not take it off my bill".

Who does that? It was definitely off and yet they wouldn't take it off my bill. There are much better options in PDX for sushi than this ego bloated sushi shop.

DONT GO ! ! !

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has lost their mind. I've been MANY times and last time I went will be the very last EVER.

1st - Waited for about an hour to get seated
2nd - Could get a refill on my soda
3rd - The creamy scallops tasted off. When I told them they advised the "the quality is good and they will not take it off my bill".

Who does that? It was definitely off and yet they wouldn't take it off my bill. There are much better options in PDX for sushi than this ego bloated sushi shop.

DONT GO ! ! !

Pros: Large Portions

Cons: Long Wait, Terrible Service, Iffy Sushi Quality

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We were a table of five on a Friday night. We ordered a bunch of nigris and sushi rolls. First, we were seated in the back room which was in the same spot as the restroom so it smelled like bad bathroom odors. Then, we were served by a bunch of people who kept rushing us to order food and served us water in dirty, cracked platic cups. Once we received the sushi we ordered, we were thoroughly disgusted. It had to be the lowest of the lowest quality of sushi I have ever tasted. There was wayyy too much rice than one needed. The rolls were the width of my wrist. Some people enjoy the fact that they can get large amounts of sushi for really cheap, but this place is scam. They don't even give you sushi grade sashimi. This is like the Costco of sushi....it's exciting to see the quantity for the price, but the quality is subpar!

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★☆☆☆☆

We were a table of five on a Friday night. We ordered a bunch of nigris and sushi rolls. First, we were seated in the back room which was in the same spot as the restroom so it smelled like bad bathroom odors. Then, we were served by a bunch of people who kept rushing us to order food and served us water in dirty, cracked platic cups. Once we received the sushi we ordered, we were thoroughly disgusted. It had to be the lowest of the lowest quality of sushi I have ever tasted. There was wayyy too much rice than one needed. The rolls were the width of my wrist. Some people enjoy the fact that they can get large amounts of sushi for really cheap, but this place is scam. They don't even give you sushi grade sashimi. This is like the Costco of sushi....it's exciting to see the quantity for the price, but the quality is subpar!

Pros: Large portions for someone with a large apetite

Cons: Long wait, too much rice, lowest grade sushi, bad service

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I frequent sushi restaurants often and I always leave Suburo's having had a great experience. Sushi is always good and there is a lot to choose from on the menu.

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★★★★★

I frequent sushi restaurants often and I always leave Suburo's having had a great experience. Sushi is always good and there is a lot to choose from on the menu.

Pros: Always fresh, always tasty

Cons: Long wait to get in

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I love to go eat sushi here but I just wish it was bigger. I really have to plan my night to go there because you might wait for awhile but it is worth it.

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★★★★☆

I love to go eat sushi here but I just wish it was bigger. I really have to plan my night to go there because you might wait for awhile but it is worth it.

Pros: Huge fresh portions

Cons: Long lines

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My GF and I have gone twice now to Saburo's. We do like this place because the food is tasty, it's very affordable, and the portions are enormous. The 1 hour wait isn't even that bad if you're up for putting your name on the list and grabbing a drink at the Lompoc while you wait.

But, we went slightly hungry the last time, which was a mistake. We didn't feel like drinking before hand, we just wanted to eat. So we waited for an hour. Then we sat down. Our order was taken 15 minutes later. Our food arrived 30 minutes after that. So it was almost 2 hours from the time we arrived to the time we ate. Keep that in mind.

That being said.. this place is a lot of fun. Just make sure you have time to spend.

-Nathaniel Carey

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★★★☆☆

My GF and I have gone twice now to Saburo's. We do like this place because the food is tasty, it's very affordable, and the portions are enormous. The 1 hour wait isn't even that bad if you're up for putting your name on the list and grabbing a drink at the Lompoc while you wait.

But, we went slightly hungry the last time, which was a mistake. We didn't feel like drinking before hand, we just wanted to eat. So we waited for an hour. Then we sat down. Our order was taken 15 minutes later. Our food arrived 30 minutes after that. So it was almost 2 hours from the time we arrived to the time we ate. Keep that in mind.

That being said.. this place is a lot of fun. Just make sure you have time to spend.

-Nathaniel Carey

Pros: Ridiculously large portions

Cons: Wait to be seated (avg 1 hour)

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I love this place. I split 50/50 with my date cause I'm cheap. I never spend over $12 and leave full. The quality is fantastic. The wait is worth it! My only complaint is the Inari is too sweet. There salad is amazing!

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★★★★★

I love this place. I split 50/50 with my date cause I'm cheap. I never spend over $12 and leave full. The quality is fantastic. The wait is worth it! My only complaint is the Inari is too sweet. There salad is amazing!

Pros: quality & quantity

Cons: Inari is a bit sweet

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Wow, tried Saburo for the first time and the sushi was huge! I thought wow, how can this be? Enjoyed the atmosphere and the server's blunt attitude, but remember, you can only order once. The server will get mad if you try to take your time and order the second time. Try this place, it's fun and unique.

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★★★★★

Wow, tried Saburo for the first time and the sushi was huge! I thought wow, how can this be? Enjoyed the atmosphere and the server's blunt attitude, but remember, you can only order once. The server will get mad if you try to take your time and order the second time. Try this place, it's fun and unique.

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This place is super popular but worth the wait. I believe you can have a drink around the corner. The fish is super fresh and the pieces of sushi are enormous. This is a great place to go with a group to share a multitude of items. Don't forget the sake

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★★★★☆

This place is super popular but worth the wait. I believe you can have a drink around the corner. The fish is super fresh and the pieces of sushi are enormous. This is a great place to go with a group to share a multitude of items. Don't forget the sake

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portions were huge, needed a fork to eat a sushi roll but i dont think theyre supposed to be quite that large. if you are looking for hometown buffet portions of sushi, go right ahead, you will love it here. not bad. prices were very reasonable, but in the sushi business, you get what you pay for. freshness of fish pretty good, better than mio sushi. may or may not try it again.

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★★★☆☆

portions were huge, needed a fork to eat a sushi roll but i dont think theyre supposed to be quite that large. if you are looking for hometown buffet portions of sushi, go right ahead, you will love it here. not bad. prices were very reasonable, but in the sushi business, you get what you pay for. freshness of fish pretty good, better than mio sushi. may or may not try it again.

Pros: sunomono, cheap prices

Cons: need fork to eat a roll

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I was born and raised in Orange County, CA -- the US capitol of Sushi restaurants. I've eaten sushi for 24 of my 25 years and I can tell you hands down that the second best Sushi restaurant in the nation is Saburo's Sushi House in Portland, OR. It is a close second to Sushi Ikko in Costa Mesa, CA.

There isn't much I can add here other than the fact that you WILL love the food here. The service is so-so, the atmosphere is dull, the lighting is awful, the music is questionable at best, the waits are long, and the furniture isn't even very comfortable, it doesn't matter. At all. The food is king here and the servings are very generous. Unless you are a strict traditionalist (and missing out on a whole lot of sushi-influenced dishes) this will quickly become one of your favorite sushi restaurants.

Tonight will be my 10th time, the quality of sushi has always been top notch, that level of consistency is hard for even the most expensive sushi restaurants, what surprises me even more is the prices -- I'd easily expect to pay twice the menu price for most of these dishes anywhere else.

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★★★★★

I was born and raised in Orange County, CA -- the US capitol of Sushi restaurants. I've eaten sushi for 24 of my 25 years and I can tell you hands down that the second best Sushi restaurant in the nation is Saburo's Sushi House in Portland, OR. It is a close second to Sushi Ikko in Costa Mesa, CA.

There isn't much I can add here other than the fact that you WILL love the food here. The service is so-so, the atmosphere is dull, the lighting is awful, the music is questionable at best, the waits are long, and the furniture isn't even very comfortable, it doesn't matter. At all. The food is king here and the servings are very generous. Unless you are a strict traditionalist (and missing out on a whole lot of sushi-influenced dishes) this will quickly become one of your favorite sushi restaurants.

Tonight will be my 10th time, the quality of sushi has always been top notch, that level of consistency is hard for even the most expensive sushi restaurants, what surprises me even more is the prices -- I'd easily expect to pay twice the menu price for most of these dishes anywhere else.

Pros: Freshness of Sushi, Size of portions, Friendly Servers

Cons: Parking, Ambience, Wait Times, Furniture, Speed of service

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yes there is a huge wait and you have to get there 30 minutes before it opens but the sushi is the best and biggest you will get, its fast and affordable. order once only and have your dinner guest with you I heard they will not seat if all the people in your party is not there, not recommended for larger groups more then 4, eat and go but affordable, large sushi pieces 3 rolls is enough for 2 people.

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★★★★☆

yes there is a huge wait and you have to get there 30 minutes before it opens but the sushi is the best and biggest you will get, its fast and affordable. order once only and have your dinner guest with you I heard they will not seat if all the people in your party is not there, not recommended for larger groups more then 4, eat and go but affordable, large sushi pieces 3 rolls is enough for 2 people.

Pros: prices/ sushi value and taste

Cons: waiting in line

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once you finally get IN the place, your food comes quickly, as does the minimally-expensive check.
that's because there are always another 2 dozen people waiting to come in.
if you're looking to dawdle and gaze at your loved one for an hour... go elsewhere.

this place is always packed and busy, and with good reason.

i suggest ordering a nice assortment of the sushi or sashimi if it's your first time, because the rolls are so huge they turn into a mess, and you can't fit them in your maw without unhinging your jaw like a python.

WARNING: order about HALF as much food as you would in a regular sushi restaurant, or you'll end up with take-home... and sushi doesn't re-eat well, in my humble opinion.

oh yeah... their house hot sake is enough to make you smirk your way into dessert.

one of my favorite places in Portland.

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★★★★★

once you finally get IN the place, your food comes quickly, as does the minimally-expensive check.
that's because there are always another 2 dozen people waiting to come in.
if you're looking to dawdle and gaze at your loved one for an hour... go elsewhere.

this place is always packed and busy, and with good reason.

i suggest ordering a nice assortment of the sushi or sashimi if it's your first time, because the rolls are so huge they turn into a mess, and you can't fit them in your maw without unhinging your jaw like a python.

WARNING: order about HALF as much food as you would in a regular sushi restaurant, or you'll end up with take-home... and sushi doesn't re-eat well, in my humble opinion.

oh yeah... their house hot sake is enough to make you smirk your way into dessert.

one of my favorite places in Portland.

Pros: huge fresh cheap sushi

Cons: tightly packed restaurant, long wait if you're not crafty.

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yes are you kiddin me...I got to wait for over large stale sushi at one of the trashy bars near by...oh wait there might be something in common...rudeness(am I'm being curt) ...cheap sushi for ignorant people who will wait for the next comin I suppose...lets go sing karoke afterwards and celebrate the bomb...they are getting back at the U.S...and oh yea lets stay in Iraq and vote for more killin..go slober over your roll and keep waitin..an image to hopelessness...kamakazees in disguise...the ones waitin outside..

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★☆☆☆☆

yes are you kiddin me...I got to wait for over large stale sushi at one of the trashy bars near by...oh wait there might be something in common...rudeness(am I'm being curt) ...cheap sushi for ignorant people who will wait for the next comin I suppose...lets go sing karoke afterwards and celebrate the bomb...they are getting back at the U.S...and oh yea lets stay in Iraq and vote for more killin..go slober over your roll and keep waitin..an image to hopelessness...kamakazees in disguise...the ones waitin outside..

Pros: attracts idiots..

Cons: too many of them in Sellwood

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This is a great time and a great place to get sushi...

I read all the reviews and I don't understand what the complaints are for, I feel I have to defend my favorite sushi place.

When you go to Saburos, there are a few things you have to remember:
1) You WILL have to wait a long time to get in no matter when you go. Drive by put your name on the list and walk across the street and play some pool. There are like 3 bars in walking distance that live off Saburos overflow. Come back every 15-30 min to see how the list is moving.
2) The restraunt is a dive, don't expect fancy seats and a lot of space.
3) You get one chance to order they don't come back to your table until they have your food. The waitstaff is very curt and to the point. They seat you, they take your order ticket and they bring your food fairly promptly that is about it, don't expect friendly conversation.
4) Don't bring young kids, nobody likes hearing your kid scream anyway. They do not cater to them at all.
5) The Sushi is huge, no this is not the how sushi is meant to be... it is their gimmick.

Yes they are so busy, and it is crowded cause people love this place but don't go expecting a normal sushi restaurant experience. But for extremely good large sushi for cheap, this is the place.

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★★★★★

This is a great time and a great place to get sushi...

I read all the reviews and I don't understand what the complaints are for, I feel I have to defend my favorite sushi place.

When you go to Saburos, there are a few things you have to remember:
1) You WILL have to wait a long time to get in no matter when you go. Drive by put your name on the list and walk across the street and play some pool. There are like 3 bars in walking distance that live off Saburos overflow. Come back every 15-30 min to see how the list is moving.
2) The restraunt is a dive, don't expect fancy seats and a lot of space.
3) You get one chance to order they don't come back to your table until they have your food. The waitstaff is very curt and to the point. They seat you, they take your order ticket and they bring your food fairly promptly that is about it, don't expect friendly conversation.
4) Don't bring young kids, nobody likes hearing your kid scream anyway. They do not cater to them at all.
5) The Sushi is huge, no this is not the how sushi is meant to be... it is their gimmick.

Yes they are so busy, and it is crowded cause people love this place but don't go expecting a normal sushi restaurant experience. But for extremely good large sushi for cheap, this is the place.

Pros: Large Delicious Sushi, Quick service (when seated)

Cons: Wait time, Crowded

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Saburo's can be intimidating when you see the line outside but trust me, it is WELL worth even an hour wait. Good selection, absolutely mind blowing low prices, and great sushi! Everything was fresh, very quick (once you have your table), and flavorful (with the exception of one roll I tried). Miso soup was really good and only $1.00 for a bowl! Crazy! My favorite roll was only $4.95 and a huge portion. Overall a great experience, you are totally nuts if you don't try this place! My boyfriend and I are considering making another trip to Portland from Bend, just so that we can come back to Saburo's!!! GREAT!

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★★★★★

Saburo's can be intimidating when you see the line outside but trust me, it is WELL worth even an hour wait. Good selection, absolutely mind blowing low prices, and great sushi! Everything was fresh, very quick (once you have your table), and flavorful (with the exception of one roll I tried). Miso soup was really good and only $1.00 for a bowl! Crazy! My favorite roll was only $4.95 and a huge portion. Overall a great experience, you are totally nuts if you don't try this place! My boyfriend and I are considering making another trip to Portland from Bend, just so that we can come back to Saburo's!!! GREAT!

Pros: Such great food for so cheap!!!

Cons: A little crowded inside and quite a wait outside for a talbe.

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best sushi in portland. it's a long wait on the weekends, but it's worth it! It's best to go early and mid week. the lines can be long, but it's amazing sushi served in huge portions.

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★★★★☆

best sushi in portland. it's a long wait on the weekends, but it's worth it! It's best to go early and mid week. the lines can be long, but it's amazing sushi served in huge portions.

Pros: excellent sushi

Cons: possibly long waits

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Yeah, yeah, so they have Large cuts of fish. It's like the supersize american style sushi bar.
Sushi is a delicate meal that should be bite sized and appetizing to look at.
I would rather save up and spend a few extra bucks on real sushi. As for the hour plus wait, Yikes!!
Just not worth it. The server took 30 min to take our order for tea and miso. It seems that if the place is that busy they need to hire more people. Well anyway, I will never go back.

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★★☆☆☆

Yeah, yeah, so they have Large cuts of fish. It's like the supersize american style sushi bar.
Sushi is a delicate meal that should be bite sized and appetizing to look at.
I would rather save up and spend a few extra bucks on real sushi. As for the hour plus wait, Yikes!!
Just not worth it. The server took 30 min to take our order for tea and miso. It seems that if the place is that busy they need to hire more people. Well anyway, I will never go back.

Pros: Fish falling out of your mouth huge

Cons: The wait, The sevice is abruptly short, lighting, too crowded at the bar

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I love this place so awesome
fresh food
real crab highly recommended

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★★★★★

I love this place so awesome
fresh food
real crab highly recommended

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I used to go to Saburo 2-3 times a month, but since their head chef left to open his own restaurant. Everything has changed. What used to be huge sashimi on the sushi is now much smaller. The sushi rice loss the favor and not that well made. it breaks up as soon as you pick them up. The roll is now like a bowl of rice, too much rice. i haven't been back in a year, in town still the best value for your buck, but the sushi isn't as fresh as the old days. Their Toro, is crazy super slice thin. Not fresh at all.

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★★★☆☆

I used to go to Saburo 2-3 times a month, but since their head chef left to open his own restaurant. Everything has changed. What used to be huge sashimi on the sushi is now much smaller. The sushi rice loss the favor and not that well made. it breaks up as soon as you pick them up. The roll is now like a bowl of rice, too much rice. i haven't been back in a year, in town still the best value for your buck, but the sushi isn't as fresh as the old days. Their Toro, is crazy super slice thin. Not fresh at all.

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The wait was very long. I think we (me plus 4 others) waited for about 1.5 hours to get in. But this was at around 7. If you're in a big group, it will take you longer to get seated because smaller groups are priority I guess. This was very frustrating.

When we got inside, the service was fast. The wait staff was very busy (obviously) so I wasn't expecting them to be super friendly. But we ordered and got pretty good portions for the price. They forgot a katsu order, but I'm glad they did because the portions are huge. This isn't your average sushi, this is sushi on steroids. The cuts were kind of too big. I'm used to eating sushi in one bite. This was impossible for these rolls. One bite equalled the whole thing falling apart.

Despite this, the prices were great for what you got and even though this isn't REAL sushi, it still tasted pretty good and I'd go back if I was craving humongous sushi.

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★★★☆☆

The wait was very long. I think we (me plus 4 others) waited for about 1.5 hours to get in. But this was at around 7. If you're in a big group, it will take you longer to get seated because smaller groups are priority I guess. This was very frustrating.

When we got inside, the service was fast. The wait staff was very busy (obviously) so I wasn't expecting them to be super friendly. But we ordered and got pretty good portions for the price. They forgot a katsu order, but I'm glad they did because the portions are huge. This isn't your average sushi, this is sushi on steroids. The cuts were kind of too big. I'm used to eating sushi in one bite. This was impossible for these rolls. One bite equalled the whole thing falling apart.

Despite this, the prices were great for what you got and even though this isn't REAL sushi, it still tasted pretty good and I'd go back if I was craving humongous sushi.

Pros: great prices, huge portions, good food in general

Cons: really long wait so remember to put your name on the list way ahead of time, and also this isn't your average authentic sushi

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I was in a line for about 1 hr but it worth! Great sushi=)
They also have very good salad, spicy tuna salad with too die for dressing. If you go early, you should try toro.

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★★★★★

I was in a line for about 1 hr but it worth! Great sushi=)
They also have very good salad, spicy tuna salad with too die for dressing. If you go early, you should try toro.

Pros: food

Cons: long line

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I'm not sure the long wait outside would be worth it if the sushi was good. There are no reservations and yet throngs of people who want to eat large pieces of sushi. I just ate at a great sushi bar in NYC where the namesake chef insists that
you put the whole piece of sushi in your mouth at once, hence smaller, more delicate pieces. The ones served here are huge, fatty even in fish where fat is not desirable and an unpleasant texture, on the verge of falling apart.
While delicious, attractive sushi might obviate the need for prompt seating, fine decor or polite service, these are all lacking as well. It is a drab setting and the staff scowls as they seemingly throw the food at you (my perception).

Another point is even if one liked this sushi, the large pieces mean you can't eat as many varieties at one time. Room is drab and crowded.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm not sure the long wait outside would be worth it if the sushi was good. There are no reservations and yet throngs of people who want to eat large pieces of sushi. I just ate at a great sushi bar in NYC where the namesake chef insists that
you put the whole piece of sushi in your mouth at once, hence smaller, more delicate pieces. The ones served here are huge, fatty even in fish where fat is not desirable and an unpleasant texture, on the verge of falling apart.
While delicious, attractive sushi might obviate the need for prompt seating, fine decor or polite service, these are all lacking as well. It is a drab setting and the staff scowls as they seemingly throw the food at you (my perception).

Another point is even if one liked this sushi, the large pieces mean you can't eat as many varieties at one time. Room is drab and crowded.

Pros: Wait to get in only 30 mins. or more

Cons: Sushi, service, atmosphere

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The decor and lack of seating isn't ideal, however the sushi is the freshest in the city. Succulent crab is stuffed in the California rolls and the squid is divine. The Big O Roll, is seriously the biggest roll I've ever seen. Avoid the million other "chic-boutique" sushi shops and try the best. You won't regret the wait.

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★★★★★

The decor and lack of seating isn't ideal, however the sushi is the freshest in the city. Succulent crab is stuffed in the California rolls and the squid is divine. The Big O Roll, is seriously the biggest roll I've ever seen. Avoid the million other "chic-boutique" sushi shops and try the best. You won't regret the wait.

Pros: Quality of food, variety of options

Cons: Not enough tables

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I HAVE MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT SABUROS, I'M A REGULAR CUSTOMER I LOVE ALL THEIR FOOD, GREAT SERVICE, AWSOME SETTING ONLY THE BEST EVERY TIME I GO NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL. WELL MAYBE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WORKED THERE, MY BROTHER INLAW WORKS THERE AND 4 MORE FRIENDS WORK THERE. THEY ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF THEIR PEOPLE. THE ONLY THING THAT HAS HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER I WALK OUT OF THERE IS THIS HEAT ALL OVER MY FACE I THINK IS THE FACT THAT IS (COMIDA AFRODISIACA) ME ENCANTA TODO DE SABUROS NO LO CAMBIO POR NADA(COMO MI DUVALIN) COMO SEA TAKE THE TIME TO GO AND HAVE THE GREATEST SUSHI IN PORTLAND. SALUDOS PARA TODOS EN SABUROS, LOVE KARLA

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★★★★★

I HAVE MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT SABUROS, I'M A REGULAR CUSTOMER I LOVE ALL THEIR FOOD, GREAT SERVICE, AWSOME SETTING ONLY THE BEST EVERY TIME I GO NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL. WELL MAYBE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WORKED THERE, MY BROTHER INLAW WORKS THERE AND 4 MORE FRIENDS WORK THERE. THEY ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF THEIR PEOPLE. THE ONLY THING THAT HAS HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER I WALK OUT OF THERE IS THIS HEAT ALL OVER MY FACE I THINK IS THE FACT THAT IS (COMIDA AFRODISIACA) ME ENCANTA TODO DE SABUROS NO LO CAMBIO POR NADA(COMO MI DUVALIN) COMO SEA TAKE THE TIME TO GO AND HAVE THE GREATEST SUSHI IN PORTLAND. SALUDOS PARA TODOS EN SABUROS, LOVE KARLA

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For anyone who loves Sushi this is the place. The portions are magnificent and the fish is very fresh but still is very well priced for sushi. Be careful to order less than you would at a normal sushi restaurant. They do not take reservations and you have to come to get take out orders. The restaurant is almost always completely full so make sure to get there earlier or you could end up waiting an hour and a half. The service is okay but nothing special. You will not find sushi like this anywhere.

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★★★★★

For anyone who loves Sushi this is the place. The portions are magnificent and the fish is very fresh but still is very well priced for sushi. Be careful to order less than you would at a normal sushi restaurant. They do not take reservations and you have to come to get take out orders. The restaurant is almost always completely full so make sure to get there earlier or you could end up waiting an hour and a half. The service is okay but nothing special. You will not find sushi like this anywhere.

Pros: Amazing Sushi

Cons: Wait

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I had heard great things about Saburo's, seen amazing reviews online and was excited to try this hole in the wall Sushi House. My friend and I were well taken care of by our server who helped us choose some of their most popular rolls and appetizers. Happy with what we ordered we showed down and had a great evening out, until later that night when we both got really sick. I spent the night nauseous, sick to my stomach and so ill I couldn?t keep the sushi down. I learned the next day that my friend was in the same state that I was. I would hate to insult Saburo?s, but it is not ok for a restaurant to prepare and sell bad food. I paid $30 for both of us to get sick to our stomachs!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had heard great things about Saburo's, seen amazing reviews online and was excited to try this hole in the wall Sushi House. My friend and I were well taken care of by our server who helped us choose some of their most popular rolls and appetizers. Happy with what we ordered we showed down and had a great evening out, until later that night when we both got really sick. I spent the night nauseous, sick to my stomach and so ill I couldn?t keep the sushi down. I learned the next day that my friend was in the same state that I was. I would hate to insult Saburo?s, but it is not ok for a restaurant to prepare and sell bad food. I paid $30 for both of us to get sick to our stomachs!

Pros: Great Service, Nice Staff

Cons: Sushi made me Sick

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It was my first time there. At first, i did not think that it was a good place, since i was always up for Sushiland. But when i ate at Saburo, I am never going to go anywhere else, for Saburo is the best place for sushi! The place is a little small, but it gives me the feeling of comfort and warmth after standing outside in the cold. Even though the wait is long, it is all worth it!!

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★★★★★

It was my first time there. At first, i did not think that it was a good place, since i was always up for Sushiland. But when i ate at Saburo, I am never going to go anywhere else, for Saburo is the best place for sushi! The place is a little small, but it gives me the feeling of comfort and warmth after standing outside in the cold. Even though the wait is long, it is all worth it!!

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I got there at 4:00 p.m. (they open at 4:30). There were only a few people in line so I came back at 4:10. There were now about 10 people in line. Between 4:10 and 4:30 about 60 people showed up. About 20 people joined a group in front of me. It seems people in line come early and hold places for all their friends. There were about 4 groups in front of me that had 3-5 friends join them at 4:25. So, even if 10 people are in front of you 20 minutes before opening, pretty soon there are 40 people in front of you. I barely got in. I don't understand why the management doesn't control this from happening. This doesn't make for a great eating experience. Maybe I should have asked the few people at the front of the line to hold a place for me. It was like a basement sale at Macy's.

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★☆☆☆☆

I got there at 4:00 p.m. (they open at 4:30). There were only a few people in line so I came back at 4:10. There were now about 10 people in line. Between 4:10 and 4:30 about 60 people showed up. About 20 people joined a group in front of me. It seems people in line come early and hold places for all their friends. There were about 4 groups in front of me that had 3-5 friends join them at 4:25. So, even if 10 people are in front of you 20 minutes before opening, pretty soon there are 40 people in front of you. I barely got in. I don't understand why the management doesn't control this from happening. This doesn't make for a great eating experience. Maybe I should have asked the few people at the front of the line to hold a place for me. It was like a basement sale at Macy's.

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After years of hearing about Saburo's, a few friends and I stopped by earlier today. We arrived at 5:30 (on a Sunday night), and waited for about an hour outside. We refused our first table, as it was located right next to the door and people were standing over the table waiting to get into the place......

So we finally got a decent seat (if you can call it decent) and ordered the daily special, sushi moriawase, karaage, and a teriyaki set for one member who doesnt like sushi. I was really looking forward to the sushi as I moved back to Portland 2 months ago after spending the last 4 years in Japan, with a year of that spent managing a restaurant. However, what we got was sushi that wasn't quite fresh, unoriginal and WAY too big. The ebi, tako and toro all were a bit rubbery and looked lifeless. Karaage a bit sweet (karaage is super easy to cook), and even the gyoza in the set meal was unispiring and improperly cooked. To top it off, the tea was some kind of cheap powdered green tea...

A REAL disappoint. Sure, I can let them go on the greasy spoon style interior design, but I can't let them get slide on the lack of quality, freshness and originality. As someone who has lived in Japan for 5+ years, I sadly give this place a thumbs down. Go check out Syun in Hillsboro. Better sushi, better atmosphere and a nice sake list.

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★★☆☆☆

After years of hearing about Saburo's, a few friends and I stopped by earlier today. We arrived at 5:30 (on a Sunday night), and waited for about an hour outside. We refused our first table, as it was located right next to the door and people were standing over the table waiting to get into the place......

So we finally got a decent seat (if you can call it decent) and ordered the daily special, sushi moriawase, karaage, and a teriyaki set for one member who doesnt like sushi. I was really looking forward to the sushi as I moved back to Portland 2 months ago after spending the last 4 years in Japan, with a year of that spent managing a restaurant. However, what we got was sushi that wasn't quite fresh, unoriginal and WAY too big. The ebi, tako and toro all were a bit rubbery and looked lifeless. Karaage a bit sweet (karaage is super easy to cook), and even the gyoza in the set meal was unispiring and improperly cooked. To top it off, the tea was some kind of cheap powdered green tea...

A REAL disappoint. Sure, I can let them go on the greasy spoon style interior design, but I can't let them get slide on the lack of quality, freshness and originality. As someone who has lived in Japan for 5+ years, I sadly give this place a thumbs down. Go check out Syun in Hillsboro. Better sushi, better atmosphere and a nice sake list.

Pros: Quantity, but is that a pro?

Cons: Food, drink list, atmosphere

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I am willing to wait two hours for a 45 minute dining experience at this hole in the wall restaurant. The lovely waitrons, of which most will speak to you in Spanish if you are in the mood, are continually polite, friendly, and always remember what I drink even though they are slammed from the time they open to the time they close the doors.

The sushi is huge, and by huge I mean almost too big, but I always go home stuffed and carrying a box full of leftovers for midnight snacking. The prices are ridiculously cheap, including the plum wine which is $3/glass and filled to overflowing. If I was a bit more selfish I would skip the review and hope no one else found this shiny little gem, I am however, convinced that everyone, and I do mean everyone, should at least try this restaurant. The wait is worth it and once you?re on the list just pop by the Limelight and enjoy a decently priced drink in one of the few smoke-free bars on the block.

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★★★★★

I am willing to wait two hours for a 45 minute dining experience at this hole in the wall restaurant. The lovely waitrons, of which most will speak to you in Spanish if you are in the mood, are continually polite, friendly, and always remember what I drink even though they are slammed from the time they open to the time they close the doors.

The sushi is huge, and by huge I mean almost too big, but I always go home stuffed and carrying a box full of leftovers for midnight snacking. The prices are ridiculously cheap, including the plum wine which is $3/glass and filled to overflowing. If I was a bit more selfish I would skip the review and hope no one else found this shiny little gem, I am however, convinced that everyone, and I do mean everyone, should at least try this restaurant. The wait is worth it and once you?re on the list just pop by the Limelight and enjoy a decently priced drink in one of the few smoke-free bars on the block.

Pros: Food, Staff, Price, 80's rock'n'roll

Cons: okay, so you have to wait...

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You need to get there at least 15 minutes before opening on usual days, or you'll be waiting out for a long time in the cold northwest weather.

I've been there several times and it usuall takes awhile to get my food.. sometimes up to 45 minutes, but it's worth the wait.

Although it's quite tasty and extremely filling, the quality isn't quite as good as some of the high class places, but it's still very fresh. It's worth it to go, even if just once and see the sizes of the portions yourself.

The price is fairly good (comes out to $15-$25 a person, depending on if you over order. My friends and I always order with leftovers in mind!)

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★★★★☆

You need to get there at least 15 minutes before opening on usual days, or you'll be waiting out for a long time in the cold northwest weather.

I've been there several times and it usuall takes awhile to get my food.. sometimes up to 45 minutes, but it's worth the wait.

Although it's quite tasty and extremely filling, the quality isn't quite as good as some of the high class places, but it's still very fresh. It's worth it to go, even if just once and see the sizes of the portions yourself.

The price is fairly good (comes out to $15-$25 a person, depending on if you over order. My friends and I always order with leftovers in mind!)

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I am the quintessential sushi conniseur. From NY to LA to SF. From Nobu to the neighbor sushi joint run by a Japanese man who can hardly speak a lick of English. I'm a purist at heart but flexible enough to go to Sushiville (which considering what is available in portland area, is actually not bad.)I've been to this place twice, and waited about 40minutes each time. Simply put, the "good food" to "the wait" ratio is too low. Yes, they do give you mounds of fairly fresh fish, but remember kids it's quality not quantity. Their fatty salmon and yellowtail that you have to pay extra for is what most respectable places just refer to as sake and hamachi without adding the word "Toro" to it. If you dont get the belly meat, then it's like chewing mountains of bland fish that not rivers of wasabi and soy sauce with be able to flavor. Dont get me wrong, I love the raw stuff and sometimes I just fill out on sashimi, but something about these cuts are just wrong, they are too thick and it just feels like work to chew through it instead of the fish melting in your mouth like butter. Tell you what though, I do like their unagi. That's about it though. Their rolls are Ginormous but again kids quality not quantity. These rolls are all very quite bland and flavorless, and each one tastes just like the next. I wont even get into how long it takes for the food to come out and the very efficient but limited staff. Just remember, "quality not quantity."

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★★☆☆☆

I am the quintessential sushi conniseur. From NY to LA to SF. From Nobu to the neighbor sushi joint run by a Japanese man who can hardly speak a lick of English. I'm a purist at heart but flexible enough to go to Sushiville (which considering what is available in portland area, is actually not bad.)I've been to this place twice, and waited about 40minutes each time. Simply put, the "good food" to "the wait" ratio is too low. Yes, they do give you mounds of fairly fresh fish, but remember kids it's quality not quantity. Their fatty salmon and yellowtail that you have to pay extra for is what most respectable places just refer to as sake and hamachi without adding the word "Toro" to it. If you dont get the belly meat, then it's like chewing mountains of bland fish that not rivers of wasabi and soy sauce with be able to flavor. Dont get me wrong, I love the raw stuff and sometimes I just fill out on sashimi, but something about these cuts are just wrong, they are too thick and it just feels like work to chew through it instead of the fish melting in your mouth like butter. Tell you what though, I do like their unagi. That's about it though. Their rolls are Ginormous but again kids quality not quantity. These rolls are all very quite bland and flavorless, and each one tastes just like the next. I wont even get into how long it takes for the food to come out and the very efficient but limited staff. Just remember, "quality not quantity."

Pros: Unagi

Cons: long wait to get seated, long wait for food, bland rolls, cuts too thick

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My husband and I lived in Japan for 4 years and the one thing that you need to understand is that most sushi resurants like Saburo are not athentic japanese food. In fact, Sushi rolls and nigiri are considered desert in Japan. So it is quite funny to me reading all these reviews about "sloppy rolls" and Bad fish. And the complaints about the servise. In the Japanese culture they rarely make eye contact and when it comes to dinning out it's useually quick and to the point. And they dont tip over there, it is concidered rude. Now if you go from sushi bar to sushi bar you will find that there is not one that is the same as another. There are diffrent methods and traditions to making sushi. I found Saburo to be quie tasty! And if you don't like small in and out resturants then I would not recomend going. don't expect 5 star servise because when is comes to sushi resturants, they are not about servise but filling you up and getting you out. Plain and simple. Americans are so needy and complex sometimes when it comes to dinning out! It's embarassing!

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★★★★★

My husband and I lived in Japan for 4 years and the one thing that you need to understand is that most sushi resurants like Saburo are not athentic japanese food. In fact, Sushi rolls and nigiri are considered desert in Japan. So it is quite funny to me reading all these reviews about "sloppy rolls" and Bad fish. And the complaints about the servise. In the Japanese culture they rarely make eye contact and when it comes to dinning out it's useually quick and to the point. And they dont tip over there, it is concidered rude. Now if you go from sushi bar to sushi bar you will find that there is not one that is the same as another. There are diffrent methods and traditions to making sushi. I found Saburo to be quie tasty! And if you don't like small in and out resturants then I would not recomend going. don't expect 5 star servise because when is comes to sushi resturants, they are not about servise but filling you up and getting you out. Plain and simple. Americans are so needy and complex sometimes when it comes to dinning out! It's embarassing!

 

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