Sakura Japanese Rest & Sushi

★★★★☆
  • 319 Independence Sq

    Franklin, TN 37064

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  • 615-591-1020

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They serve great food. All ingredients are prepared fresh and the chef showed me how they make everything from scratch each day. We are so fortunate to have a restaurant like Sakura in our community.

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★★★★★

They serve great food. All ingredients are prepared fresh and the chef showed me how they make everything from scratch each day. We are so fortunate to have a restaurant like Sakura in our community.

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I never bother to review restaurants I don't like. So when I write a review, it must be very special... and it's usually about the new gems - the smaller places that don't get much attention, but are so good they move me to write. Sakura is one of those places.

The owner and sushi chef creates little works of art out of the freshest seafood available in landlocked Franklin. Everything is top quality ingredients, and you don't realize what a difference that makes until you experience it. The servers treat customers like royalty and take care of you during your entire stay.

The dining room is intimate, warm and inviting - the kind of place that is both casual and still nice enough to bring an important business associate or a romantic date. If you don't feel like dining in, they have filled carry-out orders for me in as little as 15 minutes!

Sakura is wonderful.

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★★★★★

I never bother to review restaurants I don't like. So when I write a review, it must be very special... and it's usually about the new gems - the smaller places that don't get much attention, but are so good they move me to write. Sakura is one of those places.

The owner and sushi chef creates little works of art out of the freshest seafood available in landlocked Franklin. Everything is top quality ingredients, and you don't realize what a difference that makes until you experience it. The servers treat customers like royalty and take care of you during your entire stay.

The dining room is intimate, warm and inviting - the kind of place that is both casual and still nice enough to bring an important business associate or a romantic date. If you don't feel like dining in, they have filled carry-out orders for me in as little as 15 minutes!

Sakura is wonderful.

Pros: Easy parking

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LOVE this restaurant. The sushi chef is from Tokyo, and we talked forever about my own 5-year stay in Tokyo. Restaurant staff was very knowledgeable... they were eager to give suggestions and explain the menu. Food quality is excellent, decor is inviting, prices are fair.... I forgot I was in America for a short time!!

5
★★★★★

LOVE this restaurant. The sushi chef is from Tokyo, and we talked forever about my own 5-year stay in Tokyo. Restaurant staff was very knowledgeable... they were eager to give suggestions and explain the menu. Food quality is excellent, decor is inviting, prices are fair.... I forgot I was in America for a short time!!

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Sakura is DELISH! My co-workers had been talking about it and insisted I try it. This past Saturday I was with 2 friends and we didn't want to fight all the Cool Springs traffic just to go eat, so we chose Sakura in Independence Square since it's right down the street from our subdivision.

If you want details, 2 of us ate a sushi lunch special with ginger salads. I had the California roll and chicken teriyaki roll. The 3rd person in our group didn't like sushi -she's just weird like that :) so she ordered the Sirloin Steak from the hibachi grill and we all split some of it. Each of us had a bottle of this really good Japanese beer to drink (and I'll never remember the name of it) that the owner recommended to us. For dessert we split a monster of a fried ice cream ball with chocolate drizzled on it. And yeah, we ate it ALL!

Fun times, fun times. We're already planning our next get-together at Sakura and recommend it to others.

5
★★★★★

Sakura is DELISH! My co-workers had been talking about it and insisted I try it. This past Saturday I was with 2 friends and we didn't want to fight all the Cool Springs traffic just to go eat, so we chose Sakura in Independence Square since it's right down the street from our subdivision.

If you want details, 2 of us ate a sushi lunch special with ginger salads. I had the California roll and chicken teriyaki roll. The 3rd person in our group didn't like sushi -she's just weird like that :) so she ordered the Sirloin Steak from the hibachi grill and we all split some of it. Each of us had a bottle of this really good Japanese beer to drink (and I'll never remember the name of it) that the owner recommended to us. For dessert we split a monster of a fried ice cream ball with chocolate drizzled on it. And yeah, we ate it ALL!

Fun times, fun times. We're already planning our next get-together at Sakura and recommend it to others.

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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My wife and I live near this restaurant, and we love it. We have dined-in and ordered food to-go more times than we can count, and the food is consistently fresh and of a high quality. A few of our favorites: We start with miso soup and ginger salad. My wife has sesame chicken and I have the sea scallops from the Hibachi grill. For sushi, we like their salmon avocado roll and the shrimp tempura roll. Having been stationed in Japan a number of years ago and learning so much about their culture, eating here brings back lots of great memories for us. We give this restaurant a 10 out of 10 rating. Sakura is the real deal.

5
★★★★★

My wife and I live near this restaurant, and we love it. We have dined-in and ordered food to-go more times than we can count, and the food is consistently fresh and of a high quality. A few of our favorites: We start with miso soup and ginger salad. My wife has sesame chicken and I have the sea scallops from the Hibachi grill. For sushi, we like their salmon avocado roll and the shrimp tempura roll. Having been stationed in Japan a number of years ago and learning so much about their culture, eating here brings back lots of great memories for us. We give this restaurant a 10 out of 10 rating. Sakura is the real deal.

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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Sakura has new managment now! The old owners were younger guys, so they weren't as experienced with business, and their waitresses were their girlfriends. The new people seem to be more experienced, and I had a really good conversation with them today when I came with a few friends for lunch. The new owners are really worried that people won't want to come back because of these other not-so-good reviews, but the new people are totally different. They seem a lot more professional than the previous owners! Their food is excellent, and they seem like really nice people who want to make sure their customers are satisfied and have a good experience. They spent a little time chatting with us and did all they could to make us feel welcome during out visit. It had been a long time since I went with the old owners, so I can't remember the old menu very well, but the new menu is good! We all really liked what we ordered a lot! It's not fair when people get hurt because of someone else's problems, so I felt like I needed to say something. Don't let the other reviews turn you off. Give them a shot, and I'm sure you'll like it.

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★★★★★

Sakura has new managment now! The old owners were younger guys, so they weren't as experienced with business, and their waitresses were their girlfriends. The new people seem to be more experienced, and I had a really good conversation with them today when I came with a few friends for lunch. The new owners are really worried that people won't want to come back because of these other not-so-good reviews, but the new people are totally different. They seem a lot more professional than the previous owners! Their food is excellent, and they seem like really nice people who want to make sure their customers are satisfied and have a good experience. They spent a little time chatting with us and did all they could to make us feel welcome during out visit. It had been a long time since I went with the old owners, so I can't remember the old menu very well, but the new menu is good! We all really liked what we ordered a lot! It's not fair when people get hurt because of someone else's problems, so I felt like I needed to say something. Don't let the other reviews turn you off. Give them a shot, and I'm sure you'll like it.

Pros: great food, great service, not too loud

Cons: not easily seen from the road, a little hard to find

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This is a wonderful japanese steakhouse. The restaurant is well decorated and the food is great. The choices are good, and fast. The hibachi grill makes for a fun dining experience. The service is also good.

4
★★★★☆

This is a wonderful japanese steakhouse. The restaurant is well decorated and the food is great. The choices are good, and fast. The hibachi grill makes for a fun dining experience. The service is also good.

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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i really love the food here but every time i go in there the service is kind of weird. the waitresses are all sitting around in the empty booths and they yell in japanese back and forth from opposite sides of the room. many of them don't seem to speak or understand english very well. like i said the food is good and they get it to you pretty fast but i don't like going in there because of the staff.

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★★☆☆☆

i really love the food here but every time i go in there the service is kind of weird. the waitresses are all sitting around in the empty booths and they yell in japanese back and forth from opposite sides of the room. many of them don't seem to speak or understand english very well. like i said the food is good and they get it to you pretty fast but i don't like going in there because of the staff.

Pros: good food,fast service,reasonably priced

Cons: staff has very bad sloppy manors

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We haven't eaten there in months. My husband, our 24 year daughter and myself ate there regularly before the new owner, and several times after it changed hands. The decor improved and the sushi (rolls) was still very good, but the teriyaki and the customer service was poor. The manager who greeted us by name, was very chatty, which we realized later was just to cover up the poor service. His excuses ranged from the cook is having a bad night to the server(co-owner) didn't understand much English. He never offered to right the wrongs , only made excuses....... well, we haven't been there in months and will only return when it either changes hands again or is under new management. It's a shame, because it was so convenient and good before.

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★☆☆☆☆

We haven't eaten there in months. My husband, our 24 year daughter and myself ate there regularly before the new owner, and several times after it changed hands. The decor improved and the sushi (rolls) was still very good, but the teriyaki and the customer service was poor. The manager who greeted us by name, was very chatty, which we realized later was just to cover up the poor service. His excuses ranged from the cook is having a bad night to the server(co-owner) didn't understand much English. He never offered to right the wrongs , only made excuses....... well, we haven't been there in months and will only return when it either changes hands again or is under new management. It's a shame, because it was so convenient and good before.

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Came to Nashville area from Orlando. Sakura had an awesome manager who gave us personal attention and made sure our meal was excellent...which it was. The sushi was excellent here! Will be back in a few weeks for more!

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★★★★★

Came to Nashville area from Orlando. Sakura had an awesome manager who gave us personal attention and made sure our meal was excellent...which it was. The sushi was excellent here! Will be back in a few weeks for more!

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The ownership of this well-known sushi restuarant (at least to those in Franklin) has recently changed. The food is still great, but the service is lacking a bit. Also, they still don't have their license to sell wine. However, if you like good sushi, this is a must!

2
★★★★☆

The ownership of this well-known sushi restuarant (at least to those in Franklin) has recently changed. The food is still great, but the service is lacking a bit. Also, they still don't have their license to sell wine. However, if you like good sushi, this is a must!

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Hot waitresses make the food here even better than it already is. Even the owner is hot. HOTHOTHOT. If you don't know this place, find it. It's number one in my book, and with all of my friends!!

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★★★★★

Hot waitresses make the food here even better than it already is. Even the owner is hot. HOTHOTHOT. If you don't know this place, find it. It's number one in my book, and with all of my friends!!

Pros: all made to order, lots of laughs, great food

Cons: yellow lights

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My favorite sushi bar in Nashville. Staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home, and sushi is always fresh and good. Try the Charashi! This place is a well kept secret.

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★★★★★

My favorite sushi bar in Nashville. Staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home, and sushi is always fresh and good. Try the Charashi! This place is a well kept secret.

Pros: Fresh, Friendly, good value

Cons: small sushi bar

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this is an excellent establishment, in the heart of the independence shopping center, a stones throw away from historical franklin. ask any franklin-ite, including atendees of the local high school, (about a half a mile away) this is the best sushi in town, and cost effective.

p.s. the service is outstanding.

2
★★★★★

this is an excellent establishment, in the heart of the independence shopping center, a stones throw away from historical franklin. ask any franklin-ite, including atendees of the local high school, (about a half a mile away) this is the best sushi in town, and cost effective.

p.s. the service is outstanding.

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This is the best sushi I've had in Nashville,ever. The staff is unique as the quirky decor. However small, it is a virtual "Cheers", with an obvious steady "regular" cliental. I've never been in there one time without observing the staff either knowing atleast half of the customers names or what they eat. Very refreshing. Be ready for a real treat!

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★★★★★

This is the best sushi I've had in Nashville,ever. The staff is unique as the quirky decor. However small, it is a virtual "Cheers", with an obvious steady "regular" cliental. I've never been in there one time without observing the staff either knowing atleast half of the customers names or what they eat. Very refreshing. Be ready for a real treat!

Pros: friendly, fresh, fun

Cons: its in Franklin, they close @9 weekday, close @ 10 weekends

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This is the best sushi restaurant in Middle Tennessee. I wish they would have nigiri lunch specials like most other places do but the quality and service is outstanding. Everything here is good - soups, salads, shashimi, and even the items from the grill are great. Try the green tea.

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★★★★★

This is the best sushi restaurant in Middle Tennessee. I wish they would have nigiri lunch specials like most other places do but the quality and service is outstanding. Everything here is good - soups, salads, shashimi, and even the items from the grill are great. Try the green tea.

Pros: Fresh, Fresh, Fresh

Cons: Chef is a bit slow, No nigiri lunch spec

 

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