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Blowfish Sushi - San Jose
Blowfish Sushi - San Jose

Blowfish Sushi - San Jose Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blowfishsushi.com
  • Phone: (408) 345-3848
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Ritsuo Tsuchida
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether you’re planning an office lunch, wedding, or an intimate
    party in your home, Blowfish Sushi Catering can provide an array of
    fresh, sophisticated Japanese Sushi and Fusion dishes sure to please
    your guests. Your order will come beautifully arranged and will
    include napkins, chopsticks, serving utensils, and condiments like
    wasabi, ponzu, and soy sauce, where necessary.
  • Private Party Facilities: Blowfish Sushi can accommodate large groups in our lounge area of up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Mariell Rahmani (415) 799-8424
  • Entertainment: Live DJ's play soulful music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as some Wednesdays.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We can always bring the Sushi to your party, but why not bring your
    party to the Sushi? Our restaurant, located on trendy Santana Row
    in San Jose, can seat up to 150 guests and features a full bar serving
    20+ varieties of sake. Take advantage of a full buyout so you and
    your guests can have front row seats as our sushi chefs showcase
    their knife skills to produce stunning edible creations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stevens Creek & Winchester
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Blowfish Sushi is located in the Santana Row complex which offers many private lots and garages.
A word from Blowfish Sushi - San Jose
Blowfish Sushi is an eclectic sushi bar and restaurant that serves both modern and traditional sushi, sashimi, as well as salads. cooked appetizers, and special desserts. The menu style is called Asian Fusion and emphasizes clean, pure, healthy foods. Premium imported sakes and an original line of sake cocktails are featured in the restaurant's stunning liquor lounge. "Walk into Blowfish and step into your senses; 'it' decor houses a modern menu, reinterprets sushi and presents a new palette for the genre" -ctguide.comContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The manager actually had the nerve to try to argue with us about removing the charge for one roll that was ordered, but never brought to our table. Had our waitress checked in on us more or paid more attention to what the runners had and had not brought to our table, the whole situation could have been avoided."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I recommend this restaurant for its sushi and its convenient location on Santana Row. The desserts are works of art!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The quality and flavors of the food was not quite there, products were blandness. We order: Ebi & Veg Tempura, which was very thick and grease. Pyramid of Tarta, great presentation but tasteless Rainbow Maki, was okay, but 6 small portions, minimum amount of fish and $19.00 We eat sushi constantly and by far this restaurant was the biggest disappointed we have encountered. Yelp provides a 3.5 Starts and I should have trusted that was some what low."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant for its location. It had really good reviews. I have to say that we were kind of shocked that the benches were duct taped. But the food was presented nicely and the staff was great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We choose Blowfish to celebrate my daughter 18th birthday because she is a sushi lover. This being our first time there and celebrating such a special occasion, I naturally thought since notifying the restaurant they would take steps. I was wrong. We were treated like any other dining service. I was a bit disappointed. This is a great place for lunch but not for celebrating special occasions."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had a great meal with my daughter. Very creative rolls and fish was fresh. Only complaint, the place was not even full yet it was extremely loud. There is fun loud, and annoying loud. This was annoying."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have known and heard of Blowfish for a long time but haven't been in years. I've always heard it was the trendy, popular place to get sushi. I was surpised when the hostess seated us and I had to sit at a booth that has a huge area of tape covering a hole. The area next to it also had tape on it but not as large. For the amount of money you pay at this restaurant they should pay more attention to detail. I wasn't quite sure if this spot was going to snag the long coat I was wearing but didn't want to cause a fuss."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is the first time a make a review about a restaurant. I think it is worth mentioning the terrible service in this restaurant. Food was acceptable. We ordered the fire roasted oysters (delicious) a cod rissoto (also very good), a tuna tartar ( the worst in my life) and a King R roll (very decent)... we sat about 20 minutes until the waiter came to take the drink order... And we waited more than 45 mins to get our food.... The food was brought all separate without an specific order, first the entree Then the appetizers (one by one) No no no very bad experience... The waiter forgot my side salad.. At the end We order ice cream. Which after waiting 20 mins we decided to cancel the order and leave. Btw, the place wasn't crowded"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Loved the Ritsu roll and the Pyramid of Tartare. Very fresh fish and beautiful presentation. Also enjoyed the cocktails - had a special with pear and lime with run and my friend loved sweet heat made with jalapeno. Shared the gourmet beignet for dessert. Yum. Only complaint is it's super noisy, so hard to have conversation. Service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "really good sashimi and very nice sake selection. very creative side plates. Not a lot of other entrees, but if your there for sushi and sashimi you wont be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food was very good. Items for people who don't like sushi will love too. I had out of town guests- so food was a real hit. But music was too loud to have a conversation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Absolutely loved the sushi selection and the overall service in the lounge area was outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The restaurant was very crowded on a Friday night (understandably), and awfully noisy! We enjoyed the sushi we ordered, but didn't really find it memorable, as we had the offering on our previous visit, possibly a couple of years ago or more. The drinks were excellent. Service was quite slow; I think they were understaffed for such a busy evening. We may go back again on a more unfashionable weeknight to see if there are fewer people and less noise. We had nice fresh Kumamoto oysters as a starter, and not having quite enough appetite to finish the sushi, we took it home. It was acceptable for breakfast the next morning. They used to offer 1000 points, but now only 100. That was a disappointment."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Unfortunately the great food was marred by the experience of slow and poor service. We didn't receive our cocktail drinks until after finishing the appetizer and did not receive one of our orders and had to request it removed from the bill. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was craving sushi. Unfortunately from the time that we sat down til the time we left we were very unhappy. The waitress did not know anything about the menu and had to come back three times to get clarification from us. I can't eat seaweed and asked for my sushi to be rolled in soy papers. I placed my order and the waitress said that the rolls I ordered are premade and cannot come with soy papers. So not only could I not get the type of fish that I want. Comes to find out they don't roll their sushi so it's not fresh. Someone else from our group ordered a hand rolled roll, it was messy and looked like an ice cream cone. That is not a roll and there is nothing in the menu that even explains that. We will never come here again."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We had reservation but we still had to wait 10 minutes. We waited by the bar but it took someone 9 minutes to ask us what our order was but then by then our table was ready. The waitress was great and so was the food but the wait for the table was a bit longer than I anticipated. Also we were seated right by the door, which was not the most ideal for a two person party. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I love the fresh raw fish sushi. The rolls are not all that good, POOR quality actually. The soft shelf crab in my spider roll was so chewy NOT CRUNCHY at all. Those rolls are worse than mad fish / safeway - sushi. That was a great disappointment since the raw fish tasted so good! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I used to love Blowfish when it first opened-a few years ago, but it has not put any effort to stay current. Food is still good but now their booths have duct tape, some TVs do not work, the menu is a simple printed paper now that had soy sauce stains on it. You're paying too much for the current ambiance. Not a place to take someone on a date (but it used to be). "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "it was good but pricey. Jenny the sever was very nice and helpful. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was fresh and good but on the pricey side with much lacking in the service. But the fish & rolls where fresh and delicious. Waitress was hardly around and was at multiple tables hitting & missing her tables. One thing is they included the tip on a 6 person table for a solid 15% which I found too generous for the service provided but I assume they know that and kindly add the gratuity. The menu was strictly rolls and little for those who can't fathom eating raw fish. My daughter ordered a bowl of rice and spiked it with soy sauce. I would not recommend this place due to the high price and terrible service. The food is good but you can goto a sushi place not in Santana Row and get a modest price sushi dinner. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Been here over the past 5 years. Customer service is at an all time low. Food is okay. The menu has changed multiple times and is now the smallest ever. Very limited selections. Rolls are ok and a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Have been twice now and enjoy. It is very loud and hard to hear one another so definitely not the most romantic but you can find your own "zone". Like the pyramid dish and it is easy to fill up on the many small plates offered. Unfortunately had to send back the Bombay martini because it was way too watered down but they quickly and cheerfully replaced it with a lovely sake. A fun special occasion place, great bar scene and lively atmosphere. Food is very good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We decided to go here on a whim. We dine a lot in Santana Row, but hadn't eaten here before. The food was excellent. A little pricey, but everything is in Santana Row. My 9 year-old even liked it. The ambiance was nice. I only wish they had a patio because we love to people watch."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "i love their fresh oysters and ultimate spicy tuna rolls."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was probably in my top 3 restaurants to go to and now I won't return for quite sometime. It was an incredibly disappointing experience. They changed the menu, took many things off without adding anything new and then I picked three items that our waitress said they don't serve anymore and were meaning to takeoff the menu! Then the service was horrible. The restaurant was not nearly full and they had wait staff just wandering around not doing anything. Things were late coming out of the kitchen so crispy items were mushy and then dirty plates sat on our table as they continued to bring more without clearing them. This place used to be amazing. Very sad. Hope they get their act together soon."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As usual, the sushi was very good, well made and some very unique rolls. Our dissapointment was they used to have more Izakaya food to accompany the sushi. The menu has been reduced a lot, I'm a little less incline to dine there now."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food is good. The service is poor. We waited for a long time to get the food. There is no soy sauce on the table. Our neighbor table got the food even early than us. But we ordered much early. I saw that this is ranked #1 Japanese Restaurant at San Jose. Since the service is poor, even the food is good, we did feel great! I am very polite to give 15% plus tip even after the poor service."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Extremely noisy(6:00 on a Friday?), pricy but great food and service. Would go back because of proximity to Hotel Valencia but wouldn't seek this out as a destination."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were a party of six at lunch. Restaurant was fairly empty so no excuse for the incredibly slow service. Music was on the loud side The food came out in dribs an drabs. Over the staff was friendly so maybe the kitchen was understaffed We sat in a both and they used duck tape to seal up the tears in the fabric. The place was pretty beat up. Left feeling like it should and could have been better"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I went to my first Blowfish in SF in the Mission District and had an awesome time! The music was loud but we could easily carry on a conversation, and the Japanese anima on the tv's was so cool! And the sushi was fantastic - The second time I visited was in San Jose, and even though the ambience was different, the sushi did not disappoint! Excellent, consistent, and fun!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Blowfish never fails to satisfy. I know I can count on Blowfish to deliver a great meal. I took my friends from England there, as they were wanting sushi. The fish was so fresh it really melted in our mouths. Yellowtail, Eel, Toshi Koshi and Dragon Rolls were fantastic as always. the flavors blend perfectly. We left very satisfied."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Think ... night club pumping techno through the speakers + out of this world delicious food and you have Blowfish Sushi to Die For. Our table enjoyed the oysters. The oysters were fresh and when dipped in the ponzu sauce it created the perfect bite. The sushi combo was quite exquisite. The delicately sliced fish was positioned on a straw matt over a bed of crushed ice (and dry ice) that provided a "fog" mist over the table. The presentation was exciting. The sushi was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, on this visit the service was a little slow. The meal definitely made up for the short comings of the service. As return customers, we would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food is good. Environment is ok. Since it runs like a bar, doesn't fit for romantic environment."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love this place! Been here twice and as soon i leave the door,i cant wait for next time! LOVE the garlic edamame,something to die for if ur garlic lover like me but also something that u wont find elsewhere.they also have regular edamame.sushi is outstanding.I like the lively vibrant hip athmosphere,unlike many places. Cannot wait until my next visit!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "People next to us where pampered we wet ignored and they dumped all the dishes on us at once to the point we couldn't even eat on the tiny table then the waitress rolled her eyes and argued with me when I asked her to take some dishes back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I made reservations 2 weeks in advance for this dinner. We sat down and ordered a beer and a lemonade, which took almost 15-20 minutes to arrive at our table. We ordered our food and then waited 45 minutes before it started arriving at the table. First to reach us was the "To Die For", which consisted of only 5 piece of sushi. The steak and mushrooms on top were cold and left an unsavory taste. We then received our appetizers after, which was 4 piece of shrimp. Was amazed at this point by the lack of portions for how much the dishes cost. It took another 20 minutes and checking on the food and, surprise, another tiny plate. The waitress was inattentive, which was extremely frustrating. All in all, won't be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The worst sushi ever ....and waited hours for our food. I want to say at least two and a half hours ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The music was great but it was way too loud. We had to hunt our waitress down a few times."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Not busy ar noon so made a delicious place for a ladies lunch and get back to work. Fresh and tasty. Prompt service and refills of ice tea without having to ask."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The sushi is good, but the restaurant is horribly, obnoxiously loud! We are not talking about a DJ. It's just a CD! Everybody is trying to yell over the music, so you can't really hear the actual music -- I am not even sure what music they are playing. It's just a roaring level of noise. They insist on pumping it so loud, as to make it impossible to talk to the person sitting next to you."
    Dined on 2/11/2014