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BlueFin Japanese Restaurant
BlueFin Japanese Restaurant

BlueFin Japanese Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bluefinsj.com
  • Phone: (408) 931-6875
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Bar and Lounge: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm And 10:00pm - 12:00am Happy Hour Saturday 5:00pm - 7:00pm And 10:00pm - 12:00am Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Jun Chon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from BlueFin Japanese Restaurant
High ceilings, geometric brickwork, hanging lights, and gracefully curved dining room create a sleekly intimate atmosphere at this upscale Japanese restaurant and lounge. Along with a sushi bar offering the freshest seasonal seafood in town, Bluefin's lunch and dinner menus offer deliciously prepared starters and entrees from noodles, teriyaki and bento boxes to Kobe beef and premium Japanese Wagyu beef dishes. Numerous varieties of sake, original house-crafted cocktails, and a generous sampling of domestic, Japanese and other wines and beers complete your evening. Just a short walk from the Sharks and other events at the HP Pavillion.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great sushi restaurant. A favorite place before any game or event at SAP Pavilion. They are great to get you out in time for your event."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is way overpriced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I have dined in BlueFin previously, but this time the service was exceptionally bad. We placed our order at 7:10; our food was never served. We waited for 40 minutes and then left. During that time, no one informed us why our order was delayed (or possible misplaced?). No one even apologized when we left. I liked the dining experience here in previous occasions, but doubtful that I will go back in the future. Management, if you are reading this review, please get your act together."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We go to many Sharks games but had never ventured to this side of the arena...but getting tired of the same choices, we were happy to find Blue Fin. The service is prompt and everything we have tried is great. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "this was my second time to blue fin and i liked it better than my first visit. the food was good both times i visited, but this time i liked that it was not as crowded. it was nice to sit and eat without having to feel like i had to yell to be heard and i could hear the music playing in the background. our waitress was attentive when needed, but not hovering. it was a pleasant evening eating japanese food. the wakame salad is one of my favorite dishes and i really enjoyed the tonkastu."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The fish was not fresh at all. It was so fishy and we really felt like it was bad. We eat sushi all the time but someone recommended this restaurant. We were really disappointed."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We're regulars at this great sushi restaurant, and the fish is always top notch!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had 6:30 reservations for a 8 p.m. event at the SAP Center and barely made it. We were seated more than half an hour late. The reservation system and front reception area seemed disorganized. We were glad we had an Open Table reservation, because one party that claimed they had called in were told they had no reservation and were turned away. That said, the food was excellent (sashimi) and once we were seated the staff did everything they could to get us out in time for the show."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Dear Bluefin Sushi: I know you were busy the night of the Paul Simon and Sting concert. That's why we made a reservation. But you put us at a teeny, noisy table at the bar facing a bunch of people's butts ... and then told us that if we had wanted to sit in the dining room, we should have mentioned that in our OpenTable reservation. Really? We had to wait for menus because, the maitre d' said apologetically, they were all being used ... probably by the "real" customers in the dining room. We had four or five severs -- never the same one twice. Our requests for more water and even the check went unheeded. We saw a server on two occasions carry saki glasses by gripping them by the rim, where customers put their mouths. Ick."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I love going here before attending an event at the shark tank. great sushi!... They serve pretty fast for a crowded sushi restaurant and the quality is extremely high...."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We were so excited to revisit BlueFin after we had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience before a concert at SAP last year. So perhaps our elevated expectations let us down. The bar was lively and the drinks well poured. My cocktail- Momou- was dry as a martini with essence of peach. I liked it a lot. Our Omikaze entrees had some wonderful bits- tempura soft-shell crab wrapped in a sesame seed wrapper that was terrific- but the rest of the pieces, while very fresh, were unremarkable nigiri. No octopus, tobiko or uni level offerings on the plate. Best bet is to order ala carte items. One diner really enjoyed her uni and tobiko with quail order. The price will add up but you will be sure to get what you like."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We went here on Valentine's day, hoping for something special. The Omakase sushi was tasty but the selection really disappointed. What is Omakase? You leave yourself in the hands of the chef, letting them send you whatever they want. It's usually the best stuff. Wikipedia says you expect "the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection". When our plate arrived, it had on it: Salmon, tuna, yellowtail, bbq eel, ebi (shrimp), tamago (egg) and a tuna roll. Or: the cheapest selection of fish possible. We pointed this out to the server, who reminded us that Omakase was the choice of the chef and said these selections were especially fresh today. The fish *was* fresh/good, but innovative? No. Surprising? Yes, but not in a good way."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Gyoza was great. We were told they are house made. They were tender and fresh. Tempura shrimp could have been more crispy. The sushi was fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We asked if we could substitute salad for the soup and was told yes. Our server then delivered us soup. As she was putting it on the table, she saiid "oops, you wanted salad". We never touched the soup. She then returned and told us the manager said he wouldn't give us salad unless we paid for it. My son then didn't get the actual dinner he ordered. We won't go back."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "This is an Asian restaurant but not authentic Japanese. It is a beautiful space and we were looking forward to food to match. The quality of the food was poor and the execution of the sushi was below standard. The tempura shrimp in the sushi roll tasted oily and was not crisp. It seemed as if they were cooked prior and held to be put in the sushi before presentation. The gyoza tasted pre-fab and not cooked properly. The bottoms were not crisp as they should be. The shiro maguro special sushi had a nice piece of buttery fish on too little rice. The wasabi was not a paste but more like it came out of a tube. You needed quite a bit to get the nice hot bite."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I have gone to the Blue Fin several times before a concert at the SAP Center. It is a 5 minute walk away from downtown to Blue Fin. The food is delicious and the variety amazing. The service is so pleasant and quick. We've never felt hurried, but also never felt we could not make our concert on time. Love coming here."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "All 5 of us loved it!! We went to dinner before the Eagles concert at the SAP Center, and we chose this restaurant because it is so close and we only had to park once. Beautiful atmosphere, great service, delicious food (and we had one gluten free and one veggie---no problem at all). Will definitely go back---you will love it!!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great place for sushi and well drinks before Sharks game"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This is one of the best, if not The Best sushi restaurant in town. You pay a bit of a premium for the quality but I think it's worth it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "BlueFin goes beyond the normal Japanese bento box and sushi roll cuisine. They have special items such as hamachi shooters, kobe beef "sashimi", and toro sushi. It was pricey, but for a special occasion this is fine. The regular rolls and entrees were also fresh and excellent as were the cocktails. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great place for sushi before an SAP event. Good food & good service."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "BlueFin never disappoints - always a great experience. The sushi is the freshest in the area, and starting with the Hamachi shooters you know you are going to have a great meal."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "To be honest, I've been here several times. Came here with 5 of us for son's 17th birthday this time, we are all sushi fans... and we were quite Underwhelmed this experience. It was a Saturday night, around 7:45p, the place was half empty (which should say something in itself during the holiday season) The food lacked a distinct freshness or flavor (I know sushi, from the greatest chefs insist that sushi not be COMPLETELY fresh), but this food lacked any kind of flair. Maybe it was a bad night. But the lack of patrons there on a Saturday night were a pretty tell-tale sign. Sorry, Blue Fin, but you really need to step up your game! I'm sure I will try again, but at this point there are 4 other sushi places alone in SJ that are ahead of you."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Went to BlueFin because they were able to handle our 10-person group. The service was great, and we had some very good cocktails. The food came quickly, looked nice, and was made of good ingredients. Some dishes could have used a little more flavor, and some of the fish may have been previously frozen. I'd come back if I had another big group, and might stop by just for drinks at the bar, but if I want top-notch sushi I'm gonna go somewhere else."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Make a resie on OpenTable before any Sharks game because this place is popular. The food is great. The service is quick and friendly. They really appreciate your business and it shows. After a delectable dinner, your walk to game takes five minutes. After the game, stop in for a drink!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "I was truly impressed with this restaurant, its modern look, service, and the food. I had the sushi combo and the sushi was extremely good. For example, the scallop nigiri was extremely tender melt and not tough. The service was attentive. I will definitely be back whenever I visit San Jose."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "This was a favorite place. Now service is slow, the offerings underwhelming and overpriced. Save your money and time and look elsewhere for a nice dining experience. We are - and we've given them 3-4 chances to redeem themselves."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "We have eaten at Blue Fin several times a year before Shark games and have always found it to be terrific. The Hon Tuna is amazing, but all the rolls are tasty. Service is restrained but attentive. Definiiely a place to go for the food."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food great! Close to concert venue: SAP center. Parking behind restaurant is perfect for a meal before concert. Just don't leave your car there. Signs are posted. Plus, very friendly person guiding us re the parking areas. Helpful."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "This was our first time. We went with the kids for my wife's birthday. The service was very good and they were understanding of sometimes loud children :) We had the Dragon Roll, Chicken Katsu, Tataki, Edamame and the fried Broccoli. Everything was fresh and well prepared. The Tataki could have had a little more spice/flavor, but the tuna was fresh. They had Sapporo on tap (yum). The parking lot was full and we had to park a little way down the street because the parking out front is 30 mins only (Why, San Jose?). Overall a good experience and I would go there again."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "With its close proximity to the tank and tasty menu, BlueFin is a great pre-show option for grabbing a bite and a drink. Only a 5 minute walk and you're at the SAP Center. Menu has plenty of great sushi & sashimi options, not to mention tempura, etc. The only reason I didn't give them a 5-star rating on the service was because appetizers & entrees seemed to trickle out a bit rather than in groups (there were 6 of us), which made for the slightly awkward, "no, go ahead and start" scene at the table. Since concerts & other arena events are published they might want to beef up their kitchen and/or serving staff to accommodate more people over a shorter period of time. All in all, thoroughly enjoyed our pre-P!nk dinner!"
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Our assortment of sushi was beautifully presented on a huge wooden boat. Food was delicious and the wait staff attentive. Great place for a special occasion and especially close (walking distance) to the SAP pavilion."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "We were visiting from Washington, DC and dropped in for lunch, twice. The first time, I had the Scottish salmon, which were two long thinish strips of salmon with miso sauce, steamed carrots & broccoli, rice and some really great cole slaw. I also had hot sake to go along with it. This made for a fab lunch. When back again the next day and had the sushi lunch special. It was okay, compared to my previous meal. The sashimi cuts seemed just a tad too big. My partner had the chicken teriyaki which he liked and it was good and sweet. On both visits there weren't a lot of other customers, so the noise level was very quiet. It was a beautiful dining space, but very empty."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "New & Interesting menu items all served just right. On the pricey side, but worth it for a special meal--not an everyday restaurant, in my book."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "This place is very expensive, and some of the most bland Japanese food I have ever eaten. I guess it's a place to get Japanese food for people who don't actually like Japanese food. Oh and over priced, $14 for two quarter sized pieces of ankimono (monkfish pate), with an eyedropper full of ponzu. ANd the rice, gloppy truly awful, the cheapest supper market rice. The "large" sake, about 2/3s full and barely warm. Bleh! Never again. San Jose has so many good Japanese places, why eat at this one? Oh, the decor is nice, it's stylish. My only guess is a lot of people prefer style over substance, but not me."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "I haven't been here for a while and was very happy with service, food and ambiance. The black cod was excellent and my business partners said their meal was good. The Bento Box was huge! Would recommend."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Very convenient to the SAP Arena , easy to park, eat a great meal and go to the Arena for a concert of Sharks game."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Very accomodating and extremely helpful. My kids have food allergies and the staff were able to help us with the dishes, and confirmed the dishes that have nuts or milk. Great place to eat before a concert at the HP Pavilion but it is on the pricier side. it costs about $150 for a family of four for dinner. The food was great and the selection was extensive. The only negative was the parking since it took us about 15 minutes to find parking. Having valet parking would make so much sense for the location."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "I was dissappointed because i had mentioned that it was my husband's burthday celebration during reservation. However, the restaurant did not seem to take that into account."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "This is a great place the eat before a concert as you can walk right to the pavillion afterward. The food is delicious and inventive. The also have delicious specials! Nice bar with great drinks and the atmosphere is hip and energetic."
    Dined on 7/12/2013