Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar - Pearl St. Boulder

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar - Pearl St. Boulder

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hapasushi.com/
  • Phone: (303) 473-4730
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar - Pearl St. Boulder
The name Hapa is derived from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Like our name, our food reflects this dynamic combination. The menu is based on traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals which are then amplified, muted, or mixed with influences from many different styles of cooking until they are something completely new: they're Hapa. We have stretched the boundaries of creativity to develop dishes that defy all the rules while holding true to our roots. We hope that you will find our menu innovative, uninhibited, and distinctly fun! Incomplete parties will not be sat until complete.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar - Pearl St. Boulder reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)hot spot (16)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (10)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (6)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • A+
    YumYumShushi
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Hapa's Happy Hour never fails! Great selection of 2 for 7 rolls, warm sake, and delicious starters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sushi, Fun Happy Hour
    Factor70
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I go to Hapa ALL THE TIME. Great sushi...quality food at a reasonable price. Easy to overlook this place for lunch b/c most people don't think about a sushi place for lunch, but they have great options, and wonderful bowls (i.e. salmon, tofu, chicken teriyaki). Great staff too. Lots of vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    SusiqVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Unfortunately we hadn't been back in over a year (no fault of theirs!) and wondered why it ad taken us so long because it was so good!!! We will make it a point to go there more in the future. The sushi was great (innovative combos too) and service was awesome! Enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic service!
    Satisfied
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had reservations at 5:30, and because a table was late in clearing, we weren't seated until 6:00. However, the host handled this situation better than I have ever seen at any other restaurant - he walked us back to the bar, got us free drinks, came back and checked on us again, provided us with updates, and then provided free appetizers. We were all impressed, and would definitely recommend Hapa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior Service
    mommamia
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation and were directed to the bar area to enjoy some complimentary edamame with our drinks while we waited. When the party at our table took a long time leaving after the check was paid, the manager came to tell us, with a plate of appetizers and his apologies. One of our party was vegetarian, and since the appetizers had shrimp, he insisted on bringing a vegetarian option as well. I would go back for the food alone, and even more so with service that was so accommodating. The restaurant was busy with local high school students going out for homecoming (think large tables of 10-12 kids), so the people watching was fun too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Gluten-free Sushi
    uhhhhVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great sushi and they have an extensive gluten-free sushi selection. It can be hard to find sushi places that can accommodate gluten-free diners. Hapa has the biggest gluten-free sushi roll options I have seen. Great outdoor seating as well. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hawaiian Kine Review
    HawaiianKineReview
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    To begin with, our group included Japanese people from Japan and Hawaii. One person in our group was a returning customer and highly recommended this place. Looking at the menu, it felt like we were at home. All of our dishes were delish: variety of sashimi, nigiri, and sushi rolls; poke; agedashi tofu; grilled scallops; vegetable tempura; fried gyoza; fried jalapeño peppers; mochi ice cream. The seafood was fresh. The tempura batter was crispy and light, the sauce was different but perfect. We all left happy and full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic.
    Kaloli
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Being Hawaiian I found the titles of the food entertaining. The items that we did try were tasty, and the seafood was fresh. Tables are packed in . We sat on the patio and it was difficult to maneuver gaping to and from the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    politicaljunkieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Hapa is one of our favorite restaurants to go to lunch or dinner with our grandchildren. They love the food and they EAT!! We love it as well. We have been there many times and will continue to patronize this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food! Great Service!
    MamericaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We think Hapa is great! We sat outside and our waiter was perfectly attentive to our needs. He knew the menu well and made excellent recommendations. The food is consistently good. We had the Shrimp Pakalolo, Agadashi Tofu and a special Tuna Crabcake for an appetizer. Yum! Had several rolls for our main course-spider roll, caterpillar roll, dragon roll, and salmon dumplings. Highly recommend Hapa. Food and atmosphere are first rate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad ambience
    fooder
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Some of the best sushi I've ever had, but the restaurant is small, dark, LOUD and crowded. I requested an outside patio table when I made the reservation, and again asked for one when I checked in. I even mentioned that we could wait for awhile for an outside table as we were not in a hurry. We were seated in the back of the restaurant crammed in the crowded tables. My date struggled to read the menu in the lighting and also asked if we could move outside. He was told those tables were already being spoken for. The tables in the back are so close together that I was seriously concerned that our waitress was going to catch her butt on fire on the candle on our table when she was taking the order of the table next to us. Wont be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food, Rushed Service
    KMac
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love Hapa. The food and service are fabulous. We went on a Saturday night for date night, and our server was great. My only concern is that we were out for the evening, and the food came one on top of the other. We were still enjoying our appetizer when the salads came out, and the salads when the entree came out. I know they need to turn tables over but wow! But . . . we also didn't tell our server that we weren't in a hurry, so will try that next time. There will absolutely be a next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have never been let down by their sushi and that is why I keep coming back and bringing others.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 160 reviews are from the Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar - Pearl St. Boulder reviews archive.
  • Average sushi place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have come here several times and it just continues to lack what I expect. Most of all the chance that you get a good drink is about 1 in 100. Every time but once the bartender made drinks like what your bro would put in a red plastic cup. Pretty bartenders with no skill or care for the drinks. Sushi was good. Sat in the back which is crowded and lit so poorly you can hardly see the person across from you.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Inventive, delicious; music loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Loved the food, the service was efficient and fairly friendly. The music was about 50% too loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Service is pretty good, it's a bunch of college kids so it can be pretty unorganized, there is only one bartender there that knows what she's doing, the rest seem to be iPhone bartenders that 80% of the time don't know what they are making unless it's liqueur and soda. The sushi is good but the apps the come out of the back kitchen are hit and miss. Overall an average sushi place, good place to go late night for cheap sushi and the Dj for late night is typically pretty good. Also it's super loud there most of the time, every one is yelling to have a conversation so If your looking for a relaxing quite meal this is not the place for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently GREAT!
    BldrGuy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Best all-round sushi experience in uber-foodie Boulder. Excellent service, great food, lively dining. If you enjoy sushi, definitely check out Hapa for fresh and local sushi scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for People Watching
    cynful1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Hapa on Pearl St in Boulder has a wide selection of Asian food including sushi. Many of the entrées are developed in house. I had their Asparagus Caterpillar roll, which is entirely vegetarian and delicious. If you eat outside, you have the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of Pearl St in Boulder - always an interesting environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great every time ! We have tried other sushi restaurants, but return to the quality and consistency of Hapa every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ultra Fresh Sushi
    ChristopherVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We took our Son and his lady to Hapa for his birthday. He was very excited to enjoy the amazing selection of ultra fresh sushi! This restaurant always delivers ultra-fresh sushi consistently!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always solid
    BoulderFoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Hapa always delivers. Great fresh sushi and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    FoodieFanVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    As always, everything is great - the sushi, the service and the location on Pearl Street.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently good!
    coloradomom
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We love Hapa for sushi in Boulder. The fish is always consistently good and the sushi creatively prepared and presented. Some of the portions are quite generous! It is not cheap, but you won't have a bad meal there. We don't order any of the non-sushi entrees so I can't comment on those, but we have sampled our fair share of the appetizers and they are good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was a wonderful dining experience! We enjoyed a lovely lunch after celebrating graduation. Prior to this, my daughter ate here before her prom and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hapa is awesome!
    GwynderVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We love Hapa for the sushi, the tempura, the appetizers, and the beverages!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great happy hour drink and food prices. My husband LOVES the magic mushrooms!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Hamachi
    AyoOVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Staff was very nice and accommodating. Hamachi jalapeno roll was VERY good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Favorite
    Mike
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We've been going to Hapa's in Boulder for many years. We enjoy the ambiance of Pearl Street, which makes the simple and busy interior of the restaurant acceptable. The food is always excellent and the quality of the sashimi high. There are several rolls we enjoy, but make sure you try the Ruby Red and the XXX. This occasion was for my wife's birthday and it didn't disappoint. For a family of four with two grown boys we ordered miso soup, calamari, five rolls and two orders of sashimi. It was the perfect amount. Over the years the cuts of sashimi have been reduced in size to control cost, but the quality has never suffered. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because our fried calamari was slightly over cooked and I could taste the oil
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food as always great
    Anne123VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    They have some original roles and nice combos. Lunch specials are a great option. Service is poor! The waitress were busy chatting amongst them and when we received the miso soup she, being distract, spilled on my shoes.. She looked and sai 'ooopps' and didn't even apologies or over something to clean them. When brining the bill the waitress finally was nice to us!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saved from gluttony
    Lucia
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The sushi was delicious and the waitress realized we had ordered too many dishes so she held back the hot sushi order and, sure enough, we were full without it. Saved us embarassment and bucks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    frostygoth
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was my first time going to Hapa and it won't be my last! The sushi was so fresh and flavorful and you got a really good amount for the price. The sake was delicious--highly recommend the coconut and lemongrass sake! It was hopping all night long, a really great atmosphere and not too loud such that you couldn't carry on a conversation at your table. Highly recommend making reservations through OpenTable though because of how busy it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time
    Batman
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our experience at Hapa was very enjoyable. The only negative is that we weren't seated at our table until a half hour after our reservation (it was a busy Friday night). The staff made up for it though by giving us edamame to snack on and a free appetizer. Once we got to the table, it was fun. The waitress was great. Since it was so busy, it was kind of hard to talk over the noise, but we still had a nice time, and the food was delicious. Would go again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    Dani
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a great experience at Hapa Sushi. Excellent energy, food was great, especially the Kalua Pork. Sushi was fresh and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi
    KSB80516
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I love this place... it's definitely one of the best sushi places around! I just keep coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hapa sushi not bad!
    Rose
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I would definitely say Hapa and this restaurant is good as far as sushi and selection go. I brought my boyfriend and his friends there to celebrate a birthday. They were accommodating and reserved our table for us like I had told them. The service and food was decent. Hapa is an upper-end sushi/Japanese franchise. I wouldn't say the food is the best out there but still good!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sitting on top of other tables
    SushiLoverVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Although I like the sushi at Hapa in Boulder, the tables are so close together that it's difficult to enjoy a meal without feeling like you're on top of the tables next to you. Also, the acoustics of the dining room are such that the noise level is unbearable. It's almost impossible to talk to someone across the table without shouting. There are lots of other sushi options in Boulder -- check them out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi
    Will
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The sushi was great, there was a fair amount of noise and the feeling was more energetic and wild then I was expecting. Would return but with an expectation of light hearted dining with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in the rockies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We have eaten here a couple of times while visiting Boulder, and the sushi is fresh and delicious. Presentation is nicely done, and creative options on the menu. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had reservations here for my daughters birthday (her choice) and I have to say, she chose well! Hapa called the night before to confirm, our table was ready when promised, the girls at the front were awesome, and arranged a desert and candle for us, our server was great, the food was delicious, and the price was right!! Would highly recommend if you are in the Pearl Street area!! Reservations are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Great!
    FoodieFanVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I'm getting in the habit of dining at Hapa Sushi Grill every week when I visit my son i Boulder - we both love it! I let him order off of the sushi menu. Sometimes he surprises me with a roll we haven't tried before, but no matter what, everything is fresh and delicious. Still my absolute favorite roll is salmon and avocado and my favorite appetizer is the magic mushrooms. Getting free entertainment by street musicians eating outdoors and you can do that year-round in Boulder, is phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate