Makiman Sushi - Center City
Makiman Sushi - Center City

Makiman Sushi - Center City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://makimanonline.com/
  • Phone: 2155460180x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Korean, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Peter Hong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Juniper
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is public street parking as well as parking lots in the area. Park America @ Double Tree

    237 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

    Five Star Parking

    1314 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA

    Laz Parking

    1327 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA

    ‎Kinney System

    219 South Broad st, Philadelphia, PA
A word from Makiman Sushi - Center City
Makiman Sushi is located in the heart of the Theater District also known as "Avenue of the Arts" at 1326 Spruce Street, just a few steps from Broad and Spruce. Come and enjoy our great selection of sushi rolls from the most common to our famous creative rolls. We also offer a full line of Japanese and Korean Entrees or Appetizers. We have a great ambiance for couples dining or for private parties. We offer indoors or outdoor seating. At Makiman we are here to guarantee customer satisfaction. Established in 1999, we originated in Northeast Philadelphia and by popular demand we have expanded to Center City Philadelphia. With our fresh fish and outstanding presentation, we are confident in obtaining customer fulfillment. Please join us for a relaxing atmosphere, great food and outstanding customer service. Takeout and delivery are also available. BYOB
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Makiman Sushi - Center City reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (7)romantic (5)fit for foodies (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Makiman closed for vacation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Booked a reservation at Makiman online and received a confirmation via email. Got to the restaurant and they were closed for vacation. A lot of angry diners were outside that had made reservations as well.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unacceptable!!
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I bought a groupon to use here and booked a reservation through their website = which obviously went directly to open table. My husband and my 2 kids and I schlepped all the way to the restaurant to learn they were closed for the WEEK!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My girlfriend introduced me to Makiman after having been to the original in Northeast Philly. It doesn't seem too appealing on the outside tucked away under a miniature concrete stripmall just off of Broad St, but you should definitely give it a good chance! The sushi is great AND affordable, but the best deal is easily the bento boxes for lunch. They appear much smaller on the menu than they do in person. Each box comes with a salad with ginger dressing, steamed veggies, edamame, shrimp shumai and a pork dumpling, a California roll, and a main item of your choice. By the way, probably the most affordable 1,000-pt table on here!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night sushi affordable
    Vans9240
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We always go when we see a groupon or discount in yelp. Great date night place, affordable good sushi, outside seating is a stretch because it's not the best place for it. Inside intimate and comfortable. Someone tell them to work on their hallway to the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Makiman Sushi - Center City reviews archive.
  • Good Place for Sushi
    JBGrizzVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Restaurant was less than a block from where we were staying in Center City, so it was a great location. Service was a little slow at first, but the food was good and well priced. If you're in the mood for sushi, this is a good place to go.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater Eats
    motherdaughter
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    When we first walked in for our early reservation, there were only a couple of tables occupied, which allowed the empty furnishings in the rest of the restaurant to shout "cheap" at us. However, once we were seated and had ordered and were joined by our friends, a crowd had amassed, and our waitress told us it was packed every night at 7:45. We were pleased with our food and the friendly service, and even more pleased with the very reasonable bill! Furthermore, we got out in plenty of time to get to our show. I would recommend this restaurant to someone who wants a fun dinner that won't cost too much when you're not planning to linger forever because you're going to a show.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I so wanted to like this place . .
    OctoberdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    . . .but the fish was mediocre, having virtually no taste. Everyone who works at Makiman Sushi was pleasant and eager to please, and the menu looked wonderful. We ordered a variety of salads, sashimi, nigiri, and rolls. None of it had any taste! The fish tasted only cold. The flavors in the rolls blended into one mushy overall taste. The fish selection itself was mundane - a standard block of tuna, hamachi, salmon, etc. - and they could barely be distinguished by taste. This is a great location and seemed to have much promise. But we all agreed that nothing had any taste, and we won't be returning.
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  • Great food, great service, consiste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is the second time dinning here. We had both sushi and some other entrees and dessert. On both occasions the food was exceptional as was the service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food for a reasonable price
    jarjar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our first time here. We had an enjoyable meal, the service was excellent, and the price was right. A great informal spot for dinner before the show.
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  • Decent last resort
    WhydoineedtoenteranicknamVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Not the best sushi, service or atmosphere. But certainly not the worse. Decent last minute choice if you are close to the place and it fits your time frame.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for before or after a show
    Bartman57
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Wanted to find a sushi restaurant before a show, and this place is perfectly located, just off Broad Street. The food was excellent, and the menu extremely creative--if you like sushi, you will find much here to like. The prices are good, and the atmosphere was perfect: quiet, and the interior is just fancy enough without feeling too formal. Our server was friendly and helpful, but oddly did not bring small plates for the appetizers (so I took a couple from a stack on a nearby cabinet). She gave good recommendations, and otherwise that part of the experience was fine. I definitely recommend this casual, nicely-situated restaurant if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Came here Friday night at 7 and told the waitress we had to order quick and make a show at the Kimmel at 8. Our food came out quickly and without rushing we were on our way to the theater by 7:25. The staff was friendly, and our food was delicious, Thanks again Makiman!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had shrimp/veggie tempura
    mark
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    had shrimp/veggie tempura with udon noodle soup. the tempura was soggy, seemed as if it were pre-prepared and not freshly prepared. very disappointing. the soup broth was very tasty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    Jfranke
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    This restaurant was great. I had a party of 15 people. They were incredibly accommodating. I also brought an outside cake and they were incredibly helpful with holding it and bringing it out for us!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve dinner
    ashlynemery
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Although it was a crazy night the service was great and the food was even better! Did not wait long at all for the food! Very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent spider roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The food was good, and relatively inexpensive. There are a lot of creative sushi rolls on the menu that I hadn't seen before at other places. The spider roll that we ordered was particularly good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inexpensive and Yummy!
    BeckySVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This is one of my favorite BYO sushi places in the city, mainly because it's super inexpensive and it's good! I have been here a few times and have gotten delivery countless times and the sushi is always fresh and delicious! I highly recommend this place for big groups of people and celebrating birthdays and such since it's a BYO. I couldn't say better things about this place! I love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi!
    KatieRick
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    One if the best sushi bars in Philadelphia! My favorites are the MM Naruto Roll and Pete's Roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Makiman - excellent!
    ESG4food
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Great assortment of excellent sushi. Innovative rolls that were delicious. Perfect place fro pre-theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place. Incredible sushi,
    Dave77state
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Great place. Incredible sushi, will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable neighborhood Japanese
    PhillyG
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We were happy with the latest of our frequent lunches. Fresh and flavorful sashimi, well cut and well Priced is the reason we come. While Our soup could have been warmer, the green Tea was hot and good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Good Sushi, Sub- Par Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The food was brought out in a timely manner, and the sushi we ordered was good. The only negative thing I would have to say is the level of service. My friends and I were literally the only table there. We had to continually ask for our waters to be re- filled because our server only came to our table when she dropped off our food. It's a good thing we were the only table in there because we had to call from across the restaurant in order for us to get our check. Then we had to call her again so we could pay. Our server was sitting at the sushi bar on her cell phone CONSTANTLY... IN PLAIN SIGHT!! Overall, I don't think I'll be going back. I could go somewhere else to get the same sushi, for the same price, but get much better service
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  • Great for "dinner and a show"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Sushi choices were excellent and the steak teriyaki was perfect for a non-sushi diner. So close to the Academy of Music and Kimmel Center that it's a perfect place for a bite before a show
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    special occasion
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  • Great BYOB and large menu
    christinaVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    This menu has a variety for sushi lovers & non-sushi lovers. They also have a great selection of cooked sushi for the people in your party who are still transitioning to raw sushi. The waitress gave us great recommendations, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at good prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Been twice both before theater, with very good experience both times. So much better than the typical Asian restaurant. This has nice decor in an attractive Center City location where the food is prepared well and quickly, and the staff is attentive. It has reasonable prices for food, and is a BYOB.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    PhoodadelphiaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Makiman isn't the flashiest sushi restaurant in town, but it cannot be beat in terms of bang for your buck. I've never had a complaint about the rolls - always fresh and delicious. Makiman has become our go-to when we want to have a tasty meal downtown but do not want to spend $50+. Bring a few bottles of wine and enjoy the energy that the other guest bring and you're all set.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Regulars...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We enjoy Makiman on a regular basis as our go to sushi place before a show on Broad street. Food is consistently good (fresh) and the servers are always kind and helpful. This is a low key BYOB that is very comfortable...why we are regulars.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Great quality, new options
    3kidslovedit
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We are so tired of the same-old same-old Japanese sushi restaurant options. We ventured out of the suburbs and found this gem! The options were creative and delicious! Our kids ate every bite and the price was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent lunch
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Sushi was on my list for lunch the day that I dined at Makiman, and I was not disappointed. I had three special rolls, and each was competently made. The fish was fresh, and the rolls were large. I attribute my only gripes to being the first customer of the day: the fish was very cold, the tempura batter that came with one of the rolls seemed warmed rather than fried (...perhaps the oil had not gotten to the right temperature yet?) and the roll that was on the lunch special board was charged full price (...even full price is fair here, so I didn't hassle them for the difference). These were all small things. I'll be back (...though a little bit later next time)!
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    great for lunch
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  • amazing sushi byob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    great food, byob and easy to get a table for a group of 7 on a friday night. perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our food was good, however
    ShelbyMaxVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Our food was good, however the service was poor and all the servers seemed more interested in talking amongst themselves and to the other employees, and they missed part of our order because they were not paying attention. A very loud drunk party was in the restaurant and it made for a unpleasant experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the first time I've
    jao922VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    This is the first time I've eaten in the restaurant as opposed to eating it at home. I must say the taste and quality of the food has been much better in the past.
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  • Good before theater
    bobbie
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Great menu with lots of different options and interesting sushi rolls and salads
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  • extensive menu, great BYOB!
    wendycVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    extensive menu, great BYOB! close to all of the theaters, amazing service!!
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  • Never disappoints. Good fresh
    PhillyG
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Never disappoints. Good fresh sashimi, beautifully presented at a fair price.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We were the loud group (11
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We were the loud group (11 of us) and they handled us well. Great service. Great food.
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  • Outstanding Sushi
    tbird1021VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Went to Makiman after a show at the Merriam Theater (it's right around the corner). We wanted a late lunch(3PM) and it was the only sushi restaurant in the area (on Open Table) open at that time on a Sunday. Only downfall was that it's BYOB (fine if you're not at the theater beforehand.) We had some salmon nigiri and 3 roles. The specialty role selection is awesome. So many great rolls to pick from. And, the quality of all the fish was outstanding. Also tried an avacodo salad which was very good. My only big complaint was the service. We were the only table (a take out order or two and some people at the sushi bar) - yet the service was very, very slow. We had to ask for almost everything. Would go back for take out :-)
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  • Great spot! Went with a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Great spot! Went with a group for a birthday - the service was great; everyone was very friendly and accomodating. The sushi was awesome. Recommend the Sixers roll and the sweet potato roll...both were delish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Makiman was great for accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Makiman was great for accommodating my large group of 20 people. The servers were very nice and did their best to get everyone's food out around the same time. I would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place just be aware
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Awesome place just be aware it is a BYOB and there isnt a close wine shop dependinv on time of day or evening. Wait staff and ambience was lovely!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate