Mizuno Japanese Restaurant
Mizuno Japanese Restaurant

Mizuno Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mizunosushi.com/
  • Phone: 7574221200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

    Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Wataru Mizuno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bar and Lounge can be Private. Accommodates comfortably 25 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Beverly Chen 7574221200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First Colonial
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking space.
A word from Mizuno Japanese Restaurant
Mizuno Japanese Restaurant is a family-run business that first opened in 1996. Located in Virginia Beach, Mizuno is embedded in a seafood hotspot, only 25 miles south of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, and 158 miles south of Hatteras, North Carolina. Chef-owner Wataru Mizuno feels blessed to be a sushi chef in a culinary trifecta like Virginia Beach. Mizuno and his team take advantage of the restaurant's access to local sources by artfully composing daily specials that feature fresh shrimp, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, flounder, blue crabs and oysters, to name a few. The hook's simple. Mizuno resists complicated sauces and excessive ingredients. Instead, he flavors scallops from the world famous Chesapeake Bay, adding nothing more, at times, than a dash of citrus and a pinch of sea salt. Wataru Mizuno: Chef/Owner Born in Japan, Wataru Mizuno received his formal training in Tokyo, as an apprentice under master Teruo Sato.
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Mizuno Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)special occasion (11)romantic (7)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great Sushi
    Sushilover35
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For somebody who has eaten at several sushi restaurant from Seattle to NY, I can tell that this place is a good as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best sushi!
    Cgirl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    What a great spot! Atmosphere is really unique. Great, fresh sushi artistically presented. Good wine beer and drink selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    willyp757
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great decor, service and atmosphere combined with some the best sushi in town! Can't wait to go back and try some different ones to see if I can find a new favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still going strong
    since2011VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Pricey but still the best and freshest sushi in town. The creme brulee is to die for, and the new $30 prix fixe 3 course dinner menu is a good deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh sushi!
    BodieMoose
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family of five dined at Mizuno last Saturday night. One of my favorite sushi meals - the toro was excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food is excellent, but a bit on the pricey side for sushi.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the 3 Course Pre-Fix
    MayoplanVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had a business meeting at Mizuno's and we were treated very well. The service was great and so were the surroundings. The 3 course lunch/dinner is a very good value, $30. Try the new and improved Mizuno's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the Mizuno Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Creative Menu Creations
    JeffA
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The recently added Oyster Lettuce Wraps (with delicious crispy greens, delicately fried oysters, special sauces and pickled onions) are the latest and greatest addition to the great list of appetizers being offered at Mizunos. The Tuna Tacos and Sashimi Salad have been our favorites forever! Wataru is the Master!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sushi and Atmosphere
    Anne
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Mizuno is a great sushi restaurant with some of the best sushi in Virginia Beach. It is very expensive though. Enjoy but expect to pay for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish in Hampton Roads
    goodeatz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Any chance I get I come to Mizuno and I am never disappointed. The food is fresh, delicious, and often deceptively simple. I am from the Pacific Northwest and this restaurant is the only place I've found in Hampton Roads that serves such light and delicious Japanese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced
    Stelsza
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Had my first experience with Mizuno on a date this weekend. I couldn't get a reservation for 7; yet the restaurant was only half full for our 6:45 reservation until we left at 8:30. We sat for about 10 minutes until the bartender realized no one helped us and sent someone over. We were told they were out of uni and toro when we ordered. So we changed about half of our order, then They came back and told us they had uni, so we changed it again. We never got our seaweed salads. Ginger didn't come until we were almost done eating. The sticky rice wasn't too sticky and fell apart after a quick dip in soy sauce. Overall the food was very good, and they do offer some higher end items you can't find elsewhere. The service was poor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    DanLynne
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    My husband and I dined here during restaurant week. He ordered off the special menu and I ordered sushimi from the regular menu. Both meals were very good and very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Excellence at its Finest!
    JeffA
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Mizunos is Hampton Roads Best Sushi Restaurant . . . Period We have been a patron since opening. The new location is phenomenal with the atmosphere & expanded menu. Unlike many others, Mizuno's diverse menu has something for everyone, even sushi newbies & those that have not quite developed their palate. Walter, as we all fondly know him, continues to set the standard in both preparation & presentation, and his two assistants are both extremely capable as well. The entire team's dedication to ensuring you receive the finest dining experience is evident from the precisely set tables, to the never ending clean plates & ginger that arrive punctually. Everyone we have referred is amazed when they arrive and equally ecstatic when they finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    23454
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Chef's Choice, as well as the vegetable roll and shrimp tempura roll. Our server, Sasha, was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    Kaydee757VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Looking for a last minute reservation we found Mizuno and were happily surprised. Everything was enjoyable, food, service and ambiance. Even with our 3 year old son. When making the reservation on Open Table I noted it was our anniversary yet neither the hostess nor our server mentioned it. That would have tipped the scale with regard to service and attentiveness to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really fun hot spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    This place is a great find in VA Beach. You certainly won't be disappointed with the energy, the food or especially the service. Josh treated us like a old friend he hadn't seen in years. Which was all very impressive. Of course it all became clear to us when the bill came so brace yourself. It was worth the money but it will keep me from coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi in a 100-mile radius
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We've eaten sushi in many different cities, including NYC, DC, Miami, and others, and Mizuno is as good as some of the better establishments in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Berninnies
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The sushi is delicious and the menu has awesome names for their rolls, I will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best sushi in Hampton Roads
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    If you love sushi, you must try Mizuno. You will find a higher price point here, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Japanese food on East Coast!
    MelBVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Mizuno's is a wonderful addition to the food scene in Virginia Beach. It would be a wonderful addition in Atlanta, DC, Miami or New York as well. The seafood is so fresh, it barely came out of the water in time for your dinner. The sushi and sashimi are fabulous and the specials are always a fine choice too. This is a go-to restaurant when my husband and I want high-quality food in a chic and friendly environment (stylish and not stuffy - hard to pull off). Walt Mizuno is a fabulous chef and he is there every night leading a very talent team of culinarians. The service is terrific; servers seem genuinely pleased that you are there. Great sake and beer choices. I love Japanese food and I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi
    Willis
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Excellent sushi with rolls named after regulars and invented with creativity!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi on par with the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Sushi on par with the best in Los Angeles or San Francisco. I recently had the summer roll which was a traditional style roll made with tilapia and avocado, but served in a soup bowl with a base of gazpacho - fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You'll Be Back!
    remligVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Some of the best seafood rolls you'll ever find and wait til you try the sauce. Everything here is done fresh while you wait and it's all worth the wait. Our favorite Asian food! Our waiter was helpful and as good as they get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An enjoyable experience.
    keyboards
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    An enjoyable experience. While nominally a sushi place, they have some dishes with a spin on them. I had the sunomono (thinly sliced octopus, hokki clam, & shrimp, with seaweed, cucumber and tosa vinaigrette) and quite liked it. I also had the New Style Chirashi. It was rather different from what I'd envisioned from the menu description (didn't really get the crispiness that was mentioned) but was tasty nonetheless. The other surprise in the dish was that the fish was cubed. Service was good. Ambiance was good. I'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is very clean and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This place is very clean and modern looking. The food was excellent. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is the best Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    This is the best Japanese restaurant we have tried in Tidewater. Fun new decor, and the Sushi bar is a blast to watch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, long in coming.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Food was really good, but it took a long time to get there. Service was great otherwise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The freshest sushi in town!
    jcirdhVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    The freshest sushi in town! I'm so glad they have toro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of Virginia Beach Restaurant
    judy
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    First time to actually sit in the restaurant as we always order Take out. For starters, Josh our waiter was very attentive and quick. Our food was beautifully presented and was delicious as well. I will definitely recommend this Restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is hands down the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    This is hands down the best sushi in town. The rolls are unique, creative, and expertly executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mike the owner was stopped
    skinneemonkeyVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Mike the owner was stopped by the table to personally check on us - very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been going to Mizuno
    since2011VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    I have been going to Mizuno since it opened, and the fish is always impeccably fresh, on a par with the best sushi in NYC. So glad that they have moved into a bigger space and are open for lunch again most weekdays!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    Used to like this restaurant more. This was the first time we have been here since they have moved. Food didn't seem as good and the prices seemed high for what you get not being the very best. Maybe it was an off night? We have never gotten a warm feeling at this establishment either.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The most consistent restaurant
    Happy
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    The most consistent restaurant in the area. The owner prepares or approves every dish. Walter says "thank you"....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great. Blind service
    MikePVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    We went here based on other reviews. However, we were sadly disappointed. Flavors were good, but not what's expected of a top rated sushi restaurant. We've had much better and slightly lower pricing in many other cities. Service was a total disappointment. Over an hour to receive our sushi; no apologies from the staff. Forty minutes in, we were told it was coming right away, and still waited another 20 minutes; We saw many tables come after us, and leave before us. While we can understand that mistakes can happen, there's no excuse for management not speaking with us. Never rated a restaurant this low before.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate