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Raku Sushi - West End
5371 W 16th St
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
St. Louis Park
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Raku Sushi - West End Details
Hours of Operation:
Fridays & Saturdays only phone reservations are welcomed, no online reservation
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Raku Sushi and Lounge, featuring the finest selection of new style Japanese cuisine along with traditional favorites. Extensive sake, wine and cocktail list.
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I have a very difficult time of
finding good vegan sushi restaurants (obviously my expections are set pretty low as it IS sushi, but veggie rolls anyone?) Therefore when I looked a the the menu and found great looking options across the board I was excited. Then I got the Raku Veggie Maki and found not just veggie rolls but a large variety of options rolled expertly."
Dined on 2/14/2014
We had an excellent serve who was
really friendly and did a great job. We shared four different rolls, and they good but were nothing special. Nothing was bad about our experience, but we've had better sushi for a lower price."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Not the best sushi I've ever had
and certainly not the best price, but the service is incredible and the location can't be beat - especially for a nice dinner before a night out in the West End."
Dined on 2/14/2014
I've been there many times, and I
saw this hostess for the first time, she and another girl who led us to a table, had no smile whatsoever, made a glum face. Good job Raku, both West End and Edina locations, need improvement on staff. Not even an authentic Japanese restaurant, it's a Chinese owned/operated Japanese style restaurant. I recommend Benihana, Sakura, or Origami."
Dined on 2/14/2014
After walking past this place many
times to go to the movies and Rojo - we decided to try it. The food was great and reasonably priced. Would go back again and the sushi is better than Crave at the next corner. When you walk by you can't tell that there are many people inside because the main room isn't visible from the sidewalk. We should have tried it many months ago."
Dined on 2/1/2014
We go to restaurants in this area
after a movie at the Icon, and have been uniformly underwhelmed. Raku was no exception. On the upside, food was served promptly and was hot. On the downside, nothing was remarkably good, the sauces (for dishes that had them) were bland and starchy. Not worth driving to; if you're in the shopping area already it's not bad, it's just not very good either."
Dined on 2/1/2014
We occasionally go to movies in
the West End complex and Raku is a nice dinner stop before or after the show. We ordered sushi and, though it was not the best we've ever had, it definitely good enough to satisfy our sushi craving. We enjoyed our cocktails as well. The service was not the best as the server felt rushed every time he stopped by and because of the noise he was difficult to understand. But overall, it was a good choice for the evening we had planned and we enjoyed ourselves."
Dined on 1/18/2014
1st time I went to this place I
really liked it. The 2nd time the waitress didn't even know/understand the menu. She was not friendly at all. Asked for which rolls had eel and she had trouble thinking of which ones had it . ThenI asked for Tobiko and she brought me Tamago. We did get plenty of water so that was go. The food was also okay. Nothing to write home about. I hope they get their act together."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Had a happy hour function and they
were super accommodating, unlike their neighbors across the street. Raku Sushi set up the bar area in a way that was more conducive for our crowd and we pre-ordered appetizers which they brought out throughout the 2 hours. My husband and I then had dinner after happy hour as we talked and didn't get a chance to eat. Had a couple rolls of sushi and it was delicious, especially the Captain Crunch roll. Service was also very good for both happy hour and dinner, especially considering we had so many people (35-40). We would recommend Raku Sushi."
Dined on 1/23/2014
always a good lunch place to come
for a quick sushi roll, good lunch prices"
Dined on 1/20/2014
The service is great, and the
sushi rolls are not only always fresh, but among some of the most beautiful creations I've ever seen! The selection of sashimi is also extensive, as is the non-sushi menu. Friends rave about their noodles, and the tempura batter is light enough that even "no fried food" dieters will eat some."
Dined on 1/19/2014
The specialty sushi rolls we had
were excellent. We went at noon on a Sunday, right when they opened up, and it seemed like they weren't ready for customers. Service was particularly slow, but once we got the food we were very satisfied. Try the No. 9 roll - very good!"
Dined on 1/12/2014
The service was very average
(forgot our tea and our appetizer) and the prices high considering how much food you get. The No. 9 Roll was minimal and not worth the $16 they charged for it. Atmosphere was not as lively as we had hoped for West End. Prefer Crave much more. As a new restaurant in the area, you would expect a manager to come by and ask how everything is but we never even saw a manager."
Dined on 1/11/2014
The soft-shell crab appetizer had
very little crab in it. It was mostly rice and quite bland until you added the ginger and wasabi to it. The side salad was tiny, but flavorable. I was quite happy with my main entree, the shrimp teppanyaki. The house saki was way too hot and I actually used a glove to pour it. Nonetheless, I look forward to going back and trying more things from the expansive menu. It's called Raku Sushi, but there is so much more there. Filet Mignon and lobster? No problem. Our server was very enthusiatic and the decor is great."
Dined on 1/8/2014
Really nice atmosphere. I think
they are still working on processes. Service was a little slow. We made a reservation and we were seated promptly. We were a group of 5 and they had to squeeze us into a booth by adding a table to the end of a booth. The restaurant only seemed to be set up for groups of 4. We had an hour and a half before a movie and just wanted to get a little sushi and did not think it would take too long. Food finally came out an hour after we were seated. We did make it to the movie on time but felt a little rushed. I do think this is just a new restaurant working out the kinks. I would go back again."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Because we made our reservation
with Open Table on New Years Eve and not with the restaurant directly we had a tiny table in the bar right next to the entryway where -14 below winds hit us every time the door opened. Apparently they were "booked" and OpenTable wasn't reflecting that. However, there were over five empty tables in the dining room the entire time we were there. The food was excellent, the way we were treated because we booked online was ridiculous."
Dined on 12/31/2013
BEEN TO RAKU A BUNCH AND AM SO
HAPPY IT'S IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WEST END IS GENERALLY A TREAT AND RAKU HAS SOME OF THE MOST IMAGINATIVE SUSHI I'VE EVER SCENE."
Dined on 12/24/2013
The sashimi was exceptional, fresh
and good size pieces. The rolls are beautiful, original, and fresh!"
Dined on 12/15/2013
My wife and I thought the lighting
was too high, the sushi was OK but we just weren't very impressed. It was bland, the spicy roll had a mashed/paste consistency to the tuna and it was priced higher than other spots. Honestly we would chose another restaurant for Sushi next time in the area. Just not impressed on any level of our experience."
Dined on 11/29/2013
the only disappointing sushi was
the fried sushi roll. we will pass on this next time and stick with their specialty rolls. some were listed as spicy but were very mild and i'm a wimp when it comes to heat."
Dined on 11/17/2013
This restaurant has a very
convenient location if you like to see movies at Icon like we do. Unfortunately, the sushi was average at best. The wait staff was unable to answer basic questions about the fish they might have, and the chef had nothing special to offer that wasn't on the menu. Staff at any good sushi restaurant should be able to tell you "what looks good tonight" in regards to the fish on hand. Additionally, the sushi rice was overcooked which made the sushi and rolls seem mushy. Although I do like the location (not the decor), I'm afraid we will be driving to Origami after our next movie."
Dined on 11/3/2013
My friend and I went for dinner
after a movie at West End- we arrived at about 9:45pm. The place was mostly empty but we waited about 15 minutes after being seated before a server even looked at us. Wine was OK once we got served....but the sushi was fantastic!! Seriously delicious. They were out of one of the specialty rolls we ordered, so we chose another and it was the best yet. We stayed, chatting and sipping until they closed and they weren't rude about it. Would really recommend the food if you can stick it out through the slow service."
Dined on 10/27/2013
Decided to revisit Raku in the
west end for a spot of sushi and boy did it deliver. We made the reservation at 6 and had an opening at 6:45. The "flaming playboy" the "Raku a Roll" and "the One" along with the Shrimp fried rice hit the spot. The place was packed couples and groups all enjoying the food and the ambiance. The only negative was the wait on drinks and food at least 20 minutes between order and service but I was in a hurry so others my be more tolerant. All in all great food good times and we will be back."
Dined on 9/28/2013
Great food and wonderful service!
Also, very affordable!"
Dined on 9/15/2013
I absolutely love Raku Sushi! It
is by far our favorite place in the West End and their happy hour is amazing. The menu is very extensive and they have the best rolls during happy hour for only $8!! Unfortunately from a business standpoint, its never very busy (unlike other West End restaurants), which is crazy because the quality is unbelievable for the price. Because of this, we consider Raku our little gem and usually go once a week. It's always the place I suggest when I'm getting happy hour with friends or family!"
Dined on 9/11/2013
We sat outside on a beautiful
August evening. The service was very good as was the food. And it was a good value."
Dined on 8/18/2013
I loved that we could get in here
last minute on a Friday night. However, that had me a little worried along with the merely 3.5 star rating. We chose to sit at the sushi bar and Eddie & Chuckie could not have taken better care of us! We ordered the Latin roll, dynamite roll and nigori gold flight. OMG, what an experience! The 2 rolls were complete opposites, and the Latin roll REALLY complimented the flight. We would have ordered another had we not gotten full on the 3rd roll. It was my birthday and we asked Eddie to make a chef creation, it was THE BEST roll I've ever had! We had a wonderful experience and go out for sushi regularly. I would HIGHLY recommend this place and we will return. Their service was par none!"
Dined on 8/17/2013
much better than past times we
have been, good happy hour prices and choices"
Dined on 8/7/2013
Made reservations for 11:30 and
once we got there found out that they don't open till noon, how does that work? No bartender until 12:30 or 1:00, so couldn't order drinks till he got there, out of 2 different kinds of wine, we left there and went to Benihana's"
Dined on 7/27/2013
The wasabi was mild, grainy, and
from a can. The sushi rolls weren't great, weren't terrible, but not worth returning for."
Dined on 7/19/2013
Dining 'al fresco' at West End is
a bit like dining in the MOA parking lot. Food was good but the place was deserted, never a good sign."
Dined on 7/3/2013
We had a wonderful lunch with
sushi and salad for a great price"
Dined on 7/3/2013
The ambiance was great and the
service was good, but the food left a lot to be desired. It was bland and boring."
Dined on 6/26/2013
A friend and I stopped in for
happy hour - the place was surprisingly quiet, which I wondered if it was a bad sign considering it's a popular area...However, we were greeted warmly by the host and promptly seated. After picking a few items to try from the happy hour menu, our server let us know how long we had to enjoy the HH menu. Our server kindly explained each itme as she brought them out, and even gave some (not really necessary...) tips for eating them....which could be great for someone not sure the "proper" way to dine there. Our server was attentive to our needs--glass never went dry and she pulled dishes shortly after we finished. The food was all very good and the experience was overall very nice!"
Dined on 6/13/2013
The food was very good, however
the service was very poor! From not bringing the correct drink order, to not having silverware when our food arrived, to our bill being incorrect, to the server being inattentive and slow it was a bad experience! To the restaurants credit the manager did acknowledge the problem and encouraged us that if we came back we would have a better experience."
Dined on 6/12/2013
Was looking for a quieter spot to
grab dinner before a movie at West End. Love sushi but Crave is always too loud, too slow and just not our scene. We had the Art of Maki roll and the Megu Sashimi roll. We liked both although the Megu Sashimi was better in our opinion. The fish tasted very fresh. The service was excellent and fairly fast. We were really surprised that the place was so empty. I'd definitely go back and try other rolls."
Dined on 6/9/2013
Overall food was good but our
server's english was poor and as a result we thought we were buying 1/2 price wine only to find it was very select wines that were not communicated effectively. No compensation at the end left a bad taste.. no manager was around"
Dined on 6/3/2013
Despite the screaming baby in our
ear (why is this baby not in bed?), we had an excellent dinner and had outstanding service."
Dined on 5/26/2013
Great sushi and entrees. Would
recommend for a small intimate group of no more than 4."
Dined on 5/11/2013
Our group of four had dinner there
on Mother's Day and we sat in the tatami seating which is beautiful and creative but you don't have to sit cross-legged (there are wells under the table to tuck your legs). We have gone to the Raku in downtown Edina a few times before and always liked their food/service so we decided to try the new West End restaurant. It is very simple and elegant and I have yet to be disappointed in my selections of food at Raku. Lots of choices and very beautifully presented. Our server was attentive and friendly too."
Dined on 5/12/2013
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