Raku Sushi - West End
Raku Sushi - West End

Raku Sushi - West End

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rakumn.com/westend/westend.html
  • Phone: (952) 378-1803
  • Hours of Operation:

    Fridays & Saturdays only phone reservations are welcomed, no online reservation
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Sushi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: No
A word from Raku Sushi - West End
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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Raku Sushi - West End reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)special occasion (13)good for groups (11)romantic (6)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (3)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great menu
    StJoBe
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Had a reservation for a table and was seated at the sushi bar, which was very entertaining to see the sushi being made and what others were ordering. Sam was great about making sure we were taken care of. The food was great--lots of specialty sushi rolls, tough to choose which one to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • danabeth1VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    loved all our sushi rolls, our place to go to get sushi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional and fusion sushi
    BudgetFoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place is nice for a romantic drink at the bar, or sushi at the sushi bar, or dinner at a table with friends. The ambiance is nice and modern but still feels traditional. Lots of unique vegetarian options--sushi, noodles, tempura, satay, etc. My young son likes the food here a lot and he's super picky. They have a "tuna pizza" appetizer that is surprisingly delicious (if you like mild/not spicy). My gluten-intolerant friend could find hardly anything she could eat--gluten in places you wouldn't expect, so be careful if you have issues. Prices are reasonable. Nice bar/drink menu. My only complain was how understaffed their wait staff seemed to be, which really put a damper on our evening. But I would go again at a less busy time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Extremely slow service. Waiter forgot items for half of our table, and when we asked politely how much longer, he said we definitely didn't order those items. One item came out 45 minutes after everything else. Have had good experiences here before, but was not pleased at all last time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be going back!
    RobinRVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My first visit. Really very pretty restaurant. Lots of seating style options which is nice! Lunch was wonderful Edamame, Pork dumplings in red sauce, the One Roll all were super - service was attentive. Nice bar area and Sushi bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent sushi
    SuperDimer
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The flaming Playboy roll is colorful and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kinda disappointing
    TiffanyB
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Came for lunch, it was very blah and tasted like grocery store sushi. It was also dead in there - only about one other table - so, not a good sign.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • to many rules regarding coupons
    coatVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    my open table restaurant reservation was cancelled when I said that I had a groupon. My food arrived cold The waiter told me what amount to tip him on
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall great
    Sushiisyummy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My only complaint was that when I arrived I was told I did not have a reservation. They were luckly still able to seat us right away. But I was not pleased that the reservation I made on Friday and confirmed on Friday was not there on Saturday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great!
    feisty54
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were greeted by a guy who was on the phone and wanted to seat us as 2. We had reservations for 4. No one picked up on the reservation apparently. The booth table seemed small and hardly adequate for 4 people. The app's we ordered were great and we got more lettuce and sauce when asked for. Then our entrees arrived. My shrimp tempura was actually cold, although good otherwise. My husband said his entree was bland. Our daughter and her husband said their sushi was good. All in all, not exactly a high point in our dining history!
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  • Great sushi
    Hungryman
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had three different rolls and all of them were awesome! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    givemesushi
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Sushi, ambiance, and service were all terrific! Our server, Joe, was outstanding! I will return and have the White Russian Roll again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tha art of maki
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The sushi here is outstanding and my personal favorite is art of maki. The fried rice is good but has a bit to much fried taste, like the oil may be over heated. The service can be great but occasionally inconsistent. This night our first server was in such a hurry she rushed us through, was late in getting us one of our dishes, then quickly cashed us out. Our second server was attentive, gracious, and timed his approaches exceedingly well. Overall I would recommend to anyone and will frequent often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had great sushi and a great server. He brought us free dessert for the birthday girls! Good wine list and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    sugar17820
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    the menu was so big that i had a hard time trying to figure out which rolls to get. it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 91 reviews are from the Raku Sushi - West End reviews archive.
  • Worth the trip
    LateNightDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We enjoyed some great sushi on a beautiful night for outdoor dining. Our server made several recommendations from the specials list and they were very good. Raku is easy to find, with lots of FREE parking. We love the West End restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun new place
    dserv
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I saw this opened recently and was in the mood for sushi. The interior looked very unique and cool but I chose to sit outside since it was a nice day out. Since it was by a busy street, the outdoor ambiance wasn't the greatest but the sushi was still good. Missed happy hour by 20 minutes, bummer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi and service
    icarry
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Sushi was the best we have had in the twin cites. servers were excellent. we will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sushi & Service
    LukeyB27VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We've been here a couple times now - once inside just myself and my wife, and once with our friends out on the patio/sidewalk area. Good good and service both times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday!
    samirae
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Loved the table we sat at, which was part under the floor! Very nice ambience with the colors as well! Great birthday so thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raku is a great option in
    SOBEHSVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Raku is a great option in the West End. Excellent sushi rolls and our server was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Sushi
    Jenn1269VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Since finding Raku last fall, I have been consistently impressed by the freshness of the fish, the attentiveness of the waitstaff, and how delicious the rolls are. The presentation is always clean, and he arrangements different each time to bring the art of the sushi chefs to the table. Since I have moved from Minneapolis, but still go back once a month for business, it is one restaurant I absolutely have to visit each time I am there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi was great, stick to that!
    MissMtoP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We ordered the Sassy Lady and the Captain Crunch rolls, they were both delicious. I believe we both thought that the Captain Crunch roll was more flavorful and complex, which made it tastier. Service was great! Prompt and diligent without being a pest. He worked fast and was very polite. Would come back based on service alone. We also ordered Yaki Soba noodles with Chicken, it ended up being kinda mushy, something you wouldn't expect from this type of an establishment, more so from like a small hole-in-the-wall. Never-the-less, we will be back for sure! Sushi and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, quiet at lunch time
    Businessandfun
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The sushi was very good, the service was very good, but the restaurant only had two other tables that were full with other guests. It would have been much more fun to have a few more people around during lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    AlbarinoWineGreatVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We've always eaten at the Raku on 50th and France; this was our first visit to the West End location. Dinner was delicious and the wine was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Sushi Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Having recently moved to Minneapolis, I've been looking for a great sushi restaurant. I've tried 4 places in the area and this is by far my favorite. It is a little pricier than some of the other restaurants, but it is WELL worth it. Fantastic sushi, great cocktails and excellent service!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was ok but expensive
    Lemony
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vegan option
    lovee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never going back
    Junphoto
    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.
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  • Pretty Decent
    JDobbert
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Funkb4u
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - who knew..
    LivingInSiberia
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time not the charm
    jmc1008
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish!
    LivesToEatVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good lunch place
    danabeth1VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    always a good lunch place to come for a quick sushi roll, good lunch prices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Sushi!
    Jenn1269VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient, enjoyable, choice.
    etchaskesher
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    Jamie
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Savage
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll go back for another chance.
    Dave
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.