Raku
Raku

Raku

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rakumn.com/
  • Phone: (952) 358-2588
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Megu L.
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View
  • Catering: For catering, please contact info@rakumn.com!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: France Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Raku
Raku is a new sushi joint in the 50th & France area. Raku is stylish and contemporary with muted tones. The menu offers plenty of sushi options as well as specialty modern Japanese dishes such as duck spring rolls and tuna pizza. Raku also offers a full bar with large selection of sakes!
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Raku reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (3)romantic (2)fit for foodies (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Bad Rice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our sushi rice was hard. I told the waiter and he apologized. At the end of our meal he brought us an extra roll, but we were full and took it to go. He never offered to replace the rolls we were served. I said it tasted like we got the rice at the bottom of the batch and he said "probably". Well, gee, that's great. Don't plan on returning. Nothing special.
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  • Underwhelming
    Rick45
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Empty restaurant should have been our first clue. Food was just okay, but not worth the prices. The California roll was small and similar to ones found in the grocery store. The tempura was extra oily and didn't sit we'll in anyone's stomach. The ramen noodle dish was okay, but salty. I did see a specialty roll come to another table and it looked good. Our waiter didn't seem knowledgable. Either his English wasn't that great or he didn't know the menu. I wouldn't return except to try a specialty roll for a happy hour.
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  • Creative, delicious sushi
    Lainch
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We've been to Raku at least a dozen times and are NEVER disappointed. It's some of the best sushi in this country - seriously! Try: Lost Tuna, Tuna Pizza and Playboy - unbelievably good! Both Raku locations are far from our home, but they are both worth the trip!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • wonderful rolls and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food continues to be very consistent and the wife loves the rolls. Also, the service was amazing. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Go for Raku!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of the best Japanese restaurant in the Twin Cities. Great food, nice atmosphere and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mick
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food and service was very good, but we felt rushed. Each course came on top of the previous course, and I hate having to move my plate to make room for the next plate. We will go back because there are several more things on the menu we want to try.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 186 reviews are from the Raku reviews archive.
  • Fair pricing. Solid Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I always get the yellowtail/scallion, tuna/avocado and Manhattan rolls. 3 strong rolls from Raku that never seem to disappoint. The 4th roll we order is typically from their specials menu. With our most recent Raku visit, we ordered the Fantasy roll which was outstanding. Thank you Raku for offering consistently solid sushi.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, OK food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Raku is a lovely restaurant where one can eat a meal in comfort amid pleasant surroundings. The food quality is inconsistent- some dishes are tasty others are so-so. The duck spring roll is outstanding, as is the shumai. The rolls tend to be more tasteless and all the same. The flavor of the sushi in the rolls is completely submerged into the accompaniments. The tempura is hot and crisp but the dipping sauce is bland. For better Japanese food I would recommend Fuji-Ya in Minneapolis.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go again
    GrouponGroupie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A reservation was required, yet when I arrived I had to sit at the sushi bar. I was told by the server that I should order directly from the sushi chefs, then waited over 20 minutes before the server came back and told me I should have called her over to take my order. Then, even after pointing, she managed to get the order wrong. I don't expect fluent Japanese, but the servers should know how to pronounce the items on the menu. The food was good, but the experience was not
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  • Enjoyed the sushi.
    tweetVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Service is great--professional, enthusiastic, and professional. Food very good--fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finest Fish Here
    IanS
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    There may be a better Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis but I have not found it. The quality of the fish is remarkable and the speed of service and inventiveness of the food is first class.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I dined recently with my Japanese wife and her Japanese parents. Although we had a friendly and helpful server, the food was not the best and expensive. The lighting was so dark we had difficulty in reading the menu.
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    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My husband and I had sushi, which was o.k. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. There was no kid's menu, so we were forced to buy them a $17 and $19 meal, which was quite ridiculous for meals that weren't very good or very large. Our eldest had beef udon, which was not good at all. The meat was very "off" - not quite sure what it was. Our little one had a shrimp dish which was o.k. We will not be returning.
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  • Great find!
    JoEricVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Was craving sushi and just pulled up what was around the area... Great food and service. Definitely going back !
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Raku
    bigsky
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were very impressed with the service and the food (quality and presentation) on our first visit Saturday - we will be back!
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    hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I had read the online reviews before I took my I-love-sushi nephew here for a special occasion and thus was aopreehensive about the quality of the food and purported slowness of the service. On both counts, I have only positive things to say! The food was well prepared, interesting, plentiful, and tasty. The service was prompt, with inquiries and assistance offered at all the right intervals. Check this restaurant out for yourself! It wasn't the best food I'd ever eated, but I would return without hesitation.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The usual experience at Raku
    betseypVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    As per usual, the food was great and the service minimal. While friendly, our waiter could not be bothered after he brought our food.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Matt
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food. Good service. Couldn't have been happier with how it was considering being in Minnesota!
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raku
    Deva
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at Raku. I had a dish with tofu and udon noodles that, although a healthy serving, I totally ate. Noise level was easy to visit in, wines are reasonable priced. The decor in Raku is restful and pleasant. The booth we sat in was getting a bit worn, with the dip in the middle where everyone apparently sits.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unprepared for the Valentine's Rush
    TCGirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a reservation for the Valentine’s Day dinner. When we arrived, we’ve been told that our table is getting ready and we can wait at the bar. We waited there for 40 minutes and they were out of pretty much everything (rum, bloody mary, etc.). After we got seated, it turned out they were out of the most menu items as well. We wanted to have a full dinner, but we ended up ordering sushi, thankfully they had those. Overall, the food was good, I loved the ambiance, but it was disappointing that they were completely unprepared for the Valentine’s rush- staff seemed disorganized, bathroom was out of soap, etc. Sushi were good, but not spectacular.
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  • It was fine for a last minute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was fine for a last minute valentine celebration. Service was slow. The restaurant seemed to be under staffed. Our food was good and the evening was enjoyable.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • A respite from bad food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    After a series of disappointing culinary experiences in the Twin Cities, we finally got a break at Raku. Raku might have benefited from comparison, but only somewhat. Our weekend was salvaged and brightened by our dinner there.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was OK, not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was OK, not the best sushi I have ever had, but not bad. The service was HORRIBLE! It took 40 minutes to get our first drink and the bar was not busy. They were clearly understaffed and I never saw the manager or was offered a discount/ free drink for waiting. We also hadly saw our server during the entire dining experience. I would not go to this Raku again, but will go to the one in St. Louis Park.
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    special occasion
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  • Delcious Sushi!
    Datenight
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The sushi was some of the best we have had in the twin cities area :) Definitely recommend the restaurant for those that enjoy all kinds of sushi.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service even when busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We were at Raku on a very busy Saturday night, and the service remained excellent. Our server was extremely fast and responsive to requests!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    jackncoke
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I was not in a hurry on this Saturday night or I may have been concerned about the time it took to find parking or for the food to arrive. I also ordered a Jack and Coke and was served a Jack and Johnny Walker, which left a bad taste in mouth, but after that was corrected and our food began to arrive, the night got much better. I have had better sushi at other restaurants in the area, but the ambiance was nice for a date, the food was flavorful and we had a good night. The Tataki Steak appetizer was rather thin on the steak, but not bad. The Sassy Lady and Snow Thrill sushi rolls were both tasty options. While there are other places I might recommend first, I would not discourage someone from a date night at Raku.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not really trying
    FlemingMF
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The food wasn't as fresh as it could be (not exactly a minor point in a sushi place), the spice on the grilled item was not really there, and they were 86'ed on two different items on their menu we tried to order. Drinks took at least 20 minutes from the time of our order until they showed up at our table (not including having to go back for the glass of sake I ordered as opposed to the beer the server showed up with). Generally not at the level of professionalism I would expect for what we paid. The server was pleasant and apologetic, so a star back for that at least. Still, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to return.
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  • Great Experience
    BobB
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    We were looking for a place to take my in-laws to celebrate the New Year. Landed on Raku. Menu looked good so we made a reservation online. Fabulous food (and not just sushi). Also had scallops and salmon. Excellent presentation, as well. The staff were great. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were sat at a table near
    Sabblad
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We were sat at a table near a door which kept opening and it was freezing; I kept my jacket on all night. Food was fine but not spectacular and the server was attentive and took good care of us
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise!
    SanFranVisitorVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Had never been to Raku before, though it's in my neighborhood. We tried it and loved everything we had. The rolls were tasty and plentiful, and my Salmon Salmon dish was delicious - salmon covered in crab and served with a mango avacado jalapeno relish. Tangy and hot - so good!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and Bad
    hamiltonVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    the food was fine, and the waitperson was exemplary; but although we were among the first party to arrive--there were 7 of us--the orders did not all come out at once; other tables that had come in far later than we had been served before us, so that our dishes came out one a a time, over a period of about an hour, and after about a half hour before anything except water and beer arrived at the table. Intolerable. we were offered a dessert free as compensation, pretty measly. Someone in the kitchen does NOT know or care what they are doing. We will have to think twice before ever going there again and probably would not go because of this weird experience.
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  • Good food and overly energetic
    Purple8PrincessVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Good flavors in a variety of interesting dishes. Something for everyone.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality starts with great fish
    IanS
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    This is some of the finest sashimi I have ever tasted. The fish tasted as if it had just been plucked from the sea and had the suppleness of silk. This does not happen by accident, this happens by ruthless selection of the finest catches and only serving the freshest of the fresh. An outstanding find.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, ok service
    CammithaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Went there for a happy hour on Friday. We were there at 430. the restaurant was almost empty and the server didn't really seem interested in helping us. She was cordial at best, but did not get a friendly vibe at all. We got 4 rolls nod they were good. There was no music playing for the first half hour we were there and it seemed to make the ambiance a bit awkward. They were also out of one of their wines on the menu. I may go back, but it would not be my first choice in the 50th and France area.
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  • Best for Sushi Lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    My daughter enjoyed her sushi, and that's probably what you should have to eat there. I don't like sushi so I tried their Teppanyaki dinner. It was so disappointing...it really seemed like something you would get at a Perkins or something like that. The flavor was just OK, the portion size was small, the vegetables didn't seem fresh. They also served a shrimp sauce that was not shrimp sauce, not even close. I would pass on going back.
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  • Dinner before movie
    MMBCG
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Wednesday evening dinner before a movie at the Edina Theater was excellent. Great sushi; good wine; friendly staff and quiet to be able to have conversation. Would definitely recommend it to anyone and dine there again.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was mediocre. It
    MizMpls
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The food was mediocre. It lacked flavor compared to other Japanese restaurants.
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  • Nice Night Out
    Rockingrooftop
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We had a great time at Raku - the rolls, sushi and sashimi were phenomenal but the Amazing Tuna Dumpling truly lived up to it's name. As a New York and LA resident and some that's eaten his fair share of sushi in some nice places this may have been the best or close to the best thing I have ever had. Get it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    This was our second visit to Raku. This time we brought our exchange student from Japan. She was very excited to have quality Japanese food, and felt that it was very similar to the food she would have had at home. We enjoyed the quiet, friendly atmosphere, which made it easy to visit and relax. The prices are affordable.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Recommend visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Good food. Recommend visiting Monday to Thursday when the restaurant isn't so busy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.