Finally found my sushi/Japanese
Finally found my sushi/Japanese spot in Norva/DC! Been looking for 3 years since we left SoCal where even Ventura County has many to choose from. Unique spin on sushi and Japanese cuisine, well prepared and presented, with excellent service. (Some service issues reported here and on other sites appear to have been resolved since my last visit.) Bulgogi sliders? Wagyu beef sushi roll? Kimchi fried rice? Oh, yeah! Off the beaten path but fire up the Garmin and head over to the only local place that puts Santa Monica and other SoCal sushi joints to shame! Oh, and it appears to NOT be kid-friendly, which is a plus for us...
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
From the dinner I had, it
From the dinner I had, it is pretty clear what Sushi Rock's strengths and weaknesses are. In terms of strengths, the ambiance was great and the sushi was delicious. The menu is diverse and the rolls we ordered were gobbled up in seconds. Which brings me to the one weakness we saw. The reason we scarfed down the food so quickly was twofold: 1) the food was really good; 2) we were starving after the long wait to finally get the food. We were forewarned by the waitress that they were backed up, but we didn't end up leaving the restaurant until 2 hours later. Please staff up during peak times, and we will be very loyal customers.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food, service and hospitality was outstanding. A bit pricey, but well worth the cost. We had two starters and two specials...all were extremely tasty. We can't wait to go back.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Sushi in the area! Server
Best Sushi in the area! Server had excellent suggestion for Sake pairing with sushi.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Only after we were seated
Only after we were seated did we find out that happy hour specials are only available at the bar, which was small and already full at 6:00pm on Thursday. After some inquiring to the hostess and the server the manager/owner moved us to a different table that he deemed to be in the bar section and therefore able to get happy hour specials. After that the service was great and the food was super tasty. Happy to have found a new great sushi place in Arlington!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great experience.....service was a little lacking but nothing worth not going for.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
had a few interesting rolls
had a few interesting rolls and the $100 platter to share with our group...overall good and fresh fish...what really went well for me was the outdoor seating. we were at a "couch/table" setup and it was one of the first beautiful nights of spring. there were 2 pretty flowering trees with white lights, and the patio is set back from the road. you do not find that often in arlington. i'd go back just for the patio dining.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our waitress was so helpful
Our waitress was so helpful and very sweet. We sat outside in comfortable seats and were amazed at how pretty the lights in the trees were. Our waitress recommended an absolutely great Hawaiian sparkling wine that we both enjoyed. There was a mistake with our order but our server was extremely generous and let us keep the roll and brought out our correct order. Overall, a great experience.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Sushi ever. The staff
Best Sushi ever. The staff is great and are highly attentiive. Food was on point. Will definitely go back ASAP.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I will start off by saying
I will start off by saying that the food and service was excellent and I would probably go back.The lunch Bento box deal is great!
It is an unassuming storefront and if you weren't looking for it, you'd probably miss it.The decor and seating is what I can only describe as what a Japanese owner thinks Americans want. With an out-of-place piano in the middle of the restaurant I envision Japanese businessmen drinking Sapporo and singing Brown Eyed Girl.The molded plastic bowl chairs reminiscent of the 70s were coupled with an awkwardly low table forcing you to lean halfway across the table if you wanted to lean.Our server assured us that happy hour is a vibrant scene.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a birthday party at this restaurant and it was great. My party was about 25 guests and all of them were satisfied with quality of food, service and the atmosphere( we were seated upstairs) . However, since we only were assigned one server it delayed the service quite bit. Some guests waited a long time to get their drinks and food. But I understood the situation since we were many and he could not satisfy everyone at once. Overall I really like this place and food. I am a returning guest and have thrown my parties at this place often.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Sushi Rock
We have been to Sushi Rock a couple of times now. First was for my boyfriend's birthday. We wanted a laid back place that wasn't too expensive. We just moved into the neighborhood and found this gem. Good food, good service, fun atmosphere that wasn't too crazy. Second time to Sushi Rock was when my mom came in town. They sat us right by the window, waiter recommended the volcano, which was delicious, and everyone got what they wanted. Fun atmosphere that night as well but again not too crazy where we could actually hold conversations!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love Sushi Rock!!!!
Food was amazing...they even have wonton nachos! The sushi was excellent with various choices, it took me too long to decide. :) the cocktails were surprisingly tasty and the atmosphere was brilliant. Not overdone like Hard Rock Cafe, Sushi Rock has just the perfect amount of rock'n'roll and good not-to-loud music. Service was great as well, fast for a Friday evening and not overly crowded.
Definitely a new fav!!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Birthday Dinner
We booked a reservation for a party of 8 at 7pm on a Saturday to celebrate a birthday. We were seated immediately (even though all of our party was not present) and were served with drinks very quickly. We ordered about 16 rolls of sushi and were told that since the place was full it would be about a 45 wait for the sushi so they recommended we order some appetizers. We had 2 types of steamed buns and steamed dumplings and they were fantastic. However, they did not come out until just before our sushi arrived, they didn't really fill the gap between ordering and receiving our sushi. The sushi was fantastic and service was ok. There were several times where our drinks were empty (water and cocktails) for 15-30 minutes. Overall a great night.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best sushi in DC
This is by far our favorite spot for sushi. The specialty drinks are great and the rock and roll theme is really fun. Be sure to make a reservation or you'll be waiting during peak times.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Time! Will go again!
Sushi Rock was a pleasant surprise. Service was great and food delicious!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great now that its open for lunch!
Sushi Rock is a good spot for lunch in Courthouse - well priced for lunch and leave's you feeling full - but not uncomfortably stuffed.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and good service
We will definitely return for dinner and happy hour.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It took 10 minutes for the server to take our drink order. And another 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive. And were told that they were making the drinks although we ordered beer and saki. A table next to us had the same issue. They notified the manager who rectified it and the service was outstanding afterwards and made it a great night. But, most people would've walked out after 30 minutes without a drink, hence the two star.
Sitting outside there is recommended on the nice patio.
The sushi is outstanding as are the starters.
I think we had a slip in service that started out bad but ended well and plan to go back. Give it a try.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Food - Slow Serivce
i love Sushi Rock - its close to home, the food is banging, its great for a quick bite at the bar or a get together with friends. however i always warn people that the service is horrible. don't get me wrong - everyone is very friendly there - but they are slow, and unattentive. it wont stop me from going, but its enough to make me think twice.
try their caviche - its devine. and most all of the specialty rolls are good. great cocktials too.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I hadn't been to Sushi Rock
I hadn't been to Sushi Rock in years, but really enjoyed our visit. Creative menu, good service, fun ambiance.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Sushi & good service
This was our second time here. Food was great and so was our server, Shakira! We'll definitely coming back.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little slow but delicious
We ate there on a Friday evening so the restaurant was understandably busy, however it took a little longer than would be expected for just three rolls and some sashimi. That said, once the food arrived it was delicious.
Only real con: we were seated directly under a speaker that played loud music the entire time. Made for some challenging conversation.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi rolls were good with
Sushi rolls were good with a nice variety including traditional, as well as some new combinations. Sashimi very good, too. We ate inside but outside patio was appealing.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great sushi every visit
Sushi Rock is becoming a staple for me in Arlington. Their rolls are inventive, always fresh, and the food does not disappoint. The option to use brown rice on the rolls is a big plus, and any soups or apps I have tried become part of the regular order. I've started ordering take out from here as well. One night, I arrived at the time they quoted me but it took a lot longer to get my order. The bartender brought our edamame and poured me a drink of choice to make up for the longer than usual wait. That kind of customer service will keep me coming back.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
This is the best sushi restaurant I have been to! Creative food with traditional sushi options. The staff is extremely friendly and the right amount of attentiveness. If you have not been yet, you must go!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good gluten free
They are always willing to accommodate my gluten allergy at sushi rock and the sushi is delicious!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi Rock Rocks
This was our second time here and we enjoyed it even more than our first visit. The vibe is fun, yet sophisticated, and the food and people are super...very creative!
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a great place for fancy sushi rolls and great creations. Fresh ingredients and quality. I highly recommend to order some appetizers to start and order sushi as entree and give the kitchen plenty time to prepare. Sushi takes forever and the servers should mention that to the guest.
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is the second time my husband and I have dined at Sushi Rock. The sushi is delicious and the ambiance is lively. We went here before catching a movie up the street. On both occasions, we have dined upstairs with another couple and were pleased with the area. They've replaced traditional table and chairs with sofas on the second level, which makes for a relaxing atmosphere.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun treat! Great find!
We happened upon sushi rock by accident and were very glad we did! We had great food; the people were great and atmosphere was fun! They gave our 5 year old a special soda and we loved the 1/2 price cocktails! We'll be back!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - but once they get busy the service starts to slip. Not a good place for a quick or inexpensive lunch. Their lunch items are excellent so it's more of a special lunch treat. But you can't beat the sushi and the miso salmon is wonderful but expensive for lunch. Also, great presentation.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to Sushi Rock for my birthday dinner this week, and I was very happy with the whole experience. It was not very busy for a Tuesday, but the staff went the extra mile to make it a special experience. I will definitely come back.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoying having dinner here
Enjoying having dinner here with my kids. Sushi is excellent.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were pleasantly surprised by this new neighborhood sushi bar. Although it is surrounded by construction, the atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and quiet. The sushi was fresh and tasty. They forgot to bring our edamame and felt so bad about it they sent us home with two orders of edamame and everyone in the restaurant must have apologized to us before we left. The service was great. They really go the extra mile to make sure you have a good experience. We will be back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Fun Atmosphere
My date and I decided we wanted sushi for our anniversary dinner. We chose this uniquely decorated restaurant devoted to all things rock. The signature rolls were the highlight - I highly recommend the Volcano roll for great smoky flavor, or the Stairway to Heaven if you like a little heat. The classic rolls were just so-so. The whole place was decorated elaborately for Halloween. We were treated to a free sake tasting and really great service (the wait staff was quick to mop up and replace the glass of water I spilled). Overall, it's not the best sushi I've had, but the ambiance is interesting, and the staff friendly and attentive. Give Sushi Rock a try!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great but service was a little slow. We waited a while before our server even greeted us. Then we ordered a bottle of wine before two tables next to us sat down and they still got their wine before us. I will be back though. Ramen soup and light my fire roll were awesome.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Date Night
My girlfriend treated me to dinner here for my birthday and it was perfect! We dined on half-price wine night and very happily shared the 1L bottle of Malbec for $18.00. All the food is wonderful! The Light my Fire roll is superb! I expected the Stariway to Heaven roll to be a bit spicier due to the spicy yellowtail and habañero sauce, but it was pretty mild. The only negative for the night was that we were seated directly under a vent at the end of the island (in the middle of the restaurant) which blew cold air on us the entire dinner. Otherwise, service was great, food was a delight, and dinner was a treat.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for romantic evening
I have been twice in this place, first with a friend and then I was so delighted with the ambience and food that I decided to take my boyfriend there too. As sushi lovers this is probably the best sushi I have ever had, its just delicious! and the ambience is so romantic, in reds and lights that makes you feel that you are in the right place with the right person, definitively give it a look. An additional note: they keep posting coupons online with great deals!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My boyfriend and I love Sushi Rock for a date night or group event with friends! Great, professional service and the sushi is outstanding!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tuna tartare was delicious, highly recommend. Also liked the volcano specialty roll--very filling. Very much enjoyed "Light My Fire"; it features a tasty sauce. Not equally impressed by "Free Fallin'" as it lacked the same flavorful taste as the other dishes.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a one of the best experiences as my friends and I celebrated my birthday. I was very impressed with the service and friendliness of the staff for a larger group of 20. The dinner ran very smoothly and our waiters were more than willing to accommodate our requests. Not to mention, the food was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant esp for those with larger groups!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM