Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co.
Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co.

Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dragonflysushi.com/
  • Phone: 3523713359
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ray "Hideaki" Leung
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only)
  • Catering: Catering For 50 or More?? Contact Us About Having Dragonfly Come To You! Having Dragonfly Cater Your Event Is Fun & Easy! Your Dragonfly Catering Experience Can Include... *Full Sushi Bar *Choice Of Hot/Cold Dishes *Full Bar Accommodations *Full Chef & Serving Staff *Menu Customizing Holiday Parties, Pharm. Rep. Events, Corporate Events, Wedding Receptions, Family Get-Togethers...And Much More!!! Call Us Today So We Can Bring The Dragonfly Experience To You!!
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private Dining Room Can Accommodate Up To 25 Guests Comfortably. The Room Features A 48" LCD TV That Can Be Utilized For Presentations, Slide-Shows, Television Viewing, And Of Course Gator Football Games! Our Room Also Features A Sound Curtain And Beaded Curtain To Ensure Privacy. You May Have Your Guests Order Off The Menu As They Wish, You May Preset A Menu With Us, Or We Can Set Up A Special Wine/Sake Pairing To Really Wow Your Guests!!
  • Private Party Contact: Ron Auyong 352-371-3359
  • Entertainment: Take the edge off and meet new people while you order drinks from our cocktail waitress. Our newly renovated outside patio is perfect for relaxing as you wait for your table. On select weekends, enjoy local musicians and entertainers. We strive to keep the waiting experience as comforting and unique as possible.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 1st St.
  • Public Transit: Centered in the heart of downtown Gainesville, multiple public bus routes drop you off at Dragonfly's doorstep. All local hotel shuttles also make downtown Gainesville a frequent stop. Check with your concierge for special Dragonfly VIP offers.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Worry free parking with our free curbside valet. Yes, FREE VALET for Dragonfly guests.
A word from Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co.
One of the first Modern Izakaya restaurants, Dragonfly is a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese tapas style dining; serving sushi, sashimi, and robatayaki (or grilled foods), with a full sake bar in a relaxed lounge atmosphere. This dining concept centers around the sharing of dishes to stimulate the senses. Balancing elegance and humility, Dragonfly strives to keep in touch with the 3 S's: Sensual, Spiritual & Savory when it comes to their food, service, and ambiance. *We take reservations everyday with the exception of Friday & Saturday evenings*
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Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co. reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (10)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (6)romantic (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Best sushi ever! And more...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    Delicious and creative food - you can get sushi like no other here!! The surf n turf roll is awesome! Friendly prompt service. Lively atmosphere. Can't say enough about how good the food is!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't go wrong with the wontons!
    Evelyn21
    Dined on 3/26/2012
    I always enjoy coming back to Dragonfly. Being in downtown Gainesville gives you a different feel of the town. For starters, our waitress was very friendly and made sure we had everything we needed without making us feel like she was constantly at our table. I've never had anything I didn't like here. We began with the crab wontons - delicious! Since it was just two of us we ordered 3 rolls to share - lava roll, dragon roll and the big boss roll; I recommend all three. It was more than enough food for the both of us. If you get a chance, try their cocktails too. My boyfriend ordered the Pandora's Box (since he wanted something in a manlier glass) and I had the Sake Blossom; both smooth, great taste and pretty light to enjoy with food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre sushi, poor service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    Mediocre sushi, poor service. The air was damp and heavy. Waiter was rude and aggressive. Place is small, tables too close to each other, and they make more people sit at a table than its capacity. Service was sluggish too. Table wasn't ready when we got there although we had made reservations. It was over priced too. Wine glasses were stinky. Don't waste your money here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ryan was great, the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    Ryan was great, the food was fantastic (as usual). The restaurant was just a little loud, but it didn't really detract from the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2012
    The sushi was much too Americanized. All of the rolls were filled with mayo, cream cheese or spicy sauce, all of which totally ruin sushi! Not impressed. Their Nigiri was good but nothing special. The one good thing was the service - our server was very friendly and attentive. I definitely don't see what all the fuss is over. I've had much better sushi at many other places. I wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your Typical Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Interesting, creative sushi fare--definitely not typical. Visited several times now with good experience each time. Ambiance could be changed up a little.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went to Dragonfly for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2012
    I went to Dragonfly for my birthday celebration, and not only did I have great food, but I also had great service. Our waitress was attentive during our sitting, and very smart about how she served us. A friend of mine planned to get me a cake (completely beyond my knowledge) at dinner time. I planned to order red bean ice cream which posed a problem because my friend had already ordered my cake, but she averted the situation by saying they ran out, giving me alternatives to go to Mochi. I completely believed her and I thought we were just going to take the check and leave. Suddenly, she comes out with a cake and tells me she was just kidding about the red bean ice cream, but "here's a cake for your birthday!" We gave her a hefty tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • By far one of the best restaurants
    NeurobladeVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2012
    By far one of the best restaurants in Gainesville.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get your credit card back promptly
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    The food is outstanding, especially for a small backward town like Gainesville, FL. The prices are moderate, as is required of a restaurant in a college town like Gainesville. Thus, the place is always packed and the service(mainly by college kids)is not up to par - - for example, my credit card was not returned to me promptly after paying the bill and I learned that this has happened to many other people. I don't know if this is a scam by the college kids wait-staff, but, it is annoying and can result in people leaving the restaurant without their credit card. The management was notified about this but showed little interest in addressing the problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Ambiance & Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    Service was excellent. The crab rangoon is a must! Best sushi in Gainesville.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been going to Dragonfly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2011
    I have been going to Dragonfly at least twice a month since it opened many years ago and I have never once had bad service or bad food. It is amazing. And the one in Orlando is even better. I recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice change of pace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    Well done and some innovative dishes as well. Tasty and more of the nouveau sushi fry it and add sweet sauces than traditional or going for subtlety in flavor, texture etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had an absolutely wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2011
    I had an absolutely wonderful experience there. You must try the dragon roll, it is fantastic. The restaurant is a little "loud," but the food and service make up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It provides a unique dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2011
    It provides a unique dining experience. The food is very well executed and the sushi is modern but not pretentious. The tempura banana is amazing. They offer local beers (swamphead is my favorite) and a wide range of sake martinis (which my girlfriend loves). It is very busy and a reservation is helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a wonderful time. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2011
    Had a wonderful time. Food was excellent and service was great. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting style of service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2011
    Interesting style of service. Portions were generous. Fun for a group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Food!
    BusinessTraveler
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Dragonfly is our favorite resturant and has been for many years now. They are exceptional at everything they do with their food, and everyone should go here to eat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed it, however was disappointe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2011
    Enjoyed it, however was disappointed with the ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals we have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    One of the best meals we have had, expecially on Valentine's Day. The food was creative, thoughtfully prepared, artistically presented, and combined tastes and textures that were awesome through each of the six courses. Ryan did a great job describing, presenting, and serving.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi in town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/9/2011
    Dragonfly sets the standard and is one of the best overall restaurants in Gainesville. If you love sushi, this is THE place to go. Mind you, get there early or make a reservation. Although it is pricy, it is well worth it. I don't know how the college crowd affords it though - but they are always there in droves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a wonderful anniversary
    RevJim
    Dined on 2/7/2011
    We had a wonderful anniversary meal. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent all the way around. We'll be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS AS ALWAYS!!! I make
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/16/2011
    DELICIOUS AS ALWAYS!!! I make it a point to eat here everytime I am in town. Hands down Dragonfly is my favorite sushi spot!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I can sum up in one word,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/16/2011
    I can sum up in one word, incredible. We tasted many dishes. Sushi was fresh and there were many unique choices. Excellent Japanese sake choices. We had 2 that were very different and both excellent. The waiter was extremely helpful with making suggestions for us. We ended our meal with deep fried ice cream and also deep fried bananas. Not like other fried ice cream desserts, vanilla ice cream wrapped in pound cake then dipped in tempura batter and deep fried. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dragonfly Sushi is my very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/14/2010
    Dragonfly Sushi is my very favorite restaurant. Everything they do is high quality and uniquely delicious. Eat there and eat there often. Don't miss the wontons because eating them will change your life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife had seen the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/13/2010
    My wife had seen the restaurant on a trip through town, and since my sister was visiting, really wanted to check the place out. It turned out to be a great dining experience. The food was well priced and the sushi was delicious. I recommend this place to anybody that wants a fun place to hang out and have some fun in a cool laid back atmosphere. We'll definatly be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sushi is still great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/28/2010
    The sushi is still great. Glad I came back to visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like the online reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2010
    I like the online reservation technique that DragonFly has. I was seated immediately when I arrived. I had fun overall and enjoyed my food. I need you guys to stock up on the yellowtail because that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our service was excellent.
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2010
    Our service was excellent. Our server was very attentive but totally nointrusive. The food was fabulous. I had the Korean Short Ribs with Kim Chee. I savored every bite. My family and friend had all kinds of sushi and sashimi, and they loved it. The Bear Boat Pinot Noir we ordered for the table was exceptional. Overall a delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining was good. However,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2010
    Dining was good. However, we order three glasses of "house wine" chardonney and the waiter did not tell us that there was not "house wine". When we got our bill, we realized the each glass of white wine was USD10. That is a tremendous high price for a glass of an O.K. white wine. Normally, a glass of O.K. white wine rounds 6 bucks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/8/2010
    The food was excellent and the service couldn't have been better! Another enjoyable evening thanks to our favorite restaurant in Gainesville!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My party and I enjoyed ourselves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2010
    My party and I enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was extremely fresh and delicious and presentation was fit for a king. Our waiter was super attentive. Best service I have ever had at any Japanese restaurant. We received a complimentary appetizer, food was served promptly and we were never short on any beverage. The waiter put together a toddler-friendly appetizer for my niece and brougt out a high chair the minute we go to the restaurant.. Everything was very good but I highly recommend the cerviche and the summer rolls.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything ala carte, should
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2010
    Everything ala carte, should offer full meals (Soup, salad, entree), needs Oriental servers, service was lacking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I live in Orlando so I was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2010
    I live in Orlando so I was curious about Dragonfly as one is opening here soon... Everything was wonderful, can't wait til the one here opens up!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Of 3 dinners, two were pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2010
    Of 3 dinners, two were pretty good but sushi was only average. We were all very disappointed in the ambiance and somewhat disappointed in the food. Tables and curtain to divide banquet room were not very clean. Hostess was dressed in highly inappropriate attire, more suitable for a motorcycle hangout.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience was good. However,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2010
    Experience was good. However, I was anticipating a differenct atmosphere. Food was very good. Service was great. Just louder than I thought it would be.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/21/2010
    One of the best restaurants in Gainesville, excellent food and service. A little pricey but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one more favoriate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2010
    This is one more favoriate places to visit while in Gainesville!!!!! LOVE IT!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate