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SASA

SASA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sasamatsu.com
  • Phone: (216) 767-1111
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please email sasamatsu@sasamatsu.com or call us 216.767.1111 for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: SASA offers a semi private dining room that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The restaurant is available for special events for up to 100 guests during lunch time hours. Please contact SASA for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Brenda Kim (216) 225-9366
  • Entertainment: A variety of some of Cleveland's most talented artists. A mix of jazz, vocalists & other contemporary style music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shaker Blvd
  • Public Transit: SASA is on the Rapid Transit Line--Shaker Square stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Thursday-Saturday. Self parking available in the large, secure lot behind SASA (Dave's Market). On street parking also available.
A word from SASA
SASA..... a Japanese tapas style restaurant serving contemporary Asian cuisine. Located right next door to Shaker Square Cinema, SASA is the perfect place for a small meal, dinner or late night snacks. SASA offers an array of tastes from Japan and an Asian spin on tasty classics. Known as Cleveland's premier sake bar, SASA also offers Japanese beer on tap, exotic drinks such as an Asian pear martini & delicious favorites. Welcome to SASA.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Absolutely fabulous. Great food. Wonderful people. Really interesting and educated bunch from Nearby hospitals and universities. Love it!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have yet to be disappointed. The is always consistant and fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "SASA never fails to surprise and never disappoints! I took reluctant newbies there and they LOVED it!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had really unusual sushi that was very good -- the Buddy Buddy was salmon, tuna,tobiko, and ikura and was wonderful. The other was Snow mountain (tempura shrimp and cucumber topped with Alaskan king crab and masago salad) and was also very good. I did not like the avocado salad because it had a bland mayo based dressing, but overall, the restaurant was very good. I would go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had some delicious sushi. Outside patio was pleasant. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • " We eat here often and have never been disappointed. The choices are many, the food is beautifully and creatively presented and outstandingly delicious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "So nice and comforting to go to a neighborhood place that transports you to another culture, another place,yet is friendly and warm. Sasa delivers great foods and beverages without being fussy and feeling like date night for the prom. Great food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A great addition to Shaker Square, this restaurant offers an interesting mix of Asian foods that had us coming back to explore the menu. While we did see a few children here and there, the menu is definitely not toddler friendly in that it is not bland at all. The dining area indoors was peaceful, and the staff were very responsive."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Sasa is a great locally owned restaurant with amazing food, a wonderful atmosphere, and great employees. We will return again for sure!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "WE HAD A WONDERFUL DINNER AND OVERALL HAD A GREAT TIME. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food is creative and tasty- not your average Sushi restaurant. Service was slow at first, it took a while for anyone to come check in on us, but it picked up once they took our drink order. After that it was great. I'm not sure I can recommend sitting on the patio... the gazebo thing makes it feel crowded, plus the Shaker Square crowd outside the movie theater is varied and not really quiet. This latter is not really the restaurants fault, just an FYI. Plus the interior of Sasa is so nice, you may as well just stay inside. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food is delicious and the service is great. The menu has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you go with a group ( we had 8 people) or as a couple, you will enjoy your experience. Sasa is truly a neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We have loved the restaurants of Scott and Brenda Kim since they opened Matsu. The food is always fresh and creative in preparation. Our local grandkids devour the sushi. Those families from out of town always come with us to Sasa when visiting. Sasa is the best. For those who do not like sushi, the restaurant offers fun things like the "hot rock" cook it yourself beef or tempura shrimp and veggies. While I miss the great in-house gelato that was a dessert favorite, there are always some good choices of creme brulee and chocolate options that people love. Do not miss the Sasa fries (and this from someone who does not like fries) or the avocado-shrimp salad. Before you dine try a lime misuari or one of the many martinis available. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service is exceptional and friendly. Food is fun and always delicious. Fun small plates to share. The best!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is fantastic! The food is delicious! Service is great! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "They have a unique menu with some of the best sushi in Cleveland. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Everything is amazing but our favorite things to order, The Rock, The Sasa Fire Roll, Sasa Fries and the Lamb Sliders...the plum sakatini isn't so bad either! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food. Great staff. Friendly clientele. Love it."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Whether our family just wants to go sample favorites or venture into untested entrees, SASA always delivers. Our daughter took five friends for a birthday celebration recently. All were new to SASA. They encouraged each other to try new things and a great time was had by all."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went for a fixed menu special. All seafood was very good. Friendly service, rushed through the courses a bit. Dessert green tea ice cream mediocre."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "One of the best meals we've ever had. Came here for hubby's birthday and I am not a fan of sushi at all so I had low expectations. Some reviews were pretty bad so I was nervous the food would be "iffy." Food was AMAZING!! Service was great and very friendly and prompt. We had the yam tempura, so good, as an appetizer. I ordered the vegetarian sushi roll and the tofu sliders.....both were excellent! And fun! My hubby had a spider roll, rainbow roll and a spicy tuna roll and he said they were among the best he's eaten--and he knows his sushi, he's originally from Vancouver, known for wonderful sushi. All in all, a great experience. Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "drinks are very well made as well as the food, very pleasant waitress. Thanks! for being in the Neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Tried vietnamese roll (unusual!) and volcano roll which were both prepared very well. I don't particularly care for raw / sashimi preparations, in which majority of the specialty rolls available on menu incorporated raw tuna or salmon. There were a handful of maki (cooked) options, and these two maki options were excellent, however. One of the better places I have tried sushi in Ohio. The restaurant is actually larger than expected with a good number and well spaced seating. Decor is contemporary and pleasing. The parking situation in front of the restaurant was busy, but there are plenty of spaces available behind the plaza with an easy access to the front. I recommend giving SASA a try! I will likely happily visit again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had booked the table on line. Everything was perfect. Restaurant was packed. Good for them. We did not mind to wait a little bit. People were leaving. And we saw couple of empty tables. We have asked hostess for table by the window. She explained that table was booked. It did not sound right. It was 9:30pm. Restaurant was not packed at that time. We sat down by the smallest table even then they had better options. We did not complain. Our server was Nick. He was awesome. Thank you for your service. Food was fabulous. We had really good dinner. Except hostess. We have left before 11pm. That table was still vacant. She even did not apologize. She did not have name tag so we did not know her name."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "everything was wonderful! our favorite was the lamb slinder. definitely going back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined on Valentines Day and even though there wasn't an empty seat in the place we got our food very quickly and the service was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Second visit and Both we great Not a sushi fan but plenty of other choices"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sasa has been our go-to place for a casual early dinner for a long time. Not only is the food predictably excellent, but the atmosphere is friendly and cozy. We feel at home there, so we call when we plan a large celebration. The sushi is always fresh and good--never a hint of "fishy smell--but I would recommend also the meaty ribs, the wonderful battered shrimp, and the now-famous Sasa fries. Diners are never disappointed."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Sushi was superb, service was prompt and server was helpful."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Made reservations but the hostess forgot that we were waiting for our table and seated several couples who came after my husband and I. It was very frustrating and disappointing to start the evening on a negative note. The food was great although they served the appetizers and main course together, which would account for why we had to wait awhile before food finally came out. This is not a restaurant that I will return to nor will I recommend it to any of my friends."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Clean, stylish decor, easy parking in back. Great sushi, diverse Japanese menu. Also: Best. French. Fries. Ever. No kidding. Haven't tried the entrees yet, but lots of small plates, sushi rolls, and (notably) vegetarian options to choose from. Some medium plates are full entree size, like the grilled hamachi special. Sushi rolls are fresh, delish and beautiful. Our vegetarian friend was very pleased on this first visit, saying everything ordered was delicious. Good wine and sake selection, but limited beers. Elegant desserts - loved the creme brulee trio, pecan cake, chocolate cake, ginger ice cream. Service is always excellent, even on a busy New Years Eve (advance reservations a must for Dec. 31!). A little pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Sasa has quickly become a favorite! The food is ALWAYS good. The menu has a fantastic variety that allows for small or large appetites. I love the fact that the food comes out as it is ready (instead of all at once). Give it a try!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Some of the best sushi in the area. Creative and delicious special rolls, like the Sasa fire roll and Vietnamese roll, are fantastic. Classic sushi items are perfectly prepared. Tempura is crisp, hot and flavorful. Presentation is beautiful."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We couldn't have picked a better place with better food! The waitress was not the greatest but I can understand not wanting to work on Christmas Eve. I'll be back"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My daughter had eaten at SASA many times so we finally went as a family. I was disappointed overall with the food. The fries appetizer was nothing special. For dinner I got the Rock. The beef was sliced too thin- it was hard to cook on the rock without it falling apart. Also, the rock doesn't stay hot enough for long so halfway through the meal I had to request another one to finish cooking my meal. The only thing that came on the plate with the meat was garnish- no veggie or starch. For dessert I got the creme brulee trio (vanilla, green tea and cappaccino. The dessert was excellent."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We had reservations on Saturday night. It was packed-highly recommend reservations on a weekend as there were people waiting. It was noisy and I had a difficult time hearing my date but what dou you expect from a filled restaurant on Saturday night. The portions were large, our server was knowledgeable about the menu (the menu is overwhelming-a lot of options) and we enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "It was a cool little place. Was there for a birthday, put in comments ot was a birthday for Fiance and they failed to read the comments ---- whats the point of having a comment box for specifying or placing requests, if your not going to read it."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "This is a great restaurant. The food is fabulous. The service is great. I will be back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I hate giving full ratings to things I'm supposed to be judging. I always feel that I'm supposed to be "critical" and that my experience, while perhaps wonderful, should always have something that I think could be improved upon. With SASA I find myself struggling to find a deficiency. The Food was INCREDIBLE! The Lamb Sliders are my kryptonite. My Fiancee couldn't stop smiling over the Scallops. What's different about SASA is- It genuinely feels like nothing is on the menu "because we're an Asian restaurant and that's what we're supposed to do". Every item seems deliberately thought out, and you could feel the personal care put into the food. Everything I had exceeded my already high expectations. If you're wondering about SASA, just go."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The fish is fresh and the portions are generous. What else do you need in a sushi bar?"
    Dined on 11/2/2013