Sasa
Sasa

Sasa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sasawc.com/
  • Phone: (925) 210-0188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Hours Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch Hours Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner Hours Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner Hours Sunday-Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Mid Afternoon Menu EVERYDAY: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Happy Hour Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm at Bar and Lounge

    *Sushi Menu Available ALL DAY, EVERYDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Philip Yang
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sasa Restaurant combines seasonal menu selections, flawless service, and attentive planning to create a truly memorable event. From business luncheons to stunning weddings and formal events, we offer the inspiration, attention to detail, and culinary creativity that will make your moment shine. Planning an event doesn’t need to be stressful. Let us help. Our Event Coordinator, Lori Johnston, will help with all the details that make this day so special.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a semi-private space with seating capacity of 40. We also offer a private garden patio setting with space for 32.
  • Private Party Contact: Lori Johnston 9252100188x
  • Special Events: Sasa cordially invites you to an exclusive "Diner en Blanc" New Years Eve 2012. Cost is $75 + tax and gratuity. Dinner, DJ, dancing, favors, and champagne toast are all included. Call Sasa to book early at 925.210.0188.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bonanza
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Two Blocks away on Main St. Broadway Point Garage @ the Bank of America has free 3 hour parking.
    Broadway Parking Garage on Broadway has plenty of parking and is .50 cents per hour.
A word from Sasa
Sasa is a new Japanese inspired restaurant in Walnut Creek. Izakaya Restaurants are traditional small plate restaurants where friends go to have a drink and unwind after a long day. Situated in the historic 100 year old building that for many years housed the Walnut Creek Meat Market, this architectural jewel has been transformed into a ambiance that wows and invites guests to stay and enjoy the dining experience at SASA. Chef Cyrus Irudistan and Chef/Owner Philip Yang prepare Japanese influenced dishes from around the world. The staff welcomes you into their house and offers up comfort, hospitality and fun. The restaurant includes a full bar with a large Sake selection, outdoor patio, sushi bar and a commitment to fresh local seasonal faire.

*Note: Personal wines welcome, a $20 corkage fee will apply per bottle
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Sasa reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (39)hot spot (38)vibrant bar scene (34)good for groups (30)great for outdoor dining (28)romantic (23)great for lunch (21)late-night find (11)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • New chef
    Tommy
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Still good, the they have a new chef. We were told that the direction of the menu is changing. Some of our favorites are no longer on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    eatoutVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Small portions, expensive, noisy, crowded...and we were rushed out the door so they could have the table (our appetizer was delivered with our drinks, and about 5 minutes later the rest of the meal arrived while we were eating the appetizer). Don't think I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I love the new menu change
    omnivorous12
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I love some of the newer items, drinks are always good. Our servers are always helpful and give good recommendations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid week Grp of 5, away frm bar,
    Bizmeals
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food great, service excellent, pricey, ambiance fantastic. If you have a larger group & want to be able to hear each other, sit in "dining" room or go mid-week. This is kinda like Japanese Tapas. Some of the traditional Japanese dishes were so-so for the price, but they have dishes that are not the norm that are divine .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding find
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My son selected Sasa for this birthdayday lunch. Every dish was excellent. Plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    Divinity
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great for small groups less than 6 - a great place for a special birthday or date night. A little pricey but worth it for that special occasion. the decor was beautiful and the staff was extremely friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WWWS
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great restaurant! I always enjoy the food and it is fairly quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sansei1201
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food and service was great. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, from the appetizers to dessert!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sasa dinner
    Salsaguy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our party of five was seated immediately. They were accommodating on moving our reservation back on a busy Friday nite. They have a decent not great wine list; house special cocktails were interesting. The sushi offerings were fresh. The sashimi offerings as listed were very limited. The fried garlic brussels sprouts were excellent. The pork belly was good but the sauce needs some work. The service was good, though I think our server was a bit stretched in the area they needed to cover. Would recommend Sasa to friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    SecurityFox
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food and service was very good. It was a little loud inside but it probably was a good thing since some of the tables are close together and the noise level made it hard for your neighbor to eavesdrop. Great place to order various dishes and share. Cordial staff and was seated quickly using open table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    SteakLover1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great ambience Great service food selection was varied and delicious many terrific items to choose from but it ispricey
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sashimi particularly good!
    Greg
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This evening, chef's sashimi selections in the Expedition platter were superb and included items that are very freshness-dependent for their palatability: uni, aji (Spanish mackerel), scallop to name a few. The staples were well-represented: maguro toro, hamachi, maguro tataki and a lightly seared hirame. Always enjoy the misoyaki cod here. On a down note, found the pork belly and tofu a overly salty this time. I don't recall this being an issue in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining experience at Sasa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    it's just an ok restaurant, but I was glad we tried it. Foods were a little bit salty for our taste. The menu offers interesting items and my sister & i tried about 7 of them and only liked 2. We live in Palo Alto and frequent Walnut Creek for my hair appointment on North Main St. and dine around there after the appointment. We fine dine a lot and don't mind the the cost, but the foods have to be really good and theirs were not at par to what we expected them to be for the price we paid. I must say that the place was very nice and the service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant!
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Have been to Sasa's twice and am looking forward to many more times. Food is excellent, service is superior and the restaurant has a warm and welcoming feel about it, complete with a stunning waterfall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Japanese western food
    Servis
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great restaurant in the heart of walnut creek, very busy so fair service. Portions are too small, quite expensive given the portions you receive. Over priced wine list. Food excellent, the sautéed watermelon salad is unique and delicious. The sushi is fairly standard and good, the best part of the menu is the non sushi items. Dinner for 6 with wine was $350.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great food and service
    EatOutWayneVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of our favorite "go to" places. Always great for sitting at the bar for drinks and dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing find!!!!
    lovedeliciousfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We are new to the area and had been looking for a good sushi restaurant. We had actually gone to another place right before coming here, but the service was horrible, so we left before getting our order taken. We googled for sushi restaurants in the area. We came across this one and since we were super hungry, decided to give it a try. Well it went way beyond my expectations. We got a table right away, sushi was excellent and super fresh, the service was really great (I believe our waiters name was Marco), and the dessert was a perfect ending to our dinner. We are definitely coming next weekend. My husband is still talking about the green tea dessert he had, and he doesn't usually care for green tea anything. This place was a hit for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great girls night out spot!
    Trosson
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went here Saturday night with the girls! It was so delicious, our server was fantastic, just had so much fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a neighborhood gem
    hobbyjalan2
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Look out for the coffee table - granite lighted from underneath. Love the decor. Love the different table/chair arrangement. The food is fusion, great presentation and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Tuesday Special!
    CRHarty
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were a party of 6, and wanted to pay more attention to visiting than picking plates to share. You can hardly go wrong, but since there is a big selection it can take a while to decide. We noticed their Izakaya Tuesday Special, 10 different Sasa Signature items each priced at just $10 each. We got all 10, plus edamame and drinks, and it was fun, well-paced and plentiful. Oysters, flatbread, meat skewers, scallops, 4 different rolls, and more. We all shared and it was a nice amount of food. They were able to accommodate our food-allergy request, with avocado on the side. Delicious bites, wonderful flavors, very nice presentations. It was our 3rd visit, and we will be happy to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    First time here and it was well worth the referral from the hotel. This place was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We enjoyed a great selection of sushi items on this occasion. The maguro nigiri was very tasty. The Sasa roll was delicious. We sat outside because it was nice and we recommend that as it can sometimes be incredibly noisy inside. Good experince again. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and experience
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We were seated immediately at a very nice booth - the service was very good and quick. There were four of us and we started with sharing two appetizers for each couple. The short ribs were the best that we ever tasted - which we found interesting since this is mostly an asian infusion restaurant. The sushi rolls were excellent, too. I would suggest the regular Dragon roll over the White Dragon roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for foodies
    Agavegal
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Sasa is more than a sushi place. The non sushi menu has many small plat offerings such as Tongue and Cheek Croquettes, and Butter of the Gods, which is roasted bone marrow with flat bread. The sushi is great too. We tried the sake flight, which was yummy. We finished our meal with the green tea creme brûlée and bananas foster bread pudding, both were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been coming to Sasa for quite a while now. We were disappointed this time that the wine list had changed dramatically and some of our favorites such as the jalopena poppers were no longer availabole because there was a new chef. I'll wait to come back until things have righted them selves again.
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  • Not a great bang for your buck
    PandaLily
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The restaurant is lovely, with nice decor, and notably, sculptural sinks in the bathrooms. We ordered the Miso Black Cod, the Garlic Noodles, Mushroom Miso Soup, the steak, the chicken drumettes ("Chicken Lollipops"), skewers, and and All Season roll. The drumettes came first - they were coated in a sweet sauce, and the portion was only six drumettes. We then had the steak, which was again, small, but the steak was nice and rare. Finally, the Miso Soup was way too small, the cod was excellent, and the noodles were way too pricey for what you get. I recommend the steak, the cod, and the All Season roll (has real crab). Our waitress was absent when we tried to pay the bill. Overall, the food was good, but highly overpriced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as prior visits
    Waiting
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have dined as Sasa several times and have always had a great time. This time we were seated in the back room (no ambiance) and the food was just okay. On prior visits the wait staff was excellent. This time he brought out the wrong order and it took over 20 minutes before he returned with the right dish. An off night? Or a slip in quality? Not sure if I will go again to find out.
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  • Sure win
    maggiefi
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood and in downtown Walnut Creek. The sushi is always excellent, the service is generally great, and they have some fantastic cocktails and house-made wasabi. The ambience is lovely--a well designed and well lit space. And the outdoor patio seating is a bonus. Sasa delivers quality on a consistent basis…a sure win.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good sushi, but $$$. Cramped.
    byrdy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I love sushi and wanted to try Sasa after hearing recommendations. For us, we didn't like the tables being 2ft away from each other and hearing the other couples conversations while we tried to have ours. The sashimi was really good. The rolls were expensive and slightly above average. There's better out there. The bananas foster bread pudding was ridiculously good. Probably one of the best bread puddings I have ever had. Overall the restaurant is more bar like than a typical sushi restaurant. Our server was fantastic. Clearly a professional server, attentive, knew the menu and specials well, and was knowledgable about the wine. I think that without him I might have rated the experience even lower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience; menu OK
    TGSO
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Western (i.e. good) wait service for typically Asian fare with a gastro twist. As a sushi restaurant, there are better. Same can be said for the izakaya offerings. Entree items are balanced and appropriately cooked, though leaning towards the blander side. The food is good, the decor is smart, but it's overall experience that makes this place's value. Otherwise, Sasa will seem overpriced to the well-traveled bay area diner seeking only to please the palate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Dining on Patio
    FineDiningFan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We sat out on the patio which was very enjoyable and much quieter than the inside of the restaurant which is pretty loud for us. Our favorite dish was the Toro Sashimi and the Lettuce Wrapped Tempura Prawns. Amazing sauce and flavor. The watermelon salad was very refreshing and flavorful. We had a great time and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite: delicious food & service
    DoctorZ
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Shannon, Jason, Dale and crew deliver an ever pleasing dining experience every time. Can't wait to see what the new chef brings to the table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food every time
    mstargirl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We dine here regularly, about once a week. Food is always amazing and tastes delicious every time. However, sometimes service is very slow. We kept having to ask for refills on water & tea. It took a long time to get the check from the server. Not sure why service was so poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was delicious and presented beautifully and very reasonable. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. We sat outside, they made a narrow outside area attractive with plants and lattice and we really weren't aware that we were next to a traffics pathway. Only drawback, the parking is limited. There is a public structure about 1 1/2 blocks away. An enjoyable and delightful lunch!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Donnie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went to Sasa last night. It was a nice festive environment. We had five in our party and ordered nine rolls to share. Tasty, but only a B- on the grade scale . Small portions, so not good for a groups. Very pricey. cheapest wine on their wine list was $40.00. We got it and it was very good, so I assume the other more expensive wines were wonderful. All in all it was a fun dinner, but I pity the poor guy stuck with the bill. Oops that was us. $$$$$ I left hungry and my son ate again when he got home. That means I paid twice! Good part is my son felt happy on his birthday, and that is what counts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    jeff
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    In all ways excellent with wonderful server.food was outstanding and saki was superb.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every Japenese Food Lovers Dream
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was incredible and the decor gorgeous. My new favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris was great!
    Bent
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our Server Chris was great. Just the right amount of humor with good info about the food selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 736 reviews are from the Sasa reviews archive.
  • Amazing!
    mangiamo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Always great attentive service. They have lots of fun dishes to try for foodies, they even have a section on the menu called "Odd Things" for the adventurous eaters. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Untraditional, Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been to hundreds of sushi restaurants and I can honestly say this lands in the bottom third. For the price paid, it's likely in the bottom 2%. Why? I can deal with the non traditional menu that reeks of an overly Americanized sushi place trying to meet all needs so long as The quality of the fish is up to par. Their sushi is mealy and has a fishy odor. Quality sushi is translucent, firm yet creamy and has a slight briny scent. The heirloom tomato salad was awful and their lunch specials are gimmicky. $75 for two people at lunch and I'd rather eat Trader Joes selection. Yeah, it's that bad. Service is solid though which is why I gave two stars
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