Satsuma

Satsuma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.satsumakitchen.com/
  • Phone: 3026563015x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am - Saturday 11:00am-1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Michael DiBianca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout
  • Catering: We are available to make sushi at your location for all size parties as well as offer a full Asian menu.
  • Entertainment: There is live Music on the patio 3-4 nights a week. Call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dupont
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer street parking.
A word from Satsuma
Located in Trolley Square, 2-time Nominated James Beard Chef owner Michael DiBianca brings you his second restaurant, Satsuma. Inside, the downstairs features an eat-at sushi bar and high-top bar tables with exposed brick, cork floors and a very "industrial chic" look. Upstairs is more geared toward sit down dining, with booths and a roof top deck. The outside patio offers a full bar as well as dining. We offer late night dining until 12:30am Tuesday-Sunday. The patio will feature live music 3-4 nights a week as well.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Satsuma reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (11)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (5)romantic (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)good for groups (3)hot spot (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great Food
    Leon
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great evening sitting on the second floor outside deck, the food was great and the specials where very good. Bar prices where very reasonable. The menu has changed and the new dishes where excel. We will definitely return in the near future to try some off the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have dined here on several occasions and it is always a hit. Outside dining is challenge when the trains go by, but it adds to the ambiance. :) The wait staff is always right on target with their recommendations. Don't miss the ducky fries. Yummm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    chickVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was good, nothing special. Drinks were very good as well as the service. Place was empty but surrounding restaurants were packed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    TrolleySquarer
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Satsuma never disappoints. Food was incredible, as always. Service great. Only problem was a noisy table near us- establishment made it very easy for us to move to a quieter spot. Best Crab Rangoon ever!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Be ready to eat
    NoservicennofoodVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    ...if you order small plates, be ready for them to come out back to back. I've never seen faster service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the experience
    Sheriroz
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were lucky enough to sit outside on a perfect evening. Seth was our server and he made our dining experience really great. Unfortunately we weren't crazy about the sushi we ordered, but loved the tacos and crab Rangoon. This was our first visit to Satsumi, we'll be back to give it another try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant surprise!
    msmdp2uVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Thanks to Groupon, this was a terrific find! Excellent food, reasonably priced wine, versatile seating options, and a unique menu. Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit, still just ok.
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were looking for an outdoor dining spot and discovered that Satsuma has too options: a courtyard seating area and the rooftop, where we were seated. It is funky-picturesque with train tracks and grasses in the foreground, rooftops beyond. The service was so prompt that we were sure a sunny Saturday evening influenced it, but we didn't feel rushed because the waiter was very nice. We orderd edamame and various seafood rolls, all of which were fine, not exceptional. There are so many really good Asian fusion restaurants in the greater Philadelphia area that we wil probably not rush back to Satsuma.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    goirish78
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been to Satsuma Asian Kitchen several times and have finally found our go-to Asian fusion restaurant in our own backyard. From the out of this world Korean meatballs that we order for an appetizer, to the fresh, inventive sushi rolls (the Cali bacon and Treasure rolls are favorites) and the entree dishes, everything is made to order, top notch, and served promptly. The staff is friendly and solicitous, and the drinks (like everything else on the menu) are delicious and a great deal (fresh mango mojito for $8? Yes, please!!). The atmosphere is upscale urban whimsy without coming off as too snobbish or hipster. You could easily take a date here or have a relaxed dinner with friends or folks. We look forward to many more happy dinners
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique Sushi
    DrRon
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very innovative sushi menu with other gourmet offerings as small plates and "street food". The duck duck disco fries were amazing. Sushi was very high quality. Ate on the rooftop patio - fantastic! The service was very friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    Coolirishchic
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Unique menu options, delicious! Highly recommend for adventurous palettes (wouldn't bring my kids, as they are not as adventurous!). Great place to come with friends, generous plates for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Satsuma reviews archive.
  • Great for friends and casual drinks
    KwitVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This is a great little place. Easy to sit, drink, share small plates or interesting Asian/spicy food. Our favorite was the pulled pork tacos and spicy sushi rolls.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SPECIAL!
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had dinner on the roof-top! It was a perfect evening for our party of four. It is very difficult to choose just one or two 'small plates' and/or rolls, etc....the food is exceptional. We all ordered our own small plate, and shared, then we had a couple of 'rolls'.....the crunchy shrimp roll is my personal favorite! I had the Salmon special. WOW! It came with a mango-rice that was absolutely delicious. I can't say enough about that meal! The service was perfect, as always! We are repeat customers at Satsuma, and we are never disappointed. They serve lunch now too!!!! A great lunch menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great New Venue
    RatherBeMountainBikingVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Really have enjoyed Satsuma. I've gone there three times and all three were great. Everything was fresh and the menu was very interesting. I do want to warn vegetarians that the menu might be limited. For those with more diverse tastes, no problem. Wines by the glass could be more interesting, but prices were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting take on Asian food
    PurplebubbieVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Asian fusion- fried chicken sushi? It was rathe good. Lots of small plates. sushi and appetizers. We enjoyed our food and Wednesday is 1/2 price wine bottle night. Charming interior with a roof top deck and other outdoor seating,
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fast service
    Caitcait
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I went to satsuma a couple months ago and we waited approx. 30-45 mins for our food, which was fine. I went ago this past weekend and our service was so fast! We ordered 3 sushi and 1 order of the Philly egg rolls, 2 Maryland (must get)and 1 fried chicken. We arrived at 6:45pm and were out and in the car at 7:11pm. Talk about fast service! The only thing that I would nit pick on would be the fact that the menu is small and there isn't enough description for each item. Other than that, great place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    delawarediner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Excellent food. Creative menu. Friendly, fun service. Relaxed, vibrant atmosphere on 1st floor. They could do just a litte more upstairs to make the environment a bit more trendy to match the rest (lighting is a little off), but overall this establishment is a fun, tasty night out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so so....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Rolls were nothing special. Edemamae came out cold. Noting special. Location sells this place.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic asian
    wintergems
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband has a sesame oil allergy so we were limited on what to order, but what we did have was very tasty. The server was polite and speedy. The food was definitely not typical americana-sushi; the small plate options and unique sushi rolls were a nice change. Overall, its a good place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    Mare
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing and overall just a great place to check out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Asian Bistro
    Scotty
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Good food and service although for some reason it took a long time to get our drinks (2 of us) as it was not very crowded. We sat upstairs and although not full we you could hear everyone's conversation. The booth we sat in was not well supported as the people in the booth behind us kept moving around and kept shaking the back or our seat that was annoying. The food was great, particularly the duck tacos that were 3 stuffed full in deliciously crunchy shells. The chocolate peanut butter stack for dessert was absolutely delicious and big and rich to share. We will definitely go back to try their many varied menu items. When their upstairs deck opens that should be very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food and service
    Erind11
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The food and service was excellent. We sat in the bar area which was nice. As the weather gets nicer I will be sure to go back and sit outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night out
    Cp19711
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had dinner with a group and we each ended up selecting two items that we all shared. Food was excellent - favorite items were the raw salmon with grapefruit, brussel sprouts, and pork tacos. Healthy wine pours, interesting mixed drinks, and good beer selection too. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu and service but food ok
    BSBONO
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Everything was good on paper and service was excellent but food was flat. Duck fries were the highlight but flavors and textures of sushi were lacking. Flash seared tuna really lacked any interesting flavor. They did nice job with ad hoc kid plates since there was not a dedicated kids menu. Would probably still go back if nothing else to try the many interesting sounding menu items we didn't get to and sit on deck during nice summer evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    MandMVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Excellent food at reasonable prices. Ordered duff duck disco fries, crab Rangoon ,and chicken wings. All were small plates , freshly prepared and tasty. Plenty for two. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willing to accommodate
    vegandiner
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    As 2 vegan diners, there were only 2 or 3 choices for us on the menu but the chef very kindly made up a veg noodle bowl for us. Very attentive server was willing to answer all our questions about the ingredients of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I thought Satsuma was ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I thought Satsuma was ok. It wasn't bad and it wasn't amazing. Their Disco Fries were AMAZING, however the sushi fell flat. They are very funky and innovative but they barely put any seafood in the rolls and the flavors fell flat for me. We got almost every roll on their menu (as it was happy hour), and there wasn't one that we were "WOW'd" by. I also think they may want to consider putting a few "regular" rolls because too much funky rolls wasn't great. I think I would go back, but to have those disco fries, which is a meal in itself and maybe try one of their hot food dishes. Happy hour is a great deal (half off sushi), but the rolls just didn't tickle my fancy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual, fun, delicious
    Llama
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Creative sushi, good beer list and a delicious combination of casual Western foods with some Eastern ingredients like Duck Duck Disco Fries! Going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time
    likesthebest
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It was different and nice enough. The food was well prepared and tasty but I felt a little rushed. A little more leisurely pace would have been nicer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi Rolls were good, but
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Sushi Rolls were good, but the Duck fries are too rich, would not order them again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the duck!
    Sallycoo
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The duck in the menu with brussrl sprouts was one of the best duck dishes I have ever had. Pair it with the fried rice with coconut milk. Yumm! Our coffee came after dessert- fashionable but not what we wanted. We have eaten here 3 times and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian Variety
    MovieMarkVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I like sushi, but I also like other Asian foods, so it's nice that Satsuma offers so many choices. We found the service friendly and really efficient, and the food itself was very tasty. The small plates approach gave us lots of fascinating taste combinations. The bar downstairs is very energetic but the dining room upstairs was quiet enough to talk but not at all sleepy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Waitstaff
    sesullivan
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Loved the food and the wait staff was the best! The wait staff was constantly moving and awesome great team work. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the entire menu and the specials for the day. The restaurant seating is up a narrow staircase. My knees do not like stairs but it didn't matter because everything else especially the food was fantastic. First time here and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but needs vegetarian options
    TSquare
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We generally enjoyed dining at Satsuma, but I am a bit disappointed that as an Asian restaurant, there were no vegetarian entree options. I was forced to cobble together a few appetizers. This is the first time I have experienced this at an Asian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve Dinner
    CACT903
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Found Satsumi while searching for a last-minute restaurant reservation for NY Eve dinner. I live in NJ and have never been to the Trolley Square area. After reviewing menu online, I felt that I should try this. The restaurant was very quite at 9:15pm, but the service was excellent. Although our server must not have been thrilled that they were so quite, he was still very positive and caring. The food was great. Best Edamame I have ever had. Will definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve pre-party dinner
    Sally
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Dined here NYE with my wife before stopping at a party. At this point in the night, there weren't many people eating downstairs. All tables were on the 2nd floor. We were able to get a booth, which was nice. Enjoyed a couple small plates along with some sushi rolls. All were nicely prepared and took a different spin on the normal fare. All and all, thumbs up from us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satsuma is Delaware's new gem!
    AliCatVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great menu, great specials, everything was delicious and the service was amazing. Love our waiter Joe who always makes us feel right at home. Everyone loved their food and we ordered just about everything. Sushi, cheesesteak egg rolls, duck disco fries, edamame, short rib, wings, oysters. All of it was amazing. We will if course be back to visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is that a train coming at us?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    When this was the DelRose there was just one floor so when we walked into the bar area I thought "is this it?!?" Thankfully, no. There was a large group celebrating the holidays so it was pretty loud; upstairs was quiet. They did a really great job of opening up the upstairs. Exposed brick, cozy booths and an extra area on the third floor for a larger group,maybe 10-12? We ordered several apps and small plates including two specials, their signature roll and pork tacos with a spicy slaw in a fried waton wrapper= yummy! We also ordered the calimari and the tuna tartar. Everything was delicious! Big bonus was our server Seth, who was knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and even took pictures for our table and our neighboring table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Problem Only
    NT125
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We had such a hard time parking that we almost gave up. Found a spot 3 blocks away that required parallel parking but we got in the spot and walked quickly to keep warm. Glad we persevered because we enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice dinner before theatre.
    tish
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Our server was excellent. Everything was good however I wasn't impressed with the Angry Rock shrimp.the portion was disappointingly small and the flavor wasn't anything special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.