Shimogamo Restaurant
Shimogamo Restaurant

Shimogamo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shimogamoaz.com/
  • Phone: 4808997191x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Sanae Otomo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Dobson Rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Shimogamo Restaurant
Shimogamo presents the best of Japanese dining experience to Chandler. We feature a full sushi bar and dining area for both families and couples. Our sushi menu is filled with engaging, creative items, fined-tuned for those who are looking for unique and sophisticated fine Japanese dining. Our forté is not just sushi, but also the authentic yet approachable Izakaya-style small dishes that have been crafted by Executive Chef Sanae Otomo. Over the past decade, Shimogamo has been serving our guests with a passion to deliver true Japanese flavors.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Shimogamo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (5)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Shimogamo delights again
    lumster
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sushi bar service was prompt and responsive. Granted we arrived on a Sunday early-evening in time to enjoy Happy Hour but we got focused attention from the server and sushi chef. I highly recommend the Gyu-Tan or grilled beef tongue with ponzu-yuzu dipping sauce. My wife and I each had one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shimogamo Rocks!
    IanK
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Get there for happy hour and enjoy the specials and the "days" catch .... the chefs and Owner make your visit enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luna
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Perfect environment for a business dinner with delicious food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic gem in a strip mall
    RoadkingVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, fantastic preparations. Been coming here for years and love it!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Sushi!
    TastyPlates
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Want great sushi...Shimagamo's is your place! VERY FRESH, AWESOME QUALITY fish and reasonable prices! We celebrated a birthday there with friends. Great personal service made it a night to remember! Make reservations, as you don't want to miss getting a table. Shimagamo's will quickly become a favorite go-to restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Great
    Chuckfam21
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sushi was okay, not great. For the money should have been much better. Not a good value
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Japanese
    candycorn
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have never been disappointed with Shimogamo. They have fresh sushi, unique rolls and are always delicious. Take advantage of their happy hour prices as they are a great deal! I love the small feel, the prompt service and especially the quality of the food. Note: I have not tried the main dish menu because I can't turn down sushi but I hear they are just as good as the sushi. There are only one or two sushi chefs working at a time and occasionally the sushi is a little slow coming out but is well worth a small wait when all the tempura and panko shrimp is made to order for each roll. My favorite sushi location I've ever found! I always walk away with a smile and a happy tummy. I would eat here every day if the week if I could!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place for sushi in East Valley
    cjphoenixVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Shimogamo always has great fish that is very fresh. The selection is way beyond most sushi places. Fresh salmon roe and scorpionfish were on the menu last time we were there. Most places use frozen salmon roe and barely anyone has the expertise to prepare scorpionfish. Rolls are creative and delicious, but the sushi and sashimi are the standouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Japanese food!
    foodcrazy2
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have dined at Shimogamo Restaurant many times. All of the food that we have had there has been outstanding. Sushi is some of the best we have ever had and the appetizers are unique, interesting and always delicious. The service is also outstanding. This is one of our favorite restaurants to enjoy with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good sushi
    Nikki1230
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    went for happy hour on a thursday. we were seated in the back room, the front half was full, and had the place to ourselves. our waitress was very helpful and the food was very good. we had a seaweed salad, a few sushi rolls, and tempura shrimp. all were very tasty. Our total bill was about $40 with tip, and that did not include any drinks. For happy hour I feel like this is a bit pricey. we did order two rolls not on the happy hour menu, but that was because the HH menu was limited. Overall I would go back, but would also be willing to try other places with better happy hours.
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  • Superior sushi!
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Since finding Shimogamo , it has become our 'go to' restaurant for sushi. Always the freshest fish that we have found, beautifully prepared. We no longer have to drive 40 minutes to get great sushi. What a find!!! (Plus, the owner and staff are wonderful!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 29 reviews are from the Shimogamo Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Sushi heaven
    NickNameVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    2nd best sushi restaurant in entire valley and we've tried them ALL! Unlike #1, Shimogamo's bill doesn't melt your credit card.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and tasty food
    SushiLover
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    When I want sushi this is my go-to place. The service is excellent, and they always give you a towel to refresh with before you eat your sushi and I love that. I have my favorite nigiri options (salmon, yellowtail and tuna) that always taste fresh and yummy. The portion size for the edamame and the miso soup are just right. Vist here soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience....
    luvdining
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very disappointing lunch experience, food was average quality and overpriced, and service was incredibly slow. Will not return and not recommend this restaurant.
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  • special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Exotic food with a special touch for a special day. Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi!
    IanK
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Very good selections of food and the specials are awesome! Very good happy hour prices too!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible Sushi-- for anywhere
    YummyyyVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Shimogamo was up there with the best sushi I've ever had. As an out of towner to Arizona who is from NY and traveled lots to LA, where the sushi is also incredible, I was seriously impressed with Shimogamo. We kept ordering individual pieces after we devoured the sushi that we first ordered. Everything was fresh, clean, and delicious. You cannot go wrong here. They know what they are doing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic japenese
    LocalfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food is delicious. Good quality sushi and entrees. Good prices at happy hour and reasonable prices on regular menu. The service not so good on two of my three visits there. The dinner came before the sushi. I should have ordered in stages. Owner really cares about his customers it's apparent. I will return
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in AZ
    AZfoodie
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I have enjoyed and learned about quality sushi in NY, CA and Japan. Shimogamo provides fantastic sushi in an authentic fashion -- by far the best in AZ. When business visitors come from Japan, they always prefer Shimogamo for a taste of home (after they have had their fill of good steaks:-). Going to Shimogamo is always a treat! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service & Sushi!!!
    AZMO
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I ordered a selection of sushi, and my companion ordered tempura. It was all DELICIOUS! Our server, whom I believe was the owner or the restaurant manager, was SUPER! He was very attentive without being bothersome, and very kind. We enjoyed our experience immensely!
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  • Authentic
    HoppyVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Authentic Japanese cuisine, nice ambiance but we didn't like the calamari dish which was rubbery and had an odd coating to it. The yellowtail sashimi was cut too thick for our liking although the sushi was wonderful. We would go back if in town but probably wouldn't put it high on our list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep it a secret
    jagman
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I hesitate to give this restaurant a high review because it is a wonderful neighborhood dinning establishment and if word gets out it may get crowded and ruin the ambiance. My wife and I love dinning here because the food is excellent, reasonably priced and the dinning is intimate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    Paul
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The sushi is excellent and is the only menu fare I have partaken of at Shimogamo. The staff is friendly and efficient and the décor is subdued and compliments the atmosphere of the establishment. I always recommend Shimogamo to those seeking a sushi restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slightly pricey
    Dass
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Food is pretty good, fresh sashimi! Slightly expensive in my opinion.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not as good as hoping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Shimogamo was one of a handful of restaurants that got several mentions in my searches for "best sushi in Phoenix". They were definitely in the top 10, if not the top 5. Phoenix (metro) being as big as it is, for a restaurant to be recognized as one of the best I expect a "wow" experience rivaling Vegas or San Diego. I just didn't get that experience. Don't get me wrong, it was good! But it was no more fantastic than what we can get any day of the week here in Tucson. And it was more expensive to boot. The service was great, and I liked the chillout music. I was just hoping for every bite to be OMG, melt-in-your-mouth awesomeness, and it wasn't quite there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We went here for a birthday. The waitstaff was very attentive and knowledgeable, and the food was very good. Prices were about average for sushi. All in all a great little place. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    Justin
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This is one of the best places to go for sushi. Never had anything I didn't like here. Service is very good and they are always attentive. I would suggest making a reservation since it is a small place and tends to fill up fast on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Restaurant!
    AndiO
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    This restaurant looked good on-line through reviews and their website, but it wasn't until we actually dined there that I began to realize how amazing this place was. The food was exquisite--truly upscale menu items at moderate prices, The grilled Shishito peppers were simply amazing--we ordered a second round of those--we couldn't get enough of them! The sushi menu was vast, as was the wine menu. Service was again, outstanding. And while I can see if the restaurant would be completely full it may be noisy, we went later on a weekday evening (7:15 reservations), and it was nice and quiet. Highly, highly recommend you check out this restaurant. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi lover's delight
    Paul
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Shimogamo consistently serves great sushi - fresh, flavorful and outstanding presentation. I have enjoyed dining here for over six years and have never been disappointed. Actually, I was once - I couldn't get a reservation when I wanted it because they were completely booked up!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi not the best or worst.
    denzelq
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Sushi not the best or worst. Service was good and restaurant was well done.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Presentation, Great
    cravingsushi
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Beautiful Presentation, Great Taste. Best Poke I have had in Arizona and maybe the best Yakisoba ever (we ordered the egg noodle Yakisoba). It's a small restaurant; ask for a table in the back for more privacy. Lighting and Music were perfect, not too dark and not too loud but enough to provide a romantic atmosphere. Very polite and professional service. Will be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    CJL1
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Delicious sushi, including very fresh and tasty uni, which I have not tasted in a long time. Prices are not the cheapest, but it was worth it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic japenese
    LocalfoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    This place reminded me of a small place in an upscale neighborhood in japan. Fresh sushi, nice shimigamo steak, great chicken hors d ouerve breaded in rice instead of wheat. Good prices, and nice happy hour menu. Owners cook and run the front. Our waiter remembered my friends no salt preference. The decor is modern and hip. And most important to me it did not have a funny smell as you entered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Privacy Available
    steak4two
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    The food and sushi is sensational!! But there are no booths or rooms for privacy, just 2 rooms with tables and a sushi bar. The noise level gets high at times. Overall it was just an okay experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Celebration
    AZfoodie
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Shimogamo has become our favorite Sushi restaurant in Arizona! The food is always fantastic and the private room in back is great for larger groups. We've dined at the Sushi bar, tables and the private room and they all provide a great environment and phenomenal food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OhmanVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    I had another fabulous experience here. It really is one of the best japanese restaurants in town!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Izakaya experience
    lumster
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The sushi and menu items reminds me of my Tokyo experience.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not disappointed but....
    larzduzsushi
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    The food was outstanding and I will go there again but, hopefully, the server will pay more attention to when I need them to. It wasn't that busy and I actually had to go find a server to order more food. Additionally, it did seem to take longer to get an order based on the few customers that were there at the time. Not disappointed but, would have been nice to receive a little faster service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Great Food
    anhoffVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Best East Valley sushi that is authentic and has the best tempuri. We regularly dine here and food and service are consistently superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    luvsushi
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    The food here is consistently delicious! I love their sushi. They have so many interesting combinations, and they are all amazing!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.