ShinBay
ShinBay

ShinBay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shinbay.com/
  • Phone: 4806640180x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner : Wednesday to Sunday : 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary Asian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Shinji Kurita
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE Corner of Indian Bend Road & Scottsdale Road, at Scottsdale Seville
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from ShinBay
ShinBay offers traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine with emphasis on seasonality of food, the highest quality of ingredients and attention to the presentation. We specialize in Omakase style chef’s tasting course dining. Enjoy a respite from everyday, with inspired cuisine and hospitality in a tranquil setting.
Reservation Note : Our Chef's Tasting Course starting at $100 per person is available with more than 24 hours advanced reservation only. When making your reservation, please specify your desired price range and any dietary restrictions or food allergies you may have.
For a party of 5 or more of Chef's Course reservation, your reservation is not confirmed until we contact you. Please inquire within for more information.
For parties of up to 4 people, please indicate with your reservation if you would like to sit at the Chef's Counter.
Even if there is no opening on OpenTable, we may be able to accommodate your seating.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
ShinBay reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.9
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)special occasion (29)romantic (25)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Very very unique
    Hockeydude
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time attending a chefs tasting course approach. First course was great and it only got better. Thoroughly impressed. Pricey but for a special occasion you have to try it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb every time we go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Chef is amazing. Phoenix is so lucky to have a chef of his caliber! John, the maitre d', is outstanding. This is a restaurant that cares deeply that you enjoy everything the entire time you are there. Best sushi in Phoenix - compares with best in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection on a plate
    SuperK8
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Finest meal ever. Courteous, caring, eminently professional service. Exquisite and meticulous food. One of the most sensual meals I've ever luxuriated in. I never imagined this was possible, but one dish had such a sublime aroma that I still wonder if it tasted better than it smelled or vice versa. Never experienced that before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service, great food.
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    At over $300 for our meal for two people, you would expect at least decent service. We had to ask several times for water before we received it, and it got no better from there. Our waiter had to be new (I'll give him that benefit of the doubt), but even still, no one else seemed to care that we were getting bad service. The food was great, but would I go back to spend $300 for two people to eat great food with horrible service? Unfortunately not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef's Course Changes every time
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Second visit in two weeks and chef kept some of the great things but changed it enough to feel like a unique experience.....Wonderful food and the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply outstanding
    mavrikariVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Took my husband here for his birthday. We notified the chef of our dietary restrictions, and all was taken into account. We had the multicourse dinner, and it was more than enough food,with so much variety. The fish was fresh, the accompaniments very interesting and delicious, and the presentation beautiful. It was a very special celebration and we thank the chef and management for making it so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Meal!
    homecook
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    ShinBay is probably the BEST and most authentic Japanese restaurant one can experience in Scottsdale, Az. If you are looking for the usual "sushi" this is not the place for you. ShinBay is Kenseiki style, an unique and super refined dinner set using only the freshest ingredients of the day. No menu, just wait for the chef to bring you one surprise after another for total of 6-8 courses delightful dinner, including desert. Japanese are know for their simplicity and refinement of cooking, ShinBay brings you all that and more. We went there a couple of times, price is hihg, but worth every bite and you will want to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem in the desert
    Sasha
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you are looking for a wonderful omakase restaurant, look no further than ShinBay. We chose the 5 course meal for our first visit. Each course was beautifully presented. The taste was amazing! We will certainly be back. Thank you ShinBay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese To A Whole New Level
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Now as a preface, I have lived in Japan for 12 years and am extremely discerning about Japanese Food. In the Phoenix area there are only a couple of really good places to eat "Real" Japanese. This is my favorite by far. ShinBay takes it to a whole new level. The chef's course is a "culigasmic" experience that would rival many places I have been to in Tokyo. The food is thoughtfully prepared and takes you on an experience like no other. I will definitely be back and can't wait for the next chef's course. If you are wanting a couple of sushi rolls with suracha, then this is not your place, but if you are really wanting to explore the true flavors and culinary delights of Japan, this is your place. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We decided on ShinBay due to the rants and raves we heard about it. If people rant and rave about it why was it empty? Two tables on a Friday night. We sat at the Chef's Counter, but not a word was communicated to us by either the chef or sous chef. The food was OK, but not fantastic, which it should have been for $100 pp + wine and tip. It was also disconcerting to watch the chef removed pre-prepared dishes from the refrigerator. Personally, I prefer my sushi to be cut just prior to serving. The experience was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous and fun!
    Tina
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We will definitely be returning to Shinbay! We didn't really know what to expect and found out that we like it that way. All of the courses were phenomenal with amazing flavor combinations. Our only regret is not making reservations early enough so that we could request the Chef's Choice (has to be done 24 hours in advance). We can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Delight
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Came to ShinBay last year for my birthday and decided I would make this an annual event. Chose the Chef's Tasting at $100 and wasn't disappointed. Love the presentation and the subtle combination of flavors with the seafood. Coming here is a delightful gastronomical experience. I ate slowly to savor each bite. My dinner companion does not do sashimi or sushi, but was please with the cooked items and was surprised and pleased with the black cod. He noticed the calmness behind the sushi bar and the ambiance of the restaurant - decor, classical music, and quiet conversations of the other patrons. I highly recommend ShinBay for it's uniqueness and high quality of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Japenese Food lovers
    Globalfoodie1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you have ever had the pleasure of a true Japenese experience - not the americanized sushi bar than ShinBay will be a gem for you. If you are looking for "sushi" rolls then this will not be your experience. Shin has a sense of flavor and combinations that stretch your taste bud and take you on a journey that can't be described and is an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food and the service were exceptional. It is a high quality sushi and sashimi. Love it everytime I dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a delightful surprise.
    ChristineIsPinkVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was surprised to find that a sushi restaurant in the desert had received two James Beard nods. After eating here, I totally agree that it deserves the recognition. This was my 1st omakase experience that was not just sushi. While the menu is heavily seafood-based, the variety of preparations and combinations of various elements was really quite lovely. The restaurant is spacious and serene but the chef takes reservations only (no walk-ins) so it's never full, very quiet adding to the feeling that you've escaped from the everyday outside. the staff is knowledgeable about the menu and it seems more seasonal than changing every day. I left satisfied yet not too full - this was a lovely special occasion experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Albertsgurl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Ordered the full chef's choice as recommended for first timers. Certainly not disappointed, we were able to taste items we probably would never have ordered. Some much needed fresh insight into Japanese cuisine. The service was impeccable, and the dining room was cozy, a bit smaller than we thought it would be. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Experience
    NupeSugarRayVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Easiest dinner experience ever...LET THE CHEF CHOOSE...Had a great time on all three courses and dessert. I would definitely recommend this place even though it is a bit pricey at $60 per person. Your bill for two people will easily be $150.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 280 reviews are from the ShinBay reviews archive.
  • Expect great food and ambience.
    TwilightDiners
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    There is nothing negative I can say about this fabulous resteraunt, it has been one of our favorites for several years now and our "goto" spot for top Japanese cuisine and Sake selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food was amazing, the service impeccable, and the ambiance was very intimate. This is the best sushi restaurant in Arizona, by far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The Chef's dinner was a remarkable experience. Each course was more beautiful and delicious than the last. This is now our favorite special occasion place and by far our favorite for Japanese food. Very impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When only the best will do
    Coach
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I took my wife here on our wedding anniversary because of course you want to make a day like that special and memorable. The place is pretty small, quiet (no music at all), modern décor, kind of trendy, immaculate, and very comfortable. There were only two other couples when we were there. Food was not a disappointment. Every bit of fare was exceptional; I loved every single piece of every course. The creations were honestly like little pieces of art work. Portions were rather small, but by the end of the dinner you go away satisfied, but by no means stuffed. So---bottom line, was it worth the $100 a person? Yes, definitely, at least on a special occasion.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shin Bay
    AJDines
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Food is tasty but portions are extremely small especially given the high price. We left the meal feeling slightly hungry. However the presentation and thoughtfulness of the food is definitely noteworthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Awesome flavor, enough said
    HappyCouple
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Shin Bay is our go to for special occasions and celebrations. It never disappoints. The food and service are top notch, the flavors can't be described, every bite is a flavor explosion on your mouth. Expensive, but highly worth it. We always get the Yu special four course, it's just enough. It has been different each time, different fish and they accommodate my wife's food adversion to beef.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    LoveYourFood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    When you eat dinner at Shin Bay, every bite is a wonderful experience and an adventure. The chef creates delectable tastes and presents them with creativity and flare. Shin Bay is perfect for foodies and people who are ready to go beyond the sushi roll to experience high level Japanese cuisine. You will want to savor every bite, every moment at this wonderful restaurant in Scottsdale. Make your reservation in advance for the Chef's Tasting Menu, order some Sake, and let the adventure begin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We did the chef's tasting and it was amazing. Each delicious course left us curious for the next. A very unique experience that we can't wait to experience again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel in the Desert?
    Tink
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    ShinBay was a fantastic experience! The 5-6 course Chef's Tasting was the best food I have ever had. This is definitely a place for people who KNOW food! Chef Shinji's food is amazing and we felt honored to be able to meet him - he is an Artist at what he does, we loved it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • High Recommended
    Alicia
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Shinbay was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was customized. I went for my mothers birthday and they gave her a hand written card.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    JoeSVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Shinbay never disappoints. This was our third visit this winter season. As usual we choose the Omakase menu and left it up the chief to select our dinner. First course was Fluke in a terrific Hot Oil Carpaccio. Next we had the Tsukuri Six(Seafood Bites), all expertly prepared. The Tuna Tartar is to die for and the other bites were scrumptious. Third course was Asari Clams with Japanese Mushrooms in a delicious mild broth. Fourth course was Washugyu Beef, Asparagus tips, Enoki mushroom that you sear on a hot plate. Finally we finished with a wonderful assortment of sushi. "We will be back!"
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We ordered the 5 course dinner. We were also given dessert (custard with seasonal berries... It was really good). So out of the 6 courses, all of them were incredible except for one. It was 3rd course. We received a really big bowl of lots of exotic mushrooms in a broth. The broth was really good. But the course was so big in this kind of dining experience. We enjoy mushrooms very much, but it was difficult to eat that much in one setting. That being said, every other course was perfect. So tasty and was presented beautifully!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious upscale sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We had the $100 chef's menu and found the dishes to be delicious, fresh and delightful. We enjoyed each course which the chef created especially for us and our server expained each dish in detail. We loved it and celebrated a birthday on the day we were there. We enjoyed some rare fish from Japan, a wonderful clam and Japanese mushroom (7 different varieties) dish cooked in saki and a delcious beef that we grilled ourselves. Recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a unique experience and love to try new things.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a true 5 star restaurant
    azkitty
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I believe this is the first review I ever gave. We had the chef's menu 6 course. Every single one of them are delicious. Worth every dollar.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect, Perfect, Perfect !!
    asurcouf
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    It was a special evening, our 32 anniversary and we decided on ShinBay for dinner. We had the pleasure of dining at Chef's other restaurant at South Mountain but we had not been to this new location. We made reservations in advance for the counter so we could watch some of the preparation. We were contacted a few days before to confirm and to set our dinner choice. We decided on the 6 course tasting menu. We were not disappointed !! Each plate was better than the one before it, and the first plate was wonderful. Each bite is a culinary masterpiece visually plus in taste and execution. I can't wait to return again, and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a try
    Jasper
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Purely for foodies who can afford the price. Not your typical sushi house. This is a place for those who wish to experience Japanese dishes not typically found at your neighborhood sushi house . Gourmet sushi if you will . Fixed menu prepared for you and your party. We had the six course meal and with 2 half bottles of wine and tip came to just under $400.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining experience in Arizona
    PHXRichard
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Chef Shinji Kurita is an artist! My wife and I went to Shinbay for the first time. We opted for the 5 course Chef's Course at the Chef's Counter. I would highly encourage everyone to do the same! The food was both beautiful and delicious! Each course was unique and wonderfully prepared. When we went on a Wednesday night, the restaurant was very peaceful and very comfortable. The staff were attentive without hovering and couldn't have been more gracious. One a scale from 1 to 5 starts, I would give it SIX!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    Eric
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I took 4 Japanese with me to Shinbay. They were totally impressed with the taste and quality of the food. The ambience is also authentic.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find, unique experience
    DinesouttalotVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Best Japanese dining experience we've had. Located 'around back' with a small simple sign adds to the mystique of this great find for foodies. We had the 6 course tasting menu, each impeccably prepared, presented and served. The small dining area moves the staff hustle bustle into the kitchen and prep areas, giving you a real elegant and gracious feel. The detail in the presentation was impressive as were the distinctive variations of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow
    AZinNl
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Amazing quality food. This isn't necessarily a sushi restaurant. More contemporary Japanese but does have Sushi. I was a little weary of letting the chef decide what I wanted to eat, but I must say every piece of food that was brought to me was absolutely AMAZING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great experience! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    What a great experience! The staff was excellent, as was the food!!!! The prices are expensive, but the food completely makes up for it:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    From the moment we walked in to the time we left, the friendly service we received was remarkable. We celebrated a birthday there and ordered in advance the Chef's Tasting Menu, 6 courses for $130 per person. The food was fresh and tasted delicious! I would definitely come back to dine.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    yumeatVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The menu is creative, the presentation stunning, every bite- fresh and delicious. Top notch, Not your typical sushi bar- definitely expect an extraordinary experience. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet