Shiso Sushi & Grill
Shiso Sushi & Grill

Shiso Sushi & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shisorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7079339331x
  • Hours of Operation:
    HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY-SUNDAY 4:30-6PM.
    Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 4:30-9pm

    Closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ed Metcalfe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do custom live on-site sushi bars or sit down dinner parties for all occasions. For our catering divison please see us at wwww.winecountrysushi.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our outside patio is a perfect option for a private dining options.
  • Private Party Contact: Ed Metcalfe 650-862-6633x
  • Entertainment: We offer a night special sheet based on what is available in our chefs garden at that time. Our specials have great kitchen choices for those not excited about sushi. For more details phone us for a full list of our current specials on the dinner menu. Ask for nightly specials.
  • Special Events: If you would like to book a special event. Please call us at 707-933-9331. This is the perfect size restaurant to do a small private party. We can accomidate up to 40 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: ACROSS FROM KOVACS MOTORS
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Pleanty of parking with easy access for limo's, big car's, and all vehicles.
A word from Shiso Sushi & Grill
Thank You for choosing Shiso sushi and grill, as we know you have many options. Our goal is to provide a great dining experience through our unique cuisine and great friendly service. We at Shiso are passionate about our space, food, and general daily opportunity to serve the public.
Our menu focuses on seasonal ingredients including sourcing from our own chef’s garden. Sonoma is well known for its long growing season and amazing local fish, produce and dairy making it the perfect backdrop for our creative chefs. Our menu is primarily focused on Japanese traditional fare with some influences on other parts of Asian. We were voted best new restaurant is Sonoma in 2006 and received two years in a row nod from the Michelin guide as well as several accolades such as in Sonoma Magazine, Sunset magazine and Napa/Sonoma magazine. We vacated our original location at 522 Broadway in 2009 to focus on a smaller location.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Shiso Sushi & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (19)romantic (12)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (7)hot spot (4)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Great food
    muddyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    So much better than partner La Salect. Food had great flavor as it is a Sushi/ Full menu restaurant. A 5 minute drive outside the square bit definitely worth the extra few minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh fish but a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we sat at the beautiful sushi bar to watch the action - nicely appointed space with outdoor seating and comfy areas to choose from whether it's the bar or 4-top or secluded area to the side. fish was fresh with great presentation and tastes. we probably shouldn't've started with the padrone peppers even tho they were tasty since we followed with the delicate tuna and hamachi fish flavors, but all were good. the sushi roll was not so inspired but we tried many things along with some sakes. the sushi chef was friendly and helpful as was the rest of the staff. the prices were a bit high but the quality of the fish, presentations and ambience made this a special place for future visits. we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Much improved with new ownership!
    AntidivaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've liked Shiso for a couple years now, but have often chosen not to visit because of inconsistent food quality. I re-visited in May after a long absence to find the food quality was completely different than in the past, and learned they have new ownership now. This was my second visit since then, and the food is still just as good. I will definitely be returning as a regular once again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shiso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Awsome service,Kool comfortable atmosphere,Great quality food and tastes,Food portions were small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    They were very acomidating considering we were a party of six sitting at 8:30 (very late for Sonoma) and more than willing to give us a great experience. The rolls were far more delicious and satisfying than we had expected them too be. It's been awhile since I've had a dinner in town that has been worth every penny. I've been told before that the chef at Shiso has gotten better with age and I'm grateful to taste his best works.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi!
    Fourchette
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Group of 6 locals who enjoy getting together for dinner. It is our third time there and food is, as always, delicious! Wished Shiso would have waived our corkage fee since we purchased 2 bottles...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Average miso soup; black cod was dry and fibrous, not like the velvety smooth type you get at other Japanese restaurants. Tempura was the worst - the batter was like the cheap stuff you get on cheap calamari. Yuk!
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  • Unbelievable FIND !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great sushi, I almost fell off my chair. My cousin and I didn't think Sushi would be as good as others had said in their reviews....we were wrong. Mac Daddy has to be one of my all time favorite sushi rolls. This coming from someone who lives in San Francisco and eats sushi at least once a week. I don't want to write this review because it will add to the wait next time I'm at the restaurant (which is in 1 day). Excellent sushi, the servers could NOT be any nicer. Really great restaurant, can't wait for the patio to open (and hopefully they'll run the little miniature golf out of that spot and expand in there. ~ Cheers to great sushi ! Mary
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love this restaurant! Exceptional Japanese food. Amazingly fresh and creative sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi in Sonoma!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Really great sushi in an unassuming location in a strip mall. But don't be fooled, the chef serves up fresh and innovative sushi! Their private garden out back is the source of fresh ingredients that enhance their preparations. Order the omakase and let the chef prepare your meal for you - you won't be disappointed!
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  • Our favorite local place
    MrsParker
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a wonderful place right in the neighborhood! Thanks for great food and service always enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Japanese
    sonomasailorVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We've been here several times and enjoyed it each time. It's not your run-of-the-mill Japanese. The tempura was feather light; the rolls innovative; and my black cod was imaginatively presented and melted in my mouth. The greens were delicious and mostly from their own mini-garden in the back.The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. The young lady (Mia) at our table overheard me telling my husband that I could go for another 1/2 glass of wine, not a whole one, and offered to bring me just that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovers of hi quality Japanese food
    SfdoVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Shiso is a phenominal restaurant that is in an understated location within a shopping center. It should be in downtown Sonoma...but then one would not be able to get in. The chef is inspired and serves both traditional Japanese food including super fresh, and now sustainable fish in sushi and non-sushi fashion. It also has meat and choices that the one person in your group who hates Japanese food, will still love. They also have Omakase (chef selection) which they intelligently quantify in $$ (inexpensive to expensive)...which is to die for. All in all, the cuisine is the best blend of high quality food ingrediants, with a blend of foundational traditional Japanese food combined with creatively inspired Japanese evolved!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Shiso Sushi & Grill reviews archive.
  • jwk7
    jwk7VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was great and the presentation, beautiful. The decor was very well done, especially for a very small place. I believe their location hampers the level of business. Also, Sonoma may not be a good place for such sophisticated food. Know they would be busier in Napa or even Santa Rosa. They really are excellent and should be much busier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great sushi place in sonoma, the chef has the kitchen running like a well oiled machine, don't miss the live scallop!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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  • New Chef is doing amazing things
    WineGuyVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The fish was extremely fresh and there are some very innovative non-sushi options, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, weird service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The menu was unique and delicious. Plates were great for sharing so we could try lots of different things. The flavors and textures were interesting and definitely innovative. Unfortunately, the service was a little off and left us feeling awkward a lot of the time. Still worth a try for the good food though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh & Amazing!
    LizToddVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Love this local place that's hidden in the Lucky's shopping Center. Went to Shiso when it first opened on Broadway and found it again about a year ago. The food is fresh and the staff is lovely. Highly recommend. Try any specialty roll.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine country visitors
    Lovegooddining
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant off the beaten path. Shiso met all of our expectations. Excellent service and sushi. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Succulent Sonoma Sushi
    Tommee2pawsVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our 4th visit since Feb and time to write a review! Delighted to have this gem in our backyard. Just a few minutes from the Square, don't be turned away by its shopping center location. Once inside, the ambiance is intimate and comfortable. We look forward to dining al fresco in the coming months-plans are underway to expand and create an outdoor dining space! Service fantastic & friendly. Fish & Food fresh (yes, same fish monger as Morimotos at a fraction of the cost!) creative, superlative, balanced, savory, and well we could go on.... On our most recent visit, loved the special soup of the day a lobster miso, scallop dish, & black cod... Great selection of infused sakes and their home blended tea is pure comfort!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal!
    sonomaellen
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Although we have always been fans of Japanese cuisine (I lived in Japan for 3 years and my husband traveled there regularly on business), it's been a bit of a challenge to find chefs (of any cuisine) who know how to put together a nutritious meal for us now that we're vegan - i.e. whole food, plant based. The search for a Japanese restaurant in our neighborhood is over! The chef went out of his way to put together a multi-course meal, that he paired with sake selections. It was one of the best meals we've ever had. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spider Rolll
    mkc1VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Everytime I go here, my first thought is the Spider Roll. But there is so much on the menu I start with other things. Then I feel I would like just a little something more, and it is the spider roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi in My Own Backyard
    bistrofan
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    What a treat to have a lovely Japanese restaurant in our little town of Sonoma. The space is lovely. The service excellent. I love the Happy Hour offerings. Wonderful selection - great pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fresh, healthy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I felt truly nourished after I finished the salmon lunch bento!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Summit Of Mt Fuji !
    pikavu
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We are world traveled including Japan and live local. We took our visiting son and daughter-in with us to Shiso and all 4 of us rated it a 10....top of the mountain for not only excellent service but quality of freshness and taste. It was beautifully presented and such a delight for us to enjoy this gem of an experience right here in Sonoma. We look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    SonomaFoodie
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    This is one of our two favorite restaurants as new residents of Sonoma. Sushi is always fresh and pristine. Specials are lovely and imaginative, especially the shirome carpaccio and the bluefin tartare. We especially like to let proprietor, Ed, select and prepare dishes for us - always a treat. Small, but excellent sake selection. I like to judge a restaurant by the small things, as well, and his miso soup is the best that I have had, ever. When we recommend Shiso to friends, it becomes one of their favorites, too. Don't let the shopping mall location deter you, decor is subdued and intimate and candlelit by evening - a very pleasant surprise that qualifies Shiso as a romantic, date restaurant. Relaxed, warm vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    augusttravelVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Delicious Japanese fusion meals. Fresh fish, and innovative dishes. Try the clams in mirin broth and scallops martini.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My final try at Shiso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Several years ago we tried Shiso on Broadway after moving here from the Monterey area. The food and presentations were not up to the standards we were used to. After Ed moved to Maxwell Village we tried it again and were less than impressed. Move forward a couple of years and we tried it a few days ago. Tried ordering wine and half were not available. The tempura was salty and greasy not light like good tempura. My sushi was OK, but nothing to rave about. Apparently they are going to reinvent themselves into Asian Fusion. Hope it works out for them as I will never return.
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  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I brought my date to Shiso as I had heard a new top Sushi chef from Roka Akur become a partner there. What a great blend of hot prepared faire with incredibly fresh Siuhi presented well. I asked chef Iki to make recomendations and from start to finish each serving was excelent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Surprise in Our Neighborhood
    bistrofan
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Who knew we had such a treasure in our little town of Sonoma. Shiso is beautiful. We had reserved on Open Table and it was a good thing. The restaurant was packed. The only table available was the one with the Reserved sign for us! The menu is very different from a typical Japanese restaurant. Delightful seasonal dishes. Loved everything we ordered. The staff was perfect. Very attentive, but not overbearing. We will be back very soon. And they are open for Lunch!!!! Very exciting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi, Sushi!
    mkc1VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    I love their rolls. Their spider roll is my favorite. They use fresh, seasonal food. This was the first time I tried the Poki. Definately wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't use Google Maps to find this!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We tried Google Maps for directions (as we were visiting Sonoma) and ended up spending 15 minutes searching on foot for the restaurant in a shopping complex on Sonoma Plaza. Even though the name of the restaurant is on the complex directory, and Google sent us there repeatedly, the restaurant is actually a couple of miles away in a Lucky shopping center. The restaurant staff seemed pretty nonchalant about the mix up, said "we can't do anything about it" with a shrug. Frustrating way to start dinner. Happily, they held our reservation for us, although we were 15 minutes late. Thank for that! After all the hassle, an average sushi dinner.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fortunate find
    sweeperdave
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    After a bike ride in the area, we discovered Shiso Sushi purely by chance. Located in a shopping center tucked in an inconspicuous corner we were slightly skeptical. We arrived during happy hour and were immediately impressed with the ambiance, good service, nice menu selection and reasonable prices. I liked the quick service and freshness of the ingredients. My wife also enjoyed the decor. We returned a couple months later and found our first good experience wasn't a fluke and appreciated the same fine experience. Shiso Sushi will be a regular stop when we visit the Sonoma area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Chef's Menu
    Joel
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We sat at the bar and had the chef's special menau. Really fabulous mix of sushi and locally grown vegetables. Good value for the amount and quality of the food - we both left stuffed. Highly recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find in Sonoma!
    boobooVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I grew up in Sonoma and have been skeptical about Shiso ever since I heard about it - but finally broke down and went this weekend. What a surprise! Food was on point, service was friendly and efficient, and the wine pour was generous! We'll definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Wonderful service, casual-contemporary atmosphere and the best sushi I've ever had. Chef's specials are inventive, fresh and incredibly delicious. We've already recommended to friends as a perfect date night spot. We'll definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    They ran out of their unusual offerings like stuffed squash/zucchini blossoms, fried crab etc. @ 730pm on a Saturday night, how can you run out of product? Waitress was very helpful in talking to the chef about cooking some meat dishes, but his offers were too plain.. There was really no chicken or beef on the dinner menu. Unusual for a Japanese restaurant...then we realized the chef was not Asian..The fish was fresh but was cut too thin compared to what you get in the San Francisco &Peninsula area. Too bad they did not have alot of other non-seafood selections because we do order a lot of food. We are foodies and bring home the left overs. There was only 4 other diners in there, sad for a Sat night.
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  • Celebrating Dario's birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Food was and always is amazing, great service. Shiso is a fun spot. Try it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi and great service!!!!!!
    LaFlacaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    They have great sushi, creative specials and are always welcome to make a change or special order. Everybody is friendly, the atmosphere is great and pricing is reasonable. They went above and beyond to make our anniversary special by sending us an appetizer plate with heart shape sushi :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shisos never fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Shisos is as good as always. Ed is the perfect owner and chef. He and his staff continue to create a new dining experience with new specials and the fish is first class. Continue on Shisos; Sonomans should be standing in line, not walking around the plaza trying to figure out where to eat. Jerry & Arlene Clemens
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.