SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables
SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables

SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sushisamba.com/
  • Phone: 3054484990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11pm
    Friday: 11:30am - 1am
    Saturday: 11am - 1am
    Sunday: 11am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: South American, Japanese, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: David Sears
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events:
    SUSHI & SAKE 101
    Sample a variety of sakes, edamame, tempura, sashimi and sushi, while learning the history of sushi and sake from industry experts. Classes are held on the last Tuesday of every month from 7pm - 9pm!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ponce de Leon
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Westin Colonnade Hotel offers Valet parking in addition to a parking garage connected to the Hotel. There is metered parking on the streets as well.
A word from SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables
Only at SUSHISAMBA will you find a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Hearty moquecas and colorful seviches are served alongside more inventive dishes, including Tuna Tataki and Wagyu Gyoza. Complementing the menu are signature cocktails made with exotic spirits such as shochu and cachaça and an acclaimed sake list, as well as wine, beer and champagne. Equal parts imagination and history, the SUSHISAMBA experience is truly unique.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (11)good for groups (10)great for lunch (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)romantic (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not as good as before
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have eaten at Sushisamba many times while visiting Miami. Usually we have had a nice experience. This day, we had a server who took our order and it took her over 20 min to come tell us the champagne we ordered was not available by the class. We asked how much would the bottle cost. She came back and told us the price after we had finished the meal! No need for it any more. My first tuna roll was wrong. The second one was pitiful and tuna had the white "veins" in it, at it was hard to chew. Did not finish it. Asked the server for ponzu sauce, which never came. Shame that the good spot has gone down hill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was a bit on the expensive side. But all around a nice restaurant. The waitress was awesome, the food was literally unlike anything I've ever had before, the ambience was upbeat yet relaxing. I recommend you stop by if you gave the opportunity. Just be prepared for the bill that could ensue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was great, very small portions for prices. Would recommend. Service was good, but server was a little pushy...everytime we ordered something he would try to get us to try something else. I can understand up selling, or trying to offer and additional item from sales stand point but it was a little too much.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice restaurant!
    GauchaemMiami
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Although this restaurant is quieter than the one at South Beach, it is a nice place to go! We went for the Miami Spice Menu and the Ceviche was delicious! One of the best I have ever had! The Sushi Plate was good! The service was very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeds All Expectations
    MikeAndPatty
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    SushiSamba is an incredible treat. Having recently moved to South Florida from Seattle...where the sushi is amazing, we have always been a little disappointed in the sushi restaurants here. A friend recommended SushiSamba, so we thought we would give it a try even though it's a bit of a drive from Fort Lauderdale. We had one of the best meals ever, a delectable fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian dishes. We highly recommend it to everyone who wants to experience the best Miami has to offer. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best and freshest sushi I've ever!
    jackVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time there, service, food, everything was perfect. I took my son only since his mom and his sister don't eat sushi, my son and I agreed, best we've ever had. We loved that it was so fresh, incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in every aspect!
    Eatwell
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    After visiting Susiasamba for the first time in Vegas the prior week (also fantastic), my son and wife clamored for a return visit to the Gables site. We were not disappointed, as Jason Hart and his staff served us an excellent meal. We had a few appetizers, the taquitos and sea bass with truffle oil standing out. Then we ordered both large plates, the mosqueca and the churrasco. Both were very well prepared, delicious. Finally, Jason treated us to some of the Miami Spice small plates. Everything about this meal, including the final price, makes us want to go back ASAP. Good job!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    Roadwarrior5443VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Sushi samba is my go to restaurant for meeting friends and sushi. Great team, lead by Claudi
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Below average
    Fede
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time having dinner at the Coral Gables location, had been many times before at Lincoln Road. Saturday night (9:00pm) the place was almost empty, less than 25% of the tables with guests. Not even close to the atmosphere of Lincoln Road. Despite the lack of customers, service was very bad and we have to wait for 45’ for our food. Talking about the food, we tried 6 different rolls and I have to say that was just OK, nothing extraordinary. Again, not even close to the food quality at Lincoln Road. The only similarity between Coral Gables and Lincoln Road was the check, both overpriced. I rated "Quiet" the noise level, but keep in mind that the place was empty!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables reviews archive.
  • Put a little samba in your sushi
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Awesome sushi... Great service ... Sat outside on the terrace we had a great meal & a great night!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, 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.
  • Best Sushi in Town--Try the Ezo!
    VIPDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We really go here for one main item...the Ezo Roll. Its delectable taste and delicate composition just melts in your mouth. We do try a different one each time, but gravitate back to the Ezo. Also commendable are the yellow tail snapper taquitos--the only issue is they serve it with spicy sauce that ruins the palate. Eat it without it! The crunch calmari is delicious too.... yes, we will keep returning if only to have several Ezos!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent quality
    Michaelj
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Overall, delicious. Very consistent quality. Coral Gables roll is amazing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rawady
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food. Nice to seat outside. Less noise. Service is very good and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a crossing of flavors
    rabl99VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Very good variety of dishes, all served in good portions, very good presentation. The samba is a amazing roll sight and taste
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    AlbertoVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Excellent recomendations from the waitress, get the whole fish is amazing and the taquitos!! Calamaris are ok but not great and the piquerones are different but ok.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great food. Need to improve service. Learning how to serve, or retire food from the table, greetings, etc.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ezo Roll or Bust!
    VIPDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    There is no Sushi Roll like the Ezo Roll. We used to travel exclusively to South Beach only to eat this one roll but now happily, we do not have to go to far from home....we tried the Sao Paolo but no, not even close and will never try that one again. The yellow tail taquitos are also amazing--however, we wish they would not make the sauce spicy...it really spoils the taste. Other than that, Sushi Samba is terrific. Good food, ambience and fantastic service. If we had a con, it would be that they need to have more affordable, reasonably priced wine bottles on the list. All the wine is overpriced and not enough at the right price level. And the very loud music at dinnertime...leave that to the club hours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Need more reasonable priced wines!
    VIPDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Pros---great food, calamari, taquitos, Ezo Roll, and above all SERVICE Cons- few reasonable priced and/or interesting wine bottles
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not bad... but not my favorite
    jfafrommiami
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service was good, waitwrs were great and although the Sushi is a bit on the expensive side, this place is good for a night out every once in a while. If you want more reasonably priced sushi with the same hip vibe, check out Doraku In Mary Brickell Village. Sushi Samba is cool alternative to vary the scene every once in a while, but not my "go-to" place for sushi...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit so much better
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This was our second time at Sushisamba. The first visit was nothing exciting. My husband really did not want to even go back, but since we were having his favorite restaurant for dinner, he was willing to try again. We were pleasantly surprised how good our meals were. I had read on line how people had have bad service experiences, however, we had one of the best servers we have had in a long time. I admit I stereo type people by their looks. Our server did not look like we would receive good service. I am glad Jose with all his beautiful tattoos set me straight that looks can be deceiving. He was the most politely effective server we could have expected. The received the whole package: excellent service and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally forgot we were there!!!
    MinasVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We arrived with my wife about 10-15 minutes before our reservation time. The hostess (2 of them) informed us that we should wait for 10-15 minutes before they find a table for us. We had a drink at the bar waiting to be seated, and waited, and waited. We have been totally forgot..... We soon saw other people coming in, and being offered a table immediately. We went back to to the hostess about 40 minutes later to complaint, and she apologized and tried to find us a table, and finally we sit and ready to order. The server was very polite, and tried to assist, but in practice she forgot our order for drinks, and we had to remind her for a second time. It is a pity that Sushi Samba Coral Gables is not up to the standard of the Miami Beach one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Amazing Service!
    ShesSavvyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My fiancé and I stopped by SushiSamba for lunch while we were in Coral Gables looking at wedding venues. We decided to sit outside and were immediately greeted by our waiter Gianni (sp). From the time he took our order, to the moment we left he was extremely attentive and quick to provide his tips on everything from what to order to which sauces were his favorite. My fiancé and I had the Bentos, he had the chicken teriyaki and I had the shrimp tempura. Both were delicious and were large portions. We look forward to our next trip to The Gables and stopping by SushiSamba for another wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    lizbVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    While we did enjoy the food the service was spotty at best. drinks took forever. It seemed like know one new where the food should go. I just think they need to get organized. It was not that busy,though I did get that as a answer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great alternative Sushi!!!
    foodieInMiamBeachVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    What a welcome addition to the standard fare in Coral Gables! Sushi Samba's food is superior; the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is super hip and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wowed
    Flipmode
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    It's was amazing from the food down to the service. Everything that was recommended to us was accurate and true to taste. Definitely would go there again
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointing
    chon
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Had been to Sushisamba at Miami Beach , of course is not hight end sushi but it's fun and different. The food execution at Sushisamba coralgables is bad, really bad, fried food are not crunchy or hot , they're greasy. Rolls are messy, compared to the one at the beach it's like a cheap imitation, owner should take charge of situation as the restaurant was praticly empty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Firs time to this location as I am a fan of the South Beach location. Bartenders were wonderful, but all the other staff lacks professionalism. Server spilled a pitcher a water on my back and purse, manager was oblivious to this and didn't offer an apology or compensation. Manager had every opportunity to make the siRestaurant wasn't that full and orders took very long. Hopefully restaurant reviews their management and helps improve service overall. We also had reservations for 8:30, and when we were finally seated they wanted to sit us by the entrance to the hotel. Young girl said it would take anywhere from 20-40 minutes to get a table in the main dining room area. She checked with other girl at front desk and there was a table available.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Improvement Over South Beach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This restaurant is much better then the Sushii Samba on Lincoln Road. The decor is beautiful. The service is great. And the food is terrific. Stand out dishes included the lamb and the quinoa. My only complaint is that it is quite noisy, making it hard to communicate with your dining companions. Perhaps it is quieter outside. But the food is so good that I will be back, despite the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No spicy sauce necessary
    VIPDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    No spicy sauce necessary for the lobster or yellowtail taquitos...replace with a better sauce
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded our expectations
    PalmerParents
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Japanese Peruvian Brazilian fusion? AWESOME!! Some of the best, most interesting flavors and presentation. Helpful, knowledgable service. Fantastic experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi for Miami
    MiamiMomVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Sushi was okay - but we got 4 different types of rolls and honestly they all tasted the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improve the service
    FJB2VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    The food is superb. You need to improve the service, meaning you need to have somebody checking inside and outside what your clients needs. We have to wait to much to get our second course and the bill, and the restaurant was half full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very bad service.... Took
    SushiVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Very bad service.... Took an hour to get our food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, lousy service.
    reviewer
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The food was really good and the server; when available, was very nice. However; it took more than half an hour for the appetizer to come out and it was not complete. That was after about 20 minutes waiting just to order drinks and water. The water never came until we requested it from another waiter and the glasses were warm and with no ice. One good thing was my drink was upgraded for free because they did not have what I had ordered. They attempted to charge us a $7 water bottle on the check. Overall it was OK, we were not in a hurry so the waiting did not affect us. The place was not really busy and it looked well staffed. It felt very disorganized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushisamba does not live up to hype
    sushisnob
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Sat at sushi bar; saw all the sushi rolls being "made." The guy just took pre-made rolls, slapped the toppings on, reshaped, cut, plated, and garnished them. Nothing was prepared to order. Service was fairly attentive, but we ordered sushi, they brought soy sauce, our order, but no soy sauce dishes. Had to wait. Chopsticks were nice. Ceviche portion was miniscule; sea bass was fishy. Place was full on Saturday, and too loud: we could not have a conversation. Orange accent colors were so vivid it made my eyes water, but the check was presented in a red folder. What? Missed it there. And the check...wow. I could have had three lunches at my favorite sushi bar not that far from here for the price of this just slightly better than Publix stuff.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at the restaurant.
    isaaccolon
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Overall experience at the restaurant was nice. Food was delicious but portion-to-price ration is not the best. The check was $320 (including tip) for a party of six. Our server, Mario, was extremely nice but sometimes will disappear on us. The restaurant itself looked awesome and was not that crowded (Thursday night, 9:00pm). It is a nice spot for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Good
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    It's tough to find good Japanese food in South Florida -- most sushi/sashimi is made by chefs who lack the rigorous training that you find in high end restaurants. Matsuri is one exception. Is Sushisamba a Japanese restaurant or a hybrid. Hybrid meaning Japanese with Peruvian and Brazilian influence. Makes sense give the large Japanese population in those countries. The food: pleasantly good, fresh and well executed. Many dishes are not traditional but not the ridiculous variations you find at most joints. Thoughtful and creative adaptations. The service: we had a great young lady who lead a great team. Ambiance: very cool looking interior. Overall, worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was great overall but some
    Juli
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    It was great overall but some of the waiters where not nice when we aske for water or so
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food terrible service
    MikeV
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Started off by waiting 15 minutes to get water on the table and 20 minutes before waiter showed up to greet us. took just a few minutes for our first dish (edamame) to come out but then the wait began. 20 minutes for the next dish then 15 more minutes for the dish after that and so on. One hour and forty five minutes into our meal our waiter comes by to ask how everything was. we were STILL waiting for a sushi roll, a ceviche sampler and a side of Peruvian corn.To his credit he was able to get those plates out quickly of course it was almost 11 pm by then and everyone else in our section of the restaurant was gone. I had a bowl of Peruvian corn as my dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    As well as the japanese / brazilian fusion is amazing , is everything you can order there . I have shellfish allergie , but anyway i order mostly every kind of niguiri they have in the menu , the ambience is very good , the service great , excellent sake selection. A total gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.