1225Raw Sushi And Sake Lounge

4.3
739 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
1225 Raw, located in Philadelphia's renowned Stetson building on 1225 Sansom Street has been steadily growing after five years of hard work, customer loyalty, and good fortune.

Between our exotic sushi bar, traditional hot entrees, or overstuffed specialty rolls, you're guaranteed to find something you love. The fifteen feet glass bar houses an impressive shelf of exotic sakes that caters to new tasters as well as sake connoisseurs.

While you dine, take in the view of Japanese lamps floating down from the bamboo ceiling, or step outside into our private outdoor courtyard and lounge under the stars.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is about as good as Japanese food can be in Philly. Service was really excellent. Definitely one of the best service experiences I've had.

J
vipJessica
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2012
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I had the amazing sashimi deluxe & an eel roll on my most recent visit. Both dishes were great. We sat outside in the courtyard on an amazingly beautiful night. Our waiter was clearly swamped but did the best he could. Overall, a really great sushi spot!

TD
vipTD2020
Philadelphia
142 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I'll recommened the Tuna Tartar and the Soft shell crab tempura... both were delicious and well done. I was not a big fan of the Dark Horse sushi roll though... the roll was fried and you could taste the soaking oil in the rice. Otherwise, service was fast and friendly.

BB
BigBlue
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great meal with another couple. Waitstaff was attentive, food was delicous. We eat in 'flights', the small plates to start (calamari, rock shrimp, spicy tuna tartare and even the avacado salad were all tasty, well prepared and presented with care. Pork tonkatsu and spicy chicken noodles were next, and were very good. Sushi rolls at the end were shared and almost completely devoured. We were stuffed. Relaxed, well paced (because we ordered a bit at a time) and very enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2012
Overall5food5service3ambience3

LOVE the food at RAW. First went here for a dinner party for a friend who worked at RAW at the time. This time we went for lunch with a living social deal. Best sushi in Philly and the bento box special give you a lot of food.

NM
NikkiM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2012
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The layout is quaint and the food is wonderful. It was a little too loud and cramped to be considered a romantic date spot. The service was average and the specials, food and beverages were very diverse. Overall, I would definitely go back.

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Hungry
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is dimly lit and full of red light, which gives it a unique atmosphere. Service is prompt and attentive, but not overly so. The food is fantastic. Definitely worth coming back for.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place. We went recently only to find out it was closed. We were devastated to say the least

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2012
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I went to RAW after we bought a Living Social deal. The food was very good and the service was extremely fast. We only waited a few mins for our food and it was a busy Saturday night. The only thing i did not like about this restaurant was that the tables were extremely close together. But I guess that is to be expected in the small restaurants in center city.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. The food delicious. A bit pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2012
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sushi is always wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Was really slow and quiet but the food was amazing, you can tell that on a Saturday night this place is a hot spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2012
Overall3food5service1ambience2

This was my second experience at Raw and was at a much busier time. My party of 2 was put in the back of the restaurant which is like the "kid's table" compared to the front. The service was atrocious and while it was a Saturday night there weren't that many patrons to justify such a long wait. I would go back from previous experiences but not this one.....Sit up front, it's a whole better world.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2012
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My date and I really enjoyed our dinner here. The service was fantastic and the food was well rounded.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2012
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food great place. One odd thing though--- we arrived early for our reservation and they seated us but asked if we could eat within an hour. Never had that request before. Otherwise great though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. The best Sushi place in Philly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a very good experience. Had reservations at 6:30 and seated on time and wait staff very attentive. Moderately noisy even then. Started with the wasabi pork shumai which was good but the wasabi wrapper over powered the pork. Had 2 "traditional maki" rolls which were fairly average in taste, 2 "house maki" which were very good, and 2 "Raw's special features" which were fantastic.
Go for their fancier or specialty items and you won't be disappointed.

FF
vipFanFromPhilly
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raw is one of my favorite sushi restaurants. Excellent food, great specialty rolls, and an excellent value bento boxes for lunch.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2012
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our service at the bar was alright, but when we moved to our table it was much better. The sushi was tasty, and the cocktails were refreshing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was spectacular. Our waitress was friendly, but could have paid slightly more attention to us. It was Valentine's Day however, so I understand that it was most likely busier than usual. Other than that, everything was perfect. Loved the Black Honda cocktail!

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vipNancy
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I had our first date at Raw, we also came here the night we got engaged. If you love sushi, you'll love Raw.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I LOVE raw! If your looking for a great sushi place this is a must go! I've never has something I didn't like!

G
vipGabrielle
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2012
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My husband and I went to Raw with another couple for the first time on Saturday night. The atmosphere and the food were spectacular, but the service was lacking. We waiting almost 10 minutes to be greeted at our table and then close to another 10 minutes just to get water. Our server was very nice and helpful when making food selections, but I expected better service. This did not at all take away from the fantastic sushi we had that night, or our evening out. We will definitely be back to Raw again, but I did want to comment on the service. I am a server at a fine dining restaurant, and service is a very important part of our training, so that's the only reason why I was a little disappointed. Other than that, everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Raw for a few years now, and it has never disappointed! Great sushi, and sashimi! Great cocktails! Commendable waitstaff! If you have not been, I strongly recommend this place! Just a heads up though, you're much better off with a reservation as the restaurant gets packed very quickly!

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Erica
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2012
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Excellent food. Terrible service! Normally the service isnt this bad! The sushi is awesome and usually the service is better so id still recommend,to others.

JC
JohnC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. We ordered the Rainbow Roll and the White Tiger roll. The latter was phenomenal. The miso soup and edamame were great also.

My only criticisms were how close the tables were. We were 6 inches away from the next table, making it feel like we were eating with another couple... Toy Story 3 was playing on the TV, which didn't seem to fit anything in the restaurant... and when the waiter mistakenly charged the entire bill to my card, he didn't notify me of the void. However, the manager, Angel, was excellent at clearing up the issue and she was a big help.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience4

our favorite sushi place in philly. love it

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2012
Overall4food4service2ambience3

it was a great place to go and get together with a friend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2012
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious and not too pricey--fair for a sushi place. My only complain was that we had an 8 o'clock reservation, but didn't get seated until 8:35(ish).

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phila
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2012
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was good, but nothing was particularly memorable. I've had significantly better sushi for a lot less in the city and wasn't too impressed with the wait staff. The fish on the sushi did not taste particularly fresh and was served at room temperature. Overall, just a mediocre experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Raw but will definitely not be our last. Everything was prepared beautifully and tasted so fresh and delicious. Jonny, our waiter, was attentive and top-notch. We arrived near the end of the lunch service but were not rushed and actually were encouraged to sit back and relax. Overall, a great dining experience.

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njs19147
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2012
Overall3food4service2ambience3

To answer, Would you recommend RAW with a Yes or a No is too black or white. I would recommend it but with caveats. We've always had good experiences before but this time we received sushi we didn't order and didn't receive another sushi we did order. When we brought it to our server's attention at first nothing happened. When we mentioned it a second time, we got an srgument. We were a party of five, we were sober, we all agreed that we had ordered the disputed roll. We were almost done eating before our California roll arrived. Mistakes can happen, but arguing with the customer? (More than one server was involved in the argument.) Not good. njs

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and ambiance. Outstanding lunch value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, a little expensive but was definitely worth it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2012
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sushi was overall mediocre but I've come to expect that in Philly. Unagi was quite good, maguro left something to be desired. Miso was pretty good. Green tea ice cream under a fruit cup for dessert was a total flop--tastes just did not mix.

We came in at lunch for restaurant week (12:30) and it was deserted so service was excellent--we were more or less the only customers. Compared with the meal I had the next day for restaurant week, the portion size left something to be desired.

The Japanese beer / nihonshu selection looked quite enticing--I'll have to come back at a more drinking-friendly time to give it a go.

SG
vipSallieG
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Choices were excellent for our group of four. Creative and nicely presented. We all agreed it was a great experience.

LF
LeighF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2012
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We had to ask to have our order taken, and we rarely saw the waitress but besides that the food was to die for! Really great experience because of the food

DB
vipDetBobby1
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2012
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We enjoy our dining experience. The sushi was good. The server Irene was good. It appeared she was training. I may return again. My request was not completely granted. I would think hot tea would be automatically served.

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Quinn
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2012
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great vibe and outdoor patio with reasonable food and drinks during happy hour but a little pricey for what it is during dinner.

Great food but just 3 or 4 bunchs to much per item really adds up at a sushi spot.

JA
vipJohnA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raw is Sushi for the discriminating pallet. Alway fresh with their special rolls. Their combinations of ingredients are so well thought out. They are delectable, every bight The Green River Roll is amazing....and the Crispy Calamari Salad....wonderful!!

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1225Raw Sushi And Sake Lounge is rated 4.3 stars by 739 OpenTable diners.