Bamboo Sushi SW

4.7
441 reviews
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$31 to $50
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About

Bamboo Sushi is the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world and a proud purveyor of eclectic Japanese cuisine, located in the heart of the West End in downtown Portland Oregon. We are dedicated to bringing you the freshest fish, meats, and produce with the greatest consciousness towards marine stewardship, sustainability, and the environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner daily: 3:00pm - 10:00

Happy Hour M-F, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 444-7455
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jin Soo Yang
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Catering
Whether it be a business lunch, dinner party of private celebration, our catering menu is designed to be easy, diverse, and to accommodate almost any budget. In addition, private sushi chefs are available for hire to present fully customized menus and make any event extraordinary.
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Cross street
SW Stark St
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Parking details
Ample street parking is available.
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Public transit
Portland Streetcar: 10th/Stark (Northbound to NW 23rd) and 11th/Alder (Southbound to PSU).
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, a little noisy but a bustling place. We had the fried cauliflower appetizer, a little heat, but excellent. Also Chasing the Dragon and the Green Machine rolls which we had previously. Again, both were great. The whiskey pudding with salted caramel for dessert was decadent.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend for the first time this visit. While I was disappointed to find several very good bottles of sake were out of stock (it took three tries to done one that was available), the Omakase was surpurb. Bamboo has some excellent chefs, and it absolutely shows in their off-menu selections. Nowhere else in Portland do you very much get what you pay for. There is also a discount if you are a member of the Japanese Garden.

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p
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us went for a 6:30 dinner on a Wednesday night and were thankful that we made reservations as it was crowded. It was a little noisy but the food was delicious and the service was very good. We shall return!

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R
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried a mix of warm appetizers ( spicey fried cauliflower and shishito peppers), albacore carpacio, nigri with special sauces (geoduck, tuna tataki, eel) and finally the ocean roll. All outstanding. We were full but so many other amazing looking offers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Anniversary

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AL
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food; the staff was extremely kind and helpful in addition to being prompt!

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was amazing and not overpriced. Highly recommend it.

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HL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service all around. Though, the noise level was a bit too loud, in my opinion.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in town, with line caught fish in the menu, amongst which rarely seen salmon!

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HS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh,

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BS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant...& every Portland visit, I will be dining at Bamboo Sushi! Food is so good. I wish there was location in Chicago.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My colleagues and I went there for lunch for their waygu burger special. OMG one of the best burgers I’ve had in a very long time!

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OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, as always.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Chose poke & bento, food was very bland as well as their “deconstructed” presentation. Ordered Friday 13th roll which was pretty good. Appetizer cucumbers were unimpressive. Definitely would have gone to a better sushi place or Poke next door.

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KE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

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SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bamboo Sushi is our go-to for a special night out. Love that we can make a reservation for 2 on Open Table! I always order off the menu for a spicy tuna roll and it's the best in the city. Fresh tuna, spicy, without the mayo sauce.

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JP
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I would have given them five stars in the food category, but they do not serve coffee. That was the only negative, however, it's well worth the money: Good food (some stuff I've never seen before), great service (right on top of things), and the prices were very reasonable for the quality. Highly recommended.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our food was served one person at a time. There were three of us and we waited about 20 minutes between the first meal being served and the last. So we couldnt eat together. Because we didnt want to be rude and eat before everyone had been served, mine had come to room temp and gotten soggy before i could eat it. I made reservations here to bring my friends to a nice dinner, but i was very unimpressed with the service time. The wait staff were friendly and I enjoyed the menu, but i felt awkward the whole time waiting and waiting with food sitting on the table. The wait time wasnt very long, but because we werent served together it felt longer. Overall, i dont know if i’ll be back. I did appreciate the sustainability and high end feel at an affordable price.

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DH
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

CROWDED. Reservations highly recommended. "Energetic atmosphere" is a good description - with a sassy note of cacophony when the place is full. EXCELLENT attentive service. Good expense account blowout. A bit hard on the pocketbook if you're not on the corporate dole, even if you only have tap water. Oh, saki - if you know your way around that beverage.

Note - Folks waiting for a table will leer at you, especially if you are over 40. "Get off my lawn, lingerers!" is the clear message from eager diners lusting after your spot.

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r
Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make reservations! Excellent sushi & very creative. As soon as u sit down they bring edamame. Sushi is beyond good as is the Yukami. VERY loud & busy but absolutely worth it

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J
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Horriable service, condescending help staff and zero communication for there being no birthday special. I would have happily paid for something.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. I recommend the green machine + albacore.

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c
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Highly overrated. Food is mediocre for the price and portion size. Seating is close and uncomfortable. Service was good, however.

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TC
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I have dined at this location on two different occasions and both were disappointing. Not certain why this particular location cannot get their act together. Both times that I dined at this locale I had reservations and we were seated 30 and 45 minutes after the scheduled time. All the while, we are staring at empty tables waiting for someone to occupy. All of this said, the pearl location is one of my favorite restaurants. The service, staff and food are excellent.

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MJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an excellent menu and our server was very attentive and went the extra mile to make us feel welcome.

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dishes and service were very good. Affecting lunch experience- bill was surprisingly high. Came with 3 teens, ordered 4 very small food items and the bill/tip went to 3 digits! For the guests from Japan, poke was quite spicy.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!!

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great taste combinations , very friendly yet professional service. Ate there twice last week.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy bamboo sushi! Its the perfect place for a date, right in downtown and near Powell's and other great activities. The food is always amazing and the service is always top notch. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a date spot in Portland.

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MO
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

This is one of those places that looks like it gets it right, buzzy, busy, bright and airy. Our first order came in a slow but tolerable time, but our second order (we ordered a couple of plates to see how we went, and decided we’d have some more), just did not show. They got so busy that table staff were unable to be caught, and the couple next to us who arrived after us waited so long they were reduced to eating wasabi and ginger on its own. This reminded us that although we,d spent some $24 on sushi we did not get any wasabi or ginger either. Eventually I went to a wAit station and told our guy if it want too late we’d like to cancel our order. One minute later the bill was on our table with no explanation or apology, in fact no words at all. The food and drinks were pretty good but not that much better that I would go again and risk the service. I only gave one star for service because there is no option to give zero.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The nigiri is amazing! They pair is with unique flavors that compliment the fish.

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PA
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Sadly, We had awful service. It took us 45 minutes to get the drinks we ordered:( Love the SE location

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid! With the exception of the fried cauliflower app. Spicy and gross. Attentive service. Luv Bamboo

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SD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was great, food was yummy, sake list impressive

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CW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The sushi is delicious. No question. That said, it is wildly expensive. It's priced like a special occasion or expense account place, but it's not. I expect flawless service, exquisite glassware, and amazing ambiance for a $90 lunch with no alcohol. I've been to dinner here too. White walls and screaming toddlers aren't going to cut it for the price. I guess I'm in the market for a new sushi place. The food is good but not good enough to justify the prices.

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p
Portland
95 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sustainability and some of the best sushi in town! Not a quiet place. Conversations can be difficult; so, don't go to Bamboo Sushi for quiet talk. It is, however, lots of fun!

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f
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service from all front line staff! For the Albacore Carpaccio, it was excellent. Disappointed sushi roll. Take a look of the attached photo: the fish is way too thin for a 12+ USD dish?

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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex was great! Truly a lovely experience. Bravo! -- William

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M
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

While we enjoyed our meal at Bamboo Sushi, we afterwards shared our thoughts about the experience. We both had individually concluded that the restaurant's character and menu had changed significantly since our several earlier experiences dining there. Specifically, we agreed that while the food was good and well-prepared and presented, there were none of the special creative culinary highlights we had enjoyed on every prior occasion. There were no flights of salmon, there was no seasonal Japanese "pancake", only a menu that seemed static--lacking in the creative dynamism that had made Bamboo Sushi distinctive. When we inquired about these missing elements, our server said, "Well, we're not a Japanese restaurant!" That summed it up for us.

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality seafood tho a little pricey for the quantity. Great drinks. Friendly service but busy.

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