Bamboo Sushi SW

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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Bamboo is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. We went at 4:30 for happy hour. Everything was nice

MJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The green machine is the best sushi in Portland. The place is friendly and happy. It's very loud and I hate when I can't have a conversation with my guests because I can't hear them even with hearing aids. The food is pricey but beautifully served and very tasty. I like the SW shop better than the one NW but the food is consistent at both. If you have the money, eat here rather than at a cheaper restaurant. It's worth it.

J
London
40 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By far the best sushi I have ever had. Each roll was absolutely delicious, and the fried cauliflower appetizer blew my mind.

p
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

F
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

p
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

R
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary

AL
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi was amazing and not overpriced. Highly recommend it.

HL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh,

BS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

b
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, as always.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

KE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

SM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

T
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

DH
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

r
Dallas
74 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. I recommend the green machine + albacore.

c
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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

TC
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

MJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!!

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AR
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MO
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

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

VP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

SD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hostess was great, food was yummy, sake list impressive

CW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience3

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.

p
Portland
102 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

f
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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?