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About Banzai Sushi
An oasis of Japan in the heart of Denver, Colorado.
Banzai Sushi features the highest level of Japanese
cuisine crafted with a creative touch.
We're the home of "100 Rolls". Select from 100 sushi combinations ranging from the usual to the outrageous. There is a sushi roll here for
every taste. Or choose from our innovative lunch and dinner menus featuring fully cooked selections of fish, chicken or beef. All prepared in the time honored cooking traditions of Japan.
Denver, CO 80224
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30PM
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 1:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 1:30pm to 9:30pm
Happy Hour is Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:pm and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
S. Monaco Pkwy
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Banzai Sushi Ratings and Reviews
It seems to have gone downhill. My family and I have been going here for years and the past few times we've been in (over the past year) we haven't been all that impressed. Not that it's terrible but it used to be great. Now it just seems to be ok. Not sure what happened. There are other Sushi restaurants that we now prefer.
This place has been open since for ever. (1st place I had sushi back in the 80’s). Some of the staff is the same from way back in the day. The rolls are fun and the staff is awesome. The fish is decent and spot on for the price point. Good sushi without the BS/scene/ prenticiousness of the Den etc. If it wasn’t a bit of a drive for us we’d be there more often.
We've been coming here for over a decade. Even after moving over half-an-hour away, I still bring out-of-town guests here when they visit (i.e. it's worth the drive). The volcano roll is a great appetizer. Try the Roll-R Coast-R (#10 sushi roll) and the Katsudon (on the lunch menu but they'll serve it to you for dinner if you ask). Staff is always friendly. Miso soup is authentic. Atmosphere is quiet on weeknights. Can get a bit loud on weekends when it is full and has a long wait (i.e. make reservations!).
The service was very good. Waitress was very friendly and helpful. We were there on a Sunday evening and we were one of 3 tables that had diners. There is an abundance of hand rolls, and we tried 4 of them. We like tuna, so we focused on that. All the rolls we had included spicy tuna, of which there was an overabundance. What there was not an overabundance of was the tuna itself. Had to look hard to see slivers of it. The rolls varied basically by the fillers and sauce on top. the tuna nachos were ok. too much spicy tuna that was more of a paste. the crab wontons were great. Would probably not go back, although if you want basic sushi rolls, you could eat a lot of not a lot of money here.
Banzai has and continues to be one of my favorite sushi spots in Denver.
They have 100+ rolls so you should have plenty to choose from.
Oshinko (pickled vegetables) is a great appetizer not on the menu.
The hot nutz is delicious and definitely packs a punch with fresh jalapeno.
The sweetheart roll is shaped like a heart (two halves) and is sweet, crunchy and spicy.
Banzai Sushi has a lot of unique rolls (I think it was around a hundred). Unfortunately, the rice was so mushy that the rolls were mostly ruined. It was difficult (but not impossible) to taste the different parts of the roll and how they came together because the mushy rice overpowered them. The textures of the rolls were also ruined.
The service was mediocre at best with tea taking 10 minutes and water sitting unfilled and the two waitresses were difficult to find. The entryway to the restaurant is super cramped and has two sets of doors for some strange reason. The hostess stand is at the back of the restaurant, so it is weird that this place takes reservations.
Overall, the restaurant felt like a cheap sushi buffet, but it had normal sushi restaurant prices.
Banzai has always been an amazing place to dine. I am 36 years old and have been going there for dinner since I was 6. You cannot go wrong ordering anything from the sushi, to the tempura, to the teriyaki steak. It is great for families and they have delicious meals for the little ones as well.
To get what I wanted, I had to order 2 meals and I miss the old menu. I wanted Teriyaki steak and Tempura and extra orange vegetables & two shrimp. The food was wonderful, but I still miss the value of the old menu as that was a very complete meal for me. I understand things have to change but I would have been happier paying more for the Old menu and having only 1 meal. It didn't seem as if I could get all I wanted in one meal. Our server was very good.
We had reservations at 7:00, but there was no table reserved and we had to wait 15 minutes to get a table in a heavily trafficked area. A small one opened up and we moved. We quickly ordered and then waited almost an hour for our food when several couples had already been served. A weak I'm sorry was all we got for that. The sushi was good, but not great. When it came time to pay, we had a Restaurant.com coupon, but they had decided that they would not accept those on Valentine's Day. Nothing on our reservation said anything about that and they did not care that we had waited so long. NEVER will we go back. Happy Valentine's Day, indeed.
This had a 4 1/2 star rating. But we didn't think it was that good. They didn't give us the booth we had reserved. The wait staff was good. The food was fair. And it wasn't cheap. All in all, we would not recommend it. It was fair, nothing special. Our neighborhood place is way better.
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