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About BlueFin Japanese Restaurant

High ceilings, geometric brickwork, hanging lights, and gracefully curved dining room create a sleekly intimate atmosphere at this upscale Japanese restaurant and lounge. Along with a sushi bar offering the freshest seasonal seafood in town, Bluefin's lunch and dinner menus offer deliciously prepared starters and entrees from noodles, teriyaki and bento boxes to Kobe beef and premium Japanese Wagyu beef dishes. Numerous varieties of sake, original house-crafted cocktails, and a generous sampling of domestic, Japanese and other wines and beers complete your evening. Just a short walk from the Sharks and other events at the HP Pavillion.

754 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;

Bar and Lounge: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am;

Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm And 10:00pm - 12:00am

Happy Hour Saturday 5:00pm - 7:00pm And 10:00pm - 12:00am

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bush

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 931-6875

Website:
http://bluefinsanjose.com/

Executive Chef:
Jun Chon

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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BlueFin Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Great food with vibrant menu! Little nosy... But not bad!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Good in all respects. Service was slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Had dinner here for my birthday on a weekday. Decor is very nice and modern. Service was good. Our waiter was very friendly but he forgot our miso soup. We ordered the sashimi and sushi platter on a boat. Quality of fish was good, but I've had better. For San Jose, iI would say it's better than most other sushi restaurants. Also had the oysters and hamachi shooters, which were not bad but nothing special either. The hamachi shooters at Alexanders is better in my opinion. Overall, we had a good experience. I would definitely go here again to try other things on the menu.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

This place is stellar. Always good and getting even better! Japengo is phenominal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

We had a great time and a great dinner. We started with a cocktail at the bar. Dinner was great This time, we had sashimi, nigiri and a roll or two -- next time we will try other specials. The music during dinner sucked, just some kind of noisey stuff, actually couldn't tell what it was. After dinner, we went back into the bar for drinks and to watch the Sharks game.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2016

it was our first time. Was excited to try some where new especially being from out of town. Was disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Nice spot before going to the SJ arena. Decent parking, close to the venue. Good food, decent prices, friendly service. Had trouble making the reservation at my desired time because of OpenTable app using my phone's time settings which were irrelevant since I set my phone to another time zone for personal reasons.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2016

My husband and I have been coming to Blue Fin for a few years now and enjoy the food.
The fish is always fresh, we've tried many of the items on the menu and we are always pleased. The only thing that I'm not sure of is the speed of service, almost every time we go there for dinner and this is the first lunch the server takes a while to first come take our order and once served they don't check to see if we want more drinks or something else. We always plan on taking a while when we are there as this seems to be norm.
So don't go there if you are in rush.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2016

We go here occasionally before Sharks games. Reliable. Everything has been tasty. I would like the rice items to be a bit tighter--easier to eat--but not a big problem.

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·Dined on October 17, 2016

This was some of the best sushi and sashimi I have ever had. The quality of the fish was excellent and the presentation of the roles was beautiful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

This was an accidental find, an awesome one. Everything was great: food, service, location.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

I have been to BlueFin a few times, and it's still the best quality fish in south bay! I've tried many sushi restaurants, and yes, this place is more expensive, but you can tell the quality difference which makes it worth it. We got the shishito pepper appetizer which was good but small. We then got the sushi/sashimi/nigiri boat which was a lot of food and a great value. We liked the fish by itself the most, so I would even skip sushi next time (and sushi is my favorite!) The service was only OK- We think the waiter took a break and didn't inform us, because there was a long gap when we didn't see anyone. Also the host ended up finishing our order- He was really nice, but it was odd. I do want to mention they had a lot of workers- About 4 in the kitchen and 4 waiters if you include the host, and an older lady (owner?) that served us the dessert. We had a total of 3 servers! This didn't happen to us before so I wouldn't say to skip eating here due to this, but I hope they read my review and fix the situation. The cheesecake dessert was small and not very good so next time I'd try the fried banana. The dessert should be as good as the fish! We will be back. Also a great location if you're going to SAP center. Overall Girl Says DO.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2016

We were a little late for our reservation, but that was not a problem. The server took a little time finally getting to us, but after that she was fine. The food was great, and the chef recommendations were superb.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2016

The rolls are so good, especially the baked salmon roll!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2016

This is within walking distance to the SAP Center and we like to eat here before Sharks games!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Excellent experience but did not do anything special for birthday occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Wonderful quality sushi. Best we've had in a very long time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2016

The snow crab sushi we ordered did not look lIke snow crab. It looked like all imitation crab on top of the rice. When we question the ingredients, the waitress explained it is combination of snow crab and imitation crab(50% each). To be honest, all we saw was imitation crab. Besides, we pointed out the menu does not have imitation crab spelled out. We would not have ordered a pair of imitation crab sushi for $7.90 Another item was about the Opentable online reward check. The waitress seems annoyed when we asked to use the reward check. She said the restaurant does not has the Opentable system set up, and can only take paper reward check. But we told her Opentable has stopped issuing paper check for a while. We don't understand how the restaurant can selectively choose to participate to the Opentable reservation but not the onliner reward program.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Food was good and the service was good overall. However there was no parking in their lot. I don't know if people parked there to go to other places like Whole Foods across the street. They will need to get their parking situation corrected. In the past, the lot was usually empty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Nice restaurant, just down the street from the SAP Center. Good food, good neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Service has improved greatly. The food was always great, but service seemed to always take forever; slow to take order, not checking back, slow to get food out. This visit was perfect. Wait staff took order, checked back, got food out in a reasonable time without hovering. VERY nice improvement. I've always recommended them based on the quality of the food. Great to be able to count on them for good service again as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Great restaurant. One of a few around town that I visit often.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2016

I had the Sukiyaki which was fabulous, and we had vegetable tempera for appetizer. My friend had the Scottish salmon teriyaki and a baked salmon roll which was really delicious. We live quite a ways away so we generally go there when we have tickets at the SAP CENTER.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Great find for SAP. Noisy and service not great but the food was delicious and inventive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

We've been to BlueFin a number of times with varying levels of service. Our last visit was the worst-- after waiting about 15 minutes for a server, we finally flagged someone down to ask for water and wait staff. 10 minutes later someone finally appeared to take our order, but no water. Food was "ok"- not worth the aggravation. The reason we will not return there, however, is that on top of extremely poor service, they charged my credit card about $100 more than my actual bill.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Food/sushi was so so and not cheap for their quality. A bit disappointed

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2016

I traveled in the business world for thirty five years, closing business deals with clients, many at some of the finest restaurants in the world. I have dined at hundreds of restaurants around the world, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, American, French, Cuban, Greek, Italian and a few others. BlueFin restaurant is one of the top five restaurants on my list. Great food, great service, very nice relaxing atmosphere to dine in and competively priced. After reading other reviews of BlueFin, I understand that fast food junkies do not like certain things about this place, so as a warning to those type of diners, stay away, please. I do know that my wife & I will go back for more excellent food from there. A huge "Thank-You" to the owners, our waiter and the Chef of BlueFin for our wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2016

The hostess was horrible and very young. Was not able to think strategically about how to seat people to maximize the occupancy. She would ask you to wait and then forget about you. took 20 min for anyone to take our drink order and then would take so long to get the drinks delivered. Food took too long as well.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2016

Consistently great food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Great customer service. The food and drinks are very pricey, but you should know that going in.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Got there and there were 3 tables with people. Took our drink orders then did not return to the table for 10 minutes. Clearly the kitchen was slow. It took nearly an hour for all our food to come out. Waitress finally made a quiet apology for how slow it was. I would have expected a comped appetizer or drink or just coming by the table to let us know why it was taking so long. It looked like the cooks did several togo orders before ours. Also several orders for the bar. Seemed like there were 4 or 5 cooks. But just did not seem to prioritize the tables and those of us who made reservations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Always enjoy Bluefin. Specials are always over the top. Don't miss the Rock Shrimp appetizer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Overall a good experience. Slightly overpriced, but fresh food and a nice atmosphere made it worth it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 7, 2016

The service was absolutely amazing with Christian aka Bruno. He was on top of it and had really great suggestions. We recommend going with anything on the specials menu, you can't go wrong. We will be back before a Sharks game in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2016

Average sushi. Average service. Very overpriced.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Jennifer was a good server. Food came out promptly. Good location for sharks game.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2016

Best Sushi anywhere!!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 6, 2016

Ate here a long time ago when it first opened up, remembered it was decent. They've stayed in biz for many years it seems, and I've walked by many times on the way to Sharks games. Finally booked it for dinner before Ellie Goulding concert. Really good all the way around, so happy I kept the reservation (my wife wanted to switch to SP2, but I held my ground). We had a great time!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Wanted a place close to SAP Center that we could make reservations for dinner. This is one of the few. Food was just ok; service kind of slow.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 29, 2016

The salmon appetizer in truffle & ponzu sauce...to die for!!!!

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