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BlueFin Japanese Restaurant

446 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Japanese, Sushi, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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Phone number
(408) 931-6875
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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
Jun Chon
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Cross street
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 446 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 2, 2014

Great for SAP events. Very friendly bar star and wait staff. Totally recommend it.

5.0Dined on September 27, 2014

Was in the mood for fresh seafood when taking an out-of-town friend out for a birthday dinner. Bluefin hit it on all marks. Nice environment, great service, wonderful food. I'll be recommending Bluefin to friends and will return myself!

5.0Dined on September 23, 2014

BlueFin is our favorite sushi restaurant. Great place for dinner before an event at SAP center. They recognize the need to get you out in time for the event.

4.0Dined on September 22, 2014

Great food, awesome service - an overall great place to dine! The rolls were fresh. Must try the grilled jalepeno/garlic edamame...delish!

4.0Dined on September 18, 2014

Was very relaxing and only moderately noisy, but certain quiet enough to have a great dinner conversation with co-workers from over the Atlantic. The food was excellent from sushi (nigiri & maki) to the cooked dishes--even the ones that did not care for sushi, they found good food on the menu.

3.0Dined on September 12, 2014

Took a party of 7 for a birthday dinner. The good stuff:

+Interior is great. Clean, upscale, hip. Like sushi restaurant meets W Hotel.
+Spicy edamame appetizer was really good. Creative, different and enjoyable.
+Oyster shooters were good
+Sashimi was fresh and tasty. Sake (salmon) was very good, toro (fatty tuna) was very good, generous slices, but very pricey as it is everywhere.
+Cocktails were good
+Tempura was fine
+Agadashi tofu was good

Not as good:

-Grilled white fish (cod) was a bit oily, skin wasn't crispy
-Portions of grilled fish (both salmon and white fish), though listed as 8oz on menu, looked small
-Service, while very sweet and well meaning, was bad. They need to pay more attention to the tables.

We'll go again.

4.0Dined on September 12, 2014

The food - both sushi and non-sushi menu - are consistently good, as is the service. This is my favorite Japanese restaurant in the vicinity because of its proximity as well as quality of the food. Will definitely be back.

5.0Dined on August 9, 2014

This was our third time dining at Blue Fin and it was consistent. We tried a variety of sushi rolls and tempura and everything was correctly prepared and very artfully presented. When We're in town, we'll be back.

5.0Dined on August 2, 2014

While visiting family in San Jose area, we decided to go to Blue Fin
It was exceptional, the atmosphere was intoxicating so stylish and vibrant.
The sashimi & sushi were better than the atmosphere, the fish was so fresh and presented beautifully
I would drive the 1 1/2 hrs to visit again just to eat at Blue Fin

5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

Great sushi restaurant. A favorite place before any game or event at SAP Pavilion. They are great to get you out in time for your event.

1.0Dined on May 22, 2014

The food is way overpriced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2.0Dined on May 9, 2014

I have dined in BlueFin previously, but this time the service was exceptionally bad. We placed our order at 7:10; our food was never served. We waited for 40 minutes and then left. During that time, no one informed us why our order was delayed (or possible misplaced?). No one even apologized when we left.

I liked the dining experience here in previous occasions, but doubtful that I will go back in the future. Management, if you are reading this review, please get your act together.

4.0Dined on April 26, 2014

Bluefin is a great restaurant, very nice and food was excellent, not sure why it does not attract more people, its very modern and hip. We will be back.

4.0Dined on April 17, 2014

We go to many Sharks games but had never ventured to this side of the arena...but getting tired of the same choices, we were happy to find Blue Fin. The service is prompt and everything we have tried is great.

4.0Dined on April 1, 2014

Our favorite place to eat before a Sharks game!

4.0Dined on March 12, 2014

this was my second time to blue fin and i liked it better than my first visit. the food was good both times i visited, but this time i liked that it was not as crowded. it was nice to sit and eat without having to feel like i had to yell to be heard and i could hear the music playing in the background. our waitress was attentive when needed, but not hovering. it was a pleasant evening eating japanese food. the wakame salad is one of my favorite dishes and i really enjoyed the tonkastu.

2.0Dined on March 1, 2014

The fish was not fresh at all. It was so fishy and we really felt like it was bad. We eat sushi all the time but someone recommended this restaurant. We were really disappointed.

5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

We're regulars at this great sushi restaurant, and the fish is always top notch!

4.0Dined on February 19, 2014

Expansive menu and nice quiet place for lunch.

4.0Dined on February 17, 2014

We had 6:30 reservations for a 8 p.m. event at the SAP Center and barely made it. We were seated more than half an hour late. The reservation system and front reception area seemed disorganized. We were glad we had an Open Table reservation, because one party that claimed they had called in were told they had no reservation and were turned away.
That said, the food was excellent (sashimi) and once we were seated the staff did everything they could to get us out in time for the show.

1.0Dined on February 17, 2014

Dear Bluefin Sushi:
I know you were busy the night of the Paul Simon and Sting concert. That's why we made a reservation. But you put us at a teeny, noisy table at the bar facing a bunch of people's butts ... and then told us that if we had wanted to sit in the dining room, we should have mentioned that in our OpenTable reservation. Really?
We had to wait for menus because, the maitre d' said apologetically, they were all being used ... probably by the "real" customers in the dining room.
We had four or five severs -- never the same one twice. Our requests for more water and even the check went unheeded. We saw a server on two occasions carry saki glasses by gripping them by the rim, where customers put their mouths. Ick.

3.0Dined on February 17, 2014

We were so excited to revisit BlueFin after we had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience before a concert at SAP last year. So perhaps our elevated expectations let us down.
The bar was lively and the drinks well poured. My cocktail- Momou- was dry as a martini with essence of peach. I liked it a lot.

Our Omikaze entrees had some wonderful bits- tempura soft-shell crab wrapped in a sesame seed wrapper that was terrific- but the rest of the pieces, while very fresh, were unremarkable nigiri. No octopus, tobiko or uni level offerings on the plate.

Best bet is to order ala carte items. One diner really enjoyed her uni and tobiko with quail order. The price will add up but you will be sure to get what you like.

5.0Dined on February 17, 2014

I love going here before attending an event at the shark tank. great sushi!... They serve pretty fast for a crowded sushi restaurant and the quality is extremely high....

3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We went here on Valentine's day, hoping for something special. The Omakase sushi was tasty but the selection really disappointed.

What is Omakase? You leave yourself in the hands of the chef, letting them send you whatever they want. It's usually the best stuff. Wikipedia says you expect "the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection".

When our plate arrived, it had on it:
Salmon, tuna, yellowtail, bbq eel, ebi (shrimp), tamago (egg) and a tuna roll.

Or: the cheapest selection of fish possible.

We pointed this out to the server, who reminded us that Omakase was the choice of the chef and said these selections were especially fresh today. The fish *was* fresh/good, but innovative? No. Surprising? Yes, but not in a good way.

4.0Dined on February 7, 2014

The Gyoza was great. We were told they are house made. They were tender and fresh. Tempura shrimp could have been more crispy. The sushi was fresh and delicious.

1.0Dined on February 3, 2014

We asked if we could substitute salad for the soup and was told yes. Our server then delivered us soup. As she was putting it on the table, she saiid "oops, you wanted salad". We never touched the soup. She then returned and told us the manager said he wouldn't give us salad unless we paid for it. My son then didn't get the actual dinner he ordered. We won't go back.

2.0Dined on January 31, 2014

This is an Asian restaurant but not authentic Japanese. It is a beautiful space and we were looking forward to food to match. The quality of the food was poor and the execution of the sushi was below standard. The tempura shrimp in the sushi roll tasted oily and was not crisp. It seemed as if they were cooked prior and held to be put in the sushi before presentation. The gyoza tasted pre-fab and not cooked properly. The bottoms were not crisp as they should be. The shiro maguro special sushi had a nice piece of buttery fish on too little rice. The wasabi was not a paste but more like it came out of a tube. You needed quite a bit to get the nice hot bite.

5.0Dined on January 30, 2014

I have gone to the Blue Fin several times before a concert at the SAP Center. It is a 5 minute walk away from downtown to Blue Fin. The food is delicious and the variety amazing. The service is so pleasant and quick. We've never felt hurried, but also never felt we could not make our concert on time. Love coming here.

5.0Dined on January 29, 2014

All 5 of us loved it!! We went to dinner before the Eagles concert at the SAP Center, and we chose this restaurant because it is so close and we only had to park once. Beautiful atmosphere, great service, delicious food (and we had one gluten free and one veggie---no problem at all). Will definitely go back---you will love it!!

5.0Dined on January 20, 2014

Great place for sushi and well drinks before Sharks game

4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

This is one of the best, if not The Best sushi restaurant in town. You pay a bit of a premium for the quality but I think it's worth it.

5.0Dined on January 3, 2014

BlueFin goes beyond the normal Japanese bento box and sushi roll cuisine. They have special items such as hamachi shooters, kobe beef "sashimi", and toro sushi. It was pricey, but for a special occasion this is fine. The regular rolls and entrees were also fresh and excellent as were the cocktails. We'll be back!

5.0Dined on January 2, 2014

Great place for sushi before an SAP event. Good food & good service.

5.0Dined on December 27, 2013

BlueFin never disappoints - always a great experience. The sushi is the freshest in the area, and starting with the Hamachi shooters you know you are going to have a great meal.

3.0Dined on December 21, 2013

To be honest, I've been here several times. Came here with 5 of us for son's 17th birthday this time, we are all sushi fans... and we were quite Underwhelmed this experience. It was a Saturday night, around 7:45p, the place was half empty (which should say something in itself during the holiday season) The food lacked a distinct freshness or flavor (I know sushi, from the greatest chefs insist that sushi not be COMPLETELY fresh), but this food lacked any kind of flair. Maybe it was a bad night. But the lack of patrons there on a Saturday night were a pretty tell-tale sign. Sorry, Blue Fin, but you really need to step up your game! I'm sure I will try again, but at this point there are 4 other sushi places alone in SJ that are ahead of you.

4.0Dined on December 16, 2013

Went to BlueFin because they were able to handle our 10-person group.

The service was great, and we had some very good cocktails.

The food came quickly, looked nice, and was made of good ingredients.

Some dishes could have used a little more flavor, and some of the fish may have been previously frozen.

I'd come back if I had another big group, and might stop by just for drinks at the bar, but if I want top-notch sushi I'm gonna go somewhere else.

5.0Dined on December 10, 2013

Make a resie on OpenTable before any Sharks game because this place is popular. The food is great. The service is quick and friendly. They really appreciate your business and it shows. After a delectable dinner, your walk to game takes five minutes. After the game, stop in for a drink!

4.0Dined on November 11, 2013

I was truly impressed with this restaurant, its modern look, service, and the food. I had the sushi combo and the sushi was extremely good. For example, the scallop nigiri was extremely tender melt and not tough. The service was attentive. I will definitely be back whenever I visit San Jose.

2.0Dined on November 7, 2013

This was a favorite place. Now service is slow, the offerings underwhelming and overpriced. Save your money and time and look elsewhere for a nice dining experience. We are - and we've given them 3-4 chances to redeem themselves.

4.0Dined on November 7, 2013

Awesome place to eat before a sharks game !