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.
San Jose, CA 95126
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
We always have great food here. When we feel like really good sushi we always go here. It could be a little pricey but I think it’s worth it. The service can be a little slow, but we did come on a Friday night and the restaurant was full. Their cocktails are great and I like how they have others options, whiskey, sake, beers. Whenever we want a treat we would always think of going here.
Reserved table at 7pm (they require credit card for Valentine’s Day), and was told to wait 20 minutes. After 20 minutes we were asked if we could sit in the bar area. We said yes as we were already behind schedule. So we essentially reserved a table for special occasion and ended up in bar area where Ambiance and service were both down a notch. Food turned out to be bland as well. Just the same as an average sushi place, just double the price.
The blue-fin tuna was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. All the rolls were delicious. Get there before 6pm to save some money on the happy hour specials, they're all good.
Restaurant wasn't busy at all on a Monday night, yet the service was still kind of slow. We had to work hard to place our orders.
All in all, though, a good experience, and amazing food.
Made a reservation for Friday night, we had a girls get-together after years of not seeing each other and we had the best time. The service was great, the food was equally as good, we stayed until nearly closing and the servers remained super attentive. Happy Hour prices were great - the drinks were strong. All in all I will definitely return because it wan't super crowded, they have TVs and it's a great place to go out.
The quality of the fish here is outstanding. In fact, all the food is amazing. The staff is consistently amateurish, however. And while I love the quality of the food, I don’t make this a regular spot because the service is maddening. Appetizers come out way after everything else, beverage service is spotty, and menu items that are not available are not explained until after your order has been placed. If you want awesome food and don’t care about service, go! I still do, but with lowered expectations.
We go to Bluefin a couple times a year for celebrations. We went tonight to celebrate our 1-year anniversary of our marriage. The ambiance was different than what we were used to. There was a football game playing on the wall in the dining room. I think that is more appropriate for the bar area and took away from the special dining experience. Most of the food was to our expectations except the whole reason we were there: the sushi. We ordered the Rainbow roll and it just fell apart. We noticed the sushi chef looking at a menu a lot like he was using it to figure out what went into the rolls. Overall, we were not as impresses this time around. We will probably try something different for our next celebration.
Service was really slow and I found a bone in a piece of nigiri (not supposed to be there for those not familiar...). Restaurant tried to make it up with a free desert - we chose the chocolate soufflé - however it came out burnt on the bottom... would have really wanted to like the place, but ended up leaving disappointed.
The food was delicious and creative. The waitress was just the right amount of attentive and friendly and service was fast. The booth seats were very comfortable and the restaurant had an enjoyable atmosphere. Parking, on a Tuesday evening was plentiful in the parking lot (at least some of the street parking has local resident requirement restrictions).
I've been there many times and this time was such a disappointment. We arrived at 5pm and there weren't many patrons. Our appetizers came quickly as did our miso soup/salad. The entrees arrive with exception of mine. The waitress FINALLY told me that they forgot to make mine (or did she forget to put in the order). She said 5 minutes. 15 minutes later, I received my dinner. At this point, my friends were done eating and I felt rushed to eat as they were waiting on me. I wanted a refill on my lemonade and she confirmed it was lemonade, but brought me a sprite. It was just an overall disappointment. As convenient as it is to the Shark Tank, I'm no longer impressed.
The ambiance is great, and it's a good location - close enough to DTSJ but not in the middle of the hustle & bustle. There was only one other table seated between 12-1pm yet service was slow. The waitress barely checked on us. The drinks were watered down and the food was just okay. The bill was $81 for lunch... my sister and I split the bill and even though the suggested 15% tip amount was different on each receipt, that amount was actually equal to 24%.
Service was attentive, friendly, efficient. Food was tasty as always. Quite pricy and really loud room. Good for group of friends night out, as opposed to a quiet date time. Saw a lot of business people on the way to a Sharks game, so their expense accounts must have helped to inflate price tags.
BlueFin used to be my favorite Sushi restaurant in San Jose. No longer. Went there for my daughter's celebration, and it was so poor that I went back on a separate occasion to verify my experience.
The hamachi shot - which used to be amazing - is not a salty, fishy mess in the mouth. I would STRONGLY recommend against it. The rest of the sushi was just average - certainly not what the restaurant has done in the past.
Very sad to see this formerly excellent restaurant slide into mediocrity.
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