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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

BlueFin Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went to Blue Fin before a Sharks game and loved it. The fish was really fresh! It was crowded so service was a bit slow but we still made the game with plenty of time to spare.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service and Excellent food!!!! I went with my faughter for lunch. It is great for quality time and very quiet and peaceful!

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The seafood was fresh and served timely when we ordered. The have a good variety of seafood to please your sushi tastes.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had the best sashimi we have ever had! It literally melted in your mouth. We will come back just for that! Also a quick walk to SAP Center.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

We came here for dinner before attending a concert at the HP Pavilion. Excellent food, wonderful service, and lovely environment.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner with friends, wanted something in San Jose so we went to BlueFin. From the appetizers to the dessert the food was very good, service was good, and over all very good. Nice decor. Worth a visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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%.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Came here to meet some friends for dinner. Our experience was great. The food selection was wonderful, our servicer was accommodating to my friend's allergies, and the saki was yummy.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I always enjoy dinner here. Sushi is delicious and service is friendly and efficient. The oysters shooters are terrific! I tried the Korean Chirashi Bowl this time, soooo good!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fresh and great flavors - took a bit as the pregame NHL crowd backed the kitchen up a bit

Nice to know they wont sacrafice quality for speed

I will definitely go back again just earlier

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nothing special...
Bit expensive compare to other sushi restaurants.
Hotate scallop nigiri was mini size scallop, frozen and marinated with mayo. Very disappointed.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

BlueFin is a fun atmosphere but the service took longer than normal so it made it difficult to entertain our wedding party. All in all, they have quality fish selections though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food, beautiful preparation and attentive service as usual - this is our absolute favorite place to dine out for sushi. But the music choice was odd - it was early evening and too 40 teenage angst music was playing and rather loud. It was a total disconnect for setting a mood that matched the elegance of the food and service. If the idea is to be hip young and cool that can still be achieved with more mature groovy electronica or other music genres if they prefer not to play classical which seems most appropriate. But I'll be back for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Wait staff did not provide initial welcome nor good customer service throughout dinner. Appeared to be too busy to tend to their tables.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The sushi was great and the prices reasonable. But we had stopped in before a concert and apparently every single person in the place was going to the same concert! So they were slammed with orders right at the same time, and all the customers were wanting to leave at the same time. But they are across the street from the SAP center – don't they deal with this every night?? They acted like they had never seen so many customers before! The service was so slow it was painful! We were dying it was so slow. Word to the wise.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Really slow service
Waiter never asked how the food was
Slow
Inattentive
Took forever to get served
Our Meals showed-up at different times ; we thought they forgot our main dish
When we advised hostess of poor service-no apologies- just said we're really busy tonight
We replied, next time-be more prepared.
You would think they would know and anticipate a high crowd rate before a major concert at SAP
Our first and last time st this restaurant.
NF

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Birthday! Fresh fish and great cocktails.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food was good, but high priced for the ambiance and service. We made reservations and then stood in the entry area for literally 5 solid minutes as employees dodged us while we attempted to get someone's attention. The place was dead and there were many staff members buzzing around but someone dropped the ball on receiving new guests. I ended up having to call and wave to the chef's in the back to get attention, but it was not a great start for a business meeting when I chose the location. Additionally the restaurant had the feel of a formerly high end establishment in decline. Nothing I would have noticed with simpler decor, but it dampened the ambiance to have scuffs, stains, chips and wear marks on nearly every surface, whether or not it was attempting the look of marble, glass door, and solid wood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food was excellent. Not as familiar with Japanese so the waitress really helped guide me. food was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Sashimi had skin left on it. Enough said.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My salmon sashimi appetizer was yummy, but expensive. Unfortunately my asian pear martini was medicinal tasting and really disappointing. Love that you can order tempura with specific vegetables a la carte.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 26, 2017

It was overpriced for the quality and service. The sushi had wasabi already in it but my husband does't eat wasabi so that didn't work out too well for him, the steak teryiaki was miniscule. The tempura sauce was sweet instead of savory, the chicken katsu comes with teryiaki sauce (more sweet) instead of katsu sauce but they don't tell you that when you order it. When I asked for the regular katsu sauce they brought it to me a lot later and it was straight from the refrigerator so my katsu ended up being cold. They ran out of Diet Coke after our first one so I asked for a Pellegrino instead, and that never came. The service was less than stellar. The food was fine, just not what we were expecting for the price. We were pretty disappointed because so many people love this place. Guess it's just not for us.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Restaurant was not busy at all for a Saturday night. Parking in the back was easy. Had the sashimi moriwase -- fish was fresh but the rice was hard and cold. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2017

The food is excellent great, especially the pot sticker was delicious. Sushi are also good and delicious. I definitely will be back again.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great food, visually appealing, attentive service. Consistently a pleasant dining experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Overall the meal was delicious and the service was friendly and efficient. I will go back! The one thing that took away from my experience is one of the dishes had raw broccoli and carrot sticks on the plate that were shriveled with black discolored areas. It put into question the freshness of everything else on the plate. However the delicious flavors on everything else more than carried our experience and my four star rating did not dock them for this oversight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Average sushi quality - Toro (fatty tuna special of the day) was frozen - for $41!! Not worth it.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Greeted by a very rude staff member (Jessica), she continued to exhibit an attitude entire visit. Rolls mediocre at best. Wasabi obviously old as color was a chartreuse old green. Was not as expected from reading other diners reviews. Will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Relaxed atmosphere and good location. Sushi was yum!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The restaurant has a nice selection of teriyaki, tempura, cooked fish, and a good selection of sashimi, nigiri, and sushi -- definitely something for everyone. We ordered a sashimi plate and the saba, both of which were done beautifully and tasted wonderful. There's a decent cocktail selection (as well as a full bar) along with wine, saki, and soju.

The pictures of the place imply a sparse, modern room, but the reality is that it's a bit crowded and a bit noisy. The service was extremely slow, but they may just be understaffed.

I'd certainly give it another try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2017

This is a favorite. The fish is always fresh and tender and there is a lot to choose from. The restaurant is cozy and the staff are friendly and helpful. I come here frequently for lunch but this was only my second time for dinner. I'm never disappointed with Bluefin.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was a really nice restaurant. Food is excellent and service is so fast. It can be a little noisy and hard to hear the person across from you, but not a deal breaker. Love this restaurant and would go there again!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 29, 2017

The first time I visited this restaurant I didn't have a reservation and it wasn't a great service experience, but the food was really good. That's why I decided to try this second time with a reservation and the experience was great, from the service to the food. The Jalapeno Edamame is really good and it isn't spicy at all. I had as Entree the Dragon Roll and it's really good. Also add dessert I had a Green tea cheesecake which is delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2017

We love the food! Always fresh and innovative. The staff was aware it was a Birthday occasion and we're very friendly and pleasant however
we did felt very rushed through our dinner with no special touches.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Great sushi, great bar, great service and the icing on the cake...booths to sit in! Enjoy!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

One of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area! Sushi is always fresh and very well prepared and presented. Kitchen prepared dishes are mostly traditional, yet very tasty. Friendly neighborhood feel with an upscale decor. Service is timely and not pushy. Give it a try.

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