Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro

3.9
65 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro located in the heart of Needham Center is a contemporary Japanese restaurant committed to bring you the finest in Japanese Cuisine. From the atmosphere to the award winning sushi and creative specialty drinks, tantalize your senses at this destination restaurant when in Needham.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(781) 455-8882
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Gary
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Catering
Let us cater your next event! Sushi on boats, stir fried noodles, spring rolls, teriyaki and more. There's is something for everyone!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chapel Street
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Parking details
Public Parking is available at the rear of the restaurant at the Chapel Street Lot.
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Public transit
We are located in the same Public Parking Lot for the Commuter Rail Needham Center stop.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 65 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.6
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New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food not good

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GW
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Better food now, but it’s been awhile since my last review. Service is OK. There are better sushi places but this one does overall very good fusion version. Not sure I’d want to return but that’s how I felt after my previous visit... In any case, I go there because it’s within walking distance from my house. Good selection of Sakes. One thing is for certain if you’re coming late, they are trying to get you out as soon as possible- not a pleasant or welcoming service. In all honesty, one of the worst places for service I know. Perhaps, I should try a take out

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M
New England
93 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food has been good every time we’ve been. Little disappointed that entrees didn’t all come out at the same time. Maybe 5 minutes in between first and last entree. Service fine.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

There was one lady hostess taking care of phone orders, greeting and seating guests; and one waitress taking care of all the tables including taking orders, serving food, running bills etc. It was a slow dinner. Everything was slow and they charged for me asking for some vinegar. Better to go to Oishii.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was decent, albeit not the 4 star artistic and gastronomical experience one would have expected from 4 stars. Service was also decent. Overall, a fair value.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Maddeningly slow sushi bar. The food was great, but we were more than ready to leave by the time we actually received it. Requested drink refills never arrived. It was a holiday, but the restaurant did not seem exceptionally busy.

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e
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We liked this low key restaurant a lot. The sushi was fresh and the rice was cooked properly. Lots of interesting choices. It not one of these open spaced places where the sound echos everywhere. I wish Japanese restaurants were a little more creative with there beer selections.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was great and the food was too!

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GW
New England
56 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average service with better than average sushi and ok interior. Not what it used to be.

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BR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautiful and flavorful. The sashim was the best I’ve had, it rivals Montreal. They also make a perfect martini!

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P
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gari has been consistent in their quality and level of service. We visit regularly for some good Sushi and other typical Japanese dishes. Bi Bim Bop too.

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I
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always happy going to Gari. Wonderful sushi and they are the kindest people!

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SW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi!!! Friendly staff. This is a family favorite.

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M
New England
93 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Little surprised at how empty the restaurant was on a weekend evening. Nice menu. Server was very attentive. Appetizers (dumplings and calamari) were both good. Sushi was good. Kids loved their noodle dishes. Will be back

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MN
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten here several times and the food is good. It’s just not great. I did very much enjoy the miso soup. I’d give it 4 stars. Edamame was okay. The roll I had was good. See the pattern? The wines on their list did not rate very high in Vivino. 3.1-3.6. I generally try to get a wine closer to 4.

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MP
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

After discovering they weren't kid-welcoming a few years ago (no crayons permitted to dirty their tables - despite our table being covered in about a dozen gouges that looked like cigarette burns), now that our kids are a little older we decided to give them another try. Food was pretty good (chicken overdone, and yellowtail maki was ground up not a whole piece). We'd consider giving it another try - though might give better instruction to the chef.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went there as it was the closest to me...Worst Sushi I have ever had.

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T
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy having the opportunity to find the time to eat at Gari.
Really good food and friendly service.

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KP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi, very fresh. Service is friendly and prompt. Try the extra spicy tuna!

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We looked for a Japanese restaurant close by and found Gari on Open Table. Got there early (5:00) and it was very quiet, which was great for us. The menu was extensive and the service was excellent. They were very attentive and provided good cocktail recommendations.
Food quality was very good (seared tuna and Alaskan roll). Ambiance is nice as well.
Will definitely go back.

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T
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem.
Great and creative menu with a lot of options to try.
Looking forward to returning soon.

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s
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Gari has delicious food. Granted it was Mother's Day but the service was abysmal. We waited over 30 minutes for our reserved table. The hostess barely looked at me while she attended to several take-out customers. My elderly parents and I were forced to wait in a crowded space while servers had to constantly ask us to move out of the way. We were never offered a drink or snack as we waited and waited. We did not receive food until 7:30 ; our reservation was for 6. Although the hostess was apologetic--I felt we were not treated well. My recommendation is to order out and avoid the terrible service. We even had trouble getting our waitress to accept payment. We absolutely deserved better. A minimal gesture like offering us tea or a quick snack immediately upon sitting would have made all the difference. I will not tolerate a restaurant that makes you feel like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to spend money at their place. I can't imagine going back.

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JH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Tried to take the family on Mother's Day, big mistake. They took more bookings than they could handle. We waited for 45 minutes after our reservation time, and still were not seated, and seemed to seat one group ahead of us that had the same reservation time and arrived after us. Service was obviously slow at the tables too, so we said forget it, and went elsewhere. The food may be great, but they need to do a better job of handling crowds!

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! Excellent sushi. Great variety. The volcano roll is a must. Best we've ever had!

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T
New England
56 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The people are nice enough, food, however, was very sub par.

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F
New England
101 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first trip to Gari and it won't be the last. The food was simply wonderful and at a good price point. It was not very busy for a Saturday night but then again - we didn't go till 7:30 and there seemed to be a lot of take out. Its to bad because this is sooo much better than other Japanese Fusion places around the Metro West area and its very easy to park. The wait staff was friendly and we lucked into one of the best waitresses I have ever had - anywhere. She was knowledgeable and patient with our questions - she was smiley and bubbly and truly made a fantastic evening even better. This was definitely a find and my thanks to Open Table because that is how we found it!!!

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WT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this Japanese gem. Amazing sake' options. Great selection of side dishes including seaweed salad and ohitashi. Sushi was fresh and well presented.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely dinner with a group of 7 ladies. The service was discrete and polite, the food delicious and the wine selected was very tasty. The value for money was great, very well priced. We'll be back.

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PB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Nothing was bad, but nothing was truly excellent, either. Won't be going back again anytime soon. The miso soup was tasty.

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent but we were surprised by the elegant presentations, usually found in more expensive restaurants. We plan to become regular dinners at this place.

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AM
New England
93 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A good place to go in this neighborhood. Friendly service. The sushi was 4 stars. Gyoza wrappers a bit thicker than optimal. Soba soup was a bit bland. Stir-fried udon was good but very smoky (one of us liked it, the other did not).

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P
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

They have good and reasonably priced sushi. Very friendly service.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was very good ;)
loved the seaweed salad.

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S
New England
66 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoy Gari Japanese food. The atmosphere is pleasant, and it would earn 5 stars if the entrees included salad and/or miso soup, which they do not. As a result, the effect is pretty pricey, eating a sushi entree, which is a light item, and then we always feel we need to purchase an additional item like a salad.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service, would recommend this restaurant to anyone 👌

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p
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

First time eating at this local Asian-fusion place. We were in the mood for sushi,
and it was pretty good (fresh, reasonable quality fish) but not special. The Korean
dish at the table next to ours looked great! The service was friendly but inconsistent,
sometimes slow even though the restaurant wasn't full.

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j
New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were looking for a creative sushi place that wouldn't burst our budget. My girlfriend was looking for roe sushi. They had a very nice Organic Japanese salad that we shared and the roe and sushi in general was very fresh. The rolls were creative so tasty!

We will definitely return...

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T
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service.
This restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite.

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R
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice decor and ambiance. Very good Japanese food. Excellent service. A great neighborhood find in Needham. Modest prices. Recommend highly.

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S
New England
66 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really enjoy Gari/Needham. Last night it didn't seem as clean and organized as in the past. The food took quite a while to come out and the bench seat was gritty and dusty.
The food is still very good and the people are pleasant.

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