Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro

4.1
70 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBillH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good family place, not fancy but clean and good food.

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vipAmitS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a fun evening with my friend and his family. Our waitress was attentive and very accommodating to all our requests.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food was below average. The beef was poor quality and over cooked to the point where we couldn’t eat it. The drinks were good, and sushi was average but we won’t return.

HF
vipHonestFoodie
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Small portions. Tiny sushi. Not impressed. I recall their restaurant in Brookline which I remember was very good. I probably won’t be heading back anytime soon. The Tokyo Steakhouse around the corner has good sushi so that’s my recommendation. Maybe they can improve but for now I think they need to do a reset at that location.

LJ
LeeJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I wouldn't dissuade someone from going there but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend. The food was good, the services was awful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food not good

GW
vipGeorgeW
New England
113 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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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vipMikeys23
New England
165 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall1food4service1ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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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eespr
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was great and the food was too!

GW
vipGeorgeW
New England
113 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

BR
vipBRBRSS3
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Peter
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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Ivana
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SaraW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMikeys23
New England
165 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

MN
vipMiataNina
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

MP
MisterPico
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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vipHassan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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vipTim02468
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KP
vipKPBoston
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipBuck
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipTim02468
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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snorkels
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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.

JH
JimH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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Jill
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTravellah
New England
90 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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

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vipFiona
New England
118 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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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Willing2Travel4FineFood
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PB
PBoston
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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

BH
vipBobbiH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

AM
vipAllisonM
New England
109 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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Peter
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipStraightshooter
New England
74 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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Gangster
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

FAQs

Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 455-8882.

Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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