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About Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro

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.

1019 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Asian

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

Cross Street:
Chapel Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 455-8882

Website:
http://www.garifusion.com/

Catering:
Let us cater your next event! Sushi on boats, stir fried noodles, spring rolls, teriyaki and more. There's is something for everyone!

Parking Details:
Public Parking is available at the rear of the restaurant at the Chapel Street Lot.

Public Transit:
We are located in the same Public Parking Lot for the Commuter Rail Needham Center stop.

Executive Chef:
Chef Gary

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.9

ambience

3.4

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (1)
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Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2016

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

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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...

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2016

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2016

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

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2016

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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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great sushi in a convenient location

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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised. The sushi were really fresh; the so-called Volcano was pretty amazing (slightly too sweet!). The spicy tuna maki were excellent. The sake list is interesting. It's a bit expensive, but I will go back; one of the best sushi places in the West suburbs of Boston.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Excellent experience again at Gari Restaurant. The sushi is outstanding - fresh, sweet, and a pretty good price. My only complaint is that everything is a la carte, so no salad or soup with the sushi entree, which seems a bit scant. We always have to then purchase a salad or an extra item or two to round out the meal

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2016

This was my 3rd time here in about a months time.
With that said, I'll say that it becoming a favorite of mine.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2016

It was the first time dinning here. It truly was a great experience. Really fresh and creative sushi.
I'm sure it will be a regular on our go to list.
Great job, thanks guys. Tim

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2016

Love the food at this restaurant, and have since it opened in Needham. Atmosphere is pleasant but the service is excellent and the fish and other dishes is wonderful!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2015

We had a delicious sushi dinner on a Saturday night that was fit for a king. Lots of different options, even for the non-sushi eaters. Great cocktail menu, they had gluten free O'Briens vodka from a local distiller.
Well worth the trip to Needham.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2015

Does not compare to other Japanese restaurants in neighboring towns. The food was mediocre. It was overpriced. They should visit Takara to see how it should be presented. Will not return.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2015

We really enjoyed going to Gari in Needham. The food was excellent, if a bit heavy on the rice and lighter on the fish on our Donburi. The wine list could offer a bit more varied prices in the glass of wine options. Also, nothing but the fish and rice is included on the dinner sushi menu - no salad, soup, etc. come with the entree, which is not any less expensive than area restaurants that offer the accompaniments with the entree.
Overall, the food was great, atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. Nice place for dinner, but for us it's an occasional treat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2015

Definitely a good take. Clean but not super-luxurious decor. Nice people doing the serving.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2015

Great sushi place. Great for a casual night out

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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Lots of delicious food, but skip the fried ice-cream for desert: was still solid ice in the middle and not very tasty. But the main courses were very good and the appetizers delicious. Try the Dragon's Eye.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2014

A recent dinner of sashimi, chicken yakitori, and two maki rolls proved a mix of good and very good food.

One of the three sashimi fish was excellent, the others average. The yakitori sauce was very good, but chicken on one of two skewers was a little overcooked. The two specialty maki were very good, however.

Service was mostly attentive, and the atmosphere was fine.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2014

Delicious little find not too far from home! It's hard to find good sushi at a reasonable price these days, thank you Gari! Perfect for date nights or just a casual dinner out.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2014

Not really outdoor dining, but a table by the door-like open windows in the nice weather is delightful. It was a lovely evening except for the exceptionally slow service.

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