MARU Japanese Restaurant

4.5
165 reviews
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Aspen’s Best Sushi Spot! Maru Aspen brings Japanese infusion to Aspen. With our unique twist on Sushi and Japanese food, you're sure to find a dish that you'll love. We start with only the freshest ingredients to stir fry delicious melodies of tastes and colors that are sure to delight the senses. A unique taste that must be experienced, you'll return again and again and find something new with every visit.

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Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 5:30PM

What 165 People Are Saying
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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MARU had great inventive sushi and cooked dishes. Kid friendly to the extent thatvhey have fried chicken—tonkatsu.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Very very small portion for the price! Crazy expensive!

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MG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at Sushi Bar and Robert made the experience special.

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DS
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Crunchy tuna roll is out of this world! All sushi was very fresh!

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EP
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at Maru. It was our first visit to this restaurant and we will definitely be coming back next year! The food was amazing and the staff was outstanding. Friendly, fun and accommodating. We loved it!

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JP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi - freshest in town.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service. We will definitely be back and highly recommend.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Comparing to the other two japanese restaurants I know in Aspen (Matsuhisa and Kenichi), Maru is far away the worst... They have a good menu, but in terms of taste, presentation, service and space they are behind the others...

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi, scallops and rolls! Above the expectations

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M
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were brought to this restaurant by reviews in Open Table and Yelp. We were hopeful that the prices would be BETTER than the other sushi restaurant in Aspen ... and we were VERY happy. Nothing is cheap in Aspen and their sushi was not inexpensive ... BUT ... it was definitely less expensive than that other sushi restaurant AND EVERY BIT AS GOOD. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was lively and attractive. We will be back!

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, nice environment - not too noisy which we liked!

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MM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi and friendly staff! We will visit Maru again.

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BF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a great time with our grandchildren but the sushi is just fair.

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P
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu with some very tasty alternatives. We really liked the Blue fin tuna with fois gras.

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MI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is best value for Japanese food in Aspen. Prices are reasonable grading on Aspen restaurant curve, and quality matches other alternatives, which are considerably less “economic”. Very pleasant ambiance, and rare these days it quiet, you can actually have normal conversations. Wait staff and service was outstanding last several visits, though never worse than excellent.

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YF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Our serve was Frank. He was awesome!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place, excellent service and the food was amazing we really enjoyed

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good, service was attentive. We were seated at a table opposite this doorway with a very cold draft. When we asked to be reseated we were told that we could be but not for 45 minutes despite several empty tables.

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NR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MARU never disappoints. We love it and dine here often. Make the experience compete by trying several different dishes. The Octopus preparations are wonderful

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Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was so delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charles and Jefferson took outstanding care of our party of 8! We appreciated the gluten free moderations for two of our guests! Fantastic New Years Eve dinner and celebration with hats and horns and all! HNY!! We will be back!

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JP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously my favorites Aspen restaurant. Taylor is just a sushi master! And the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and lovely!

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant Christmas Eve dinner! We shall return.

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SF
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We reserved a table for 3 and they gave us the option of a high top in the bar or a seat at the sushi bar even though they had 4 tops open. We reluctantly opted for the sushi bar where they sat us at the end next to the kitchen. Now every person coming and going from the kitchen had to push up against us to get by rather than going around. After about the 20th person brushed and pushed their butt on us to get by I got up to complain to management. With tables open they offered to move us down the sushi bar and pay for out bottle of wine. We are locals and want to eat here again we will be smarter about where we are seated.
The food was top notch as was the service at the table. We had a ramen bowl that was delicious and lots of fresh nigiri style sushi.
All is well that ends well. We will eat here again and for sushi in Aspen it was a good value.

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JP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maru has the best sashimi/sushi anywhere! Amazing food and wonderful service!

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The octopus, sashimi tastings, uni and Otoro were all top notch!

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DK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi on the planet. Was told they get their fish from the same vendor as the pricier places. Best sushi value in Aspen with a great dining atmosphere. The specialty roll with wagyu is the best roll ever made, EVER !!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not that great. Expensive for less than standard Japanese food. Quite disappointing

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R
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fresh, tasty food and great service. Waitress made recommendations that were delicious - the duck/pancake dish and and the shrimp ramen dish.

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CM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Giving this place two stars for an original menu and good food. My wife and I received only one of the three dishes we ordered, in a 50 minute period while the restaurant was quiet. When we asked about our other dishes, our waiter did not know what we had ordered and had to ask us again. When he couldn't find a trace of our order we asked for the check and left. The manager apologized and did not charge us for food or drink. Terrible waste of potential.

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KF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Overused but this food is truly exquisite. Service impeccable. Everyone pitches in to make your experience thoroughly enjoyable. Four locals have come together to make something truly special. They have their own vegetable garden so everything is organic and seasonal. We had the tempura squash blossoms. So yummy!!!!

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d
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent specialty rolls, good quality Sashimi and well presented food.
Very nice atmosphere downstairs if outside is not weather participating, but the patio has a wonderful vibe overlooking the park and playground.

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was very good food very good cuisine
thank you full bar ,good vegetarian

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter messed up our order even after re confirming it three times. Food arrived ninety minutes after we ordered. Avoid.

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LW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The presentation was lovely and the patio was nice. However, the sushi had no flavor and the drinks were so bad we couldn’t even finish them. Do NOT recommend.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful server, name escaping me who was from Argentina. Very friendly and great wide kids. The sushi in my view was mixed with delivery and pacing inconsistent. Seems like there are a few reasons this isn't one of the better sushi spots in Aspen.

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CJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best sushi dinners in recent memory (and we’re picky!) Quality fish, wonderful preparations, and attentive staff. Highly recommend.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Untrained server
Food quality poorly cooked
Black cod was tough
Kanpachi was chewy

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maru was outstanding. Service was attentive and friendly, noise levels allowed for east conversation and the food was stellar. All the fish was incredibly fresh and flavorful.

Recommendations:

Black cod - moist, flavorful, delicious
Atomic shrimp - decadent. It is fried and heavy on sauce but so good.
Kimchi- fresh, crisp and spicy. Really good.
Crunchy, spicy tuna roll - melt in your mouth texture with a crispy outside. So good. Some places cook The whole thing which ruins the tuna in my opinion. Maru just rolls it in a crispy exterior and the tuna stays raw. Yummm.
Yellowtail with grapefruit sashimi. We loved this but would have liked more grapefruit.
Negimaki- the only thing we didn’t love. It wasn’t bad just not as amazing as everything else. The waiter immediately took it off our bill and seriously because it was just good and not great.
Mochi- pretty standard. I wanted the banana but my daughter wanted the mochi. Oh well, there’s always paradise :j

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING MEAL. Thank you, thank you! Sushi is perfection.

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