Matsuri

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Voted “Best Japanese Restaurant” by Baltimore Magazine and the Baltimore City Paper year after year, as well as the recipient of the highest rankings from the Baltimore Sun and Zagat. Matsuri opened in Federal Hill in 1996 as the culmination of Bill Tien’s vision for Japanese cuisine in Baltimore. Matsuri is frequented by Baltimore’s many sports celebrities as well as visiting filmmakers and political figures. His chefs are routinely hired to prepare sushi dinners for customers and their friends in their homes.
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JonB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to dine here because both the service and food are very good. This is one of our favorite spots!

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LucasV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for Valentine’s Day. Great atmosphere, service in general. The sushi was very tasty, the rolls were tastier the more I ate them. The costumer was on point, will definitely be back

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HowardW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never fails to deliver!

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arthurh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We are sushi snobs we are from NYC and LA and for the most part we dont enjoy Baltimore sushi . This is an exception. The Hamachi collar was outstanding

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Star
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Sushi place with a large menu for much more than just sushi!

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Ashley
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Came here for the first time for lunch on Friday for restaurant week! The restaurant appears to be Cantonese-owned. Very friendly staff. Interior is cute and has about 5 four-seater tables, so I'd recommend making a reservation on OpenTable at popular times just to be safe.

For the better sushi, if you're choosing between Brothers Sushi and Matsuri (they are 300 ft from each other), pick Matsuri. Both have Happy Hour sushi roll prices; I think Brothers is cheaper, but their rolls are definitely not as good as Matsuri's. I had the crispy spicy tuna roll, Ocean Breeze roll, and Volcano roll.

I was satisfied and enjoyed their sushi, but honestly none blew me away. I thought the crispy outer coating on the rice in the crispy spicy tuna roll was unique. The Ocean Breeze roll had abundant mango sauce that tasted a bit like a mango smoothie if that's your thing. Volcano roll was baked and creamy, which I enjoyed. The amount of rice was too much. Good green tea mochi ice cream. Standard miso soup at nice temp.

All in all, decent sushi for the city. $15 restaurant week was a deal considering the original prices (which are high in my opinion). I probably wouldn't come back because of the higher sushi prices, which may be standard for Baltimore City. I'd say it's worth the drive nearby to Ellicott City, Elkridge, or Catonsville for better priced and better quality sushi.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very good. Only downside was the club music/atmosphere at the bar next door.

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joey
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot. Great sushi and cooked items. Bento box was great

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service, delicious sush

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YvonneH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good sushi. The octopus balls had a mushy texture and little flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food. So much fun. Nice little sushi place that had everything you could want. Menu is very extensive and very tasty! Can’t wait to come back for more.

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BillR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matsuri never disappoints. Ever. The Happy Hour menu is a great way to take care of that sushi-vice itch w/o breaking the budget, on your way to a happy Buddha-belly. The owner (Bill), his experienced rollers/kitchen/staff are always eager to make your night out exceed your expectations. No wonder they've been going strong for 20+ years in such a competitive environment.

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vipNadine
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Japanese food in Baltimore. Great, friendly service.

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KimJ
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was attentive and fast. The food was good.

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vipAliceG
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

There is enormous variety on the menu but it felt as uf things were ore prepared and not made to order. It was about 4 stars but certainly not 5

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vipNadine
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, delicious and fresh sushi and sashimi. Favorite Japanese restaurant in Baltimore. Frequent diner of Matsuri.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Taste was good

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vipNadine
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I am a frequent diner here. Fresh food. Always leave satisfied.

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AdamM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I love it here! Great food, great service, great atmosphere! 5stars all around!

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Alib
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were seated upstairs and were actually the only people up there for a bit which was nice. Unfortunately, a table of four drunk folks were seated next to us. They were cursing and being quite inappropriate. We had children with us and were celebrating our daughter’s birthday. The evening turned out to be a disaster, as my husband asked these young men to watch their language and one of the men was being antagonistic. Since the rest of the upstairs was open, I’m not sure why they needed to be seated right next to us.

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vipHughT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Small neighborhood restaurant - good food with interesting selections

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vipdjcine
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great small gem 24 seat restaurant that is a fabulous find.....

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding food, presentation & service along with warm hospitality.

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vipshaebutta
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went with a friend for Restaurant week special. Value was incredible - regular pricing is a good value for the high food quality. We will definitely be returning.

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Eatwellfor2
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to this Japanese restaurant because of Baltimore's restaurant week and reading the open table reviews. The food and service were simply outstanding. A great place to go to at any time of year!
The only place that had 100% recommended reviews.

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MsToya
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

They sat us at a really wobbly table. We had to then show them how terrible it was...ans then sent someone out to fix it up. Barbeque shrimp was good. I ordered the rib. It wasn't good at all. It came on top of whipped sweet potatos... I assumed they be on the side. I am one of those people who hate for certain foods to touch. You could tell that the rib was cooked twice as it was extremely dry. The waiter didn't even notice that I gave her a full plate of dinner.

I've had better.

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vipREUBSLOVE
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Matsuri is a neighborhood gem. Sushi is fresh and upstairs seating is fun. Service was great, glad we ventured outside of our usual apps and tried new items recommended by the server - wasabi dumplings are awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for sushi

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DavidC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is really good but if you don’t have a reservation the staff will treat you like garbage

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VicG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, outstanding artistically presented food, excellent service and warm hospitality.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresco rico excelente
Muy recomendable para los amantes del pescado !

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vipBobK
Milwaukee
114 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE had a very nice lunch. The service and the sushi were great.

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OtisB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed myself and had a great time. Food came out in timely matter. Very friendly server and the management was great.
Definitely a must go again for me.

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RussellP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We went for my wife's birthday, who loves sushi. The sushi itself is fantastic and the staff was quick to refill our water. The ambiance is not the greatest and could definitely use some aesthetic updates. They do not have coffee at the restaurant, which I thought was odd.
They gave us the Tempura Cheesecake on the house for my wife's celebration, which was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. We enjoyed the curry. The only thing I would comment is that The grilled calamari on the menu “Ika Yakitori” is not “grilled” As written in their menu. It’s basically boiled squid rings top up with tempura sauce. It was bland, as can be imagined. However, the sushi was fresh, and the Ramen soup was flavorful and rich. We would eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Exactly what I was hoping for when we walked in. Small place, but puts you close to the sushi chefs. The sushi rice was really, really good in the nigiri. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Everything taste so terrible here

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TerenceB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great .....thank you !!!!! Service was fantastic the waitress we had was wonderful I enjoyed the atmosphere my family had a wonderful time the food was superb I would recommend this restaurant again and again as a matter fact I will return thank you very much

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for restaurant week, can't believe we'd waited this long to try here. Excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great sushi. We are regular sushi eaters and were really impressed. Liked the round table upstairs with a lazy Susan

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Matsuri is rated 4.5 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.

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