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About Matsuri

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.

1105 S Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21230
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thurday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 752-8561

Website:
http://www.matsuri.us/

Matsuri Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (2)
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Healthy (2)
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Fun (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I’ve been dining here for years and love the food at Matsuri. I made a reservation since “back in the day” it would have been difficult to get a table at lunch time. I indicated that we would be celebrating a birthday. We arrived and got our table. For the entire hour and a half that we were there, no other patrons dined in. Two waitresses were in the small dining room yet we had to repeatedly ask for things - water, tea, part of our order, another take out box (the one was too small). Neither of the employees wished my friend a happy birthday when it was obvious that was why we were there (I brought gifts). Overall experience was quite disappointing. Not sure I will be going back.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food here was delicious and Matsuri's specialty rolls were amazing. The Black Pepper Tuna is a must! If you're going as a large group, I would recommend again family style ordering, as the bill adds up quickly!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best Japanese/Sushi in all of Baltimore. Fast, friendly service and always greeted with a smile.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual, Authentic, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a group of 8 out for dinner night out. We did not realize it was a Ravens Game, so parking was challenging. Eventually found a spot on the street about a block away. Building is not a lot to look at, but we had a table for ten upstairs. The sushi was good and fresh with lot's of options. The only alcohol they serve is Saki and Beer. Overall good sushi, average ambiance, bad parking and reasonable price.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We come in all the time. The service and food are consistantly very good. Kitchen times are quick too. We love to eat here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We love Matsuri and come here often. I am not a sushi eater although my husband loves it and there are wonderful selections for both of us.I particularly think their negimaki and pork Tonkatsu. The service is excellent and the owner is very hospitable and helpful. The ambiance feels more authentically Japanese to us than some of the other Japanese restaurants in Baltimore.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good sushi overall. Wish they would de-vein their shrimp though

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 12, 2017

All the fish was excellent. Especially the Toro. Correct temperature, fresh, great flavor.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I like the food and so did my friend. Did not like the chicken as much as the beef and shrimp

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Matsuri is a classic eatery for sushi and nihon no tabemono. Busy and lively, with a great selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls, in addition to the kitchen items you'd expect. Very friendly and hip waitstaff for the increasingly hip Federal Hill neighborhood. Good selection of sake and beer to complement the dishes.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Matsuri was OK. Nothing really stood out to me, whether it be the food, service, or environment.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Really good food and great service !

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Been here before. Good for sushi et al. Bit pricey for what we got esp since was during OT week.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2017

We went here for Restaurant week and found the offerings to be sub-par. We were sat in the upstairs room which became quite warm after some time. I've come for their happy hour before and would do that again, but will definitely skip over restaurant week here next time, definitely not worth the money. The offered rolls on the restaurant week menu were nothing special and the taste was nothing special as well.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The waitress was what really made this place shine for me. The food was really good but in this area there are a ton of restaurants that have the equivalent in taste. But the server was friendly and didn't leave us sitting too long at any point. My water glass never reached half empty before she was there to refill it. My favorite food here was the mochi ice cream. It was delectable and a wonderful ending to a great meal.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2016

The waitress forgot our drink order and appetizers. We had to ask twice. Then the soup and salad wasn't delivered until after the main course. We asked numerous times, and the waitress said it was coming, it didn't. The table next to us had no problems getting their soup and salad in a timely manner, in fact when theirs was delivered, their server had extra and didn't know why so he gave it to me.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Great time for a birthday dinner. Able to make a last minute reservation!! Service was slow to start at first then great the rest of the night.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Chef Bill and his team always create such a wonderful dining experience. Great unique specials and wonderful service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Matsuri has excellent sushi (best in Baltimore in my opinion). The restaurant itself is small inside, so don't expect a lot of room to handle those chopsticks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2015

Very good sushi but very long wait until food arrived-45 minutes. Long wait for available table despite reservation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2015

Horrible!! Hole in the wall!! I don't understand any of the good reviews. Never again...

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 6, 2015

Matsuri is always outstanding with excellent sushi and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2015

The server really did not explain the menu and the seating was very cramped

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 4, 2015

My experience was great. The service was welcoming and I was seated immediately. The food was timely and very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 2, 2015

My first experience was during Baltimore's Restaurant Week. I could not have selected a better restaurant. The food was fantastic. The restaurant itself was a little tight. The flavorful food made up for it.

I will return soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 1, 2015

I liked the place, good ambiance and a little tight. It was nice to see the cooks make the sushi. Service was a bit slow. The food was okay, most of the food for the restaurant week menu was fried and maybe even a little overcooked (crab). I tend to prefer fresh sushi rather than fried and cooked sushi.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 1, 2015

I was a little disappointed about our last visit to Matsuri. We came for restaurant week on a
Saturday at noon time but was told that they don't offer the lunch menu because it was the weekend. I don't know if I missed it but there was nowhere that I have seen them advertise that lunch menu is not served on the weekends. Anyways, we just ordered ala carte. The food at Matsuri is always good. 5 stars for that. We were seated downstairs which I did not really enjoy. I liked the ambiance more in the upper room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 31, 2015

If you are a fan of good sushi then this is your place. The various styles of sushi were amazing and even though the restaurant was a bit small the ambience was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 30, 2015

Recently having moved to Baltimore I was looking for a good sushi restaurant and was not let down at all by Matsuri. It's prepared fresh where you can watch them make it if you like. It is a smaller place so reservations during high dining times is probably best. The service was great and their menu had all you could want for sushi. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2015

In search of a new sushi restaurant to try out. This is a quaint little place in Fed Hill. Was in a party of four and glad I made reservations as there is very little space inside...maybe 5 or 6 tables. I got the Dynamic Roll which was delicious. I loved that they brought out warm towels to cleanse your hands before eating. Great service. Would recommend to all!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 24, 2015

If you are craving sushi, you cant go wrong with Matsuri. They actually have a very large menu of cooked options as well although I have not really explored many of the choices aside from chicken teriyaki which is very good. Their fish is fresh and they have a decent selection of rolls. They are good for takeout as well as a sit down dinner and they have a small but nice space out front for outdoor dining.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 27, 2015

For my first time coming here, I had a very good time and would come back. Everything was perfect food and service was on point and I had a very nice view by the window as I said before I will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 8, 2015

The servings were generous but the sushi simply didn't taste as good as sushi I've had other places. This is the second sushi place we've tried in Baltimore and it was better than the other one, but based on the reviews for Matsuri it seems that people in Baltimore like a different kind of sushi than I do. The service was excellent and the servers were very friendly.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 26, 2015

I love everything about this place. The servers were nice, the place was clean, it wasn't noisey or crowded even though the place was kinda small. The food was superb. For restaurant week I got the seafood miso soup, the lobster roll and volcano roll, and for desert I got the cheesecake tempura...it was amazing. Never had better sushi anywhere.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2015

I booked here because my girlfriend love sushi. We get there for our reservation and they take us up stairs to some room where the tables are crammed together you can hardly move with out disrupting the table beside you. So we sit down and start look threw our menu. We find what we would like and sit and wait for our server. Well after 45 minutes of wait for our server to come to our table I was already so up set so I told my girlfriend let's go. There was a table beside us that came in after us and got served. But the people never served us. Very poor service and I was very up set because I booked this place on valentines day for her and that happin.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 30, 2015

We come here most weeks and order pretty much the same rolls every time. Each visit is as good as the one before and we know the quality will continue on each future visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2014

The selection of special rolls and sake is great. The sushi itself was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 11, 2014

Our food was fine but not exceptional. The service was slow and they missed one of our kids orders.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 16, 2014

I absolutely loved the food. I went during restaurant week, so the price was great. I also loved the music they played. (White pop music...Lol.) It's not a lot of space inside to eat. Luckily, the people on both sides of us left shortly after we arrived. I think they offer outside dining, as well. The server was very pleasant. Didn't check up on us too much. I hate when servers ask how you are every 5 minutes. I had a great experience and cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 9, 2014

The food was nothing special. The staff was harried, rude, uninterested, and slow. We waited over an hour to get our orders and our allergy concerns were ignored. Our table was dirty and the seats were wet. We got there by being led through the back in a dirty hallway past the disgusting kitchens. How do they keep winning "Best of Baltimore"?!?

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