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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.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thurday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Matsuri Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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