Mizuno Japanese Restaurant

4.8
152 reviews
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Mizuno Japanese Restaurant is a family-run business that first opened in 1996. Located in Virginia Beach, Mizuno is embedded in a seafood hotspot, only 25 miles south of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, and 158 miles south of Hatteras, North Carolina. Chef-owner Wataru Mizuno feels blessed to be a sushi chef in a culinary trifecta like Virginia Beach. Mizuno and his team take advantage of the restaurant's access to local sources by artfully composing daily specials that feature fresh shrimp, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, flounder, blue crabs and oysters, to name a few. The hook's simple. Mizuno resists complicated sauces and excessive ingredients. Instead, he flavors scallops from the world famous Chesapeake Bay, adding nothing more, at times, than a dash of citrus and a pinch of sea salt. Wataru Mizuno: Chef/Owner Born in Japan, Wataru Mizuno received his formal training in Tokyo, as an apprentice under master Teruo Sato.
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GB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. The Salmon Crudo and Salmon Salad was amazing. The salad dressing was really good as well.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in the area. Staff immensely accommodating and super friendly!

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AF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi experience possible. The freshest fish presented beautifully.

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AO
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Mizuno in awhile but found the food, atmosphere, and service to be as amazing as we remembered it to be. Also commented that night that it was nice to be able to have a normal conversation since the noise level was relatively low. The sushi was so fresh. Can't wait to go back!

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MB
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! Would highly recommend Mizuno!

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was another wonderful night of sushi at Mizunos! Thank you!

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B
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual. Friends were already there ;)
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Y
Portland
91 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the positive energy and flavorful sushi/tempura.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is the best sushi place in the area

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was really good food! Would love to come back and try more items!!

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MM
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been clients of Mizuno's for many years and on many occasions have brought friends to introduce them to the excellent and creative cuisine prepared by the area's best Sushi Chefs. On this evening we helped celebrate a Birthday for one of the head chefs at Coastal Grill (He really knows great food when he sees/tastes it!) We had a wonderful evening and introduced them to some beverages and dishes they had never experienced before. After the meal, the comment was: "This is the best sushi I have ever had anywhere!" We always have said that Mizuno's food and service speak for themselves and this was another occasion where that was certainly confirmed.

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J
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our birthday celebration dinner. Very good food, excellent service and good timing. Cocktails were excellent as well.

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EZ
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without exception the best sushi we have had anywhere including New York, California, and Japan.

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l
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Sushi and pleasant atmosphere. Service is great. Only complaint- no children selections.

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

Always a wonderful experience at Mizuno!

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!!!

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SA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Mizuno! By far best sashimi in town, Yuko is terrific!

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

Excellent always. Exceptional on every level.
Fortunate to have Mizuno in our home town.
Bravo to staff and Walter ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always service was great and Chef Walter is the man! Favorite bday spot for me and highly recommend the hot n sour soup! Kanpai🍶

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BC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is as fine a Japanese Restaurant as you are likely to find! Nothing like it in eastern Virginia or Naples , FL . Try it .

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MB
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite sushi spots - anywhere! We love this place!

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OT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always. Best sushi place we’ve ever been to.

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SA
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi by far in the area. Yuko is fantastic! All of the food is fresh and light.

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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome sushi!

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EG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic!

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect service, exceptional food, nothing escapes the eye of the owner. He is a constant presence and the reason for the high quality atmosphere. Always a pleasure and wonderful food.

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MM
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mizuno is by far the Best Sushi Restaurant in Hampton Roads!

With a delicious variety of specialty creations that will tickle the most discriminant tastebuds, the folks at Mizuno are experts in every thing they prepare.

PS: The Mango Mojitos are out of this world.

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent sushi! Everything is fresh. The Mizuno Crudo is our favorite appetizer. The portion sizes are plentiful and satisfying. Even when it’s crowded there is still a cozy quiet feel. On the pricier end so we usually go for special occasions. Overall it is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Hampton Roads.

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BB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a special family great together. Thanks Walter

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JH
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always so delicious! I had the lobster crudo last night and it was AMAZING!!! Presentation to taste was beautifully perfect!!

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SS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mizuno is one of our all time favorites and we specifically make time to stop here when we're in the area soaking up the sun. The sushi tastes like it was just brought in from the ocean and their adult beverages are so tasty. The staff is so friendly! We always have a great experience when we dine here. Highly recommend it!

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GB
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sashimi and maki rolls with beautiful seafood presented elegantly in serene surroundings. The dining room is a bit dark, so you may wish to bring your own light to facilitate reading the menu.

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SA
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in town! Great service, nothing but good things to say!

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PB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi is always top notch. Splurge on the fresh wasabi, it's delicious.

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JP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi I've had on the East coast. Highly recommend

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JH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and overall experience. Good selection of wine and cocktails. Sushi and sashimi were delicious and fresh. We enjoyed some of the creative appetizers as well. Definitely recommend this restaurant

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L
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to coming here every year on our annual beach vacation. Our food this year was beyond our expectations! It just seems to get better and better. Creative, thoughtful cuisine made with high quality ingredients. Mizuno blows other run of the mill “sushi restaurants” out of the water!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi!!

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NN
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant located in a mall offers reasonable Japanese cuisine of good but by no means exceptional quality. The attempt to serve items in a "modernized" style does not add value to the food. Compared to other comparable restaurants in Virginia Beach, the prices are definitely too high. The Mizuno tuna tar-tar was more scallions than tuna and the ginger dressing was rather tasteless - I have had much better tuna tar-tars in other places at lower cost. The tuna and yellowtail sashimi was of good quality but not very nicely decorated. The rolls were rather standard but overpriced. My wife had some stomach problems after dinner and the dumplings she had could have been the culprit. The modern but somewhat cheap style in the restaurant reminded a bit of fast-food chains. We will go back to the other places we know and appreciate in VB.

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K
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall I had a pleasant experience. A tad on the expensive side but overall I enjoyed myself.

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