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Musashi Japanese Restaurant, Palm Desert, CA

Musashi Japanese Restaurant

4.8
4.8
306 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Established in 1996. Musashi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar has a long history of providing the Palm Desert and the Valley with the highest quality Japanese cuisine prepared skillfully.

OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS, OUR STAFF LED BY EXECUTIVE SUSHI CHEF MASAO ARAI AND AKI AKIFUMI CONTINUES THE JAPANESE TRADITION OF FRESH FISH, SOUPS AND NOODLES, AND MEATS. TRADITIONAL JAPANESE PREPARATION WITH THE FINEST INGREDIENTS AND TECHNIQUES. MUSASHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR REPRESENTS AND HOLDS TRUE THE LEGACY OF JAPANESE AND CALIFORNIA CUISINE.

*We seat entire party together.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 340-9780

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Masa Arai

  • Catering

    Contact us for more information 760-340-9780

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What 306 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Best Food

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Best Value

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Best Food

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Best Value

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious
  2. KS

    KevinS

    Palm Springs

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fresh.. Delicious. Friendly happy service.
  3. J

    John

    Las Vegas

    122 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pretty much average, although pricing a little high $9-10 for a 2-piece sashimi seems exorbitant.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. We’re regulars.
  5. LA

    LATraveler

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Musashi never disappoints. Quality, fresh sushi, and respectably-sized rolls. Go!
  6. A

    Anastasia

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. Amazing food. Amazing staff. Everything is fresh and it’s not overly expensive.
  7. WW

    WWacker

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Musashi is my favorite place to go for Japanese dining. Not only is the food and service excellent, so is the music. So many restaurants have loud, grating music in the background such that patrons can neither enjoy the food, the ambience or their conversation—they can’t hear themselves nor think over the brash music. At Musashi the music is real jazz not Kenny G. It’s joy to hear it at the right volume. Great taste across the board.
  8. KL

    KLEXglobal

    Portland

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful find. Sushi and other menu items were very good. Service was very attentive. I’ll return and recommend highly.
  9. S

    Sunny

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was very good. The only thing that felt a little uncomfortable was the meal felt rushed. Our server kept coming to our table asking us if we were finished, asking us if we could pay the check before we were even finished. I get the sense that they’re very busy and like to turn over tables quickly. I want to stress though that the food was absolutely excellent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve dined here many times and is our preferred Japanese restaurant in the area. Always a good meal and excellent service.
  11. m

    mbinlb

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Open Table table (ha ha) was ready, we were welcomed with a smile, service and quality of food was highest.....Thank you and we'll see you again!!
  12. D

    Diner

    Denver

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Sushi was fresh, service was excellent. It’s pricey though.
  13. T

    Teapot89

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service! Very traditional japanese!
  14. SH

    SHELLIET

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant, cozy Japanese restaurant with soft background music/ Great service The food was delicious! The staff was so kind and helpful with my handicapped dining partner. Great value. Remarkable restaurant
  15. PB

    PhyllisB

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The food was overpriced & not very good. Even the teriyaki sauce had a bad taste. The seaweed salad was inedible. Will not be returning.
  16. OP

    OliviaP

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in town! Hands down:)
  17. TB

    TomB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice place to meet with friends and enjoy the best Japanese food in the Valley!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy eating at Musashi . The quality of the fish is outstanding , beverage selections are excellent , and the owners plus staff are warm and friendly
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Lovely and authentic Japanese restaurant. We will go again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in the desert. Wonderful meal and experience time and time again!
  21. F

    Foodie

    Palm Springs

    106 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Was expected more authentic Japanese food. One of my favorited japanese dishes is tempura. It was not light and also very very greasy. Will find another place next time
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite sushi restaurant ever!!!!! It’s always 100% delicious and fresh.
  23. BG

    BrianG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife informed me we came back to vacation in the Palm Desert so we could eat here again. Good times!
  24. B

    Basil

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always so prompt and diligent. The atmosphere is beautiful, I cant wait to return. Thank you.
  25. M

    Maraln

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Just been disappointing lately Was having tummy issues all night because of my early dinner Won’t run back
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Usually mushashi is my most favorite sushi place. I think it must be because they have new staff. Some of our nigiri had too much sauce and the rice fell apart before it could hit our mouth and the rice went everywhere but our mouths. The scallops had way too much wasabi on them. Overall, it is still very good compared to anywhere in the valley. I am hoping they get back to norm. The owner is always very nice and it is always very clean.
  27. PT

    PasadenaTom

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lived in Tokyo for 10 years so we know a little about Japanese food. The food at Musashi was as close to what we were used to in Tokyo as any restaurant we’ve found in the CV. The unagi don was served in a decorative lacquer box and tasted just like the dish we loved in Japan. The service was great and the owner was present and attentive to the operation. Great Japanese restaurant!
  28. GM

    GreggM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding experience! Exquisite quality sushi. Master chef.
  29. GB

    GeneB

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Best sushi I’ve found in the desert…finally! This is the closest to a Tokyo sushi bar…few frills, excellent, attentive chefs, good service…really the entire package. Only 4 stars because I personally felt the rice was slightly under seasoned…but still very good. This is my new go to place for sushi and I’m not even sure why I’m telling you! From my experience, the other sushi spots in the area are disappointing by comparison…
  30. SA

    SianA

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I really try not to give a bad review these days but I wish someone had given a heads up. This is really bad food. We left before we submitted our main order. We got edamame that was so over cooked and had no salt or seasoning it was not edible. We also got a 20 dollar tuna appetizer thar was supposed to be seared w a ponzu sauce. The sear was a complete miss and it was served buried in lots of uncooked with onion? Really it was. Skip this spot.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Best sushi in the desert.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best sushi in the Coachella Valley!!!
  33. J

    John

    Las Vegas

    122 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pretty average sushi bar/restaurant. Will try again soon.
  34. SL

    SLEE

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite place, food is excellent music is enjoyable, serves divine. They do rush you a bit that is the only negative.
  35. J

    Jean1

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service- nice atmosphere. Food was delicious. Easy parking. Highly recommend!
  36. MW

    MikeW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places for sushi. It’s been a favorite for years.
  37. L

    Largo

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The sashimi was not as fresh as it could be and the slices were very small and poorly presented. The Spider roll was good as was the hand roll. The price were astronomically high for what we received. I have had much better more carefully presented for much less, I would not recommend Musashi.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE this restaurant- been going since we arrived in the desert! By far, the BEST and freshest fish in the Coachella valley.
  39. M

    Marilyn

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was an issue. Had to flag someone down to give our drink order. Other people came after us and were served drinks and food items before we were. Would have liked some suggestions, like a special fish not always available, etc. We sat at the counter, which we always prefer, but there seemed to be no one attentive to us.
  40. CA

    CarloA

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious! Best Sushi in the valley! Very good service! Thank you!

FAQs

Musashi Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 306 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Musashi Japanese Restaurant

72785 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3343

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Highway 111 and Plaza Way

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Desert

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Masa Arai

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

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