Musashi Japanese Restaurant

4.6
86 reviews
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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, HOGUEN PARK 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.
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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delish. Great service at the Sushi Bar. Cucumber Wrap is fresh with mint and great on a hot night!

D
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Sushi, and great customer service! Loved the shrimp tempura roll with spicey tuna.

PC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant, great food and service with a relaxing ambiance.

D
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi! Outstanding service. Returning again tonight!

JA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A small friendly, family owned restaurant. Excellent service & good food.

t
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very pleasant restaurant with great service.

r
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoy this restaurant so much. Great service and wonderful sushi.

TG
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and price. Quiet and relaxing atmosphere. We’ll be back.

P
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A real Japanese restaurant operated by real Japanese. It makes a big difference when many others open Japanese restaurant but they are not Japanese. "Close" doesn't count when you're looking for Japanese food. These people serve you the real thing.

MF
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food & service. The restaurant is noisy, we sat next to an older couple that must of been hard of hearing so they were so loud we couldn't carry on a normal conversation.

l
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming from the moment we walked in the door. Quaint and small, the perfect environment to enjoy Japanese cuisine served. Enjoyed our first time experience, we will definitely return soon.

LA
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended as the best Japanese in the desert and it lived up to that promise. Lovely place. Exquisite service. Food was excellent. We had a couple of rolls some sushi and the tempura and soba. All beautifully presented.

l
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatbfood fantastic sushi you must go excellent if you are in the desert go to this restaurant

B
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For some reason, I really liked this place. Perhaps it was the authentic feeling, the very respectful and knowledgeable young male server. I liked the soft shell crab tempura BUT it should look like a crab, not unrecognizable bits and pieces. I loved the steamed rice. Really! Reminded me of the "sweet" taste of rice in Japan. Next time I try the sashimi. I have a feeling it will be wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food defiantly worth the visit I’ll go again 👍👍

OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a night out with friends. Make a reservation via the app for dinner...very small restaurant. The seating is tight. The staff attentive and the food is good!

M
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Food is great, service is friendly, just a great little spot that we were lucky to find last year.

CG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would recommend this restaurant above all other Japanese restaurants in PD as the best

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our good to sushi restaurant!

AF
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Musashi offers consistent high quality service, food and ambiance. All staff are quite attentive to any special dietary needs of a customer.

CR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Don’t be late because they give away your table! Other than it’s a great restaurant.

AJ
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi I have ever had!! The maguro was an absolute standout.

s
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It seems most Japanese restaurants now serve mainly sushi, sashimi and rolls. So we really appreciated the excellently prepared tempura, beef teriyaki and chicken teriyaki at Musashi in addition to the sushi and sashimi. We had excellent service in a very comfortable dining room

j
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time in a week. That’s enough to know

KS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful surprise in a small shopping center. The service was terrific and although we did not have a reservation, we were seated in a packed house of delighted diners as soon as we entered. The beverage selection was equally impressive, beer , sake , and wines were on the menu. But the star of the evening was the sushi. Fresh, cold and delicious with great selections from California rolls to sashimi. Don't miss this jewel in the desert.

j
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

hidden gem...definitely will return. Serving staff was really nice too. Yes yes yes

b
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I wasn't super impressed with the food, but I think I just ordered the wrong dish.

SP
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice, bright and clean restaurant.
Sushi was good, but portions were rather stingy. Albacore was watery, not too flavorful, probably frozen, but tender.

JH
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The server was very knowledgable; the maitre'd/owner/manageress also took time to answer questions and explain the various types of tuna and the tenderest cuts of same. We had a fun time trying the different sashimi's and rolls. One in the party ordered the ribeye/chicken combo and was thoroughly pleased with the tenderness and flavour. We were all very impressed with the meal. Will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food overall - fresh sushi and vegetables. Chicken teriyaki was so-so, a sliced, flavorless chicken breast with some sauce dribbled on top. Biggest issue was that we felt rushed - the server brought our check without asking if we wanted dessert or another glass of wine (we wanted both). We hit the frozen yogurt place next door.

RC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always great service and wonderful quality food. Expert sushi chefs with long time experience! Family owned!

HT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Would return if we are in the area.

DE
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. also wonderful service!

VF
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service here is wonderful and fast. We go to Palm Springs at least twice a year and will definitely be sure to come back to this restaurant on each trip. If you’re looking for great sushi in the middle of the desert this is the place!

GH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We eat at this restaurant often. The food is
Fresh well prepared and the service is friendly and efficent . The quality of the food alongwith the great service makes for an exceptional dining experience

MG
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered, we loved it. Smooth jazz, frequent check-ins for drink orders, food orders, and if anything was needed.
Very attentive, warm, and friendly.

Loved it

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

A fantastic restaurant from beginning to end. This was our first time here and we all loved our food which was a variety of appetizers, soup, salad, nigiri sushi and rolls. Can't wait to visit again.

EM
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Japanese food, presented well. Felt a little rushed by server.

OT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST SUSHI IN THE VALLEY , amazing freshness, clean restaurant , great service , ice cold drinks.ty

WK
Stuttgart Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small but comfortable place with superb food and good service. We were so impressed that we went back the next evening.

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