OBON + Sushi + Bar + Ramen - Tucson

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Experience fun and innovative Asian cuisine in Dowtown Tucson. Brandon Katz, Tucson native, has made it his vision to bring approachable and fun Japanese dining to the area's culinary offerings. Chef Paulo Im has created a modern menu that pairs traditional Japanese cooking with more contemporary culinary methods to offer the region a unique taste.Serving such favorites as Yuzu Yellotail Crudo, Steam Buns, 6 varieties of Ramen, and an extensive original sushi menu, the restaurant has introduced its guests to an approachable form of Japanese food. Open daily, Obon Sushi Bar Ramen offers lunch specials during the afternoon, Happy Hour daily, as well as a full-course menu in the evenings.
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MB
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent server and all of the food was great! Both specialty sushi rolls were amazing and the buns were yummy. We also had great Cosmos! Will definitely eat there again!

j
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent location, helpful and friendly staff, terrific food prep and quality. A must visit in downtown Tucson for food and drink. Ask for Elsie.

ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Not the best place for client gathering, but nice for a quick in and out. more Pei Wei type of setting

S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there on 10/5 at 5pm. The woman who was tending bar was not at all friendly. She seemed very annoyed to be serving us. We had to ask her for menus and drink refills. She was chatting a lot with other staff behind the bar which is fine but she forgot she had patrons to help. Besides that experience, everyone else was very friendly and attentive. Table service was great and the woman who took our reservation was very cheerful and accommodating. We would definitely return.

RE
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting ramen and a very good selection on there menu from sushi to ramen and some Japanese dishes really good and fresh food we will return for sure and great service

AS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and cocktails are fantastic. Everything is super fresh, and soo good! Great outdoor evening dining. Try one of the hysterically named cocktails!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A go to spot every time I am in town. Drew and the team are fantastic and the food is outstanding!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Beat the lunch rush.

d
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fabulous and the sushi was fresh and delicious! The only downside was the noise level inside but I would definitely return here anytime!

GD
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best sushi in Tucson. The drinks are pretty amazing as well.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey, but delicious! 9/10 foodie score here!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were glad that we had a reservation, since it was pretty busy for a Thursday. We got the bird buns, street noodles and a Monster Roll. The sushi roll is HUGE! Very tasty tho. I enjoyed the street noodles, and got them mild, which was still very good. The bird buns were amazing, and definitely would go back again for them! Overall great experience!

EM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Obon on a Sunday for the first time. On Sunday's they have all day happy hour, which is a great deal. Everything we ate was delicious and the drinks were really good, especially at the happy hour prices! My favorite was the ramen. I highly recommend and look forward to returning.

DY
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They recently refreshed their menu and it is still incredible. Get that Langostino roll, you will be amazed. The calamari was so unique. Glad they are not doing the deep friend but rather rich juicy buttery version. Can’t wait to go back

RS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine! I particularly recommend the Obon ramen and the shoyu, as well as the salmon nigiri. They have some really wild and interesting mixed drinks too!

TA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really clean and simple, the aesthetic was really pretty and the presentation was very beautiful

JB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time we have eaten at OBON and we were very impressed with the food. Tried a variety of dishes and they did not disappoint!

CG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Ramen is great and the happy hour specials make appetizers easy. Parking is easy with a public garage right across the street. Food was first rate and well presented. The service was first rate and my water was never empty. Prices were fair and this place its a great treat.

VG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Very slow waitress only came a few times and one of them had really bad BO

JS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had reservations at 6pm. Noone called to say they were closed, drove an hour into town and was turned away at the door because they were closed for "maintenance " we would still like to try the food here.

CS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite ramen in the whole world!!! Never disappoints!!!! Also, their margaritas are nothing less than outstanding!

TT
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish was fresh and tasty. Light levels were ideal and background noise was minimal.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fabulous meal. A beautiful fusion of various Asian dishes and excellent service not to mention great drink specials—we will be back very soon!!

TW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We’ve been to Obon many times and it seems like the service has been going downhill for a while. This experience was as follows; seated quickly, quick drink order, took over 10 mins to get 3 non alcoholic drinks, ordered happy hour items, 15 mins to get them, server never came back to refill drinks or take main order until we flagged her down, ordered 3 mains and they all came separately 3-4 mins apart! Had to flag server down again for the bill I made the mistake of giving my card before looking at the bill but she gave us the wrong tables bill so it was refund and do it again. Barely an apology, she made it seem as if I was at
Fault for noticing the mistake. Too bad the ramen is really good here but poor service trumps good food, we’ll go elsewhere.

BO
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere is probably the best thing about this restaurant. The food is a close 2nd. The street noodles are amazing as are the rolls. The prices, although not unusually high, are on the high end for some of the simpler things on the menu. The seaweed salad portion is far too small for the price. The prices for some of the nigiri also seem to be somewhat high. Overall, the food tastes great and the blend of American pop culture and Japanese food is quite enjoyable. Sitting at the bar allows you to watch a Netflix or hulu show while dining. The music is definitely not typicalof a jampanese sushi restaurant and was quite a nice and unexpected change of pace.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ramen and edamame! The obon edamame are so good! Great drinks and specials!

WR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Oban is still good for sushi and ramen, but not quite as good as when it opened. The sushi rice I had with 4 pieces of nigiri and one tuna roll tasted dry and stale. It's a fun place to go, however.

l
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour!

LC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for date night! The ramen is so filling and tastes perfect. The sushi was AMAZING and beautifully plated

MS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I made a reservation for 8 for my birthday and they gave me an outdoor table. They said I had to call to get a table inside. Our waitress was great. Food was ok

OT
Tucson
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with amazing workers and amazing food!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food- great service. We were a few minutes late and they accommodated us and got us out in time for our show 45 minutes later, and we never felt rushed:)

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.

n
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food came out very quickly but our entrees were served before we had time to finish our cocktails and appitizers

F
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I put the note in our reservation that we were celebrating a birthday but it wasn’t addressed upon seating or by our server. A “happy birthday” would have been fantastic. It does ask when making the reservation so I figured it would be recognized.

The overall service was good. The patio was a bit chilly, no option for heaters, but it was a random chilly day!

Food is always delicious!

Overall a great dinner, just disappointed that the birthday wasn’t recognized.

RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved, loved, LOVED IT!
Thank you for a memorable Mother's Day.
Rox

JO
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Jalapeno Albacore Crudo was very delicious, I would definitely like to come back and try more signature rolls.

i
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went there for dinner because I wanted sushi. Ironically, we both ended up with a bowl of ramen. I had the shoyu ramen; he had the Obon ramen. We made the right choice. We also ordered the spam bun for appetizer, that was another great choice. The mix of spam with pickled cucumber and kim chee created a flavor explosion that made my taste buds happy. My husband and I still raved about the ramen broth hours after dinner.

The restaurant is a little hard to find following Google Maps because it’s literally at the intersection facing three streets. I had to call them and ask where to find them. Once there, the staff was super friendly and welcoming and the food was amazing.

Overall, we had great food and enjoyed our dinner experience. We are planning to go back soon.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It took so long to get our food. When it did come out only one person got their order. We had to wait additional for the other to get the food. Overall it took 30 min to get our food

DY
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food quality. Delicious taste, perfect place for date night or just to enjoy a wonderful meal. Had the vegetable eggrolls which came with a delightful sauce that complemented it and gave it a real kick. The OBON edamame is a must, the sauce is so unique. The Aji salad was refreshing the perfect amount of food and a great value. My husband enjoyed it too sushi rolls, shrimp tempura and a California roll and both were generous portions and top-notch.

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