Samsi

3.7
84 Reviews
£25 and under
Japanese
Manchester’s Samsi is a well established restaurant widely agreed to serve “the best Japanese food in the North West”, to quote the Manchester Metro. The basement is a colourful Japanese supermarket. Upstairs, traditional dugout style seating lends itself to slightly more formal dining. Here an exciting menu lists a huge range of dishes from every corner of Japan. The teriyaki dishes are highly recommended; the sushi fabulous. New dishes are frequently introduced. A weakening of the Japanese Yen has kept prices low, making the Samsi experience excellent value.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 84 people are saying
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3.6
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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great experience and beautiful food, the only downside is the ‘order food online’ policy that has been put in place since my last visit. It makes the experience less personal. Also the process wasn’t fully explained so our starters came with our mains.
Although this may work for some diners the more traditional customer probably would appreciate a traditional restaurant experience.
However the food as always was delicious and the atmosphere vibrant as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent but the service was a bit slow

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DShort
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The staff are awesome and I would definitely come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I used to love this restaurant but unfortunately, it seems to have gone downhill - I had the steak bento box, the steak was tough and the tempura wasn't great (you used to get sweet potato but now it's just peppers). The only saviour was the fresh sushi.
My partner had the Steak Ramen; again, tough steak and there was no nice garnish.
The decor has not been updated for at least the past ten years and this would have made my experience a little bit better.
I'm hesitant to go back in the future.

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RoshniP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the staff were very helpful and attentive. We will definitely be back again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

lovely food and very good service

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BeverlyV
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, simply prepared and presented to allow for a more authentic experience. Super nice waitress! Definitely recommend.

SL
SusanneL
Singapore
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My seafood ramen was not great. The noodles were stuck together and the seafood was over cooked. Had hoped for more.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I would love to give a good review , the service is great and the staff is really nice and accomodating.
but the food is not that good.. miso soup taste like water and its full of onions which is not really a miso soup. Agedashi tofu lacks flavor. Sashimi was okey .the sushi platter is way not worth the money you spend and the rainbow platter is just okey. Too little wasabi is served and the tiger prawn tempura is so disappointing as well it looks like it came out from a packet that you can buy from the groceries and is really small.
I really wanted a saving grace from the food so we can actually say its worth it but it wasn’t

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Japanese food in a friendly and relaxed setting

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Decor was dated. The table I sat at was all chipped. Sushi was alright. The edamame completely lacked salt. Overall nothing that stood out

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh and high quality food, great sushi, highly recommended!

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dpglondon
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Given the excessive price of many Japanese restaurants, this offers great value and no compromise on quality.

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dpglondon
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A really unexpected find. Interesting varied menu, and well presented.

SM
vipSusieM
Manchester
41 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly recommend the vegetarian and Japanese banquets at Samsi, Manchester. Authentic, high quality food, with fast and efficient service.

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sheldon
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good to very good - best chicken gyoza I have ever had. Sushi is tasty but presentation is rather poor.Noodles are served generously and are possibly the best thing on the menu for those who need something more substantial. restaurant seems very hectic at the times and service is a bit rushed and somehow not attentive enough. It looks like decor is very worn out and whole restaurant would need a serious refurbishment

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sheldon
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good

DD
DidsburyDiner
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Samsi, Manchester. A wonderful restaurant, sometimes forgotten about owing to location. Dining room is inviting, with a lively atmosphere and downstairs deli a hidden delight. Food represents great value and there is a decent if unspectacular wine list. Sashimi was high quality with thick slices of very fresh fish. Star dish was the steak sukiyaki, a centre piece with a wonderful tasty broth. Now if only they would they would cook some of my other favourite japanese snacks. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agreed, best Japanese restaurant in Manchester

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2010
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Samsi, Manchester - was quite quiet on the the night, though. Very good value and pleasant service. The "supermarket" downstairs is a bonus and great for otherwise hard-to-get Japanese products and better value sizes of more familiar items. We'll be back and have recommended it to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2010
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good Japanese restaurant. Generous portion sizes!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2010
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Samsi Restaurant, Manchester, is for the value of money for the food you get. The food is nothing special for a Japanese meal and perhaps it needs to be more innovative with exquisite Japanese meals rather than typical binto box type food only. Big portions and felt too full at the end of a banquet meal.

CL
ClaireL
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant decor, loved the booths that a couple could sit in to have a meal. Didn't get a chance to sample the bar downstairs but live music sounded great. Choice of food was excellent and our waitress couldn't have been more helpful, topping our wine up on queue!! Toilets were a bit of a trek but apart from that would love to go again.

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Londonfoodie
Manchester
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2010
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Samsi is the best Japanese in Manchester and has delicious fresh ingredients: the sushi and beef are outstanding. The venue is pleasant and the staff functional, but the real star is the chef who cooks in full view of the restaurant.

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MASRAS
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Samsi, Japanese restaurant, city centre, Manchester. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Spacious airy room. The food was very good with the exception of the tempura which was soggy! I would certainly recommend it and return

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2010
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food good but a bit to much noise for a romantic dinner,even so we would eat there again.

DN
DaveNewitt
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Living Room, Nottingham. The mixed starter consisting of 3 starters of our choice was great, and very filling. The main course portions were decent sizes and very well done. The slow roasted shoulder of lamb with mash was lovely and tender. A lovely evening wih fine wine and good food, very attentive and friendly staff. Would definitely recommed this resturant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Living Room in Nottingham was fantastic. I went with my girlfriend and found the ambience perfect and the service was 1st class not to mention the food was gorgeous. I definately recommend the seafood risotto. Will definately eat there again when in Nottingham.

DA
DANIELLE
Lancashire
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Samsi is always good, the sushi is extremely fresh and equal to any we've had in London or elsewhere. The service is good. We tend to get a selection of everything we fancy and share it as a table although my son doesn't share his huge platter of sushi with anyone! One or two dishes, such as the skewers, aren't as good value, but the tempura and the teryaki salmon are to die for. Don't forget to visit the cool Japanese shop downstairs for all your authentic ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
London
49 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2010
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Visited Samsi on a Sunday evening. Disappointed by the quality of the food. Unfortunately also seated in the new back of the restaurant which appeared rather tacky. Visit many Japanese restaurants and sadly quality of the food is much lower standard on this occasion.

LM
LondonMedic
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere and an attentive service.

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Colin
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2010
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The meal started promisingly enough with very acceptable sushi but went downhill rapidly thereafter. The tempura was ok but no daicon with the tensyuyu (or even salt!) and worse was the way large amounts of food arrived at once meaning that certain dishes were eaten lukewarm or even cold, that should have been enjoyed hot. The service was friendly but apart from one waitress, the staff was Chinese and somehow this was reflected in the food. Not really a Japanese restaurant, rather, Japanese-ish.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at the livingroom in nottingham, the staff were friendly, the food was delicious and we are planning on going back very soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Living Room was a fantastic experience, I would recommend it to anyone. Great food, great service and the atmosphere was perfect. The booth was reserved for us as requested and there was also a bottle of bubbly waiting for us as requested.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A great evening - attentive service and really tasty food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living Room - Nottingham
Excellent - great venue - buzzy - food was very good for all - and staff most helpful - definitely one to go again (several times!)

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Cat01
Bristol
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and wonderful food!

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James
London
52 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience3

New Samsi, Manchester was pleasant if a little quiete on a Wednesday. Food and service good, slightly expensive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2009
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went to the Living Room in Nottingham on Monday evening for dinner. The service was great, although the food was fairly average we had a lovely time. Usually, it is quite expensive but we had a voucher for 25% off the bill, so this made it very good value. I have been before and had excellent food, and will go again.

FAQs

Samsi does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Samsi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 279 0022.

Samsi is rated 3.7 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.