Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey

4.8
1022 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FIRST SUSHI AND WHISKEY BAR LOCATED IN UPTOWN IN PALM SPRINGS. By Engin Onural
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vipNWSkier
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best sushi in the valley! Delicious food and outstanding service! We can't wait to go there again! In the meantime during the lockdown we will be ordering carry out!

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vipBunkey
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I'll definitely return for more.

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vipCat82
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful. The concept is so cool - whiskey and sushi!! The sushi is so unique. There is an extensive whiskey list and some amazing cocktails. I like the harmony and honey and the apricot whiskey drink. The staff is always very knowledgeable about their menu. Love coming here every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Don’t do the omakase - not worth it. Very small cheap bites for an exorbitant price point.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and the Omakase was a showcase of the chef’s talents. Excellent quality fish in the desert! :)

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Special night out for "specialty" fish dishes.

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ASH1200
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. From the moment we arrived. We were seated in no time (within 2 minutes of arriving).. We sat in the make shift container which was well light and appointed. The cocktails, food and service were outstanding. We will be frequent visitors to Sandfish. We really enjoyed our time at the restaurant..

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AndyR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I am in town I make sure to stop by Sandfish! Great food, drinks and service!

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JeffW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the service and food were outstanding. The new parking lot arrangement is fantastic, a little dark in the corners, but still....it's 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Josh was a great pro!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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KevinB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job with the outdoor dining. They had heaters going. It was comfortable even with it being a cool evening. The food was a step above. Can’t wait to go back

Cheers

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HungryForFood
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for our one year wedding anniversary dinner, the staff was fantastic and went out of their way to make us feel safe and special!

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vipRobertH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Safe - stylish environment - good music. Custom adapted shipping containers provide warm and stylish outside dining environment. Disappointed that two dishes we ordered seemed to run out - leading to a rather abrupt end to our dinner ! Poor server seemed run off his feet !

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Dinnermate
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered was amazing and the service was great. Will be back.

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vipNinaG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute must if visiting Palm Springs! We selected the tasting menu. I loved every single item. I’m so happy we were able to stop in. Kudos to chef Engin!

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vipMMAG
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Excellent sushi. Great waiter! The ambience was marginal. What was most disconcerting was getting there after we called because we were running a few minutes late. We arrive and standing around as there is no one at the greeting station for about 15 minutes and they had told me on the phone if we were more than 15 minutes late they would like to take the reservation. Other than that excellent food

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vipRette
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best meal and the best server during our week of dining out in PS. Food was inventive, top quality and delicious! Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and made grea recommendations for both food and cocktails. And surprisingly Warm on the outside porch!

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chrism
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!

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Andy
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The Omakase is a lie. It is actually a set menu of items off the menu. Nothing unique or special about it except the exorbitant price. It took 3 hours to do 9 courses, with each course usually being eaten within 5 minutes... so a lot of waiting. It took almost 30+ minutes to get the final course... sorbet. Everything we tasted was high quality, and was good, but not particularly inventive, and again, if it is not Omakase -- which is experience as much as the food -- don't call it an Omakase.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Now we get to seat outdoors, it is so much better, because it is quieter! The food is always amazing ! Josh was our waiter. Could not be more attentive and fun. Go, go, go!

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vipPollyW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi. Great staff. Outdoor dining is a little chilly even with heaters. bring a coat and you will have a great meal.

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BenL
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not know the place and was extremely pleased with everything. Very fresh, moderately priced, and more than enough choices to fit anyone’s appetite.

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vipliketoeatwell
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Will start off by saying our server was excellent: knowledgeable, well spoken and professional. The food is fine by resort town standards. The signature rolls are overblown, which I guess helps justify the aggressive pricing, yet don’t offer enough deliciousness let alone flavor. What was hard to swallow was the reception and what I assume to be the manager. We arrived early for our reservation and found a clump of people standing at the welcome stand, a mix of people with reservations and waiting for takeout. For about 15 minutes not a single employee addressed anyone. Not even a ‘we will be with you as soon as we can’. Once we finally checked in we saw the same thing happen again again. No one at the stand, leaving customers to just stand and wonder what was happening. At one point the manager said something to the effect of ‘there’s a wait because customers are still enjoying their dinners and are taking their time to settle and leave’ Wrong. There’s a delay because you ignore your customers, overbook your reservations, and accept more takeout business than your staffing or kitchen allow. To blame your customers is lame. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation. There was an apology but it didn’t mean much after that experience. I know we are supposed to be patient these days because of the pandemic but this is clearly a restaurant burning the candle at both ends, disrespecting diners while trying to cash in on takeout. They don’t deserve patience or generosity because they offer none. Save this place for when you are desperate for sushi and don’t mind being taken for granted.

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FrancescaS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great environment and even better service! They were a little behind on seating us but completely worth the wait! Highly recommend!!!

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TracyL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scotty was a super friendly server and the food was delicious!

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vipluisg
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is great. The staff is awesome. The food takes a while to come out. I would say more than average.
We sat outside since the pandemic and it was a bit uncomfortable being next to the Main Street and dark.
Regardless I will definitely go back.

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SueC
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such an excellent dinner - we chose the omakase (tasting menu) so it was a big splurge. We loved every course and savored every bite as the flavors in each course were subtle and well integrated. They have done a great job creating a pleasant outdoor dining deck from what I gather was a parking lot(?) and a few shipping containers to better ensure COVID safety and compliance. Very innovative and a wonderful experience!

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EvanB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Omakase was hands-down the best dining experience I’ve ever had in my entire life

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi! Will go back many, many times!

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Kacy
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best dishes we tried were the Scallop in shell and Bluefin Sashimi - both were outstanding. The Spanish octopus was also excellent. Weren’t as enthusiastic about the Hamachi Kama. Pricey overall but worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. We come to Sandfish for quality sushi and outstanding service, and they never fail to deliver. Our server, Josh, was extremely well educated and did an excellent job of guiding us through the menu. They had a Spanish Mackerel special that was to die for, and when I heard it, I knew I just had to order. Fresh, creamy texture with some many subtle, clean flavors. Our favorite dish is always the Hamachi Sashimj, and we always start with spicy edamame.

We will definitely be coming back!

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vipkelliforfood
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect in every way. Food is delicious. Outdoor dining was great and safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fresh fish was amazing. Octopus was a little tough. Perfect service.

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dissapointed
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food! We indicated on OpenTable that we were celebrating our honeymoon but no one picked up on it. Meanwhile the couple next to us was loudly fighting and yelling the whole time! The tuna tostada was amazing and the hamachi Kama was perfect as well. Ordered a few more things and ended with an amazing scallop handroll

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ChrisK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We looked forward to our dinner at Sandfish but overall were disappointed with the food from a Japanese restaurant. He we had the omakase course, which certainly had enough food but felt that the restaurant should be considered fusion cuisine given the mix of ingredients.

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Pete12345
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and the food was incredible

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PRSue
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around, ask for Michael if he's working, he's a 10/10. We did the tasting menu and the whole thing was delicious. The Sandfish roll was the best roll I've ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, great service. Highly recommend!

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franeela
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

What a disappointment... seated inside a cargo container with one side open, with one ineffective heater (we were told that the heaters were delivered broken) just outside the open area. Dark, cold and uncomfortable. The waiter in training gave us the speech on Chef Engin Onural being one of the top 30 in the world and unfortunately the food was sub standard. The Venue Roll, though it was hard to see looked better that it was. Just ok. The stuffed zucchini flowers a bit soggy from too much cream cheese and just a trace of tuna! The biggest disappointment was the Hamachi collar, served in a deep bowl, difficult for two to pry into the flesh of the fish. When we asked for side plates, one of the servers pointed to an extremely small plate that seemed to be serving as a liner for the soy sauce bowl. Finally the other server brought us some larger plates and by then the dish was already cold. Service was terrible. A third person brought orders from other tables to ours. The bill when requested had items that we had not ordered nor received. Wanting to get away from the entirely uncomfortable environment, had to walk to the front to pay our bill. And while waiting to complete the transaction saw 3 perfectly hot heaters in full action!
Oh and by the way we had called the day before our reservation to inquire about the seating know it was going to be cold, we where told that we would share a heater with another table. AN OUTRIGHT LIE. And finally we were advised that when making a reservation through Open Table, they cannot accommodate us to the better tables!

We have had the pleasure of dining at sushi restaurants such as Morimoto and Nobu, no way this can be amongst the top in the world!

FAQs

Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 537-1022.

Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey is rated 4.8 stars by 1022 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.