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Sushi Mambo

3.7
107 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

Sushi Mambo has the best in Japanese cuisine and it is located right in the heart of Calistoga, CA in the Napa Valley. The eatery was established in 1997 and it offers many different styles of sushi. Diners can find traditional sushi options on the menu, as well as new and interesting types of sushi. The owner and operator of Sushi Mambo, Jose Cazares, apprenticed in Japantown in San Francisco before opening up his restaurant.

Sushi Mambo has a fun atmosphere to go along with the great food. Some of the hits on the menu include salmon skin rolls, spicy tuna rolls, avocado rolls and even tempura fried ice cream for dessert.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 9:00 pm
Fri: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat: Noon - 9:30pm
Sun: Noon - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(707) 942-4699
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Cazares
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Catering
We will prepare platters of Sushi and other Japanese delights for parties or weddings. We do not cater on site, and only prepare the platters for pick up, at your convenience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wappo Ave
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Parking details
Plenty of parking available!
Additional
Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.5
service
3.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 12, 2014

I am from NYC so I did not expect to find such a great Japanese restaurant in Napa. The only reason we went there is because our kids love Asian food but I am so glad we stopped by. Rolls were really delicious and we also were impressed by their Ramen noodles. Broth was very flavorful. If you are craving Japanese food in Napa, this is the place to go!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by a couple locals. Small place, but great menu and the food was delicious! Really got busy later in the evening, so must be a popular venue!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2014

This was our first visit to Sushi Mambo, and our experience was positive. The sushi was excellent: very fresh and tasty. The restaurant is located in a beautiful old building in a trendy neighborhood. Our waiter was efficient and friendly. A large error was made on our check which, luckily, we caught. It was corrected with apologies. We will return to Sushi Mambo for the very good sushi!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2014

Been going for years - food is still fun and innovative.
Our server still needs time to feel really comfortable with customers who aren't as young and hip as she.
Wasn't afraid to make suggestions so she noes the menu very well.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

We came here for my husband's birthday with his parents and our 3-month-old (in his stroller). Already we didn't get the sense that having dinner there was appropriate for our "party" so we advise coming here with colleagues, or other adults due to the noise level and clientele that waltzes in at night. If I had come with the girls or my husband for some sushi & sake, then I'd be singing a different tune.

Aside from the somewhat comically-named dishes, every item we ordered was simply amazing! Quite notably was the "Cheese So Beautiful" that my husband still raves about to this day. Their sashimi was gorgeously prepared and fresh beyond my experience. Even their sukiyaki and bento box were delicious.

Highly recommended so hurry and eat!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The service was amazing ,the food was incredible! i will definitely go back again soon!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2014

I have been to this restaurant quite a few times and have always had excellent food! The chefs are friendly and very skilled. Do not miss the app tuna ceviche and kitchen chips!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2014

We have had the same server and Chef almost every time we go. We were greeted promptly, had drinks and appetizers within just a couple minutes of our arrival. Sushi took a bit longer but nothing unusual considering that some of the rolls are cooked and how busy it was for just having 2 workers The chef Eric is great, skillfully made, quality food and fast. Our waiter Ben was knowledgable, funny and very composed especially considering that the place was almost full. We couldn't believe how efeciantly these guys worked. Will defenitely be back soon. Bravo!

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3.0Dined on November 9, 2013

This was our first time eating at Sushi Mambo. The service was a bit slow at the beginning but the food was very good.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2013

Really good, fresh, well-prepared sushi at a very reasonable price and the service was excellent: friendly and professional. It's going to be on my list of regular lunch spots from now on.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2013

Outstanding fish and the most unique rolls we have ever seen - a number of them created at the restautant. The Motherclucker, Leaf Me Alone, and Raw Deal are quite popular. The portion sizes for the price are the best in Napa Valley insofar as sushi establishments. Some good sake and a wine list that is being improved. Sushi Mambo surprises all who dine there.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2013

This is a good spot for a very casual lunch spot with friends. It is not very expensive, there is always a table, its moderately quiet depending on the time you go. The servers are nice. The food is good. The place is small. It is right in the downtown area. There is nothing very outstanding about any of it.

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2.0Dined on October 10, 2013

It looks like Japanese food but something different from the taste of real Japanese. Japanese may feel that something is missing.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2013

Local Napan and frequent this place often! Usually 3 times a month. Ask for the chef to make a sushi roll of HIS choice. You won't be disapponted! FIve STARS!!!

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2013

I was totally impressed by the friendliness of the staff and the amazing offers on the menu. It was a little on the pricier side, but seemed typical for Napa and Bay Area sushi joints in general. Their lunch specials are mostly under $18 and offer plenty of food. I had the bento box, which was under $15 and a great amount of food - delicious. They have an extensive offering for rolls, and many vegetarian options. I also recommend the "Fungus Amungus" (on the specialty roll menu).

Would definitely go again, an especially fun place for a date!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2013

Loved the names of the sushi. I ordered the High Roller.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2013

Mid salad dressing was not to my liking and seemed too creamy and too plentiful.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2013

This was to have been a special occasion. The service was slow and my bento box was bearly warm. The sushi was good. Not the experience we were wanting overall.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2013

I've going to Sushi Mambo for the last 15 years and have always looked forward to the atmosphere as well as the food. The last 2 times I've been there I just feel that the service has really just been mediocre, as well as the food. This is a total surprise to me because in my opinion Sushi Mambo's food is quality and fresh. I definietly do not want to say anything negative in regards to the location because it's a Napa Neighborhood place that makes you feel good inside. It's like the sitcom "Cheers" & I feel like "Norm", but i will be honest that I will be now venturing out to other Sushi astablishments. Sorry Sushi Mambo, but if I'm going to pay a $100 I want to walk out fat & happy!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2013

Always offers excellent food, especially its rolls, which are without peer in Napa. The restaurant, while not being new or chic, has the best sushi prices in Napa. So when you are concentrating on food, this is your place for sushi. The sake list is not bad, either, and while the wine list cold be more expansive, you can BYOB for a fair charge.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2012

The service was a little slow, but the food was worth the wait. Absolutely delicious. Definitely coming back again!

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2012

Very good local restaurant.
The Japanese food was authentic (we didn't eat the sushi) and a nice neighborhood find.

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2.0Dined on October 10, 2012

very friendly service, but not real knowledgable about the menu. Good place for locals to have a decent sushi meal.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2012

Best sushi in town! we come here usually once a week.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2012

Service has greatly improved

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2012

Always happy with Sushi Mambo, this time was no different! Try the "Fungus Amungus". DELICIOUS.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2012

I've been going to Sushi Mambo for over 10yrs. & I'm a huge fan, but unfortunately after my experience recently I might be looking soemwhere else. The food as always is quality, but it seems every time I go in there they have new servers, etc. The best service we got was the bus boy (who I tipped soley for his hard work). I have a hard time saying anything negative towards a place I look forward to going to, but after this experience I'll be searching elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2012

Great Sushi in lovley down town Napa.. Intresting and creative rolls! Every roll we have had there..we will order again..looking forward to trying everything on the menu first!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2012

We've found a new favorite for sushi! Everything on the menu was delicious! there wasn't a roll that we didn't love. And we are picky when it comes to anything fish, especially Sushi and Sashimi. Fresh fish, excellent preparation, and very nice people.
We'll be back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2012

I have been going to Sushi Mambo since Jose bought it from Fuji eons ago. He has always had ultra fresh, unique as well as traditional sushi and sashimi. The only ding has always been service. It really slows down at peak times. It has, however been better since he has his brother AND another chef to ease the bottlejams. Go before or after the peak times for the best experience. The phoenix roll is a unique sauced and broiled roll with three types of fish. Mt Fuji is a monster of deliciousness. SabaDabaDoo is a excercise in mackerel freshness. Yum. Here's something funny. Jose learned english from a Japanese guy at his sushi cheff job at the miyako (sp) hotel in San Francisco. Maybe that's why he has a wicked sense of humor!!!

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2012

We were very disappointed on this visit. The Miso soup was luke warm and the gyoza was barely hot as well. I had to ask for the rice that came with my dish and we constantly hadto ask the waitress twice for numerous things - more water, pepper, etc. Not sure that we will go back for quite a while

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2012

sushi quality, creativity, taste was excellent. seafood is noticably fresh, very enjoyable place to dine. beware, however of the service. although server was very sweet, there was no sense of urgency, and a slight lack of professionalism which one would expect to accompany level of food.i do recommend this place, however dont expect to be too timely with your order,apps, departure.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2012

Part of the menu & the sushi are very creative (on the possitive side...)
It makes it intersting.
we were there few times and enjoyed. it's not fireworks but its a nice dinner.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2012

From the time we arrived (on time), it took a full hour and a half before the first morsel appeared on our table. Never again.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2012

Sushi here was solid-- it wasn't anything to write home about, but prices are reasonable and quality was pretty good. I'd eat here again.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2012

While visiting Napa with my wife we were weighing the options for a Sushi dinner but did not feel like spending an arm and a leg. After reading all of the reviews on Open Table, we decided to give Sushi Mambo a try. It did not disappoint. Quite the contrary, it was an excellent experience. The Sushi was fresh and the variety of special rolls was more than adequate. The Udon noodle soup was outstanding and satisfying. I would certainly recommend Sushi Mambo to any one looking for a quaint, affordable and friendly dinning option in Napa.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2012

We dined for sushi and we thought the sushi was okay but nothing to speak of. The experience was nice but nothing over the top. Nothing went wrong the server was a bit slow. We also did not have a view of anything. Better to pick something on the river front napa.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2012

Nice little place downtown. Service was great and sushi was very fresh. We beat the late night crowd, so it was quite pleasant.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2012

Sushi Mambo is a long-time Napa favorite. It is locally owned and operated and has a very devoted following among locals and out-of-towners. It is a gem in the heart of Napa's Downtown and I don't go anywhere else for sushi.

There was a bento box special on the dinner menu that was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2012

I've been dining at Sushi Mambo for 10 yrs. & I'm all about paying for qaulity. Food is fresh & icredible.

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