Raku

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Raku is a new sushi joint in the 50th & France area. Raku is stylish and contemporary with muted tones. The menu offers plenty of sushi options as well as specialty modern Japanese dishes such as duck spring rolls and tuna pizza. Raku also offers a full bar with large selection of sakes!

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wannabfoodie
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love Raku because of the food & the people who work there. They remember us & treat us like old friends. Thank you!

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vipCindyK
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Perfect location because of proximity to the Edina Theatre. Noise level was very good after families with children left. Food was fine. Not distinctive, but good. Price was a tad high for a suburban restaurant. I was annoyed that I wasn't able to receive points from OpenTable even though I reserved through that website.

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vipFoodieinKensington
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a Japanese meal!

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vipAnneD
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It took quite a while to get service....the food is amazing. The presentations are fantastic. We shall return.

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BenK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Reservations for noon. Stood outside the entry doors until 12:20 before an employee who had been outside smoking finally opened up. We were 2 of only 6-8 patrons in the whole place. It took another 20 minutes to get our server to take our order. She was unable to answer the most basic of questions about the menu. It appeared that everyone ‘working’ was hung over, or just sincerely disinterested in performing their duties. Maybe it was an off day, but I sure won’t be back, nor would I recommend it to anybody. The food was acceptable. Nothing outstanding.

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THS22
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Valentine's Day - While there was a line out the door for sushi pick-up, so it must be good, our experience was a disappointment. We ordered sushi for an appetizer, but it was so late in arriving that we did not get to try it. It took over 30 minutes to get a drink, the food order took almost an hour and was incorrect, lukewarm and not very tasty. Service was courteous.

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luv4finedining
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First time for a birthday luncheon. The service was a little slow because of just one server for our group of 20. The server did get best and was very helpful with serving my birthday cupcakes.

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StacyL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was AMAZING!!!! We will definitely be going back for more!!!
Service was good, wine was good, ambiance was good!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We waited over an hour and a half for our dinner. Meanwhile BiteSquad and other food delivery services picked up multiple orders. It would have been nice if the customers that were dining in where a priority.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Sons birthday dinner. Waitress took twenty five minutes to even ask if we wanted something to drink - had to ask someone else to flag her down. Ordered edamame as soon as we sat down - took over 30 mins to get it. Then brought all the meals out so far apart the first two were done before the second two even got dinner, and the last plate came even later. Horrible service and the food was just ok. And the place only had maybe 10-15 people dining so it wasn’t a matter of being slammed. I wouldn’t go back.

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WilliamH
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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vipKatieP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The restaurant removed my reservation even though I showed up and checked in. Opentable was nice enough to put it back on.

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LFCC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made the reservation for 22:00. Arrived at 22:05 and the we were told the restaurant was closed. Why accept the reservation in first place? Totally waste of time. We could have gone to another place but by the time we were told that everything was already closed

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MollyM
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi

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LoisM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

good service, great menu, good food, good prices overall a good Dinner.

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vipZviG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our preferred restaurants in Bethesda. Excellent food and service.

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vipbetseyp
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience2

The restaurant was not open when we got there at noon (for our reservation). The cooks were waiting as well. One let us in and we sat and waited 10 or so more minutes for the manager to arrive. She never spoke to us. Our server swept the floor while we looked at the menu. Dust is not appetizing. The food was good. The service was fine. We probably won’t come back for lunch if this is how much they care.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We got there early and were shown to a very nice booth. Raku was not too busy on Thursday evening, the restaurant was not noisy
And mellow music was playing through the speakers. We were happy to find the food very good and were very pleased with the tempura.
Service was also very good. We will eat at Raku again often.

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vipCarol
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Pretty quiet and slow when we arrived, but it sure filled up as the night went on. Gorgeous photo menu with so many choices. We were celebrating a birthday so enjoyed the slower pace and multiple courses. All of our diners found something to order that they loved...and our birthday girl loved her entree so much she ordered a second "helping"! Thanks, too, for the birthday candle on the ice cream to top of the meal. A delightful...albeit "not cheap" evening!

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NickyM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This is the third time that I've been to Raku (twice for dinner, once for lunch). Service during dinner leaves something to be desired. The bartender frequently doubles as a server for tables across the restaurant, which doesn't bode well for prompt service. They were out of one of the ingredients for my drink, but that gave way for a cocktail experiment, which was fine. But all of our entrees came out separately, which would have been awkward if it wasn't just family. The food is consistently good. Sushi is plated nicely, hot entrees are delicious.
Bottom line: if you go for dinner, expect to wait for some tasty food (and check your bill for accuracy prior to paying).

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vipSnuffy
Minneapolis
46 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great portions. Try the Captain Crunch and Fire Rolls. You won't be disappointed. Special shout out to JasonD. Great service.

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vipMVEfromMN
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Raku is a good sushi restaurant.... food is good, service is good and its convenient. I prefer other places in town, but its much easier to get in here at the last minute.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We go here to enjoy sushi and take the kids. Great apps that kids love to eat and also teriyaki.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food!!!

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SandJ
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

There were so many butesquad drivers lined up that we waited 10 min to be seated. Food was slow to come out but is always good. If the service could improve a bit it would mAke a huge difference.

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vipRovingCritic
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Although the food is often good, service is more often amateurish. It's a nice place to drop into for a casual meal. Usually, it's not too busy. There is a reason for that.

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JustVisiting
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Wasabi if you ask!

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JustVisiting
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Wasabi available!

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DBEHR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of us had an early dinner before going to a movie. I made reservations, but they weren't needed for the Monday night we were there. I ordered the roast duck salad and it was delicious. Several women ordered sushi and everyone seemed happy with their dishes. Our server was polite, friendly and accommodating. We had a couple ladies arrive later and he was there immediately to take their orders.
Their dishes came out almost immediately so they could eat with us. It was a great experience and we'll definitely dine there again.

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ScottJ
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We've dined there many times and always had a great experience. In retrospect those were all weeknights. On this Friday night we had REALLY SLOW service on top of an incorrect bill, much more noise, and a general poor experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumpdiddlyumptious

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vipBonnieRae
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. Great sushi and wonderful service.

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Mark
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Don’t waste your money. There’s so many better sushi places in the Twin Cities.

RC
vipRovingCritic
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service is a bit slow at times and not as professional or attentive as it should be at these prices. But, the food is generally excellent.

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vipmollyw
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was a mix of Chinese and Japanese. The sushi was presented very artistically, but not the level of quality of Kyatchi, for example.

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eagandiner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food

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vipMayali
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Raku was busy, almost full. Our waiter kept up pretty well and was just a bit flustered. Food was great.

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vipMayali
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fried rice was excellent and the server was excellent.

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Miranda
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

My boyfriend and I came here for dinner on a Friday night - it was a bit late (about 7:30). It was kinda dead here and we were seated quickly and then didn’t see our server for about 10 mins. She didn’t come to say hello or ask if we had drink orders, we had to flag her down and ask for drinks...and she wanted to take our orders. It was strange. I’m usually pretty empathetic with wait staff - but this place was over staffed if anything, so the behavior was unexcusable. There were 5+ people that worked there waiting tables and walking around and about 6-10 tables with diners at them. There was also a bar tender at a bar with no people at it. The menu is massive and has big pictures. Our food was OK, and our drinks were OK. My water glass and my cocktail glass were both kinda dirty and it made me feel super gross! Additionally, the booths weren’t ridiculously clean. I wouldn’t recommend coming here. Go elsewhere for your sushi needs, if possible, or check out any other restaurant in the 50th & France area.