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Matsuri

4.6
4.6
115 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Voted “Best Japanese Restaurant” by Baltimore Magazine and the Baltimore City Paper year after year, as well as the recipient of the highest rankings from the Baltimore Sun and Zagat. Matsuri opened in Federal Hill in 1996 as the culmination of Bill Tien’s vision for Japanese cuisine in Baltimore. Matsuri is frequented by Baltimore’s many sports celebrities as well as visiting filmmakers and political figures. His chefs are routinely hired to prepare sushi dinners for customers and their friends in their homes.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thurday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 752-8561

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

What 115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. RC

    RC1701

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated our son’s 21st birthday with wonderful sushi meal at Matsuri. Small restaurant but food was very fresh and delicious. We really enjoyed the speciality rolls. The Flaming Dragon roll, Monster roll and Matsuri Eel roll are outstanding. A well earned reputation as one of Baltimore’s best!
  2. MB

    MoreBigCat

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Bill made it a very special birthday and anniversary. A memorable meal. Thank you.
  3. S

    Saeed

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night spot with great sushi variety and service. Definitely coming back again
  4. LF

    LuisFC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great small sushi place, at a great location. Great sushi, friendly staff
  5. BB

    BenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good sushi, very fresh fish, hosts/waiters were very helpful and worked with us. The location of the restaurant creates a lot of noise but that’s nothing the restaurant can help. Overall great experience!
  6. e

    eataroundtheworld

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a cute little Japanese restaurant, definitely gives out a little authentic vibe even though it isn’t run by Japanese. Sushi, sashimi, tako salad were very fresh 😋 Teriyaki and curry dishes also pretty tasty! Uni + quail egg was my favorite. Sake price was a bit pricy but they do have sake cocktails selections. Service was attentive. Street parkings filled up fast. The nearest garage parking is the West st garage.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We were told Matsuri no longer takes Open table . We had to wait 40 minutes . You have to remove them from open table so won’t happen to others
  8. LS

    LeonardS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was great and the service was good. They however had a busy night and it took sometime to get our order. Will definitely go back
  9. C

    Carpediem

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far our favorite new Japanese restaurant in the region well done we had a great experience Sunday night and will be back
  10. KG

    KendallG

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I made reservations for eight to celebrate to celebrate her birthday. Our waitress greeted us with sushi menus. When I asked for a pen or a pencil to fill out the menu she proceeded to throw them at us. It seemed a little aggressive but she seemed overwhelmed by the amount of tables she had. We all ordered drinks however the two warm sakes took well over 15 minutes to arrive to the table after everyone else was served. What are the people in our party ordered teriyaki chicken however he was served would appear to be chicken tenders on a bed of spinach. He told the waitress he did not order this however he would keep it. This was his entrée yet the rest of us were not served our food until over 45 minutes later. The service was subpar, our waitress was rude and short and every time we asked for some thing it was as if we were bothering her. I do not recommend this restaurant. The food was bland and subpar. Go somewhere else
  11. JB

    JonB

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to dine here because both the service and food are very good. This is one of our favorite spots!
  12. LV

    LucasV

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there for Valentine’s Day. Great atmosphere, service in general. The sushi was very tasty, the rolls were tastier the more I ate them. The costumer was on point, will definitely be back
  13. HW

    HowardW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food never fails to deliver!
  14. NY

    NYCsnob

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We are sushi snobs we are from NYC and LA and for the most part we dont enjoy Baltimore sushi . This is an exception. The Hamachi collar was outstanding
  15. S

    Star

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious Sushi place with a large menu for much more than just sushi!
  16. A

    Ashley

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Came here for the first time for lunch on Friday for restaurant week! The restaurant appears to be Cantonese-owned. Very friendly staff. Interior is cute and has about 5 four-seater tables, so I'd recommend making a reservation on OpenTable at popular times just to be safe. For the better sushi, if you're choosing between Brothers Sushi and Matsuri (they are 300 ft from each other), pick Matsuri. Both have Happy Hour sushi roll prices; I think Brothers is cheaper, but their rolls are definitely not as good as Matsuri's. I had the crispy spicy tuna roll, Ocean Breeze roll, and Volcano roll. I was satisfied and enjoyed their sushi, but honestly none blew me away. I thought the crispy outer coating on the rice in the crispy spicy tuna roll was unique. The Ocean Breeze roll had abundant mango sauce that tasted a bit like a mango smoothie if that's your thing. Volcano roll was baked and creamy, which I enjoyed. The amount of rice was too much. Good green tea mochi ice cream. Standard miso soup at nice temp. All in all, decent sushi for the city. $15 restaurant week was a deal considering the original prices (which are high in my opinion). I probably wouldn't come back because of the higher sushi prices, which may be standard for Baltimore City. I'd say it's worth the drive nearby to Ellicott City, Elkridge, or Catonsville for better priced and better quality sushi.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service was very good. Only downside was the club music/atmosphere at the bar next door.
  18. j

    joey

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great neighborhood spot. Great sushi and cooked items. Bento box was great
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good service, delicious sush
  20. MB

    MoreBigCat

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very good sushi. The octopus balls had a mushy texture and little flavor.
  21. MF

    MattF

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food. So much fun. Nice little sushi place that had everything you could want. Menu is very extensive and very tasty! Can’t wait to come back for more.
  22. BR

    BillR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matsuri never disappoints. Ever. The Happy Hour menu is a great way to take care of that sushi-vice itch w/o breaking the budget, on your way to a happy Buddha-belly. The owner (Bill), his experienced rollers/kitchen/staff are always eager to make your night out exceed your expectations. No wonder they've been going strong for 20+ years in such a competitive environment.
  23. N

    Nadine

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Japanese food in Baltimore. Great, friendly service.
  24. B

    Boonsheka

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was attentive and fast. The food was good.
  25. AG

    AliceG

    Philadelphia

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    There is enormous variety on the menu but it felt as uf things were ore prepared and not made to order. It was about 4 stars but certainly not 5
  26. N

    Nadine

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, delicious and fresh sushi and sashimi. Favorite Japanese restaurant in Baltimore. Frequent diner of Matsuri.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Taste was good
  28. N

    Nadine

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I am a frequent diner here. Fresh food. Always leave satisfied.
  29. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I love it here! Great food, great service, great atmosphere! 5stars all around!
  30. A

    Alib

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We were seated upstairs and were actually the only people up there for a bit which was nice. Unfortunately, a table of four drunk folks were seated next to us. They were cursing and being quite inappropriate. We had children with us and were celebrating our daughter’s birthday. The evening turned out to be a disaster, as my husband asked these young men to watch their language and one of the men was being antagonistic. Since the rest of the upstairs was open, I’m not sure why they needed to be seated right next to us.
  31. HT

    HughT

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Small neighborhood restaurant - good food with interesting selections
  32. d

    djcine

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great small gem 24 seat restaurant that is a fabulous find.....
  33. VG

    VicG

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always outstanding food, presentation & service along with warm hospitality.
  34. s

    shaebutta

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Went with a friend for Restaurant week special. Value was incredible - regular pricing is a good value for the high food quality. We will definitely be returning.
  35. E

    Eatwellfor2

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to this Japanese restaurant because of Baltimore's restaurant week and reading the open table reviews. The food and service were simply outstanding. A great place to go to at any time of year! The only place that had 100% recommended reviews.
  36. M

    Meee

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    They sat us at a really wobbly table. We had to then show them how terrible it was...ans then sent someone out to fix it up. Barbeque shrimp was good. I ordered the rib. It wasn't good at all. It came on top of whipped sweet potatos... I assumed they be on the side. I am one of those people who hate for certain foods to touch. You could tell that the rib was cooked twice as it was extremely dry. The waiter didn't even notice that I gave her a full plate of dinner. I've had better.
  37. RE

    REUBSLOVE

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Matsuri is a neighborhood gem. Sushi is fresh and upstairs seating is fun. Service was great, glad we ventured outside of our usual apps and tried new items recommended by the server - wasabi dumplings are awesome!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great for sushi
  39. DC

    DavidC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food is really good but if you don’t have a reservation the staff will treat you like garbage
  40. VG

    VicG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, outstanding artistically presented food, excellent service and warm hospitality.

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Matsuri is rated 4.6 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Google Map for Matsuri

1105 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Federal Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thurday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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