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Black Ship Little Katana

4.2
4.2
105 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
In 1852, Matthew Perry, father of the USA Steam Navy, was assigned a diplomatic mission by American President Millard Fillmore to open Japanese ports to the west trade. The Admiral sailed four steam ships from Norfolk, Virginia to Japan. Along that trip the salt water stained the metal ships black. At that time, the Japanese had never seen such machines and referred to them as the “black ships”. This is where we take our name. Perry didn’t just open up Japan but all of Asia. This fateful meeting of the East and West cultures plays out in our menu.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Young St.

  • Parking details

    Self-parking validated up to three hours. Valet $30 overnight.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 105 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    No noodles that we wanted, slow service
  2. JH

    JackieH

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved our girls' day lunch at Black Ship Little Katana! The menu offers a variety of Asian dishes, along with a few basic American options, to ensure something for every taste. We enjoyed the Wagyu Hot Rock, Katana Appetizer Sampler, and a No Problem Roll. Specialty cocktails are refreshing and creative - our choices were the Orangeblossom Mule and a lovely martini with lychee and blueberries (it has a cute name that I've forgotten). The Ginger Vanilla Creme Brulee and Mango Cheesecake were the perfect "last bites!" Our server Sherokee was knowledgeable, attentive and very sweet and we enjoyed visiting with Steven, the manager, who came by to check on us. Our Black Ship Little Katana experience made a fun day out extra special. We will be back!
  3. H

    Hayls

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We have been going to Little Katana on Cole for about 7 years and now that we live downtown, we are able to go to Black Ship at the Omni. It has been a staple for our relationship for special dinners and somewhere we know we can go and have any amazing meal! Means a lot, and we will see you soon!
  4. M

    Maik

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was awesome delicious. Special wishes were no problem.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall fantastic. Family dinner, everyone with different tastes, but all happy with their meals. Have been a couple times. Always friendly, nice ambience, great sushi and steaks. Very nice.
  6. C

    Cynthia

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was right on point. Sushi was fresh. Soup was just the right temperature. Appetizers were wonderful, dumplings and perfect cooked squid!
  7. f

    fsheajr

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Very enjoyable and great selection of asian dishes
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Unfortunately they don’t know how to handle a crowd. Took them almost an hour to get our sushi and it must have been the chef’s first time to cut fish. I would not recommend this restaurant.
  9. AB

    AmyB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality of sushi and fun new rolls to try. We loved it!
  10. OM

    OttoM

    Treasure Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A great find in downtown Dallas. The Wagyu Hot Rock was outstanding and I highly recommend the octopus salad.
  11. AH

    AlfredH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great our server Erica was fantastic we plan on going back again this weekend
  12. J

    Jack

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Services was great, but the food was horrible. You could tell it must have been microwaved edamame vs steamed. Good location and service but can't justify the poor quality of food
  13. T

    Tcualumni2005

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Service was terrible. Will not go back
  14. SC

    SteveC

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The service on Saturday evening was off. They were not very busy yet the server and hostess were slow with our requests and not very accommodating. The server turned out to be doing double duty as the bartender so she was stretched. The food was tasty but very heavy on the sauces. Overall not a great experience for me or my date. Very disappointed.
  15. a

    aaron

    Dallas

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi was really good.
  16. SF

    StephenF

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sarah was awesome and food was great! Sushi was tasty. Wasn't too noisy. We'd love to go back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was very good. We had a party of five and ordered an array of menu items including nigiri, sushi rolls, chicken katsu and yaki soba noodles. For dessert we order both the mango and coffee mochi as well as the flourless chocolate torte. Everything came out very well and in a timely manner. Service was okay, not great, not bad. It was extremely slow for being a Friday night and seemed like the front of house staff was taking advantage of the downtime. Overall if you want good Japanese next to the Omni, stop in. Expect good food but lackluster service and you won’t be disappointed.
  18. MA

    MariaA

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent sushi and service. Location and parking (validated!) is perfect for those in Downtown.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    All of the food was very good! The portions were a good size and value for the price. All of the servers were kind and helpful. Our service was a bit slow, there were not very many people on the dining room but they did have a large party in the back room. We ordered Shrimp Shumai - DELICIOUS! Sizzling Dumpling Soup - Delicious! Spicy Tuna, Spicy California and The Angel Roll. All were delicious I enjoyed the Angel Roll - It had Burdock around it (this is a root vegetable) it was an interesting combo and very good! I would recommend everything we had.
  20. KD

    KDallas

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    I used to love this place when it was a little hole in the wall on Knox. Not sure if it’s the same owner group but this place is terrible. The sushi is what you’d find at a Whole Foods and the set up inside resembles a suburban chain restaurant. Never again
  21. TJ

    TrayJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Serice was great but food wasn’t so just ok..We expected better tasting food.
  22. WG

    WilliamGT

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, great sushi bar. I bet it gets super busy during hotel events.
  23. E

    Ehenry

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service at a good price. Everyone in our group enjoyed it
  24. TC

    TheCaraD

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a lunch date. Had a bento box with salmon. Everything was delicious! Will definitely be back!
  25. AG

    AdamG

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Terrible sushi and very poor service .. I was one of only three tables there and the waitress was more interested in messing around in the kitchen with the chefs than the customers. Then brought the bill to which I hadn’t asked for !! Maybe I wanted something else like a desert or coffee!! Won’t be back
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant with good sushi! I will be back.
  27. V

    Valerie98

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I went for our 1 year anniversary, and it was lovely! We started off with sushi, and it tasted great, very fresh. For dinner my boyfriend had the steak, it was so buttery, needed no sauce. I had the Idaho trout, cooked to perfection. The staff was very attentive, the place was quiet and intimate with the lights dimmed. We will definitely go back.
  28. JH

    JennH

    Austin

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really good rolls and excellent service! We sat at the sushi bar during lunch and were greeted quickly. I wasn't expecting much with this restaurant being part of the Omni hotel, but the rolls were really good!
  29. M

    Mimi

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    It was a really cute place, but the food was just okay. Definitely not bad, but personally not one of my favorite Asian fusion places in town. I’d say visit if you’ve tried a lot of places and want something new.
  30. LA

    LA16

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was good but the hostess told the person I was meeting for lunch that there were no reservations and no one was waiting for anyone in the restaurant. Thus he stood at the front of the restaurant for 10 minutes waiting for me to walk in when I had already been seated at the back for 15. The restaurant was not very busy but service was also quite slow. The sashimi was delicious and the sushi was great as well. I do wish it was easier to make modifications to the food. Though the planned one hour lunch ended up taking at least an hour and a half, I might come back for dinner or go to Little Katana on Cole since it is smaller and less likely to have a similar situation occur with the hostess.
  31. CH

    ChristopherH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We walked in to Black Ship Little Katana at 7:00pm on a Friday night - this was our very first time here. Being downtown on a Friday evening, I came in kinda expecting the place to be busy. Instead we were walked to the very back of the restaurant to be seated at our table and we passed a grand total of 7 patrons. It was a ghost town. Our initial thought was that the public was privy to information that we were not (bad service? bad food? what's the deal??). Instead we found that the restaurant had solid ratings all around, we just chose a bad time to come (immediately after happy hour ended). By the time we left an hour or so later, the total number of patrons had increased to 10-12 - still a very weak crowd. The bar next door was pretty busy though. Overall our experience was good, but it did not meet expectations. I'm glad we gave it a try, but I don't expect we'll ever visit again. There are plenty of sushi places closer to home with better quality food, a bigger variety, and better pricing.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We have been to Black Ship Little Katana several times. It has become our go to special occasion restaurant.
  33. k

    karena

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed this restaurant. We were staying at the Omni Dallas and just wanted something close by and we could walk over. We sat outside as the air conditioning was too cold. Ordered sushi and a salad and enjoyed both. Service was great. Food was great. I would go back!
  34. TJ

    TaylorJ

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Not a great atmosphere. All staff have lackadaisical attitude. Took a while to be sat even with a reservation and the place was empty. I can see why now. Food was mediocre and service was about the same. The Knox location is worlds better.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our 10 yr Anniversary
  36. TO

    TomO

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although I was traveling to Dallas for a National Volleyball tournament for one week... I ate at black ship little katana four times during that week! I hope to return to Dallas soon in order to eat there again
  37. BZ

    BrianZ

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were staying at the Omni for a convention and thought that BSLK would be packed so we made an Open Table reservation. Surprisingly, there were only a few tables occupied when we arrived. The miso soup was hot and flavorful, and a nice sized portion as well. Nothing ruins the start of a meal like luke warm soup. A great start. I had the miso glazed seabass with grilled asparagus and wasabi mashed potatoes. A picture of this dish is attached. The fish was cooked perfectly, moist and flaky. The asparagus was tender and had a delicious "grilled" flavor. The mashed potatoes were the perfect starch accompaniment for the dish. My wife was looking for something vegan or vegetarian for her meal. Our server said she could substitute tofu for the protein of most any dish. So, she ordered the yakisoba noodles with tofu. She really enjoyed the dish. I was able to steal a couple bites of her noodles and the flavor was outstanding. Needless to say, our plates were clean when they were picked up by the buser, with no room left for dessert. Our server was not very personable, but did her job in a professional manner. Especially when I'm out of town, I enjoy interacting with the servers and getting to know the area better, but maybe she preferred to give us our privacy. We returned the day after for lunch and sat at the sushi bar. The sushi was excellent and our server was very personable and helped us greatly with the menu selections. I wish we lived in Dallas as we would definitely be a regular at BSLK !
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2018

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Came towards for my birthday dinner with friends. Service was horrible. We had a party of 7. Party of 8 or more supposed to get charged with “large party fee” they put it on our bills anyways and the server barely came around and it wasn’t crowded at all...HORRIBLE service. Usually love this place but wow...may not be back for a while.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the severs were very helpful and accommodating
  40. s

    seabreeze51

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The only reason we ate at this restaurant is because all of the other Omni restaurants were booked due to the Fan Expo convention. Four of us were pleasantly surprised, the food was really good. Be patient, as service from the seating to the wait staff, drink orders were really slow and the establishment was not crowded. Having a reservation did not expedite the seating, the hostess was not prepared to seat us. The food however was really good once we received. Drinks and food on average about 33.00 a person so be careful if you do not want to spend that much on sushi and noodles, but it was fresh and very tasteful.

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Black Ship Little Katana is rated 4.2 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Google Map for Black Ship Little Katana

665 S. Lamar St, Suite 130, Dallas, TX 75206

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Young St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Korean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Self-parking validated up to three hours. Valet $30 overnight.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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