Sakana - St Paul

4.3
161 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Quick Bite
Come experience the variety of authentic foods and atmosphere. Sakana serves the best sushi in town. Japanese food is presently enjoying popularity in many parts of the world because it is not only pleasant to the eye and delicious, but is also highly regarded as healthy food. We serve only the freshest, highest quality food delivered to us from all over the world.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Asian, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday -Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm

Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: Noon - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 699-7777
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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What 161 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

First I want to mention our server was a sweetheart. She was clearly working hard to assist all tables and the place was understaffed. It was hard to watch because the bar was empty and the bartender and other employee seemed to be super laid back while the waitress was clearly overwhelmed. Appetizers were awesome, sushi really stood out in a good way. As for the main entree I wasn't too impressed. Overpriced for what it is and the noodles in both dishes were overly sauced and soupy. I'd try it again though, it seemed like it has some potential!

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E
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and something for everyone tastes.

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OT
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Really sad to post this review. Seriously never a problem before but something wrong in the kitchen and wait staff. No orders taken. Staff walking by with NO eye contact. In 20 plus years have not walked out but we did. Please fix the problem and talk to your patrons.

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C
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The miso soup was too salty. The rest was good. The waiter was very nice, but the service a bit slow in the beginning.

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c
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the freshest and best sushi in the Twin Cities!

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C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Happy hour was inexpensive, but the sushi was disappointingly small

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l
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy trying new menu items every time we eat there. Also love the daily specials.

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r
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go for family birthdays and the service and food never disappoint!

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JJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice time.

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JG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go if you like sushi but your partner doesn't, or vice versa

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M
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed with the service, we were celebrating a birthday and our waiter did not come back to inquire if we wanted another drink or a refill on the hot tea. The food was great as always but the service we below par. We have had much better experiences at Sakana prior to our dinner on 3/21/18.

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Very poor, waiter was the best thing at the restaurant. No one could figure out how to give us credit for our visit. On another occasion they charged our credit card for two tables, hot food not hot yet greasy and rest was bland.

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p
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We only had sushi and Udon, so I can't speak to the broader menu. I will say they have an unusual mix that gives far more options than the typical Japanese/sushi joint if you have someone in your group who isn't a Sushi lover. For the Sushi lovers, our groups reaction was "good, not great". The presentation was very good. The selection very good. The flavors were good, but not quite what we've seen other places. All in all a very good meal but not "special ocassion" level.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had made reservations at 6:30pm on a Saturday and once my boyfriend and I got there, they were super busy and we had to wait an additional 5-10 minutes for a table. I was fine with it but the waiting area was pretty small and tight, not a ton of room for all the people waiting for tables. Once we were seated, the waiter was great. He came and checked on us a few times before we decided on what to order. The food was good for the prices but beware, the ambiance of this place is LOUD. It was very lively and you could tell people were having a good time. There were parties of all ages and a few crying babies, but overall this is somewhere I would most definitely dine again!

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KP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Though the food was good. The restaurant was not ready for the evening. This small restaurant had 10 reservations for 7pm alone, with 10 others coming in every 15 minutes. They also did not have enough wait staff. We got there at 7 and did not get seated until 7:40. It was another 20 minutes before we were served drinks and about an hour later we got our food. This was not because our server was slow... the food was slow and they didn’t have enough folks working. Everything was so slow that we did not leave the restaurant until after 10. This was not because we were having such a fantastic time... it’s because we had to WAIT and WAIT and WAIT for everything. This is not the first time I had this problem here. And believe me, it’s NO BETTER at lunch.

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CM
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this place!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish here us always fresh, very generous cuts (usually) as well. We frequent Sakana due to the quality of the food, and also the amazing service. We are regular diners, and the entire wait staff and owner all greet us by name (NORM!) The salmon is top notch The 'secret' menu needs to be requested to see a wider selection of special rolls. Eating at the bar is the way to go, just don't sit in my spot!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It was Christmas Eve. Service is normally very good, but this time it was not. Waited a very long time for our sushi even though it was not busy. Waiter forgot our miso soup.

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S
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Holiday get together

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went there for a birthday, and had a great time. Service was very good, server was knowledgeable, explained a few menu items and a special which we did get and it was excellent. Four of use had different melas from sushi rolls to pad thai dinners and everything was great. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a Japanese folder experience with enough menu options to satisfy the food junkie to the pickey eater.

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AB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite sushi restaurant. The food is always good. It is never too loud, so you can actually talk to the people you're with.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We love trying new sushi restaurants. Unfortunately this was just a bit underwhelming. The staff did not educate us or ask us if we had dined there before. We typically spend $100 + on sushi and enjoy indulging on various different rolls. These were just okay. Nothing to write home about.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here once before. Met a friend for Happy Hour earlier this year. It was GREAT! She has been back since and brought her husband, but I haven't been able to return until this visit. So, first time for my husband. (Needed to use my Groupon since it was expiring that day!) I told him that the rolls are out of this world. (I don't think he believed me since I am not generally a "roll person!") Anyway, we ordered the "Sushi & Sashimi for two" upon consulting with our waiter Matt. We were not disappointed! Also, since the Saki is only served cold or hot, we didn't know what to get (since we usually order what is recommended for room temperature Saki.) Our waiter pleasantly offered to bring samples. We settled on the Pine Forest Saki served cold, which wasn't too dry or too sweet. Just right! Happy hour seems busier than the dinner hour, but without several visits can't say for sure(?) But our waiter was really relaxed and helpful. My only criticism is that they don't have Bento boxes for dinner, but there are plenty of other places to go in the Twin Cities for that. Like I mentioned earlier, this place has turned me into a roll person, and if I wanted to have Bento here, I can always do lunch! Also, lunch is cheaper than dinner, and being very much of a "working class income," the only way I can really afford dinner here is with a Groupon. But great value! And Happy Hour and lunch here is more than affordable. Love it!

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I invited friends to join me for dinner--my husband and I have enjoyed several meals at Sakana. I ordered what he usually orders which is a pineapple stir fry served in a half of a fresh pineapple. I was surprised when my meal came in a bowl and made with canned pineapple. I should have said something at the time, but since I was with friends new to the restaurant, I let it go. I think I should have been told the meal was different than the menu and/or compensated for a dish made with canned and not fresh fruit. My meal was still good and my friends loved their choices, but mine was just not exactly what I had ordered.

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Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely prompt. Probably a little too much so. Appetizer came out within maybe 2-3 minutes of ordering sand another 2-3 minutes until main course. Hard to complain about being too prompt, but it was. Didn't seem to bee rushing us out, but the pace was a bit much. Other tables definitely lingered and socialized, so maybe just me. Waiter was nearly perfect in terms of being attentive, knowledgeable, and present but never overbearing.

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food for the price. I highly recommend the Bento box for lunch.

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L
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great waiter who was very attentive....Mitch was his name. We have been here approx. 4 times in the last 3 months and it is always consistent and very good. The sushi is fresh and the entrees are sizable

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j
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not good by any means. fried rice was bland and not fried to brown. white in color. pad thai was smelly like dead fish and had soggy noodles. sesame chicken was tough and chewy. portions were small. Will not be going back any time soon.

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n
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I really enjoyed the sushi and the spare rib appetizer. I also was pretty impressed by the range of red wines. The only mild disappointment was my wife's Kobe beef dish, which was a little overcooked. The food and wine are both pretty reasonably priced. All in all, a very nice neighborhood place for us, and a place I could recommend driving to as well.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The service here was horrible. The staff were not genuine and took a long time to assist us in ordering. When I arrived, no one waited me until five minutes after. The waitress didn't even lead me to the table. Staff were not very professional. They were on their phones and watching T.V

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r
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom treated the family to a Japanese dinner and Sakana made it special. Everything from the summer roll appetizers to the sushi was outstanding. The chef's choice of sushi for the table was superb. Mom raved that the rice was prepared expertly and the fish was very fresh. The Spicy Mango Shrimp and the Miso Cod was enjoyed by the non-sushi eaters. Service was spot on, friendly, knowledgeable, and timely.

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GB
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sushi!! All we ordered was wonderful. The Yum Yum roll was perfect - we got two. :)

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j
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Servers need to be improved - should be more friendly. They appear to be arrogant

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband I had dinner here on a Saturday evening. Cozy little sushis spot. Rolls were very good, want to go back and try more specialty rolls as there were many unique ones on the menu. Our server was fantastic. He was friendly and efficient. Stopped by and introduced us to their new sparkling saki with a free shot. Would try more of those as well. Specialty drinks are a little spendy. Will be back.

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D
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down THE BEST SUSHI IN THE TWIN CITIES. We've been to Sakana several times and we've never been disappointed. Ask for the forbidden sushi roll menu! The chipotle roll is delicious!

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d
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the fresh food and clean atmosphere at Sakana!

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L
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Second visit. Sushi rolls are great! Pad Thaiis solid. Lots of different SE Asian specialties

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, small place, huge rolls, fresh ingredients.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The supreme sushi makes up for an otherwise unremarkable atmosphere. Prices are on par with the area. I can't speak for the hot food but the sushi was very well done and extremely tasty. Large menu with lots of options. Tempting to try the pad thai, maybe next time. Make reservations because seating is limited. Would return.

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a
Minneapolis
50 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a wonderful conenient place to get together with wonerful food. The fish is always so fresh it makes eating it a real joy.

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