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About Sakana - St Paul
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.
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Sushi, Asian, Contemporary Asian
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
$30 and under
Sakana - St Paul Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We enjoy our neighborhood sushi restaurant, it's such a treat to be able to walk to it. The food and decor are decent, their maki roll sushi lunch is a pretty good deal so that's what we go for. However, when we visited the restaurant on Saturday Dec 31, there was much confusion with the service. I called a couple of days ago to verify that the lunch deal would be available on Saturday, but the waiter at first said it was and then he said it wasn't. We protested and he eventually made it available. The web site and the menu say contradicting things about whether the bento lunch is available on Saturdays or not, so that created more confusion. Then we had to straighten out who ordered which meal. So the most recent visit had some room for improvements. That said, again we enjoy having a sushi restaurant in the neighborhood, and the experience was still pleasant enough over all.
I really liked this place! A very charming smaller place that we were able to reserve a table right away on a busy Friday night. The sushi was amazing. The only negative things I have is although our waiter was friendly, he seemed impatient with us new customers trying to look over the menu and catch up with each other.
Sorry, I am terrible at names but our waiter's birthday is this Wednesday, October 19. We were celebrating our son's birthday and without us asking, our waiter brought out a birthday dessert. He couldn't have been more personable or professional! Awesome service and the food was delicious A+++!
I was in a party of three. We shared sushi and squid, and got individual entrees of sashimi, pad thai noodles, and grilled eel. All of the food was great, but maybe a little pricey. The happy hour discounts on drinks were good. I liked the house Cabernet. Overall, a lively atmosphere; more fun and casual than romantic.
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