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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
9:00 PM
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Sakana - St Paul

4.3
148 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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 148 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Monica 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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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KarenP (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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vipChrisM (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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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vipSteve (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Holiday get together

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

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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ABow (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

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

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Leon (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2017

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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vipjimmylee (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on April 23, 2017

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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novice (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

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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rattle53 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2017

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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vipGBRC (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2017

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

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vipjoey (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 27, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2017

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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vipDana (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

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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dsbj (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Love the fresh food and clean atmosphere at Sakana!

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Leon (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

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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vipartmstone (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2017

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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Valo (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Our meal was fresh and wonderful. Happy hour pricing is great!

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vipBJdaphne (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Dinner was terrific. Every thing serves was a work of art PLUS it tasted great!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food, great service

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