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  3. Distance: 0.41mi
  4. Distance: 0.64mi

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.

740 Cleveland Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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Phone Number:
(651) 699-7777

Sakana - St Paul Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.8

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4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 13, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·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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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 17, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·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

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 27, 2017

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

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 (Louisville)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Love the fresh food and clean atmosphere at Sakana!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food, great service

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Good sake, tad pai, tofu. We enjoyed the warm sake before dinner. My only suggestion is to play music more quietly and perhaps from the Japanese culture.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We book for a birthday and put that in the reservation. It was not acknowledged, which bummed us out as we wanted our mom to feel special. As always, the sushi was fantastic. Our server perhaps had too many tables as he seemed a bit chaotic and unfocused.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 23, 2016

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Took several family members while I was in town. Several had only tried sushi once or twice.
All left saying they would return. The waitress was friendly and attentive.
Overall great food and a good value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Service poor, food only fair. Temperature in Resturant cold, floor by table was very greasy and slippery almost fell!!! Restroom disgusting. Health department should shut them down.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We love Sakana - great happy hour, fresh ingredients, and awesome service.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2016

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+++!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 12, 2016

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Fantastic server

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 12, 2016

The sushi was delicious and our waiter very upbeat and helpful. My family have sushi weekly and even make their own and totally loved their experience!
We will be back iften👍

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 1, 2016

We had a great experience. Our server was great and the sushi was delicious! My favorite was the Alaskan Roll.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 23, 2016

Great food but would have been better if warm. Service was lacking and it wasn't bus.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 16, 2016

This is great sushi in a great location. Get there before 6 for good deals on happy hour food and drinks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 7, 2016

Food was fresh. Had a lunch special in a box...Great value. Service/waitstaff could have been better. I'll go back, nonetheless

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2016

I enjoyed the triple-green chicken with brown rice. The sauce is savory-sweet with just a hint of heat.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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