SAMURAI BLUE SUSHI AND SAKE BAR

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Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar is the ultimate sushi destination in the Tampa Bay Area since 2001. The menu combines both a modern and traditional sushi dining experience offering the freshest fish and ingredients. We also serve premium steaks, fresh seafood and chicken entrees. The restaurant is housed in a historic building in Ybor City with soaring 50 foot ceilings. Samurai Blue offers a full-service bar with a selection of premium sakes. Come indulge in one of our original Saketinis. Our restaurant is open for lunch (Monday-Friday) and dinner daily with extended late-night dining hours. We look forward to serving you soon.
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JM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. I will return.

JM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite sushi place in all of Florida

MD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very fresh & good, service was excellent. An enjoyable experience. Nice & quiet so conversation was easy.

BS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We made a reservation for 7:45 for 4 : when we walked in at 7:40 their was a couple who walked in just in front of us (No Reservation) they sat them at a table with 4chairs. we were next told them we had a reservation, the said sorry we will have a table shortly please sit at the bar in the back. there was a 6 top that they held for over an hour for a reservation! we finally got to our table @8:23 so a 43 min wait for a table with reservations this was not a good experience.

C
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steamed dumplings are extremely good. Great place, great food.

MN
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. Me and my girlfriend went for dinner before we went to the Tampa improv directly downstairs. The seared ahi tuna appetizer was amazing, I had the sashimi plate that the chef prepares, I can’t say enough to describe how good it all was. The best sushi in Tampa hands down!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Not impressive. This is our usual date night spot and to our surprise the food was sub par compared to what we are accustomed. It was definitely disappointing, but won’t stop us from coming back again to be sure that isn’t the new quality of food.

GF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samurai Blue is always such a treat!!! Our server had great sake recommendations!!

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aldina is the best server ever! Thank you girl!!!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, best suchi in town.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the place..I was a little disappointed in the tables...they could use a facelift or maybe some tablecloths

RA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Lovely atmosphere and great drinks

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating here every time I go. Rolls are outstanding and always consistent

PP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great experience. Our server Kyle was great, the sushi and cocktails were amazing. We really loved the ambiance and the cleanliness of the dining area and the bathrooms. We can’t wait to go back with friends.

NC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

table wasnt available for reservation, was very disorganized and a terrible date. can not order food at bar when was redirected there because table was not available.

NO
Tampa
51 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Samurai Blue is rock-solid, energetic, fast, and the best sushi in Tampa. We have gone there since it opened, and it always delivers!

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great family reunion. Thank you.

j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was great and the service was excellent. Our waitress did a nice job of recommending rolls that fit our taste buds.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Highly recommend for the quiet ambiance and simple and sleek decor.

JE
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This is a lovely place right over the Improv Comedy Club. They are behind construction barriers so it was hard to find and had only a few diners.
Good menu, great service, nice ambiance. The sushi was very tasty. My only issue was that I didn’t feel too well after eating and had a few gastric issues that lasted until the next morning. I normally don’t have that reaction to raw fish.

RQ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually went after telling our friends how good it is. Absolute favorite for the past six years or so.

e
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi makers have been there a long time, most excellent! Sad to see the movie theater leaving, was the perfect date night!

VC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food is really good and the price is reasonable. There is a comedy club on the first floor which has terrible food so we usually go here before or after a show. You do want to make reservations for anything near the lunch or dinner hour because it is pretty full especially if you want a booth. The standalone tables are pretty close together and the noise is much greater than in a booth. Overall it is a nice restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was phenomenal! The food was delicious and our waitress couldn’t have been better.

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere good sushi

FD
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great sushi...smallish portion. Slow service for lunch

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat sushi in Tampa. Great service!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our sushi was amazing. I did add a note on this reservation through open table that it was my husbands birthday and would like a dessert with happy birthday song and no one acknowledged it at all.

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samurai Blue is always amazing!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

We LOVE this place and highly recommend it ! Get the summer of Love roll , you can’t go wrong ! My only complaint from our last visit was it was really hot in the restaurant ... maybe the AC went out that evening ? Other than that it’s our favorite sushi spot in Tampa By far !

s
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, food is great too. The only thing is that this location has an odor that needs to be worked on. Their Westchase location does not smell bad.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Very warm inside

CK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Not great experience. AC not working, service super slow...love their sushi but will hesitate before going back.

AK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great but service was slow

CF
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and location are great. Food was okay but it could have just been my selection.

DJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st class place, very nice staff, great place for a business lunch.

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The hostess was very accommodating when I stopped in and asked to move my reservations to watch the musician performing live at the adjacent Mexican bar. I was seated immediately (Sunday night) at the requested sushi bar.
I enjoyed a ginger dressed salad, salmon sashimi, row egg sushi, a sweet potato roll as well as two of the specialty rolls. The fish and combinations of ingredients in the rolls were fresh and delicious.. unfortunately, as pleasant as the wait staff was to me, I never received soy sauce throughout my meal (meaning I wasn’t checked on until almost being done w everything) and then had to get up and ask for both a glass of water and my check. I did hear a couple other people ask for their check or cancel a drink that took too long. I was also unable to get a ten split into two fives to to tip the sushi chefs. After ten mins, I left.
I’m hoping this is attributed to short staffing ... by mgmt or an illness... as again, the servers were sweet. And attractive.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

It took almost an hour for us to be seated. The service seemed quite frazzled. The food was delicious.

OT
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing here! Though we do miss having Pedram (Red) as our server, we luckily get to dine with him now. :0)

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