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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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NV
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! It was our anniversary and they made it special for us! Would go again for sure!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was fine. Service wasn’t great. Server was friendly but knew almost nothing about menu - couldn’t answer any questions or make any recommendations.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi restaurant. Always a treat for whole family and always delicious. Absolutely recommend to any sushi fan. You will love it and you will become a regular. Enjoy. (But please bring back the squid appetizer. Family favorite)

OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samurai Blue is always amazing! Fantastic atmosphere, exquisite sushi, and the Blue Crab Rangoon melts in your mouth! Highly recommend!

SS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aldina is the absolute best! She’s very proactive and always friendly. She goes above and beyond every time.

JM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. I will return.

JM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi place in all of Florida

MD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MN
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food1service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, best suchi in town.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Lovely atmosphere and great drinks

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

TS
Tampa
52 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great family reunion. Thank you.

j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere good sushi

FD
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat sushi in Tampa. Great service!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samurai Blue is always amazing!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Very warm inside

CK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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