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About SASA

SASA..... a Japanese tapas style restaurant serving contemporary Asian cuisine. Located right next door to Shaker Square Cinema, SASA is the perfect place for a small meal, dinner or late night snacks. SASA offers an array of tastes from Japan and an Asian spin on tasty classics. Known as Cleveland's premier sake bar, SASA also offers Japanese beer on tap, exotic drinks such as an Asian pear martini & delicious favorites. Welcome to SASA.

13120 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Shaker Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(216) 767-1111

Website:
http://www.sasamatsu.com/

Entertainment:
A variety of some of Cleveland's most talented artists. A mix of jazz, vocalists & other contemporary style music.

Catering:
Please email sasamatsu@sasamatsu.com or call us 216.767.1111 for details.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Thursday-Saturday. Self parking available in the large, secure lot behind SASA (Dave's Market). On street parking also available.

Public Transit:
SASA is on the Rapid Transit Line--Shaker Square stop.

Executive Chef:
Scott Kim

Private Party Facilities:
SASA offers a semi private dining room that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The restaurant is available for special events for up to 100 guests during lunch time hours. Please contact SASA for details.

Private Party Contact:
Brenda Kim: (216) 225-9366

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

SASA Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (5)
Healthy (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Tapas (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
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Late-night Find (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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·Dined 7 days ago

We went to Sasa for my daughter's 18th birthday party. We were a big group, but they accommodated us without complaint. The food and the service were both excellent. We couldn't have been more pleased. Thanks for a great party, Sasa!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server, Kayla, was attentive, personable and well versed with the menu and suggested several delicious appetizers and small plates!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The four of us enjoyed a variety of dishes, from sushi to hot pot to desserts. Every item we had was made with high quality ingredients and was well prepared. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love this restaurant and the owners.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a delicious meal and Sasa went above and beyond to take care of us. We had two separate tables and both were well taken care of with excellent service. We will return often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

One of the best spots on the East side for fusion Asian!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent sushi dining experience! Sasa fries are a must and if you enjoy some spice in your meal with an excellent presentation the SASA fire roll is great. Overall expierence was nice however if your looking for a boring sushi experience (quiet/no conversations) then SASA is not for you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was fabulous! The service and ambiance were wonderful! I would recommend Sasa for every occasion!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Upbeat and bright ambience. Staff was very helpful in navigating the menu and making suggestions. Food (sushi and tempura) was excellent. Would highly recommend for a change in pace.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was my first time to Sasa, and I will be a return visitor. The menu has items that aren't on most menus, and the food was excellent. I highly recommend the Kobe beef gyoza, SASA fire roll, and Vietnamese roll, the oyster fry, along with the Miso lobster bisque. If you like creme brulee, you will love their trio (regular creme brulee, green tea creme brulee, and chocolate creme brulee). The whole squid was good, as the sauce was wonderful, and it was grilled to perfection. The only disappointment was the 5 spice lamb rib. Lamb is a mild, tender meat. This lamb was obviously grass-fed, as the meat had a stronger flavor intensity, primarily a grassy flavor (that’s the actual term). However, that wasn't the problem. The lamb was far over-cooked, and the 5 spice marinade overpowered the lamb, and tasted burnt. This was just one item in an otherwise outstanding dinner. The restaurant is loud, modern, clean, and the tables are close. This is a fun, wonderful place to have a great meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We dine at Casa at least 2-3 times per month and have never been disappointed. The food is fresh and well prepared, sake menu is fantastic and then of course there is the staff. The manager is one of the tops in the NE Ohio area and she treats us like family when we visit. We love Sasa - give it a try - you'll become regulars.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I am never disappointed. The sushi melts in your mouth. I think it is the best around here. The chefs wave and smile; the waiters are helpful without being bothersome. I always choose my favorite nigiri sushi and we all have miso soup and the cold steamed spinach, which is tiny and delicious, to get some green vegetables in there. I could do without the sports TV that's on all the time, but overall I LOVE going to Sasa.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fun, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A repeat “offender” who brought 3 new people. I keep reordering the entree I got the first time. I still love the vegan domburi. One guest ordered it with the spicy beans on the side (she liked the dish but the beans were too spicy). Another ordered a shrimp entree which they sautéed since she doesn’t do fried and was very pleased. The third had soup, skewers and dumplings and thought all were tasty. I am a big fan.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always a good meal at SASA.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I picked Sasa because I had an out-of-town job candidate and wanted to impress him with some of Cleveland’s best. He was blown away.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 22, 2017

First time at SASA. Service was excellent. Food was excellent. Noise level made having conversation among 4 people a bit difficult.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Sasa combines the best of authentic Japanese with an excellent choice of creative tapas plates, great for sharing. The food is consistently delicious and the service is wonderful. It is one of my favorite go-to places when I a craving a great meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great neighbourhood gem.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Good but not great. M

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A little shady area of town but the restaurant is a gem! Loved out sushi rolls and appetizers!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The SASA fries are out of this world good.
My wife loved the Rock (steak on a stone) and the Pear martini.
Definitely worth the cross town trip for us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great fresh fries and dragon roll and calamari.
Always good-food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

What a nice evening , great food and great service. Morgan took care of us and she was awesome.
Will be back.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Everything was excellent, from the booking to the knowledgeable, friendly staff, outstanding cuisine and the fair value. Anyone who likes sushi should have Sasa on their list of places to dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was me and my girlfriend first time here. The food and service was excellent. Will definitely be going back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

In a world where most restaurants, even the good ones, are serving derivative, tried and true dishes, Sasa stands out. Unique Asian fusion dishes are well-conceived and prepared, and beautifully presented. The eclectic menu of appetizers, small plates and full entrees let's you browse and explore. Our server encouraged us to order a couple dishes first, then more later if we wanted. We found the food delicious and innovative and will definitely go back!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Sasa was awesome! Food was insanely good and service was great! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 15, 2017

really outstanding; special Toro roll was delicious and very different

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great patio. Good food. Morgan our server was awesome.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 14, 2017

SASA has been a favorite of ours for a couple of years, and we are never disappointed. Our family includes omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. All of them have always been happy with the menu. Owners Scott and Brenda are friendly, personable and professional. The staff is typically terrific.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The sushi at Sasa is tasty, but overall there is much better sushi in/around Cleveland for a lower cost. The fun is in the tapas and small plates that you can order and share. I wish they would expand that menu and leave the sushi to those that know better. Salmon sashimi should never be tough.

Also, the temperature in this restaurant was unbearable. After resorting to ponytails and removing all blazers/jackets we finally had to leave before we were even finished eating because it was uncomfortably hot in there. They insisted the AC was working, but was a "new system" that needed time to adjust. I think we should have been warned as we had a reservation. It was seriously difficult to sit in there.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I've tried most things on the menu, and have never come across anything less than outstanding. I would highly recommend checking this out if you enjoy Japanese food.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 17, 2017

SASA A blessing in our neighborhood. You never fail to give us a great meal, great choices of Sake or wine, and we are greeted like family. We had a lovely evening, a wonderful choice of plates and enjoyed a beautiful bottle of Cava that was very reasonable. Love having you close by and highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We're regulars here - consistently tasty and well-prepared foods. Lots of variety on the menu; part of what we appreciate so much!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I love Sasa. I think it has the best sushi around - really delicious. Great miso soup - and I always have cold steamed spinach that is much better than it sounds and adds vegetables to what could be mostly rice and fish. I don't know what they do to make it all so good but, for me, it's a real treat to go there. Service is friendly and attentive without being bothersome. Chefs are friendly, too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Never disappoints. Always great. My personal favorites are the house salad with ginger dressing, the fire roll and the Far East Mule.
Shrimp Pad Thai is another fav. Of course the French fries are to die for.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We love sasa. A warm, friendly bistro with awesome fish and sushi. Great value too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Perhaps it is a mistake to eat sushi/sashimi in Cleveland, but that is my nephew's favorite and I was determined to find a place. Sasa had toro on special, according to the specials board, but they had none that night and didn't bother to correct the blackboard. The execution of the cooked items was mediocre. Unagi was not mentioned on the menu, but when I asked for some, they had it. The "Japanese version of Pad Thai" was so overly sweet neither of us could eat it and didn't even want to take it home. The special rolls were not very special. Meh.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 29, 2017

food was excellent, as was service. first time there, will go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We love Sasa - the quality of everything and a very interesting menu

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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