Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort

4.6
442 reviews
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SHIMA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR
Shima is an authentic Japanese experience where your meal is artfully prepared right before your eyes on the hibachi grill!
Shima also features fresh sushi daily!
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KT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our cook was amazing and made the dinner so much fun! Food was awesome too!

JB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The hibachi steak and shrimp were excellent! We also ordered Mexican sushi (excellent) and Boom-Boom sushi (disappointing, especially at $19 for one roll). Overall, we enjoyed our experience, but would definitely recommend to go on a Tuesday (2-for-1 entrees) to get good value. Otherwise it is a bit pricey

JH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience!!! The food was amazing!!!!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much, Jennifer! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year when we are on vacation on Sanibel we make a point to dine at Shima. The food is great and a good value.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much! Can't wait to have you all back again next year!

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shima had no problem accommodating my great niece with making her dinner vegan. Sat with nice people and Nicole and Justin attended to everything we needed.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on August 2, 2019

Thank you so much, Marilyn! We're so please you enjoyed your time at Shima and we were happy to accommodate! Hope to have you back again!

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef was awesome!! Delicious food, excellent and timely service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Sanibel Island.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback!

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OT
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff. It was the second year dining here and we’ll definitely be back next time we’re staying at the Sundial Resort.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you so much! We're so glad you enjoyed your return trip to Shima and look forward to having you back again for round 3!

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AN
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good, but I don’t recommend calamari.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you, Andreaa. We really appreciate your feedback and are so sorry you weren't pleased with the entirety of your meal. We hope you'll return to dine with us again in the future!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and fun!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you!

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B
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good fun! The teppanyaki style of cooking is an interactive experience and we enjoyed being part of the chef's orchestration at Shima. Our table mates were a couple and their small children, which made the meal even more fun. The heat from the onion volcano, the skilled knife work, mounds of cooking vegetables and rice, and heaps of shrimp and steak were topped by only one thing - getting to eat it! Dinner was delicious.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you so much, Biff! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Shima!

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PP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal with a talented Shima chef! Fun evening!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you so much! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with us!

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RM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cook was great... still very pricey even on 2 for 1 Tuesday... waitress was slow

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 12, 2019

Good afternoon, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick

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DM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love Sam when I go there ..we didn’t request him and was sorry..he is always a good time! Our chef had to ask his name and was kind of quiet.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Debbi! We hope to have you back again soon with your favorite chef.

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KJ
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

First time at Sundial Resort and it was my birthday. It was not the experience we were use to at other hibachi restaurants. We were disappointed. The Chef had a great attitude and was very nice!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hi KJ, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations, especially for your birthday celebration. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick

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BR
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Shima was an excellent choice. The food was excellent. The chef was amazing. We hadn't been to a Japanese restaurant in years. We had a lot of fun being entertained by the chef with his cooking skills. My salmon was awesome. We thought we might walk it hungry but that wasn't the case. We would definitely come when we visit again. The only downside was that we couldnt get dssert, but we really didn't need it, we were so full.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Shima!

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s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Sushi is decent considering it's the only option on Sanibel. Some interesting appetizers but they just missed the mark, being somewhat underwhelming in flavor; for example the kimchee sauce for my seared fish barely could be found. Sushi/sashimi/rolls all are average varieties (fyi they use "krab") that will satisfy tourists but not those who know better. Disappointed to find we could not dine in the main Shima dining room for sushi (it's only for hibachi apparently). We were seated instead in the resort cafe which is not an elegant room, had a TV blaring and a bar waiting area for patrons of Shima. Nothing special about this room and everything served on plain white hotel dishes with little finesse of plating. My husband had the Sushi for One served on a "boat" which was overkill and just made it look sad and lonely. We felt more like an afterthought to the restaurant and while service was friendly it was a bit too intrusive. This area is better for quick bites, not the specialty dining we expected.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 3, 2019

Good afternoon, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick

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ST
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. The grandkids love it. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and our server put on a good show.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thanks so much, Sue! So glad to hear you and the grandkids had a great visit!

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B
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy the hibachi experience along with the wonderful food. This was our first visit to Shima, and it won’t be our last. The waitress was very attentive without being intrusive. The chef was excellent and had a wonderful sense of humor. The food was cooked to perfection and very filling.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you so much for your review!

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food at Shima was delicious! I ordered the hibachi chicken. Not too salty and the portion was generous. Our chef was outgoing and personable. The restaurant is very small, so you definitely need a reservation to get in. I highly recommend!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you so much, Katelyn!

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a
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, fantastic service and very entertaining.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you so much! So happy to hear you enjoyed your visit!

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DW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shima is the best sushi and hibachi we've had on the west coast of Florida. The quality of the food was excellent. Everything was very fresh, wasn't salty and tasted delicious. Our chef was very entertaining and conversational. Absolutely five stars. Can't wait to go back.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you so much, Dawn! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you back to dine with us again!

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SG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had a ball. Very entertaining. Enjoyed talking to the other group at our table.

GR
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was very excited when I learned that a Japanese restaurant had opened on the island, as I am a huge fan of Japanese cuisine. Unfortunately, my dining experience at Shima would not draw me back. I would like to note that our hibachi chef was excellent. He was funny, talented, and engaged the whole table. However, it took so long to get to this aspect of the meal that by the time the chef arrived my dining companions and I were already disappointed. The wait staff was not very attentive. One of our orders was bungled and it took almost ten minutes to flag someone down. Overall, the food was good but not good enough to compensate for the poor atmosphere and service.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on June 6, 2019

Hi GRamsay, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick

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JL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Once we were actually seated, it was a very nice experience. The chef was wonderful & very entertaining. Food was excellent.

Hostess was rude - had a 7:15 reservation, walked in and she acted annoyed that we should expect to actually be seated by 7:15 vs directed to the bar. No apology, no explanation - just an eye roll, a huff and a stomping back to her station.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. We will pass your comments on to our team and we hope to have you back for a more positive all around experience in the future. Frederick Hamilton

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S
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and very entertaining . Great to see Shima back in Sanibel

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on May 22, 2019

Thanks so much, Sandy! We really appreciate your review!

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HM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The cook, food and atmosphere were excellent as always. Unfortunately the waiter (drinks) was not even close to that standard. He served a glass of red wine and pretended it is the plum wine ordered, because it came out of the bottle like this. So, he brought the bottle of plum wine and a glass, pointed at the label with a body language to teach those customers what plum wine is. He poured and ...... the wine was white as expected. No excuse from his side followed. Asking if the red wine was possibly the cabernet I ordered, he did not know. So I send it back and requested he made sure that I receive what I ordered. Had to wait for about 15 minutes then. He pretended the bar was very busy.
The evening was very enjoyable anyway, because we ignored the waiter and his comments and rather focused on the cook and his skills. The cook was very entertaining and also extremely skilled. He prepared all dishes perfectly, while entertaining the customers with comments and jokes. The visit was well worth it. Not our first visit at Shima and not our last one either.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on May 30, 2019

Hi, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick Hamilton

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dining experience at Shima was excellent. Food, service and ambiance was very good, would and did recommend it to others!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on May 10, 2019

Thank you so much, Sharon! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you back again!

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CL
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The chef was very entertaining. My family had a great time.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thanks so much, Courtney! We're so glad you and your family had a great time and we appreciate your feedback!

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hibachi experience ever! Food was fantastic, chef was talented and entertaining and he involved the kids. Loved the "happy meal toys" -- had to have one for myself. Really fun night out. One of our Sanibel favorites.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much, Monica! We're so glad you had a great time at Shima and can't wait to have you and the family back for another visit!

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FH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was not organized! The woman on the entrance tell us to wait! Our reservation was on 08:45 and at 09:00 i go in the restaurant to look after our reservation... The woman ask me again for my name and my reservation and tell us we could take place ! The waitress was better and "Sam" our cook master was "excellent"! He was funny, and very experimentally and with a lot of humor!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 22, 2019

Hi Frederik, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal, the fried rice was delicious and light and all of our entrees were cooked perfectly. Our party ordered tuna, filet and shrimp and lobster and shrimp. As luck would have it, we shared the table with a wonderful family, that made the entire meal great. It is a little expensive, so personally I would not bring kids under 10. They would enjoy the ambiance though!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 18, 2019

Thank you so much, Suzie! We're so glad you had a lovely experience and hope to have you back again soon!

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lot of fun, very similar to going to a Benihana. The food was really good. The dipping sauces were only okay. The experience as a whole was great though. The chef was a lot of fun and did a great job.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding little gem on Sanibel

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 18, 2019

Thank you!

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This is not a made to order sushi restaurant - most sushi is prepared in advance, no sushi chef or sushi bar. Menu is designed to confuse. When you order yellowtail sashimi at $7.00 they bring you a hamachi appetizer for $15.00. Shrimp tempura is in a pre-prepared roll. We were not expecting a steak house show and would not have gone if they told us what it really was.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 18, 2019

Hi Cameran, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027. Frederick

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MT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Shima is one of the best Hibachi experiences you will have. Top notch ingredients, world class chefs and a cozy vibe. Keep in mind that if you go multiple times, each experience, including the food, may be a little different.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback, Marc! Can't wait to have you back to dine with us again!

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SS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food quality was good, seasoning and flavors were not good. Everything tasted the same. Chef's could use some work...

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hi Steve, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're sorry the experience didn't exceed expectations. As the Director of Food & Beverage at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, I would be happy to discuss your visit further offline. I can be reached at 239-395-6027.

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DD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun. Great food. Sam is the man!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on March 28, 2019

Thank you so much! We're so glad you had a great time!

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C
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent chef (Sam) and food quality is always very high.

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed your most recent visit to Shima!

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WR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved Sam ,our service AND the food- good time was had by all!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much, Winona! We're so glad you had a great time and hope to have you back again soon!

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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hibachi steakhouse in The Sundial! Our chef was great! Very entertaining! Would highly recommend, get reservations ahead of time!

Shima at The Sundial Beach Resort
Responded on March 25, 2019

Thank you so much, Brooke! Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Shima and hope to have you back!

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