Sushi Blues Cafe

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Sushi Blues Cafe is located on Glenwood Avenue, the heart of downtown Raleigh district known as Glenwood South. With great food, great music, and a friendly and courteous staff, Sushi Blues is an excellent choice for your night out on the town. Come and join in on the fun!

Sushi Blues has something for everyone. Enjoy fresh appetizers, sushi, makimono, temaki hand rolls, nigiri, salads, and katsu. We also have vegetarian options!

But, don't stop there. Have one of our featured cocktails from our fully stocked bar, or choose from a wide selection of import and domestic beers. We also have a have a great wine list to satisfy anyone's taste.

Come enjoy the game on the TVs in our lounge.

If you have an event coming up, we can cater any size party!

BOGO sushi rolls special ALL DAY EVERYDAY
What 403 People Are Saying
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t
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice service. The tuna app was fantastic. Far too much tempura on the sushi menu though. Less fried options please. The malbec and red blends were excellent.

M
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sushi as usual and waitress gave us great customer service.

LM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The staff was nice. The place was eclectic in decor but it was dark. We got the buy one get one sushi. I liked only one of the two. Same with my husband. We probably won’t come back.

t
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Better than average sushi. If in the area we would def go again!

K
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Hostess & server were friendly & provided good service.

s
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the spot was nice. We had so much food to take home

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were able to accommodate 12 of us with relatively short notice. Food was delicious and the service was excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a solid meal. Outside seating adds a nice ambiance option.

RF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food and the available outdoor seating makes this a great restaurant!

I was surprised by the bill a little... two of us at my table of 3 people had ordered the "buy one roll/get one roll" special. But they discounted by the table, not by the individual orders. My rolls ordered were more expensive than my daughter's orders ordered, but they discounted her two rolls rather than one of each of our two orders.

But overall... a great experience. We'll be back (and order more carefully!).

m
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Love this place! Service was very slow but still a great experience!

KO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that I can bring my Golden Retriever! Coleen, our waitress was fantastic. Love the food and being able to site outside!

TA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Sushi Blues is starting to show its age. The floors are dirty, restroom was not clean, and the tables are sticky. Service was extremely slow. Ordered appetizers that were over cooked and over breaded. Sushi rolls were good.

AD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for a friend’s bachelorette! Amazing food

SL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience2

With a name like Sushi Blues I expected to hear some good blues music playing but really didnt. The waiter was fantastic but our food was not. The sushi did not seem cold and our dinners were overcooked to the point we couldn't eat them and were afraid to have them try again. we left only have one sushi roll a piece and hungry. The manager apologized but I can't understand how it even left the kitchen like this. I gave two stars because the waiter was really great but we wont be going back.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome susi great place for large groups of people. Outside dining area is awesome

ZB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, bogo on rolls is cook. Cant split checks though...

c
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The atmosphere and location were nice. The selection and taste were not as good as many of the Sushi restaurants in town.

M
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi as always and you can’t beat BOGO! Service was stellar. Can’t wait to come back!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food arrived late and cold. Waited over an hour.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coleen was amazing and a great server. The food was delicious, and we will definitely be returning! Thank you for making my birthday dinner wonderful for our family.

NQ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

While visiting Raleigh, we stopped in for dinner and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The host was very warm and welcoming. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. It’s a very relaxing and fun atmosphere. Nothing pretentious. Enjoyed the music and food!

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wide variety of sushi on the menu and half-price bottles of wine on Sunday is a winner!

DF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and food! Large selection of fried food was not desirable.

SM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to hang out with friends before hitting the bars... good food, plenty of options and can’t beat the BOGO sushi offer. Just takes too long for the sushi to come out. We waited for 65 minutes before our dinners arrived. Plan accordingly!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son’s 13 Birthday and restaurant week. Service was quick and the staff were very efficient,friendly, and worked as a team to meet all guest needs.

e
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our first experience at Sushi Blues. The sushi rolls were wonderful and they put the hot sauce on the side for me, which I really appreciated. Our server, Thomas, was wonderful: professional, friendly, courteous, and saw to our needs very efficiently. All the other staff were also friendly and professional. Even though it’s not a quiet place to eat, we were easily able to talk at our table, and it was fun for all of us.

T
Raleigh
60 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Redeemed from our last two visits which were sub par. Well done and keep up the good work.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great! Good food.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was amazing.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always have a great time at Sushi Blues! The food is always excellently prepared and very fresh. The wait staff are friendly and able to answer any question you might have. The one caveat to this restaurant is how their Sushi BOGO works. You MUST split sushi between the table. Meaning, if you and a friend go out for sushi and they order 2 expensive rolls and you order 2 cheep rolls, both parties end up paying for 1 expensive roll. Which is annoying. But as long as you are aware of that going into the meal, it is well worth that drawback!

M
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am From Texas’s visiting and went to dinner with a new acquaintance. They refused to let us have separate checks but said they would let us pay separately on our own cards. I am budgeting and ordered things I could afford with their bogo sushi special. Their policy is to drop the two cheapest purchases and in the end they refused to let me just pay for the food I ordered. I payed for my new friends food and was forced to split her more expensive prices and the cheaper things ordered were dropped off the check. It is a very u comfortable policy and the manager did not care and was not willing to do anything because the owner said people take advantage of his bogo. I only wanted to pay for the food I ordered and not have to split other people bc we are at the same table. That’s ridiculous.

M
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and sushi- One of the best deals in Downtown Raleigh.... Tough to beat BOGO- Especially when it’s delicious!

M
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience2

The service was good buy the food was not what i expected. The sushi was rather small and the fried rice was very greasy.

TA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is mine and my wife’s favorite sushi spot in Raleigh!!

JW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Sushi Blues Cafe! This is the place that made me love Sushi!

MC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Mike, our server was awesome! He was attentive and took care of us!

J
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

They have possibly the dumbest rule I’ve ever encountered when dining out, that being that they “can’t split the check any other way besides 50/50” according to our server. I wasn on a double date, and my friend and her boyfriend ordered over twice as much food as my girlfriend and I so obviously we weren’t ok with covering what would have likely been an additional $20 of food we didn’t eat. After telling our server this was unacceptable, he spoke to his manager and returned, saying how suddenly that rule doesn’t apply... very odd. As a server myself, this seems more like laziness on his part than some ridiculous rule, but at the same time it is possible that this is a way to incentivize people ordering more food than they want as we were warned when we sat down that they could only split bills evenly. Besides that, our server seemed as unhappy to be there as we ended up being. Very unenthused and slow to refill drinks. It amazes me with atmosphere, service, and restrictive rules such as these a place is able to thrive on Glenwood.

SB
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great casual sushi food on Glenwood South. This is a really casual, toned-down restaurant with great outdoor seating when the weather is nice to watch the Glenwood south activities. The rolls are typically bogo so it ends up being a good deal.

BW
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at Sushi Blues Cafe. Water was very prompt and helpful. Food was quite good. My wife and I ordered grilled salmon. It was slightly overcooked but still tasty. We were part of a party of four. Everyone enjoyed the experience.

OG
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant! My absolute favorite in Raleigh, best sushi, great drinks, and fabulous wait staff!