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 398 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

RF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

KO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for a friend’s bachelorette! Amazing food

SL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

ZB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

c
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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

M
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food arrived late and cold. Waited over an hour.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

SM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great! Good food.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was amazing.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

J
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The sushi is great and the BOGO is a good deal. The only thing I would complain about is that the food takes very long to come. But if you want to have quality sushi for that price, I'd say its worth the wait. So plan ahead before you go here, especially if you are prone to getting hangry. On weekends, there could be a wait to even get a table so book ahead...

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

the food was excellent despite taking almost 2 hours to get our food due to lack of service and only being checked on twice during our stay

LM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food and atmosphere and staff. My fav sushi place

AL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff. Wonderful experience

KO
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Colleen was the best!!!

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