Swordfish

4.4
115 reviews
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Swordfish – Running strong in its 13th year, first opened in Batavia in the spring of 2004. Swordfish is a contemporary sushi and grill restaurant that delivers fine dining at its best and leaves you with an experience that will have you coming back for more.


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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Always seems to be way understaffed in table service. Food presentation gone downhill over the years.

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KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic! Attentive, friendly and on top of everything. The food was amazing as always and we were even served complimentary edamame. Love Swordfish!

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

Owner came to table and made balloon animals for our kids. Loved the food and cocktails.

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KM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swordfish has always been one of our favorites. The new management is making some positive changes with decor as well as adding new menu items. Chefs are extremely talented and food is so fresh!

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GS
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoying going to Swordfish, such a warm greeting from all when you walk in the door. The fish is ALWAYS fresh and we’ve never had a problem with anything we order. Presentation is perfect, almost to the point of whether you should eat it but we do! :) The menu is quite extensive, many sushi/maki rolls to choose from but there’s something for every taste, even entrees. Ok wine list and creative martinis and mixed drinks menu.
Our only complaint is that during happy hour, you can’t order off the “happy hour” menu if you made reservations on OpenTable, only one or the other.

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and they keep getting better!This last dinner was special as we celebrated a great report card with our daughter. She has not stopped talking about how good everything was and how nice everyone is there.

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W
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible, looked like a cheap wedding buffet and smelled like a fast food Chinese restaurant. Place was empty and we were seated in the aisle next to the buffet and waited forever for anyone to even offer drinks. Will not be returning.

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G
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very fresh seafood, great service

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I haven’t been there for a while. I remember the food was pricey but actually good. However, the quality of service and food is awful. 1. The beef bento box was not freshly cooked. It was precooked and warmed up, the steak and vegetables was not eatable, it was hard a dried. My party of 5 ended up sick afterwards.
When I saw that have tables setup by the bathrooms, that should have been a sign
Not sure where the $ that are making us going to, but it is not in the food

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places. Always great service and pleasant atmosphere. Good kid meals also.

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PJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! We love the sushi here!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swordfish has excellent Japanese food. The special fish salad that came with the Bento box was fantastic! It made our anniversary date very special!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on New Years Eve. Everyone was in a joyful mood, food was great, drinks were spectacular! We never have had a bad experience at Swordfish and love to go there.

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i
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful sushi. A little slow to get seated... Good soup and salad.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live this place.

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FR
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Sushi!!!!! Thats all.
Good selection of fish. Great quality.
Reserve in the bar. Great experience.

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambiance.... everything was perfect! Our new sushi spot!

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SB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Really fresh and creative. Ask to sit in Dr. Jin’s section.

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F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Awful... you would imagine since their name has swordfish in it that would be the star dish. It was so dry it crumbled and made me choke. Taste was bland and drenched in balsamic glaze and vegi’s were pungent.

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AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife was a bit disappointed that there was only sushi on the menu (no tempura/no udon), but the specialty rolls we got were astounding. The spice level was excellent and the fish was very fresh. Absolutely would come here again thanks to the excellent wait staff and quick seating. The prices are a bit high for everyday dining but definitely worth it for special occassions.

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JF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been to Swordfish many times over the several years and always considered it in of the best sushi options in the area. Since we haven’t been there in a while we thought we’d go rather than try a newer place closer to our home. I was surprised... the experience was nothing like it was in the past. The salad and gyoza were just as amazing as they always were but the rolls fell well short of expectations and the young woman who waited our table disappeared for as much as 10 minutes at a time. To be more specific about the rolls, these were premium rolls but they were small and covered in more tempura crunch than the important stuff. It was like a mouth full of sand. Very disappointing. My fault. I skipped my number one rule when revisiting and old favorite... always check the recent reviews.

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T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice sushi and sashimi option, food was really good. Had a great server Mike!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambience and food was delicious. Perfect place to celebrate my birthday every year. We love it :)

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CM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not impressed. I had very high expectations of this restaurant. Our appetizer, soups and tea were all cold. And even after we received the soup back....I thought did they just microwave our soup. Because the table next to ours sent their soup back also. Then I was wondering if this was a new bowl of soup or did the waiter just give us back the other table's soup. The sushi was not flavorful and lacked umami. Very overpriced.

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AB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

First we got there the whole place smelled fish. The table and the menu was so dirty and food was really bad. Did not taste good at all. Worst sushi I ate ever. So disappointed. Will never go back.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to go to Swordfish!!!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has delicious sushi! It’s always prepared perfectly.

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EW
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service – really liked the place! We had some items off the traditional menu in addition to a sushi appetizer. Shrimp and scallops as well as Chilean Seabass – all was quite good. Service excellence. A bit pricey, but overall would recommend and I’m sure we will come back!

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KD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food, prompt service and creative dishes.

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CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service...very nice wine list and the sushi is outstanding

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f
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great music fun decor and a good variety of asian dishes. Our go to place for maki

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F
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good as usual

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have enjoyed numerous ocassions at swordfish. The artistry and creativity of the dishes always delights, as well as the consistently high quality ingredients. We love to experiment with sharing several of the platters and trying a different saki each time. Our Servers have always been helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. We view it as a local gem of a place and highly recommend it to those who appreciate fine sushi. Thank you!

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lobster Mountain REAL GOOD

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Way overpriced! The waitress ignored requests, the food was average and masked by overdecorated plates to justify the cost (it cost $30 for one app and iced tea). Will not be returning. Try Ju Run down the road, it is better quality at a more reasonable cost.

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CK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi artfully and beautifully prepared in a lovely atmosphere. Excellent waitstaff and the entire restaurant is very customer service oriented.

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b
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had dinner to celebrate family with my sister in town. The Chilean sea bass was good as well as most of the sushi. The sushi presentation was top notch. The only issue we had was with one dish where the salmon did not taste fresh. The service was good and attentive. We will return.

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D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great Service. A joy to be there. A really nice place to take a small group.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Swordfish! One of our favorite places for sushi! I love that they have a gluten free menu! Everyone on the staff has always been friendly and great!

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w
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's no shortage of Sushi restaurants in the Fox Valley. Swordfish is the best of the lot. Great food, atmosphere and presentation make this my favorite. They also have a full line of entrees if sushi isn't your thing. The best restaurant in Batavia. Highly recommended.

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