Yo Sake Downtown Sushi Lounge

4.6
281 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, YoSake features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu served amid fabulous Tokyo vogue décor. Featured Menu Items change weekly, and showcase local farms. Entrees include Chef Woo's Crispy Salmon with Forbidden Rice, Sweet & Sour Chicken, and a variety of Noodle, Rice, and Curry Dishes. The bar boasts a select wine list including 16 sakes and fantastic specialty drinks like the locally famous Pomegranate Ginger Mojito. Dinner wouldn't be complete without a happy ending...try our Chocolate Threesome or Fried Cheesecake.
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JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Any item we ordered that was fried was burnt. The Shelly roll we ordered was off as well. The temporary didn't stick to the Firecracker shrimp. This was the first time having food here where it was less than stellar. Service was excellent. I have another gathering here later. Hopefully it will improve. I love this place and used to have only the best to say. Was really embarrassed I had recommended here. Will give it another chance!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, awesome staff, and really great deals

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you love sushi I’ve heard they’re the best. Not being a sushi person myself I used to loveeee the black forbidden rice or sticky rice but the past 4 times it’s been undercooked or just not cooked right...the sweet and sour tempura chicken is more like chicken nuggets and steamed broccoli but the pan seared salmon is good most of the time! As is the soup and tempura veggie specials. Overall a GREAT place but ALWAYS get a reservation on the weekends!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yo Sake is always delicious! Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yo Sake is our go-to spot whenever we are in town for a show or to drop our son off at the theatre. Delicious food and great ambiance. We also love to bring out of town visitors to Yo Sake for a wonderful meal.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Sushi and Yo Sake is always our 1st pick. Love that chief recognizes us when we come in, and he knows I love octopus. Always makes us feel special. Their martinis are top notch also!

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Wonderful service from the young female bartender who waited the wall table while also tending bar. Our second time there and we will continue to return and make our way through the menu.

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LC
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. Brought friends for their first time and food was just ok. Menu has changed and some of the old favorites are gone. My husband got his usual tuna teriyaki and it was smothered in sauce and not nearly as good as usual. With all of the good restaurants in town we are not sure we will return to Yo Sake. Our friends thought their meals were so-so.
Our friend has to ask twice for her ordered soup and never got the seaweed she asked for.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and excellent service! One of our rolls was a little off tonight but still can’t complain over all. Great sushi. Excellent atmosphere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and atmosphere! Food was wonderful but noodles were very spicy!!

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MI
Wilmington
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi we've had in the Wilmington area! Nice little bar while we were waiting for our table (we were early for our rez), where we had some lovely cocktails. Our sushi rolls were both creative and utterly delicious, washed down with some crisply cold sake. To top off an already lovely Valentine's Day dinner, we shared one of their outrageous dessert concoctions. The yummy dark chocolate flavor of the warm brownie paired nicely with the locally-made coconut ice cream, all made even more delightful by the combined textures of soft brownie, crunchy top, creamy coconut and gentle snap of the blueberries. Truly the best dessert we've had so far this year! btw, the decor is both subdued and lovely.

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H
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Was able to enjoy dinner with my wife in an exciting atmosphere

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PG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I do enjoy Yosake normally; this is the first time that I have been disappointed. I have been there numerous times, the food is normally very delicious. This time the food was mediocre along with the service. I will go back just not during happy hour.

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RL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Made this reservation a week in advance took over an hour to be seated was disappointed when trying to entertain out of town guest. Food is always amazing.

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s
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The historic building, edgy art on the walls, and open, noisy space give YoSake a big city vibe.

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DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Colder in the restaurant than outside. I think they had the ac on in January. Outside was 41, inside felt even colder.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Although we have eaten here before (my wife and I) the experience seemed fresh and new. The menu was robust and full of great options; both sushi and Asian fare. The only detraction was the proximity of your table neighbor. Conversation was not polite but rather a cacophony of jibber jabber. Should be noted our server and speed of service were above par.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed! Wish the site was updated

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BR
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been here several times and you can't beat their happy hour, but even at the reasonable price, the food is great. I get the sushi and soup, but have also enjoyed the firecracker shrimp

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D
Wilmington
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attentive staff and awesome food and drinks!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment! Great food!!

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TA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yo Sake never disappoints. They always have great food and selections. We love their sushi and menu options. We continue to go back and just live the restaurant. Highly recommended and in a great location downtown as well.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious !

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took our two kids because they love to try new foods. They both loved the sushi and the sesame seed ahi tuna appetizer was awesome!

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EM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, super. If I could, i would eat here for every meal.

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CJ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food is excellent. It may not have the best atmosphere but definitely high on my list for sushi.

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AA
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yo Sake has yet to disappoint us. The food is always good and the servers are very friendly. The chicken jalapeno egg rolls are one of their best food items.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! One of my very favorite restaurants in Wilmington by far! And Kim is always the best waitress! We love her! All of the waitstaff is wonderful!

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yosake is always an amazing experience 😊 The atmosphere, food and service is excellent!

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E
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yosake was great. Friendly server, very good apps and sushi, great beer selection great urban rustic interior. Will definitely go back.

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KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always..and OMG... the Brussels Sprouts!!! I think I saw rainbows
After Eating them! I’m a pescatarian and Ketogenic and I was able to find many things I could eat. That is rare in most restaurants!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Great food.

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M
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, service very attentive, knowledgeable of what beers/ciders in stock which ia always nice. Excellent experience we have visited Yosake 3-4 times in the past, this being the best visit yet!

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AS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Yo Sake for its atmosphere and good food. Happy hour is a must and such a good deal for all time favorites. Our waitress was great which is always a plus when dining out.

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TD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service.

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BN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is amazing! We were there for happy hour so we got to try lots of apps at a very reasonable price. Only draw back was there were little that’s flying around the table the whole time. So annoying when you’re trying to eat and be social. Kept on having to swat at them in convo.

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Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great waitress

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SH
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yosake has a fun atmosphere with consistently good service and great food!

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GE
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Told people a check in andc when we booked reservation that this was a wedding celebration of more than 20 years. Never mentioned by waitress. Waitress only worried about large table ( large tip) just a very disappointing anniversary dinner

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great night at Yo Sake. Our table was ready as soon as we walked in and the restaurant was packed!! The sushi was very good and our waitress was very nice and attentive. Will definitely be back

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