Editorial Review by Christy Buena. Japanese cuisine is served including fresh sushi, soup, tempura shrimp and vegetables at the restaurant that offers a lively atmosphere.
More than meets the eye. So I had to drop by the storage place nearby, and after I was done I decided to satisfy my sushi craving at Samurai Sushi. I had my doubts because the restaurant is located right next to a Days Inn, but I was pleasantly suprised. I went on a Sat afternoon and not only was the restaurant much larger than I expected, it was also much busier. All rolls and nigiri pieces I ordered were very fresh and the amaebi(sweet shrimp) was the biggest I've ever been served. The service was great and I really couldn't have asked for a better meal.
Since my husband is a big Chirashi fanatic, no other place can serve it up like Samurai. We have eaten at so many other sushi places in the Sacramento and Bay areas and the Chirashi at Samurai always has generous portions of fresh sashimi and other ingredients. The Maki and Nigiri that I have had there has always been very tasty and delicious! We consider Samurai our favorite sushi place in Sacramento and we recommend this place to all our friends and family members. The service is always great there as well!
The only thing I wouldn't order on the menu is the teri-chicken. This is a sushi place and if you want teri-chicken, eat at a place that specializes in teriyaki.
Very Poor Management. Six of my co-workers and I went to Samurai for lunch...we usually trade off between Samurai and Mikuni's once per month. Between the seven of us, we frequently spend over $200 (with tax and tip) whenever we go out to sushi. Today, my sushi dish was very bad. Samurai usually has very tasty and fresh sushi, but the way mine was prepared didn't suit my taste buds. There was too much hot sauce and mustard drowning the roll and there was more tobiko than rice. I took one bite and pushed my plate away. A sushi aficionado at our table also tasted the dish and gave it a negative review as well. With one piece of the roll missing, I summoned the waiter, who asked if I would like anything else. I politely declined. A few minutes later, he returned to tell me that his manager refused to take my $9.50 lunch off the bill! I asked him, "But he's willing to switch it out for something else?" (thinking that if I have to pay for this horrible meal, I may as well bring something home that I'll eat later), to which he replied, "No, he said he won't do that either." Bless this poor waiter's heart, for he tried bringing out some other sushi dishes for me "on the sly" to make up for his manager's poor decision-making, but by then I had not only lost my appetite, I was miffed that a restaurant manager would be willing to lose hundreds of dollars per month in business over a meal that costs $9.50! Not to mention the fact that (per marketing research) I am apt to tell AT LEAST 16 people about my horrible experience and also urge people to never eat at Samurai (Mikuni's just over the freeway). I implore you all to ponder for a moment that if this manager is THAT chintzy over a meal, imagine a scenario where he may keep expiring fish, just so that he doesn't lose money on food shrink! I work for a very large corporation and, without a doubt, this manager just did SERIOUS damage to his reputation. I hope it was worth the $9.50, buddy!
Get what you want?. How bad is it when you go to a restaurant and you find something on the menu that stirs you, only to find out when you order that they do not have it in the kitchen b/c it's too expensive of an item? Or when the flavor of delicate seafood is masked by potent, less-than-stellar sauces? Do you like it when your drinks are neglected and not ever filled during an hour long meal? And do you like it when it comes time for the check and your server is no where to be found to help you fix any errors? This is just a taste of my experience at Samurai. Never again.
Fresh Change. THis place has really good sushi. They have a large selection of unique rolls that have unique combinations and interesting sauces. The rolls are a litte smaller than usual, and if you want your more straight forward sushi rolls, other places might be better. I love sushi, and this is one of my two favaorties. It might be my favorite because it is the best place to get unique, sauce heavy, sushi rolls when I got bored of regular sushi. If you want sashima, hand rolls, or traditional maki, try osaka instead. Overall, it is a must try.
DELISH!. My boyfriend and I have been regulars for over two years now. I've had sushi all over the country and this is by far the best sushi I've ever tasted. The menu is inventive, the sauces used are divine and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Even though the Ninja Roll is the cheapest roll on the menu, it is a tasty favorite! Also, the sushi special is a notably a great deal for both price and taste.
Great Food!!. I work down the road from samurai and we eat here for lunch weekly.. so much better than makuni.. and cheaper.. the sushi is always fresh and tastes great!!
best in town. Everything is always great! We go every Friday night. The sushi is always fresh and the service couldnt be better.
Compares to Mikuni. This place is great. It is cheaper than Mikuni, a lot less crowded and right down the street. The five star roll is delicious and the ahi fry is a must try. I have never been dissapointed with my meal.
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