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225 Mcmurray Rd., Ste. D, Buellton, CA 93427
805-686-9001
Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 1
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A-RU - Expensive but Good for You...

I happen to know the owner who goes to great lengths to secure the freshest catch for her sushi chefs. The food quality is outstanding but be prepared for a pricey meal. But... sometimes you only get what you pay for. Expensive yes, but fresh and tasty!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I happen to know the owner who goes to great lengths to secure the freshest catch for her sushi chefs. The food quality is outstanding but be prepared for a pricey meal. But... sometimes you only get what you pay for. Expensive yes, but fresh and tasty!

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Los Olivos Ca.
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Gina is a Gem in herself! I know her very well! The freshness of all of her food she serves is the best. I recommend her place above all Sushi restaurants! The atmosphere of her place is just so elegant, and soothing, the staff are also real tentative to the customers. Anytime is a good time for A-ru!!!

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Los Alamos
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

Aru is capable of competing with some of the finest sushi bars in Los angeles I am so glad they are in the central coast Bravo!

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Santa Ynez, California
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The owner is the sushi chef. You rarely see a woman and boy is she good! I mean seriously the best sushi I've eaten this side of Los Angeles. The service was really really slow. Get there early like 5 when they open. It fills up very fast. A little pricy but when you're out away from civilization in the... More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I have been coming here for years, but just now decided to write a review. This place is awesome. Absolutely fresh and never disappoints. We came here for Valentine's Day to celebrate. Get the A-Ru roll for sure. And the Kal-Bi short ribs are great. Other places in town are fine, but if you are a foodie, no other sushi... More 

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HUNTINGTON BEACH
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Good food. A bit on the expensive side for Japanese food. The name on the front says it's a sushi place but they have more than sushi. The Korean short ribs were tasty but not very large. The shrimp and vegetable tempura was very good. The Alaska sushi roll was also good. The crunch shrimp roll was just ok.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The reason for the 5 rating is besides the quality being one of the best, the ambiance in the restaurant is quiet, unpretentious, friendly and enough room between tables for privacy and private conversations. Their is a friendly counter for solo diners and several options on the menu for vegetarians, the owner/sushi chef is very accommodating. Nice staff, friendly service.... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Here they serve the traditional sashimi and nigiri as well as freshly made miso soup with organic mushrooms. Grab the Japanese scallops if you can or the salmon nigiri, my favorite!

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Santa Ynez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Superb quality sushi, interesting selection of fish. Cooked food is excellent, good variety. A bit slow preparing sushi. Service is attentive.

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We almost did not give this place a try for lunch given the bad review, but decided to check it out anyways. We were glad we did! Although it's a bit pricey, you get what you pay for. It was very tasty.

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Additional Information about A-RU

Address: 225 Mcmurray Rd., Ste. D, Buellton, CA 93427
Phone Number: 805-686-9001
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Buellton
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 Mcmurray Rd., Ste. D, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Buellton
  • Phone Number: 805-686-9001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?