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225 Mcmurray Rd., Ste. D, Buellton, CA 93427
805-686-9001
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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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
Always good. Always friendly.

Aru has been serving fresh and tasty dinners for many years. Fairly quiet and intimate setting but not stuffy. Very friendly staff. We are lucky to have such good quality Sushi in our small town.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Buellton
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Aru has been serving fresh and tasty dinners for many years. Fairly quiet and intimate setting but not stuffy. Very friendly staff. We are lucky to have such good quality Sushi in our small town.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The service here is good, but the sushi is really expensive for what it is worth. Not a lot of bang for your buck

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Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Best sushi in the Santa Ynez Valley (only fresh sushi in the valley!). For a local place in Buellton, their final product is very good. I would eat the sushi and other creations here before I would eat at the dozens of sushi stops in Santa Barbara.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great food and service. Great sushi! Definitely a repeater. Used Trip Advisor's ranking and reviews before going; great recommendations.

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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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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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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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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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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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