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Pocket 8's Sushi & Grill

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9 West Alexander Avenue, Merced, CA
Today
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
good for a family or small group

The cooked-at-your table meals were very good, varied, and plenty to eat. Our grandchildren especially enjoyed the onion volcano. Large selection- steak, seafood, chicken, tempura and many combinations. Reasonable prices, especially considering the extra entertainment factor.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2014
cuestaroble
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Mariposa, California
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I ate here for the second time the other night. The first time we sat at the Tepanyaki (?) table, where the chef cooks in front of the diners. The food was good, and the chef did a good job, but we had a long waiting period while other diners arrived. Frustrating, requiring lots of small talk with others at... More 

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California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Have been coming here since it has been open.It started out with very good quality meat and service.But now it seems to save money things things have changed.My 1st clue was when i was asked "soup OR salad" used to get both...my god how much are u saving by offering just one! all other tappanyaki places give both.Most cooks that... More 

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Merced, Ca
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

I'd have to say this is THE RUDEST n WORST service I have ever had. I called at 7 cuz we were on our way down from Fresno to eat. The lady said that they weren't taking reservations because 4 of their grill tables were down. I told here that we wouldn't b there for a hour and she said,... More 

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Mariposa, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The cooked-at-your table meals were very good, varied, and plenty to eat. Our grandchildren especially enjoyed the onion volcano. Large selection- steak, seafood, chicken, tempura and many combinations. Reasonable prices, especially considering the extra entertainment factor.

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California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We ate at the area where the chef cooks in front of you. I went with my husband and two other ladies were seated with us. The cook was engaging with us and did tricks with the food using fire. I loved the food. It was quite pricey, but so much food. I had leftovers. The salad was delicious. I... More 

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california
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had dinner on a Saturday evening and really enjoyed our evening. All of us ordered a different dish, all created at our table and the food show was interesting, fun and entertaining. We had a great time. Our only question was that the sake drink we ordered came not as a glass, but as a small 8 ounce bottle.... More 

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Merced, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Nice small bar, regular restaurant seating and a sushi bar. They also have those "watch them cook" flaming hot grill tables you sit at with the entertaining flying knives and shooting flames going on. Many photos of celebrities with the owner who was a World champion poker player. We were seating with another small group at our table, and I... More 

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California City, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Since pocket 8s have been opened I've only gone there about 4 times. The first time I went there, the waitress seated us after customers who came after us. When we were seated, we only ordered water to drink. the water came after the meal. We asked for plates, they never brought it. Our first experience was horrible. Since then,... More 

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Merced
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190 reviews 190 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Pocket 8's is Japanese Restaurant in Merced CA. It's easy to find from any direction. It's right there on the corner of Alexander Ave and G St. Open for lunch from 11:30a. -2p. and then they reopen for dinner at 4p. We had the Tepanyaki for lunch. They have a wide range of food on the menu. The chef entertained... More 

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94 reviews 94 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I have tried sushi everywhere and nothing is as fresh and good as this place here! 2 hours from the ocean yet the seafood is fresh and the most tasty food , I go at least three times a month if not more, pricey a lil bit but well worth it! No out door sitting, the bar has a lot... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 West Alexander Avenue, Merced, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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