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Bonsai Japanese Restaurant

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3401 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94027
650-367-6547
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fresh sushi, favorable dishes!

The salad with ginger dressing, while different in terms of what we were used to in terms of ginger flavor, was amazing! The sushi was very fresh - nigiri was exceptional. The roll choices are limited and we ordered one which came out very large in size. It was very tasty however. Service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Craig Y
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The salad with ginger dressing, while different in terms of what we were used to in terms of ginger flavor, was amazing! The sushi was very fresh - nigiri was exceptional. The roll choices are limited and we ordered one which came out very large in size. It was very tasty however. Service was prompt. Value was great. I would... More 

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Redwood City
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

So my GF wanted to try this sushi place again .....it had been a while since we had gone and I was sort of willing to try it again What a mistake We were seated right away and that's the only thing that seemed to go right . We waited a long time for a server and had a hungry... More 

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Redwood City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

I really wanted to like this place and thought it was really really good hand rolls sushi .....then went back the other night and I thought the sushi was just a step above what you would get at Safeway . Although much cheaper . I might try it a second time . I staff is nice .....just maybe .....

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

They stayed open late for us!! We got there just as they were closing and let us in and let us take food to go.

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Menlo Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Delicious. Ate here with some friends, got the giant boat of stuff plus a few other things. Service wasn't fantastic and a few orders were mildly messed up. Definitely fun seeing the sushi chef showing off his giant hunting bow too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This place is great! The sushi is wonderful! I am not from this area but I drove past this restaurant and saw lots of people going in and the parking lot was full. I was very happy that I turned around and came to Bonsai! I would go back again!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Being a foodie I am always looking for the best sushi place...and after having tried the trendiest, the most expensive one (Fuki Sushi), the hundreds of sushi bars sprouting along El Camino Real and beyond, well, after 12 years of experiment only ONE place has made it to the very top and stayed there with total consistence: Bonsai. I even... More 

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rochester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The atmosphere and the food is fantastic. I used to live out here, and I hated sushi... until I tried it here. Now I can't get enough of it. Haven't found a better place anywhere. Samurai roll and white tuna rolls are the best!

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Bonsai has been a favorite for years starting when it was on Redwood City, The current location in Atherton on the El Camino carries on the excellent Japanese cuisine. In my opinion it is the best on the peninsula. The fish is noticeably fresh and prepared to our preferences. The owner knows how to make our visit special.

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Went to Bonsai with my wife for a dinner without kids and had a terrific time. Kenji (Mike) was preparing sushi and make everything exactly to my wife's order. He had a New York Steak prepared for me that was as good as Flemings. Not being a fish eater, I even enjoyed the crab salad. Will definitely return soon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3401 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94027
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Redwood City
  • Phone Number: 650-367-6547

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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