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Sakana Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

1046 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 565 2014
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Ranked #114 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Japanese
Most recent review
- Jul 18, 2014
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English first
El Paso, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

What flavors! It's safe to say we have had our say of various sushi in the U.S and this place gets a big thumbs up. Sat at the bar and watched the sushi chefs create some amazing flavorful sushi. The sauces give the sushi an extra pop of flavors, you don't even need soy sauce. The basil sauce, papaya mango... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I plan on eating here at least three times on a four day visit. I think the Sakana Tower and Montecito roll is the best suchi outside of Japan.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

If you don't like sushi, or tasting your fish, smother it with 5 different heavy-handed sauces or eat at Sakana. The presentation was sloppy, my rice was all falling apart. Among around 300 items on the menu, I must have ordered freezing cold egg with lukewarm mushy fish and pools of goopy sauce. The servers passed us our orders over... More

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california
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

what a great place to dine. we love the 'sakana tower'. a column of crab, tuna, scallops and caviar with the most beautiful presentation. but the menu never ends there. ask the sushi chefs for their on-the-spot creation and for us, it has never been anything but fantastic. enjoy...

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

This charming sushi bar is the gem of Montecito and very popular with the locals. Our waitress was great, she was very pleasant and responsive to all of our needs. The food presentation is fantastic and the sauces are to die for. So if happen to be in the area Sakana will not disappoint.

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Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Delicious fish, tonite I enjoyed sashimi - Ono, Mirugai, Tako, Ika, Toro & Sake. Also had the Blackened Yellowtail Press Box, beautiful presentation & taste. The California rolls & Yellowtail sushi were very good as well. This is a busy & smallish restaurant so bring your patience.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Being a former sushi chef, I get asked all the time where my favorite sushi restaurant is. My answer: When you walk in the door of your favorite restaurant, you should always be treated like "royalty". Part of the reason the mom and pop sushi restaurants still thrive in Japan is "rapport". You sit at the counter as you would... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I am reluctant to sing the praises of this tiny little local frequented sushi restaurant tucked away at the end of a nondescript mini mall behind Starbucks as it would mean that the 30 minute waits for a table might get even longer. But we have been going here at least once a month ever since the place opened a... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

It is the BEST especially for someone just getting into sushi! It's pricey and in Montecito but small and worth every penny. I do not eat the sashimi or as much of the raw stuff but the rolls and press boxes are awesome! The sauces are to die for.

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Sakana is my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Other reviewers who have called the chef an artist are absolutely right. Everything I've had here has been amazing! The chef's omakase creations are always the highlight of the meal for me. Although the restaurant is often crowded, I've never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a table.

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