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Atari-Ya Japanese Restaurant

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1551 Stowell Center Plz, Santa Maria, CA 93458-7121
805-922-0025
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Japanese Food

We decided to eat at this restaurant after reading so many positive reviews. When we arrived at the Plaza though I was a little hesitant to go in. The Plaza and store fronts looked run down and old. We went in and were pleasantly surprised. Although older, it's been there for over 30 years... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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197 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to eat at this restaurant after reading so many positive reviews. When we arrived at the Plaza though I was a little hesitant to go in. The Plaza and store fronts looked run down and old. We went in and were pleasantly surprised. Although older, it's been there for over 30 years, it was clean and staff was... More 

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Thank countdown6
Santa Maria, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Tucked away in the back of the Stowell Center Plaza this is a very good sushi restaurant. We have dined three times and every time walked away thinking this is much better than the others in Santa Maria. There is a good reason it has survived for 30 years. And if you an adventurous cook the store next door carries... More 

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1 Thank Jeff M
Bandon, Oregon
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Always the best!! I have been going there since they opened over 30 years ago, before there was any other sushi in Santa Maria. They still surpass any of the sushi bars that have followed them!

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Thank Ladyhawk555
Lakeside, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Went there with 4 people and the place is kind of a dumpy hole in the wall in a strip mall. Looks like the area around there is kind of sketchy, so go before dark. But do they know their foods. Great service, great selection and the food was fabulous. Highly recommend.

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Thank Kevin K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I've been here several times with my family, so decided to bring Girl Scout troop of 12 people. We ate in our own tatami room. Food was very good and plentiful, and the service was quick and friendly. We all had a good time. Occasionally come here for lunch with my husband.

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Thank Marcy Y
Central Coast California
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It's a monthly habit to stop here when traveling. It's not a stretch to say they serve the best sushi on the central coast. Price is right, service is great, and the food is always right on.

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3 Thank TravelerNBNW
Zurich, Switzerland
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120 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

The hotel staff recommended this what looks like a husband and wife run restaurant. Without the recommendation we most likely would not have ended up here. The decor is a bit busy, but in a strange way this gives the place its charm. Signs proudly announce its 31st anniversary. Don't expect dim lighting and soft playing music. It's all about... More 

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Thank funkyfiorella
Santa Maria, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Great place to eat sushi! Good variety and always great quality. If you are in Santa Maria and hungry give this place a try. Not open on Mondays

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Thank eilerman5000
Santa Maria, California
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I don't like sushi, so I can't rate this part of the restaurant. The cooked Japanese offerings are good, comparable to other Japanese restaurants I've in around the country. Pleasant environment. Quiet (ah, that's nice). Service good but also quiet (ah, that's good, too)

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Thank Edward S
Los Alamos
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

atari ya: the same owner for almost 30 years! will give sushi bars in Los Angeles a good run for the money. The rolls are huge. Almost too big for one person. Friendly and clean.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1551 Stowell Center Plz, Santa Maria, CA 93458-7121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: 805-922-0025

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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