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Vizen Japanese Cuisine

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6559 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803
941-926-0830
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 41
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  • 5
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 7
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still very good in comparison to other choices

The old Vizen was extraordinary. The food was inspired and unique, and the quality was second to none. Vizen may very well still be the best sushi restaurant in Sarasota, but it's about 70% of what it used to be. For example, the sushi used to come with multiple sauces that made sense and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Heathercoles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The old Vizen was extraordinary. The food was inspired and unique, and the quality was second to none. Vizen may very well still be the best sushi restaurant in Sarasota, but it's about 70% of what it used to be. For example, the sushi used to come with multiple sauces that made sense and offered different angles on the same... More 

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Thank Heathercoles
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been there many times in the past and did not realize that ownership had changed hands, They are attempting to maintain the past but at this point have not lived up to the previous owners, I can only hope they will.

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Thank Allan T
Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They are not trying to be the old Vizen. Either way... outstanding food, great service, nice people. My new favorite sushi restaurant in Sarasota!

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Thank Kat C
downtownresident
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68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Average, run of the mill sushi. Under the previous owner the restaurant was inspired, fresh, delicious, unique and a great treat for Sarasota. We got so spoiled by the former Vizen that the downtown Sarasota restaurants didn't cut it anymore for us. Now it is just like any other sushi place. No need to travel to Gulf Gate. Our service... More 

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Thank downtownresident
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vizen had been the best sushi restaurant in Sarasota - one of our favorites in the country. That ended with the new owners. They have kept the same high prices, which the old food deserved, but the food now is supermarket quality and worse. We ordered the tuna and salmon burst that we used to love under the original chef.... More 

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Thank Carolyn L
Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was our favorite Japanese restaurant. It was very authentic. Very fresh fish and very creative menu. Ownership changed about three months ago. We couldn't believe how poor the food was under the new owners. A huge disappointment. It is not worth your time or money.

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1 Thank Ron N
Dunedin, Florida
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

While some things have changed (no more chocolate custard and Yoko is gone) we salute the new owner/chef for continuing to deliver extraordinary sushi and other Japanese delicacies. Vizen remains an oasis of quiet perfection. Lower prices, expanded wine and sake list and some new sushi and sashimi offerings (blue fin tuna!) give this world class sushi restaurant a fighting... More 

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Thank TurbanMan
New York, NY
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

As title states, this is excellent sushi. Have had the opportunity to travel to Japan and sample some of the best there. This is as good as any I have tasted in the US. Ambience is also nice, calm, quiet, comfortable. A real gem in an unassuming location.

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1 Thank complelledtoshare
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175 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Good sushi served in a minimilistic decor in the gulf gate area. The prices are steep but your not getting the normal run of the mill sushi

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Thank SRQ4576
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went here for dinner on a Friday night per the recommendation of a coworker. It was amazing. When we walked in there was only one other couple in the restaurant which worried me, but we trusted out source and stayed. Our server was new, but great. We ordered the yellowtail jalapeño appetizer first. The portion was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6559 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231-5803
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 941-926-0830

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?