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“Fresh Sashimi, Warm Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hanagasa

Hanagasa
8TH Ave & Mission Ave, Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 625-4470
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Ranked #71 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fresh Sashimi, Warm Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It was a cold wintry December night in 2011 when our troupe of 4 very hungry friends were on the prowl for food after a long drive from Los Angeles. We literally tripped upon Hanagasa in the dark streets of Carmel. "Japanese" - we knew we can't go wrong with this cuisine. We are from Singapore where we have the best of the best in Japanese cuisine and yet this quaint little eatery stole our hearts the moment we entered the warm toasty hut.

Quickly we seated in front of the owner at the sushi bar and rapid-fired our orders of salmon sashimi, udon and sukiyaki. I was in true heaven. Fresh thick slices of succulent golden-orange salmon just slipped through our throats. Even the owner chuckled when he saw our faces that held that "I have died and gone to heaven" look. Beef Sukiyaki had the correct robust fragrance with tender beef slices. We stayed in Carmel 3 nights and we were hanging out at Hanagasa every night. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Carmel, California, United States
1 review
“Fresh and tasty sushi bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Love to sit at the sushi bar, everything is fresh and delicious. Try the spider roll, spicy tuna and yellow tail. I eat here at least once a week!

Visited March 2013
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Longboat Key, Florida
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Hands down BEST sushi in Carmel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I'm not a huge sushi fan but my husband is and we love coming here. It is a small family ran business and they are wonderful. The sushi is always fresh and flavorful. It is ran like a VERY typical Japanese restaurant in the way that food comes out as it is ready. Not always in your typical "American course" way but that's something we enjoy about it. We can both eat more then we should on top of our hot sake and the bill is only around $50 every time. That's AMAZING for fresh sushi! We both highly recommend this place.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Hidden gem in Carmel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012 via mobile

I have to say when it comes to sushi the number one factor is fresh fish. The quality of fish keeps me coming back to Hanagasa. The service is some what inconsistent but not enough to stop me from coming.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Gatos, California
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“Disappointing at best”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

After reading the other reviews our group thought that we made the right decision choosing Hanagasa and making reservations there for our sushi cravings on a Saturday night in Carmel. Wrong choice! As we eagerly entered this small, sparsely decorated restaurant, we were delighted to be greeted by the host and seated promptly at our crowded but cozy table for four. Napkins unfolded, menus out, lets order some sushi! As we perused the menu our guests jumped up from the table and pointed to the extra guest crawling across the tabletop from behind the water glass. Yuk! A Beetle! Oh come on now, this just can't be happening. Can it? After a brief consultation with our dinner party, we decided that we would stay despite the uninvited guest, but thoughts of potential other critters running around the food prep areas of the kitchen made us all feel a little uneasy about what might be served later in the meal. A quick look around the place and you discover exterior doors left ajar and a missing screen from the window left to invite the creatures of the night in. We spoke to the host about our "bug" who was quick to point out that construction next door was the cause and that they have been having a problem with this ever since the construction began. Ok, so shut the doors and put a new screen in the window we suggested. He smiled and offered to buy us all a beer instead.Huh? Ok- back to ordering some sushi. Service was slow and a bit disorganized at times but what the heck, hopefully the food will make up for the minor inconveniences we have experienced so far. Wrong again. The sushi was fresh for sure but presentation was lacking and the overall taste of each dish was mediocre at best. Not the best sushi, not the worst sushi we've ever had, but not worth a repeat trip to this disappointing restaurant.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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