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“good food and entertaining service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pocket 8's Sushi & Grill

Pocket 8's Sushi & Grill
9 West Alexander Avenue, Merced, CA
2093840212
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Ranked #62 of 132 Restaurants in Merced
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Dining options: Dinner
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Dining options: Dinner
california
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“good food and entertaining service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had dinner on a Saturday evening and really enjoyed our evening. All of us ordered a different dish, all created at our table and the food show was interesting, fun and entertaining. We had a great time. Our only question was that the sake drink we ordered came not as a glass, but as a small 8 ounce bottle. The cost of this small bottle was $18.00 and on the menu it looked like a $5 - $7 dollar drink, not an $18.00 - 8 ounce bottle. So be aware of this as our waitress did not say a word and it was not listed on the menu as such.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Merced, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beni hana in Merced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Nice small bar, regular restaurant seating and a sushi bar. They also have those "watch them cook" flaming hot grill tables you sit at with the entertaining flying knives and shooting flames going on. Many photos of celebrities with the owner who was a World champion poker player. We were seating with another small group at our table, and I did not know it is customary to tip your cook/showman until I saw them do it.

Visited June 2013
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California City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food bad service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Since pocket 8s have been opened I've only gone there about 4 times. The first time I went there, the waitress seated us after customers who came after us. When we were seated, we only ordered water to drink. the water came after the meal. We asked for plates, they never brought it. Our first experience was horrible. Since then, pocket 8s hasn't been our first choice for sushi. We only go there because friends invite us there. The food is good with decent pricing. Their employees just need more training on courtesy and waitressing etiquettes..

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Merced
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234 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Entertainment and Lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Pocket 8's is Japanese Restaurant in Merced CA. It's easy to find from any direction. It's right there on the corner of Alexander Ave and G St. Open for lunch from 11:30a. -2p. and then they reopen for dinner at 4p.
We had the Tepanyaki for lunch. They have a wide range of food on the menu.
The chef entertained us (as usual) while fixing our food.
The food was fantastic! The service was friendly and everyone got 'star' treatment. I would really recommend this restaurant.
I told them I was going to put them on TripAdvisor! Enjoy your lunch or dinner.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in California”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I have tried sushi everywhere and nothing is as fresh and good as this place here! 2 hours from the ocean yet the seafood is fresh and the most tasty food , I go at least three times a month if not more, pricey a lil bit but well worth it! No out door sitting, the bar has a lot of alcohol but no bar tenders that know what they are doing...

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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