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“Large portions, good food and value.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Matsuri Japanese Restaurant

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Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
73759 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4016
760-776-6655
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Ranked #111 of 208 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Large portions, good food and value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Very large portions.
Beef teriaki with tempura came on a huge platter with a substantial salad, and full portion of tempura, which could easily be shared. Tasty miso soup was served first.
Sashimi was fresh.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Monrovia
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Ok for large party. Food decent”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

We ended up here New Year's eve last minute with the family and no reservations. It has decent Japanese food. Service was average. Our server spilled a beverage all over our table and swore, then proceded to remove the whole table cloth while we sat down and tried to help wipe up the spill with a lot of napkins. After that fiasco, she really never came back. The owner finished up our service. She isn't even Japanese, she's Taiwanese. A give away is the large painted cat on the outside wall of the restaurant. Obviously not a Japanese sign.
Decor needs to be updated. Have old table and chairs and red vinyl seats and booths

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Desert, CA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Loved the Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Not fancy on the inside, but the food is very good and reasonable. There is a $25 for two special that is one appetizer and two entrees. My spouse had the Dragon Roll and said it was one of the best sushi he's ever had. We will return often!

Visited November 2011
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“most authentic japanese restaurant in Southern California”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

This was my fourth or fifth visit to this very unobtrusive low key Japanese restaurant on Highway 111 in Palm Desert; and I am always delighted to find the place totally unspoiled. The menu is very basic and choices comparatively limited but everything I have chosen has been very authentic and uncaliforniaised. Sitting at the sushi bar where the sushi chef has worked for 20 years and where the entire waiting staff is Japanese I really feel that I am in a small local Japanese sushi restaurant in Shibuya or Shinjuku. The only false note was "Dancing with the Stars" on the TV but other than that I really felt that I was on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orange County, CA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Decent but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

Our GPS brought us to this sushi restaurant, and we were initially attracted by the clean appearance. We had a mix of sashimi, sushi and teriyaki. Generally the food was good, although the Spanish mackrel was virtually tasteless. The place appeared to be full of locals and regulars, and the manager was energetic and friendly.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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