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“Very good sushi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Star

Ocean Star
3608 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2038
941-778-1236
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Ranked #22 of 35 Restaurants in Holmes Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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new york, ny
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206 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Very good sushi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised
The sushi was very fresh and the service good despite a tacky strip mall location. We would return!

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“We visit every year and love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We visit this every Christmas when on the island, and food is always delicious.

The beef wrapped around spring onions is a great starter, and we had a sushi special that was yummy.

I always have the crisy chicken with caviar sauce, rice and salad - the salad is my favourite bit, it's so fresh and delicious.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

I liked everything but the price was woohoo....
The sushi is good and fresh and tempura shrimp is good..
Be prepared to spend at least $75 for two ...
Came highly recommended but must patronize sparingly if you want your pockets not to suffer a trauma...plus they could do more for the interiors...
All in all wasok

Visited November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Japanese cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

A busy Japanese restaurant that has outlasted many other restaurants in this resort town on Anna Maria Island. Service was very efficient and attentive, the menu is extensive but not so huge that it is difficult to make choices. We arrived at 6:30 to a virtually empty place and by 7:00, the line was out the door. Our sushi was fresh, the two tempura dishes were hot and plentiful and the udon seafood bowl was delicious. We find this restaurant to be more expensive than ones we frequent when we are home but this is a resort town and Ocean Star is the only Japanese restaurant on the island.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, MD
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“Worst service in awhile - food is not good enough to be worth it”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Took my daughter here tonight - came for a quick, light meal just before the dinner hour started, so we asked to sit at the bar. The food was okay but the service was abominable! When we arrived, there were only 2 other patrons in the restaurant, and no one else at the bar. We made our decisions quickly, but could not get anyone's attention to place our order - not the sushi chefs, servers or the hostess. When we finally flagged someone down to order something from the kitchen, I ordered edamame, the vegetable tempura entree and a glass of wine. My daughter ordered 2 pieces of nigiri and a basic roll. During this time, the restaurant had quickly filled to capacity with families and many large parties and the "service" only got worse from this point on. The wine and app came out quickly, but we waited for the 3 sushi items for about 20 minutes while both chefs made To Go orders instead. The kitchen order was even worse - we had to wait while as they brought the vegetable tempura appetizer out by mistake - TWICE - instead of the entree-size portion with rice and salad. The chefs were slow and seemed completely confused and out of sorts. Our server was completely MIA during the whole meal and we had to flag down other servers, and at times, the hostess - for everything from drinking water to utensils to soy sauce to the check - and then had to find someone to run our credit card so that we could pay and leave. A few times we had to get up out of our seats to ask for service. We are experienced, agreeable sushi diners who knew what we wanted and should have been in and out in under 40 minutes. Via being virtually ignored by every member of the staff throughout the meal, we were there for close to 2 hours. I should add that we didn't feel as if it were anything personal - the whole place just seemed like a comedy of errors from a service standpoint. I never did get my salad and my daughter half-way wanted another couple pieces of nigiri but we realized it was so not worth the hassle it would have been to get them. We won't go back.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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