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“Cruise Oishi on the Love Boat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oishi Japanese Restaurant

Oishi Japanese Restaurant
11025 International Dr, Ste A, Orlando, FL 32821-7381
407-465-0088
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Ranked #949 of 3,180 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Crozet, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Cruise Oishi on the Love Boat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My family (wife and two foodie teens) had read reviews, concerned about service issues but taking a chance, nonetheless. We entered the restaurant when it was about 40% full. The hibachi-Benihana-type tables were empty. When we asked about sitting at a hibachi table, we were told we would have to wait 90 minutes. Since we were on the fence about hibachi and sushi, we didn't ask why there was a long delay. I speculated that Oishi prefers to serve the hibachi tables when they are full (I overheard a server mention a party was coming in later for the hibachi).

We were promptly seated and given menus. The waitress was very patient in describing the sushi assortment on the Love Boat platter. No problem with substitutions. We ordered gyoza chicken dumpling appetizers, shrimp tempura appetizer, the Love Boat and a spider roll.

The gyoza wrappers were apparently deep-fried with light and crispy wrappers but almost tasteless filling. The sushi on the Love Boat, however, were among the best we've ever had. Even the mackerel's aroma, appearance, texture and flavor made it seem as if it was just caught and sliced that day. The tuna and salmon melted in our mouths. The additional spider roll-- softshell crab tempura, avocado, smelt roe, scallion and eel sauce--placed on board the boat was the star of the meal. The shrimp tempura batter was light and free of oil.

Incidentally, our gyoza came in about 10 minutes. The boat and tempura arrived about 15 minutes after. A little on the slow side, but not totally unacceptable, for sushi prep.

We had only water to drink (the restaurant served Florida tap water, which smells and tastes terrible to us tourists. The restaurant should serve filtered water). Our bill was $72. Contrary to other reviews, Oishi did not add on any tip.

Bottom line: We would go back but avoid the gyoza.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
“Oishi”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I read the reviews and gave it a try. This is not nearly as good as the reviews stated. VERY slow service. They waited to fill the table before they would cook. Even made us move our seats after we were sitting for 15 minutes. The food was just "ok". We get our check for a party of two and they added on 18% for tipping right on. I have NEVER seen this for a party of two. I will not return.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Acworth, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This place was as beautiful as it was a fabulous place to eat. Great tuna tartar and sushi combos. Very close to our hotel a great service.

Visited October 2013
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Orlando
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“GOOD SUSHI”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We had some fresh, good sushi here, and they do have hibachi which the kids love. The chef put on a nice show for the kids while cooking. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Restaurant is clean and overall we think it was very good. It's right near Sea World and close to home -- perfect for taking visiting family for a different type of meal out.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I go here for sushi for lunch as often as possible when I am in the area. I have been many many times. Freshly made sushi while you wait, very good quality, very tasty, very good value. Always delicious. I have not tried the rest of the menu except for the gyoza which are also very tasty.

  • Visited September 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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