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“Pretty good, for West Bend...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ninja Japanese Steak House

Ninja Japanese Steak House
944 E Paradise Dr, West Bend, WI 53095
262-338-4888
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Ranked #38 of 85 Restaurants in West Bend
Cuisines: Japanese
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Description: phone is 262 338 4888 New restaurant as of 2011
West Bend, Wisconsin
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“Pretty good, for West Bend...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

This restaurant specializes in two things: a hibachi-based show, and sushi, and is located in a strip mall - don't let that put you off. The show is pretty good - the staff work hard, and the cookstaff are trained pretty well. Note that there is some variability in showmanship - we've had some staff who really go the extra mile. The chefs will give you sake using a squeeze bottle, which can be fun, or can be just messy - one night I came home after dinner completely soaked with sake, due to an extremely liberal hand the chef had with the sake squeeze bottle in spite of protests by me. Other chefs seem to rather go through the motions, so showmanship is really dependent on who you get. However, knife skills seem to be pretty good across the board, so if you like this kind of thing, you'll enjoy the show. The food itself is good, if amounts are a bit smaller than what is served at other local restaurants. Don't get me wrong, I live here and love it, but this city (and well, this part of the country) tends to emphasize quantity - so, I suspect local diners may be a bit disappointed with the amount of food served with the hibachi dinners. However, the quality is fine - nothing particularly special for this kind of dining, but fine. Last time I ordered scallops and steak (rare), and both were cooked as I requested - pretty good, considering the different cooking times for each to get it right. The hibachi dinner comes with miso soup (average), salad with ginger dressing (decent), hibachi noodles (unless you order white rice or fried rice), and several shrimp (also cooked well).

The other part of the restaurant emphasizes sushi - the ingredients have been fresh both times we've done that bit, and the food is well presented. The "love boat" is particularly dramatic, the sushi for two is served on one of those giant wooden boats that sushi restaurants often use. Our sushi was fresh, pretty, and tasty, and would parallel what we would get in the city.

The decor is modern, the restaurant is clean, and the service has been good the times that we have been there. Friday nights have been busy, but when we've been there on another night, it was easy to get a seat at the hibachi grill. Regarding the bar, they have a nice selection of beers (both Japanese and others) and specialty cocktails - I always order the cocktail with vodka and plum wine - can't remember the name, but it smells delicious, and the sweetness of the wine cuts the tang of the vodka.

  • Visited July 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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  • English first
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English first
USA
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“I'd rate it average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

The chef did a good show but I'd rate the food average. Had to pay extra $2 for rice.The NY steak with the combo dinner was 2-3 ounces! The portions for the chicken were generous but tasteless. Chef forgot to serve sauces and had to be reminded after everyone was half finished. The green tea tempura ice cream dessert was excellent.
It would take alot of coaxing for me to return

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Awesome Sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Ate here this week, and the food was high quality. I had the miso soup and edamame for starters. Then,I ordered the Mango and shrimp sushi roll, and my husband ordered Hot lover's paradise roll. Both were good!

Visited June 2012
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Jackson, Wisconsin
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“No Benihanas, But very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

While this is no Benihanas, West Bend is not San Francisco. Sushi is very good and the Hibachi is good. If you like Sake, they keep trying to get you to drink more (Although one guy who did said it was watered down). This is one of the better places to eat is West Bend. Get reservations on Friday or Saturday if you are going for the Hibachi. Prices are OK, a little cheaper that Benihanas, but not by much.
Little mess up on bill was straighten out quick. Servers English was poor, and lead to the confusion

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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