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Reviewed June 22, 2021

I hope that the clearly agitated bartender that was working tonight (Tues 6/22) is not a representative of ownership. I sat at half empty bar about 830 and asked for large hot saki and a menu. Bartender seemed out of sorts and almost annoyed that...I was sitting ordering food. I asked for saki/menu a second time and he said saki only came in one size so I said OK. He then put menu in front of me and said he’d have to set a placing and I should probably go to table area?? Confused, I said - no, for the third time, I’d like a saki. This completely set him off and he yelled what I meant about the ”third time”? I told him it was the third time I had asked for saki and he said to get the F out. I then left. Guy is a loose cannon.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

We hadn't been here during the pandemic. And we didn't get takeout during that time. So this was our first time back in two years. Previously had a great experience sharing hibachi w/ friends. We walked in and asked to be seated at the bar....We were greeted by the bartender/server JP. He brought our drinks, let us slowly go over the menu, and was very helpful explaining all the nuances of the sushi, sashimi, & rolls. I started off w/ the Tom Yum shrimp soup ($6). Excellent balance of flavors w/ the right amount of heat. Gets a 5-star recommendation. My bride had the edamame ($5). Then she ordered her fav Beef Nagamaki ($8.50) & a cucumber roll ($3.50). She's ordered this at other place and said that was tender and a bit more flavorful than the others. Under JP's guidance I chose an eel & a yellowtail tuna roll ($3.50 ea.) Eel had an almost smoky flavor (umami?) and the tuna had a bright, fresh flavor. They offer many choices for sushi & sashimi. I finished off w/ the spicy crab roll ($8.50) - BAZINGA. Perfect presentation, temperature of food & plates, & timing at a leisurely pace. We had a two Sapporo draft beers ($6 ea.) & two glasses of wine ($7 ea.) We felt that this was great value for the price. Open M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm. The Samurai is on a busy strip w/ lots of retail, five minutes from the airport, hotels businesses & restaurants. So locals & visitors have lots of dining choices. The Samurai stands out amongst the sea of chain restaurants on this strip. We highly recommend this independent restaurant when in the area. Arigato gozaimasu! JP and all the staff at The Samurai. Nick & Liz, Albany, NYMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 30, 2021

This Japanese restaurant is visually appealing, both inside & outside. It's been transformed in a location where a Burger King used to be. Hubby didn't care for the flavor of the seafood broth in his Seafood Udon soup. Of course, maybe he would have enjoyed...the flavor of a different udon soup better... My shrimp teriyaki lunch box was fine. They let me substitute clear soup, which I prefer, for the miso soup which came with it. The only disappointment was that the fruit in the box I was served was just canned, instead of fresh (e.g., slices of orange).More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 3, 2021

I went there with the a party of 9 they sitted us right away. The stuff was great and the food was delicious. My kids had a great time the food and very tasty and the person making it was super nice and great with...the kids.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed March 12, 2020 via mobile

Walking from my parking spot to the front door I almost turned around. The food is just fine. If they'd spend 15 minutes cleaning up the grounds and entranceway they'd probably triple their business.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Such a wonderful place -there is a bar with all the sports TV's, there are Hibachi tables and quiet private dining they have it all! And the food ...WOW! I advise starting with the Shrimp Shumai and the Shrimp Tempura Have the house salad with...ANYTHING Rolls-Duck roll, Samurai. Godzilla, Manhattan roll, Mongolian beef roll. Just suggestions I love but that's just me, experiment and enjoy!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020

A wonderful place! Good selection of saki and an extensive sushi menu. The Bento boxes are a great value with a tremendous amount of food. The staff while quiet, are always attentive.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

My daughter and I had sushi, and crab rangoon. It was pretty good. The place is lovely, with hibachi, etc. Typical fare. Nice place to go for special occasions, but also booths for regular dinners. I'd go back and try other things. Nice servers. Quiet...when we went, private, nice experience.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 22, 2019

Enjoyed the hibachi but the sushi is sub-par (there are way better places nearby) and the Pad Thai I had recently was barely edible.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 6, 2019 via mobile

Easy no hassle lunch on a rainy Sunday. Very intrigued by the list of unique rolls and was not disappointed. Had the Texas the Dynamite and one more So good and so big. Great staff too very attentive with drink refills. Will be back when...in this area. I have a shellfish allergy and still had so many choices of rolls and other dishesMore

Date of visit: May 2019
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Samurai Japanese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4