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Hanabi Japanese Restaurant

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11276 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3421
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

We were there for dinner and arrived at 5:30. We did not get our food until after 6:30 pm as any take out customers were given priority over people eating at the tables.

Thank elkhornsun
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

One word? Delicious! I had the Terminator roll. Deep fried, cream cheese, eel, spicy tuna. I was in heaven! Hubbie got the rib eye box dinner. He ordered medium, was a little rare but he didn't mind....just an fyi. The location is a bit odd, in a little strip mall, but who cares? Service was great and even the locals... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Who would have thought such a great Japanese restaurant would be found at a strip mall in Castroville. Great food and good service await at this restaurant. I chose a "box" dinner that included a generous portion of shrimp and vegetable tempura, chicken teriyaki, and 6 California rolls along with rice, salad, miso soup, and steamed vegetables. Thought the tempura... More 

Thank SMB4_1958
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

A friend persuaded me to try this place recently, and it is now my favorite Japanese restaurant, even beating Shogun. This is more modern Japanese food, and they feature several fried rolls. The volcano roll is excellent -- a bit spicy, but good -- and the terminator roll is also excellent. The texas holdem roll is not too bad either.... More 

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Seaside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

This is the best Japanese restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula. The property is quaint, clean and well-designed. The service is casual, especially with the funny and personable Joey behind the sushi counter. The food is the real star here. The menu is complete and easy to use, the ingrediants are fresh and everything is well-prepared & tasty. If you can... More 

Thank Conmaker
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

In the middle of a shopping center, but when you find it. You will love it. Decent place, fair price and friendly

1 Thank riggerone
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Don't be fooled by the lack of reviews. This place makes excellent sushi rolls, and this is coming from a couple that has eaten at some high end east coast sushi restaurants. The rolls are very creative and the flavors mix wonderfully. We tried the Las Vegas roll, the JC roll, and the calamari roll and loved them all. They're... More 

Thank David L
Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

I have been eating at this restaurant since it open and the food and service quality it has only and always improved. Francisco the Sushi chef masters the art and makes delicious rolls. His ponzu sauce is to die for and even better his spicy garlic sauce. All fish and other ingredients are always fresh and I have never been... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

This is my wife's and my favorite restaurant of the six we've visited in Castroville. Very fresh, reasonably priced and elegantly presented sushi and other Japanese staples. I recommend the rainbow sushi. They also reportedly have a location in Salinas called Shogun, but I have not been there yet.

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Restaurant Details

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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi
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  • Address: 11276 Merritt St, Castroville, CA 95012-3421
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Castroville
  • Phone Number: 831-633-4262

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?