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Pocket 8's Sushi & Grill

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9 West Alexander Avenue, Merced, CA
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our server Sara looked unhappy, constipated, or both. My party of four was seated fairly quickly at our teppanyaki table with a too stern "you guys need to sit together and not spread out, I might put more people with you". Fair enough, but at least try to have a civil tone. When she finally brought our drinks, one of... More 

Thank Blaine C
Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seated in dining room immediately. Hostess was nice. Service has improved from last time I came (few years ago) and food is on point. I think price is a bit high though.

Thank LiaXiong
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195 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Excellent Teppanyaki show and some super tasty food. I had the New York steak and scallops and each was prepared perfectly. Our chef really tailored the spiciness to each guests comfort level. From a food and show standpoint I'd definitely return. The sushi rolls we ordered were generous and excellent as well. Our server was super socially awkward, maybe she... More 

Thank Blaine C
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

I used to like the place, but it is getting bad. I made a reservation for me and my girlfriend once to celebrate the anniversary for the special grill tables but what they gave us was 2 chairs to share with a family that was already there! Really awkward! I gave them a second opportunity and I went with my... More 

Thank Jose S
Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Good places to eat are hard to find in Merced. Pocket 8 is a regular stop for me when I visit because it has great food and sushi. I have been to Pocket 8 at least a half dozen times and always enjoy the fried rice and the sushi. I got a specialty roll tonight and a spicy tuna roll,... More 

Thank Bob C
Atwater, California
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

I don't understand the low reviews by some folks as each time I've been here, it's been very good. We recently tried the Teppenyaki and it was really good plus you get a show during the preparation. In past visits I've had the Bento Box and the boat, which I can't recall the name of but they were good as... More 

Thank John L
Chowchilla, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We hadn't been to Pocket 8's in a few years and we decided to go to celebrate our daughters birthday. The place has really gone down hill. While we waited for our table, my husband and I went to the bar to get a drink, only to be told there isn't a bartender. The hostess went and got us a... More 

Thank Shana T
Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We had a group of 17 people. We were seated at two teppanyaki tables next to each other. The food was great, especially the fried rice. Several of us had the shrimp with spicy sauce and it was delicious. We had plenty to eat and several of us had leftovers to take home. The rolls were delicious as well, our... More 

Thank Jessie G
Merced, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Apon arrival we were seated at a shared table... waiting for more patrons to share the cook, it was over 20 min before our waitress even brought us drinks. (H20). A couple of other couples were seated with us. The waitress finally took out order and we had to constantly ask for water refills. The cook was not very animated... More 

Thank Tameria67
Merced, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Four of us had teppanyaki style dinner at Pocket 8's recently. I had the lobster, which was good however my boyfriend had the salmon which was extremely dry and over cooked (even with the teriyaki sauce on it)...........The mediocre food was not the issue, if that was the only unpleasant part of our dinning experience then my review would have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 West Alexander Avenue, Merced, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: 2093840212

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?