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Sawa Sushi

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1042 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3754
(408) 241-7292
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Paris, France
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

There are people who love Sawa and people who hate Sawa. The people who love Sawa know that the playful, dry, almost cruel banter from Chef Steve is all part of the ambience and experience. No menu, (don't be fooled by the cheap, laminated place mats he puts out), only omakase style. Steve is an artisan and a true master... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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48 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

With six guests in the restaurant at the sushi bar, our first visit to Sawa last week felt like a private dinner. The restaurant itself looks uninviting from the outside, and apparently does not want to attract walk-ins. We did call ahead and were welcomed by the chef, who was very pleasant and engaging during our stay. We skipped the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

An amazing experience - as previous reviewers have said, the owner is quirky, the place is a bit downmarket, but the food is fantastic. Very pricey though (we paid over $200 per person for a 6 course meal).

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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Full disclosure, I have never eaten at this place, but we tried to schedule a reservation and it was a complete disaster. My wife called and made reservations for our seventh year wedding anniversary on October 19th 2014. She made reservations for 6 pm for Sunday even though the person on the phone was rude. Keep in mind that we... More 

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Copenhagen
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Undoubtly the food is outstanding - and I know thats why you go - however if the Chef refuses to tell you what you're getting, what it costs and keeps pushing alcohol - its just not good enough. The food is awesome - however at a charge of 200 USD a head - you do expect some degree of service,... More 

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Istanbul
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

No menu, no warm welcome, not fancy at all but great experience. You sit at the bar, he asks if you have any food allergy then prepares sushi randomly based on his mood. He gives you a plate with some strange fish, you ask which fish is that? And then he goes it is 'food'. :) 'good food'. After some... More 

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Herzlia, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I made reservation for 3 people. We came in an the owner started to shout at us that if we sit he will charge us for $100 each, and we can't order it is a 6 dishes he will choose for us. His eyes looked a bit crazy, and before he finished we left. Oh, an yes, out of 30... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

if you love actual Japanese sashimi, or you're into raw fish. this is the place to go! Yes it isn't the typical japanese sushi restaurant you'd go to with rolls and Japanese Udon (Americanized Japanese food), because Steve only serves TOP quality sashimi. It's always Chef's meny, meaning you don't get to choose what to eat. Don't question him, I'm... More 

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SF Bay Area, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

Full disclosure: I didn't actual eat there. But I did go in one of the few times I saw it open. I was the only (potential) customer in there. I assume it was the owner behind the counter. I asked for a menu but he either didn't have one or simply didn't want to show me the menu. He basically... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

Good but expect it to be crazily expensive!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Sushi, Japanese
Restaurant features
Reservations
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1042 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3754
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sunnyvale
  • Phone Number: (408) 241-7292

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?