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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Chinese, Fusion
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Reviewed January 23, 2021

On a recent trip to Mystic we got off an exit in Branford, discovered 9 East and went a second time! The food was fresh. The orange beef was out of this world. We will certainly stop into 9 East next time we're in the...area! Just one warning, if you're going mid-day or evening on a weekend, be sure to make a reservation. The first time we were there, we didn't, but the food made up for the wait!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed January 28, 2020 via mobile

9 East HAD amazing, fresh food, imaginative sushi combos and top notch service. The food has changed, but the prices haven’t. We used to celebrate EVERY small life event there- just to enjoy the food, the fish and the happy waitstaff- and a HUGE plus...was the young twins (who won’t eat anything but pasta & grilled cheese) loved all the food! I’ve only eaten there 4 times in the past year and each time it gets worse. From soggy lifeless avocado in the sushi rolls and salads to nasty salad dressing & dips and under cooked and (badly) pre seasoned meats (meat scabs is more accurate) and bland over cooked noodles. It’s all gone downhill. In the glory days, you had to wait for 30 minutes for your reservation table! Now it’s a 15 minute wait for sub par take out (which was 30-45 minutes on a week night). It’s a shame, they don’t seem to take pride in the food any more. They have such a lovely location and plenty of parking, but the heart of the business is gone.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

Horrible experience for my birthday. Our habachi chef was horrible not interactive whatsoever and undercooked our beef. My son, boyfriend and myself were sick all night after our visit. I called to express my frustration and was told the owner would call me.... he didn’t...I had to call again and when I explained our experience he told me how no one else had called to complain and said I should have said something right away. How do you know the food will make you sick right away! Didn’t offer means to make the horrible experience right! So upset and frustrated. I will never eat there again!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 25, 2019 via mobile

We have eaten here several times and all but once have been at the hibachi tables. Hibachi was always above average, and for us, having been to 4 other hibachi restaurants in CT, the experiences were all similar with food tasting the same and the...chefs doing the same tricks. What is nice about 9 East is that they have variety with an expansive sushi/maki menu as well as Chinese cuisine items to go along with the hibachi. Today we only ordered food off the regular menu including several fried rice dishes, General Tso’s chicken, vegetarian dumplings, roti canai appetizer, a wok fresh garlic Asian vegetable and tofu dish and the Hawaii five-o dish. Everything was served within 20 minutes and the dishes ranged from excellent to average with the tofu and roti canai dishes on the oily side and the fried rice on the salty side. Overall, the food was above average, similar to the Hibachi. There are some huge disappointments for Chinese food along the shoreline but feel safe in recommending 9 East with above average cuisine. For a family of five the total bill was $125 with tip.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

I've eaten a lot of Chinese food, but this was easily the worst. Squid starter was underflavoured, no salt (added soy sauce myself) and the expected chili was nowhere to be seen. The dumplings had to be seen to be believed. The pastry was at...least 4mm thick and undercooked. I daren't comment on the main, though the egg fried rice was good. I'm willing to bet that the Chinese/Asians who eat there don't get served this standard.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

I enjoyed a delicious drink and dinner in the bar. The staff was amazing!!! My husband and I were amazed how much fun we had on date night! We had amazing sushi. The presentation of the sushi was delightful. The staff was friendly and exciting....The drinks were delicious!!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The atmosphere is a lot of fun especially if you go to celebrate something (birthday's they sing and beat a drum)! The hibachi is good and the chefs are very entertaining. The bar area is great for sushi.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Since I had heard and read good things about this restaurant, I was looking forward to eating here. It was not quite as expected. The crab cake appetizer was okay, but had too much breading. Sushi was quite good. The salad consisted of iceberg lettuce...and a ginger dressing. Nothing special. The cup of broth was part of the dinner. It was okay. The steak and shrimp hibachi dinner underwhelmed. One of us ordered the steak rare and it wasn't, plus the meat was covered in way too much sauce The shrimp was overcooked. The scallop dinner was good. The best part of the meal was the 'endless' cup of green tea! Hot and delicious. Service was accommodating and servers were pleasant. The decor is pretty. The bill seemed high; especially considering the quality of some of the food. Probably will not go back.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

We ate here while in town for a family wedding the weekend of April 13. We were seated right away, and staff was friendly and brought our food without too much delay. Our meals had good portions and were very good in terms of quality....There was a sort of river channel next to our table through which a number of koi swam, so of course I had to take a few minutes to greet them as they went past! Atmosphere was very nice and peaceful, and all in all it was a good meal in terms of food quality and portion size.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Sushi rolls were good, hibachi fresh BUT the soy sauce used is not low sodium very very salty. The restaurant has a river running through and a bridge to cross over. If they would use low sodium soy sauce this would be at least a...four star restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Yes has a complete menu and also lunch and dinner specials which change daily
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Frequently Asked Questions about 9 East

  • Yes, 9 East offers takeout services.

  • Yes, 9 East offers delivery services.

  • 9 East is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 3.5
    • Value: 3.5
    • Atmosphere: 4