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Mari's Japanese Cuisine

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2049 Van Vranken Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308-1227
+1 518-381-4881
4:30 pm - 8:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 4:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

My friend recommended this place to me and I decided to give it a try. Although there was only one type of ramen here (Tonkotsu "Tokyo Style"), it tasted good! It had all the essential and delicious ingredients a ramen should have. It even included a California roll which tasted great. Happily surprised they had Ramune (Japanese Soda) too. I... More 

Thank Youfang Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I was visiting Schenectady and found this place to go eat. I started with vegetable tempura app which was hot and crispy, followed by some salmon and eel sushi which was very good. The rice was nicely seasoned & the fish tasted fresh. I was cold so I decided to go for some Nabeyaki Udon for my meal. Loved the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Went for take out- staff very friendly BUTI ordered an expensive seafood dish that was almost inedible. Soupy & salty. Veggies tasted like they were from a can. The ginger dressing was like a salt lick. Sushi eel was like rubber. I RARELY throw food out but I was honestly worried this meal would make me sick. Big waste of... More 

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MarisJapanese, Owner at Mari's Japanese Cuisine, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. All feedback is important and we strive to improve our food in the best way possible. We are sorry your visit wasn't as planned and we will see to make any changes if needed. We use fresh ingredients and all our dishes follow Japanese recipes so it may come out the same each time. We... More 

Schenectady, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

I recently had lunch at Mari's and was quite disappointed. Lunch time mid-week there was only one other table beside ours which was surprising. I had a box with salmon; the salmon was overcooked which I can't blame on a hurried kitchen. The rice, edamame, salad were fine though hard to mess up. The meal included dessert which ended up... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016

I have eaten here for years and never get tired of it. Even with a change in management the quality has remained very high

1 Thank Rudyvn
Rock City Falls, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

I've been eating at Mari's Japanese Cuisine for many years. I ate there once a week from about 2010-2014 when I used to work right around the corner. Now I eat there less only because I'm not in the area very often. Mari's is a gem in the outskirts of a city that in my opinion is best avoided (sorry... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2015

We have eaten many times over the years at Mari's and it has consistently been the best Japanese food, or any food for that matter, that we have had. It is a small, very sweet place with great service and a comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommended!

1 Thank artemis3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

Don't be intimidated by the location, this is a family style restaurant , the staff is very friendly and attentive, sushi very fresh, try the dragon and the fire roll, there ginger dressing doesn't compare with any other other place that I have been to. Chicken Katsu , and nabeyaki udon best I ever had,

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Albany, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2015

In Schenectady for a show, we looked for the top recommended Japanese restaurant and found Mari's. Perhaps because of snowy weather, stopping in at around 5:30pm gave us our pick of tables in a modest but comfortable dining room. Since we were the only diners for the first 20 minutes of our stay, we had attentive service from the moment... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2015

Mari's has served authentic Japanese cuisine ever since it was the only Japanese place in Schenectady. But I haven't been there in a while. So we went early evening on a Saturday. It's not a big place, so it's easily filled, and we got the one remaining table. The menu has converged with many other Japanese restos in the area,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:45 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
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2049 Van Vranken Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308-1227
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-381-4881
Mari's Japanese Cuisine moved to different locations through out the years. In 2003 we were moved to what was the former White Cupboard Cafe in Schenectady from the City of Schenectady, and began renovations on our current location. In August of 2003 renovations were finally complete, and Mari's moved to our current location. Wherever and whenever you originally found us - whether on River Road, in Burnt Hills, or here on Schenectady's North side - we're so glad you did. We are the oldest Japanese Restaurant in Schenectady and we serve delicious/authentic Japanese food and Sushi. Experience for yourself, the unique taste of Mari's Japanese Cuisine.

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