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$3 - $17
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister in law and I had lunch here. We decided to stop in on a whim. Both of us had the Salmon Bento Box and loved it.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not great for sushi purist or those seeking authentic experience. Five or six mainstream sushi options not available including toro & tamago. So much missing we asked to talk to the manager, who couldn’t make time to talk to us. Is There were a number...of reasons given from our very nice waiter - likely legitimate (price of gas makes getting ocean-going fish expensive etc) - but tamago? That’s egg, only. And one of my favs. Old adage in Japan: ask for the tamago sushi first, as you can easily tell from that one if it’s not fresh, which will tell you if the fish isn’t fresh. There is no caveat for when it’s not available- because it does not happen! More: ginger is odd- thick slices. Only soy sauce served in light salt version. Weird. Just skip if you care about this. Otherwise - vibrant place, interesting creative rolls, if you like that sort of thing.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Years ago I described this restaurant as excellent. Perhaps if you stick with the unique sushi offerings it's still OK. The ramen noodle broth was not good and the shrimp tempura was shockingly bad. Seemed to be commercially breaded- uniform, dense, heavy, awful. In contrast,...the lightly coated tempura scallions were delicious. The "traditional" sushi offerings were very poor- lots of overcooked rice and tasteless fillings. Very loud blasting music and busy- obviously well liked by others.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 24, 2022 via mobile

Got there at noon and did not get our food until 50 minutes later. We had to go find a server to get service. We ordered a bento box and 2 big tuna rolls. The rolls were unimpressive as was the California roll in the...bento box. The prices were reasonable and the decor of the restaurant was pretty.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 12, 2022 via mobile

The Bento Box is always a delicious adventure into an incredible culinary world. Chef Lee could not have been more gracious to us for our anniversary dinner. Everything we ordered was “off the charts” delicious. The calamari appetizer is the best in town. The sushi...was fresh and outstanding. Our server, Asia, is a real credit to this restaurant. She was spot on with excellent service, without being overbearing. I highly recommend The Bento Box for a special dinner that will impress.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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sosume2, Owner at The Bento Box Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2022

Thank you! It was our pleasurer to serve you on your anniversary! We appreciate you for taking the time to post this review and look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed March 29, 2022

We occasionally visit Wilmington and always dine here. Chef Lee makes amazing sushi dishes. Presented in an attractive and appealing way, they are just as delicious to eat. Delicious and colorful. Love the Port City and Miami Vice rolls. Vietnamese duck spring rolls excellent. Everything...is great! You can eat at the bar or a table. Best to book, it gets busy. See you next visit Chef Lee! :0)More

Date of visit: March 2022
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sosume2, Owner at The Bento Box Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! I look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed December 22, 2021

We have eaten here multiple times and love this place. It is out by Mayfaire and everything on the menu has been great. Probably a good idea to have a reservation. If the weather is nice, get the outside seating. It's like a Japanese garden....The staff is great. We seem to always get something extra with our meals.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 23, 2021

Hands down, possibly the best Sushi experience in Wilmington (we drive from Southport for it 'cause Southport's one and only Sushi restaurant gets a strong.... 2+ on a 1-10 scale). The food is fresh, fresh, fresh! The portions good as well and the pricing is...equally fair and reasonable given the quality and portion sizes. The owner, Chef Lee is hands on there making sure customers are well taken care of. Also of interesting note, there are ee's there who have worked for Chef Lee for 12+ years. That speaks VOLUMES as that's quite rare in the restaurant and food service industry!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 27, 2021

We tried calling for a reservation a douzen times. Despite this we decided to give it a try. We were seated right under a lowly positioned loud sports screen - 4 ft in front and just above the head of my friends. The beer tasted...vile. The bottle was more than a year past its expiration date. The warm sake was mild and high quality. The tray of 8 sushi dishes was tasty, though when we heard that the crab leg was changed to the fish imitation kind, we thought that should have been reflected in a lower price. I will try a different sushi place next time.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 3, 2021

My wife and I took two of our good friends out to dinner yesterday and, as always, had an excellent experience. We made a reservation for 630 and were seated promptly when we arrived. Our friends ordered sushi and we stuck with a few main...kitchen items. The food was fantastic. Would definitely recommend checking Bento Box out!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021

The service was great. I ordered Pad Thai, the quality was fine, but the sauce was something very different from what I expected. Not bad, just not what I like.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021

When I visited last night there were three or four young ladies at the hostess stand. Most of them were very personable but the one who seemed to be in charge was quite abrupt. I was seated at the sushi bar where I had a...very close view of the sushi being made and I recommend sitting there. The Chef was clearly in charge and was front and center but chatting happily with customers. My waitress was Amanda and you will do well to get her. The Chef made my dinner and was ready quickly and it everything I had hoped it would be. All in all, I recommend the Bento Box as a relaxed place with really fresh sushi, on the table in less than 5 minutes after it is made. Prices, by the way, are reasonable, especially considering the very tasteful appointments and the freshness of the food. They do make other things besides sushi. Reservations are a good idea.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 11, 2021 via mobile

The best food I have had in a while. I was dining alone on a business trip and I was given all the attention of a large group. I never had Sake before, but the recommendations were spot on. They were overwhelmed due to staffing...shortages (not their fault due to COVID) but still made the experience wonderful. Kao soy chicken was the best on the menu in terms of flavor. I will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 21, 2021 via mobile

Disappointing all around. We went to bento box after hearing for three years how wonderful it was. The worst sushi we had in the area by far! We ordered the most requested sushi rolls and there was hardly any fish in side all three rolls....If I had to measure the width of fish given it would be close in size the a pencil head. In addition it was not a relaxing ambiance with both the manager and server acting manic about diners wearing their masks while people standing at the bar having cocktails and talking were not obligated. Totally over rated. We wont every be back or recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 21, 2021

This is our first visit to the Bento Box, for a curside pick-up dinner. We ordered the Dim Sum plate (8 for $23) and asked the chef to give up $70 worth of sushi -- we like traditional sushi, no cream cheese or California rolls....What arrived was exactly on time and just excellent. The Dim Sum was the best we've had in Wilmington (which admittedly is not saying much; but they were really good, and came with three sauces for dipping, a very hot mustard sauce, a very hot sirrachi, and a mild (and a touch sweet?) sesame sauce. With or without the sauces, they were delicious. The sushi was as usual just excellent. Two Toro Tunas (@ $10 each) stole the show, but the others -- salmon, salmon roe, normal tuna, normal salmon, and three other fish whose names I did not recognize but whose taste and texture were great -- were very very good. I have before recommended the Bento Box as the best Sushi in town. It is now the best curb side sushi in town.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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The Bento Box Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5