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“Eh - not the same any more....” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Maizuru

Maizuru
Ranked #193 of 643 Restaurants in Irvine
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Irvine
1 review
“Eh - not the same any more....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2008

We used to frequent here A LOT when Jay used to work here. He was pretty much the life of the place. When you go to a sushi joint you want the sushi chefs to greet you and say hi - give you great service. Ever since he left to open his place down in San Marcos last year, the place is not the same. It used to be packed, now it's empty and I assume because Jay is gone. The food is OK now - the quality isn't the same. I have to agree though, some of the waitresses were rude when we were there, but Jay did say something to them when that happened. THat's why we sat at the sushi bar.
They are unreliable with their hours - we must admit that. We were just there last Friday and they were really empty because of the heavy rain, so they were closing early. Food was alright - quality is not there as it used to be.

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“used to be great, but now...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2007

used to be great, but now...

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“Tough sushi, independable hours”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2007

First, the sushi quality is inconsistent, often tough and chewy, but sometimes ok. Staff is borderline friendly, though often terse and dismissive. But what really annoys me is their "last call". This isn't a bar...it's a restaurant. Well, last call occurs approximately 15 mins before closing time, after which you may no longer order. OK, so let's assume you're OK with that. How's this? I walked in one nite an hour before closing time and was told that it was "last call" because they were closing early due to lack of business. That was my last trip there. I tend to eat late and can't have this unreliability. I now go to Gen Kai around the corner which, aside from being Japanese-owned (Maizuru is Korean-owned), also honors its own posted closing times.

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California
1 review
“Our Home Away From Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2007

We are regulars at Maizuru. The sushi rocks and the staff is the best you can get. Since we have been going to Maizuru (for years) the staff has remained pretty much the same and they are all the sweetest people (they call us by name now). If you are visiting the area and want a really comfy sushi place to relax and eat at Maizuru is the one. Love it love it love it!

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“Uses MSG - Terrible service! Will not return”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2007

The staff became very rude when asked if they use MSG. The response was "do you expect me to tell you the exact grams?" followed by a quick "We're very busy here." Why subject yourself to this treatment with all of the sushi options around? Will not return.

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