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“Awesome sushi”

Sakana Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Ranked #136 of 542 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

What flavors! It's safe to say we have had our say of various sushi in the U.S and this place gets a big thumbs up. Sat at the bar and watched the sushi chefs create some amazing flavorful sushi. The sauces give the sushi an extra pop of flavors, you don't even need soy sauce. The basil sauce, papaya mango relish, and the warm lobster sauce (just to name of few) are delicious. The fish is fresh, nice daily specials , they have a hot sushi selection as well. The restaurant has limited tables but we discovered it's more fun to sit at the bar. Atmosphere is cozy. Many locals dine here so that's a good sign. Come early no reservations accepted.

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Reviewed July 11, 2014

I plan on eating here at least three times on a four day visit. I think the Sakana Tower and Montecito roll is the best suchi outside of Japan.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

If you don't like sushi, or tasting your fish, smother it with 5 different heavy-handed sauces or eat at Sakana. The presentation was sloppy, my rice was all falling apart. Among around 300 items on the menu, I must have ordered freezing cold egg with lukewarm mushy fish and pools of goopy sauce. The servers passed us our orders over a weird divider wall and my drinks were empty for the most of the plates. I don't mean to be mean, I just think this restaurant needs some careful editing.

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Thank Katie A
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

what a great place to dine. we love the 'sakana tower'. a column of crab, tuna, scallops and caviar with the most beautiful presentation. but the menu never ends there. ask the sushi chefs for their on-the-spot creation and for us, it has never been anything but fantastic. enjoy...

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Thank OandF
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This charming sushi bar is the gem of Montecito and very popular with the locals. Our waitress was great, she was very pleasant and responsive to all of our needs. The food presentation is fantastic and the sauces are to die for. So if happen to be in the area Sakana will not disappoint.

Thank Angelidecovolo
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