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“Good Value Where it Counts--Could Use Some Refinements”
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C U Sushi
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Walnut Creek, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Good Value Where it Counts--Could Use Some Refinements”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The Good:
Expert presentation with fresh, select quality, melt-in-your-mouth sushi at a great price. We had the chirashi, Rainbow Roll and Philadelphia Roll with Nigori Saki—all superb. Best bet is take-out or lunch-in. Skip dinner, the vibe needs work.

The Bad:
Pushy, over eager, newbie wait staff. It’s hard to believe I just wrote that with the slothy, tardy service we experience most everywhere else. This could have been because we had a table by the ‘kitchen’ where all the wait staff congregated. Service was hurried from ordering and through the meal and unnerving at times with disruptive, high frequency table visits. Once staff settles down and becomes more intuitive, it will be more relaxing. Thankfully there is only table service here, but there’s a bit of a cafeteria vibe with pictorial menus, large flat screen food presentation and loud room acoustics. Luckily the pictures on the flat screen matched the plates we ordered but best use of the TV might be to the window for passersby. Food preparation is a form of entertainment and I was missing the fact that this place had no sushi bar. The tall sushi prep area was separatist and contrary to the open vibe where chefs and guests can co-mingle. The Soy sauce was very salty and low quality. Lighting for dinner was too bright due in part because of the street lights glaring in from outside.

The Ugly:
The smarmy music track was distracting and in complete conflict with the Asian culture and cuisine that also clashed with the want-a-be-vibe. Imagine popular eighties and nineties Rock artists covered by say, Bing Crosby types. Can it get any worse? Try Putamayo World Music-Asian Lounge.

This place needs some tweaking and refinements, but the main ingredients are spot-on. The chefs, the food and the prices! Personally I won’t sit through this sound track again, so I will likely do take out next time.

  • Visited March 2012
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6 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Eureka, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Top shelf sushi!!!!”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

Waitress recommended "mp" Tuna!!! Best ever!! Lobster roll awesome!!! 25pc sashimi!!! Excellent!!!! Spider roll!!! Outstanding!!!! Green tea!!!! Great!!!! And drum roll!!! Deep fried ice cream!!!!

    • Food
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Thank Scooter101e
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Danville, California
Level Contributor
41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great pricing for sushi!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Have some unique sushi items, great pricing, lots of choices. Miss not seeing the chefs make the sushi but that is the only negative. Love the garlic edamame. Bento boxes are great along with super rolls.

Visited October 2012
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Thank susanweisinger
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Antioch, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fresh Sushi,Clean Restaurant & Great Service”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

I work close to this Sushi restaurant. My coworkers and myself treat ourself for lunch and when we do its ALWAYS C U Sushi... Everything is always fresh and you get A LOT of food when you order there LUNCH BOX. We pre-order our food ( due to a short lunch break ) and when we get there our food is ready and still warm... I HIGHLY recommend this Sushi spot to anyone wanting great quality food and great service to go with it

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank momma277
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Bay Area California
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137 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great sushi in a bright, cheery atmosphere”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

This new Walnut Creek restaurant boasted a bright, friendly interior, with smiling staff to match. The sushi matched my expectations, fresh, crisp where it should be, and decent sizes.

The standard fare is here, as well as new California style hand rolls, all with interesting combinations. The quality was excellent and the prices were very good.

Great spot and looking at the volume of people moving through, the sushi lovers have found them.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank Denzo1
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