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“Excellent Authentic Japanese Cuisine”
Review of Sakada

Ranked #302 of 590 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Brunswick, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Authentic Japanese Cuisine”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

I arrived in St. Augustine on January 23 for an Air Force reunion and decided to take one of the trolley tours. As we passed the Nombre de Dios Catholic Church, I saw this restaurant and decided to submit to a craving for Japanese food. After the tour ended, I returned to Sakura and was pleasantly surprised to find that Sakura serves authentic Japanese cuisine, something rare on the southeast coast of the United States. I ordered the Shrimp Tempura plate and, even though I was tempted, opted to forego the miso soup and had a salad instead. I very much enjoyed the meal and will probably visit again the next time I am in St. Augustine.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank drivernjax
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Stumbled on to this restaurant as it was the closest to where we were staying (Holiday Inn).

Have eaten sushi and sashimi in a number of cities around the world. The food at Sakura was very good. We both had the Sushi and Sashimi Combo which was served with Miso Soup. Along with a little wine and beer it made for a very enjoyable night. Service was also very good, attentive but not hovering. What we did fine unique was that although primarily a Japanese restaurant, our waitress was not. She was a local Caucasian.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Max B
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good sushi and friendly service”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Being a local, we eat here pretty frequently. The service is great and the food consistently good. Try the "BMW roll", it's outstanding.

Visited December 2013
Thank Michelle B
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

There's not much open on Christmas Day in the tourist haven of Saint Augustine; but, there are plenty of people about......visiting the fort, looking at mainly shuttered shops, visiting the Alligator Farm, Fountain of Youth etc. Even the little red trolleys take the day off. Fast food for the most part: closed.

That's why stumbling across Sakura on San Marco Drive just past the antiques district and Ripley's was a real find. The charming interior was modestly decorated with Asian aromas circulating throughout. Both Hibachi and traditional menus are offered.
The hostess was prompt and efficient as we were among the first visitors of the day. The menu offers a wide variety from appetizers to sushi, with entrees along the lines of standard Chinese/Japanese fare.
Service was excellent. The owners came by to be certain all was in order. Most of the diners were Asian at midday.

The Sushi ordered included three different rolls and all received excellent--outstanding marks for freshness and ingredients. The hot n' sour soup was quite distinctive and not too sour. The appetizer beef Negamaki was a good sized portion of tasty, small beef rounds stuffed with scallions in a light teriyaki sauce.
The larger menu loomed interesting but we had other plans for dinner later and decided to go light; however, there was a firm but delicate hand in the kitchen with an eye to perfection. Judging from what we saw come out of the kitchen, fresh ingredients are the norm.
The service translated the same philosophy which is why we'll return on days other than Christmas.

Parking on side and behind the restaurant is plentiful. The price is perhaps a tad high for the fare, but well within the norms for a traditional Asian menu.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank baird t
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St. Augustine, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in Town”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is our favorite restaurant. We eat here at least once a week. I tried sushi all over town and was about to give up when we discovered Sakura. All the food is so fresh, generous portions (unless you're looking for Golden Corral type dining), wonderful presentation. The staff is marvelous; they got to know us within a very short time and make us feel very welcome. They have introduced us to several new types of sake, and just started offering some very nice sake cocktails (don't miss the sake-tini!!). Don't be deceived by the modest exterior - Sakura is a gem.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Cindy C
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