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“Best sushi in Sarasota”

Utamaro Incorporated
Ranked #365 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sarasota, Florida
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128 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Best sushi in Sarasota”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We have been going to Utamaro for more than 12 years. We went to their previous location near St. Armands circle and when they moved to Main Street followed them there. The location is a bit cramped, the space is long and narrow. There is also no view to speak of, just a small piece of Main Street out the front window.
People come here for the food. It is clearly the best Japanese food around.
Among our favorite rolls are the Hanabi, Emperor, Volcano, and Sarasota rolls. We also enjoy the Sunset and Rainbow rolls. The yellow tail sushi is amazing, the fish literally melts in your mouth.
For people who prefer something other than sushi, the Nabeyaki Udon soup is a meal in itself. I ask for it without added salt.
The staff in the restaurant are absolutely wonderful. The owner's wife is usually available to answer any and all questions. The other wait staff are always courteous, helpful and extremely attentive.
I have eaten Japanese food in many cities throughout the country. Utamaro ranks among the best Japanese restaurants that I've eaten in.

  • Visited February 2013
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Portland
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“Always Perfect”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

With family to visit in Sarasota, I've gone to Utamaro many many times--but I'm still amazed it manages to be SO good. Many people seem to order the rolls here (which--don't get me wrong--are delicious, varied and original)--however I think the mark of a truly excellent sushi restaurant is how well the chefs prepare the basics: sashimi and nigiri. The nigiri at Utamaro are perfectly proportioned, with the freshest fish standing out as the star (my favorite: salmon with shiso leaf). This is a no-glitz, real-deal find. I've eaten at the "best" sushi restaurants in LA, New York, Seattle and Vancouver--Utamaro holds its own with any of them.

  • Visited November 2012
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous Lunch, Great Food and Service”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Went at 1:00 PM and not very busy. The restaurant is very clean. The service is fast, pleasant and they continually check on you. My water glass was constantly being refilled without intrusion. The sushi was presented on a large plater - just the right size and the presentation was wonderful. Colorful, neat and appealing, and tasted fabulous. I will return soon.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Terry B
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fine Sushi without smiling service”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

I really don't understand the cachet this restaurant has gathered over the years.
Yes, the sushi is wonderful - beautifully presented, but there is nothing exceptional about the service which is, in fact, rather dour. No effort usually made to establish rapport and connectivity.

We recently visited. One of us had the Chilean Sea Bass and the other had sushi. The sea bass had a rather heavy flavor to the sauce...good, but nothing to rave about.

Nor is the decor anything remarkable. It's a predictable lacquered little shoebox of a place, but it is unfailingly clean. And, that's a great plus in it's favor. I don't know...where is the character here? Coming here to dine should be "an experience"...but the staff does not make it so.

  • Visited August 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Great food nice people”
Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

Best sushi and favorite suikiyaki
Atention to detail, quality and presentation.

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