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“Best sushi north of New York City” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bizen

Bizen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Japanese Gourmet Restaurant, Sushi Bar, Robata Charcoal Grill, Kaiseki-traditional Cuisine of the Japenese Tea Ceremony, private Tea Ceremonies, Bizen Pottery Gallery
upstate NY
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317 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Best sushi north of New York City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

My wife and I have been here several times and find the sushi very good. The sake list if fairly extensive; however, they were out of the first two bottles I ordered. There is a very interesting selection of special rolls and the sashimi was delicious.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
New York City, New York
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68 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
“Not the best representation of the east in Great Barrington”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

I have been to Bizen many many times over the last several years. Always wanting to make this my "go to" place here in Great Barrington, since we live so close. I love the location, atmosphere and the energy here, but that is about it. Every meal (and I mean every one) has been drastically flawed. From service being downright rude (making us leave our table while they clear our dinner plates so they can seat another party), gummy hard rice, fish cut incorrectly, arrogant chef/owner, who keeps his long hair down while preparing food, to dirty tables and walls and floors. Menu so long with pen marks across what they don't have (even 1 year later). I HATE to write this, but in MY opinion the ONLY thing keeping Bizen in business is the amount of foot traffic who are visiting the area. Go across town to Shiro. Much quieter, better sushi. Not out of this world, but just better. I would love another opportunity to visit Bizen again and find some redeeming qualities....., but not on my dime.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Homergirl
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Always delicious, fresh, and welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2012

Never too crowded. Comfortable traditional booths as well as tables, Private places to eat and talk. Delicious food and prompt service.

Visited March 2012
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Thank kamy-Austerlitz
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Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

Wonderful Japanese cuisine. An amazingly varied menu. You can get just about anything here. Attentive, helpful staff.

Visited December 2011
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Thank TheMamaK
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Paris, France
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Sushi, Great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

Yes, I've had better sushi in California and Vancouver, but this is pretty top notch.

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Thank AnnaChristine26
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