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“disappointment”

Irashiai Sushi Pub & Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #267 of 907 Restaurants in Greenville
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Greenville, South Carolina
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“disappointment”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

Two trips.

Trip one: lunch. Music was too loud for guest -- bad 80s pop music, blaring. After a couple of hints to management and trying to find a seat which was quiet in the restaurant at lunch, we left without ordering. Okay: that's primarily us.

Trip two: lunch. Ordered two lunch specials. Sushi was not good. I've been to a lot of sushi places, and the chef's sushi choice tasted like grocery store sushi. Nigiri choices included crab meat and shrimp along with what should be some good tuna / whitefish but was not good quality. I'm sure their overwhelming number of other choices on the menu [kind of dizzying array] contain good selections, but I'm suspicious: if they can't do a basic lunch special right, how can I trust them with a more complicated thing.


Argument at the other table with server was how the customers there were being
charged a higher price than the menu price because tuna prices had increased since the menu was printed. WHAT? Folks should not have to negotiate to be charged menu price for what they order.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
Greenville, South Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Best Sushi in town!!!”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

The Sushi at Irashiai is absolutley incredible! The presentation is wonderful and the taste is even better than that! If you dare, try the Jumping Shrimp roll, it is the best by far! Everything is personal at this place, the atmosphere, the food, and just the entire experience! The owners are great and come out to each table to chat. My Husband and I have turned several friends into die hard Irashiai fans! I do miss the old location off Pleasantburg and the booths with the curtains. The new location is off Pelham Rd and is a bit cramped.

  • Visited October 2011
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Greer, South Carolina
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294 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

Great food! Service a little slow but worth the wait!

Visited November 2011
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Greenville, South Carolina
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6 reviews
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“Gluten free sushi - YES!”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Eating out is about the food first, the ambiance second.

Irashiai has reliably good sushi. They have three pages worth of just rolls, fresh and delicious sashimi and an extensive selection of hibachi, soup, salad, noodle, etc options. I love their seaweed salad, although the miso soup is nothing to call home about. As rolls go, my boyfriend and I can't go without ordering the Aloha Roll. Plus, this is the favorite sushi stop in Greenville for my best friend and I because they have gluten-free tamari instead of soy!

As ambiance goes, Irashiai's new location pales in comparison to the richly decorated old one. Aside from the art, it's not particularly eye catching, at least not in the center room that I keep getting seated out. Perhaps the side rooms offer a different experience.

  • Visited August 2011
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“The best sushi that has passed my lips. Awesomeness.”
Reviewed December 4, 2009

The best sushi that has passed my lips. Awesomeness.

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