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“One of the best Sushi restaurants by far!”
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Tokyo Fresh
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of the best Sushi restaurants by far!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stumbled into this restaurant after my graduation with my family and it was an amazing experience. The quality was superb and by far the best sushi I have had in a while. It is hard to find a great sushi restaurant and I am glad we found this one. The chefs are not only the best but their artistry is top notch. The food was made fresh and the waitstaff was incredible.Their menu was also appealing due to the fact that they also offered Chinese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine in addition to Sushi. I highly recommend Tokyo Fresh if you are in the area.

  • Visited June 2013
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virginia
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Great Sushi - Awesome Staff- Stunning Decor”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Finally, a hampton roads sushi place that nails all three, a) food, b) decor, and c) service. We've been three times in two weeks, had mostly sushi, and it was terrific every time. Deep dark fresh tuna sashimi, buttery flounder and yellow fin, and exceptional salmon. Complimentary appetizer from a charming sushi team that served your sushi order in a spectacular design, and accommodated requested exceptions to the menu. Dumplings were great, and coconut shrimp was fork tender and superb. The location accommodates a large number of guests but doesn't feel crowded and has two distinctly themed areas, an open more metropolitan bar type area when you enter, and a more traditional, softer, Asian inspired room where the sushi bar is located. Nice to see that someone indulged in planning and design.

Visited June 2013
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South Hill, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sushi for lunch!”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Leaving a short getaway at Va Beach and needed to stop by Mac Arthur Mall. Wanted a quick lunch and chose Tokyo Fresh since its just steps away from the mall. Good sushi at good prices. In and out in 30 minutes.

Visited May 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Decor and club atmosphere makes for nice change of pace”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

I love sushi and sashimi. But i typically find most Asian restaurants lacking in atmosphere. It's like that at most every restaurant we visit in the area. They are drab and dirty affairs that serve Americanized "chinese" food. If you're lucky enough to find authentic cuisine, the place is... well.... filthy. Other Asian themed restaurants are full of kitschy decor. I realize that this is simply the effect of the proprietor's taste. But really?

Why should I eat at your place when I can get take out and enjoy a pretty sunset on the Hague? I want a reason to dine in. The Asian resturants in downtown Norfolk, even in Ghent, offer little in the way of atmosphere. All of them are cold and uninviting.

Tokyo Fresh, however, has made an attempt to give you decent food and a dining experience: a reason to dine in and line the servers' pockets with something more than a buck dumped into an empty plastic gallon container.

The decor is Asian modern: sleek and dark, spare and cool. Woods are polished to a lacquered high shine. The ceilings are lofty, beamed, and open. Dark. All dark, accented with brights: creamy white, pinks, and the glint of contrasting lightness, like flashbulbs, created by the glossy shine bouncing off the polished surfaces. The bouncing light is heightened by the way the light bouncing off the water feature that carves out a mighty channel separating the spacious dining room.

Cloth napkins. Quality tables and chairs. And lots of wood. What sets this space off from others that try to play on an urbanized Asian modern style is the use of materials that pull in nature themes: rough hewn wood beams, cheery blossoms, water.

I could not find one maneki-neko anywhere! I'm not sure if this makes me happy or not.

At any rate, sorry for the detour on the atmosphere, but this is what makes the restaurant going to, in my book. If you are going out in downtown Norfolk is is, hopefully, because you want an experience - an urban experience. Tokyo Fresh can help you evoke that. You can ride in on the light rail, step off the Monticello station steps, and grab a bite to eat, hang out at the bar -c omplete with lovely sparkly disco ball - and have a drink before hitting a club or taking in a movie or just strolling along the streets enjoying nightlife. Perhaps you will take your date for some necking on a park bench by the waterfront?

The sushi and sashimi combo platter I had for lunch was delicious. Very fresh and topped with nice crunchy fish eggs. My dining partners yakisoba was passable, but not great: bland, off flavor. The service was friendly and prompt.

You can get Asian fare anywhere in town. It's all decidedly the same and usually served up in a space that lacks any atmosphere whatsoever unless you count bizarrely kitschy and filthy a type of atmosphere. Tokyo Fresh, is fresh.

And, by the way, if you have a large party, they have a nice area for accommodating large parties, which isn't common at most restaurants downtown at all, and is a rarity at most Asian themed restaurants in the Norfolk area.

  • Visited April 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Really nice inside and good food”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

If presentation counts - you have to try their sushi! The wait staff is very accommodating and the food fresh and hot if it is cooked. A nice variety of offerings on the menu.

  • Visited May 2013
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