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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Since my last review of the restaurant in 2008, I returned to see how much it has improved because the place is packed at Happy Hour every time I walk by Sudachi. Understandably the best value in the area is their happy hour menu for drinks. The sushi bar itself can now be seen in the front window. It's dimly lit in there; there's a big screen projection behind the sushi bar for the most popular sports event.

I ordered a couple of nigiri options (note: the menu calls these items "Small", but if you want "Sashimi" choose the "Large" option). The fish slices were generous and the rice didn't fall apart when it was handled. I ordered one avocado roll and it was quite substantial and the fresh avocado was ripe.

Staying with the simple items is advised. You get a heaping bowl of edamame for a side order. If you want something extravagant because that's just how you roll, you'll find that the menu has new items including the burrito item. This is a phenomenon that I haven't really tried, but has become popular. There's a place in the area of the Sheraton Palace Hotel called Sushirrito where the line is usually 20 people long out the door every day at lunch. Sudachi serves 9 different types of sushi burritos, plus 8 different types of quesadilla items.

They've also added 10 different burgers, all topped with American cheese. It seems like an odd combination to put American cheese on a tuna burger.

The frilly sushi rolls continue to sound annoying. For $19.50 you get a Crazy Roll with way too much mayo and over 7 fish items. It sounds way too sloppy to eat it. Each piece is the size of a tea sandwich.

Wait staff on a Thursday evening seemed efficient and on point. My order wasn't very complicated; I was ready to order when they came to me. The person answered honestly when I asked if ordering food to be delivered is a popular thing. Indeed, it is, but it takes a while. The person recommended pick-up for take out.

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Reviewed July 9, 2010

Made the mistake of a $20 Groupon at this establishment. The place was a real mess. Ordered a white wine, which arrived in a plastic glass. Ordered a cocktail which tasted vile. The food was a congealed conglomaration and hardly edible. The service was non existant with the waitress simply not interested

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Reviewed April 9, 2009

I am perplexed as to why people are complaining about this restaurant, yes it was quiet when we went but it is on the edge of not so nice part of downtown and they are working very hard to make it popular it is obvious.

Firstly they open late, the one thing that drives me insane about American resturants is that they close at 8.30pm. I like to go in and relax for a few hours and drink and Sudachi is perfect for that. The decor is beautiful a mix of modern with authentic. You can sit on the floor or table in a booth and the staff are a group of lovely hard working young japenese. We went back the food was so good and I have eaten Sushi all up the west coast. Salmon Sashimi was perfect, Katsun Pork and asparagus apetizer. All reasonably priced and the wait was just right.

I have nothing bad to say about the restaurant and you are missing out if you listen to the other reviews. Yes quiet but since when do we complain about a restaurant without people bumping into you from all angles. GO AND CHECK IT OUT AND TURN AROUND IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, BUT DO GO.


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Reviewed October 1, 2008

You can get a better deal with less problems at other sushi restaurants within blocks of Sudachi. One person was at the corner telling people about the restaurant. When I asked if it was under new ownership, the person said, "I think so." I had lowered my expectations when I read the new menu but I was not going to be pessimistic and I gave it a chance.

Number one, the rice is not sushi rice. It's longer grain rice than sushi rice. I asked and they said it was, indeed, sushi rice. Number two, there's no vinegar flavor present at all, though they said that its vinegar rice. Third, picking up a nigiri piece and traveling inches to the soy sauce, the rice falls apart. This is sloppy on their part. The avocado was a day overripe. The previous owners were using a grainy wasabi that didn't dissolve with soy sauce so I was turned off. This time the wasabi is right but the rice isn't.

The menu has a couple of misspellings such as "backed" instead of "baked". Here I was again, turned off. It has the feel of a bunch of young people just jumping into the restaurant ownership world without being really skilled with years of experience to build from. The chefs looked like they needed something to do so I handed one my empty plates while I finished my beer. When the computer printed the next ticket, it was a race for which chef could get to it first.

The fish was fresh but everything is wrapped very air-tight in an unlit viewable case. There was a couple of people next to me at the bar whom had asked what was fresh today upon sitting down. The chef answered but his body language wasn't exuding confidence.

The 99c beer is fine, but it isn't a full pint of draft beer, rather a 12 oz. size. OK. Not that big of a deal but what if I asked for a full pint? Is it possible? They could offer both 12 oz and 16 oz deals.

They serve a spicy tuna on a wonton chip over-sauced as an amuse bouche. I used large quantities of ginger to clear my palate of it. There are too many frilly sushi options including a pizza sushi. That's too American for my tastes and I am from America.

The music at the bar doesn't belong in this type of restaurant. They were playing some rock music instead of non-invasive music you can tune out. It bleeds into the sushi bar area, yet it isn't over a state-of-the-art speaker system.

The place is clean in appearance, however they have a few fruit flies that were enough to bother me and enough to sit on a grain of rice in my soy saucer when I was through. I went during happy hour to save money--15% off the food items 5:30-7, however I just don't think it's worth full price to return next time at a later hour. It is situated in a dark area of Sutter near Polk so it isn't that inviting.

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Reviewed September 13, 2008

Really unfortunate location. There is no foot traffic

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