Raleigh >Food & Dining > Sushi Blues Cafe
301 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.784574 -78.647390
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Sunday To Monday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Tuesday To Wednesday From 05:30 PM To 12:00 AM Thursday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 01:00 AM
Neighborhoods: University, North Boylan
Good Sushi in an exciting atmosphere – I've been going to Sushi Blues for a looooong time. I started going on the Tuesday & Thursday night half priced sushi night--like a $3.00 roll, you can't beat that!!! It's a fun place to go with a group to get some overpriced cocktails in a barlike crowded atmosphere. I personally prefer waiting for my name to be called from the outdoor tables because the bar area can get extremely crowded
I have also been during the day. It's a good place to go on a date. I love the theme!!! The sushi is good (by Raleigh standards). It's not Waraji, but you aren't paying Waraji prices. Rolls range from like $4.00 to $10.00. Considering you can get a roll at Harris Teeter or Whole Foods for $8.00 it's not a bad deal! I have never had ANY issues with any of the waitstaff. Even when they are slammed busy (like on Tuesdays & Thursdays), they've always been really friendly, even to my beligerantly drunk friends. It's important to note that I've never eaten any of the food items besides the sushi so this rating is based solely on the sushi.
I would definitely recommend going here any time!!!
...sigh – Well, at least I have a place to go when I'm drunk and crave sushi around midnight. I mean, the food is edible and it doesn't taste bad. But I've had MUCH better. I forgot what days, I think tuesdays and thursdays, but they have some sort of special where some of their select rolls are 50% off. But this special starts at like, 11pm? I had to wait like 2 hours to get seated, literally. It is SO packed. They have a "first come first serve" section where the bar is though. But it was def. not worth the wait. The hostess was being kind of mean and told us "well you might not even get seated so.." but I guess i kind of understand since there was a shitton of people that were hungry and mad waiting for a longass time.
But, after waiting 2 hours, we sat at the sushi bar. And they premade A LOT of rolls. At least 20. Sitting right infront of me all stacked into a triangle. Who knows how long thats been sitting. The good thing is that my bill came out to be like $8 for 2 rolls. The bad thing is that those 2 rolls were seriously only worth a meer $8.
If I could rate this lower than one star I would!!! A two hour lunch from H*LL! – This had to be the worst experience I've ever had in a restaurant! The waitress was rude, lazy and incompetent! She has no customer service skills what-so-ever! Even worse, neither does the MANAGER! The music was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation at our table in a normal tone of voice. We did ask the waitress if she could request the music be turned down ~ I guess she got confused, SHE TURNED OFF her customer service! The terriyaki dishes ordered came out cold after we waited 45-60 minutes to get them. And as the other reviews have indicated, the food is just okay. When we asked the hostess if we could speak to the manager because of the attitude we had received from the waitress, she promptly informed us "he is busy rolling sushi now". The hostess did finally get a message to the manager, who graced us with an audience about 20 minutes later. When speaking to the manager he was not able to make a decision "without speaking to the waitress"(?). Basically, he didn't want to deal with customer questions/issues/complaints and scurried back to the kitchen. If nothing else I hope the owner of the restaurant starts reading these reviews and corrects the problem before it's too late. I have been to this restaurant in the past and did enjoy my experience there, however, after today - I will not be going back nor will my co-workers!
Service with a very trendy sneer – Like loud music, crowds of hipsters, apathetic staff, obnoxious managers and overpriced sushi? Sushi Blues is the place to go! The quality of the sushi isn't nearly as high as the pretensions of the restaurant might lead one to expect, and if you have a bad experience don't expect the manager to care once your money has changed hands. There are plenty of other sushi places in the Triangle that have more substance than style -- try any of them, and leave this place to the see-and-be-seens.
Worst Restaurant In Raleigh – Experience from HELL! We waited two and half hours to be seated. This is when you know the restaurant has lost all hopes of providing their own customers and only care about money. Not only did we wait outside in the cold, while other parties which got there after us were seated before us, the hostess was the rudest person i have ever met. The hostess started yelling at my party members when they politely asked her " when are we going to be seated" . She caused a huge scene, flailing her arms around and screaming at the top of her lungs yelling: " we don't care that we sat newer customers before you, that's just the way it is!" Katy asked her, " where is the manager?" and she snapped back " behind the bar, go get him yourself if you want to complain.."
So, we got there at 10, and were seated at 12:30 p.m.. We were the last to be seated. Once we were seated the waitress didn't come for another fifteen minutes. Sushi Blues is the most razist place to ever get served. Please don't go there if you want a good experience.
After the food was prepared, another waitress came to the table and dropped the plates of food onto the table. One plate of rolls spilt all over the table revealing pubic hair inside of the sushi. we sent this back and told them that we werent paying for contaminated sushi rolls. As we were sitting trying to enjoy the company the staff started cleaning with spray bottles all around us. We left as very disturbed unsatisfied customers.
Sushi blues is a joke. They don't care about customers, all they want is your money. I advise anyone not to dine there. The staff is rude, uncivilized, unprofessional, and arrogant, meanwhile the managers are non-existent and indifferent to complaints. And the half off sushi is less than mediocre... be careful if you choose to eat here, you may be eating pubes...
One of the better Sushi restaurants in the Triangle – I had lunch at Sushi Blues Cafe for the first time today and thought it was excellent. I had the salmon lunch set and some yellowtail and unagi. The fish was as fresh as any I've had in the area and the eel was grilled a little crispy just as I like it. The dinner menu looked ovepriced, but lunch is very reasonalble and ala carte sushi is pretty much the same price as every other non-discount sushi place. Waraji is still my favorite, but Sushi Blues is in the top 2 or 3... I will return.
Gone down hill... – I used to love this place in college. Returned recently and was largely disappointed. Service was lacking, tempura used in the wolfpack roll was burned and had a strong smoke flavor.
I ordered the Clapton roll and it was clear to the server that it was not what I expected when it was served. Essentially, the roll was poorly executed with a cup of mayo, with some tuna and scallions on top of a california roll. The mayo was overwhelming and dominated the plate. The mayo seeped into the roll, resulting in a soggy mess. When I said something to the server, he walked off.
Overpriced and Overrated – Why, oh WHY do my friends like to come to this place? It's always crowded, and the service is shabby. The decor is nice, but it's hard to notice that when you are elbow-to-elbow with the hipster stranger at the next table. Nothing against hipsters, mind you, but you guys have GOT to start putting as much thought into your sushi restaurants as you do your hair.
The sushi is weird... The rolls are very inventive, and some of their ideas are swell, but they use way too much raw asparagus (I love asparagus, but not THAT much), and their rice is... wrong. I don't know how on earth they prepare their rice, but it just isn't the way it oughta be. It is insanely over-priced to boot.
I gave it four visits before making my ultimate decision, but I have finally convinced myself that I really hate this place.
Not Recommended – Really...what's with the high rating?!? They have to be rating themselves. Food is not good....and the freshness?...Nope. I enjoy nigiri and sashimi normally...so I know when the fishes are good. This place is WAY overrated. I will not be dining here again. Bad service bad sushi....bad value.
Yuk. Don't bother... – YUK! Absolutely horrible everything; Sushi (what they call Sushi, anyway), Service, Attitude, Cleanliness.
Don't waste you're time, you'll be sorry.
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