Tampa >Food & Dining > Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar
1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Ybor City, FL | Directions 3360527.960814 -82.441605
Neighborhoods: Historic Ybor, Northeast
Samurai Blue Rocks! – My first sushi experience was at Samurai Blue, and since going, I have become addicted to it! I have gone to many other sushi restaurants, and fail to find anything that can even compare to Samurai Blue!!! It's amazing to have such a fantastic place in Tampa! My boyfriend & I had our first date there in Feb. '04 and we're still together! Great date spot!
in love with the tuna summer rolls – I just celebrated my birthday at samurai blue. It was great! one of my faves!!! I will not touch sushi anywhere else. Sashimi is always fresh. You have to try the tuna summer rolls and drink up the yummy martinis. They just opened up in Westchase/oldsmar area. Now that I'm close, I a lunch regular, too! Parking is better at this location, but ybor is great to have a movie dinner combo.
HORRIBLE SERVICE - DO NOT EAT AT SAMURAI BLUE!!! – The new Westchase location in Tampa is absolutely horrible- staff is horrible and gives you that feeling that your business with them does not matter, no respect. The wait time is beyond understandable- they lose orders and basically think an "oops, I?m sorry -that will be another 30 minutes" will do. Totally bad experience. I love sushi and eat it frequently throughout the month- I will never dine in or take out from Samurai Blue, - poor business etiquette and shady people. If you are looking for a near by sushi restaurant with better service and drink specials try the new place up the road called ZEN (off Linebaugh) SAMURAI is not worth your time or money..... customer service should be #1- they have no clue how to run a business.
Just bad sushi! – The worst sushi we have ever eaten! The service is horrible and the sushi is rubbery. You would be better off just buying some from Publix or some other grocer.
Best sushi around – This place is amazing, we eat here at least 3 times a month and it's still the absolute best sushi you can get anywhere. We've dined in all sorts of fancy and traditional sushi restaurants around the world and this one is still the best by far.
Beautiful restaurant, good service, food was dissapointing – I wouldn't call myself a sushi expert, but I do enjoy it pretty frequently. I went to Samurai Blue earlier this year, and I was very disappointed with the food. The sushi was very bland and definitely left something to be desired. The appetizers (such as the tempura) were nothing great, very average. However, the prices were reasonable, and the restaurant itself was beautiful. Decent service, our server was friendly and attentive. Overall, nothing spectacular.
If you don't know good sushi, eat at Samurai Blue! – I have had sushi from several sushi restaurants and Samurai Blue was without doubt the worst for the price. We tried the "Summer of Love" rolls and were very disappointed. I don't know who wrote all those good reviews for this restaurant, but it is definitely not a good sushi restaurant I would recommend!
Sushi with and edge! – Samurai Blue hits the spot with its creativity, its atmosphere and the friendliness of the wait staff. The sushi is always fresh, the presentation of the sushi is excellent and its definitely an ideal place for a first date that you want to impress. Try the "Summer of Love" roll and "The Volcano".
If you don't like the weekend wait that most people are talking about, try to go for an early dinner during the week or possibly at opening on Sunday where you don't have to fight the locals for the next table. Regardless, its worth the wait. I recommend if you are hungry and an adventurous eater, try at least 5-6 different rolls. You won't leave hungry and you will only want to come back for more!
Well done! – My favorite sushi spot...my favorite restaurant! The rolls are so creative and the salmon is the best. I love their martinis!
Great Sushi – I've had sushi in hot spots in NYC and LA and also in countless other cities in the US and this is my new number 1. A local recommended to try it while I was down there visiting and I was thoroughly impressed. Everything from appetizers to saki was right on. The area (Ybor) was a little scary, but Samurai is still a must eat. Bring 5 people with you as they don't take reservations for smaller tables. We waited over an hour, but it was a Friday night and well worth it.
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