Denver >Food & Dining > Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood
1620 Market St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.750161 -104.997733
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 2:30pm
Neighborhoods: Union Station, Northwest Denver, LoDo
Just okay. – We made 7pm reservations and were not seated until 8pm. Our waitress wasn't the most friendliest...I won't go back. The food...um, just okay.
Good prices, not so good sushi – Just went there a couple of nights ago and I think the sushi quality has gone down. We used to get decent sushi for the price (never has been the best sushi) but it must have been an off night. The sushi tasted old and the rolls were poorly made. 2 for 1 hot sake was the best part of the night. If you are going out for sushi night go some where else that may be a little more pricey but it will be worth the extra money.
This 30-year-old establishment continues to serve fresh and beautiful sushi. – In Short
The two-level downtown location feels like a dive as you descend the stairs to a darkened room full of aquariums and power lunchers. But even when it's full of people, the place seems comfortable and quiet. The menu includes a large selection of fish, most notably the eel, seared tuna and yellowtail. Non-sushi options are plentiful, ranging from tempura and teriyaki to steak and a variety of seafood.
Great Denver Sushi – Excellent sushi at all of there location. Does not matter if you are in downtown, park meadows or aurora. Service is good. Definitely sometimes you will have to wait to be seated, and décor is not upscale. Yes, it will cost you; if you like sushi, but you not in Macdonald what do you expect. I traveled all over the world, and for Colorado area I can say with confidence, BEST SUSHI!
YUM! – I like this place, we prefer to sit at the sushi bar. It is a little cold and sterile but in the summer this is a great little place. I only eat cooked sushi and here is what I recommend: Unagi, Shrimp Tempura Roll, California roll, Spider roll and our VERY favorite: Catapillar Roll ( to DIE for!!!!) We've tried other places but this place has the freshest crab and eel. The drinks are great as is the sake. Get the house salad too, the dressing is heaven!
Urban Sushi – The service was friendly but slow last Friday evening. The edamame was a little bland. The beef-wrapped scallions were tasty and the gyoza was very good. I don't recommend the "magic mushrooms"; they were interesting, but in a bad way. The tempura came out piping hot and was tasty, but the grouper special last night lacked significant flavor. The decor here is rough. Kind of like eating in a bus station. The fish tanks are interesting, especially the one that contains live Piranhas. This place is okay, but I wouldn't be in a big rush to go back there.
Still the Best – For overall value and experience, Sonoda's still beats Sushi Den. The food is good and reasonably priced as befits one of the better Sushi restaurants.
Happy hour is a good deal if you want to save money.
business vs. restaurant – What makes a good restaurant is the people!, or in Sonoda's case, business. If you find a good sushi chef at Sonoda's than your in for a treat, but if you unfortunately just sit in front of any random sushi preparer than your definitely going to experience a below average experience because there's no "kokoro" - "heart". If you try the "Dynamite", I have no idea whats in theirs, but I don't think its seafood. The atmoshpere is riddled with random papers, business cards, fax's, free calendars from insurance agents, etc. sloppily thrown up on the wall. This place pays NO attention to atmosphere.
Sonoda's mediocrity – This restaurant serves decent sushi all around...but nothing jumps out about them...They don't excel in variety...Their atmospher is not fantastic...And the mexican sushi chefs don't put the time in to hold a menial conversation...I think that for the best tasting sushi in town you should go to the Sushi Den...For the Best value go to Uokura...For a nice experience go to Akebono or perhaps Genroku...Just don't consider Sonoda's a first choice!!!
Better than the "Yuppie" Place – I'm not going to mention the "other place", but Kenny Sonoda has taken all the best food, the best appetizers, the best service and spread it all over town. The Downtown "hole in the sidewalk" is the best for ambiance (in a strange underground way), but Park Meadows (DTC) location is every bit as good and much less expensive to park near.
I eat there at least 2x per month (it'd be more but sushi is expensive). Keep it up Kenny!
Groups ok, but plan to wait!
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