San Jose >Food & Dining > Blowfish Sushi--Santana Row
355 Santana Row Ste 1010, San Jose, CA | Directions 9512837.320930 -121.948269
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10:30pm
Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Central San Jose, Central
An eclectic sushi bar and restaurant that serves both modern and traditional sushi, sashimi, and teppan dishes, as well as, salads, noodles, and special desserts. Featured items are Pufferfish, Ostrich, and Duck. The menu style is called Asian Fusion and emphasizes clean, pure healthy foods that create a sense of euphoria.
Excellent sashimi – This place was great for California rolls, fish, and tempura lovers. I was so bummed that such a perfect restarant existed because I can't compare it to anything in Southern California as far as I have found.
I'd heard, over and over again, from some friends, that I'd have to visit blowfish when I went to that area and decided to make a go of it last weekend. The food was rather good, the type of thing one would expect from a high end establishment (so I thought it odd that the servers were dressed down), that part I wasn't terribly impressed.
I did try the three rolls, however, and can understand why people flock to this place. I will absolutely return for another helping of tempura (especially the shrimp, which I only had a bite of).
Great experiences and average experiences – Interesting ambience with the anime on several televisions, red lights, and modern furniture. Exotic combinations for the sushi rolls - Baked Alaskan Salmon is an excellent and safe pick but they offer an array of other rolls with fun ingredients. I have been here several times and have noticed the longer it has been there, the more likely the food may not live up to the standards of when the restaurant first opened. But on a good day, their sushi is excellent, tempura is fresh, and service is good. On a bad day, rolls are thrown together, waiters only come by when they need to give you something but don't follow up on you, and it could be up to an hour + wait for a table.
Fun Place! Average food – This place is a great hangout place. Very trendy! Very Fun! THe food was okay. Presentation was great-food taste was okay..not bad but not stand out good either. A good place to start out a friday nite.
Way TOOO Loud and WAY TOO EXPENSIVE for what you get – I went here on a date and was sooo very disappointed. We had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes to sit down. The food was good, but not for what you pay for it. The place was so loud we couldn't hear each other and had to yell all dinner long. Very uncomfortable situation and I wouldn't go back. There are too many other good Sushi places around to waste my money and time on this one.
Worst customer service, overpriced sushi! – We came to Blowfish at around 8:30pm on a Sunday night. There were several (4-5) free tables yet we were told that we needed to wait 20-40 minutes. OK, so we waited. After 20 minutes, we saw even more free tables, and I went over and asked if we could get a table. They did not want to sit us. The girl in charge of setting the table told us to wait some more. It was then that I became really upset and told her that there are free tables, and no other guests on the list and we'd like to sit down. It was then that she sensed that we were all pretty upset and agreed to sit us.
I remember ordering a $20 sushi dish and still went home hungry. Note that I'm a 5'1" female and weigh 95 lbs. I would've ordered more but didn't want to give them business. I would never consider going in this restaurant ever again.
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE ALONG WITH OVERPRICED SUSHI! Anyone consider going in should try elsewhere in Santana Row, there are a lot great restaurants around that area. Put your money on where it's worth!
speakers are way too loud....but hey its a good place to socialize – have never eaten a full meal here so there isn't much to say about that. But to come here for drinks...it isn't too bad. Yea the music isn't all that great and it can get a little too bustle hustle...but I would have to say some of their drinks are quite tasty and some of the bartenders can be quite entertaining. One of my favorite drink here is the Mango Mojito. Fresh and sweet. Now how can you not like that?....(o_O) Let's talk about why I gave this place 3 stars and not 4 or 5:
First, it's just too crowded. It takes 15-20 minutes to get drinks and at times the only place to drink it is the little rail way between the bar and the restaurant or outside. A Little inconvenient isn't it? Minus 1 star.
Second, when there is a DJ and flow of drinks, shaking some bum bum seems the right move....but here, it's impossible to do that. There are some who dance near where the DJ spins but it looks awkward and uncool. Especially when there are people staring at you on the couch 1 foot away. Do you know what I mean? Minus 1 star.
Favorite Sushi Place !! – My husband and I love Blowfish. The sushi is always delicious, drinks are on point, prices are resonable, service is great and love the ambiance. Yes, it's a place to "be seen" or what others have said- where the "pretty people" go...but what's wrong with that...good food, good looking people and good service- this is why it is our favorite place to grab some sushi and drinks! Best drinks I've had in a long time! I highly recommend- EVERYTHING on the menu! If you go on a Friday night or weekend- make reservations! It's a fun place- but not romantic- it can be loud with the DJ later on weekends (late evening). Def. worth checking out. Lunch time crowd is older crowds- which is better for those who want a quiet meal.
Do Not eat at the Sushi Bar -Bad Service – I am a frequent diner at Blowfish and had great service in the past but this weekend, my wife and I ate for the first time at the Sushi Bar instead of at the tables. We placed our order and it appears to be a "who you know to get sushi" at the bar.
After 45 minutes of not getting our miso soup or sushi order, I asked the host to bring us miso soup and to check on our order. The soup arrived but no sushi. About 10 minutes later, our order for spicy tuna was handed to us by the chef that took our order. Our other five dishes did not come over. We finished the spicy tuna (four) quickly and waited..... Keep in mind we are at the sushi bar and the sushi chef that took our order is providing plates of sushi to his friends who are sitting right of us and came about 15minutes after we sat down.
So I asked if our sushi plates were ready...to our amazement he had forgotten to make our order and worse he told us he had forgotten. He had gotten too preoccupied with hooking up his friends that he didn't make our order and he was upfront about it. I asked to speak to the manager who was conversing with the friend sitting next to us, providing special drinks to them. They were all friends so it was no surprise when He didn't show sincerity that we didn't get our order and had been waiting for over an hour.
My recommendation is to not eat at the sushi bar at Blowfish. It is reserved for the Blowfish team to hookup their friends.
Enjoyed the drinks, sushi could be better – Just like the headline says, the happy hour drinks were great, but the sushi didnt live up to the name. Didnt seem too fresh and was overpriced for what was delivered.
I will say it had a great crowd though and lots of good music blaring. Definetly a place to drink and mingle more so than have dinner.
Good customer service, bad food, overpriced – Service staff is very friendly and nice, but food is overpriced and not very fresh. Bar area is nice with good atmosphere for hanging out. I wouldn't go there to eat, but to go there for drinks is ok.
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