Provo >Food & Dining > Happy Sumo At Riverwoods
4801 N University Ave, Provo, UT | Directions 8460440.298598 -111.657648
Mon. - Sun. 10am - 9pm
Neighborhoods: River Bottoms
Best Sushi in Utah County – There are other places less expensive, but for the ambience, the quality, the food, this hands down the best value.
Yikes! – I am a regular of Shoga Sushi bar and I decided to try Happy sumo since it is very close to my work. Well the place looks nice and trendy and with a nice atmosphere, now about the food ... most of the sushi rolls were ok, nothing like the ones I am used to at Shoga, but not awful. I think the first thing that screams mediocre sushi at any place is a non Japanese chef. And there were 3 very young people behind the bar with not a hint of asian in their blood . Having said that I still gave it a try , after I ate a couple of rolls I looked at the bar and noticed 2 of the "chefs" were eating , I don't know what they were having but they both also had their gloves on. They ate and drank and then continued to prepare food without changing gloves or washing hands. I was a bit grossed out by then when one of the guys' phone rings and he answers it in the middle of food preparing also with his gloves on , and then walks outside to talk , when he comes back he still has his gloves on and proceeds to prepare more food. By now I was completely disgusted. I complained to the waitress, which went onto tell me that she was too busy to notice what they were doing all the time and that she did not know if they were allowed to eat at the bar or not. By now I was not only disgusted but I was mad at the poor explanation she gave as an excuse to get out of a sticky situation. Needless to say I left a very small tip ($2 since she was prompt in serving us) and I bowed to never return to this place which looks all that for it's location but leaves a lot to be desired.
One of our favs... – We just love this place. If I want sushi the only thing I want is Happy Sumo rolls!! I am seriously addicted! I love the waitresses here and the food is to die for. My favorite sushi joint!
Best place for sushi! – "Authentic" no, but delicious yes! The hostess was such a sweetheart, made me wonder why she wasn't a server. The atmosphere is very cool..trendy i guess you can say. Our waitress was very professional and friendly, and all the Sumo servers were sleekly dressed in black. We ordered 6 different types of sushi...mind you its was only two of us! LOL! We got our rolls fairly fast (for sushi) and they were all scrumptious. The Brooklyn Roll ended up being one of our favorites, with us ordering it TWICE in one night. (We were famished)
So good, but there are still so many other rolls to try next time. I can't wait to go back and I'm sad I didn't try this place sooner.
Disappointing lunch experience. – My daughter, her 7 year old, two of my co-workers and myself went to The Happy Sumo in the Riverwoods and were very disappointed. We decided to eat outside, and we were promptly seated. About 20 minutes later the waitress noticed us and apologized saying that she didn't see us on her list. We were there almost 45 minutes before we were even brought the drinks we ordered. It was over an hour before our food came, so we had to eat quickly because some of us needed to go back to work. Additionally, this is not a friendly place to go if you are a vegetarian. Four of us at the table were, including my granddaughter. Previously, The Happy Sumo allowed substitutions for some of the "meat/fish" items in the childrens' meals, but apparently management has recently told the servers "no substitutions"! My daughter wound up paying almost $20 for a children's meal, because they refused to substitute the CHEAPER avocado roll for a roll containing meat. We spoke to the manager twice. Once for this "no substitution" policy and once because the food took so long to get to us and one of the meals was too cold to eat (we didn't have to pay for that meal), and another barely warm. I got The Frida, which was good, but too expensive. Certainly the service leaves much to be desired. It's a shame that they care more about making their chefs happy, than they do their customers. We won't be going back to The Happy Sumo unless some changes are made.
love it never eat any where else mmmmmmmm gooood – I LOVE THERE FOOD ANDEVERY THING THERE IT IS AWESOME AND COOL AND SWEET AND SO AWESOMETO GOT HERE I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH NO WHERE BETTER
No place like in! – This is the only restaurant we go to now for sushi. We sometimes will also head to the Gateway Happy Sumo if we are up that way, but this one is closer to where we now live. As someone who travels a lot for business I have the opportunity to try many different sushi joints, and no one has ever compared to the Happy Sumo. My wife and I can hardly agree what to order since we have so many favorites. Their menu layout and pictures makes ordering so much easier, especially for newbies to sushi. Take my advice and try the crab wontons, we never would have but our waitress told us we wouldn't regret it and we didn't! And you can't really go wrong with any of their specialty rolls, everyone likes the playboy or the vegas, but my favorite is the lollipop and the rising sun roll. My wife loves the sunset roll, mia roll, and cabana roll. What this means is we order ALOT of rolls on our visits!
LOVE this place!!! – I would go here every day if I could! The sushi is always so fresh and inventive and I've never had better sashimi in my life! The crab wontons are a great starter and the specialty rolls are all amazing. If you have room try the Lava Roll, it's big but delicious!!
it's not the raw fish that grossed me out – So I love sushi, and this place is pretty decent, especially for Utah where you can't get the fish so fresh. They have a wide selection and the ambience is nice. But I totally have to agree with other posters' comments about the unkempt staff. I've gone here several times, and I've started to worry that I'm going to find hair in my food, either from the waitstaff or the guys preparing food behind the counter. Time to try another sushi spot.
Fresh Fish in a Desert – I'm in Utah for a brief business trip and dropped by the Happy Sumo to check out some local cuisine. I love visiting local restaurants while on business to try something new. I must say for a local restaurant, in the middle of suburbia Utah, this place is pretty decent. I had my doubts about the quality I'd be receiving; surprisingly, everything was delicious. The interior is sleek and modern. The fish is as fresh as can be for Utah. (I get spoiled, I live in San Francisco). And the staff, as far as I can tell, is knowledgeable and friendly. While I wouldn't qualify the Happy Sumo as a 'fine dining' establishment, it does do quite nicely in the casual dining experience.
It's a great place to hang out as well. The surrounding shops are lovely, filled with both mainstream shops as well as local boutiques. I hope to check out a few more local eateries before I go, but will likely visit Happy Sumo again...that Brooklyn Roll is heavenly!
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