17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA | Directions 0123042.194576 -73.362894
Great great food....BUT – Great great food...too bad the service never never matches.
So so sad.
If they fixed that, all would be well.
Bizen Sushi The Best Around – I don't understand these bad reviews!! Look, GOOD sushi takes time. Or stick to the fast food you eat the other 6 days of the week. My 8 yr old had the best time there. The inside is beautiful the tables are set apart enough so you are not cramped in any way. Guess what? Its not just YOUR favorite place so try a technique I call the reservation.. You may find it helpful. The staff are friendly...just be patient. You are not at Burger King on your lunch hour. Sushi is an art and for godness sake try something other than the California Roll. Ask the staff. Tell them you are in the mood for something new. Stop swimming with the Salmon! Eat some insead. Paige Ellen
Crowded, noisy, not great food – Why such a fuss about Bizen? They have 2-3 sauces they drag out and put on everything so it all tastes the same. Their special dinner in their special section was a series of dishes of rubber fish floating in salt soup. Instead of using broths and reductions everything is highly salted, nothing subtle here, and Japanese food (at least in Japan) is all about subtlety. Furthermore the place is too highly lit and noisy.
Not what it used to be – This place used to rock. Seems they got a bit too complacent. 45 minutes after ordering sushi, 15 minutes after my wife finished her bento box, I was told there's a big back-up on sushi, probably an hour. A sushi place that can't handle sushi orders, something fishy...Not to mention that NO ONE, including the owner is too apologetic!
Best Sushi ever, obnoxious wait staff – This is my favorite sushi in the world. I have been all over the world and eaten sushi in any place I could. I live in NYC and have sushi many times a week but I still crave Bizen and hail it as my all time favorite. The head sushi chef and owner is very special and loves his craft. You can taste it in the creativity of his rolls. The one hold up is that a majority of the wait staff are pretentious jerks. But if you can ignore them the food will make up for it. Its worth it. Oh...and make a reservation.
Very Slow Service – I waited over 35 minutes for a roll and two pieces of sushi... I wanted to have another piece of sushi, unfortunately the chef refused to serve me, after waiting for 10 minutes... Not a good place for lunch by yourself.
amazing experience at bizen – Great experience. My friends and I believe this sushi restaurant to be one of the best in the North East. Once you enter the second half of this place you feel like you have entered small Japanese village. Beautiful Bizen ceramics highlight the experience. After going here you will not want sushi anywhere else!
Osaka authenticity and pristine sushi, set to a Great Barrington groove. – In Short
Bizen Sushi serves premium sushi and traditional Japanese food in a relaxed yet fashionable setting. Three tatami rooms, furnished with mats and shoji screens, create a calming ambiance. A robata bar, which serves tapas-like small plates, satisfies nibblers. Locals and visitors alike rave about the quality of the sushi--couriered in by Nobu's distributor--while sake lovers rejoice in the impressive selection of small-batch offerings. Desserts hold up their end of the bargain admirably.
Bizarre Bizen – Cramped tables, offish service, unknowledgeable wait staff that appears to be doing you a favor to be there!!!
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