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4711 Hope Valley Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.920921 -78.956422
Fri- Sat: 5-9:30pm
Best choice for authentic japanese meal in Triangle area.
Feels like home – This is the most authentic Japanese restaurant in town. You can get many dishes that are not available in other restaurants like takoyaki, hijiki, gomaae, etc. The decor is very Japanese, and I love that they use unique handmade bowls and cups. The service is fantastic, and food tastes just like home. They have many healthy dishes on the menu.
Authentic, cozy, friendly place with a unique menu. Highly recommended for people who know real Japanese food.
Not worth the money – We went to Yamazushi tonight after not having been there in years and were very disappointed. Some of the sushi was tough and dry and the yakatori was fatty and tough. The wine servings were small and expensive, even though they were half price the night we went. The biggest issue we had was that everything was so overpriced and really not worth it. On the positive side, the wait staff was friendly and we had no problem finding a table.
Best sushi in Durham!!!! – I took my woman to Yamazushi for dinner a few nights ago, and was completely impressed. I have traveled all over the US and many parts of the world, and this is without a doubt the best quality sushi I have ever had. The fish was amazingly fresh! There is a small, semi-private dining area where folks can actually sit on the floor and eat at an authentic Japanese table, for a touch of something exotic. The prices are among the best that I have ever seen as well. The two of us ate 30 pices of assorted sushi, meso soup, salad, and green tee for right at 30 dollars! I thought the check was wrong when it came out; it was so low. I would highly recomend the spicy tuna, Philly roll, and the fried Duke roll was realy quite good (and a safe bet for beginers). For those fo you not yet brave enough to eat "raw" fish, there is an impressive selection of vegetble sushi for you to choose from. I would highly recomend this place as a great alternative to the loud, packed, typical restaurants so common in the Triangle.
great, relaxing japanese restaurant – My husband and I had lunch at Yamazushi today and we simply enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere (before going back to a stressful work schedule). The food was very fresh, the taste of all dishes even of the "daily" miso soup was sophisticated, and everything was lovely presented - the Green Tea was superb! We just savoured the food, could forget about everything out there and went back to work relaxed - c'est parfait! Highly recommended!
Stay away....PERIOD!! – I am by no means a food snob nor a sushi snob, but I know good sushi and in this case horrible sushi when I've had it. I've lived in SoCal and Seattle for the last 20yrs. so I can differentiate between the two. Horrible, horrible sushi and completely ruined my wife's bento. Everything was dry, not-fresh, and lacking flavor and taste. I've actually had better sushi from Trader Joe's or even Safeway. We should've gone with our gut feeling when the Mexican place next door was bustling with a saturday night dinner crowd as was the pub next door on the opposite side. We walk into this place and we've got our pick of tables as no one is even there at 7p. Go down the street to shiki sushi (sp?) on Hwy 54 as it's much, much better. Don't waste your time here.....CT
Sushi fans come here for good food and quiet ambience, not a trendy scene. – In Short
Yamazushi's space is of expected Oriental decor--wooden furniture, straw mats, bamboo accents. This local favorite is known for its consistently fresh fish and its exceptionally artful presentation. For novice sushi-ites, easy eats include tuna, salmon and shrimp nigiri (raw fish served on vinegar ric balls). Other no-brainers are the edamame appetizer--cold, salted soybeans that the Japanese pop into their mouths like beer nuts--and tempura vegetables lightly battered and deep fried.
Best Sushi in the Woodcroft Area – This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but we were pleased when we walked in. It's nice and clean and the decor is pleasing. Service was excellent. They have a very nice Sake cocktail menu. Very delicious. The prices overall are typical of decent Japanese food. The sushi was one definitely the best I've tried so far in the area-at least as far as the Spider roll and spicy tuna went (and was it spicy! but good!). My girlfriend had the Udon noodles which was very good. We will definitely come back!
Decent sushi close to RTP – I work out in RTP and used to make the trip to Yamazushi at least once a week for lunch. They offer a wonderful lunch menu with several bento box lunches. The maki sushi is good, with the Hurricane Roll a must try. This Yama specialty has tuna, avacado, and salmon on the outside of a reverse roll, with salmon and shrimp tempura on the inside, and three sauces drizzled on top. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive, the atmosphere is simple, quiet, and relaxing (perfect for a lunch get-away). Unfortunately with the economy the way it is, and the prices for super fresh ingredients going up, I had to lower my rating to three stars. The fish just isn't as great as it used to be, and most likely due to the lower volume of clients coming in. The cooked food here is a treat though. :-)
Yamazushi is a hidden gem – I just had dinner here for the first time, and was blown away by the food. I eat sushi frequently and have gotten used to traveling to Raleigh for it, but I won't be anymore. The waitstaff was extremely friendly, the wine and sushi rolls were excellent, and affordable. I can't believe I had never heard of this place before, but I'll be going back often.
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