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Sushi Hotaru

#505 of 4,625 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Central Business District
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The Galeries Victoria 500 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9264 9917
Today
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Sydney, Australia
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228 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place always has lines at lunchtime and since I was eating alone I managed to get a seat along the sushi train around midday. Not many places have sea urchin ( uni) due to the low availability and the necessity to be fresh. It was served with rice and salmon roe. Really fresh sashimi and definitely will be back.... More 

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Thank AhBea
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only $3.50 per plate of sushi is good value. Fast service and fresh, tasty sushi. Worth a try if in the area and are after something quick

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Thank Joe C
Hobart, Australia
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46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I was staying nearby and thought I would try out this sushi train restaurant on the first floor of the Galeries. Having eaten in Japan I think I come to a place like this with a certain level of expectation. Perhaps that was a mistake. In Japan food is amazingly fresh, whatever you order or eat and service is attentive... More 

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Thank Peter S
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

This place is run by a bunch of Japanese / Koreans rejected by their courteous, service oriented cultures. Japanese sushi masters would simply commit harakiri if they witness the food preparation standard in this place. We just had dinner there and arrived at 8 pm. All the staffs are busy mopping up the place with big bottle of detergent sat... More 

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Thank Ken H
Hong Kong, China
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I have never experienced this bad services in Sydney. It's a shame. Honestly we didn't eat here because of terrible service attitude. We arrived at 8pm at the mall and found the other 2 Japanese restaurants had long queue so we change to sushi because no one wait and with plenty empty seats. The waiters didn't speak English well and... More 

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Thank Stewartli
Sydney, Australia
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119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We've been to Hotaru a few times, and each time we enjoyed it. Until, today. We were there late for lunch (around 2:30pm), but this place apparently doesn't close. There was a bit of a wait, and we discovered from other customers that if you complain, you get to go in first and jump the line! We were taken in... More 

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1 Thank Lionsy
Geelong, Australia
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We wanted something simple and fresh and found it , we had 7 plates all great and it was cheap , will be back

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1 Thank stanc179
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I enjoyed eating in this restaurant,,, staff were professional and friendly and the sushi was good, however not the best sushi I´ve eaten in my life.

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Thank Shahab M
Sydney, Australia
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137 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

My favourite quick stop sushi place when I'm in the city. It's often full but it isn't a long wait for a seat. They have a big variety of choices and the staff are pleasant.

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1 Thank Rosli
Greater Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The seafood was really fresh. The octopus balls tasted really good. The eel was really delicious. The service was good. You can order from the iPad or pick from the sushi train. The vegetable hot pot was ok. We had 11 dishes, vegetable hot pot and drinks for four people it cost $66.20. All the sushi plates were $3.50 except... More 

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Thank Park Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Galeries Victoria 500 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9264 9917

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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