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SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa

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$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1345 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1102
+1 310-393-3338
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Victoria, Canada
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Honestly, I live on the west coast of Canada where we have some amazing sushi, so it's difficult to come across sushi that impresses. This place came highly recommended and we headed there for lunch. I don't even know where to begin to describe just how amazing this sushi was. Their philosophy as outlined on the menu results in very... More 

Thank jgair
Springfield, Illinois
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not really sure what all of the hype is about. It was good nigiri, but I’ve had better sushi. It is a first come, first serve and they take no reservations. It is a small place and probably doesn’t sit more than 20 or 30 people. We waited for an hour and was told it’s a 30-minute wait for take-out... More 

Thank Amy S
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food: Best sushi I've ever had. EVER. Everything melted in my mouth. Sashimi was cold while the rice was warm. Seaweed was crisp. Every sauce was perfect. You MUST eat here. I don't know if every Sugarfish is the same but the one in Santa Monica was incredible!! Maybe I've been eating bad sushi my whole life (10 years of... More 

Thank Sheeda B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is always busy so plan on waiting a while for your table. It is well worth the wait, the sushi is so fresh it melts in your mouth. The flavour combinations are so simple and yet they are out of this world. The service is friendly and despite the constant line of waiting customers we did not feel... More 

Thank jm333_11
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Following the method and model chef Nozawa put into place at the original Nozawa Bar in Studio City, Sugarfish is sushi perfection. They place emphasis on the quality of the fish and temperature of the rice, making the perfect combination that melts in your mouth. The best value is to order one of the "Trust Me" set menus (there are... More 

Thank MyTravelTalesColette
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Recommend ordering the 'trust me' selection from the menu and maybe (depending on how hungry you are) ordering one other item. The Toro rolls in particular were great.

Thank Rosh145
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Sat on the bar. Service was attentive and quick. Not the cheapest place but hey with sushi the quality is what matters not the quantity, and these guys know the job. Superb taste.

Thank yoram a
Los Angeles, California
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Sushi is a cult and a rite in health and image-obsessed LA. So, there are more sushi, sashimi, and poke spots popping up than you can keep up with. I first fell in love with Sugarfish at their DTLA location, and I've since tried out several branches of this LA staple. The Santa Monica spot is another amazing rendition of... More 

Thank lilicedt
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

If you are a sushi person, this is a must go to. Probably the best sushi I've ever had. They serve the classics like sashimi but in incredible quality. If you look for all those fancy mayo sushi, go somewhere else, this is for true sushi lovers. Also, the place is busy so it's not probably a best spot for... More 

Thank David K
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

At Sugarfish the rice is warm- strong flavor- the fish is mediochre and flavorless- the food is poorly presented. The condiments- wasabi etc is nonexistent or bland. I wrote this upon visited the restaurant in December and Trip Advisor would not print it. Now I see the New York Times citing the same flaws in Sugarfish. the prices are not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1345 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-3338
High end sushi. Has 4 locations.

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