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Sakana Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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1046 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2732
+1 805-565-2014
Today
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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Shell Beach, California
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, the rating should be a 5, but the reduction is due to ambiance. Picky, yes. The service is excellent and the presentation of the various and way too numerous choices is akin to fine art. As proper sushi should be. Oysters! Salmon! Tofu! All wiggling fresh with swirls of sauces of many colors and flavors. Worth a return visit.

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Thank Marc B
Santa Monica, California
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Went there for a to-go order, which means I cannot judge the service. But the food !! We took several of their specialty sushi and sashimi, as well as their gorgeous miso soup. All I can tell is that I do not remember eating such great sushi outside of Japan... definitely a must go to if you are around.

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Thank Arnaud L
Boston
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

After three days of business meetings and lunches I was looking for a simple dinner out. We walked from our hotel to Sakana. This place is small but worth the wait. We had some excellent Sushi here and everything was fresh and tasty. I'm glad we were told about this place it was perfect for me to get something a... More 

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Thank BajanFan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My sister and I meet here every couple of months, so I can attest to the quality and consistency of this quaint restaurant. I have to say that when we first started going there the service from the servers was terrible, but it has improved a great deal over the past couple of years. Service from the sushi chefs behind... More 

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Thank gayle S
Santa Barbara, California
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54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Very small area, sometimes, long waits, good sushi, but not out of the ordinary, so expensive for what it is.

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Thank carol c
Goleta, California
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166 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

This place is small, somewhat cozy in a stark modern decor manner, dimly lit (take reading glasses if need be) and a tad on the pretentious side. Food. Excellent with us trying five different types of rolls.sushi with the quality of the fish seemingly of high quality - an elusive entity in other SB sushi rest. Their spicy rolls are... More 

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Thank toplay
Honolulu
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Sakana is a wonderful little gem in the heart of the lower village. Though it's a small restaurant, it's big on flavor. The presentation of it's handcrafted sushi is impressive. I love that I can take in a beautiful plate, have them place my take out on it and serve it up at home. It's a wonderful touch when having... More 

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Thank tbirds_13
Santa Barbara, California
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

The restaurant space was quiet small but that was fine. The sushi was pretty good and delicious. The chicken teriyaki did not have much chicken but was tasty. The staff were okay.

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Thank John2249
Montecito, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is a small, very small, Japanese-small restaurant (10 tables, maybe, and a sushi bar) and is run like a small japanese restaurant. Food is fresh, chefs and cooks (if one can be called a sushi cook) are expert. Displays are aesthetically pleasing and the food is, well, is on par with another really great family-run Japanese restaurant: Arigato in... More 

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Thank James B
Seoul, South Korea
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Small Japanese restaurant in Montecito. Depending on what you are used to, the rating could vary. If you have tasted the real sushi and sashimi in Japan, this restaurant pales in comparison. However, it is decent enough of a restaurant with fast service and the sushi chefs seem to be Japanese.

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Thank Hainboka

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1046 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2732
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-565-2014

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