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SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa

SUGARFISH | Santa Monica

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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  • hand rolls
  • trendy
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  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJanuary 26, 2016
    Worth the wait. Put your name down and go get a few drinks at The Misfit around the corner. Get the Trust Me or Trust Me Nozawa. Blue crab roll, scallop, red snapper and sweet shrimp are all amazing.
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 20, 2016
    Is there a better price to quality ratio in all of Los Angeles than chef Nozawa’s “Trust Me?” Probably not, which explains the rapidly expanding empire growing across the city.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoOctober 13, 2014
    If you're not ordering the "Trust Me," you're not doing it right! The Omakase is what dreams are made of and wallets cry tears of joy for. I want to cry, laugh, smile, and name my first born Nozawa.
  • Marcus J.
    Marcus J.February 27, 2015
    The Nozawa is amazing. My faves were the salmon and snapper rolls. The special for the night was the sweet shrimp roll. If was a bit slimy and had a bad after taste.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BlaqJuly 24
    This has to be one of the best Sushi places I've been to and I've been at a lot of high end sushi places across the country. The hand rolls are just bomb and all their fish is like butter
  • JH H.
    JH H-DOctober 20, 2015
    The "trust me" menus are meant to imitate the real sushi experience of items being selected for you, for the best culinary journey. It's best that you trust them and get one of the menus
  • Vaibhav P.
    Vaibhav PFebruary 4
    The Trust Me menus are awesome. Highly recommend! Sat on the counter with a friend and the service was very friendly and attentive. We missed out on Hirami that day, so hope to be back.
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigOctober 15, 2013
    Excellent excellent sushi. The Nozawa set is $40 including a daily special. These guys are serious about sushi: there are no rice dishes, no noodle dishes, hardly any appetizers. Worth the wait!
  • Edlin C.
    Edlin ChoiJune 20, 2012
    Perhaps the freshest and most amazing sushi I've had. Fresh wasabi. Perfect rice. Incredibly fresh fish. Even more amazing is the price - $30 for a Trust Me tasting menu (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Nej K.
    Nej KutcharianJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be warned, this place is very addictive, you get the "Trust Me" menu once and you'll be coming for more and more. I came across this place mid June and it's already my third time here and it's July!
  • George
    GeorgeAugust 9, 2014
    Yeah you come here and get the Trust Me option where you pay a set price and they provide a bunch of dishes. You'll end up satisfied without having to fire off too many neurons deciding on dishes.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FürgMarch 12, 2015
    Perhaps one of the best places to eat sushi in Santa Monica. Great food and perfect service match at Sugarfish in harmony.
  • Verna
    VernaApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lives up to the hype...really great sushi. Go Nozawa because each round of that tasting is well executed. Just make sure you go ready to wait. Whatever they quote you, double it.
  • Jose B.
    Jose BAugust 12
    Great place for traditional sushi. Been at least 3 times, and fish is always very fresh. Service is courteous and efficient. In my opinion their price/value is very fair.
  • S L.
    S LeeAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    EVERYTHING IS GOOD. I get the Nozawa and add hand cut lobster roll and unagi. No reservations, go during non-peak times. Parking next door $3 w/validation.
  • Christina V.
    Christina VillelaAugust 28, 2015
    I come here and get the "Trust Me by Nozowa" every time. - Can't resist the super fresh fish and warm rice. If you like authentic Sushi, this is the place.
  • nathan a.
    Best sushi I've ever had and it will be the best sushi you've ever had if you eat here. Don't joke around, go with the Trust Me Nozawa.
  • Toni H.
    Toni HudsonJanuary 28, 2011
    Got 'The Nozawa' to good, makes you want to cry. You get all the famous Nozawa sauces with an instruction card all wrapped up in cool packaging. A must if you truly love sushi.
  • Caty S.
    Caty SoloneAugust 7, 2014
    I always get the "trust me" and am always blown away by the freshness and quality of the fish. Best sushi I have ever had, hands down.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerAugust 22, 2016
    The freshest sushi in town. Go with the Trust Me. They don't take reservations so get your name on the list and kill 30 mins getting a drink.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KalecJanuary 12
    I enjoyed the food, but if you find an authentic sushi place, I'd suggest that. Sugar fish is a little too "LA",where they're concerned with appearance as much as the taste of food.
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 22, 2014
    Parking next door. Do the tasting menu and come hungry. Blue crab hand roll and sake - great date spot. Gets busy on weekends.
  • John K.
    John KhuuJune 10, 2015
    Ok listen - wait in line w/ sake, get table/order "TRUST ME", the rice is buttery crack, and service is phenomenal. This place was heaven.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 30, 2014
    This is the only sushi place I love to eat in Santa Monica :) very fresh n yumm!!!!! trust me is really really good♥
  • Coach K.
    Coach KateMarch 10, 2015
    When I'm in the area, this is a must! They have the freshest sushi around. Sweet staff and very clean! go here..
  • Cory D.
    Cory DolphinAugust 11, 2014
    Resist the urge to order 'Trust me' and go wild on a la carte. More bang for your buck and the same amazing quality.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiJanuary 23, 2015
    Now is the restaurant week. Make sure to ask the dinner menu. 40 dollars with more then enough deliciousness!
  • Natalie L.
    Natalie LSeptember 9, 2013
    No reservations, trust them and get the pre fixe Trust Me or Nozawa dinner. Amazing combo of sashimi & hand rolls.
  • Gabriel L.
    Gabriel LucinskiNovember 25, 2012
    Go for the Nozawa... Trust the chef and you will never regreat! One of the best japonese restaurants i've ever been!
  • martha S.
    martha SharpsMarch 31, 2015
    Best sushi place ever.. I love this place.. they know what they are doing when they serve you the best sushi ever.. love it..
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.March 4
    It's dark inside at night, but the food is great, even if you cannot really see what you are eating.
  • Steven G.
    Sushi was awesome and I highly recommend the omakase. Don't expect this place to be your typical quiet Japanese restaurant.
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChunJune 10, 2014
    Bay scallops are great and if you're sharing a trust me/lite/nozawa, double up on the blue crab hand roll!
  • JH H.
    JH H-DOctober 20, 2015
    The rice is hot and the fish is cold, just how it is meant to be served! Best sushi I've had outside of Japan.
  • Marty A.
    Marty AlchinFebruary 11, 2013
    The Trust Me is a great way to start, but make sure to check out the rest of the menu. The unagi is fantastic!
  • Christina H.
    Christina HuguetDecember 21, 2013
    AMAZING. Will blow your mind. Their fish literally melts in your mouth. Try to eat it upside down :D.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipSeptember 21, 2014
    the blue crab hand roll is amazing. definitely get the scallop nigiri if it's on the menu!
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JeanNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow. the sushi here is fantastic! The fish is so fresh. I hate tuna normally but loved the tuna sashimi in ponzu. Wow.
  • Lucie P.
    Lucie PustovaOctober 30, 2016
    Get the classic Trust Me menu, trust me. And eat quickly or the rolls disintegrated in your hands.
  • John C.
    John CassilloJanuary 30, 2013
    Best sushi I've ever had. Delicious food, great atmosphere. Would recommend the Trust Me to anyone.
  • Andreas C.
    The fish tastes so fresh, it melts in your mouth. The 'Trust Me' menu is good value for money.
  • Marco M.
    Marco M. SpinelliAugust 23, 2016
    Uni is super fresh, food is great and service is one of the best around. Lovely place
  • Mohamed H.
    Mohamed HafizJuly 27, 2016
    Excellent Sushi, shame on the stuck up service.Make sure your entire group is there & your not waiting for someone.Otherwise u wont be seated.
  • Steven M.
    Steven McDowallMay 8, 2011
    Try one of the Trust me or Nowaza menus and enjoy - we split one and then added an unagi sushi for dessert :)
  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevAugust 15, 2015
    The Trust Me omakasa us amazing. All the first is very fresh and so delicious!
  • Trish R.
    Trish R.January 26, 2014
    Blue crab hand roll! Cold and crispy on one side and warm and soft on the other!
  • Ilse D.
    Ilse DupontJune 19, 2015
    Best sushi I ever had. Definitely go for one of the "trust me" options!
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Trust me and get the Trust Me. Favorite sushi ever.
    Upvoted Sep 2
  • Jurjen d.
    Jurjen de VriesOctober 9, 2013
    The unagi Sushi is the best I ever had. Try it of you leek eel!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DantoOctober 20, 2015
    Best sushi! Caution: Not vegetarian friendly.
  • Mel H.
    Mel HoyleApril 28, 2012
    Traditional sushi. You will not find trendy rolls here. It is fresh, I like it.
  • Kwame T.
    fresh sushi. great space + service. definitely trust them.
  • Ernesto P.
    Ernesto PletschJanuary 19, 2015
    Sushi is so fresh! Best quality.
  • Vincent O.
    Vincent OngAugust 25
    $$$ - Most people go for the "Trust Me" Omakase menu. Multiple locations available.
  • Casimir
    CasimirFebruary 21, 2015
    Excellent sushi with great variety in a trendy setting.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanDecember 7, 2014
    Get the "trust me". Great sampling of incredible fish.
  • Guy D.
    Guy DownesJuly 30, 2014
    Got for the lunch 'Trust Me' menu. Full of delicious surprises!
  • Andy A.
    Andy AmendolaAugust 21, 2013
    The tips don't lie, it really does melt in your mouth. Best.Sushi.EVER.
  • Cyrièle P.
    Cyrièle PiancastelliSeptember 21, 2015
    Fish was really good and fresh but the rice wasn't great and above all, it was warm :/
  • Fiona C.
    Fiona ChengAugust 8, 2014
    Amazing sushi!! Came here to spot celebrities but spent more time admiring the food
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesSeptember 7, 2014
    The try me is hands down the best bang for your buck sushi in town
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DimmerFebruary 9, 2013
    Best sushi I've had sine living in Santa Monica. Melts in your mouth.
  • Sveti
    SvetiOctober 27, 2013
    Hands down, best sushi I've ever had. Get the 'trust me'
  • Janet H.
    Janet HJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the $40 trust me. Trust me and thank me later :)
  • casey m.
    casey mccabeApril 16, 2013
    Best sushi in LA, melts in your mouth. Get the Nozawa!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilOctober 24, 2013
    Delicious. The albacore sushi melts in your mouth.
  • Felix T.
    Felix TsangNovember 4, 2012
    felt it was a little overpriced and the sushi rice had a little too much acid for my taste! didnt really have a great experience here
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonFebruary 7, 2012
    Get the Nozawa. Blue Crab Rolls are AMAZING! you're welcome!
  • Jeannette H.
    Jeannette HoOctober 23, 2011
    Loved this place. The Trust Me menu is the way to go!
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin ZhangNovember 26, 2012
    Simple and delicious, high quality fish, good value.
  • Noura A.
    Noura AlghaithAugust 18, 2015
    Ugh what can i say ,, i always order nozawa trust me 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👅
  • Tim D.
    Tim DanielewskiJuly 13, 2015
    Trust me to go is great
  • Khaled A.
    Khaled AlshawiJune 15, 2014
    Trust me menu. Please just trust them with everything
  • Meghan P.
    Meghan PinckardJune 26, 2016
    Order twice what you think you need if there are two of you.
  • Julien P
    Julien PAugust 18, 2011
    Best sushi ever. The trust me menu is a must do!
  • Benji R.
    Benji RobinsonFebruary 21, 2013
    Salmon sushi is delicious. Everything is delicious.
  • Shane G.
    Shane GrushNovember 15, 2011
    The warm, loosely packed rice is just a part of an amazing sushi experience. Try everything. High five.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinApril 18, 2013
    get the trust me lite lunch, blue crab hand roll!!!!
  • Jasmine D.
    Jasmine DAugust 26, 2015
    Omakase. Maybe the best sushi I ever had.
  • Ali D.
    Ali DerkhshanApril 6, 2015
    Poor service and even worst attitude! To top it off they gave us someone else's much larger bill at the end. Inferior quality . Not the same as sushi Nozawa that used to be there. Won't be going back.
  • Abdulelah A.
    Toro Tuna and salmon sashimi are pretty good.
  • Andrew w.
    Andrew wagnertrugmanApril 10, 2015
    Best salmon in the game
  • Michael G.
    Michael GalpertOctober 3, 2011
    Get the trust me. Trust me ;)
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 22, 2013
    Only super standard fish. Too warm disgusting sushi rice. It's a shame to call it sushi. You NEVER find such a warm sushi rice anywhere in Japan. They should put their fish in the warmer too.. Avoid!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WOctober 24, 2014
    Easily the best sushi in SM. The $20 Trust Me Lite is actually a decent amount of food. Prepare for a wait at almost any time, but they let you wander the promenade while you wait. I often get takeout
  • Michael K.
    Michael KeatingOctober 30, 2011
    Awesome, but sushi this high end needs to be more sustainable.
  • Helen C.
    Helen C.February 17, 2012
    If you're planning to stay longer than 2 hours, DON'T park in their lot, they'll charge you the $3 *plus* the $6 flat rate. Stupid policy but that's the way it is. Go to the $5 public lot instead.
  • Lars S.
    Lars SchmidtApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing sushi experience in Santa Monica.
  • Meghan P.
    Meghan PinckardJune 26, 2016
    Fish is super fresh and soft.
  • Derek Y.
    Derek YeeNovember 19, 2013
    Did the Trust me size...was enough, quality over quantity
  • Greg E.
    Greg EinfrankJanuary 17, 2016
    The trust me is 👌🏻
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • Chophel N.
    Chophel NamgyalApril 28, 2014
    Double up on the salmon sushi! Great place!
  • Cary L.
    Cary LawsonOctober 1
    Excellent sushi. Trust Me.
  • Jordan D.
    Jordan DOctober 10, 2012
    The hand-rolls are a must-have, for sure.
  • nathan a.
    Sushi that melts in your mouth, not in your chopsticks.
  • Sultan J.
    Sultan JawaSeptember 18
    Good Sushi , Above Average has good sushi overall would come again
  • Allie P.
    Allie PJanuary 26, 2015
    I'm in love with albacore sushi!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D.August 29, 2014
    the trust me was amazing!!
  • Clarissa S.
    Clarissa SuharliDecember 27, 2015
    I live for their toro hand roll. 😋
  • Erik R.
    Erik RiesAugust 23, 2011
    Rice was warm and the didn't try on the salmon roe (check the shitty photo)
  • Johannes H.
    Johannes HoppeMay 17, 2015
    Go with one of the menus.
  • David D.
    David DeBordFebruary 14, 2015
    Great sushi. Better service.
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 10, 2014
    Very limited and typical fish only - tuna, salmon along the line. The sushi rice is warm n disgusting. They should also put the fish into warmer, too... Terrible.
  • Priya V.
    Priya VaswaniApril 27, 2015
    Arguably the best sushi I've ever had.
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GAugust 23, 2015
    One of the best sushi in LA
  • Manu B.
    Manu BalOctober 2
    Shrimp sushi
  • Chris L.
    Chris LMay 21
  • Traci T.
    Trust me... Best sushi I've ever had!
  • Victor S.
    Victor SuarezAugust 29, 2015
    Cant go wrong with Trust me
  • Alejandro P.
    Alejandro PortelaMay 26, 2015
    Omakase is the best
  • aneessa s.
    aneessa steilenSeptember 1, 2016
    The Trust Me is perfection.
  • George R.
    If you're looking for sushi rolls this is not the place, a different type of experience.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BennettAugust 6, 2014
    Get an omakase or you'll look like an idiot ☺️
  • Austin P.
    Austin PassyJanuary 25, 2014
    Send someone early to stake claim to this over priced piece of 1 hour oh wait 2 hour wait. Or be smart and don't show up.
  • Ivan B.
    Ivan BurazinSeptember 20, 2013
    Best sushi I have ever had!
  • leoaze
    leoazeMarch 13, 2015
    Delectable sushi, done right.
  • meru
    meruFebruary 15, 2014
    Order TRUST ME!
  • Seth B.
    Seth BDecember 5, 2014
    Yes ✅✅✅✅✅✅✅
  • Anne Mai B.
    Anne Mai BertelsenAugust 18, 2012
    Trust me, trust me. That is all.
  • linda h.
    linda hongAugust 30, 2014
    Trust me. It's good :)
  • Mara
    MaraJuly 20, 2011
    Melts in your mouth- trust me!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChuOctober 12, 2013
    I need cold sushi. This is California so there should be CALIFORNIA ROLL but nope, there isn't. No me gusta.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrysonNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Easily best sushi I have ever had...
  • Manu B.
    Manu BalOctober 2
    Nozawa Trust Me
  • T🎄🎅🏼🎁☃️❄️
    Best sushi in LA.
  • Connie B.
    Connie BangJanuary 30, 2014
    "Nozawa Trust Me." Perfection!
  • J. Chris M.
    J. Chris MobleyAugust 16, 2011
    It's all good! The best I've had
  • Emi S.
    Emi SuaMay 31, 2015
    Not recommend for vegetarians.. Just cucumer roll.
  • Marco M.
    Marco M. SpinelliAugust 23, 2016
    Try The uni...mmmm
  • Chris K.
    Chris KoehlerOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Nozawa w/ Blue Crab Hand Roll
  • Kylie M.
    Kylie MazonJune 12, 2014
    get the trust me!!!
  • Ivar K.
    Ivar KristjanssonMarch 24, 2014
    Incredible Sushi
  • casey m.
    casey mccabeMarch 3, 2014
  • Yuna 🇰🇷 P.
    Yuna 🇰🇷 ParkFebruary 10, 2014
    Melts-in-your-mouth-like-butter sushi.
  • Mvenn
    MvennDecember 30, 2016
    Nozawa sushi dish
  • Cuong L.
    Cuong LeOctober 20, 2015
    Sushi, sashimi
  • Devin G.
    Devin G.September 12, 2015
    Absolutely awesome sushi
  • Beta L.
    Beta LebeisApril 19, 2015
    Trust me menu
  • Ernie S.
    Ernie SahapatanavanaJanuary 27, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the Trust Me, trust me!
  • Danny M.
    Danny MarxJanuary 23, 2012
    Trust him! Just do it.
  • Larissa V.
    Larissa VazJune 25, 2014
    Nozawa Trust Me!
  • Rafael A.
    Rafael Alvarez VallinaFebruary 16, 2013
    Trust me, you'll love this
  • @irabrianmiller
    @irabrianmillerApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Nozawa instead.
  • Lance P.
    Lance PorterJanuary 7, 2012
    Get the trust me!
  • Sophie S.
    Sophie SongJuly 6, 2013
    This place is amazing.
  • Nate T.
    Trust Me at Sugarfish
  • William F.
    William FilesSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Omakase = trust me.
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PrattApril 30, 2012
    If you have celiac, this is not the place for you.
  • Omar B.
    Omar BJune 9, 2015
    Nozawa!! Don't even think about it
  • DJ C.
    DJ CapobiancoSeptember 11, 2016
    "TRUST ME"
  • Shane S.
    Shane SpitzerJune 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply the best.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BrantonNovember 20, 2013
    Trust me...
  • Zach D.
    Zach DavidJune 26, 2014
    Service takes forever :/
  • María O.
    María O SandovalAugust 12, 2015
    El mejor sushi de LA. Moderno, pequeño, el chef sabe lo que recomienda
  • Irene O.
    Irene OrianiOctober 3, 2016
    Mai mangiato sushi migliore. Costoso, ma ne vale la pena!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HooperMarch 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Siempre increible
  • Annie S.
    Annie SchonbornJanuary 27, 2016
    Lo mejor de sushi!
  • Sergey K.
    Рыба свежайшая. Рис лепить не умеют - разваливается. Сервис хреновый.
    Upvoted Aug 20
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