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SUGARFISH by sushi nozawa

SUGARFISH | Santa Monica

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
149 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • lively
  • hand rolls
  • trendy
  • mouth
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipSeptember 21, 2014
    the blue crab hand roll is amazing. definitely get the scallop nigiri if it's on the menu!
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Trust me and get the Trust Me. Favorite sushi ever.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ilse D.
    Ilse DupontJune 19, 2015
    Best sushi I ever had. Definitely go for one of the "trust me" options!
  • 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.
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