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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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  • 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.
  • Ranu R.
    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.
    Upvoted Jun 14
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nej K.
    Nej KutcharianJuly 15, 2013
    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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Toni H.
    Toni HudsonJanuary 28, 2011
    Got 'The Nozawa' to go...so 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.
  • Verna
    VernaApril 7, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sonny L.
    Sonny LeeAugust 7, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kaytlyn G.
    Kaytlyn GreshamMarch 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..
  • 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
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JeanNovember 26, 2011
    Wow. the sushi here is fantastic! The fish is so fresh. I hate tuna normally but loved the tuna sashimi in ponzu. Wow.
  • S_J L.
    S_J 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♥
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Shane G.
    Shane GrushNovember 15, 2011
    The warm, loosely packed rice is just a part of an amazing sushi experience. Try everything. High five.
  • 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!
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipSeptember 21, 2014
    the blue crab hand roll is amazing. definitely get the scallop nigiri if it's on the menu!
  • John C.
    John CassilloJanuary 30, 2013
    Best sushi I've ever had. Delicious food, great atmosphere. Would recommend the Trust Me to anyone.
  • Cyrièle P.
    Cyrièle PiancastelliSeptember 21, 2015
    Fish was really good and fresh but the rice wasn't great and above all, it was warm :/
  • Mel
    MelApril 28, 2012
    Traditional sushi. You will not find trendy rolls here. It is fresh, I like it.
  • 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.
  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevAugust 15, 2015
    The Trust Me omakasa us amazing. All the first is very fresh and so delicious!
  • 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!
  • Trish R.
    Trish R.January 26, 2014
    Blue crab hand roll! Cold and crispy on one side and warm and soft on the other!
  • Kwame T.
    fresh sushi. great space + service. definitely trust them.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AmendolaAugust 21, 2013
    The tips don't lie, it really does melt in your mouth. Best.Sushi.EVER.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RiesAugust 23, 2011
    Rice was warm and the didn't try on the salmon roe (check the shitty photo)
  • Casimir
    CasimirFebruary 21, 2015
    Excellent sushi with great variety in a trendy setting.
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