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Pocket 8's Sushi & Grill

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9 W Alexander Ave, Merced, CA
+1 209-384-0212
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Atwater, California
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took my in-laws there a couple of weeks ago and once again had a great meal. Her dad and I had the bento box, my lady had the dinner boat and her mom the teriyaki chicken. Needless to say, we could not finish the meal due to the large amount of food so we had a lot of fantastic... More 

Thank John L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The service was so slow that a 2 or 3 star would have been in order. HOWEVER, the food was so great that they deserved 5. I have eaten here before and had great service, so I'm not sure what happened this time. The owner, Jerry Yang, is a famous poker player and has a very interesting history. All in... More 

1 Thank Conrad F
Merced, California
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Called at the last minute not knowing if they would be able to accommodate us, but they were able to fit five of us in the other evening. It was a fabulous time. The cook did a wonderful job on the grill with not only the taste and quality of food but his funny displays with the utensils. The birthday... More 

Thank Andrea K
Turlock, California
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94 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

My fiance's best friend raved about this place for months. We finally made time to visit him in Merced and came here for dinner. He mentioned he had tried multiple times to call and make a reservation for teppan-yaki, but didn't get an answer once. So, we ended up walking in. We asked if we could do teppan-yaki, and he... More 

Thank MrsV27
1 review
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The menu says your choice of steamed or fried rice. I don't eat pork. Since it didn't specify what kind of rice, the average person would assume vegetarian. We're sitting at the grill, next thing I know he throws bacon on there. WTF! I had to get the manager. I told her that the menus should say Pork Fried Rice.... More 

Thank Fatemeh G
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

What was supposed to be the last romantic dinner before we had our first baby ended horribly as I left the restaurant in tears. My fiancé and I ordered the OMG Roll with a hefty price of nearly $30. After waiting over 45 minutes and watching everyone else around us get served (even people who sat down after us) the... More 

1 Thank Kimberly B
Mariposa, California
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I used to really like this place,but it has become neglected and run down.I called and made a reservation to have tepanyaki for my sons birthday dinner.We were a party of 6 and were put together with a party of 2 who were not with us.We were rushed into ordering to keep the 2 from waiting.Boxes littered the corners and... More 

Thank crashandburnh2o
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

It's pretty fair for Merced. Portions aren't too big like other teppayaki restaurants but still fairly filling. Taste is okay as well. Pricey.

Thank karynayla
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81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Love going here. Food is always great, nice little bar inside. Great sushi! Always a treat to go here! Sometimes the owner is there and is very nice and accommodating!

Thank Sondria G
Merced, California
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185 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I failed to order take-out ahead so I had to wait as our food was being prepared. But I got to see the place in action. It was a Saturday night at prime time and the place was packed. So, I recommend reservations for sure. The waitstaff seemed friendly and efficient. The sashimi looked great (but can not be ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 W Alexander Ave, Merced, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-384-0212

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