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Sakana Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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$$ - $$$
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1046 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2732
+1 805-565-2014
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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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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Santa Barbara, California
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111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have encountered more and more Japanese restaurants lately that seem to value "sensationalism" (exotic sauces, expressive names of rolls, etc.) over simple, ultra-high quality dishes -- the style found in Japan. Sakana has been around a long time (the owners' first restaurant in town was on upper State Street) and their focus has not changed. Fresh and delicate, no... More 

Thank JohnandGlo
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I was told that Sakana was the place to go for great sushi so I decided to try it out last weekend. The place is small but well-appointed. The service is pretty good considering how quickly they need to get people in and out since there are so few tables. That said, they don't try to rush you out at... More 

Thank Tamar A
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We were on our honeymoon and told the hostess so when we first got there. Although there was a long line, she did her best to get us in as soon as possible. At the end of the meal, they surprised us with a free dessert! Out of the dozens of restaurants we had been to on our trip, this... More 

Thank Elaine1990
Shell Beach, California
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147 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

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.

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.

Thank Arnaud L
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74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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 

Thank BajanFan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 

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 16 July 2016

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

Thank carol c
Goleta, California
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165 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 

Thank toplay
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 17:00
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?