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Sansai Japanese Grill

$$ - $$$
Northwest District
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539 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1105
+1 971-544-1500
11:30 - 22:00
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

My wife and I stopped for lunch and order the bento plates. They served a wide variety of dish in the bento - meat, tempura (shrimp, vegetables), salad, rice, etc. Well worth the price. Casual setting.

Thank DMUH
Portland, Oregon
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Been here several times for lunch over the past three years. Always have had very good service and the freshest of seafood. That's whether I'm by myself or with several friends. Quantities are generous. As far as rating sushi, I would give it 3 1/2 of five stars, which means it's a great place to get your sushi jones off... More 

Thank CatchnRelease1
Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I was very disappointed when I ate here for lunch recently. I have been here at least 10 times because the prices are reasonable and the sushi is usually pretty good. Well, a few weeks ago, I left a little sad because things have changed for the worse. Even my teens noticed the sushi was not as good as in... More 

Thank Kprocks
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

They should be up-front and have a disclaimer saying their food is fusion Japanese with something else. Even though the place was packed with people and that was one of the reasons we went in, I found the food to be a distorted version of Japanese food. Perhaps because I come from Vancouver Canada, where you can find top notch... More 

Thank elbato
Post Falls, Idaho, United States
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132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

We tried a few different rolls. All very good. Nice sauce on all of them. good flavor throughout, and of course very fresh tasting. Good prices. Our waiter was very good as well. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is picnic style tables right on the edge of the sidewalk that borders a fairly busy street. Good... More 

Thank Aaron D
Hillsboro, Oregon
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

We had a lunch there couple weeks ago. The food was great. Fresh sushi and casual dinning environment. We loved this seaweed & cucumber salad they have. I think the dressing was probably sesame oil and rice vinegar. It was so simple, so colorful, and loaded with fresh and crispy veggies! The only thing I will complain might be the... More 

Thank Venus S
Portland OR
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108 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Ate here on a Monday night. Not a soul in the restaurant until our party of seven arrived. For some reason there was a 10-minute wait before our order was taken. Decent sushi for the price but they definitely need to work on customer service.

Thank Jesse B
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Blown away when I ate here. Truly did not expect anything magical, I was totally wrong. Food was amazing! Price was fantastic. Parking is typical of Portland-be prepared to walk a bit. I highly recommend finding this place and eating here, you will not be disappointed.

Thank nicki_wicki
Portland, Oregon, United States
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98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

ok, this place deserves a lot of praise. they usually have at least one real itamae at work and their menu is wonderful. i just can't hardly resist ranting a little bit about how one of my favorite neighborhoods gets harder and harder to park. these few blocks of nw 21st are one of the best little haunts; yeah, hipster... More 

Thank Steven J
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

3 of us ate our fill with sake to drink for $50. We had the sashimi bowl which came with miso soup and a cucumber salad, with 4 rolls of sushi. It was all excellent food. The place was almost full and the decor serviceable- this is a place to eat well and not demand more in ambience or service... More 

Thank Margaret W

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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
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 539 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1105
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: +1 971-544-1500

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