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Sushi Zanmai

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Sushi Bars, Asian Restaurants, Caterers

1221 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302


Today: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Be careful

They charge the cards even extra after you add tips and blame their new computer system for that which happens for some reasons very often. Future customers, please check your bills....

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Great sushi--freaky service

I've been here twice. The first time was excellent--it was a tuesday night, uncrowded--and the food was fresh, delicious, and presented well. Our server was a mellow white dude from hawaii. Good guy.
But the next time SUCKED!!! Crowded, no place to wait for a table inside--had to wait in the snow. And our waiter...have you ever seen the movie Office Space? You know the obnoxious waiter who barges up to the table offering up shrimp poppers and extreme fajitas? The one who wears lots of flair who you wish would just die? That was our waiter. He tried to make bad, kind of insulting jokes to endear us, but it only made us want to throw water at him. I wasn't feeling well, and he laughed at me for not ordering sake, then asked if my friend (who'd just gotten out of the hospital for bad steam burns) if she'd tip him a pharmie. Sooo, the food was great, but the general atmosphere was horrid. Go to Sushi Tora unless you're looking for frat-boy sushi madness (frat boys would love Zanmai).

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We went to lunch the other day and ordered the lunch combo which comes with a salad. After some very slow service, we finally got our salad and my friend found a red beetle in it. We told the server, and she offered free edamame or ice-cream. We didn't want either and we barely touched our meal after the beetle made us lose our appetites. We were charged for the full bill. I have never had such poor service after paying so much.

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good atmosphere, mediocre sushi

zanmai definitely has a good atmosphere and is always fun to go to, however, truth is their sushi is not the best (although after a few sakes that doesnt matter a whole lot!). the last few times ive been in they have been less than generous with their cuts of sushi and sashimi. ive also seen better presentation and service at other sushi joints. zanmai is in a great location but it wont be my first choice for sushi next time i go out.

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Awful customer service and bad management

We went there to celebrate friends birthday in one of their sake-bombing rooms and they gave away our reservation that had been made 2 weeks prior and confirmed several times before our arrival. Once we complained about this we were given an awful table that did not suit the needs for our party. On top of that one of their former employees tried to start a fight with one of the members of our party. The manager did nothing and when we called back, to ask about a friend's camera that was left there, she did not apologize and tried to cut the conversation as short as possible. Messing up reservations is one thing but not apologizing is another. That is my first and last time I will ever go there.

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The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers.

The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers. The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers. The dismembered circus freak patiently danced in circles around the diseased goose burgers.

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when i returned from being in japan for a year i didn't think i would find something close to what i was used to being so land locked...well zanmai did it for me. the izakaia (bar/food) side takes you to japan as soon as you take off your shoes. if you're lucky enough to have a party of 6 you get to sit on the tatami mats on the floor. you can also buy a bottle of sake, and they will put your name on it for future dinning experiences with them. AND THE FOOD. fabulous...you must get chef specials, they know what they're doing.
hope you love it as much as we did!

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Best Sushi in town

I love Sushi Zanmai.
They have some of the best selection of sushi in town. Best of all this is the only place where I can find the Zanmai roll. I always leave there feeling satisfied with their sushi. The only downside I find about this place is the size of it. It's a small resturant for the popularity of it. The wait time can be killer at times, yet people still wait for a seating. That in itself should indicate how good it is.
I wish I could comment on the other food they have available but honestly I've never looked or tried it. I'm there for the sushi.

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Best Sushi in Town

My wife and I go here everytime we want sushi. Chef's are entertaining, food is great. Recommend sitting at the bar

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great place

never lets me down-- very fun atmosphere, great rolls, would highly reccommend it!

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Twenty Years Later...

This place is great! I used to go here when they first opened around 1982, when I was a student at CU. That was really my first real intro to Japanese cuisine. We used to get pretty hairy on the Sake, and the sushi chef would play his saxaphone later on. My friend got carried away one night and ate a golf ball sized chunk of wasabi, almost lost him. Some great memories here, and the sushi has always been mouth watering. Many a cab ride home from Zanmai!

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Simply the best

Hands down the best sushi in the Denver/Boulder area. I've been to Sushi Den many times, as well as Hapa, Japango, Sushi Tora, Mori, and a host of others that were recommended, but Zanmai is easily the best sushi I've had to date. Very fresh and bright tasting food, fun/lively atmosphere, friendly service, etc. Expensive, sure, but that goes without saying for sushi...go on Sunday or at lunch times to get the best deal. Beware, it's often crowded...make reservations if your party is big enough. This is overall my favorite restaurant in the area, regardless of style of food...consistent quality time after time.

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Sushi Please

Best Sushi in Boulder, hands down. The appetizers are delicious and the rolls are to die for. Don't expect to go in there and not pay for it. It is well worth the cost. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. Excpet, when a group decided to do saki bombs, then the atmosphere picks up a little bit. There private rooms are great for parties and events. he tables are set into the floor, you remove your shoes before eneteirng and enjoy the ambience. There is no extra cost for them either. If you are going to have sushi in a land locked state, you better go to Sushi Zanmai in Boulder.

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Great Sushi!

Sushi Zanmai definitely has great sushi! When I moved to Colorado (from the East cost), I thought my sushi days were over. I have been very impressed with the quality of fish. The sushi rice actually tastes like sushi rice, but doesn't overpower the fish. The service is outstanding and the atmosphere is fun. I would definitely recommend Sushi Zanmai.

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General Info
Sushi Zanmai is a restaurant that offers a variety of food items. It specializes in a variety of cucumber, salmon with green onion and tuna rolls. The restaurant offers happy hour special for lunch and dinner. Sushi Zanmai s menu includes a list of dishes, such as appetizers, combos and noodles. The restaurant provides various vegetable curry and rice bowls. It offers several types of house, asparagus and sunomono salads. Sushi Zanmai provides fish, beef and pork dishes. It also offers desserts in various flavours. The restaurant features highchain and booster seats. In addition, Sushi Zanmai offers gift cards and T-shirts to customers.
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Mon - Fri:
Sushi Bars, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Japanese Restaurants, Restaurants
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Whittier, Central Boulder
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Sushi

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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