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Osaka Japanese Restaurant

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Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants

515 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

713-533-9098

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Today: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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oct29

10/29/09

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Great Food & Good taste

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SIMON CHU

11/26/10

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Osaka's the cleanest restaurant I've ever worked...

After I read the comment that SUGO posted, I felt it's really not fair to us. I have been working for this restaurant for years and other restaurants previously. It is absolutely not true. Osaka has a clean and safe kitchen. We welcome anyone come to visit.

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sugo

11/18/10

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the dirtiest rest i ve ever work for...

OSAKA's the worst and the dirties restaurant i ve never work for... if you know how the kitchen looks like... and hoe those amigo make the food..lol trust me , you don't ever wannt eat there again!

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beth88

08/12/09

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Great sushi, great service

I had sushi here yesterday for the first time in months -- only because I've moved too far away to eat here regularly. The food is still great, the prices are good, and the service is excellent. Love the free appetizer and ice cream. I miss getting to come here more often!!

The Osaka Roll is on the pricier side of their menu, but I highly recommend it!

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HoustonMan80

07/05/09

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It was ok, but not as great as reviews I had read

My wife is chinese and I am caucasian and we eat our fare share of sushi so we consider ourselves informed critics. First after being there it took a long time to put in our order as well as for the food to come. Although the wait staff was very nice and respectful just a little slow. Not a huge problem. Another small complaint is the prices if it weren't for the free items was toward the high side. Our main complaint though was on the eel. We love eel and two different dishes had an extensive amount of bones in them. We order eel often and this had never happened at any other place. It must have been the cut of eel they were using. They cancelled those dishes without a fuss and gave us new dishes. Besides these two things the meal was very enjoyable. They gave us a free appetizer for an unknown reason that was very good. They also gave us each a free scoop of ice cream and fried bannana. I think that is a standard on the house item. The dish we liked most was the dragon roll and my wife really enjoyed the miso clam soup. Part of our disappointment was due to the fact we went on my wife's birthday and were hoping for an extra special night of great sushi and these reviews had raised our expectations. So don't go there expecting an unforgettable experience, but if you want a decent plate of sushi in a nice atmosphere it isn't a bad choice. Although I certaintly think there are better places and personally probably won't be a return customer.

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GlennandJR

06/15/09

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A Repeat Customer but will think twice before returning

I have been to Osaka several times and have always enjoyed it. The past week I had a bad experience. The rolls that we ordered were semi warm, chewy and the fish tasted old. What concerned me most was the fish tasted like it had been left out or was not fresh in the least. Since this was the first bad experience I will go back, but if it happens again I will not return.

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dagny49

05/19/09

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Parking Issue

Saw the previous two reviews regarding parking issues and cars being towed. Called the manager to find out if there would be a problem when I eat there this Thursday. He said the tow truck is no longer there unless called by Osaka. It used to watch to see if people were going into Osaka or another restaurant in the area. The manager said he felt bad for the past but there is no problem in the future. Just passing along my conversation.

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houst12

12/14/08

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Do not go here

Don't ever go here unless you are walking. The whole parking lot is subject to towing AT ALL TIMES. Fight it until they change the sign. The sign is backward to the Stanford entarance and not at the correct height. This is NOT in accordance with Subchapter G Sec. 2308.301 laws for towing.

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hstnlvr

11/10/08

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stingy owner

My friends and I frequented this place even though the sushi is mediocre at best and the service is sub par because of i's convenient location and infrequent crowds. We well NEVER go here again because the owner has cars towed for no reason. She thinks that the whole parking lot is for her customers, and for nobody else in the entire shopping center. After we ate sushi at her restaurant, we walked across the street for a glass of wine, and we came back to discover that our car was gone! When we inquired around the shopping center, other shop owners divulged the fact that Osaka's owner has cars hauled off if they are not there only for Osaka's. What kind of self-serving complex would one have to have to warrant such horrible stewardship and service? We don't understand, but we do understand that it is a horrible idea to eat here. Toooooo risky. I've also spoken to three others who have had their cars towed by the Osaka devil. None of us will ever visit the place again.

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awashere

10/30/08

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Our favorite for sushi!

This is my favorite place for sushi! The owner, for years, has been such a gracious hostess in greeting people that come in, the only downside is that she is often at their second location now so we don't get to see her as much. I love the complimentary dishes that they offer. It's given us a chance to try new things and to find new favorites, and their ice cream is great! I saw a previous review that complained about the salmon being ""too big"". I've been to many sushi restaurants that give pathetic, stingy slices of fish, so this is a welcomed treat! There's nothing worse that spending a lot of money for a ball of rice. I highly recommend Osaka to anyone wanting to find a new sushi restaurant to frequent.

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levixter

10/19/08

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Perfect match: great food, good price; great service and atmosphere.

I love Osaka. The service is great, the chef's are great and fun, and the sushi is good. I love the phoenix roll, LA roll, dragon roll, as well my favorite sushi & sashimi. The fish is fresh and cut perfectly for me. And the prices are reasonable. I believe the food and price are perfectly matched.

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Gastrognome81

10/09/08

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Overrated_Underperforming

On htowntonola's recommendation we tried the 911 roll, Phoenix roll, and creamy wasabi roll. THEY ARE NOT AMAZING. Quite the opposite. The rolls are overly complicated with flavors that result in a tasteless blob on the palette. The beef suki yaki is mediocre and the fresh salmon is cut to big to enjoy, and I have a large mouth. The best thing we had were the free goyoza they provided and that's not worth a return visit. All in all it was an over priced, under performing experience. We will not be going back.

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seanandolivia

08/30/08

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sushi is yummy, Osaka's Sushi is Delicious

I love Osaka. It is my favorite restaurant, period. I enjoys sitting at a table or at the sushi bar. I enjoy watching the chefs preparing the sushi. If there is something being made that looks tasty, I ask them and they let me know what it is. It is very helpful to someone like me who has only been eating sushi for a few years. They ALWAYS come by with something ""on the house"". I love it because I get to try something new with out a commitment to it. I LOVE the wasabi dumplings, especially when dining with friends. It is fun to watch their expression as all their nose hairs burn out of their noses. The service is pleasant and attentive with out being intrusive.

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rlajr4u

08/29/08

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Good sushi serving size

This place is always busy. Appetizers are good. The Hawaiian poke is a bit spicy but the ramen noodles are good. Sukiyaki is good too! They always give you food on the house. Prices are reasonable. The sushi serving size is ""everything is bigger in texas"". Eat there quite often.

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htowntonola

08/26/08

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Best Sushi Rolls in Houston

You have to try out the variety of rolls! 911 roll, phoeniz roll, and creamy wasabi roll are amazing!

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LawyerTom

08/21/08

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its like a trip to Japan

I have been enjoying Sherry and Thomas hospitality and good food for over 8 years and it never disappoints me or gives me a reason to apologize to my friends if I take them there. I have moved to Brenham but still make it in at least three times a month to satisfy my cravings. Thomas keeps amazying me with new special rolls every time I go in. This place is as close to CHEERS as any resturant I have been in. Do yourself a favor and try it.

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medina86

08/15/08

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Osaka is incredible

Whoo! Osaka has to be, hands down, the best sushi in town. The miso soup is the best compared to some of the blander ones served at other sushi joints and the rolls...oh man...the rolls are so fresh and delightful. I think the service is actually wonderful here, you are always greeted with a smile and your needs are ALWAYS met. Try it and you`ll be glad you did.

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cd3

08/07/08

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THE WORST!!!

Omg this hole in the wall place is terrible! Service does not exist here, so they try to bribe you with free appetizers that are not appealing. My server was no where to be found, even though the restaurant was super tiny and there were only 2 other occupied tables there. The 911 roll had way too much tempura batter bits and the color of the spicy tuna was hot pink. Gross! The people who gave this place a good review are losers and obviously never had real sushi or have been to a nice place. We will never come back and I have no idea how this place survives!

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CamiloB

07/28/08

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Good Sushi

I recommend this place, is small, good prices and free appetizer and desert. The service was very good and the waiting time was not bad

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opinion2008

07/16/08

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Our GO-TO Sushi restaurant

Friendly, fast and reliable service. Good quality food and plenty of choices for anyone you bring along who is not a big sushi fan. We had ordered so much last time we were there that the kitchen sent us these wasabi dumplings. Oh my god. It was hilarious to watch each person put them in their mouths and 10 seconds later tears were pouring out of their eyes. I don't know if the kitchen was being kind or if this is a joke they like to play but those were really good. Just make sure you have a full beer on hand as it's the only thing that will quench the fire the will erupt in your mouth. I've lost track of which are our favorites but some of the chef's recommendations have been really good.

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DETAILS
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Primary Phone: 713-533-9028

Phone: 713-533-9028

Phone: 832-742-5503

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
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Categories
Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Sushi Bars
Payment Options
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Houston, Montrose, Neartown - Montrose
AKA

Akamaru Japanese Restaurant

Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Seafood

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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