This was a WONDERFUL restaurant! My boyfriend recently took me there on a coworker's recommendation, and it was superb. ATMOSPHERE: I lived in Japan for three years, and this restaurant (aside from being much larger than most restaurants in Japan) had the feel of a very modern Japanese restaurant. It was very chic but with nice traditional influences. It was quiet but everyone seemed comfortable and seemed to be enjoying themselves and the food. There are open tables, a long sushi bar, and even private rooms for larger groups or parties. While some people came in dressed like sweaty tourists, my boyfriend and I dressed nice-casual and felt perfectly comfortable. (I think I would have felt weird were I dressed down. I don't like it when a waiter is dressed more nicely than I am!) FOOD: The food was great. Very fresh sushi, with lots of different combinations (not just the standard ebi-nigiri-zushi (shrimp sushi) and California rolls). Definitely stuff for everyone from those who refuse to even try raw fish to those who want something a little more daring and new. SERVICE: The service was excellent. All of the food and drinks came in a timely manner, and the waiter was more than happy to oblige my boyfriend by bringing him a fork for his food. He even brought it folded in a napkin, so it wouldn't be so obvious that my boyfriend couldn't use chopsticks! Very smooth move! PRICE: While you can certainly order cheaper options, the price was slightly steeper than most Japanese restaurants. Japanese restaurants are of course never cheap (would you still eat the sushi if there if it were?!), but this was definitely a higher end restaurant. GETTING THERE: Since it's pretty much right next to the Rave Movie Theater, parking was a little hard to come by on a Saturday night, but other than a little traffic and a bit of a walk, it was certainly better than parking somewhere downtown would have been!
A Bexley Gem! My wife and I were at Giuseppe's Retrovo last night for happy hour. First of all, every member of the wait staff looked like they'd just stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad. We hadn't dined in this restaurant since its expansion several years ago, and we were pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated ambience. The crowd encompassed all age groups: young singles, people in their sixties and families with young children. We sat at the bar (which is the only option tif you want the terrific happy hour prices) and ordered excellent glasses of red wines, flatbread proscuitto pizza and caprese salad. The mozzarella in the pizza and caprese salad was exceptional, and the olive oil in the salad was also high quality. The fresh basil added a nice note. This time, we'll be back soon. Michael Armstrong Bexley, Ohio
When we first walked in everybody stared at us, and I wanted to hightail it out of there....but I'm glad I didn't. I think they just have a huge crowd of regulars, and there was an element of shock and the inevitable sizing us up that occurred when two newcomers waltzed in unannounced. I'm happy to be able to say that, once they got over the initial shock, the staff was exceptionally welcoming and friendly. Food was also pretty awesome and just what the doctor ordered. Also, consider getting a breakfast panini to go if you''re ever in the area and are over the whole fast food breakfast situation. The bacon, egg and cheese panini that my fiancee brought home for me was more than enough reason to crawl out of bed on a cold, winter morning.....confession, I ultimately ate it in bed and loved every minute of it!