701 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: (404) 965-3991
Phone: (404) 381-1180
Zuma Sushi Bar
Zumam Suchi & Sake Bar
Zuma Sushi & Sake Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No
11/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We tried this location tonight, and I do have to say that the food is amazing. It is some of the freshest sushi I have had in Atlanta.
I do however, have to say that the service was terrible. We waited 10-15 minutes before we were asked what we wanted to drink, but as a matter of fact, we were never asked what we wanted to drink. They just brought us water, which was fine, but an option would have been nice. We then waited another 10-15 minutes before we were asked for our order. The food came out rather fast, but as it was time for a drink refill, we had to flag down our server and ask him for a refill.
I was impressed with the quality of food, but definitely not the service. With it being on a Sunday night, the restaurant was not crowded, so the service should have been better.
08/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We tried Zuma Sushi and found the food to be of high quaility. We actually tried both restaurants (North Highland and Toco Hills) The Sushi Chef was great at the North Highland location. We sat at the bar and he was fast and highly skilled for such a young. The service at this Zuma wasn't as good as the Toco hills location. We had a Japanese waitress and she never seemed to smile and was a little slow. Both the service and the Sushi were top notch at the Toco hills location. We were surprised at the consistant high quality of the fish. We had a Chinese waitress at the toco hills location and she knew how to smile and the service was excellent. The other major difference was in decor. The VA highland location had a better atmosphere-but again the service wasn't as good.
07/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
It was very enjoyable dining at this restaurant. We liked the taste of the food since it was full of flavors. We had one of their best-sellers and it was indeed awesome. The service crew was very friendly, but the service was not prompt. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our visit.
06/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
the food here is good. the sushi was very tasty and the cuts were generous. however, the service was not so good. the servers took too long (the place was about half full) and we had to flag them down every time we needed something. also, it was pretty pricey - i guess that's what you pay for good tuna. if they can improve the service, this would be a really good place to go to.
03/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Zuma many times because their sushi is great. This is really a sushi/sashimi restaurant, so if you're looking for hibachi or noodles or anything, go somewhere else. It is a littl eon the expensive side, but I think the quality of the fish is worth it.
The only downside is staff is a little slow to refill drinks and things like that and some cannot understand English very well, which can be a problem if there's a problem with your food. I had a question about what kind of fish was on the sashimi sampler and our waitress had to get the manager because she didn't know what I was asking.
I would recommend this place to anyone, but it takes a little patience too deal with the staff.
12/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I'm from Los Angeles and to some they will say, ""So what."" To them I say, ""We know sushi."" Well, actually, not all Los Angelinos know sushi, but those that do always have ""their sushi place"". Zuma would not be one of them. I came to Atlanta the beginning of Oct to work for 4 months and the first place I tried was Zuma with their all you can eat lunch. The rolls seemed adequate and typical -- specialty rolls wrapped in a lot of nori and rice -- not so special. For lunch time the atmosphere was empty and cavernous so also not very welcoming more like a cafeteria with accented black and red walls. While eating, Hamachi, (yellowtail, my fave) I bit into a large piece of bone. It was pretty spiky. I can deal with an occasional bone but this was not thin it was body piercing huge.
After the potential body piercing experience, I turned off from Zuma and decided I'd rather play the video game of the same name than revisit my experience at Zuma. It is a shame because I live in the apartment complex which Zuma is connected to. In the same, Inman Park, area are far superior restaurants including PaCheen, Johnie's Pizza, Across the Street, and Highland Bakery which is where I'm going to go now to get an amazing cupcake.
08/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
was there one evening and my friend and myself were the only two in sight. tuna tar tar was awesome - spicy, salty, melt in your mouth. a few of our items had not yet come out and in the quiet of the dining room i heard the beep of a microwave. out came our eel, octopus and sea bass and they had obviously come out of the microwave - some of it still frozen in the middle. i know that's the case in many sushi spots but at least keep up the image.
07/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am considered a ""sushi snob"" by friends because of how selective I am. Most people will think Zuma is the best sushi they have ever had, but I cannot agree. I will say it's pretty good, but there's better in Atlanta (although not many places). They do have a very good selection of fish, but some of their pieces are pricey. Overall I would definitely go again just because the best sushi restaurant in Atlanta is a long drive now.
06/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I went here on Wednesday night around 7:00 and it was a good experience. There was no wait at all and we were promptly seated. The service was good - they were very attentive and the sushi chef answered our questions. Food was good - I'm a novice sushi eater so I ate the flash fried California roll and a bagel roll but my husband got the big combination plate of sushi (it's like $39 bucks) and he thought it was great. They brought out our miso soup/edamame in seconds after we ordered it which I liked.
My only complaints -- when my husband ordered a 2nd beer they brought the bottle and poured it into the same glass instead of getting him a cold one. And -- they had ultimate fighting on at the sushi bar where we were eating. Not exactly appetizing!
04/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Not a professional reviewer myself, nor a sushi-phile, but must commend the sushi. Some of the best that my naive palate has enjoyed.
However, I was curious the moment I stepped in the door as to why the place was an absolutely barren empty and how the restaurant could turn any sort of profit on an ""all-you-can-eat sushi for 15 dollars"" lunch. Is it the best-kept secret in Atlanta that Zuma serves day-old (or older) sushi as their lunch course?
I cannot attest to this, but I can attest to the fact that within four hours, I needed to leave work violently ill. I drove home shaking, sweating and luckily, without staining the upholstery, but probably could not bring myself to eat at Zuma again.
02/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I do not wish to personally cirticize a fellow critique, but i do not agree with the review underneath me. Out of all the sushi restraunts that i have been to in Atlanta, i find Zuma sushi very pleasean and enjoyable. Yes i do agree my past experiences with Zuma sushi a around a year to two years ago was unpleasant; the food was great, but the service was not up to standards; however, i dined at Zuma sushi with a couple of my friends after the new years, and i felt great improvement. They provided very good and comfortable service, and the waitress and at some times waiters were very polite and helpful. The food was once again spectacular, and the atmosphere was someplace i would love to spend a special occasion at. The only flaws i could think of would be the television near the far end of the table that i sat at near the entrance was unable to play the animation that they were showing. Overall, I would definetely recommend Zuma sushi to other people
02/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I tried Zuma shortly after they opened, and the service was terrible, and the fish wasn't much better. We recently decided to give them another chance since they have gotten such great reviews recently. The first thing I noticed when we walked in was a strange heavy odor- almost like Clorox. Our waitress was very confused about their drink offerings. She explained, ""I don't think we really do that anymore"" about the drink specials listed at the front door. She spilled a decent portion of our mediocre vodka-tonics on the table as she served them, and didn't seem to notice. Our waitress disappeared shortly after we ordered, and after waiting for about 10 minutes we had to catch another waiter to ask for dishes and soy sauce after our food was served. The food itself was decent, but not any better than you can get at Rusan's for a good bit cheaper. The ginger dressing was flavorless, and the lettuce was old.
Overall, it was a disappointing experience. We spent the same amount as you would at a place like MF Sushi, but had terrible service and food that was mostly fresh but nothing spectacular. The restaurant itself was an interesting concept, although the tables were cramped and uncomfortable. There are a bunch of flat panel tvs on the wall, but they were kept on a DVD menu screen the whole time we were there with the movie title ""Appleseed"" flashing throughout our meal. I'm not sure if that was their intended effect, but it was quite irritating.
After two tries, I will not return to Zuma. There are too many really good sushi places in Atlanta to waste your time and money on this one.
11/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Dear past reviewer on typed ""stringy toro"",
You probably misheard O-toro for their Chu-toro, since Chu-toro can contain a little bit more sinew than aforementioned O-toro, which said O-toro from MF is MOST DEFINITELY frozen, thus breaking down cell walls with improper defrosting procedures(I know how MF operates), gives you that oh-so-awesome melt-in-your-mouth feel. Even though most fish for raw consumption NEEDS to be frozen before eaten, there's one rule in japanese cuisine-YOU NEVER FREEZE TUNA, EVER!
A.S. thundersroar, your sushiman
With that off've my chest, never believe the hype of the ""Top 3"". So what Zuma looks like an arcade from 1995....They are an honest mom n' pop n' son operation that churns out great, buttery sushi with no strings attached(except for the occasional sinew[it happens])! Prices can be wary, but they do a better job than 96% of sushi places in Atlanta. Even better than at least 9 actual Japanese-owned places!
09/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Zuma to see if it really lives up to being the best sushi restaurant in town, while sometimes the people who judge these things know a thing or two about food, I would hesitate to say if Zuma is indeed the Best in Atlanta. The service was brisk, but not haughty or slow. The couple we dined with ordered several pieces of nigiri and maki, and everything came at appropriate times. The prices on the menu seemed slightly higher than other places around town, but our total bill seemed on par, though we didn't have any sake, so that may have put us over the edge. Their miso was actually pretty good, and the kappa and avocado maki rolls I ordered were fresh and rolled precisely. Nothing seemed sloppy about any of the presentation or flavor. We did notice however that the cuts of nigiri was very generous. So, if people are complaining of price, they should also note that the fish is almost double what other restaurants serve. I would come back to Zuma if I was in the neighborhood, otherwise I'd still make the trek to my favorite sushi restaurant up on the northside, Sushi Huku.
08/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After reading glowing reviews on here, likening Zuma to MF, I figured I'd give it a shot. It's ok sushi, but not nearly as good as MF. For example, I ordered the Otoro, which I always order at MF, and was quite dissapointed to find that instead of the ""melt in your mouth"" otoro I was used to, I got something a bit gristly and thin. I tried a lot of different rolls, sashimi, and nagiri and was a bit surprised to find each of these to be lacking too. It's better than most sushi in town, but about on par with Sushi Avenue in Decatur. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again, and yes, the service is too slow to justify the trip.
I just don't get the bad reviews of Zuma. Yes the service is slow. Yes, it is purely sushi and there are no teriaki or other non-sushi dishes on the menu like there are in the cheaper places like Ru-Sans. Yes it's expensive. But the payoff is what I really think is the best sushi in Atlanta now that Soto is gone. And let's face it: Serving fish this fresh in a landlocked place like Atlanta is going to be expensive. The sushi here is far better than MF Sushi, and the atmosphere is far less pretentious and precious.