2401 15th St Ste 80, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 433-1167
Fax: (303) 433-1167
Parking: Garage, Street, Lot, Valet, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Take Out, Sushi, Seafood, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Best sushi in town. I was so excited to find sushi sasa nearby, when my husband and I moved to Denver. This place may have the best sushi I have ever had anywhere. The servers take care of your. The fish is phenomenal. And there is a lot to walk to nearby. This is the perfect spot for any occasion.
05/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First off, I would just like to say that I was a server for 7 years. Because of this, I usually go easy on servers and I always know what's their fault and what's not. I've never left below a 20% tip, in fact I usually leave around 30%, so the fact that I'm writing a review (my 1st review ever) on the terrible service means that it was absolutely awful.
My boyfriend and I were very excited to try Sushi Sasa. We love Sushi Den and heard this place was comparable so we made reservations for Saturday night. The decor immediately impressed me when we first walked in the door. It was minimal, modern, and very light. However, we were escorted to the basement where it's a bit darker and more intimate. Had I known there was gong to be 12 middle-aged women screaming for a bachelorette party down there, I would've asked to be seated upstairs.
We had ate a very light lunch that day because we knew we were going to get our fill of sushi. That was a mistake! Had I known it would take our server 20 minutes to even acknowledge us, I would've definitely had a snack before I came. I understand that servers can be busy, but he never even stopped by or acknowledged us to say he would be right with us. He just showed up at our table 20 minutes later, with a very rushed ""Hi how are you? Thanks for waiting. Can I get you something to drink?"" At that point, we had already looked over the entire menu and decided what we wanted so we went ahead and told him we wanted to order. He took the order and rushed off. I didn't even get his name because he never told us his name.
Our appetizer took awhile to come out, but it was worth the wait. I can't remember the exact name but it was some sort of Dynamite dish with tempura-style shrimp and asparagus in a a wonderful creamy sauce. Yum! The server never stopped by to check on us when we were eating the appetizer. But at this point, I expected he wouldn't.
We ordered an assortment of rolls and sushi for our main course. We ordered the Fire Fry roll, the Diablo roll, and the Caterpillar roll. They were all amazing!! Especially the Caterpillar roll. My boyfriend and I love eel and I will say that this particular roll was one of the best eel rolls I have ever had. We also got pieces of sushi: Maguro (tuna), Unagi (freshwater eel), and Kani (crab). All very good as well. However, the tuna was very spicy. Definitely had a lot of wasabi, which was not specified on the sushi list so we were a little taken aback. Not a big deal for my boyfriend since he loves spicy food, but kind of a dealbreaker for me as I don't particularly enjoy super spicy food. As you can tell, we ordered quite a bit of food, so you can imagine that it took us quite a long time to eat. Our server never stopped by ONCE. However, the second we had taken our last bite sure enough, there he was at our table with the check. How convenient! That was the absolute only time he had paid any attention to us. And he didn't even run our card, the busboy did.
I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed I was. Had we been shown respect and given good service, I would have easily given this place 4-5 stars. It was so bad that not only will I never go back, but I will make it known to all of my friends and family not to waste their time or money here. I know lots of other good places that would be appreciate our business and we will go elsewhere from now on!
Very good sushi and soups, however I was disappointed to know that I was contributing to the mass amount of waste that was going on inside the restaurant- each sushi roll was wrapped in plastic wrap, sliced, then the plastic was immediately thrown away [plastic never decomposes- it will just sit in a landfill]. Many other disposable products were used that were not necessary. Sushi Sasa would be well advised to be more green otherwise mass amounts of people who are green- minded will boycott the restaurant- I'm one of them.
The sushi was delightful and the service was lovely but such a successful business should be putting more energy and money into being green. There were disposable hand towels wrapped in plastic, disposable wooden chop sticks and lots of plastic used behind the counter. Although the food was fine, I'd choose another more sustainably oriented sushi restaurant over Sasa, until they decide to become more environmentally responsible.
04/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Let the Chef's do their magic. Omakase is the only way to go, although their rolls aren't too shabby either.
Some favs: Blue Fin, King Crab, Monkfish Liver, and the melt in your mouth Scallop....along with anything else these guys pull out of their hats.
Not sure how I feel about the impending expansion. I like the fact it is small intimate and it keeps the chefs focused. But, then again, I am open to it.
Drinks, I always stick with the sake (cold not hot), so while I can say I think they have a solid sake menu I can't touch on the cocktails.
Bottom line, if you love sushi (even if you are from a ""big"" city, this is the place for you). It's fresh and just damn good.
03/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Truly disappointing. Having tried numerous sushi spots in Denver, Sushi Sasa was on our list to try. We had heard mixed reviews but of course wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt and try them out for ourselves. To start with, even having made a reservation, we arrived about 10 minutes before our reserved time. There were multiple two tops and four tops open but we were asked if we wanted to sit at the sushi bar because no tables were available. We declined. On a side note, friends of ours that had made reservations for Valentines Day were called TWICE to ask if they wanted to move from their table to the sushi bar. I can only assume that the mgmt is trying to maximize their table space. I would think saying no once would be more than enough...Regardless, we were directed to the stall that they call a bar in the basement. We were told we could order a bottle of wine there which we did. Just as the glasses were poured we were told our table was ready. We were then told that they couldn't transfer our tab to the table. Good grief. The hostess offers to take our wine to the table for us so we cash out at the bar. When we turn around, the hostess is gone so we schlep our own bottle back upstairs to one of the exact tables we had seen open when we arrived. Ok, we agree to put all of that confusion behind us and try to enjoy our dinner. We order a calamari app. It arrives and is super chewy and substandard but sometimes you win sometimes you lose. I chalked it up to ordering the wrong item. We then select one roll and a variety of nigiri. It arrives dried out and tastes awful. The rice has too much vinegar which throws off the flavor of all the sushi. The only soy sauce available is incredibly salty which only confuses the flavors. Light soy was not even an available option. So we work through a below average meal which I know can happen from time to time and I chalk it up to experience. We were disappointed when we left but the real zinger came when both myslef and my partner spend the next three days sick to our stomachs and all the joy that brings. I always hesitate to throw the 'food poisoning' card but something just wasn't right with the meal and for that matter the entire experience. Sorry Sushi Sasa but I can't even give you one star for the effort. I'll stick with Sushi Hai, Izakaya Den, Sushi Den and even the sushi plate at Tokyo Joes. They all offer far superior fare.
11/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Sushi Sasa's Ankimo was recently listed as a top 100 must eat in Denver, so I ordered it and reviewed it:
Foie Gras is not exactly the most popular of all delicacy dishes, and probably even less so when named “steamed monkfish liver” – so I wouldn’t expect massive appeal, but it was very nice. Three rich, creamy and flavorful medallions that melt in your mouth. The other components on the plate suited it perfectly I thought, balancing each bite. Was it amazing? No - but I’m not obsessively into foie gras like others may be. Still very good.
09/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I had the best experience ever at a restaurant over the weekend. We were looking for good sushi, but we found not only that but servers that sincerely cared about us having a good time. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable and we never had to wait or wonder when our drinks or food would arrive. It was just a enjoyable experience all around and I would recommend it to friends visiting the area.
09/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriends and I decided to do our weekly happy hour as Sushi Sasa. I called ahead to see what the happy hour specials were and the man I spoke with recommended I make reservations, so I did. After finally finding the place (which was not easy, as there's no sign) and parking in the tiny excuse for a parking lot we walked in and the place was deserted, good thing I made reservations... Our server ignored us for the majority of the time we were there, it took at least fifteen minutes to get each drink, prompting us to ask if she had forgot, which she did forget what I ordered and had to come back and ask ten minutes after I ordered it, longer for food and our order was wrong, she forgot two of the four rolls we ordered. We were the only table in the restaurant!! After eating we wrote down how we wanted the bill split and the server (after ignoring the credit cards for a good fifteen minutes) ended up just spliting it in four, which was not what we had asked for. The food was good but it was definitely not worth the money and the aggrevation of the service. I won't be back.
06/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
my wife and I decided to try sushi sasa on a Monday night before a show at the Bluebird. surely allowing a little over an hour for some wine, an appetizer and a couple rolls should be sufficient. our mistake. we sat for at least twenty minutes before someone took our drink order, so we of course put our food order in as well. another twenty minutes passes, now we're getting antsy - 40 minutes sitting with water glasses only. finally someone arrives with the bottle of wine that we now have to gulp down (or leave. but at that price, we ain't leaving any). rolls eventually make their way out, where's the app? forget it, I say. ""Oh, yeah, um, its probably ready, should I check?"" we're told. OK, sure, why not, bring out the app an hour after we sit down and are now focused on inhaling our sushi in no time flat so we don't miss too much of the show. the food was excellent, truly, but the experience absolutely sucked. there's way too many good sushi joints in town for me to give this place a second chance. once was definitely enough
06/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Lived in Japan for many years and felt like I was back there tonight!
The food was amazing and close to traditional, service amazing wonderful young lady, and the manager even asked about our meal. Nice professional young man!
I will definitely return and with friends!
06/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I wanted to let everyone know that the owner really does care about his customers. He contacted me directly and took the steps to fix the situation. Thank you very much.
I was such a huge fan of this place from the first time I tried it. Even when they screwed up a rediculously easy order.
I love the atmosphere but the chef/owner and manager have become lazy while riding the wave of popularity that this place is experiencing.
I have gone for dinner, happy hour and lunch and this place is going downhill fast. For example, if you show up for happy hour, they don't know what's on special or where the drink menus are. This is not the fault of the servers....it is the managers job to be sure that the staff is trained properly.
If you go for dinner you will be rushed, your food will be slow, and your bill will be large.
As for lunch, I went recently and it was an insult to be neglected. I took a friend on our lunch hour. (Yes, sasa, lunch is only an hour) I boasted and bragged about how wonderful it was and how I go regularly. We arrived at about 20 after and ordered right away.We waited 18 minutes for our dried out edamame, and our extra simple rolls showed up at 3 minutes to the hour. Not to mention that they were wrong, and had to be sent back. The manager walked by at least 12 times and knew how long our food took, and did nothing. He did not offer an apology or to try to make it right on the next visit. He just acted like he didn't notice.
This seems like a crappy way to treat a regular who sends countless people to your establishment.
We were forced to take our food to go in order to return to work on time.
I did not want our food for free, but I would like to know that my business is appreciated. I never have a huge bill because of a special diet. But I am able to recommend a restaurant to hundreds of people on a regular basis.
I must say that I am sorry that such a wonderful place has such low standards for service and hospitality.
A manager is someone who can fix something before it becomes an issue.
40 minutes for a veggie roll? Try again.
02/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
After reading a few of these reviews I had to put my two cents in for Sushi Sasa. I must first say that my boyfriend and I are true sushi lovers. We have eaten at Tao in Las Vegas and he has eaten at Nobu in Dallas even meeting Chef Nobu Matsuhisa once. Having said that, true Sushi Lovers will understand that we are not the roll loving, soy sauce/wasabi paste dunking, average sushi eaters. We typically eat sashimi and especially love omakasi. We first went to Sushi Sasa a year ago and fell in love instantly. We ordered the Omakasi and spend each course moaning and groaning over the phenomenal, exciting, inventive creations. We have now been back several times and each time we are not disappointed. I easily put this place on Par with Tao in Las Vegas. As for the people who complain about the ""small selection"" or ""rolls"" well they obviously don't understand these types of restaurants. High quality restaurants like Sushi Sasa are not out to astound you with 50 rolls. They have concise, creative fushions created by true Chefs. The restaurant was loud? It is probably because the place stays packed but that kind of energy doesn't deter us so we've never had a problem. Actually, if you go on a weeknight it's much more subdued. Also, we've had nothing but amazing service but then again we enjoying dining not shoving food in our mouths and running out the door. If you want the best, most innovative sushi in Denver then you will be a true fan of Sushi Sasa. As for everyone who gave this place a bad review, I hope you don't go back so that we can insure a seat the next time we go.
02/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Sushi Sasa on Sunday,February 15th for a belated Valentine's dinner. We called for reservations on Friday and made them for the only available time slot open. We expected the restaurant to be loud and crowded and that we would wait to sit down and none of this was the case. We were warmly greeted at the door and seated immediately. Our server was quick and friendly and guided us through all of our menu questions. We ordered drinks, several appetizers, sashimi, the amazing toro tartare, had soup and salad and dessert all for around $100. Is that an expensive dinner? Maybe, but since when is sushi cheap? We ate well beyond what we were hungry for just to try all of the interesting menu items and because it was a special dinner. Sushi Sasa has great food, great atmosphere and we had great service and we're already planning a return!
02/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I took 7 friends for a Birthday celebration and was COMPLETELY DISSAPOINTED. First the food is way over priced and is just average in quality. Secondly the service is appalling. Our party ordered soup and/ or salad and a goodly amount of sushi and rolls. and then each a hot course. After the soup and salad course, we sat...& we sat...&........... Our waitperson was talking with a young man at the bar. After about 15 min. She brought out 3 of the 4 sticky rice bowls and left them to cool. Another 15 min. passed a noodle dish came out for one person. Ten minutes later the hot food shows up along with about $50.00 of sushi and rolls. Rice is cold, I am hot and the meal is ruined. The manager shrugged. WON'T GO BACK, EVAAR!
12/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
While visiting friends in Boulder over the holidays, we happened to come across Sushi Sasa via a hotel recommendation. Yes, it was kinda hard to find at first, being that my friends just moved to Boulder, from Chicago. But once we arrived it was like we had found a small pearl in a very old building. The decor was a bit stark, but I found it more modern than awkward. The wine list was a bit overbearing, but we had nothing but pure guidance from our server. Our server recommended a few items, I guess luckily to our liking we enjoyed everything from the rolls to the nigiri, I am not a big sashimi fan, but my friends loved the sashimi appetizer. A few things from the kitchen were shared by all. Overall, i would highly recommend Sushi Sasa to any of my friends if they were to ever visit Denver. This is my first posting here on citysearch, but I am sure, as I travel often, it will not be my last. Happy eating.
12/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was expecting big things, and was appalled. I expected a sushi restaurant, not a yuppy place that happened to serve sushi. It was painfully loud and uncomfortable. It was crowded too, though I could not understand why. The sushi selection was horrible. I guess they figured 20 pages of liquor menu would get you drunk enough you wouldn't notice the lack of sushi selection. The ingredients were all good, but the rolls were horribly put together. I make better rolls at home myself. I could barely eat because the rolls fell apart so easily. The service wasn't good either, though I expected that based on the other reviews on this site. In short, I'm never going there again. Sonodas is light years ahead of this place on all fronts: food, atmosphere, decor, service, etc. This place has nothing to recommend it. I can't see why anyone goes there. My dinner there was a horrible experience and I won't be repeating it (even if it was free). Sushi Sasa- you pay for the pretension, not the food or the experience. Safe yourself an unpleasant experience, you'll have a better dinner if you grab day old sushi from the deli at the grocery store.