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RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge, located in Philadelphia's renowned Stetson building on 1225 Sansom Street has been steadily growing after five years of hard work, customer loyalty, and good fortune. Between our exotic sushi bar, traditional hot entrees, or overstuffed specialty rolls, you're guaranteed to find something you love. The fifteen feet glass bar houses an impressive shelf of exotic sakes that caters to new tasters as well as sake connoisseurs. While you dine, take in the view of Japanese lamps floating down from the bamboo ceiling, or step outside into our private outdoor courtyard and lounge under the stars.

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Phone: (215) 238-1904

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all major credit cards
Price Range
Center City, Center City East

Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

1225Raw Inc.

1225 Raw

Raw Japanese Rstrnt & Lounge

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Sushi Bars, Bars, Japanese Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Cocktail Lounges, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Validated

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Family Style, Sushi, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No

Good For Groups: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Yes, the service can be lacking but.....

if you know what you are looking for the food is actually quite good. They do seem to need some better management of the crowds they get. I never went with a party just a few of us and the wait staff often did try to seat us within 20 mins. I would avoid the happy hour, drinks not as good and the food very ordinary. But if you stay and try their sake and the speciality maki- yum!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible service!

Friends and I went to Raw on a Friday night. We were told it would be 45 minutes for a table and so we said we'd wait at the bar. After an hour, we still hadn't been seated. When we asked the manager, he thought we decided to eat at the bar. Since he realized now we didnt, he would seat another table and then, us right away. Another 30 minutes go by and nothing. In that time, the other group (which should be noted came in after us) was seated as well as numerous others. When we told the manager we were leaving, rather than an apology, he proceeds to tell us that we were the only walk-ins for the night and that he already told us there was a wait. Definitely an unacceptable response and horrible customer service. There are plenty of great sushi restaurants in the city and my friends and I will never go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
what happened?

what happened here? i haven't been to raw in several months, and was looking forward to sushi with a very good friend...i'm fine with their prices, but the sushi (and everything else we ordered) lacked the luster that i was expecting. moreover, our waitstaff was slow and aloof; when we told him our dumplings weren't hot, his response was ""oh"", and he walked away!! i wished i had gone to vics - may not have raw's atmosphere, but their sushi is far better....



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not worth it

It food was less than mediocre. It food wasnt worth it and overprice. (who charges &12 for two shrimp tempura. And there was no indication of it). So not worth it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great sushi

Creative and delicious rolls, nice environment, and fantastic service...I will definitely be back! I didn't have reservations but I was still seated promptly. The booths along the opposite side of the restaurant seemed much more comfortable than the more crowded tables where we sat though.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Inept Managers

I had high expectations for this place given the ratings....I was so wrong.

Ambient: dark and narrow in the inside (waiters bumping into you as you eat - no apologies ), chilling outside (if you're like you get to sit near a heater, otherwise bring a blanket)

Food: good, but below POD

Service: OMG!!!!!! we get in with a reservation, we wait 25 MIN to sit (I remind you: we had a reservation), while the girl at the entrance clearly avoids our faces everytime she steps into the room. We finally get the food, and after less than 45 min the manager comes and basically urges us to wrap up!!!!! Why? apparently, they screwed up the reservations and there's an angry mob at the entrance (my guess: with reservations).....

Friendly advice: price/food quality but especially /service quality VEEEEEERY below par



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worst customer service ever

Worst experience ever. I've never been treated so badly in my all life. We reserved a table for 10 PM and at 11 PM we were still waiting and they didn't offer us drinks, no appetizers...we were starving!!!
How is the food?I cannot tell...we left after more than one hour of waiting. They should learn how to treat customers!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Speechless - worst dining experience ever

I reserved a table 3 hrs in advance.

I waited for 1 full hour with no drinks, water or apologies from the staff.

I left embarassed after they were trying to kick out a table to have me sit.

Just don't get into the restaurant business if you can't sit clients.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I've been here several times and have always been completely satisfied. The bartenders are fantastic and are exremely knowledgeable about the drinks--I reccommend trying the sake they often have themselves infused with fruit--quite tasty! As for the sushi--party in my mouth. Best I have ever had, and that's quite a bit for myself. All in all, I'd have to say that combined with the atmosphere and variety offered, this is not just my favorite sushi place, but my favorite restaurant/bar in the city!

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