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General Info
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.
Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Wed:
Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Sun:
Extra Phones

Phone: (215) 238-1904

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Center City, Center City East
AKA

Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

1225Raw Inc.

1225 Raw

Raw Japanese Rstrnt & Lounge

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

Parking: Street, Validated

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Korean, 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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centercitytastebuds

09/06/2010

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Overall
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!

runner111

12/05/2009

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Overall
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.

meesch1

04/28/2009

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Overall
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....

lotus15

12/14/2008

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Overall
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.

mw202

11/07/2008

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Overall
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.

HawaiiBabe

10/21/2008

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Overall
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

frastellina

10/19/2008

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Overall
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 anything...no 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!!

filodemos

10/18/2008

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Overall
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.

rjl85

06/02/2008

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Overall
r-love

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!

POSWO2

04/29/2008

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Overall
Excellent Unique Sushi

This place serves outstanding sushi. My only complaint is some of their sushi specials are HUGE (size of the sushi, not the serving)! Everything is priced moderately well. The drinks were OK, not really too strong. Overall it was a great restaurant and we really enjoyed ourselves!

colleensarfino

04/21/2008

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Overall
Great Sushi & Ambience

First and foremost, the food is excellent. I most recently tried the ""Green River"" special, which was a spicy tuna and crab creation with a grean tea sauce...instant foodgasm! Everything I've ever eaten at Raw was excellent. The ambience is somewhat sultry, and with a narrow, trendy Manhattan-type feel. The only drawbacks are the upper level seating where you're practically sitting with you neighbor, and that the bar is too close to the booths behind it...basically your bumm is practically in the faces of the boothees (I think narrow tables may have been a better choice here, save the booths for the back area).

But, it's a small price to pay for everything else Raw has to offer, and I'll be back again and again!!

eagles13

12/29/2007

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Overall
Great Food, Great Waitress, TERRIBLE HOST


I used to frequent Raw, eating there atleast twice a month spending over $200 each time. Now I will NEVER go back again.

Last time I was there with 5 other girls, they booked their reservations to closely and in the middle of us eating the host came over to our table and asked us how everything was because the next table was getting ?antsy?. Then he proceeded to let the next table know that they were waiting for us to get up and allowed them to come back to our table and harass us!! The man cursed at us and yelled and NO ONE from the restaurant came over to stop him.

Afterwards the manager walked over and apologized, but said she was told by the host that when we called to say we would be late that we must finish by 10PM. The host was completely lying because we were on time for the reservation and no one called him.

This was a disgusting display of management and professionalism and I will be taking my business else ware in the future.

ryacobb

12/05/2007

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Overall
I love this place

I love this place. The presentation is beautiful. The sushi servings ample. The sake delicious. Every time I have gone there, the food was excellent. The original sushi rolls were decadent. The service was great all but once. Avoid the blonde waitress. Usually the sushi is on your table before you can close your menu (when not too busy). But that fateful night, it took 30 minutes for our drinks, and 90 minutes for appetizers. Not the chefs' or food runners' faults either. This particular waitress treated her tables as second-rate citizens. Very coarse individual. That is not a good representation of the restaurant as a whole. As an entity, the restaurant is a wonderful clash between retro american and asian stylings, with wonderful food to match. Always had a great time. Wonderful place for the first date. The menu provides many ice breakers, and the ambience is eclectic and relaxed.

hotstar16

11/21/2007

Overall
Large menu

Best place for sushi in the city. Intimate setting, wide variety of sushi and saki. Try the capital roll!

drdallen

10/25/2007

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Overall
insects

I had loved this place but unfortunately last time I was there we had insects, yes insects crawling in our sushi- now they were very accomadating and polite and I don't blame management at all- of course everything was free, but kind of turned off from sushi in general for a little while. I feel bad because I like their food, but insects- that is a little rough. I may eventually try this place again, because every place deserves at least one mistake.

rbuzz

09/04/2007

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Overall
Best Sushi spot in Philadelphia...

I have been to Raw a few times and 2 of the times were on dates. The sushi and ambience are great I would recommend checking this place out. It does get busy if you do not have a reservation but there were seats at the bar available which kept things casual and gave us better choices of drinks.

cmiller

07/08/2007

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Overall
great atmosphere but...

the ambiance is terrific. the interior designer should be proud. we sat on the raised portion at a table nuzzled closely to our neighbors (so we heard most of their conversations) but the service was attentive and the chair/booth-side both comfortable. Gladiator playing on the flat-panel TV was a bit odd but since I could glance up and catch a fight scene, I won't complain. The roll (trifena I think) we ordered was on the expensive side ($18) but it was delicious. of the sushi/sashimi we ordered, only the salmon was on par with our favorite Delaware spot (Jasmine on 202). The yellowtail was disappointing and the toro (m.p. $10 for sashimi) was downright sub-par. best toro I've ever had was at Jasmine. best yellowtail I've ever had was at a place next to Genaurdi's in Lower Gwynned, PA (who's former owner is now at Miraku on Spruce). We also ordrered one of the cooked apps on special and it was a bit overdone. Bottom line, I'd go again, but it wasn't as outstanding as I'd hoped based on the other reviews. And if you're going to serve toro, I think it's a sin to have it be sub-par. Just don't offer it if it's not going to be outstanding.

lxk181

06/10/2007

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Overall
Raw is great!

I went to Raw on a suggestion from a friend. I'm new to the city and I've been trying to find a great sushi restaurant. I've been to two others and Raw definitely is the best. The decor is modern, inviting and calm and it has a candle-lit feel. The music playing was what my friends like to call ""emo"" (short for emotional)... while I was there I heard Keane, the Fray, and Bloc Party... all great in my book. I ordered two rolls, one of which was a specialty roll. Both were very yummy, super fresh, and 8-cut. I also ordered edamame, the portion size was on the larger side. Definitely enough for two. I had only water to drink so I cannot comment on the cocktail/wine/sake selection. I left paying under $35 for dinner.

vikk121

04/02/2007

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Overall
Fabulous for lunch too

I've had dinner several times at Raw and was ALWAYS very pleased w/ the service, food, seating, etc. Lately, I've been calling in a take-out lunch order and like dinner, their lunch offerings are fabulous. For the quality and quantity, it's a fair-priced lunch, and probably a wiser choice considering the lunch offerings in the vicinity. The food is fresh and every sushi selection is ample and comes with miso soup. My orders are always ready in under 10 mins. and well packed. Don't overlook this place for lunch!