Wasabi Sushi Bar
1228 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 421-3502
Primary Phone: (314) 421-3501
Wasabi Sushi Bar - Downtown
Parking: Lot, Free
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Take Out, Sushi, Seafood
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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01/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
i know i may offend some ppl. this is not personal, i'm just trying to help.
i just got done eating at this place an hour ago. it was a good restaurant, i enjoyed my experience there and the dinner was pretty cheap. but this is by no means a japanese restaurant. if you're looking for real japanese food, this is not the place to go. but then again we ARE talking about st louis, so i don't even know why i got my hopes up. my bad!
01/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Let's be fair...this is the Mid-West. Therefore; you will not get sushi the same way you would if you were someplace with a larger, more pronounced Asian population, or somewhere close to a large body of water. Wasabi is the best place I have been; as far as St. Louis goes. The sushi; especially the yellowtail and octopus is always fresh. The specialty rolls seem a bit redundant in ingredients, but with different names. I'd recommend the handrolls.
Very good sushi for the price you pay, here. In all fairness; sometimes a little education goes a long way. Surely; anyone who has eaten sushi in other places, will atest that price, quality, and availability depend greatly on the place, as well as the skill of the sushi preparer.
Being a transplant from New Orleans; I can tell you that sushi there is served two pieces for the same price as one, here. So, expense is what you are willing to pay for what you want. Of course; often times quality costs a bit more.
04/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was up from Oklahoma for business, and to catch a ball game. I had the pleasure of stopping at Wasabi during my visit. This place has everything you could expect out of a sushi restaurant. The atmosphere, great service, amazing sushi, and an affordable price. I understand some are thinking ""what does this okie know about sushi?"", but I travel all over the East coast for business, and make it a point to try the premier sushi in that area. Wasabi definately exceeded my expectations. I was there with a few people, and after eating I was so pleased I made it a point to pay for everyones meal. I was very surprised how affordable this extremely fresh sushi was. One person that was in our group was not a sushi fan, and they fell inlove with this place. The parking can be an issue, but i suggest after your meal take a walk around the downtown area.
03/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love Wasabi! I know that it can get kind of expensive but we live in the Mid-west and if you want fresh fish (which is what you want for sushi), you have to be willing to pay for it! My husband and I eat here about once a month or so (we couldn't afford it everyday!) but sometimes I stop by for lunch if I am willing to spend $10 (which isn't bad for the amount of sushi that you get!).
I am definitely a fan of Wasabi! Great sushi, friendly service!
09/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This is a great little place on Washington Avenue. I really enjoyed my experience here - everything from the warm hand towels to the miso soup, to the sushi rolls. The service was good, and the prices weren't too extreme. If you like sushi, give this place a try!
09/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Highly recommended. STL has many choices for sushi and Wasabi is one of the best. The one in Clayton is excellent as well. Service is always good. They were open for Mother's Day this year and it was an excellent gift for my mom. They gave us a free appetizer called ""Japanese Pizza"". You won't be disappointed.
06/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
i went there for lunch during the week to see what all the hoopla was about and was surprised by the complete lack of customer service and creativity. i'm an avid sushi eater and i must say there're better places in STL, for better prices and better selectiosn
04/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
If you stick to the basics, Wasabi is as good as it gets in St. Louis. The rice's texture is perfect; a little strong in the seasoning but that's common for Americans. The basic fish types -- hamachi, salmon, white fishes -- are also great. Where Wasabi slacks off is in other items. Examples: The saba is overseasoned and too firm, as if bought preseasoned like in many other places. The natto roll -- and points to them for even having natto -- had too much dark sesame oil and not enough scallion. Miso soup is bland (probably bland dashi) and tiny. Service is great. Parking on street. Cleanliness generally good but they need to replace the drape over the window to the kitchen. Portion size average but rice to fish ratio a little high. It's the second most expensive sushi in St. Louis. But they have oshibori!
03/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Considering the reviews and the former Best Of moniker, I expected so much more. The bottom-line of any sushi is the quality of the fish. Although the location, ambiance, and service were appealing, the sushi was well below average. Wasabi served me the first piece of unagi Ive ever had that tasted fishy. The bluefin, yellowfin, and fatty tuna were not fresh. Rolls were loose and the rice was not sticky. A seriously sub-par sushi experience that was priced on the high end. Although the location was trendy, the food was not. Best sushi around is still Crazy Sushi in St. Peters. Worth the drive.
11/20/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at sashimi all over the world, and to receive the quality that you get at WASABI in both STL locations is a testament to their undying dedication to the customer. Try the toro, blufin, halibut, as questions invent and create your own meals Dont be so ordinary. Get some good Sake and something RAW then go anywhere in within a 400 mile radius, and youll agree they are the BEST. They have the Heart, Skill, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to please you.
10/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Anybody who makes it a point to eat california rolls does not know sushi very well. Most places use imitation crab in california rolls. Some advanced sushi eaters will eat a california roll if it is drapped with fish as with a specialty roll and then it's okay because a such a roll with real crab would cost a fortune. Most sushi in America is much bigger than is traditional due to local tastes. Nigiri and maki rolls are generally on the small side, the huge portion thing is all american.
10/28/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Having worked in states from Massachesetts to California, Minnesota to Texas - and quite a few in between, I have had the pleasure to eat sushi in many different cities across the country, and as such I have quite a few standards to which I expect each sushi bar to reach. One of these is the use of real crab meat in its California rolls - that imitation-flavoured pollock simply isn't up to the job! I regret, Wasabi fails miserably here. Considering the price they charge for their offerings, I expected the real thing, and was very disappointed.
As for the other sushi, whilst the fish was indeed fresh and moist, the portions were somewhat on the chintzy side - and they were charging top-dollar, too. The meal proved to be the most expensive I have ever had in a USA sushi bar - and I could have eaten more.
04/16/2004Provided by Citysearch -
A promising new comer to the average St. Louis Japanese restaurant scene. Huge, delicious maki rolls, tasty entrees and appetizers, fresher-than-average nirigi's and sashimi's combined with a classic traditional Oriental decor make this a sushi experience not to be missed. Services is excellent, but slighly pricey for average consumer taste, on par with other Japanese places. However, the size of the specialty maki rolls and portion of dishes offered make its value exceptional.