Sushi Zanmai Tsukijiekimae
Sushizanmai Honten, 11-9 Tsukiji 4 Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0045, JapanGetting there
Tsukiji 5 min walk (0.22 mi)
Tsukijishijo 7 min walk (0.32 mi)
Higashi-Ginza 8 min walk (0.37 mi)
Asakusa Line Hibiya Line
+81-3-3544-5288More information Prices
Menu: Sushizanmai-set 3,150yen, etc. Price range ¥2,001-4,000Opening hours
Sushi Zanmai's main branch is in Tsukiji, where visitors can whet their appetites with a tuna-butchering show, but it also has two restaurants in Shibuya: one close to Tokyu Honten Department Store and another opposite the east exit of Shibuya Station. Covering two floors, the latter boasts a more easy-going atmosphere than its siblings, and stays open 24 hours a day, year-round. ‘Zanmai’ is Japanese for indulgence or luxury. While sushi is certainly an indulgence compared to a lot of regular fare, Sushizanmai serves it up at a reasonable price—especially if you follow the Cheapo maxim of ‘posh lunch, cheap dinner’.
Sushizanmai is a sushi chain with 41 branches in Tokyo and Kanagawa. Just to show this place has real sushi cred, 9 of these branches are located around the head office in Tsukiji—the sushi mecca of Tokyo. While a few of the branches offer the conveyor belt type sushi, most of them are like the Roppongi branch which this cheapo frequented recently—sushi-bar style with the ingredients in display cases with the sushi chef making the sushi by hand behind the counter.
Even considering the fact that one of Japanese people's favorite dishes is tuna and the year's first auction for tuna in Tsukiji fish market always becomes a big news in Japan, would they get crazier than this one? 222-kilogram (489-pound) blue fin tuna was sold for a record 155.4 million yen ($1.5 million USD)! That is about $300 (USD) per slice which is absurdly expensive! SUSHIZANMAI, on the other hand, serves customers the same quality of fish with reasonable price. Why? Because it was SUSHIZANMAI's owner who bought the tuna for $1.5 million USD! On top of that, the restaurant is a chain store and each piece of sushi will be offered to customers at a constant price no matter how much the tuna was. If you are a first timer of sushi restaurant, I would recommend this restaurant owned by a passionate tuna-lover! There are many stores of Sushizanmai in Tsukiji, but I strongly recommend this "Honten". We have eaten in some stores of Sushizanmai and found some differences. "Honten" means head store (Honten) of Sushizanmai, that's the reason why Honten is recommended. This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.
The basic one-person lunch set (800 yen) provides you with 8 pieces of sushi, tamagoyaki, makisushi (rolled sushi), a bowl of miso soup, a salad and free refills of green tea. For an extra 200 yen, you can get the 1.5 person set which has 13 pieces including the tamagoyaki.The sushi was excellent—the rice and fish was extremely fresh—a definite advantage of the sushi bar over conveyor belt variety. The gari (pickled ginger) was also very good—crisp and crunchy. This is one of the places in which a cheap sushi joint will try to save money so that was a nice touch.
In addition to the nigiri sushi sets they also a variety of donburi (rice bowl with toppings) including a donburi of the day for 800 yen and about 3 different kinds around the 1,000 yen mark.Service was prompt and polite although a little awkward as any hesitation with ordering was met with a repeat of the question in English—probably something you’d only come across at the Roppongi branch! Seats: 132 seats (1F: 23 counter seats, 16 table seats, 2F: 19 counter seats, 12 table seats, 3F: 6 counter seats, 12 table seats, 44 Japanese table seats)
Sushi Zanmai Tokyo Reviews
My buddy and i woke up at about 4am from jet lag on a sunday morning. Using yelp found this place to be open 24/7, got dressed and shot down there. from sea, to knife, to table, good price, fresh as all get out. I'm not the one to wait 1-4 hours for basically anything. i would see all those people in line for those other places at the market, walk by them, head over to this place, not wait at all, and I'm sure the sushi is as good as what they were waiting for. this place has spoiled me, i don't know if i can ever eat sushi in the usa again. I'd drop 30-60 bucks and the best fatty tuna, uni, scallops, tuna, eel, etc etc..they've got at least 3 locations alone in the fish market, this one is 24/7 tho. freakn pimp dude with two beautiful ladies smoking at the sushi bar, no one cares. smoke away young samurai, smoke away, this gaijin admires you.~barry
I arrived a bit late in the evening in Tokyo and I was really eager to have one last sushi dinner before leaving Japan the next day. I found Sushizanmai on tripadvisor upon finding out that my first choice was already booked out. Luckily the restaurant has an unusual late closing time (around 23.00) and it’s quite big, so arriving at 8.45 was not a big deal. I waited a short time outside and then another 10 minutes inside, but all together it was not more than 20-25 minutes.It was very, very busy both with locals and tourists. Service was very efficient, I was shown where to sit, given an English menu (which is not as comprehensive an the Japanese menu (sushi zanmai menu), but still a huge help) and served the tea I ordered. The big sushi platter was a real delight: everything was really good, actually delicious, and very fresh. Fish texture and quantity were absolutely perfect. Prices were also more reasonable than expected.Excellent meal! This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.~matt
Best sushi ever! Good but cheap, for what it is. I came for brunch to have fresh sushi melt in my mouth. This place is crowded but wait is not too long. Lovely service and food comes out quicker than expected. This location takes up two floors, so it is relatively large. Can't say no to free - with that being said, free green tea is served.Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent experience.~lynn
Sigh. My mouth is watering as I go through the pictures I took while eating at Sushizanmai! How I wish I could just pluck this place and the entire Tsukiji market to the States with me.On my 3 day trip to Tokyo, I came to the Tsukiji market twice and to Sushizanmai twice! The first time, my friend and I were seated at the bar, which was really fun to order straight from the chefs at work and watch them create their masterpieces. I opted for one of the larger combo sets (costs around $30USD), which was a complete steal for the amount of fresh fish and quality. It also came with a HUGE bowl of miso soup, which was also very different than anything I've had in the States.
My favorites were uni, eel, shrimp, and the fatty tunas. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the long eel was - the best that I've ever had in my life, for sure. Another pleasant surprise was the flavor of the raw shrimp and the texture of the squid (not as rubbery or chewy as I've had in the past).The next day, I came back and was seated upstairs where we could watch all the action happen from a window that oversaw the sushi bar where the chefs were at work. I was pretty mesmerized, almost in a trance, and didn't even notice when a chef noticed and started waving at us - which definitely added to the experience.I would happily return here the next time I find myself in Tokyo (hopefully very soon)!~elisa
Whether you happen to stroll around the Ginza and are looking for a bite to tame a sudden craving or have decided to take an early start at the Tsukiji fish market and would like to sample some of these delights ,you will be well advised to stop by Sushizanmai Tsukijiekimae.It is conveniently located at the edge of Ginza and Tsukiji and there is enough seating to be rapidly guaranteed access to a table.The menu (sushi zanmai menu) is extensive and includes an incredible listing of fresh sushi specialties.The staff our friendly and can help you in english which is not aways easy in Tokyo.Words can’t describe fully the experience ...so try it !~brisoso
Best sashimi I've ever had, without a doubt. We sat at the sushi bar and awed in amazement as all of the sushi and sashimi dishes were prepared. The prices were fantastic and portions large. I ordered the chefs special, which ended up being a bowl of assorted sashimi chopped up over rice. It also came with hot green tea, miso soup, a salad and another egg/mushroom custardy-soupy cupfull that I loved but have zero idea of it's name. Everything about the meal was awesome. It was very busy and we waited about thirty minutes to sit but definitely worth the wait! Don't miss this spot if you're around!~carley
Sushi Zanmia Honten (sushi zanmai honten) is located in the outer Tsukiji market. We came here at the end of our private Tsukiji market tour, it was included in the tour. The claim to fame for this restaurant (other than being in Tsukiji) is that the owner paid beaucoup bucks for the most expensive blue fin tuna ($1.7 million buckaroos). We were lucky this was part of our tour, there was a line waiting for this restaurant! Since the tour guide set up our reservations, we got the coveted corner seats at the sushi bar, where we could watch all the live action going on. Now if you are not familiar with Japanese restaurants, you may be taken aback by the communications. There is a lot of yelling, so get used to it.We placed our order with our guides, I opted for the chirashi bowl, while my hubby opted for the nigiri sushi platter. Now being this close to the market you would expect exceptional flavors from the fish, and that we got. I have to say, the shrimp was really sweet, probably the best I've had. I specifically avoided sushi and sashimi until we did this tour, and I'm glad I did, I think it wouldn't have compared to this meal. This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.~debbie
Came for a quick bite of lunch during our walk thru Tsukiji. Wait time for a seat at the counter was about 10 minutes. This place gets busy crowded even on the rainiest of days! Sushi was fresh. Hot water dispenser with powdered tea, soy sauce, pickled ginger and small plates available right in front of you. Pictured dish menu available with English translation. Ordering can be difficult if you're not Japanese. I just pointed to the picture menu of the items I wanted not on the sushi belt to the sushi chef and he made what I ordered. Service was fast. Price is reasonable for the freshest seafood around.~bernadette
Open 24/7! A short 15 min wait will get you a great sushi breakfast for us. Service is quick. Sushi Chefs are fun to watch and love to joke around with you. Making your eating experience more enjoyable. Our fish was melt in your mouth good. Fresh. Can't ask for anything more. Get the set best bang for your buck!~carol
Unfortunately, the fish market is closed on Sunday; however, there are shops in the area that you can check out in the alleys for some fresh food/seafood. After walking around for a bit, we decided to stop by at this place, not knowing if it's good or bad. Our Japanese friend has no clue as well. Anyway, you're in Japan, sushi or sashimi cannot be bad right? Let's see how it goes. Turns out this place is famous and has been opened for years. Once seated, we started with hot green tea and some miso soup. Omg, miso soup comes in a big bowl here. Lol. Then I ordered Fried Oysters for appetizer. My friend ordered Tuna Toro sampler which looks really fresh. Two of us got Chirachi Bowl, and another friend got Tuna Bowl. I was blown away on how fresh the fish tastes. The bill came out to ¥10000, and I don't regret a bit. I cannot wait to go back again.~jedsada
Sushi zanmai (sushi zanmai honten) was right up the street from our hotel - the imperial hotel. We passed it everyday on walks back to the hotel until we finally stopped here for lunch one day. We originally tried to eat down the street at umegaoka no midori, but that place was packed as usual. So we got seated at sushi zanmai in less than 10 minutes and the three of us ordered one sushi set and two chirashi sets. Both sets were quite generous and had a large variety of fish (about 13 types). I was very happy with the quantity and quality of the sushi. For the months prior to our Japan trip, we had been eating pretty poor quality sushi in Hong Kong and getting many stomach aches, so this was a nice change. It seems like a popular tourist spot too. I really enjoyed my sushi lunch here and I think it was quite reasonable around ¥2500 for a large portion of sushi. I would come again if the other place down the street is packed again.~kristen
My thoughts on a sunday night checking out the tsukiji market at night for late dinner.'There's probably on expensive restaurants open this late, but let's check out the area when it's not bustling.24 hour sushi?--hhmm sounds too good to be true.conveyor belt with set prices on the plate type? --seems affordable.well it is located in tsukiji market--it must be good enough to still be here'.We took the chance to try it here and boy did we not regret it. Most of the plates floating by looked freshly made and it was constantly replenished. And if they didn't have what you were looking for on their useful menu (sushi zanmai menu), go on and tell the chef what you want. Two minutes later he'll definitely get it made. There were some items on the menu that weren't available, probably due to the timing and what fish is in season. It might be tight seating inside because we aren't in America where we take advantage of our buffer zones. If you can't decide which plates to fish off the belt, they even have a set plates of fish for you to order from to ease you off the decision. After we scarfed down probably about 20 plates of amazing selection of fish, at a 24 hour with amazing prices, our bill came out to $45 :).If you are ever craving for sushi somewhere in tokyo, the best part is this restaurant has multiple locations all open 24 hours.~dee
One of the few sashimi, sushi shops in Tsukiji market to accept credit cards and was thankful for that because by the time I arrived in Tokyo, I was low on cash and lost all forms of debit card possibilities to get cash from banks and ATM machines. This place is convenient and the service was superbly nice.They gave generous proportions of UNI! Loved it! Yummy Hamachi and Salmon sashimi. However, the UNI was the winner here! I sat at the round-a-bout sushi boat counter. It was fun to get what you want from that as well as having the option to order up what was not on the boat counter.~tiffany
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ZANMAI.It's no surprise that Sushi Zanmai (sushi zanmai honten) gets 5 stars from me at their many locations in Tsukiji Fish Market. I first came here in 2009 with my Study Abroad crew, and we loved it each and every time. Now, every time I have a friend ask for recommendations for sushi in Tokyo, or when I am showing them around, I immediately tell them to go to this wonderful, 24-hour joint.
Yes, there are "fancier" sushi restaurants in the area, and yes, this may not be the most orgasmic fish you'll consume in your life (given your budget). However, for backpackers or those who want to taste nearly the best, there is no real challenger over Zanmai in Tsukiji. They are simply number one in my books for a variety of reasons:
1. The sushi chef's have trained hard for their positions. It's my theory that new trainees are sent to other locations around Tokyo, but the best are here in the fish market. Plus, they are cheerful and will engage in conversation with you- many will try their English if you do your best with Japanese!
2. The fish here is SUPERB! No other place in the world will offer this kind of quality. You have not tasted real sushi until you've had it in Tsukiji. You must try everything especially on the seasonal menus where they usually offer discounts on certain fish. The salmon here is fatty and amazing, think of it as a "melt-in-your-mouth" taste. The fatty cuts of tuna (toro) are also some to be reckon with! I have not had a bad piece of sushi here ever.
3. Affordable prices! Salmon itself is a measly ¥98 per piece, with more expensive cuts of fish on average ¥128-¥450. Trust me, eat up and you will not be disappointed.
Wash it down with a nice Kirin Draft and you've got a feast. You won't get something like this anywhere else, even in America. Take advantage and enjoy the Sushi Zanmai ride, for it's a train that I will not be getting off anytime soon. This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.~andy
Great place for casual sushi. Definitely not fancy eating but delicious flavors. Huge bowl of tasty miso soup and 6" eel pieces that should not be missed. Staff spoke enough English to make ordering stress free ( the picture menu helps).
I recommend making a reservation as the place gets very busy at prime time.~van
Sweet luscious fatty tuna.How thee melts in my mouth, a wonderful combination of texture and flavor. How thee looks so beautiful, a blushing pink calling to embrace your tenderness.So I ravage you again, and again, and again.........Right. If you couldn't tell, I'm an absolute fan of their fatty tuna. Mind you, their other offerings are top of the line - best uni I've ever had (and I dislike uni), crunchy abalone, a generously large and tasty eel.. everything was great. They also have crab miso soup, with a whole crab in your soup. How fun! But this is ALL eclipsed by the amazing fatty tuna they carry here. When I first looked at it, I was hesitant - it was very pink, and the marbled fat was sparse (I expected REALLY marbled fish, like kobe beef). So I hastily put it in my mouth not expecting much, chewing faster than I should have. After two bites, my mouth automatically locked, telling my body to SLOW THE EFF DOWN. My friend said my face went into shock - my mind couldn't process how deliciously tender this fish was, and how everything was just melting. I've always used the term "orgasm in my mouth" loosely - this experience could only be explained by such a phrase. God, my body nearly broke down. It was so good, I came back a second time and ordered more pieces. At 400 yen a piece, they can definitely add up if you bulk order at once. But the experience is so decadent, time slows, and you'll realize you're savoring each piece to it's fullest potential. Plus, if you overeat, you'll ruin the experience (your tongue unfortunately adjusts and it starts feeling like a standard for tuna). Overall, I highly, highly recommend coming here to try the fatty tuna... as you can see based on my fat paragraph promoting just that. This restaurant is located in the famous Japanese fish market, so there are sometimes lines (we almost had to wait in line at 7AM!) Well worth the visit to the area as well with the small stalls and the tuna fish auction if you can get up early enough!~jimmy
I spent ￥2473 (about $25) for lunch in this small sushi bar in a narrow alley of Tsukiji Fish Market. It was a good deal at that price compared to other restaurants in Tokyo. As it was right in the famous fish market district, the sushi was fresh beyond any I had experienced before.I had the most expensive combo on their menu (sushi zanmai menu) along with a few other items: fatty salmon, red snapper, eel, tuna, shrimp, salmon roe, smelt roe, surf clam, prawn, sea urchin uni, and squid. They were all great. Surf clam tends to be tough like chewing cartilage, but it was good. I favor the salmon and salmon roe which were rich, delicate and wonderful.
There is a conveyor circling the chefs in the center of the room which the seats surround. You take the plates of food you like from the conveyor. Your cost is later determined by the different designs on all the plates you've taken. This is one of best Tokyo sushi resturants.Hot water is dispensed from faucets all around the counter. Push your cup against the rubber pad to dispense the hot water. The green tea in fine-milled powder form is called matcha. You add some matcha into your hot water from shaker bottles placed at each seat.The host was so kind. He was friendly and accommodated me so nicely.It was some of the best sushi I had in Tokyo; I can't wait to go back.~detroit
Delicious! Two thumbs up! I am hard pressed to say that I have had better sushi. Sure, that's not saying much, but I would take this over most anything I have had in the States. At the price point, I would take this over anything. Definitely get the miso cod!!! If you have had the miso cod at Nobu, you will notice that it's eerily similar and much less expensive! Also, the eel is so good. I usually don't like eel, but they do it right here. Of course, the nigiri is great and you can't really go wrong with any of it. Came here two days in a row during our trip. Had we known about this place before, we would have come every day.~jameson
Good menu available with English. Spacious environment with both sushi bar seating and grouped tables. We came here after seeing great reviews, agree with the positive feedback. Pros: comfortable sushi bar seating was enjoyable as you watch them prepare your meal. Very fresh tasting high quality tuna dishes. I ordered the Magurozanmai Special and a few other tasty dishes. All dishes were beautifully presented and very delicious. I would definitely come back when I visit Tokyo again. Cons: Expect queues throughout the day. Table service was a bit slow once you're in. ~jenny
This place was recommended to me by a friend in Seoul as a place in Tokyo to get some good sushi at an inexpensive price in the Tsukiji Fish Market. Indeed, the salmon sushi I had here was great! I came in when the restaurant first opened and enjoyed some sushi and green tea and the difference between sushi from the United States and Japan was immediately apparent. The atmosphere difference of a Japanese sushi restaurant and an American restaurant was really vast as well. During my visit the yen was very strong against the dollar so it was still pretty expensive despite the discount rates. Overall, an experience that I would recommend.There are several sushi-zanmai restaurants in Tokyo so it may be a little hard to locate without some of these handy photos!~carlos
Hotel concierge recommended this place as a casual, good sushi restaurant. She was spot on with casual as there were a lot of families dressed down (seems like everyone is dressed for a cocktail party in Tokyo) First re-assurance was that most of the families dining look like they're local Japanese families and not tourists. Food was outrageously good! There was a lot of seafood variety here, cooked...and uncooked in many ways. Great value. For the quality (fresh and well prepared) and quantity we ordered, we would have paid $300 easily in California (we paid $100 equivalent).Giving 4 stars instead of 5 because we felt like we were hustled and bustled in and out of the restaurant. 'Soup Nazi' from 'Seinfeld' came to mind when ordering....you don't know what you're doing...don't bother us until you figure it out! Recommend this place. Do a little research or just point to the pictures to order. Don't ask questions. Enjoy! This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.~vicky
Everything is so fresh here! But I suppose that is expected throughout Japan in general. They offer different types of Toro and I tried all three. The Otoro was actually a little too fatty for my taste.. but still delicious nonetheless. Uni was super sweet and nothing like the ones I can get in San Francisco. The price is nothing compared to SF prices either, especially accounting for the quality of the fish. They do accept credit cards here, which is great because I was spending all my cash around the market. Definitely have to come here if you're in the area! I wish I had more room in my stomach to have more!~athena
There are several sushi-zanmais in the tsukiji area, and all were relatively crowded during lunchtime. We expected them all to be about the same, so we walked around for a bit and chose the one with the shortest line. Unfortunately for us, English isn't widely spoken, so it took some time to get on the waiting list. We waited for about 15 minutes before we were moved to the holding area inside and then to some counter seating. This kaiten style of sushi cuisine is becoming more popular in the US and has been around for decades where I'm from, so the conveyor belt didn't faze me. The prices were great considering the quality of sushi (no premade nigiri rice, not a lot of deep fried items or sushi covered in sauce). This stuff is legit. And cheap. I could eat here for the rest of my life. I particularly liked the trios and sushi sets because I was able to try a variety of items. Obviously the sushi was amazing, but the hot tea was also on point. I need to find out where I can get me some matcha green tea powder so I can make this great tea at home.The service was also great--the girl out front was peppy and friendly and the sushi chefs were very accommodating and patient with our language barrier. I left full and happy and will hopefully be retuning in the near future!!~jack
Though I'm not huge on seafood, you can't go to Tsukiji market and not have sushi! Unfortunately the market was closed the day I went but luckily, sushi zanmai honten was open, there was a big figure outside of a man with his arms out welcoming everyone, you can't miss it. Anyways the food, the sushi literally melts in your mouth, especially the fatty tuna! I bought a set that had a variety of what they served, I regret not ordering more tuna and eel :(.~bryan
$5.5million for a tuna? Some record and tons of publicity for a great place! I was taken here by an ex-pat buddy of mine who's fluent and has been going here for ten plus years. Truly memorable sushi and very reasonably priced. We had a wide assortment from fatty tuna to uni (not me thanks!) but all was very flavorful. My only niggle... No Tamari but I didn't really expect it :).~kreig
When visiting tsukiji market, I would recommend this place. We went around 7am because we were a little jet lagged. The sushi was really fresh and you can order ala carte. We made the mistake of sitting at a table instead of the counter because I think the experience would have been even better. Nonetheless the food was good and they did have an English menu (sushi zanmai menu) and they take credit card. My lady particularly enjoyed the uni (sea urchin) because at other places she kept saying how this was the best one she had. I would go back in a heartbeat.~duy
Among the freshest fish and best sushi one can have. Certainly the best we have ever had and at a very reasonable price on top of a festive atmosphere, with sushi chefs greeting everybody coming in or leaving in a loud and fun fashion. We went back another day for lunch and were equally delighted. Went on the late side, around 2pm and did not have to wait to be seated at the bar the first time, and chose to wait the second time as it is far more interesting to watch these artists at work and interact with them as much as we could/ No shortage of telling them oishii!~marie
No way to go wrong with this choice. While in Tokyo, I was at this place ever single day. The sushi is that good. The service is equal. We always felt like we were at home. One time, we had a sushi chef who we felt v=cut a bit thin but all other times it was perfect. We went 5 times in 6 days.~eric
Went here for lunch with my wife. We loved it. There were plenty of tables available for lunch at 1pm on a Sunday. Great reasonably priced sushi. The fatty tuna was excellent and so were the other tuna and eel. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the sweet shrimp was. This place is not to be confused with the one with the same name actually in the fish market. This is a couple blocks from it by the train station just past the Buddhist monastery.~felly
Visited one of the beanches of this resturant and it was quite good. The queues are shorter here and it took us less than 10 mins to get seats. There is an English menu so ordering just required pointing to the right picture.Fish is really fresh especially the tuna. Really hard to describe the taste so do look the pictures. We ordered the tuna special which had different cuts of tuna.We had the counter seats so we just gave our orders to the sushi chef working in front of us. Do remember to let the chef know uf you want to leave as they take down all your orders and will give you the total bill for payment if you sit at the counter.~brad
By far the best sushi place I've ever been to . As soon as you get in they greet you with a loud welcome, all together, which makes you feel special. Fresh fish, soups, sushi made in front of you. Prices are more or less the same everywhere as sushi is not a cheap thing but it's worth every single yen. Just give it a try!~peter
As a non Japanese speaker the is a good introduction to Sushi in Tokyo. Food is prepared at a counter in front of the bar seats a nice addition for the new to its preparation. The menu (sushi zanmai menu) is extensive and items can be ordered per piece or from a set menu. Vegetable tempura beautifully cooked in a light batter. Very pleasant experience. This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.~miley
We went around 6pm on a Sunday evening to the sushi train version of the restaurant (just around the corner from the main restaurant). The wait was approx 20 mins - it is obviously popular with young local families.Fabulous fresh sushi prepared before our eyes (and at great speed!), much to my son's delight. We enjoyed every morsel and probably ate more than we needed to! Highly recommended.~kim
We went to this restaurant in the PM. Most of the market was already closed. Only few restaurants were opened. We chose this restaurant mainly because of its reputation of good value and was not disappointed. Sushizanmai is a large restaurant in comparison to others in the same area. The food was was quality and each order of sushi cost less than other Tokyo restaurants that we experienced. If you are in the Tsukiji market area, you should not miss this restaurant.~banda
Came here with a local guide after touring the Tsukiji outer market. My first sushi meal in Tokyo, so difficult to compare. However, my friend Kazu assured me there are no bad sushi restaurants in this area as the fish doesn't get much fresher than this. Choose a seat at the sushi bar or a table, then browse the menu. Writing is in Japanese but all menu items are pictured and clearly priced. Omakase platters for lunch start at about $15 and we are talking a nice combo of about 12 pieces of nigiri and maki rolls. I chose a $15 bowl of rice topped with uni, scallops, shrimp, tuna, salmon, pickled daikon, omelett and salmon roe. You can't get stuff like this in the US. The fish is awesome, even the rice tastes amazing and completely different.
As for atmosphere, this place is loud, bright and energetic. The sushi chefs yell a welcome greeting every time a customer walks in and then yell again announcing orders for pick up. Just watching them make the sushi is an experience. Their fingers move so fast you can barely follow them.
Another plus: Visa cards accepted.
Excellent sushi! Nothing but sushi with fresh melt in your mouth seafood. I saw two more smaller outlets here at Tsukiji Market. I knew it would be good because many locals were standing in line. I was right. It's fairly priced and so gooood.
Overall this is an excellent value for the money. Prices ranged from 98 yen for Tamago to 600 yen for the more complex cooked rolls. What I liked most was that the sushi chef used a blow torch when preparing the unago roll. This is an extremely popular restaurant with the locals especially for lunch and brunch. The conveyor belts delivering sushi are very entertaining to watch. The restaurant bills using RFID tagged plates so they calculate the check accurately and easily every time. What can be further enhanced is the selection along the conveyor belts during brunch. If there is something you want and have not seen after one cycle of the conveyor belt, feel free to ask for it. I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant in the Tsuki ji fish market area of Tokyo. This is well worth the walk. Afterwards, colleagues who also ate there agreed with my favorable assessment of this restaurant. No reservation is needed for brunch.
Definitely the best sushizanmai outlet in Tokyo. Located in Tsukiji fish market, you know exactly that the fish is going to be fresh. And it was. Went here two years ago, they still serve the highest quality sashimi. A must visit. This is one of best sushi resturants in Tokyo.
Fish market is great and definite to see and to be seen and possibly check in. Rather than queue for 3~4 hours to the sushidai, this place is absolutely great! Sashimi and toro virtually just melt in your mouth ! What's better is it open 24 hours! A must !
Fresh and great choices of sushi and more. Don't be deterred by 'white chef statue'- think of it as a local landmark (not tourist trap). This is the real deal-I support the other 5 star reviews. Apparently open 24/7. Yumm.~chooch
We discovered this restaurant in Ginza and we loved it, we had dinner our last three days in Tokyo in it.For us, the best dish in this place is sushi. There are many kinds of seafood and they do not have too much rice, the pieces of fish are generous.The miso soup are good, but for me, not the best.
The price was not very expensive, a couple can dinner about 4000 - 5000 yen (drinking water).~ruben
Arriving at 6:00 a.m. after going to the Tsukiji fish market, we were pleasantly greeted and seated at the bar. We watched the chefs prepare the dishes, an experience in itself - they're so talented! The food was so fresh, flavourful and perfectly prepared. The service was excellent! Very good value for our money - prices are comparable to others in the area. It was so worth it and I would highly recommend!~nicky
- Decent place without waiting forever, and the price was reasonable. -
Food: 4 stars
Price: 4 stars
Ambiance: 3 stars
Service: 4 stars
Overall: 3.75 stars
Decent!! The fish was fresh and the Uni was excellent!!
I got 10 pieces of Nigiri for 2180 yen, which is like $18. I think it's a good deal consider the quality of fish is decent. Not to mention that one of my Nigiri contain uni, hehe.
I went there REALLY REALLY early (maybe 5:30 am or 6 am). Yeah yeah, I woke up super early for food as usual, but that's not important!! Anyways, they asked me where I want to sit and I chose the bar, so I could talk to the sushi chef. There weren't that many people in the first floor since there are 3 floors there (if I remember correctly). There weren't many people talking since it's early, but I really dislike it when the guy next to me started to smoke. He also looked at me weirdly, like how girls (women?) weren't suppose to eat sushi by themselves.. boo!!
The sushi chef asked me how was the food, and I said it was delicious. Thank god that little Japanese I can still manage! hahaha.. He was always there when I wanted to order something though. The waiter was fast to bring my tea when I arrived as well, along with a hot towel to clean my hand.
I'd come here again with my husband since this place is decent and we don't have to wait forever to eat here (I don't think he'll enjoy waiting for any kind of sushi for 3 hours..).
In the tsukiji Market, You can eat the amazing sushi. You will taste the fresh fish and enjoy the japanese culture.~leandro
It was my first day ever in Japan and my partner and I decided to go around in Ginza. We saw many restaurant but then decided to sit in the small cozy Sushi place. Well it was an amazing decision. I have never had Sushi as good as I had there. The staff is so friendly and the food is just so good
I definitely recommend this restaurant.~mehdi
Came here after watching a sumo wrestling practice.Arrived at the market around 10am as we didn't want to wait in line for the Tuna Auction. We stumbled upon this restaurant and definitely glad we did!
-Fresh sushi all the way. Every single one were made with quality fish
-Atmosphere was great as we were right on the counter/bar.
-Good and fast service
-Took credit card! (As many tourists will probably find, it is hard to find establishments that offer this type of payment)
-Chefs energy level high greeting guests that come and go the restaurants
-Line up during busy times
Overall, amazing food and experience! We recommend it and hope you can have a chance to sit at the bar to see everything made in front of you.
We also had some of the cooked items and were equally made with quality ingredients.
We went spur of the moment for breakfast because we saw a line forming. It was, to put it bluntly, stupid good. Super fresh sushi-- like the barbarians we are, we just pointed and everyone was very accommodating. Opens at 8:30. We paid about $15 for a sampler platter and it was super filling.