Tacoma >Sakura Japanese Steak House
First off we made reservations and had
to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time. No worries, the reviews were great. We didn t get to order drinks, but the waitress had no problem asking the other 1/2 of our group for their drink orders. Maybe it s because they were white (the other 1/2 of the group that is). After we ordered and the cook was cooking the food he ran out of food as it came to our end of the table. I ordered steak and shrimp and got 2 shrimp. When the bill came we explained this to the waitress she stated that she d go ask the cook. The cook then came and offered to make some now, I kindly declined and stated it was too late. The waitress then came back again and stated the cook said he had given me 7 shrimp, but she took it off the bill anyways.
We will never return as the food was terrible, inedible for the most part and the food ordered was not given, let alone the terrible waitress who was borderline racist. I would never go to this restaurant again and would advise others to do the same.
One of the best Restaurants in Tacoma.
Me and my family have been going to this restaurant for 15 years and never had a bad meal. The price won't hurt your pocket book and you never leave hungry from this establishment. The staff are friendly and willing to accomodate your needs.
I feel sorry for the previous remarks from idiots that entertain themselves by looking and making fun of overweight ladies and thinking they are a better class of people. Pleeez give us a break. You are no Chef Ramsey and wouldn't know good food if it slaps you in the face. If that's your picture in your icon, it looks like you didn't miss too many meals.
I am be-wilded by the entries of some of the snobs in here.
I have gone there several times. I agree it is not the Benihana, but the place is not all that bad. Every time I was there I had a good time and enjoyed the food,...... and also the service. Not bad for the money. I would say if you did not like it you should have left, rather than, I guess, enjoy starring down the blouses of overweight low class ladies.....
Our favorite restaurant for 10 years and counting!.
My husband introduced me to Sekura's when we met just over 10 years ago and up to that point, I didn't like Japanese food and only mildly liked Chinese (I think it's a little too greasy). This restaurant blew my mind! The food is soooo incredibly good that I found myself overeating time and time again and not caring about my waistline. There is usually a bit of a wait where we sit in a lounge-like area until a table is ready for us. It is like a Benihana where you sit around the chef and watch him prepare your meal inches away from your plate. I will admit, some of the cooks are more flamboyant than others and some are better cooks than others, but even the lesser skilled are worth every penny. The waitresses are to the point, quiet, giggly and shy and don't bug you while you eat. You can get free refills of rice and you simply *have* to pour the orange-colored sauce over the top of everything. I don't know what they put in it, but WOW! If you even remotely like shrimp, GET THE SHRIMP! Please! It is fantastic. Best of all, the food isn't fried and all greasy. Everything is fresh and you don't feel bloated or oily afterwards, but like you just ate something healthy. Leftovers are even better than the freshly prepared in the restaurant, the next morning; which for me, is about 3am when I wake up remembering I still have some left and sneak into the kitchen to make a pig out of myself again.
This is not a place for snobs or people who are all uptight about Japanese culture or for anyone who is more concerned w/ the wallpaper than what's in front of you. The restaurant is like my neighbor's mother's kitchen when we were kids; you go over there to eat excellent food in generous portions made w/ care and quality ingredients. It is our favorite restaurant and where we take friends who we are thanking w/ a great meal or out-of-towners we are trying to impress. It also just so happens to be the favorite restaurant of countless others we have come across. Just go there, it's reasonably priced and delicious.
"Deliverance" at best.
Deliverance - - Today
First off, we would have left right off the bat, but the teenage kids we had with us wanted to go ahead and try it.
If you're a character from the movie "Deliverance" you will most certainly enjoy the crowd at this restaurant.
Japanese food? I hardly call throwing soy sauce on everything you cook, Japanese. We asked for a hot sauce and he grabbed the Tabasco. Ranch dressing on the basic iceburg lettuce salad with one cucumber slice and one tomato.
The chef said nothing the entire time he cooked our meal and did absolutely nothing to try to entertain any of us.
As for the decor, Early Trash. It looked like it was bombed in WWII. You could grease an entire fleet of trucks with all of the nasty grease you can see on the fans above the tables.
Our view across the table had a heavy young woman sitting across from us with her hand right down the middle of her Las Vegas sweatshirt adjusting her breasts. A sweatshirt. Imagine trying to put your hand down that high neck. Now that was a visual! I guess you can get the idea of the crowd???
Yikes! This place is not for a true diner. Don't bother. I couldn't wait to get out of there. We didn't bother eating all of our food for fear that we would be ill.
Well, I am still living today to tell our story. I am thankful!
Sakura's is the best! jholmes doesn't know what he's talking about!. Sakura's is a great place to eat. It's been around a while so no wonder it's not in the most tip-top shape. It is not dirty though, the grill's are cleaned after each preparation. They bring out the food fresh for each preparation. There is a system to the meal. Orders are taken, drinks are served and food is prepared. The uncommonly needy diner may find it aggrevating that there are no waitstaff hovering over you but the casual diner would feel very comfortable with the service. I have never had an empty glass or needed anything further than what is prepared for the meal. As for the soup, it is very Miso, that's all Miso is, broth and mushrooms. Salad? Well you shouldn't expect a salad to be exquisite in an oriental setting. Although I have had a side salad there with ranch and it was normal. Always order the chicken and beef and it's great with the yum yum sauce and all. Sure they hire the local young folks of Tacoma to do the cooking but I would rather have them cooking for me and making a living than running amuck in the streets. At least they are contributing to society in a positive way. I will go back to Sakura's and I would recommend it to any friends or familoy that enjoy that style of cuisine. Perhaps the price was too much for jholmes, as it's not cheap eating, you get what you pay for though and I think you get a lot at Sakura's, I never go away hungry that's for sure!
So, yesterday I took my family to the Sakura Steakhouse in Tacoma, Washington.
From the moment I walked into the restaurant I was disappointed. The appearance was dingy if not a little dirty. The rear of the main floor had stacked tables and baby chairs pushed in the corner along with, what appeared to be old decorations of some sort.
The Tappan grill/table was not in its best appearance as well as the surrounding area appearance of a greasy kitchen.
Although the waitress was nice, she was not the most attentive person and her service was less than acceptable.
Soup and salad were dropped off at the table. The salad was the worst I have had in a long while. The soup was nothing more than broth with a few pieces of raw mushroom. I would not call it Miso. The rice that accompanied the meal was awful. It seemed like boiled rice with a mixed vegetable package added in for coloring. The rice was mushy and bland.
The cook was pitiful. A young kid with a metal stud in his lower lip. His performance was weak and sloppy. He over cooked most of the food and added far too much butter and sauce while cooking. From the start of pouring the sauces (sloppy) to cleaning the grill (messy) he literally ruined the experience.
The only enjoyment came when we left the restaurant and laughed about the place.
I know that these comments may appear to be harsh, but they are accurate and true.
What a wait for food!. I should begin by saying that Sakura is one of my favorite restaurants in Tacoma. But I have recently been changing my mind after considering the service. My husband and I would decide that we would like to go for dinner, so being responsible we would call and try to schedule an appointment. For the last six times they have said the first available time for a reservation is 10:30 at night. Im sorry but who wants to eat dinner at that time at night. The last time we decided not to call and to take our chances and they made us wait in the lobby for over an hour. Be prepared to wait if you dont make a reservation, because they dont care that you are there to spend money.
Horrible service, rude employees. Don't come to this place if you expect to be treated kindly- the people that work here are selfish and rude, and will give you the run-around if you try to speak with a manager or owner. The service was pretty bad- they make you feel as if you are inconveniencing them if you don't know what you want within the first 30 seconds. The food was mediocre, and made some of us sick afterwards. I would not recomend this place to anyone.
Fun night out.
What is unique about this kind of restaurant is the seating arrangement. Each table, seating around a dozen surrounds a grill where you watch your food being cooked. This is where the entertainment happens. Lots of fun, a show, and you get to meet new people. Highly recommended!
The chefs love to put on a good show; the more you participate, the better the entertainment. Food is very tasty, however I don't recommend the chicken, usually overdone. Steak and shrimp is always a good choice, so be prepared to spend around $15-25 a head, not including specialty drinks. Not a kid friendly atmosphere.
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