japanese: beautiful space, good food, not too $$$
i have out-of-towners visiting and they've requested sushi/japanese for dinner.
1) beautiful space. it can be scene-y.
2) good, solid, consistent food.
3) i'm hoping for $100/person, less, if possible. reasonably priced drinks would be nice.
the ones i've looked into thus far:
jewel bako? geisha? matsuri?
NAKA NAKA would knocka them over and also its not expensive. it's cute, hidden away & very traditional japanese styled. limited mixed menu, but they have sushi/sashimi and cooked items as well - something for everybody. highly rec'd for this kind of occasion. if you have more than four they have a tatami room you could reserve.
There is a new Japanese upscale home-cooking restaurant called Kyoya that I think is gorgeous. It's not really well known but they have pretty unique dishes. I had an artisanal edamame appetizer, pressed sushi, and copper river salmon sashimi when I went, paired with a bubbly sake. The downside is that it's not sushi heavy (not a lot of nigiri or maki on the menu).