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Jul 30, 2008 12:38 PM

sushi for group w/bar (Scottsdale/Tempe, AZ)

hey any ideas of where to take a bunch of people for sushi in tempe or scottsdale?

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  1. I've never been but Blue Wasabi off Pima Rd. in Scottsdale is a sushi and martini bar. Im not sure how many people you are taking the place might be a bit small but its an option.

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    1. re: 3star

      That location has closed. The remaining ones are in Hilton Village in Scottsdale and San Tan Marketplace (or whatever the mall is called) in Gilbert.

    2. Off the top of my head: Sapporo's in North Scottsdale, Kyoto in Old Town Scottsdale, Kabuki in Tempe. Then there are also Ra's in all 3 areas.

      14344 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

      Kyoto Japanese Restaurant
      7170 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

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      1. re: aaronling

        Sushi brokers north of FLW on the east side of Scottsdale Road. Great Happy Hour.

      2. It's outside of your requested area, but Sushi Eye In Motion down in downtown Chandler is really good if you want to sit at the sushi bar but have a big group; the bar at the end down near the entrance doubles back on itself. The sushi there is absolutely phenomenal, definitely worth the extra drive. I haven't been to the original Sushi Eye which is in Tempe (Elliot west of Kyrene) but have heard nothing but great things.

        Skip Stingray and Ra. Both are sushi for gaijins (foreigners) who care less about eating sushi and care more about being *seen* eating sushi. Stingray is especially egregious; the first (and definitely last) time I went there, the sushi rice was warm and didn't have nearly enough vinegar on it. The decor and menu descriptions (calling teriyaki chicken donburi "Round Eye Chicken"? Good grief!) were culturally insensitive to the point that if I was of Japanese descent, I would have walked out without ordering anything.

        Sushi Eye
        780 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284

        Sushi Eye In Motion
        58 W Buffalo St Ste 110, Chandler, AZ 85225

        1. Kona Grill at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Good food. Good people watching.

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          1. re: ajs228

            Really? They have wicked cheap happy hour deals, but I'd put Kona below Ra. And has anyone else noticed that they are located in the parking lot??!!! At the mall?!! Yet are considered a hip spot?!! It baffles me every time I see their bar packed. On a more helpful note, if you go during happy hour, it's hard to find room for 4, much less a big group, so send someone ahead to get a spot. If you sit in the restaurant, there's no HH specials and mostly families, no people watching. Or, like JK said, spend that 20 minutes driving to Sushi Eye in Motion!!

          2. Pure Sushi has a great set of big tables in a killer locatin off the main dining room. Sapporo is good for a really large group. IMO Pure is the best Scottsdale sushi, hands down.