Fresh and delectable sushi.
Sushi Sono will be celebrating its 11th year anniversary during the month of March 2009. King, the owner and chef, will be creating specials rolls throughout the month and taking 33% discounts on select menu items. Be sure to ask for the specials when you go as they change according to what was fresh in the fish market that day. Also, if you have parties bigger than 4, I would strongly recommend reservations. Along with serving the freshest food, the view is spectacular ... and very romantic.
Should you have any constructive feedback, whether you are a new customer or a frequenter, King is very open to suggestions and would love to hear them. So please be sure to voice your concerns to him - he is ALWAYS there, behind the sushi bar. That way, he can continually improve.
AVOID AT ALL COST IF YOU HAVE A PARTY GREATER THAN TWO ON A WEEKEND!!!!!. I live within walking distance of Sushi Sono. My husband and I have been there many times on weeknight/days and weekend nights. While the sushi is good....do NOT go there on a weekend night if you are in a party of more than two....the dreaded party of three seems to be the worst. I just went there tonight with my husband and son and they told us it would be a 20-25 minute wait. After waiting for 65 minutes and watching several parties of two be seated before us we left - hungry and unhappy. I understand they want to pack as many people as possible in and therefore do not want to waste two two-person tables on just three total people but they have to accomodate the people that have been waiting - or at least tell us upfront that we will see a lot of other people seated before us. Not good customer service if you ask me!
A very positive experience.
I lived in Tokyo for a time and have eaten at many outstanding sushi restaurants there. Although Sushi Sono is not going to give you the same experience and quality you will get in Japan, the sushi is far better than what you will normally find in this area. I eat there often and enjoy it a great deal. The owner and staff are very friendly and service is good. The lakefront location is outstanding.
Overall, a very positive experience.
Best Sushi in Baltimore Metro Area - BY FAR!. OK - this is not the least expensive place to get Japanese food... HOWEVER - for you TRUE sushi lovers/connoisseurs - this by far has the BEST/FRESHEST fish around... I dont know what the two reviews below me had the nights they were there - but I've been frequenting this restaurant for the past 3 years. The sashimi/sushi is truly on par with "authentic" Japanese restaurants - the statements in the review below about there being very few "asians" dining there is True... I'm asian myself and have noticed the same thing - and this is often a bad sign when trying to find authentic asian food... however this place truly lives up to the rants and raves that most people give it. If you're up for it and your budget allows it - try the Toro (fatty tuna) - yes it is $16 for two pieces of fish - but I guarantee you have not had anything like it in the continental US - it truly melts in your mouth like butter! Five stars all the way for the food ... everyone knows you dont dine at asian restaurants for the superb service or the extremely curteous waitstaff... heh...
Decent "Japanese" Food, Too Expensive Though.. Being a huge fan of Japanese cuisine, a fellow co-worker and I decided to head to this place for lunch one day when I lived back in Maryland. I get very weary of places that consider themselves "authentic Japanese cuisine" because 9 times out of 10, it really isn't. Other than that, if you aren't too particular about it, the food was pretty good in my opinion. The Agedofu was "meh" but I enjoyed the Gyoza and the Nabe Yaki Udon. The service could be a little more friendly (so could the prices), but overall it was good.
not good at all.
wife and i decided to grab some sushi friday night.......nice location next to a lake.......and no wait (but we got there around 6PM).......pretty packed house but we noticed how few asians there were eating.........NOT A GOOD SIGN.....we have eaten at the finer sushi restaurants in LA, but we decided to keep an open mind.........the people who are writing rave reviews are obviously the ones who order "california rolls" and eat it with their hands.........wasn't sure what to order, so the waitress told us of 3 "special rolls".........the price was not revealed until the bill came........oh well, lesson learned........nothing special at all........and the hurricane eye roll (i think that was the name of it) was pure garbage..........spicy tuna was ok (decided to get seconds on it) but the pieces were tiny..........got a few other rolls, but obviously none of them stick out since i can't recall what they were...........
so i ended up spending triple figures on rolls you can get pre-made at a grocery store
...........next time im in the mood for some sushi in maryland, i will drive the extra distance to towson and goto sushi hana.........or just wait until we move back to LA next year
Considering the location.... I've had a lot of cultural exchange with people from Japan and have visited, so I have to agree with another reviewer that it's not authentic in that sense. And it doesn't appear to be Japanese owned. That said, it is possible to have good large-group events there because they have 2 large tatami rooms, though you'd have to call in advance to reserve them. That's basically what I and my group did, and we had a good time. Is this the same as central Tokyo? Not at all. Does it have the charm of the Japanese country side? Can't say that it does. Basically I'm saying that for Columbia, Maryland it's a lot better than the tiny places where you are going to get the same thing as what's sold in grocery stores. The best, of course, is homestyle cooking. Which reminds me, there is a Japanse and English club in Maryland where people meet at restaurants and sometimes other locations for a potluck, etc. (japanese dot meetup dot com / 501) That may be worth investigating for more of a community experience.
Editorial Review. Casual sushi restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine including fresh sushi and offers a full bar.
Unimpressed, not authentic whatsoever.. Being Japanese, I am very picky about my Japanese food. I was going to Merriweather, so decided to stop by with my boyfriend to eat some Japanese, seeing the reviews were high. When I made reservations, I could tell the lady had a Chinese accent. Already a red flag right there, but decided to keep an open mind. These are the type of places that put Japanese food to shame. Places that have great reviews, but are not real Japanese food. I ordered AGEDOFU as one of the appetizers, and it was made with TEMPURA fry. That is basic Japanese Food 101 they got wrong. I will not recommend this place, nor will I come back here for good Japanese food. Zagat and CitySearch really screwed up the reviews for this one.
Disappointing, not a 4 star sushi restaurant. Very disappointing. I found Sushi Sono on the net and it was rated very high, even "one of the best" in Columbia area. Not so as the service was very slow, my spider roll was cold and lost its crunch, and they were cheap on the tempura sauce. The best part of the meal was the edamame and green tea. Although it was on Valentine's Day, very busy indeed, but I expect more than cold spider rolls from a supposed 4-5 star place. I'd give them another chance, but not until I check out the competition
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