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24250 Town Center Dr Ste 180 (at Carousel Lane)
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 290-2595
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Terrific menue and great sushi. The owner considers his menu and service a ministry. If you are a Uni fan, this is the only place to get it. gotta try the desserts Pros: be...


Terrible service Just like other reviews we waiting 15mins for drinks, 35 mins for soup. The waitress didn't come to the table and we were 'forgotten' 3 times. When the main co...

Terrible, terrible service! 2/17/2011

Terrible service Just like other reviews we waiting 15mins for drinks, 35 mins for soup. The waitress didn't come to the table and we were 'forgotten' 3 times. When the main course arrived mine was 'forgotten' and my family ate without me. This was after waiting over 1 hour. The staff are awful and even though the food was good, I'm never going back there again. It's not like they were busy, the place was empty with only 4 tables booked. Horrible night. I've never heard of a sushi place run out of Edamame! more

terrible service 8/18/2009

waiting for 15minutes for drinks, 45 for meal and the check could not be any longer. this place was tidy but the service droped this place down to a one star. ordering was a pain because the waitresses didnt care if plates were left on and if drinks were half empty. maru sushi was very disappointing and i will never come back again!!!!!!! Pros: food was good and it was tidy Cons: service was as bad as kabuki more

Excellent fresh fish in high energy environment 7/11/2009

The sushi and sashimi is fresh and attractively prepared. The server kept up with our ordering pattern, but seemed a little distracted (overworked?) and it took a few reminders to keep the drinks coming in concert with the food. In general, I would give the thumbs up for taking a date or a small number of guests more

WORST RESTAURANT EVER!!!!!!! 6/21/2009

me and my wife wanted to have a nice dinner but this is what happened: waiting for the table for 20 minutes when no body was in the restaurant, listening to slow quiet music that should be taken out if you cant even hear it, and horrible service. i felt like a ghost in the restaurant. the servers and managers simply walked past us without saying hello or what would you like to drink. the drinks took 15 minutes to get to our table, the food that we ordered took 45 minutes to get done, and the all the glasses, dishes, and silverware were left right on our table. when we got the food it was also cold and disgusting. when we got the check we did not want to pay tip just the check itself. i would advise for everybody not to come to this restaurant! Pros: it was clean Cons: everything else more

terriblefood, bad service, and annoying owner 6/21/2009

me and my friends just order two dishes. a roast duck and a scallop cone that was about an hour wait. the servers did not apologize or say anything about what was going on in the kitchen. i had about 3 iced teas before i asked,"" where's my food!?"" the owner also didn't make things any bit better. constantly coming to our table and asking us stupid questions and thought her restaurant was the best. and when we got our food the food was horrifically salty and cooked too much. thank god i was with my friends to pass time but not all of the time. and when we paid the check and left the owner came out with us and said goodbye. she opened the door and followed us out and waved goodbye while we turned around a corner. this really was the worst service i have ever had in my life. Pros: its tidy Cons: the same as the headline more

mediocre food, poor ownership, slow service 6/15/2009

Very poor service. The manager sat us down after people that came later than us. Terrible attitude all throughout our meal. Waitress 'forgot' about me and my date. Did not even bring water over to our table. 15 minutes later, she realizes that we havent ordered. The fish itself is only decent at best. I've had sushi from all the world and for this place to get 4 stars out of 5 is pretty generous of all the reviewers. If you want snobby management and mediocre food this place works since there are not many sushi places in the scv. Otherwise, I'd rather take the time to drive to little tokyo or southbay for real sushi with good prices and great fish selection. Pros: plenty of parking in near by structure Cons: see below more

must go 2/19/2009

Terrific menue and great sushi. The owner considers his menu and service a ministry. If you are a Uni fan, this is the only place to get it. gotta try the desserts Pros: best sushi Cons: expensive more

One of the Best in Valencia! 10/1/2008

When we visit family in Valencia, we go to Maru and I always have a hard time deciding what to order. It is between the sushi and kitchen menu. The kitchen menu is very good and have not been disappointed in anything that I've ordered. This is one of the best places in Valencia/Canyon Country, trust me I've tried most of them. The head chef knows about sushi and Japanese cooking and does a great job. The service has been wonderful and is great for special occasions. Pros: sushi, service, kitchen menu more

Shorts Ribs are the bomb!! 9/23/2008

It's the best food North of L.A. There are some good sushi spots in the valley, however your not going to find the perfect combo of sushi and French/Japanese food anywhere. Pros: food is awesome and quality is always there. more

One of Santa Clarita's two best restaurants 7/19/2008

I took my wife for our first ever time at Maru for her birthday dinner last night and we were both delighted with the experience. She thought the sushi and sushimi were excellent and the flavorful tempura combination was the best I've ever had. The service by a personable young woman who studies at CSUN was very good. Maru is one of only one of two Santa Clarita restaurants we would consider to be a better than the average Santa Clarita restaurant. Maru is a bit pricey ($75 for dinner & drinks for two), but worth it for special occasions. Pros: Great food, nice ambiance, easy nearby parking Cons: A bit pricey more

Expensive, but finest restaurant in Santa Clarita 7/11/2008

Service and sushi are excellent. I go there more often than my wallet would like to admit, but it's the best sushi and fine dining establishment in all of Santa Clarita. Start out with the spicy tuna meatball; simple, but tasty and good for sharing. The hama-toro and saba nigiri are great. My friends like the chirashi very much. Pros: Great service, great sushi, relaxing atmosphere Cons: Expensive more

Very Disappointing 4/21/2008

Very Disappointing...based on the other reviews, we expected a lot better food. Curry lamb was suppose to be lamb chop, but it was not lamb chop and it was quite tough. At the price of $27, one would expect a lot better quality of lamb. The $12 crab salad was not fresh and uninteresting. The beef and wild mushroom ravioli tasted like canned beef stew that's roughly chopped with non existence wild mushroom for $27. The Tempura Udon noodles were fine, except we had to request the Tempura on the side. Otherwise the Tempura would be swimming the Udon broth and be soggy.\r \r The wine was priced outrageously high. A small glass of Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc was $16. A whole bottle of the Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc costs $17 at the winery and the prices at the wineries are almost always higher than retail stores. Ridiculous....\r \r The service was adequate and the Hamachi Sashimi was very fresh and tasty. The best dish we had was the seared sea scallops with English pea ravioli.\r \r We would not return even if someone else is picking up the tab. Cons: Bad food with high prices more

Disappointed 2/22/2008

I went to there with my wife .order some kitchen appetizer and sushi.\r appetizer was good , I like it.\r but, sushi wasn't good as review.\r \r 1,sushi rice wasn't good(almost no taste,and too sweet )\r 2,We order Yari-Ika (squid), But came out different kind squid( Mongo-Ika),we can buy it at \r Japanease market.\r 3,Tamago(sweet egg) wasn't homemade,They just bought it and served.\r Tamago is important item at sushi restaurant,They should make it own.\r \r server was polite but slow\r \r result, Kitchen foods and wine are good! highly recomend.\r sushi is OK, average.\r more

The best of the best sushi 2/4/2008

This is truly the best sushi restaurant in the Santa Clarita Valley. The tuna and yellowtail are exceptional. The house salad is amazing and the filet never disappoints. Bento boxes are excellent for lunch (chicken teriyaki, beef or sushi). The desserts are great and not overpowering. Berries on the tarts are always fresh. The service has always been wonderful. Even though you can walk-in and usually get a table, it's smart to make reservations for lunch or dinner. Great romantic ambience for birthday or anniversary dinners. Yes, yes it's a little pricey but you get what you pay for. Mondays are closed. \r \r \r Note of advice: If you're a parent, be wise and leave the kids at home. This is not a place let your kids scream and run amuck while you relax and dine on excellent food while disturbing other fellow diners. This isn't your local Applebee's people. Be courteous. \r \r P.S. I do NOT believe that the person who left the review before me had to wait 40min for their food. That's ridiculous. We go there 3x a week and this has NEVER happened! I guess she/he just had somehting to complain about. Pros: Ambience, Service, Friendliness Cons: Parking around the mall can be stressful more

worth the wait 10/10/2006

My husband and I dined her on a weeknight and LOVED it! Their busy time is between 8-8:30pm. We were there at 6:30pm and though it wasn't their busy time, it wasn't dead like some sushi places can be at ""normal"" dinner hours. I admit, we waited a really long time for our sushi to arrive (40 minutes), but it was delicious! The yellowtail was my husband's favorite. He described it as the best yellow tail he has ever had because it was so tender and buttery (and he has tried ALOT of yellowtail). The corn soup was also delicious. Everything was fresh. The service was very polite...I highly recommend this sushi if you are in the Valencia area. It cost a few extra dollars but is worth it! Pros: fresh, flavorful, clean! Cons: slow service but polite! more

Best restaurant in Santa Clarita Valley 8/8/2006

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. The sushi is extremely fresh and the filet minon is excellent. A bit on the pricey side but it was well worth it! Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service Cons: Bit Pricey more

All It's Cracked Up to Be 5/19/2006

Am not at all familiar with this area, but needed a place to take my boyfriend for his birthday out there. We loved it. The service was a bit slow and distracted, but the food and saki were so fabulous that we barely noticed. A bit on the pricey side, but the excellent-quality seafood, ingenious preperations, and lovely presentations are well worth it. Don't miss this one. Pros: Brilliant Food Cons: So-so Service more

best kept secret 4/21/2006

This is, without a doubt, one of the best kept secrets in/around the LA area. The food is excellent, the quality is top-notch, and the sushi is absolutely delicious. I honestly believe that if this restaurant were located in West LA, you wouldn't be able to get a table. more

palate perfection! 4/17/2006

The food at Maru is incredible. Chef Jason Park creates daily menus based on the freshest fish, meat and produce that are seasonally available. If you want to experience sushi nirvana, sit at the sushi bar in front of Kimura-san, the head sushi chef. His ""omakase"" (chef's choice) will knock your taste buds out of the world. For entrees out of the kitchen, try the filet mignon. The sauce is incredible. Lastly, the desserts are all made on-site and should not be skipped. My favorite is the cheesecake. It will literally melt in your mouth. You won't be disappointed. The best in SCV, let alone anywhere north of the westside. Pros: Fresh food, Desserts Cons: Pricey, Cramped seating more

what the hell? 2/3/2006

all i have to say is.. what the hell is a restaurant of such sophistication doing in the santa clarita valley? scv doesn't deserve this restaurant. rarely do i venture off to the land of sterile shopping centers and cookie cutter houses where the only merging that takes place are moms in minivans deferring to other moms in minivans for a parking space in the vast plentiful lots. maru doesn't belong on town center dr. it belongs on third street or beverly or la cienega in LA! the dishes are thoughtfully composed and impeccably executed amounting to a warm and delicious meal for diners. the sushi is generous (impressive selection is fresh and the slabs so beautifully rest over the rice hidden underneath)and complements the entrees for a melt-in-your mouth experience. save room for the last course.. tempting selections that are made in-house! this chef is definitely in the know... Pros: free parking!, a foodie joint in scv more
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Popular Japanese restaurant serves teriyaki dishes, sushi, sashimi and specialty items at the Valencia Town Center.

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  • Maru is a Japanese restaurant at the Valencia Town Center serving well-prepared fusion fare, including sushi, steaks, lamb, duck and seafood cooked with vegetables from the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Offering fresh fish, immaculate design and unique...


  • Popular Japanese restaurant serves teriyaki dishes, sushi, sashimi and specialty items at the Valencia Town Center.

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