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Banzai - 10 Reviews - 3914 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (512) 323-2151

Banzai

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3914 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
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(512) 323-2151
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Best

This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Austin!! The location is close to my office. The atmosphere is comfortable for any kind of lunch encounter, whether I want to read a book, ...

Worst

I didn't have high expectations going to Banzai. The menu had the standard Japanese dishes like cha soba, tempura udon, ton katsu, etc., and it was a littttle bit pricey. But that...

Editorial review from Citysearch 4/6/2013

Worst sushi I've ever had! I had to throw it away it was so nasty and smelled like canned cat food. The bubble tea was okay. The noodles are virtually ramen noodles from the store priced at ten dollars. Don't waste your money on this one, just head over to your local HEB and pick up better quality sushi and ramen! more

Healthy food at an affordable rate!!! 5/12/2010

This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Austin!! The location is close to my office. The atmosphere is comfortable for any kind of lunch encounter, whether I want to read a book, or bring clients, its perfect for all occasions. The owner focuses on serving delicious and healthy food. They were able to provide detailed nutrition information when I was a restricted diet. Their lunch specials are affordable and delicious. I highly recommend the bubble teas as well!!! I often bring new people to this restaurant and everyone is highly impressed. Thank you Banzai for making such great food. Pros: Delicious, affordable, friendly more

Delicious desserts and sushi esp the unagi, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, byob 11/25/2008

i guess i said it all in the headline but i truly feel like i've found this warm and comfortable cove even in the midst of all the lamar/central market traffic when i walk into bonzai. the ambiance of the place is calming, quiet and genuinely relaxing. i like every kind of sushi i've tried there but i like the bbq unagi best, not in the roll but nigri style on top of a small ball of rice wrapped with seaweed. the desserts are so incredible...cream puffs from heaven and fried ice cream of some sort. and it's byob. i submit you could not want much more. more

Great vegetarian sushi!! 12/27/2007

This is where I go when I need a sushi fix. Formerly some fast food place, the building inside has been transformed into a warmly inviting restaurant. I'm happy to meet a friend at Banzai (non-vegetarians are just as happy as me) or just order take-out.\r I always get the same thing and, even if I haven't been in for a month or two, at least a couple waitresses know my order! I get the Tomago Roll, (egg that's slightly sweet like the rice) the Tofu Roll, and Inarisushi, which is not available too many places! (It's a pocket of slightly-sweet bean curd filled with sushi rice and avocado.) If I'm cold, then I get the miso soup. Everything is fresh and yummy, and not overpriced. more

Love love love Banzai! 11/12/2007

this is definitely my favorite sushi place in austin. i've been to maru, sushi sake, musachino and umi and the quality here beats that of the 'formal dining' restaurants.\r it isn't really a 'sit down dinner' type of place (more like lunch- it's in an old KFC building) but i think their products more than make up for the what they lack in ambiance. super fresh, tasty fish and their rice is amazing. most places, even the fabu musachino, have very sticky, dense rice. at banzai, it's sort of more the texture of jasmine rice- a little more air between each grain. sushi pieces feel light and fluffy. \r i personally don't think it's much cheaper than anywhere else, but i'll pay the price for the most-awesome sumo roll. their noodle bowls are great, as well!\r \r again, love love love banzai! Pros: best sushi in town... Cons: ...in an old KFC building more

Solid, yet ultimately forgettable sushi. Tried the shrimp... 8/14/2007

Solid, yet ultimately forgettable sushi. Tried the shrimp tempura and sumo roll. The sumo roll had crab,... more

Solid, yet ultimately forgettable sushi. Tried the shrimp... 8/14/2007

GregBrown Provided by Partner
Solid, yet ultimately forgettable sushi. Tried the shrimp tempura and sumo roll. The sumo roll had crab, shrimp, asparagus, and avocado. Pretty goo... more

Equal options for vegetarians and meat lovers. 1/21/2007

This is one of the best sushi places in Austin. Banzai serves both omnivores and herbivores equally! There are TONS of vegetarian options. The prices are all very reasonable and the wait staff are all very nice and prompt. The atmosphere is nice. I go there almost every Thursday with a friend because we must have out BANZAI! Pros: Many veggie options, wait staff, prices Cons: none! more

Always Fresh and tasty! Try the Green Shadow roll. 9/13/2006

I am continually suprised that I can get a really nice roll or bento here at a cheap price. The service is always good and there doesn't seem to be alot of staff turnover. The portion sizes are perfect and the food is always fresh. For fast Japanese food this is the place to go, and I like to come here after a hectic day of work to enjoy the simple, quiet atmosphere. You'd never guess it used to be a KFC! The only thing is their Unagi is really salty, not the best I've had but everything else has been excellent. Pros: Fresh food, great prices and friendly, prompt service Cons: Unagi not so good. Maybe it was just that one time. more

do not go there 4/2/2006

I didn't have high expectations going to Banzai. The menu had the standard Japanese dishes like cha soba, tempura udon, ton katsu, etc., and it was a littttle bit pricey. But that didn't bother me so much as when the food came out. I was severely disappointed. The portions were very small; my friends who got teriyaki bowls finished them instantly and remained hungry. The eel with rice was, I believe, around $9, and the portion was miniscule as well. My tempura udon tasted all right, nothing special. Pros: quaint atmosphere, fast, good parking Cons: portion size, value more

I adore Banzai 3/23/2005

Nisha (sp?) and Steve are so nice. It's something special when the people there know who you are and your order. The sushi is fresh and good. It's the gentle and friendly mix between the expensive sushi digs and cheap sushi on the run. It's good without zapping the wallet. Pros: great service, cha soba baby, moderately priced Cons: not open later more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Once a former fast food chicken joint, this small central eatery now focuses on fresh, no-frills Asian fare. Order from an array of traditional sushi rolls, teriyaki and noodle...

  • 5/29/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon. - Fri. 11am - 9:45pm;Sat. - Sun. 24 Hours
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Rosedale
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