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Wasabi Japanese Restaurant - 7 Reviews - 449 State St Ste 2G, Madison, WI - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (608) 255-5020

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant

449 State St Ste 2G
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-5020
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My wife and I had Wasabi cater our wedding because of the fabulous service and wonderful food we received in the past. We actually live downtown so the walking is a plus for us....


I eat a lot of sushi. A lot. The arguably best sushi restaurant in the US is located in a mini mall. But that mini mall is not in Madison (it's in Los Angeles), and that restauran...

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Is Sushi in Madison a Good Idea 3/23/2006

I eat a lot of sushi. A lot. The arguably best sushi restaurant in the US is located in a mini mall. But that mini mall is not in Madison (it's in Los Angeles), and that restaurant is not Wasabi. I have eaten at Wasabi a handful of times, usually at the behest of friends who promise me that the last time I went and was nonplussed must have been anomalous. Anyway, the folks there do their best to execute straight-ahead traditional generic Japantown-style nigiri and makimono with little flair and, at times, ingredients of questionable freshness. Each of the following has been problematic on one or more of my visits: hirame (unfresh), mirugai (unfresh), amaebi (really small), saba (unfresh), uni (remarkably unfresh). Even the easy ones like sake, hamachi and maguro have been disappointing. The portions are small, the presentation very mini mall, and the prices moderate-to-high. The fact that people in Madison - MY people - swear by Wasabi is immaterial. In any larger town or one closer to the Pacific it would be, if lucky, an also-ran. They even use powdered wasabi. Way to disrespect your namesake! Now let's talk about ambiance. I know I've beaten the mini mall thing to death, but...did I mention Wasabi's located in a mini mall? You can eat outside in nice weather, something I have done and found moderately enjoyable. I would recommend eating outside because the interior is distinctive mostly for its low office space style drop ceilings, bright fluorescent lighting, insipid floor and wall surfaces and paintings that make you wonder if that creepy Patrick Nagel guy from the 1980s tried his hand at painting Japanese landscapes. Please, use good design to distract me and make feel better while signing the credit card slip at the end of a mediocre meal. If you want to eat something sushi-like in Madison and enjoy the meal, I recommend you walk the extra 10 minutes up State Street and across the Square to Muramoto, a block past the Capitol building at 106 King St. They have a lot better, more imaginative, better-portioned food with the ambiance to match. They also sometimes make the smart tactical decision to not try to include harder to get or fast-expiring fish on their menu when they can create a novel variant on the recipe using something like, say, duck, mango and unagi sauce. more

Wasabi 12/15/2005

Yep, if your wallet allows, this IS the place for fine sushi in Madison. The best sushi restaurant in the entire town. All their rolls are good and tasted very fresh. I like the spider roll (fried squid tentacles sticking out of the roll). Restaurant has nice ambiance. Also a nice place to bring a date. It is on the second floor of a building and right off State St. so it is easy to get to too. more

Great Sushi, a bit pricey though.. 9/14/2005

If you're craving fore really good sushi, and price is of no issue, then you've come to the right place. Wasabi is a neat little restaurant on State St, serving sushi and other regular Japanese fare; tempura, teriyaki, and rice/noodle dishes. I love the spicy scallop roll and all other spicy rolls... and the unagi! more

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Best Japanese Food in Madison 8/21/2005

Hands down the best Japanese restaurant in Madison, Wasabi has excellent sushi and even better hot soups. Try the miso soup with udon noodles and you won't be disapointed. Also try any of the hot noodle dishes for a delightful suprise. Excellent atmosphere and service, one of Madison's finest restaurants. Highly recommended. more
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