I love Sushi Sasa and have introduced several, now lovers as well, to this wonderful restaurant. My boyfriend and I have been 6 times over the last year and not once had a bad experience. I'm not sure why people call it pretentious just because it is clean and modern. The staff has always been extremely attentive and friendly but maybe because we're friendly people. We have ordered Omakase every time and been wowed by each course. Oh well, guess if these people don't go I have a better chance of getting a table and I don't mind planning ahead, going to Open Table.com and making a reservation. Better that then sitting around hungry waiting!
Best Sushi Restaurant - 2008
The sushi is great here, but the service is marginal at best, with an attitude to boot. I live a block from Sushi Sasa, but choose to drive to Sushi Den and Izakaya more often than not for a much better experience.
I'll take Lo Coastal Fusion's (by Orchard and Holly) sushi over anyone's, any day. Great atmosphere, friendly people and fantastic sushi...highly recommend the mango roll!
I had heard so much about this place, not only from the westword but from friends in the industry. Naturally I went in with high expectations. I whole heartedly second the pretentiousness of this restaurant, from the host to the snobby, inattentive servers, to the boring, unenthusiastic sushi chef. The rolls I ate were delicious, however the shake nigiri was slimy. That added to being completely ignored for 15 minutes along with the ridiculously overpriced menu, I'd take Sushi Den any day. Or for that matter, Hapa.
SO PRETENTIOUS! if you are not dressed enough they put you in the sushi dungeon which is downstairs..... I'm glad this is just adding fuel to pretentious fire! sushi is good though but the "im better then you feeling" just makes me not in the mood for sushi
I prefer Sushi Den when I look at the price, quality and atmosphere. Sushi Sasa has great food, but I find it a bit pretentious and over priced. I also like the fact that at Sushi Den, no matter how packed it is, you can put your name in with the hostess and chill out at the bar until your table is ready. At Sushi Sasa you'll often be turned away for dinner on the weekend, unless you have a reservation.
Without question, I agree that Sushi Sasa is the best Sushi Restaurant in Denver! The thousands of dollars and literal hundreds of times I've visited would prove my sentiment true. Nevertheless, I gave up on my beloved Sushi Sasa because of Joey, the smug host who "greets" customers with arrogance I've not seen in the snobbiest restaurants in NYC or LA. Time after time, my customers, guests and I have been treated with the kind of greeting a 5 star restaurant might give a homeless person off the street. So enough is enough, if Wayne can't see that a personable, hospitable host helps recruit return customers, that's his loss. I for one will not be back to Sushi Sasa, nor will my money!