Raleigh >Food & Dining > Sushi Tsune
3417 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760735.792795 -78.683936
Even better than I remembered – I've been away a lot lately and hadn't been to Sushi Tsune in a while. I had eaten at a few Japanese restaurants in another town and kept thinking they weren't quite as good as Sushi Tsune.
Well, I went back to Sushi Tsune the other night and was actually shocked at the difference. I was getting accustomed to mediocre food. The rainbow roll was marvelous - such a tender tuna center. All the seafood in the sushi was so fresh! The ginger dressing is perfect.
As far as authentic - I wouldn't know, but a lot of his customers are Asian (speaking Japanese) and that says a lot.
I will be going back soon to get my sushi fix.
Consistently Great – We try to eat here every month and it's always a great meal. I normally get sashimi, but have tried almost everything on the menu and am always satisfied. The mussels appetizer is one of my favorites!
Very good actually. – I had the sashimi and it was very fresh and tasty. The waitress was really attentive, which is rare in a lot of restaurants. I don't know how it compares to other places in Raleigh as a whole, but near NCSU campus it's by far the best japanese place.
NOT GOOD. AT ALL. – The only good thing about Sushi Tsune was our friendly waitress. Other than that, the food was poor (NOT fresh--i was actually concerned to eat it), the restaurant cramped with less than desirable seating options, and relatively poor service (food delivered quickly, but water not filled, check not picked up, table sticky, etc.)
I'm actually from the area, and am an avid sushi lover. I didn't think trying a new place would have been such a waste of time, but unfortunately I was wrong. (I actually had to keep from laughing when the rolls were delivered b/c they were wrapped so poorly they were falling apart.)
A decent sushi restaurant but nothing special – -.5 = 2.5
# of Visits = 5
The Good: Decent sushi with decent ingredients. Very nice sushi chef and good service.
The Bad: Decent sushi with decent ingredients. Nothing special and nothing too terrible, simple as that. The food takes way too long sometimes even when slow. Probably because the chef normally works alone and he is not the fastest hands I've seen.
Summary: I really hate to give such a nice chef and a fellow Japanese a sub-par review but I have to be fair and honest. You probably won't get too many "bad" meals but you will definitely not be impressed either. I hate to be mean but the aesthetics of elder Japanese sushi chef alone did not impress me.
Sea Urchin anyone? – loved the food; great staff; looking forward to bringing Mrs. Cobos to eat dinner for date night.
Truly Authentic Japanese Food – If you want to experience authentic Japanese food, this is the place to go. If you are looking for fusion or wannabe Japanese food then you need to go somewhere else.
Service can definitely improve however the owner's hospitality and the delicious food make up for it.
I've been to Japan a number of times and Sushi Tsune is as close as I'll ever get to eating in Nagoya or Tokyo while living in Raleigh.
Good sushi, reasonable prices, doesn't try to be "cool" – I went there with my wife. The place lacks the "hip" atmosphere you find at many sushi places. We found the food to be excellent and Tsune-san is always friendly. Contrary to other reports on here the wait staff was on the ball. She was friendly and our glasses were never empty.
We did have to wait for what seemed like an unusually long time for our food (>45min) for reasons not entirely clear to me - the place was fairly busy but definitely not packed. Wonder if they will let me call in my order before I get there next time?
This place is easy to miss between the giant Arby's sign and the BP, but in my opinion it's some of the best sushi in town.
Great sushi, conveniently located on Hillsborough Street – Sushi Tsune serves up great sushi--no frills. My boyfriend and I ended up spending a lot here--mainly because we were drinking beer and sake, but overall it's pretty moderately/fairly priced. Don't be discouraged by the outside of the building--the inside of the restaurant is clean and intimate. Our waitress was a bit standoffish at first, but she soon warmed up to us and had some great recommendations for "real" sushi that I had never tried. Definitely recommend eating here--support Hillsborough Street!!
Just another sushi place? – I've been to many Japanese restaurants in the area, and despite the fact that I get something different every time I go to Sushi Tsune, I'm still failed to be impressed in the end. Things are way to pricey for what they offer. My friends have paid nearly fifteen dollars for their entire meals only to get a few pieces of so-called chicken teriyaki and their drinks, not including any sushi we may split. And there isn't anything too unique about their rolls, either...I'd love to come more if I didn't have issues with [one or two of] the waitresses there or if the prices were a bit more...reasonable...But I like their dressing. I think.
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