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1221 High Street, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3144, Australia
+61 3 9824 8200
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17:00 - 22:00
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Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Went to Sozai in October 2015 - had a fantastic meal with high quality service and produce (see my earlier review). From then til my 2nd experience last week - something has changed. The sushi and sashmi were inconsistently cut and shaped - not a standard a sushi chef would accept (or a customer). The inside-out rolls were poorly formed... More 

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Thank simon g
Braddon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

We have been going to Sozai since it opened (2-3 times each month) and have always enjoyed the menu and freshness of the food. We had a really bad experience there last night. The menu has changed, the service was terrible, the order in which the food was served was all wrong. The quality has dropped substantially, leading us to... More 

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1 Thank Terry W
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Went for family birthday with children on a Thursday night. Delicious quality traditional Japanese food. Also would be gr at for romantic getaway. Worth a visit.

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Thank simon g
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

I have been going to Sozai for 17 years now. It is still owned by the same Japanese chef and the quality is still excellent. The selection and variety of raw fish has diminished unfortunately - where once the Chef's Platter contained about 6-7 different types of sushi it now only offers salmon and tuna and occasionally a few pieces... More 

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Thank Lee S
Noosa, Queensland, Australia
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41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2014

Just love Sozai for its' fresh sushi and sashimi. Their Gyoza and nasu-dengaku is deliciously consistent. Efficient polite service and it's always busy so it's wise to book ahead of time. We've since moved from Melbourne and miss our Japanese food fix but we'll be coming back. Hope it stays good while we're away but doesn't become too pricey.

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Thank JPNoosa
melbounre
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235 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

The last Japanese resturnat we ate in was in Mikan italy. Not many people know that Milan which is land bound is actually the seafood capital and distribution centre for all of italy. All fish arrives here then goes down south to Rome nd Naples. So the fish we ate there was incredible. This fish was just good nd fresh... More 

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Thank MrsWorldly
Melbourne
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339 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

Used to go to Sozai all the time for a number of years. Great fresh sashmi and sushi and good fair pricing. However, over the past few months members of my family and I felt ill after dining at Sozai and could not sleep. On enquiring whether the sauces had changed we found that they use a cheap soy sauce... More 

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3 Thank Tania d
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Wonderful, fresh sushi and lovely service for an extended family dinner to celebrate Dad's Birthday.

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Thank jojopiz
Melbourne, Australia
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468 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We often go to Sozai as the food is always fresh and delicious. A good place to take children as it is low key and accommodating. Their Nasuden Eggplant and Tofu are fabulous. The quality never varies. Fresh Soya Beans are always available and good.

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Thank Evelynne G
Melbourne, Australia
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110 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2013

The sushi and sashimi platters, the edamane soy bean pods, the nasuden eggplant, the teriyaki grills... OMG! Heaven! My mouth waters at the mere thought.

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Thank Miguel M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1221 High Street, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3144, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Stonnington  >  Malvern
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9824 8200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?