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“It's just ok”

Dots - experimental Sushi
Ranked #924 of 4,305 Restaurants in Vienna
Price range: US$22 - US$44
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Mariahilf
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Maybe I'm spoiled to have grown up in a part of the world with some of the best sushi you can find, but I have been to a few places in Vienna with surprisingly good and authentic sushi for a reasonable cost. Dots isn't really that type of place.

You enter and notice how much value they've placed on being trendy. Dim lighting, a chic and yuppie crowd, post-modern art on the walls, an extensive bar, a dj stand. However, there was one staple feature of a sushi restaurant that was notably absent. Where is the sushi bar? Where can I see my always friendly sushi-chef showing off his skills and whipping up some of my favorite delights? Oh right, they needed to make room for the bar and dj set.

That being said, the service was excellent and our waitress was very attentive. My group had a nice round table in the corner away from the thumping beats so we could actually have a conversation.

The food was on the pricier side, good but unfortunately not great. I ordered off of the "experimental" menu and was a bit disappointed by inside-out tuna rolls with a few black poppy seeds mixed into the rice. It wasn't bad, but hardly "experimental." (I did not, however, order the roll filled with veal. This might be deemed more "experimental")

So, all in all, if you're looking for a an authentic sushi restaurant (sushi bar included) that delivers quality at reasonable prices, Dots probably isn't for you. On the other hand, if you're looking to parade in that new blazer or dress you just bought, show off to yours friends and neighbors by ordering sushi with gold-leaf on top, and slurp down a few cocktails, you could consider it.

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Thank harrisonepst
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is an excellent place to have sushi. Nice atmosphere, very large area divided into different sections each with a different theme, so as everybody will find a place he/she likes. We were there twice, both around lunchtime, but I bet it becomes even better in the evening with a nice music run by a DJ. And the food is just delicious! We were so impressed with sushi! As good as anywhere else we tried in various parts of the world. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank Gagik A
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We had a great time at Dot's - yes, it's pricey, but so is the rest of Vienna! The decor is modern and fun, and the sushi rolls were different than those we get at home. The fish was fresh and the rest of the food was good.

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Thank Marilyn G
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Over all it was a worthy experience,
+ great quality
+ courteous staff
+ cool atmosphere
+ one of the best sushi bars IMHO.
- quite pricy.
- our bill included Gedek item fee (it was a "cover charge" for the napkins & rice bread...3 euro per person)
~ The music is a bit loud. If you are not a fan of that. Don't go there. In case you enjoy good electronic music. Then this is the place to eat.
- It's a bit dark in there. But but I guess this is the hip today. Well.

After all. This isn't a restaurant for everyone. The price range is upper middle class but the quality is top notch.
I enjoyed it and if you are looking for a cool restaurant with great sushi, this is a recommendation.

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Thank D L
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

I have been with a group of colleagues at Dots for a team dinner.
Located at Mariahilferstr, the restaurant itself is set back in an aisle between a block of buildings, first impression not really appealing and not really fitting to the restaurants high demands it puts on itself about design.
We bridged the waiting time by a cocktail at the bar, until our team completed.
After being seated, the waiter recommended a mixed sushi and sashimi starter platter, followed by a platter of main dishes.
This said, we followed the waiter's recommendation and quite some time later, have been served two platters with sushi. The sushi were labeled experimental sushi, to me they seemed quite usual, no surprisingly good taste.
Maybe the label 'experimental' derived from the fact that some sushi were decorated with gold foil. The main dish followed the same scheme, being a mixed platter of prawns, salmon, beef and chicken with truffled mashed potatoes, rice or spaghetti as side dish. The real surprise came when we asked the cheque.
To our surprise we have been invoiced 9 beers, having had only three, 5 Singapore Sling, having had only one. The sushi starter platter has not been charged as a combi platter, but every single sushi charged separately, the mashed potatoes alone amounting to 50Euros, left alone that we have been served three bowls of mashed potatoes, while the invoice listed 10 portions. Well, ten portions in three equal bowls? The entire cheque amounted to more than 1.200Euro for a group of 10 people. After endless discussions, the waiters agreed to take off the cocktails and the beers from the bill. Nevertheless, it was a bad experience and we were left with an impression that there might be the possibility, that not only drinks have been overcharged, as we obviously did not count the number of sushi or bottles of water consumed. Never ever again!

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1  Thank harzel
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