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“Miso Happy Birthday surprise”
Review of A-RU

A-RU
Ranked #12 of 38 Restaurants in Buellton
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 25 June 2012

For my birthday I was treated to dinner at A-RU and it did not disappoint. Family members ordered a variety of sushi and I chose grilled salmon. The miso soup was very good and the sticky rice with blace sesame seeds was a perfect addition.

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Reviewed 15 October 2011

Staff always greets when you enter the restaurant. Food is fresh and good quality. Really like this place.

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Thank J F
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

I am not sure why this restaurant is getting such high reviews. The food is not very good, and the fish used in the sushi was not fresh at all. DON'T EXPECT THE STAFF TO BE FRIENDLY, unless you consider the insects crawling around the place to be members of the restaurant's staff. But hey, the BUGS have lots to be happy about since THE PLACE IS FILTHY.

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2  Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

Found the place using Trip Advisor and enjoyed it tremendously. The best hamachi sashimi, everything is very good. After the first visit went there second time with my colleeagues-everybody was impressed.
Potato shrimp is a bit unusual but very good, worth trying.
The owner indeed buys freshest fish in LA and delivers personally, nice and professsional service.
Definitely hidden jewel.
Perhaps a bit pricy but considering Southern California, probably within the range

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1  Thank sonostrov
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Reviewed 31 December 2010

I'm a Buellton local, but I've also been to Tokyo's fish markets and am a dedicated foodie, so I think I'm fairly well qualified to say that the A-ru chefs know their stuff and produce delicious food. I've met the owner - you can't go in to A-ru without meeting her - and she is a perfectionist, obsessive about the freshness and quality of her fish. She drives down herself to the fish market in Los Angeles to get her fish as soon as they come off the trucks - that is dedication! But what really warms my heart to A-ru is that while they are straight up traditional Japanese sushi - they also have fun with the idea that they are in Buellton, a funky little cow town of diners. Try the tempura shrimp with the house-made salsa, is all I'm sayin'.

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