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“Just As Recommended -- Amazing Sushi!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ichiban Japanese Cuisine

Ichiban Japanese Cuisine
Ranked #406 of 2,356 Restaurants in Tampa
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Venice, Florida
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Just As Recommended -- Amazing Sushi!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

Ichiban's sushi was recommended to us by a college student who was working the front desk of the hotel we were staying. The sushi and ambiance was just as he described -- Amazing! Some of the rolls were good ol standards and some were unique (including a Kentucky roll for those in your party who prefer chicken to fish) but all were exceptional! The taste of the rice, freshness of the fish and vegetables, flavor of the sauces, and table presentation made for sushi of the finest quality. The appetizers were also very good -- with many unique items that will make you wanting for more. Oh and bringing young children who aren't yet interested in sushi -- not problem they have a child's menu with the staples of every young person's pallet. Everything made in this small but intimate sushi restaurant was of finest quality and exceptional taste -- at a price that will not break your budget.

Ichiban is small family owned place in a strip center right next to USF by MOSI. We arrived at 7 and walked right in, but as typical for a college oriented place, by the time we left at 8:30 it was packed with others waiting. They have a variety of tables, booths, and even 2 tables on the floor.

Unfortunately we live too far away to make this our regular sushi restaurant, but luckily we live close enough that we can make regular trips for really good sushi. One visit to Ichiban and you will be craving a return visit -- we already are!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kathiewe
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  • English first
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English first
Tampa, FL
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Good place for sushi and sashimi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

We go here from time to time. Tonight we went with another couple. I remembered from the last time we went that a person ordered sukiyaki and said it was so full of gristle, he could not eat it. He did not send it back, but just ate his soup and salad. We warned them about the beef. I want to say that the sushi and sashimi were excellent and the person who ordered the chicken teryaki was happy with that. I would say that this is a very good place to eat if you don't order a beef dish. The prices are reasonable and the service is very good. The meals come with miso soup, salad and rice. Dinner is less than $20 a person and you can save an extra dollar per meal by coming between 5:30 and 6:30 for the early bird

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KarenFL
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Martinsburg
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Sushi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

This is a great sushi restaurant. They had some really nice sushi rolls which were very different than what we have had in the past. The staff was pleasant and helpful. Restaurant was clean. And seemed to be a fairly popular place.

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Tina R
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Tampa, Florida
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Solid experience all around”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

I have been looking for a delicious and reliable (in quality) sushi place near my home and finally found it this past weekend.
- Cozy atmosphere without feeling crowded (kids are welcome, but also an intimate feel)
- Very good quality raw fish, along with many other options
- Good service
- Amazing deal vis-a-vis price without sacrificing quality, unlike the local all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant
My only complaints are: the plum wine is too syrupy-sweet.
Also, I wish they were open later on weekend nights!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gisele L
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Tampa, Florida
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Used to be better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

Waited a while for the appetizer then waited forever for the sushi rolls, that I even had to ask if my order was being made. In addition to that usually the sushi is good but tonight it was terrible. It was so sappy, sloppy and not rolled tightly that I would not want to go again.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank simwbwlp2013
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