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“The best sushi in Madison” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sushi Muramoto

Sushi Muramoto
Ranked #129 of 975 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Madison, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“The best sushi in Madison”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Overall, this is a stylish and solid sushi restaurant, though a bit pricy (but not off scale for the midwest).

To start, Muramoto gets high marks for nice sake list. While I would be happier if there were most room temperature sakes, the list is still pretty comprehensive. (For some reason, American and Europeans have been trained to drink sake hot, which is not the way that most top sakes should be consumed. And they do serve several cold sakes. To drink sake at room temperature, or even a bit cooler, you need to have the right kinds.) Try the Dewatsuru. And, for something really wild that will push the boundaries of what you think of as sake, try the sparkling Hou Hou Shu...a bit sweet and definitely fun.

The sashimi and nagiri sushi (a piece of fish on a small ball of rice) are nicely done and satisfying. To be exceptional, you'd need to be closer to the source of fish, or focus on provide sauces matched to the fish. While soy/wasabi is a fine dip, it limits the range of flavors you can get from different fish.

The sushi rolls vary from very simple and modestly priced, such as the basic teka (tuna, $5) and kappa, $3) maki, to the more elaborate. The most elaborate rolls are more expensive ($12-$16 each for 8 nice slices), and start to show the skill of the chef. Part of this extra level are sauces that are particular to the roll. For example, a favorite of mine is the Ecuador roll, with tuna, yellowtail, avo, a few jalapenos, scallions and tempura crumbs. It comes with two sauces a miso-mayo (I think I have that one right) and siracha (the hot red sauce).

What's missing are some of the more trendy cooked or flamed sushi dishes.

Muramoto also has some nice salad. The house salad has dried bonito flakes, corn flakes (yes, and this is VERY japanese in style), and ginger soy dressing. I like the seaweed salad even better (same dressing).

Their miso soup is fine but nothing to write home about. Reasonable flavor, though often not served hot enough (which you could never get away with in Japan).

They have some nice entrees. My favorite is the black cod with miso marinade. This is a very popular combination at upscale Japanese and fusion restaurants, and works beautiful. And Muramoto cooks theirs perfectly. They do a nice ribeye as well. (So, you can go there with folks that are not fans of sushi, and indulge yourself while your friends are happy with their non-raw stuff.)

(And a correction to a previous reviewer: There are not two locations for Sushi Muramoto. There is a Restaurant Muramoto and a Sushi Muramoto, both run by the same folks. While there is a bit of overlap, they have different menus and emphasis.)

All this being said, we also enjoy our meals at Muramoto.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Sudbury, Canada
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183 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Love sushi”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

I am a big fan of sushi and have had it where ever I go. I would give it a higher review but it wasn't as good as some of the other places I've been. It was still good sushi and I would go again because Madison doesn't seem to have many sushi places this good. The rolls are delicious and fresh but still standard.

Visited April 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Top choice for Sushi in Madison”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

There are two Sushi Muramoto restaurants in the Madison area and both are excellent. Lunch, in particular, is fantastic. Fantastic sushi, fantastic sandwiches, and fantastic service at a very reasonable price.

Visited May 2014
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Trempealeau
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fabulous sushi, slow service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

If I was just rating the food, I would absolutely give this place 5 stars. I ordered a 3 roll combo lunch with their homemade ginger ale. Everything was outstanding, and the price was right. My server seemed to be afraid of his own shadow, though, and it took more than 20 minutes for my lunch to arrive. The place filled up quickly, but I ordered immediately when I got there, so it just should not have taken this long to get my food.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
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317 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Fav sushi in Madison”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Only reason no 5 star is the place is small and needs a more expansive selection. Like I said though, the best in Madison.

Visited April 2014
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