An Institution in Huntington Beach. Wonderful Japanese Ambiance with Sushi Bar, Dining Room, Tappan Tables and small dark and cozy bar. If you like "old school" restaurants with low lighting and great food and service, this place is for you. If you are looking for something slick and hip - go elsewhere, please. The sushi is always great and is downright cheap compared to other restaurants. They have a wide variety of traditional Japanese fare that never disappoints. Servers are conscientious and prompt. If you want a good table in the dining room on Friday or Saturday night - call for a reservation or you could have a long wait. For those on this site who have left negative reviews I say good riddance to you! More room for me! :) Seriously, this place is great. I have never posted a review in my life - but I just had to defend my beloved MATSU's.
I don't get the hype.
I'm not one to complain a great deal. In fact, I've only done it a few times. But I felt the need to give my 2 cents on this restaurant.
After reading the reviews I felt it was a safe bet. Most people seem to enjoy this restaurant and I just don't see why. The atmosphere is great and the service was friendly and quick. But the sushi was not great. It was barely good. The rolls were falling apart, the tuna didn't seem to be fresh. The salmon was good.
I won't be going back to this sushi place. I would suggest RA Sushi, or tuna town for that matter over this place.
The Sushi and Sashimi at the Sushi bar at Matsu is fit for a Shogun on Seven-Eleven wages.. I love Sashimi and Sushi if it is fresh and of high quality ,prepared by a Sushi Chief who is properly trained with many years of experience and an eye for perfection. This is what I found at the Sushi bar at Matsu. Nothing was missing except for the high price. The Sashimi salad was like an adventure with tantalizing pieces of fish in every bite. The sushi was mouth watering with not too much rice. I will be back next time I am in Orange County. Thanks for a real treat that I wish I could have enjoyed every night.
The WORST FOOD EVER!!!!!. Hi all! First off, these reviews are very very misleading! I am an avid sushi/Japanese food goer and a former employee at a Japanese restaurant and I was thoroughly disappointed. After reading these astounding reviews I thought I was in for a quiet a palate pleaser, to my dismay it was an appetite suppressant!!! I was excited as soon as I entered the authentic ambiance, but it was immediately ruined by the foul smell of urine. The greeting was amazing and the service was great but As soon as the plastic, sour, cardboard, pure funky taste of what was supposed to be chicken entered my mouth, I wanted to remove it immediately! I wasn't the only one. As I looked across the slightly dirty table, I found my boyfriend making the same disgusted face. I wasn't alone. Not to mention the rice, miso ,cucumber salad and tempura was not very tasty (barely taking a nibble of each). I couldn't even take another bite of my overwhelming pile of food, so I immediately asked for our check. WoW it was cheep for two very large meals $15.00. So I guess if you don't like good food that is well prepared in the right amount of time. Then this is definitely the place for you. But I do not recommend it to anyone who actually enjoys good food! Oh and by the way, I have never thought to go out of my way to write one of these reviews so I hope it is helpful.
Great Time, Great Food!. My 9 yr. old son and I both LOVE this restaurant. He loves watching the chefs cook right in front of him. His favorite is the onion volcano. I love their chicken and my son loves their shrimp. I also appreciate how well they treat my son. Their service is excellent! I highly recommend this restaurant. Don't forget to try the Green Tea Ice Cream!
We won't be back.
Good service and atmophere.
I thought I was in for a treat when I sat down in this restaurant. The first thing my husband and I ordered was a California roll. The crab in this roll was salty, dry and nasty. We later found out that they mix their (canned or freeze dried) crab with mayo, to moisten it up. We sent it back.
We both ordered chicken teriyake with combo tempura on the side. The serving of chicken was large, but contained quite a bit of skin and fat. This dish was just OK, nothing special. The shrimp in the tempura was good, but the vegies tasted like cardboard. We still don't know what vegies were under that batter. The rice, and miso soup were good. The corn and carrots tasted like they had sat on the steam table all day.
Editorial Review. Kimono-clad servers charm patrons at this romantic escape, which keeps its menu fresh with sushi, sashimi and other Japanese favorites.
What I compare all other sushi restaurants to.
Best place. Hands down. The atmosphere is fantastic, and the food is superb. I am yet to find a better tuna tataki at another sushi restaurant. I've brought my parents, countless friends and 3 or 4 dates to this place. It's fantastic. The price is the same as any other reputable sushi restaurant, but the quality is just amazing. Authentic japanese music is heard in the background, the female servers wear kimonos. Their drinks are great. They serve cold Ginjo sake in a glass bowl with ice to keep it the same temperature, and hot sake in a tokkuri that sits in a bowl of hot water. The food come amazingly fast, and you get a lot for your buck. The chefs at the sushi bar are incredibly friendly and funny. They really take care of you. Often times when you eat at the sushi bar they'll give you a complementary desert; strawberries, oranges, or watermelon drenched in a sweet cream sauce or mirin. It's really a nice way to finish off a meal.
The prices are decent for a sushi restaurant. They're not inexpensive, but they're not as high as some other restaurants I've been to, and not even as high-quality. This is the restaurant I compare all other restaurants to, and rarely is Matsu's ever beat.
Matsu is the sushi standard that I compare all other sushi restaurants. Matsu is 3 restaurants in one. The teppen grill, the sushi bar, and the regular dinning. You cannot make reservation for the sushi BAR, but highly recommend rsvp for table or teppen. I call at 1PM to reserve a spot for two at 8pm. The sushi chefs Yuki (tall guy), Yuji bought the place and now is the manager, have a great sense of humor. yes it is a bit pricey, but you are also paying for freshness. With raw fish, I will gladly pay for the freshness, If you want risky cheap fish then go to Todai up the street, but Matsu is quality, Matsu is freshness, Matsu is great service and skill in the preparation and presentation of the food. I have brought many friends new to sushi, and they were impressed with the skill of chefs. Sushi connaisseurs will appreciate the artistic preparations when asking for off the menu items. Try ordering some of the fish as sashimi and see the decoration... ask for Tiger eye, Love boat (itsa not a boat), Poorman handroll, lobster handroll (seasonal), spanish mackarel, SASHIMI: halibut, yellow tail, seabass... they have great menu of cut-rolls too.
IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED MATSU'S
YOU HAVE NOT TRIED GOOD FOOD
THE BEST! GREAT FOOD! I LOVE IT
ALREADY GOING ON A 2ND B-DAY AT MATSU'S
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