Austin >Food & Dining > Maru Japanese Restaurant
4636 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875630.317841 -97.740021
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 2:30pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Brentwood - Highland, Brentwood
Best Sushi in Austin – This is the absolute best place to get sushi in Austin, and I am including Uchi in that statement. I spent a semester in Japan, and Maru makes me feel like I'm back in Osaka. They are currently redoing their interior, and it looks fantastic. The sushi is superb. If you take one bite of the samurai roll, you'll be sold for life.
Good food – Unassuming place with super fresh sushi. Better quality seafood than Umi's. Sushi portions were reasonable also.
Ok sushi, over priced – My wife and I were excited to try Maru and went last week on a Tuesday evening. Got right in, friendly enough and we ordered a ton (eyes too big for our stomachs)...have to say the stuffed mushrooms were great and a price performer! The standard tempura was fine, the standard sushi (calif, spicy tuna and philly) were sub par for our tastes; the specialty rolls were ok - my eel roll was too fishy, the tiger good, and another crunchy one we didn;t love even though it had our fav companents.
When we finished we both looked at eat other and went for this $$$ I'd rather go to Mushashino which is heads and shoulders above in quality and taste.
No bad, just not good enough for us to come back.
Yummy! Forever a repeat customer – The sushi is tasty and surprisingly filling. Of all the sushi places I've been (and I've even worked in a couple in my day), I always find Maru to have the most memorable-tasting sushi. It's definitely one of those restuarants you think about and crave for days after you leave. I always have to get the Stuffed Mushrooms, an appetizer big enough to serve as a whole entree. But all of their sushi is very good. The decor isn't too fancy, so if you're looking to impress a colleague or your boss, this probably isn't the place. It's more casual/low-key, but still cute. My boyfriend and I look forward to it almost every weekend.
Bad service; Sushi not great – We were so excited to finally try Maru because I love sushi and the restaurant is right in our neighborhood. It was a HUGE dissapointment. We were greeted right away, which was nice, and our drinks came quickly. But, after that, we sat and waited for a long time for someone to take our order. A different waiter came to our table and rushed us through our order. We explained to him that we were going to start with a roll and an order of sushi and then order more after that. The sushi took a long time to come out. The salmon sushi was okay. The roll (Dragon Roll) was terrible. The fish was mealy and the pieces were too big. It also turned me off that the restaurant was warm, so the sushi didn't stay cold long. We decided that we would try one more thing just to give it another try, but our waiter never came back. All of our drinks (beer, sake, water) were empty. We lined them up at the edge of the table to get someone's attention. It did not work. We finally flagged down the hostess and asked her to just bring the check.
I would not recommend this place. The service was awful and the sushi was not good.
Great Sushi!! – The atmosphere in Maru is very easy going and the service is nice and friendly. The sushi there is excellent!! I always go there with family and friends, we love the California roll and Shrimp Crunch roll. If we want good sushi, Maru will be the first restaurant that comes to mind! I will recommend it to anybody!! The food taste Healthy and homemade but Very Tasty!!
a certain brown insect and poor management ruined it – I was having a great time here, the sushi is really outstanding. Half way through my meal at the sushi bar a mid sized insect (you know the one- for some reason City Search won't let you write it) scurried across the counter top towards my plate. I instinctually brushed it away and tried to continue to enjoy my meal. A few minutes later either the same brown insect or a new one climbed ON TO my plate! I notified the waiter and he wisked the plate away without so much as an apology. When I got my check there was no discount, and the manager never came and spoke with me about the experience. I waited a few days and then called and asked to speak to the manager- Howard. Come to find out he had actually been my waiter that night. After explaining that the situation was still bothering me and I wanted to call and let them know about it, he was not apologetic, did not say or do anything to make me feel better- he just didn't care. Lets hope the insects aren't crawling on the food behind the scenes too. If he had just made more of an effort, or seemed a bit mortified like he should have been- I might give them another chance, but now you better believe I will tell everyone I can about this negative experience!
Find sushi rolls and nigiri favorites in ever-evolving Rosedale neighborhood. – In Short
In the middle of a burgeoning restaurant row sits this casual sushi bar. The minimal décor of Japanese prints and vases stays with the menu. There's they typical sushi/bento restaurant fare, (California rolls with a side of miso) with exceptions like teriyaki and nigiri and handrolls that attract a lunch crowd. At night, hipsters and bobos come to wash down the ever-popular caterpillar and dragon rolls with beer, wine and sake. BYOB is A-OK.
Good Sushi Bad Bad Corkage Fee Charge For A Place With No Liquor License – Maru has good sushi, decent prices, and while the ambience is not fancy or fabulous, the attentive staff and friendly management provide an enjoyable environment for dinner.
My major complaint, and what will likely drive me to stop eating at Maru, is that they charge a "corkage" fee for folks who bring their own liquor, yet they do not have a liquor license and thus cannot themselves provide the beer, wine, and sake. To me this is a misguided and unscrupulous business practice. When I sought some kind of explanation from our waiter and management, they merely shrugged and laughed at my critical observation.
A corkage fee is right and necessary when the restaurant misses out on the opportunity to sell from their stock because of the preference of a patron to bring his/her own alchohol. When the restaurant has not made the investment in obtaining the license and thus cannot provide any drinks, management puts the responsibility for doing so on the customer. Why should we be charged for making the extra effort to provide a product that the restaurant has elected not to provide?
As I said to start, Maru has good food and nice service. I will return to eat at Maru only after they discontinue the ridiculous corkage charge or obtain their own liquor license. Who doesn't want hot sake with sushi? I would gladly pay the rates charged for such service. Sadly, when the waiter and manager let me know they do not care about my concern, they also lost a few good customers and also motivated me to write this review.
Delicious and reasonably priced! – Maru does not offer a glitzy, yuppie atmosphere like a lot of Japanese restaurants. Instead, you get amazing food at a reasonable price served in a relaxed, come-as-you-are Austin establishment. The sushi is better than anything else I've had in Austin including Musashino, Kenichi, DK's, Sushi Japon, Sushi Sake, Shilla, Ichiban... Maru's signature dishes offer very new flavor combinations--daring and delicious; try the J-Bomb and the Samurai Roll.
Despite the laid-back atmosphere, neither the food nor the service ever suffer. The waitstaff is attentive and courteous. I have frequented Maru since it opened. In the past three weeks I have been four times; the food is consistently good and reasonably priced--I love it and I think you will too!
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