This place is fun to got to! Owner is very nice! service was a bit slow. The host wasn't very welcoming. We had reservations for 7:30 but had to wait til 8:00 to be seated. The place wasn't even that busy. The fried rice was the best I've ever had! Worth coming back for!
If you are looking for delicious food and great entertainment in the same spot, then Three Samurai is for you. Grab a grill table, meet your grill chef and let the fun begin. Our grill chef was amazing. His performance was professional and he graciously answered all our questions. After our food was served and our chef departed, we enjoyed the food and fellowship around our table as we celebrated our granddaughter's birthday.
Three samurai has great food however the wait for it is just rediculous! Our server was great and attentive but waiting two hours for food is just unnacceptable. On top of that, me and my wife were sitting at the sushi bar, and whem I asked our server how much longer the wait would be, they then asked the sushi chef, who in turn yelled at them. We felt so bad for getting the server in trouble when it wasn't their fault in the first place... a reall uncomfortable position. The management in this place needs to get organized to work on efficiency and speed and treat their employees better! The reason it got 4 stars was because of the great service by the wait staff!
I can't speak to the whole menu, but hands-down, this place has the most fabulous item called matsusaka roll (sp?) If you don't eat raw, this is the item to get. Cooked shrimp with avocado & cucumber wrapped in rice and topped with piece of cooked kobe beef!! Fabulous sauce too! Can eat it all night!!
Food was overpriced I think, and I tried sake for the first time and it was some good stuff.... you want to save money? Then go to a liquor store and buy a bottle of this stuff... one glass at Three Samurai will get you a full bottle of the same stuff at the store...
The environment was phenomenal, and that is why I am giving this four stars instead of three... overall, if you are looking for a change in scenery and are willing to dish out a few extra bucks, then give it a try... if you are on a somewhat tight budget, go to Jade Sisters
Although I enjoy the staff and some of the food, there are some problems I have with the restaurant. First of all, the floors are sticky and gross. If you try to stand in one area, you sink a little. Seriously, try it. I also have a vague suspicion that the kitchen is not big enough for the whole restaurant, especially since they expanded the restaurant. Also, the one time I ate at the teppan yaki table, they didn't have golden shrimp! I wasn't even offered an alternative. In addition, even when I am not at the teppan table, I always leave smelling like I worked a 12 hour shift at McDonalds.
If I overlook all of these problems, the sushi is quite good and well priced. However, it is not the best teppan place I have ever been to and there is much room for improvement.
Sushi, Udon, Bentos, The Three Samurai Japanese Resturant has got the best kind of Japanese cuisine. With reasonable prices and sushi days on Thursday and Sunday, anyone looking for a great, authentic Japanese meal should visit. It's a bit pricey sometimes, but not extremely cashing out the bank. Awesome Tatami rooms are also available for private parties or dining, so I believe the intire atmosphere of the resturant has captivated, at least, my eye.
I love the food at this place. Every time I have visited, I've sat with friends at a tempenyaki table. For those who don't know about this, it's a table surrounding a grill on 3 sides. Your chef prepares the food right in front of you.
Each time I have been there, it has been a different chef, and they all have been superb. Not only do they create the most amazing food, but they provide incredible entertainment value as well, as they do acrobatic tricks with kitchen utensils and your soon-to-be-devoured food.
The prices are about what one would expect --- a bit pricey, but not too expensive for a nice dinner. As I recall, the vegetarian entrees ran around $12-$15, and the meat and seafood fare would be in the $22-$28 range.
I do believe my favorite part of the dining experience there are the sake bombs. They pour you shot of sake (Japanese grain alcohol) and place it across 2 chopsticks, precariously laid across the top of a half-filled glass of beer. They have everyone at the table (willing to participate of course) count to 3 in japanese, slam their fists on the table (thus knocking the shot of sake into the beer), and drink. First one to finish, wins. We've even managed to get the chef and waitress in on the game. It's quite entertaining, if not a tad on the messy side.
Anyway, I absolutely love the food, the atmosphere, and the staff. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to go out for a nice, unqiue dinner in the Iowa City area.
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