Martini Blu My Mind.
The sushi is 2nd to none! Very well prepared and very fresh. The calamari is the best that I have ever had. The Head Chef - Gary, even came to our table to inquire as to our satisfaction.....a definite PLUS in my book.
The martinis are great......I can catch myself hanging out there LONNNNGGGG after happy hour.
The ambiance is spectacular with all the dimmly lit blu lights. The best hotel bar that I have ever been to.
Although the music get's a bit loud late night - it is expected as the DJ is right there on the floor spinning great sounds.
I will be back there with plenty of friends time after time.
User review by jtk5. Only go if you like cream cheese and strawberry "sushi"!
Wrongly Presumed!!!. My husband and I went there for a 'date' since we both love sushi and martinis. To our surprize we were misguided by the reviews on the net about the place. We read how great of a place it was and decided to try it. I have had sushi in many different cities before and there was nothing new on the menu that was invigorating. It was over priced and not really fulfilling. There was hardly anybody there for dinner on a Sat. nite....so hopefully that says it all. Our waiter had no clue what half of the stuff on the menu meant and couldn't provide us with any assistance. The bar was dead and the crowd was thinning. So in short it gives a wrong perception of the place. The time of the place is OVERRRRR!!! It must have been the coolest place on the block but not anymore.
Good sushi, good martinis, terrible price tag. My boyfriend (a sushi fan) took me (a martini fan) here on a date on a weekday evening. They were not too busy, but they seated all patrons (both our romantic couple and a loud group of drunk middle-aged men) in a cluster on one side of the restaurant. The sushi was fantastic and uniquely presented, the service was pleasant, and the martinis were unique, beautiful, and tasty.
Is this the best MN can offer?. New Year's Eve - Pathetic. Having lived on both coasts and recently returned from LA, I was sorely disappointed with my experience at Martini Blu. The editorial review couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to comparing MB with NYC and LA. The service was below average, the food was nothing special, and the ambience left something to be desired. I wish that Minneapolis would abandon trying to imitate other cities and find its own identity.
Not the Best. The Mr. and I went here on a Sunday night for all-you-can-eat sushi. The all-you-can-eat menu was small, and they were missing some favorites like California rolls. Some of the spicy rolls were over-the-top hot.
Blu = db. Dinner 2/6/2004. A bar thats a restaurant? A restaurant thats a bar? A restaurant/bar thats a venue for... upscale posing, errr drinking and dining. I have no other Minneapolis experience with sushi, but on a scale of what each coast and the best landlocked sushi restaurants have to offer Blu is no better than average with below average feel. The overwhelming "Live DJ" mix made any thing other than sign language useless. Wine prices are excessive on a poorly organized list (vintages and appellations please) and yes champagne and sparkling wines do belong on the wine list. Service was average, as was the overall experience. Recommended as a last resort.
As close to NYCs and LAs for MN..
This is my favorite place to go in MN when I'm visiting. It's as close to NYCs or LAs that I can get in Minnesota. Of course nothing could really ever compare. The service was awesome (at least for me) however the music was frightful. It was weird but Martini Blu had some type of reggae drummer drumming away while the overhead music was playing lounge music. Bad mix. The only other complaint I have is that the staff was playing the music so obnoxiously loud, I couldn't hear what my friends were saying to me. Other than that, keep the house beats rockin'. Might I suggest a good live DJ that spins house and trance and a mix in of hip-hop? That would be very fitting of the decor wrap up an otherwise excellent package.
Sushified!!!!!!!!!!. Wow, my wife and I had a Sushi only dinner last Saturday. 9.5 roll, Lobster Roll, Spicy Tuna and Dragon Roll. Superb. We have had Sushi all over the world at the best Nobu restaurants and more, yes Twin Citie too. Average $18.00 a roll. Yes, pricey but not dissapointed. The server Laura was great. Tong the head Sushi chef (ex-origami) came over to introduce himself. A little too dark, but good music, trendy ambiance. See you Sunday night, all you can eat Sushi $30.00 pp !!!!!!
Sushi. This is definetly one of the best Sushi places in town and the #9 and 1/2 role is to kill for.
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