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Samurai Blue Ybor

Samurai Blue Ybor

1600 E. 8th Avenue, #C208
Tampa FL
Phone: 813-242-6688

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday - Tuesday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday and Thursday 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Within the heart of Centro Ybor lies one of the funkiest and chicest places for cutting-edge Tampa Bayers to dine and be seen at, Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar. Located on the upper level of Centro Ybor and facing Urban Outfitters, Samurai Blue is almost completely hidden in an amazing tucked away space that has historic importance to the original Centro Ybor building and theatre life of Ybor City.

The building Samurai Blue calls home is literally part of Ybor Theatre history.  The downstairs, now used by the Improv theatre is the original stage and directly above it was an area called The Fly Room.  After a puzzling look on my face, it was explained that this was the room that all of the backdrops and sets would go up to (fly on ropes) to be out of the way and stored.  When you go in you will notice that the floors look a little off-kilter and that is because the owners of Samurai Blue had to build one!  Being the first to inhabit this amazing space, Samurai Blue constructed not only a floor but kept the original historic brickwork and jazzed up the overhead pipes.  With all of the chic-ness of an upscale sushi bar, Samurai Blue gives Ybor exactly what it needs—sushi and sake!

Samurai Blue has both booths and tables, but the most impressive attribute would be their 20 seat curved sushi bar.  If you are a party of two this is the ideal place to sit and Be Seen.  They have an extensive Sakitini menu with over 40 different styles for you to choose from and even the Classic Sakitini was delicious.  While perusing their fixed menu and their Sushi to Order menus you have nothing better to do than watch the regimented Sushi Chefs create masterpieces before your eyes.  With a Tapas-style mindset, it was better to try as many items as possible vice going for a Dinner like the Samurai Steak with Wassabi-whipped potatoes or the Soy Ginger Tokyo Beef Short Ribs with Japanese Habachi rice.  After discussing with my Server Blue Crab Rangoon was recommended as the Appetizer and then two Rolls:  my Tried and True California Roll and to mix it up The Tokyo Rock & Roll off of Ryo’s Specialty Makimono.  When it is said that everything was delicious—it truly was.  Trying something new every so often at a restaurant can make you feel like Indiana Jones going through uncharted territory with a genuinely amazing meal as your goal.  The only thing that could have made it better would have been if there were more people in my party sharing more things.

Samurai Blue Sushi & Saki Bar is both an up close and personal restaurant if you want to engage in conversations at the bar and watch how sushi is made, dining family style with tables in the middle, or the best cozy and secluded booth for that perfect date.  This is definitely a restaurant that could serve as the starting off place for truly discerning “Foodies” night on the town, the place those who want to be seen before going out or that place you bring people from out of town to impress.  It is truly amazing that given a long narrow space and a mere catwalk encircling it, the designers of Samurai Blue have created such a great restaurant that you will want to go back to again and again.

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