About BlueFin Japanese Restaurant

754 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
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High ceilings, geometric brickwork, hanging lights, and gracefully curved dining room create a sleekly intimate atmosphere at this upscale Japanese restaurant and lounge. Along with a sushi bar offering the freshest seasonal seafood in town, Bluefin's lunch and dinner menus offer deliciously prepared starters and entrees from noodles, teriyaki and bento boxes to Kobe beef and premium Japanese Wagyu beef dishes. Numerous varieties of sake, original house-crafted cocktails, and a generous sampling of domestic, Japanese and other wines and beers complete your evening. Just a short walk from the Sharks and other events at the HP Pavillion.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;

Bar and Lounge: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am;

Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm And 10:00pm - 12:00am

Happy Hour Saturday 5:00pm - 7:00pm And 10:00pm - 12:00am

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Bush

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 931-6875

Website:
http://bluefinsj.com/

Executive Chef:
Jun Chon

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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BlueFin Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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special occasion (16)
neighborhood gem (12)
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good for groups (8)
romantic (8)
hot spot (7)
great for lunch (6)
vibrant bar scene (5)
great for brunch (3)
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ambience5
service5

Jennifer was a good server. Food came ou ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Jennifer was a good server. Food came out promptly. Good location for sharks game.

food5
ambience5
service5

Best Sushi anywhere!!!

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

Best Sushi anywhere!!!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Still Good

Dined on April 7, 2016

Ate here a long time ago when it first opened up, remembered it was decent. They've stayed in biz for many years it seems, and I've walked by many times on the way to Sharks games. Finally booked it for dinner before Ellie Goulding concert. Really good all the way around, so happy I kept the reservation (my wife wanted to switch to SP2, but I held my ground). We had a great time!

Tags: hot spot
food2
ambience3
service2
value1

Just so, so

Dined on March 13, 2016

Wanted a place close to SAP Center that we could make reservations for dinner. This is one of the few. Food was just ok; service kind of slow.

food5
ambience5
service5

The salmon appetizer in truffle & ponzu ...

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

The salmon appetizer in truffle & ponzu sauce...to die for!!!!

food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Horrible First Impression

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

I made a reservation for 6:30pm. When we arrived we were told the restaurant was full, and we would need to wait 10-15 minutes. The bar was full, and there was only standing room in the cramped reception area. We actually waited for 30 minutes before we were finally seated. We were given menus when seated, and then after waiting for 20 minutes without anyone acknowledging our presence we got up and left. No one asked for a drink order, no one apologized for delay of service, no one even slowed down as numerous wait staff walked past our table. We were hoping to find a new Japanese restaurant, we love sushi. But, our search will continue, because we will never go back to Bluefin.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Great Food in a Great Area

Dined on February 21, 2016

I have always wanted to try this place after seeing the neighborhood change so much since my last visit into San Jose. People I knew gave a good word for them, so I took my family and they enjoyed it very much. The food was good, and the service was as well. Try it out if you haven't before, because it is worth it.

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4

They had nice booths. Wish we could have ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

They had nice booths. Wish we could have gotten those spots.

food4
ambience2
service3

Took 30 minutes to get our appetizers. A ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Took 30 minutes to get our appetizers. An hour to get our food.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Hip joint with high quality fish

Dined on February 6, 2016

Very hip and trendy decor with a very popular bar, reservations recommended. The quality of fish used in the sushi and the range of choices are very impressive. The sushi rice itself is a little disappointing as it is under seasoned and they use so little of it. It nicely highlights the fish, but a significant part of the sushi experience is the rice. It is a little on the pricey end but it is clearly a popular joint. I'd go back and would recommend Bluefin to friends.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wow!

Dined on January 27, 2016

I read reviews before making my reservation, and had concerns about the service (based on comments)... Luckily I chanced it and was more than happy with our visit. From the time we arrived, the service was excellent - also the food was above my expectations. I would rate higher if there were more stars! Hidden gem, worth every penny. We will be back.

Tags: neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing sushi!!! Definitely will go bac ...

Dined on January 19, 2016

Amazing sushi!!! Definitely will go back.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Sushi Heaven!

Dined on January 8, 2016

Excellent restaurant! Our food is always great. It can be really crowded before a Sharks game so go early. It can be on the pricy end, you might leave hungry if you are on a budget.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Japanese cuisine at best

Dined on January 3, 2016

For hors d'oeuvres, we ordered: Jalapeno Edamame, Yakitori and Gyoza - all outstanding. Main course: Miso soup, Sushi (Dragon Roll, Dynamite Roll, Spider Roll) and Sashimi (Hon Maguro) - all excellent. The most pleasant surprise was Hana Lychee Sake - we drank a whole bottle.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service1
value4

Great food - lousy service

vip
Dined on December 29, 2015

This is our favorite sushi restaurant, however, we were disappointed with the service this time. It took us over 15 minutes to get our drink order from the bar. Our waitress was nowhere to be seen. We ordered all the food at once since we could tell the service was slow. We didn't see any food for the longest time. When it finally started showing up, it was in total random order. We didn't get served our appetizers until last. You could tell they were trying, but clearly not staffed to handle the full restaurant. The food was still amazing. We will still be back, and hope they work on improving their service during busy times.

food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing quality!

vip
Dined on December 25, 2015

Amazing quality!

food3
ambience2
service3
value2

Not very impressed.

vip
Dined on December 23, 2015

Place was cold everyone is eating with their jackets on Nothing to unique couple nice items that were different from other places but overall the service was a little slow not very impressed for a first visit

food5
ambience5
service5

My favorite sushi restaurant in San Jose!

vip
Dined on November 29, 2015

We usually go to BlueFin before the Sharks games and are never disappointed. Fresh sushi with great chef's specials. Friendly staff and prompt service when they know you are headed to SAP Pavilion for an event. Love this place!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Average sushi at best

Dined on November 26, 2015

Bluefin is expensive, and the sushi served was average at best. A very simple salmon avocado roll was cold and sticky, almost as if roll had been made ahead and refrigerated. Fish did not seem as fresh as it should be. Entrees use dairy products, particularly hidden butter which is odd for a Japanese restaurant. Service was slow. I do not plan to return.

food4
ambience4
service2

Very good food. Very good atmosphere, e ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

Very good food. Very good atmosphere, especially before Sharks games. Service was unusually slow this time. Usually better. Got the sense it was a fairly new server.

food5
ambience5
service5

We loved Blue Fin!

Dined on November 7, 2015

Our old sushi place was replaced with new owners so we are on a mission to find a new one. We stumbled upon Blue fin on Open Table and booked a last minute reservation (I recommend you make one). We loved our rolls and appetizer. The martini was a little weak, but is to be expected. We'll definitely be back

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Sushi in San Jose!

vip
Dined on October 25, 2015

We love BlueFin! Their sushi is very fresh and their chef specials are always mouth-watering delicious. We dine here frequently before Sharks games & concerts. Let them know you are attending an event and they make sure to get you out in time. There is no rush when you don't have to be somewhere else.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3

Food and variety was great! Sashimi star ...

vip
Dined on October 20, 2015

Food and variety was great! Sashimi starters were excellent. Rolls and miso cod were delicious. Service and bar were slow but great place to eat before a show or sports event at SAP.

food5
ambience3
service4

Good food Parking very bad

Dined on October 20, 2015

Service and food above average. The wine selection is exceptional. The only bad thing is getting there and parking. I had to park 2 blocks away do to concert at SAP center.

Tags: fit for foodies
food1
ambience4
service4

Sadly they don't seem to know why there ...

Dined on October 16, 2015

Sadly they don't seem to know why there are just few customers. The chef cannot make genuine sushi. I ordered special omakase. Rice was dry. Sashimi lost texture. The quantity was not enough. Paid $60 each. You may find better quality bento box at grocery markets. Only impressed by employees' kindness. There were more employees than customers.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food there was excellent and the service ...

Dined on October 15, 2015

Food there was excellent and the service was very friendly.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4

The red dragon roll was awesome.

vip
Dined on October 4, 2015

The red dragon roll was awesome.

food5
ambience4
service4

Special dining for a birthday celebration.

Dined on September 17, 2015

We especially enjoyed the oyster shooters and sushi. We will definetly return. Everything was fresh and unique. Service was great and fast. We dined at 5:30 and were the first diners on a Wednesday evening. Desserts were ok but not at the same level as the sushi. We ordered fried ice cream and green tea cheesecake.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Excellent service, spacious dining area, ...

vip
Dined on September 12, 2015

Excellent service, spacious dining area, great location close to downtown, good selection of classic sushi favorites.

food4
ambience4
service5

Nice place before a SAP event

Dined on August 18, 2015

The food was good and the service was excellent, they were vert attentive. We were in and out fairly quickly so we could make our SAP concert time.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Great birthday dinner

Dined on August 18, 2015

I took my mom here for her birthday. Street parking was easy, food was incredible, drinks were strong, and service was fast. They even sang happy birthday when they brought her dessert with a candle. (Note: this is not a complimentary dessert, we ordered the one we wanted and they presented it with a candle). We ordered the Gyoza to start, which is delicious! Then we ordered a dragon roll, rainbow roll, and salmon & avocado roll. This was plenty of food, but we stuffed ourselves with fried ice cream at the end. I highly recommend this place for 2-4 people. The restaurant is small.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience4
service2

more flash than substance

Dined on August 7, 2015

So very disappointed. There's a lot of buzz about this place, but it seemed like a concept place created by people who saw an opening in the market, not people who love or know sushi. They make a big fuss about the fish being brought in from Tsukiji, but the quality was merely "perfectly fine," not "Wow!" Our server was sweet but untrained -- even mispronounced a number of words. Presentation was pretty, but quality was very average. That pretty much sums it up: Lots of attention paid to visual aesthetics but not much thought for flavor.

food4
ambience4
service3

Good setup

Dined on July 29, 2015

The food was great, and the inclusion of pictures on the menu is a great touch. The service at the beginning was a bit slow, but while reading they didn't bother us much.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service3

Be Prepared...

Dined on July 17, 2015

We went here for a pre-concert dinner before a show at the SAP Center. The food is really good, I mean really good, so keep this in mind. Our server was very accommodating and friendly, however the food and drinks were very slow to arrive - cocktails arrived after appetizers, entrees arrived before appetizers, and sushi rolls and sashimi arrived after cooked entrees. The atmosphere is very lively so with great company, the wait for food didn't seem as long. We'd definitely go again but we'd make sure we had no where to go other than dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5

Everything was great from the service to ...

Dined on July 11, 2015

Everything was great from the service to the food. Best restaurant we ate at for this trip to San Jose!

food4
ambience5
service5

Come Hungry

Dined on June 28, 2015

The portions on the dinner specials are so large that one can hardly finish them--but they are so great one does. Service is great and it is one gem on the Alameda right across from the new Whole Foods store. Ample parking behind the restaurant. We will go again.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food3
ambience1
service2

Birthday dinner

Dined on May 29, 2015

I was overall underwhelmed with my experience. I have had better sushi for less.

food5
ambience4
service3

Good place to dine if you are patient

Dined on May 27, 2015

Delicious food, lively atmosphere, mediocre service. If you don't mind the noise level or the service, this is a good place for sushi. We chose this restaurant because it is very close to the SAP Center. We parked for free in their parking lot and, after dinner, walked to the arena. Saving the cost of parking made the shortcomings of the service well worthwhile.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5

We had a really great preshow dinner her ...

vip
Dined on May 27, 2015

We had a really great preshow dinner here. Tried a few of the signature cocktails. Very tasty. Also our server recommend a few amazing specials. Definitely a repeat place

food4
ambience4
service2

Great for SAP concerts

vip
Dined on May 27, 2015

Our second time to eat here before a concert at SAP. Last time the service was not great but got us out in time. This time service was REALLY slow. We were seated just after 6 and barely got out in time! The servers seem very disorganized but the food is quite good and presentation nice. The room is lovely and we would go back....

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