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Atari-Ya Japanese Restaurant

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1551 Stowell Center Plz, Santa Maria, CA 93458-7121
+1 805-922-0025
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:15
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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San Luis Obispo, California
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43 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This eatery is such a delicious find, tucked into an unassuming strip mall. Food is great quality and portions are sizable. Great service. The best sushi I have tasted on the Central Coast!

Thank GerOpp101
Las Vegas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Excellent traditional Japanese food. From Yosenabe to Sushi to Cold Soba plate. And the waitress is precious.

Thank Joy D
Antwerp, Belgium
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We ate here with 4, based on other reviews. We had the Atari-Ya special, chicken teriyaki and special of the week which were all great. Nice and friendly staff, kitchen is open which I always find a positive aspect. Prices are ok, ate (+ 3 japanese beers and a tea) for 84 dolllars which is certainly good value for your... More 

Thank micha_lv96
Santa Maria, California
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We have been to Atari-Ya Japanese Restaurant approx. 10 times in the last 20 years. One that has been consistent is the in-consistent of the fresh fish. We have had some very good meals here and a few that were not as good. Keep in mind there fish delivers my only be once or twice a week. I do love... More 

Thank Aqualung A
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Best sushi around. Owners and staff are very friendly. Food is high quality! Hungry thinking about it...

Thank Tobster311
Santa Maria, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Its off the beaten path, but well worth the eats. We love the sushi and sashimi and the staff are very efficient.

Thank gsutter2016
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

The place is in a shopping plaza, hidden treasure for sure. The exterior was not appealing at all but don't let it turn you off or fool you! Walked in with no reservation 15 minutes before they closed for lunch, place was filled but we were seated within 2 minutes. Although busy, the waitress was very attentive. My sis in... More 

Thank Jennifer S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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231 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

We decided to eat at this restaurant after reading so many positive reviews. When we arrived at the Plaza though I was a little hesitant to go in. The Plaza and store fronts looked run down and old. We went in and were pleasantly surprised. Although older, it's been there for over 30 years, it was clean and staff was... More 

Thank countdown6
Santa Maria, California
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

Tucked away in the back of the Stowell Center Plaza this is a very good sushi restaurant. We have dined three times and every time walked away thinking this is much better than the others in Santa Maria. There is a good reason it has survived for 30 years. And if you an adventurous cook the store next door carries... More 

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Bandon, Oregon
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

Always the best!! I have been going there since they opened over 30 years ago, before there was any other sushi in Santa Maria. They still surpass any of the sushi bars that have followed them!

Thank Ladyhawk555

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:15
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1551 Stowell Center Plz, Santa Maria, CA 93458-7121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: +1 805-922-0025

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?