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“Just perfect Japanese … from a long-standing pillar of the Port Washington foodie community.”

Yamaguchi Restaurant
Price range: US$0 - US$12
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Yamaguchi has been around Port Washington forever. The family are well known members of this town’s community, and take part in all kinds of events and local activities, including famously running a very popular sushi making class under the School District’s Continuing Education program. This class is basically a tongue-in-cheek “class” ~ a sushi-fest ! It’s attended by several local regulars who come back every year just to pig out on the sushi (I did this thrice…already.) One gets to meet Mr. Yamaguchi and some neighbors, “learn” how to make sushi rolls, eat a lot of great, fresh sushi and then take home all the left-over fish and stuff (there’s always lots, because Mr. Yamaguchi always brings tons !) ….and all of this fun and food for a pittance.

The restaurant was run for decades from a narrow store right across Main Street from the Port train station, until a fire in an apartment above it did it out of every chopstick and toothpick ! They remained closed for quite a while and everyone in town complained about the absence, until they re-opened on the other end of the same block, in a larger, corner building. This is much brighter and has windows on the side, making it much more cheerful than the narrow, almost dusky space they were in for years. Yamaguchi’s food has always been impeccable. And some of the town’s residents have given him many years of loyalty for this. And we have been there several times to enjoy their excellence.

February 09th brought in the blizzard of 2017… all schools and businesses were paralyzed across the region… We were home, so we called at around 1:30 in the afternoon, while the snow was still coming down, and found they were actually open for lunch !! So, we walked over through shin-deep, blowing snow and were welcomed in by Mrs. Yamaguchi, and provided for a wonderful lunch for our effort. There were a few other guests around, and they were going to close shortly, but it was no problem to first serve us while the staff that had come in that day sat down and had their own meal. I found that my sushi order had been heaped with extra pieces… so many that I took some home with me, at no charge. These are some of the special gestures that have made this family so successful here.

All this and some very welcome hot sake, for $22/person.

Great food and warm hospitality make Yamaguchi’s a really good value for any meal. Well worth every visit…. Go for it !!

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Thank Alok J
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is the resurrection of the restaurant that burned down several years ago. The food is of the same high caliber, but the atmosphere is somewhat sterile and rather noisy. Great place for family with noisy children.

Thank Lillian H
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Nice local place, friendly, good service,lovely touches like free appetizers, but, good, not great, food. The fish was fresh, but not much of it. Everything was OK, but lacked "zip".

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Thank Lee T
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

If you want a fancy Americanized restaurant with designer rolls and a 10-page menu, look somewhere else. Yamaguchi is for people who want excellent sushi, sashimi and cooked foods like katsu, negamyaki, tempura and teriyaki steak, fish or chicken. The decor is simple, but are you there for the food or the furniture? It's true that the regulars get special treatment; the good news is that if you've been there twice, they treat you like a regular. The wait staff is attentive, friendly and efficient. Reservations are always a good idea.

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Thank Jack T
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This has been a regular place for our family for years. We've gotten to know Mrs Yamaguchi, the owner, who greets is warmly at every visit. She's a lovely person. Her husband is a sushi chef and the food is well prepared and fresh. They suffered a fire a few years ago but are reopened in new location on the same block.

Thank dbett
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