Flagstaff Original Japanese Restaurant
Flagstaff Sakura Sushi
Flagstaff’s Original Japanese Restaurant

Opened in 1990, Sakura brought the true flavor of Japanese dining to Flagstaff Arizona. In a town known for it’s fast food restaurants and “steak and potato” places, Sakura was a daring experiment by owners. As another Flagstaff restaurant owner, Tony Constantino said in Mountain Living Magazine: “Ten years ago, when Sakura first came in, it was like ‘Whoa, a sushi restaurant in Flagstaff? There not going to make it. Who’s going to eat Sushi in Flagstaff?’ Now Sakura ranks as one of the top restaurants in not only Flagstaff, but also the entire southwest.

For part of Flagstaff, it did take a while for Sushi to catch their eye and their palate. Flagstaff though was uniquely situated to introduce the cuisine to the rest of Northern Arizona. Flagstaff sits at the intersection of Interstates 40 and 17. The restaurant itself is on the famed Route 66. As the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff draws numerous international and domestic visitors to the city. The city is also a regional government, medical and education center.

A buzz soon started about the restaurant that still exists today. Guests are attracted to the restaurant due to its authentic ambience, great food and attentive service. Sakura is a great place to hold a special event such as a birthday or anniversary party. Large parties love to come and enjoy the “eatertainment” provided by Chefs juggling salt and pepper shakers, shrimp tails and the ring of fire.

Sakura is a place dedicated not to only show, but to substance. To maintain quality, Sakura has fish delivered fresh, flown into Phoenix and delivered by truck that day to the restaurant. The Teppan Chefs cut and trim all the meat used on their tables. Hours of training go into creating the Teppan shows and artistic Sushi dishes. Executive Teppan Chef, Mike Burris has been at the hotel almost since it has opened. He takes personal pride in the food quality and the show.

If you are ready to try a dinning experience unmatched in Northern Arizona, try Sakura.

Location: 1175 West Route 66
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Located inside the Radisson Woodlands Hotel
Phone: 928-773-9118
Hours: Lunch: Monday –Saturday 11:30am – 2:00pm
Dinner: 7 Days a Week, 5pm – 10:00pm

 

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