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Credit Cards Accepted
Good for Kids
Yes - Full Bar
$ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)
Mon-Fri: 11am - 9pm, Sat-Sun: 2pm - 9pm
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03/05/2017 - Lew
At last, a place that is quiet enough to be able to talk to your table mate. Great service, wonderful menu, friendly staff and owner. We love this place.
07/07/2012 - J.
So disappointed that our favorite waitress is gone. The new staff is incompetent and Masaki seems to no longer enjoy what he does. I guess the economy is hitting everyone hard. A smile is still free though!! Also, the increase in prices are hard to swallow... and the constant "we're out of this and that" is frustrating. We've come at least one Saturday a month for years. I think it may be time to drive further for better service and prices.
02/12/2012 - Marie
We were quite impressed - not only with the quality of food, but with the service as well. Our first visit to Masaki was a few months back, a Friday night, when the place was packed! We waited for a table to become available, ordered drinks and food, enjoyed our meal and the friendly service. Our second visit however, was above and beyond amazing! It was not as crowded and we were able to sit right down at a table of our choosing. Our waitress - I believe her name was Chrystal - came over and greeted us as if we were long time friends, very friendly and made us feel so welcome! She went over some specials and mentioned that the chef was serving oysters on the half-shell. We went ahead and ordered a few. Oh my goodness, were they delicious! So fresh! We also ordered some drinks and a few rolls. We asked a lot of questions and everything was explained and answered with a smile. It is so nice to feel comfortable to ask a question (or 5) and not get attitude! The chef is also the owner and makes ALL of the sushi. The place is small, not fancy, in an odd location but this has quickly become our favorite restaurant in the Verde Valley. We consider it a "hidden treasure". We look forward to trying new items at future visits.
12/27/2011 - Rawfoodistchef90
I was a little unsure at first of how good the sushi would be considered its location (cottonwood, AZ next door to a food city and a used children garment store).
It definitely is the hole in the wall kinda place that's not so hidden. Upon entering the restaurant the chef himself greeted us from behind the sushi bar with a big smile. I was promptly sat by a very friendly server and informed that all the black and white photos of Japan on the walls were taken by the sushi chefs wife herself.
The menu had a good variety especially considering the difficulty of getting any good/fresh seafood in the area (and considering price to do so). i ordered the dragon role and spicy salmon roll, I also got a great deal on the spicy salmon role, and was informed that the restaurant had many specials that were more affordable.
When my order promptly came out, it looked appetizing and very presentable. Both rolls were excellent, not over stuffed with rice. I imagine if one is used to eating mainly California rolls that the taste may be a little out of their bounds.
I have been to the Hiro's in Sedona as well as the one in Flagstaff, they receive far too much credit and the miso tastes like it had sat around for a day or two. The flavor there was simple nothing special. I also have been to the other local sushi place in Sedona (very pricey) not sure of the name, located more so near the L'auberge resort. The sushi there had too much fish too little flavor, like it had been thrown on some rice and 23 dollars was well worth it.
Thus speaking, Masakis is a surprise, affordable (especially with the deals), delicious in comparison to any sushi around (i was born and raise in Seattle, i know sushi) and staff friendly. I hope everyone will give it a chance!
09/16/2011 - hercules
Our first and last visit to this sushi restaurant was met with the sushi chief (who is also the owner) began to berate and call the one & only server stupid for asking a question for us. The server who was apologetic on his behalf was clearly upset. This took place only a few feet where we were seated.
The restaurant is a no frills atmosphere & simple in nature with dirty walls. The food was presented in a timely manner & looked good. The portions were of a good size, but as we found out, mostly rice filling with little of the featured ingredients. We had the Mountain & Edogawa roll. Both were fair in taste, but super expensive...$16 & 17.50.
People who reviewed this restaurant & have gone as far to state this is one of the best in Arizona have no clue what excellent sushi consists of. Over stuffing the rolls with rice & skimping on the fish, etc. is not excellent sushi. I also asked for a small dish of spicy mayo sauce & the server returned stating he doesn't have it & if I wanted it, it would be extra. All sushi restaurans I've been to have this simple spicy sauce & have never charged for it!
We cannot support this unprofessional treatment to the staff even if it was excellent, but it was not & fair at best. So far Hiro's in Sedona is the best around, but I will keep you apprised if I find better than Hiro's.
Visited September 2011
06/08/2011 - John
I have had sushi in many different places and never thought I could get good quality sushi anywhere in Arizona. Well I was wrong! I have been in to eat at Masaki quite a few times and have never been disappointed. The fish is always as fresh - if not fresher - than anywhere I have ever had. The rolls are incredible and beautifully presented. They have a great selection and many other choices that are not on the menu. They make you feel extremely special each and every time you walk in. The sake selection is the best I've seen in sometime not to mention the beers they have. They also serve a local wine by the name of Arizona Stronghold. My wife ordered the white and said it paired perfectly with her salmon sashimi (which she said melted in her mouth like butter). The service is outstanding and even though there is only one waitress working at a time, you are never neglected. Our most recent waitress (a brunette with a GREAT smile) was VERY pleasant and made a few suggestions for us to try. All in all, the food is superb and I will continue to dine here as often as possible!
03/18/2011 - Dani
The food is fantastic and more than worth the price (hey, quality sushi is a delicacy and therefore not exactly the cheapest thing to eat), the atmosphere is amazing, and the service is incredible. If you want authentic Japanese cuisine, head over to Masaki's. You won't be disappointed.
I should know. I've been a client there since it opened.
09/08/2010 - SushiMan
The Sushi is the best in the VV - I visit weekly and have never been disappointed. Food and service is excellent - Spring is an excellent waitress!
06/02/2010 - Dani
I've been going to this restaurant since 5 years ago, and I've loved every visit. The sushi is fresh and tastes great, the other dishes blow my mind, the atmosphere is incredible (especially with the Japanese tunes; nice touch, by the way), and the staff is super friendly.
Thumbs up all the way!
02/10/2010 - Rebeckah
Extremely dissapointed. I have never been to a sushi restaurant with such a poor presentation. Prices are ridiculously overpriced
02/06/2010 - Kent
Shockingly good, I will try it again to be sure !
05/18/2009 - Tere
Best Sushi in the Verde Valley bar none, hands down. (And yes....that does include Sedona).
05/16/2009 - Alms
Masaki's is awesome. The food is great, Masaki make all the sushi and it is just devine. So glad they are here in Cottonwood
01/01/2009 - Jennifer
Without a doubt, the best sushi in Northern if not all of AZ
06/28/2008 - Alicia
I love Masaki! the atmosphere is great, and masaki himself makes all the sushi right in fromt of your eyes. I never liked sushi til i ate there. That was probably because i had never had real authentic sushi. It is amazing. The waitress' are nice and the food is fantastic.
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