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“Near Flawless Dining”
Review of Matsuhisa Vail

Matsuhisa Vail
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Ranked #22 of 124 Restaurants in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Boulder, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
290 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Near Flawless Dining”
Reviewed 19 June 2012

I will start out by stating this is not a restaurant for the faint of wallet. Given that you can experience food that is truly amazing.

We mostly tried items on the Matsuhisa special menu, as we can get sushi/sashimi at other Japanese restaurants. The presentation and quality was amazing. We had a yellowtail tartare that was visually appealing and had such subtle flavors. (See pic).

Tempura: Ok, this sounds pretty benign and safe..but we have never had avocado tempura. I'm not a big fan of avocado, but this was amazing. The crunch of the light tempura batter, versus the creamy avocado was so sensuous. (I've never used that term with food before). Overall, the tempura choices are a good deal, and it is nice that you can choose specific items .Definitely you should try some tempura.

We did order some sushi and that was the most disappointing. It was not up to the quality we would expect (especially considering the price).. we have had better sushi in so many other restaurants.
It seemed to lack the glistening freshness, and were very small servings. Can't recommend that.

Service was VG. And they accommodated our requests. Hamachi kama (Yellowtail collar) was not on the menu, but I inquired and they had it. This is one of the best parts of the yellowtail. It is cooked and they do an amazing preparation. Not to be miss

  • Visited June 2012
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Vail
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Unbelievable food and atmosphere.”
Reviewed 16 June 2012

Japanese- Latin American fusion- out of this world! You can’t describe it with words, you just have to experience it. It is expensive even by Vail’s standards, but they are running some good specials now. Don’t limit your experience just to the sushi bar- Caramelized cod is one of the best items on the menu. Great outdoor sitting on the terrace overlooking Vail.

  • Visited June 2012
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The World
Level 6 Contributor
441 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“2012 Our review of Matsuhisa”
Reviewed 20 May 2012

We had been delaying our visit to Matsuhisa because we didn’t want to be disappointed (Matsuhisa, Solaris Vail, 141E. Meadow Dr., Vail, CO 81657, tel. 970-476-6628, web: http://www.matsuhisavail.com/). In the late 80’s when Nobu Matsuhisa was new in LA we went to his tiny hole-in-the wall restaurant on La Cienega many, many times. We always had the tasting menu and it was always original, delicious and fun. We decided to blow a $500 windfall we unexpectedly received. We went to Matsuhisa with a couple we like very much and we had a fabulous meal and evening. Jordan, a manager of Matsuhisa was there and was very friendly, attentive and informative. We really like that! Our server was a young woman who was professional, friendly and over-worked. For the “shoulder season,” it was very crowded. And noisy. We were going to move tables but it occurred to us that no matter where we moved, it would be noisy. The chairs were comfortable but the room was overly warm and, because the chairs were made of leather, at the end of the evening Dimitri said the seat of his pants were damp with sweat.

We decided to get one $150 Omakase tasting menu (in Japanese it means: “I’ll leave it to you.”). The plates would not be split in the kitchen, rather the plates would be put between us and we would use our chopsticks to eat from the main plate. Jordan said that they would orchestrate the pace of our friends’ appetizers, salad and mains to harmonize with our 8 courses. We accompanied our meal by a small hot Dai-Ginjo saki. We started with a sashimi of blue fin tuna with jalapeño and a wonderful sauce. There were 3 pieces and it was perfect—Dimitri had 2 delicious morsels and Audre had one. The next plate was octopus on cucumber with another yummy sauce. This time there were 4 pieces and we each had 2. The third plate was our standout favorite. It was 4 thin slices of mackerel rolled around sea urchin. The sauce was excellent and the flavor added by the urchin (or uni in Japanese) was divine. After that dish there were five more: a sushi assortment that was very good (even for people like us who are underwhelmed by sushi), a waygu (Kobe beef from Australia) beef, two others that we can’t remember and a miso soup at the end of the meal. The amount of food was perfect for the two of us. All of this was followed by a dessert plate with a Bento box chocolate delectable, a vanilla bean ice cream, fruit, and coconut banana spring rolls. Wow! Excellent and we highly recommend you try it! We spent $189.70 plus tip. Domo Arigato Gozamimu to you Nobu!

  • Visited May 2012
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Oxnard, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Fun restaurant to see and be seen.”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

Beautiful spot in Vail .this is a nice addition to the village. The food is very good and very expensive. Probably awesome when the weather is warm and they poem the windows

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Wolcott, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

A wonderful place to experience sushi like never before. A definite must try for those not on a budget.

Visited December 2011
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