Passing things can be one of mankind's most enjoyable experiences, be it blame, college entrance exams, or attractive strangers. Today's deal gives you the joy of passing plates: for $15, you get $35 worth of tapas, sushi, and accompanying drinks at Art's Tapas + Sushi Lounge in the Marina. This newly established establishment serves an edible fusion of Asian sushi mastery and Californian embellishment.
From the inside of Art's' chic and low-lit supping space flows a wealth of international inspiration that comes together into a true dining journey. Overhanging green lamps illuminate counters and bar walls while vertical beams foreshadow the geometric precision of the fare ahead. The tapas plates lend themselves well to amuse-bouche sharing with small dishes such as Galicia octopus spiced and served over sliced Yukon gold potatoes ($9), garlic mussels steamed in white wine with garlic and parsley ($8), chorizo pork sausage spiced with garlic and paired with mashed sweet potatoes ($8), and jamon Serrano, a sliced Spanish ham joined by kalamata olives ($9).
Direct sushi cravings toward a full menu of nigiri served in pairs, featuring such oceanic offerings as Ebi black tiger shrimp ($3.50), Yaki Bincho seared albacore ($4.50), and Ika squid ($4). Sushi staples are presented in artistic displays of dragon rolls (barbecued unagi, avocado, hamachi, and masago, $12), soft-shell crab rolls (with cucumber, avocado, shiso, kaiware sprouts, and masago, $11), and the signature art/s roll (wasabi tobiko, shrimp tempura, roasted jalapeños, $9). Art's Tapas + Sushi Lounge invites the palate to explore dimensions it hasn't before while blending those dimensions with other dimensions until one can't tell their dimensions from those of their dining buddy who won't stop talking about Lost. Call ahead to make reservations.
This Groupon is not valid with happy-hour specials.
- …art/s is a sleek n' intimate sushi and tapas joint that boasts 80 seats (both at two tops lit by one-of-a-kind blown glass fixtures and along a service bar that's backed by flatscreens)...On the sushi side, expect a respectable list of nigiri and sashimi (yaki toro, hotate, ebi, escolar...), and a bang-up selection of rolls ranging from the salmon/cucumber/cream cheese/basil Lombard, to the Cancun, with smoked albacore, roasted jalapeno, spicy radish, and a side of regretting you bought the all-inclusive bracelet package. The tapas're mainly Spanish-inspired with some outliers, e.g., shrimp/octopus ceviche with blended tomatoes n' peppers, cheese croquettes with camembert and mozzarella, breaded Kurobuta pork pinchos with mustard sauce, and chicken tacos that're pepper spiced, seeing how ginger spice tacos are sooo 1998. – Thrillist
While some people prefer to keep the two food stylings separate, many appreciate the variety that art/s has to offer. Yelpers and OpenTable users give art/s 3.5 stars, while 100% of Urbanspooners like it:
- The interesting mix of tapas and sushi was a lot of fun. The food was great and we all had a good time. Great choice for the evening! – OpenTable user who dined on 12/31/2009
- …I was really impressed by the place - wonderful atmosphere, delicious food - both Tappas [sic] and Sushi, and variations. The wine selection was really good, and the staff were all friendly and helpful. – Laura M., Yelp