Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electric sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for electrifying sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $10, you get $25 worth of sushi, teppan dishes, and drinks at Sakura, located on East Tanque Verde Road. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only and is not valid towards happy hour.
Voted best Japanese food in 2010 by Tucson Lifestyle magazine readers, Sakura features fresh sushi and traditional teppan dishes prepared tableside by deft-handed chefs. Feast on starters such as tempura ($9.25) and squid salad ($5.75) before moving to double-proteined lunch combos such as New York steak and shrimp paired with soup, vegetables, and white or fried rice ($16.95). At dinner, watch the chef perform fancy handwork on the teppan yaki chicken ($16.95), or personally summon the Sakura lobster dinner with newly discovered Aquaman powers ($42.95). Rev up stomach engines with the sushi and sashimi combo, a trio of seven sushi pieces, 10 sashimi pieces, and a California roll ($30), and pair dishes with a playful, potent cocktail or sake from the extensive drink list.
Lined with photos of grinning patrons and Japanese accent pieces, Sakura's cozy interior nevertheless channels a sports-bar atmosphere with its extensive spread of sports memorabilia and a multitude of TVs for catching the game. Patrons that prefer to paint their palates en plein air can enjoy live music every night for a lively atmosphere of general rug-cuttery on the outdoor patio.
Dancing flames erupt from teppan grills, illuminating the captivated faces of diners seated around the tabletop grill. The roaring fires are tamed by Sakura's highly skilled chefs, who playfully flip spatulas in the air before sizzling up plump morsels of teppanyaki steak, chicken, and seafood. Behind the sushi bar, chefs fold fresh fish into both raw and cooked specialty rolls, which reporters from Tucson Weekly lauded as "some of the most delicious seaweed, sweet vinegar rice and raw fish concoctions imaginable."
Kimono-clad waitresses glide through the lively dining rooms, bearing plates of sushi, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and colorful specialty cocktails. In the sports bar, the walls grasp massive flat screens and hundreds of pictures of the owner posing with local celebrities—from weather girls to the neighborhood grocery’s bag boy of the month. Towering chrome heaters warm the tabletops of the expansive outdoor patio, where colorful lights and hanging flags set the stage for live music performances each night.
6534 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85715Get Directions