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Sakana Mooloolaba, Mooloolaba, AU-QLD

Sakana Mooloolaba

4.7
4.7
131 Reviews
$40 and under
Japanese

Sakana is consistently rated as Mooloolaba's No.1 Sushi Restaurant. Unassuming and tucked discreetly into the side of its sister restaurant Fish on Parkyn, Sakana is a local sushi institution for a reason. Super fresh and straight from the dock just behind us, we artfully prepare the most pristine ingredients for your enjoyment. We offer you an authentic Japanese Cuisine experience, at affordable prices in a relaxed and casual setting.

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Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (07) 5477 7737

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Monotori Oki

  • Area

    Mooloolaba

  • Cross Street

    Parkyn Parade

  • Parking Details

    There is ample street parking and two public parking lots close by.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sakana Chefs Table & Sake Night

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    21 July 2022 only
    Put yourself in the hands of our Head Chef and experience the skill, technique and creative freedom of our Japanese craftsmanship. The Chef’s Table experience encapsulates the long held Japanese tradition of respect and hospitality. Our menu is based on seasonality and draws on the immense richness of our land and sea in Australia. The Chef’s Table seats up to 12 guests. The intimate 4 course menu is paired with hand selected Sake.

What 131 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sunshine Coast

    Fit for Foodies

  • Sunshine Coast

    Healthy

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Best Overall

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Best Food

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Healthy

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Lunch

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Outdoor Eating

  • Central Sunshine Coast

    Special Occasions

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  1. C

    Coastman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very enjoyable dining experience. The menu has many choices for all tastes and age groups, the bar does wicked cocktails and the staff couldn't do enough for us.

  2. NL

    NicholasL

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A must-have for Japanese food lovers visiting the Sunshine Coast. Consistently delicious food and great service in a convenient location.

  3. NE

    NicE29

    Melbourne

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great , always is and always consistent Always a great lunch here

  4. PH

    PaulH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it. Was worth the walk to & from. We’ll be back :)

  5. JA

    JessicaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We had the sushi, it was great! Can recommend the sushi, would definitely go back

  6. MT

    MeganT

    Sunshine Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Have dined here a few times and the food is always top notch. The service always comes with a smile and never too much effort

  7. MR

    MichelleR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    As usual staff and food of the highest quality. Staff are always helpful and welcoming.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome!!!

  9. AM

    AndreM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yum yummy our favourite sushi place in the coast !

  10. RC

    RodneyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really nice Japanese food, well presented and tasty.

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 4 May 2022

    Thanks RodneyC for your kind words. Hope to see you again. The team at Sakana

  11. C

    Chris

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service was great not rushed but also not ignored The food was as fresh as you could ask for. The agadashi tofu is perfect. I’ll be back just for it

  12. MD

    MartineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We ordered a variety of food to share and main meals. We like to taste different foods. Everything was good quality, super tasty and very well presented. Dishes came at a good pace to allow our party to enjoy each dish, have long private conversation and fun. My son who is a chef and has visited Japan said the desert was the best he ever tried before.

  13. JD

    JoelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible food and cocktails! Couldn't have asked for better.

  14. EI

    EatIT

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Delicious fresh and fast authentic Japanese cuisine

  15. LW

    LizW

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Always been a family favorite but the vibe, service and food quality is no longer there. Felt like we were being kicked out, service was lack lustre and quality / quantity not what it used to be.

  16. PS

    PaulS

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Astonishingly fresh Japanese food, helpful friendly service and great saki menu

  17. MK

    MarkK

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Always a great time. Food is 1st class, as good as any I have tried. Fresh perfectly fresh produce, speaks for itself, nowhere to hide. Love this place

  18. H

    Hank

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was well presented and extremely fresh . The best Japanese I have had anywhere in Australia and as good as any I had while visiting Japan. The waiter were very professional and attentive.

  19. M

    Michaelg

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious and Fresh…enjoyed the food immensely

  20. RM

    RachelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Want to try everything on the menu , beautiful plating , exquisite food

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 21 February 2022

    HI Rachel! Thanks so much for your review, we'll share it with all the staff, they thank you!

  21. d

    dickiethekiwi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    food was amazing though slightly on the pricey side of things. in general the service was phenomenal and all the staff were lovely

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 17 February 2022

    Thanks! We hope you enjoyed Valentines Day

  22. H

    Harro

    Brisbane

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Pretty rushed. We were not told there was a time limit ?? and when we were planning to have sweets was handed the bill and briefly told to leave after exactly 1.5 hours. They have lost us in the future and when we lived here used to come here a lot. Not the experience we remember

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 15 February 2022

    So sorry to read your review Harro, we apologise for not giving you the experience you anticipated. Valentines Day was very busy and we were under pressure but still not a reason for our valued customers to be disappointed. We hope you accept our apology.

  23. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4

    Although the food and restaurant was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, I believe they could do better with their front staff. One lady in particular. Rude, couldn't even crack a nice conversation. We arrived at 6pm asking if there was any bookings - NO she said. I said anything coming up - NO. Very rudely. We went back to our car and found there was a booking online for 6.30 so we waited. When we come back with the booking she was even ruder. Like how dare we make a booking I said NO !!!! Anyway food was great.

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 14 February 2022

    Hi Rebecca, thank you for your positive comments in regards to our food. We apologise for the service. We are glad you returned for the 6.30 booking. We will look into this further. Thanks again.

  24. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Fantastic fresh real Japanese cuisine thank you We will be back

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 14 February 2022

    Hi Chris, glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We're spoilt for the freshest of ingredients being located in and around the local seafood suppliers. Hope to see you again.

  25. K

    Kapow

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very popular restaurant - full house Friday night. Mixed sushi/sashimi plate was very good, as was the calamari, especially the aioli that came with it. Good service too.

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 14 February 2022

    Thanks Kapow! Hope your evening was enjoyable and fun with good food and friendly faces. Hope to see you again soon.

  26. PE

    PETERA

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Every one was pleasant, with the exception of one of the wait staff. A rice bowl took a long time to show up. It seemed the rest of the staff were over worked. The food was excellent as was the value.

  27. JK

    JustineK

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2

    Have dined previously and was using a voucher. The food is always beautifully presented and so fresh. You are sitting outside and facing a car park. That doesn’t bother us as you are there for the great sashimi etc. The owner is very efficient but the other staff need more education on menu

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 7 March 2022

    Hello Justine and thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed the food. We currently have staff in training and we apologise for this. We hope to have everyone familiar with the menu as soon as possible. Thanks and stay safe.

  28. WL

    WendieL

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A menu that is both healthy and tasty. The staff are friendly and helpful. It’s an enjoyable experience to dine here.

  29. LL

    LeanneL

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great friendly service Food was fresh, tasty and big servings

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service

  31. D

    Dinnerdiner

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Nice food, not much atmosphere and terribly expensive! Plus they did not disclose a 15% surcharge because it was a public holiday.

  32. T

    Toria

    Gold Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The salmon teriyaki was amazing! I just find the rolls a bit large! Even the small ones are bigger than the normal small kids size ones!

  33. JC

    JackieC

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh, fast, great service, great position. Highly recommend

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 3 January 2022

    Thanks JackieC! Hope to see you soon! All the best for 2022.

  34. SJ

    SamanthaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service was lovely Highly Recommend

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 3 January 2022

    Hi SamanthaJ! Thank you for your kind words. We are proud to offer the freshest of food with our awesome front of house team. Hope to see you again soon!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service and the food to match❤️

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 4 May 2022

    Thank you! Hope you visit us again soon.

  36. C

    Catspaw

    Brisbane

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    The service was atrocious from the moment we sat down. We had to ask twice for wine glasses and no wine bucket appeared for 30 mins. One guest was gluten free. No gluten free menu was available, and there was no notes on the menu. Only advice given was that most things were not gluten free. The food was of very low standard. No extra sauces offered with the sashimi, only wasabi. No pickled ginger. The squid was tough and inedible. The rib fillet on the main menu arrived luke-warm with runny cold ponzu sauce in a side dish. The steamed vegetables were still raw and completely undressed. Altogether, the food was not restaurant quality and thoroughly disappointing.

  37. RB

    RobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very fresh sushi and sashimi straight off the trawler

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 20 December 2021

    Thanks RobB! We are very lucky in our relationships with the local fishermen and our access to the freshest of seafood. Thanks for taking the time to review us, all the best and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  38. N

    None

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful fresh sashimi and sushi which was presented well. Great service and I'm looking forward to going back.

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 20 December 2021

    Hello! Thank you for our kind comments, it means a lot to everyone that our guests enjoy their dining experience with us. Merry Christmas!

  39. SL

    StephenL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been multiple times and always great food and wine list good also

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 20 December 2021

    Thanks StephenL! Thank you for commenting on our wine list, it is new and updated, as is our Sake list. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks and all the best!

  40. KN

    KathyN

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic evening out. Couldn’t have asked for better. Thank you

    Sakana MooloolabaResponded on 12 December 2021

    Thanks Kathy! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope to see you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Sakana Mooloolaba offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (07) 5477 7737.

Sakana Mooloolaba is rated 4.7 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Sakana Mooloolaba

25 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba, AU-QLD 4557

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Parkyn Parade

  • Area

    Mooloolaba

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is ample street parking and two public parking lots close by.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Monotori Oki

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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