I visited Sumo Steakhouse & Sushi Bar here in Madison on December 4th 2017. The food was fresh, delicious and I was totally happy with the entire experience.
From the stylish entryway, to the authentic and sumptuous decor inside, to the charismatic Hibachi chef who prepared our meal with a dramatic flare, this entire experience is memorable. The staff is super friendly and efficient. The Sushi Chef at the honest-to-gods sushi bar was a true artisan and very happy to pose with is knife for my camera.
There are two private dining rooms for private parties, meetings, etc. and the seating, either in the main dining room or private areas is comfortable and even when dining in front of the Hibachi, enjoying the show with other couples or families, the experience still manages to be an intimate one!
The decor is both over the top and subtle, all at once! There are two huge (10 feet or more high) statues of Sumo Wrestlers facing off, ready to fight, that cannot be missed standing just inside the front doors.
To the left are many booths for those who prefer not to sit hibachi-side, and a gorgeous metallic gold and amber colored set of sofas done in glove soft leather which surrounds an amazing fountain table, with koi and other beautiful details hand carved from Sandalwood. Not just for show, I saw several people just enjoy sitting here, chatting during my visit.
The food needs to be tasted and the Hibachi Chef put on a terrific show, especially delighting the two kids at our table. It was great fun for everyone. Many dishes here come with beautiful garnishes, including even real orchid flowers. The freshness of the sushi as well as the artistry with which it is created is amazing. The Hibachi grilled Sukiyaki Steak which I ordered was cooked to absolute perfection, rare, just as I requested and served with fresh vegetables, cooked on the grill which were both tender and crisp. I really enjoyed their fried rice, served with (no kidding) Yum Yum sauce. So good!
Sumo has a full bar, and televisions in just about every room, just in case the fabulous food and Hibachi show aren’t enough entertainment for some folks.
The place is absolutely spotlessly clean and even the restrooms carry out the rich feel of the rest of the place, with square basin sinks, and real marble flooring along with Oriental detailing at the ceiling and indirect lighting.
I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone, and can guarantee that the prices are very affordable and the experience is one you will not soon forget. Have fun and tell ’em Raven sent you!