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Matsuri St James
Matsuri St James

Matsuri St James Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matsuri-restaurant.com/index.html
  • Phone: 0207 839 1101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 6pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hiroshi Sudo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Matsuri St James's can offer you a full catering service for your party. One or more of our professional chefs, together with a team of waiting staff, will come to your office/home and cook an amazing menu of your choice – regular Matsuri dishes and also any 'off-menu' wishes of your guests, and then we will serve you and your guests.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our staff are happy to help your celebrate your special day or event to make it memorable and special. Please contact us .

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The nearest Tube station is Green Park and Piccadilly Circus.
  • Parking: No
A word from Matsuri St James
Maturi St James's has private rooms as well as a large open restaurant area which enables us to cater for everything from small private parties to large corporate occasions. We are very flexible and are happy to create a bespoke party for you package based on your requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us





Matsuri St James's is based in the heart of Mayfair, offering a wide variety of Japanese food from authentic to innovative. Using top quality ingredients we create a beautiful harmony including teppanyaki - a cooking style in which a chef cooks in front of you. The Sushi bar is very popular among Japanese expatriates as they recognise the same quality as they eat in Japan.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Great dinning in a relaxed and authentic environment - Highly reccomend"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant over 10 times before and this time around was very disappointing. Our waiter could not communicate with our chef properly and they made us order an extra serving of vegetables after already ordering two and it was their fault for messing up"
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "Matsuri is one of those 'special occasion' places. The sort of place that when you go you, decide to eat out less often to be able to have an experience there again soon. The sushi bar, for serious sushi lovers is a must but the teppan is where all of the action happens. We went for the sake tasting menu which was a series of 8 delicious courses cooked in front of you with the accompanying saki to match chosen by their saki sommelier. Truly special. I am already looking forward to my next meal at Matsuri!"
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "I have been to lunch at the Matsuri many times and it has always been a pleasure to eat in such plesant surroundings. The food has never disappointed me and the service is very good. However, I was shocked when I was charged £ 20-00 for two 125ml. wine. If I eat there again I will be careful with my choice of drinks."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Food was ok but nothing exceptional. Fish much too salty Restaurant looks a bit old now. Would need a deep refurbishing "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I always like to visit Matsuri. Yesterday we had dinner and we enjoyed the food as usual, though the service was a little slow I suspect because it was crowded ."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I used to dine at Matsuri regularly, but had not been for some time. I have always enjoyed the sushi and tepanyaki, as well as most everything they offer on the menu. The service and food remain excellent, but prices seem to have almost doubled under newer management. The prices on their updated menu are a joke. While a slight makeover had taken place upstairs and the whiskey selection seemed improved, there was nothing to justify the price hike. I would hesitate to return due to the prices. The set menus now start at £65 and go up from there. Maybe good for a business lunch where you aim to impress, but better value for money can be found elsewhere and the food, while great, should not be as pricey as it now is."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I have a wonderful dinner there! Definitely will recommend to my friends to visit there! The food are great and delicious, the service is perfect! "
    dined on 25/05/2014
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    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "We come to Matsuri for our special occasions, and it's a great experience each time. The staff are extremely attentive and the quality and taste of the food is superb. "
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "Perfect lunch place to meet friends. The services is impeccable. The lunch time menu is perfect and very reasonable for the quality of food "
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "I took my friends for eating a typical Japanese dish. I am Japanese so this is the best one."
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "Each course was impeccable! Our chef was attentive and friendly! The service was 1st class! Go try for ypurself."
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "I've been there 5 times and every time is special. On Tuesday night I brought my boyfriend and I was so happy to surprise him. The service was excellent, chefs are very funny and the food is delicious,the reception as well very organized. Everything was impeccable. Thank you again matsuri."
    dined on 22/04/2014
  • "The title says it all - the set menus have recently been downsized, in everything but price, and the the new wine list is particularly silly - the prices are as absurd as The Arts Club - a pity - maybe they only want to attract investment types happy to pay £150 for an indifferent bottle of wine. Food quality , service and ambience still all great."
    dined on 22/04/2014
  • "It is a fun place to have lunch or dinner with your colleagues from the office, however it is slightly overpriced. You know the quality of the food it is going very good and your pocket will notice it. I specially recommend the soft shell crab, it is really good. Hiroshima sake it is also outstanding. Hopefully will go again soon."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Having dined there many times last year (2013) I would say that there has been a slight decline overall in both food quality and service. This is possibly due to staff turnover as there seemed to be very few personnel there now which were there last year. This is not what you would necessarily expect from such an eating establishment. Overall I was sad to note the decline as it spoiled the dining experience and did not quite live up to my expectations which had been built up from my previous experiences last year."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Ordered the eel lunch set, the eel was way too salty and so was the side dish of tuna. I've been here several times in the past few months and it's been consistently too salty. Colleague ordered the aubergine and tempura set and found it really salty too. I'm a regular customer and I don't recall things being this salty a year ago, perhaps they have a new chef now?"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Fantastic Venue and authentic Japanese cuisine. I chose Matsuri for wife's birthday as she is native to Japan but essentially based upon our previous good experiences of this restaurant. The staff and management were very accomodating with regard to our 14 month old daughter and took our picture, printed it and gave it to us on the spot. 1st class Teppan Yaki - my wife had the sea food and I had the 300g steak. Thank you Matsuri"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "I'm impressed and Matsuri did served His Late Majesty, The King of Tonga During one His Late Majesty's visit to London. I would highly recommend this place for special VIP dinners"
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Great food. Loved the £65 set menu - tried a mixture of new things and firm favourites. I have been before and will go again. Selina"
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "We had been here more than once before and it was better. They used to bring you a little entreè, we took fillet and lobster and there usually were two sauces for it while this time only one came. Instead of different teppaniaky veg they gave us veg cooked in a pan that weren't so good. Furtermore it is nice to have a Japanese cook not an european cook pretending to be a teppaniaky cook."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "I went there with my friends and we all loved it.Really nice food!And very nice service. We had the set menu.We thought it was a bit expensive but really worth it. The lobster tail and black cod were delicious and the fire ball ice cream was quite fun to watch it."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "As usual the whole experience was a delight - this time we had each dish paired with a different sake"
    dined on 10/03/2014
  • "One of the few places in central London that has always served and still continues to serve proper Japanese food (never mind their short-lived second branch in Holborn, this place remains good). The shop's main selling point is the "Teppan Yaki" but sushi, tempura, and other dishes on the menu are equally good, if not better. If you do go for "Teppan Yaki", be prepared to emerge very smelly afterwards, so don't wear your glad rags!"
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal at Matsuri - the staff could not have been more friendly and the food was delicious."
    dined on 05/03/2014
  • "A wonderful venue to celebrate my sons 16th birthday with family and friends, all the staff were very friendly, knowledgable and Austin the Tepan chef was incredibly engaging, producing fine food."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Always a great experience. First time I had taken young children and they loved it and were very well looked after. Pricey although you get what you pay for."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Way too expensive for the food which is just decent. No wow effect at all but price tag implies double wow... Very attentive service though!"
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "It is nice to find a peaceful corner within the hustle and bustle of London where you can enjoy a relaxed lunch sampling the eclectic flavours of Japanese cooking. I have been going to Matsuri for the past 16 years and on different occasions. Recently I had lunch there and enjoyed the Bento Box for £25 which is presented in a two layered lacquer box with an assortment of Sashimi,Sushi and pickles which included Miso Soup. Lunch is good value. For first timers I would suggest trying one of the course menus or sets from £15.00, Fish Set, £17.00 Mixed Tempura set and Matsuri Deluxe Bento Box £35.00. Dinner is more expensive especially if you add wine. I would suggest drinking Sake with your meal to complement the food or Japanese beer."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Been going to Matsuri for 10 years, always enjoyed the food, which has been top-notch ! In the past their service had been hit and miss. Finally service has been improved to match the food quality. The waitress at sushi bar is very intuitive and attentive, she answered our questions about the menu, we felt very comfortable under her care. Will go back again, waiting for their loyalty card."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our meal at Matsuri. Food is excellent, but the service is inconsistent. Also thought the cost of the meal was expensive in comparison to other Asian Michelin star restaurants, but it's a good restaurant for group bookings."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Fantastic Food and Great ambience. I would only criticise that the fire ice ball ice-cream is more of a gimmick as opposed to a proper dessert. (in short mango with ice-cream... Nothing special)"
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "What an amazing anniversary dinner we had at Matsuri, in St James. We arrived late but they still held our table. We were made to feel very welcome. I loved the surroundings. The fact that you see some of your food being cooked in front of you. We went for the set menu, which was amazing. I tasted food I would never normally go for. It was all AMAZINGLY tasty food. I strongly recommend the miso soup which was served in the little tea pot. The black cod and lobster totally sold me. Also had the sashimi which was totally tantalising. All the favours throughout my whole meal all worked perfectly well. The only downside is it's not a cheap place to eat, but for our anniversary dinner, totally worth every penny."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Matsuri St. James was a great evening out, with excellent service and even better quality of food. Must recommend the black cod! Waiters and chefs were very attentive of our needs, and our waiter was very helpful in choosing and explaining the dishes to us. A little pricey, but for the quality of food and service, I would say that it was worth the money and would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "What a fantastic find in London! Amazing quality for sushi/sashimi in Mayfair. The sushi bar is quiet, cozy and the food fresh and well prepared. Service is attentive and gracious. We're looking forward to going back to try the tepanyaki."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "The service was prompt and continuous, from the moment you arrive you are lead to your seats, the waitress arrives with an apron which you need due to the splash back from the cooking. Food was amazing, we would have liked more vegetarian options. Miso Soup was delicious and the fireball mango and ice cream is magnificent to eat as well as eye catching to watch as it's created! Have your camera ready! Lobster and black cod were cooked to perfection. What makes this special is the experience, watching the skillful chefs at work. The staff are friendly and our waiter modified the dishes to suit our dietary requirements. Perfect as a family outing or dinner for two."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Excellent service at the sushi bar for a quick business lunch...food was very well prepared and the discreetness of the downstairs dining rooms (sushi, teppan-yaki) made the meal feel more cozy and we didn't need to shout to be heard. Great value for lunch and I would definitely return."
    dined on 06/02/2014
  • "I took a customer and 2 colleagues to Matsuri. The food was excellent - we had the set menu. you get to pick an option for starter and option for main (fish or meat). the main course is cooked for you by the Chef at the Teppanyaki Table and Austin our Chef was both excellent and we felt 'made' the whole dining experience with his personality. I would recommend, but it is pricy and one for a group, as the experience really makes this place. the decor and entrance is slightly dated for a restaurant of this type in my view. But food wise we couldn't fault."
    dined on 08/01/2014
  • "Very warm welcoming from staff at street level. Little bar offers a nice selection of drinks before being led down to restaurant level below. The TeppanYaki display is a good attraction from all the chefs doing their little tricks and performances. Food is quite pricey though."
    dined on 31/12/2013