Black Ship Little Katana

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105 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
In 1852, Matthew Perry, father of the USA Steam Navy, was assigned a diplomatic mission by American President Millard Fillmore to open Japanese ports to the west trade. The Admiral sailed 4 steam ships from Norfolk, Virginia to Japan. Along that trip the salt water stained the metal ships black. At that time, the Japanese had never seen such machines and referred to them as the “black ships”. This is where we take our name.

Perry didn’t just open up Japan but all of Asia. This fateful meeting of the East and West cultures plays out in our menu. You will find our creative spin on traditional Japanese, Korean and American dishes.

Black Ship is the 'East meets West' of the Restaurants on Lamar collection. Diners will enjoy the flavors of Japanese, Korean and American dishes as they devour the freshest sushi, refreshing sake and mouthwatering Wagu steak.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

No noodles that we wanted, slow service

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JackieH
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our girls' day lunch at Black Ship Little Katana! The menu offers a variety of Asian dishes, along with a few basic American options, to ensure something for every taste. We enjoyed the Wagyu Hot Rock, Katana Appetizer Sampler, and a No Problem Roll. Specialty cocktails are refreshing and creative - our choices were the Orangeblossom Mule and a lovely martini with lychee and blueberries (it has a cute name that I've forgotten). The Ginger Vanilla Creme Brulee and Mango Cheesecake were the perfect "last bites!" Our server Sherokee was knowledgeable, attentive and very sweet and we enjoyed visiting with Steven, the manager, who came by to check on us. Our Black Ship Little Katana experience made a fun day out extra special. We will be back!

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Hayls
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have been going to Little Katana on Cole for about 7 years and now that we live downtown, we are able to go to Black Ship at the Omni. It has been a staple for our relationship for special dinners and somewhere we know we can go and have any amazing meal! Means a lot, and we will see you soon!

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Maik
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was awesome delicious. Special wishes were no problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic. Family dinner, everyone with different tastes, but all happy with their meals. Have been a couple times. Always friendly, nice ambience, great sushi and steaks. Very nice.

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Cynthia
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was right on point. Sushi was fresh. Soup was just the right temperature. Appetizers were wonderful, dumplings and perfect cooked squid!

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fsheajr
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Very enjoyable and great selection of asian dishes

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Unfortunately they don’t know how to handle a crowd. Took them almost an hour to get our sushi and it must have been the chef’s first time to cut fish. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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AmyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of sushi and fun new rolls to try. We loved it!

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vipOttoMuller
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great find in downtown Dallas. The Wagyu Hot Rock was outstanding and I highly recommend the octopus salad.

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AlfredH
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great our server Erica was fantastic we plan on going back again this weekend

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Jack
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Services was great, but the food was horrible. You could tell it must have been microwaved edamame vs steamed. Good location and service but can't justify the poor quality of food

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Tcualumni2005
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Will not go back

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vipSteveC
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service on Saturday evening was off. They were not very busy yet the server and hostess were slow with our requests and not very accommodating. The server turned out to be doing double duty as the bartender so she was stretched.

The food was tasty but very heavy on the sauces. Overall not a great experience for me or my date. Very disappointed.

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vipaaron
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi was really good.

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StephenF
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was awesome and food was great! Sushi was tasty. Wasn't too noisy. We'd love to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was very good. We had a party of five and ordered an array of menu items including nigiri, sushi rolls, chicken katsu and yaki soba noodles. For dessert we order both the mango and coffee mochi as well as the flourless chocolate torte. Everything came out very well and in a timely manner. Service was okay, not great, not bad. It was extremely slow for being a Friday night and seemed like the front of house staff was taking advantage of the downtime. Overall if you want good Japanese next to the Omni, stop in. Expect good food but lackluster service and you won’t be disappointed.

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MariaA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent sushi and service. Location and parking (validated!) is perfect for those in Downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All of the food was very good! The portions were a good size and value for the price. All of the servers were kind and helpful. Our service was a bit slow, there were not very many people on the dining room but they did have a large party in the back room.
We ordered Shrimp Shumai - DELICIOUS! Sizzling Dumpling Soup - Delicious! Spicy Tuna, Spicy California and The Angel Roll. All were delicious I enjoyed the Angel Roll - It had Burdock around it (this is a root vegetable) it was an interesting combo and very good! I would recommend everything we had.

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TrayJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Serice was great but food wasn’t so just ok..We expected better tasting food.

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vipKDallas
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I used to love this place when it was a little hole in the wall on Knox. Not sure if it’s the same owner group but this place is terrible. The sushi is what you’d find at a Whole Foods and the set up inside resembles a suburban chain restaurant. Never again

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, great sushi bar. I bet it gets super busy during hotel events.

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Ehenry
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service at a good price. Everyone in our group enjoyed it

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vipTheCaraD
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a lunch date. Had a bento box with salmon. Everything was delicious! Will definitely be back!

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AdamG
Wales
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible sushi and very poor service .. I was one of only three tables there and the waitress was more interested in messing around in the kitchen with the chefs than the customers.
Then brought the bill to which I hadn’t asked for !! Maybe I wanted something else like a desert or coffee!!
Won’t be back

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with good sushi! I will be back.

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Valerie98
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for our 1 year anniversary, and it was lovely! We started off with sushi, and it tasted great, very fresh. For dinner my boyfriend had the steak, it was so buttery, needed no sauce. I had the Idaho trout, cooked to perfection. The staff was very attentive, the place was quiet and intimate with the lights dimmed. We will definitely go back.

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vipJennH
Austin
57 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good rolls and excellent service! We sat at the sushi bar during lunch and were greeted quickly. I wasn't expecting much with this restaurant being part of the Omni hotel, but the rolls were really good!

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vipMimi
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It was a really cute place, but the food was just okay. Definitely not bad, but personally not one of my favorite Asian fusion places in town. I’d say visit if you’ve tried a lot of places and want something new.

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vipLA16
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good but the hostess told the person I was meeting for lunch that there were no reservations and no one was waiting for anyone in the restaurant. Thus he stood at the front of the restaurant for 10 minutes waiting for me to walk in when I had already been seated at the back for 15. The restaurant was not very busy but service was also quite slow. The sashimi was delicious and the sushi was great as well. I do wish it was easier to make modifications to the food. Though the planned one hour lunch ended up taking at least an hour and a half, I might come back for dinner or go to Little Katana on Cole since it is smaller and less likely to have a similar situation occur with the hostess.

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We walked in to Black Ship Little Katana at 7:00pm on a Friday night - this was our very first time here. Being downtown on a Friday evening, I came in kinda expecting the place to be busy. Instead we were walked to the very back of the restaurant to be seated at our table and we passed a grand total of 7 patrons. It was a ghost town. Our initial thought was that the public was privy to information that we were not (bad service? bad food? what's the deal??). Instead we found that the restaurant had solid ratings all around, we just chose a bad time to come (immediately after happy hour ended). By the time we left an hour or so later, the total number of patrons had increased to 10-12 - still a very weak crowd. The bar next door was pretty busy though.

Overall our experience was good, but it did not meet expectations. I'm glad we gave it a try, but I don't expect we'll ever visit again. There are plenty of sushi places closer to home with better quality food, a bigger variety, and better pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We have been to Black Ship Little Katana several times. It has become our go to special occasion restaurant.

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karena
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed this restaurant. We were staying at the Omni Dallas and just wanted something close by and we could walk over. We sat outside as the air conditioning was too cold.
Ordered sushi and a salad and enjoyed both. Service was great. Food was great. I would go back!

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vipTaylorJ
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Not a great atmosphere. All staff have lackadaisical attitude. Took a while to be sat even with a reservation and the place was empty. I can see why now. Food was mediocre and service was about the same. The Knox location is worlds better.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our 10 yr Anniversary

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vipTomO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I was traveling to Dallas for a National Volleyball tournament for one week... I ate at black ship little katana four times during that week! I hope to return to Dallas soon in order to eat there again

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BrianZ
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were staying at the Omni for a convention and thought that BSLK would be packed so we made an Open Table reservation. Surprisingly, there were only a few tables occupied when we arrived.

The miso soup was hot and flavorful, and a nice sized portion as well. Nothing ruins the start of a meal like luke warm soup. A great start.

I had the miso glazed seabass with grilled asparagus and wasabi mashed potatoes. A picture of this dish is attached. The fish was cooked perfectly, moist and flaky. The asparagus was tender and had a delicious "grilled" flavor. The mashed potatoes were the perfect starch accompaniment for the dish.

My wife was looking for something vegan or vegetarian for her meal. Our server said she could substitute tofu for the protein of most any dish. So, she ordered the yakisoba noodles with tofu. She really enjoyed the dish. I was able to steal a couple bites of her noodles and the flavor was outstanding.

Needless to say, our plates were clean when they were picked up by the buser, with no room left for dessert.

Our server was not very personable, but did her job in a professional manner. Especially when I'm out of town, I enjoy interacting with the servers and getting to know the area better, but maybe she preferred to give us our privacy.

We returned the day after for lunch and sat at the sushi bar. The sushi was excellent and our server was very personable and helped us greatly with the menu selections.

I wish we lived in Dallas as we would definitely be a regular at BSLK !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Came towards for my birthday dinner with friends. Service was horrible. We had a party of 7. Party of 8 or more supposed to get charged with “large party fee” they put it on our bills anyways and the server barely came around and it wasn’t crowded at all...HORRIBLE service. Usually love this place but wow...may not be back for a while.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the severs were very helpful and accommodating

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seabreeze51
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only reason we ate at this restaurant is because all of the other Omni restaurants were booked due to the Fan Expo convention. Four of us were pleasantly surprised, the food was really good. Be patient, as service from the seating to the wait staff, drink orders were really slow and the establishment was not crowded. Having a reservation did not expedite the seating, the hostess was not prepared to seat us. The food however was really good once we received. Drinks and food on average about 33.00 a person so be careful if you do not want to spend that much on sushi and noodles, but it was fresh and very tasteful.

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Black Ship Little Katana is rated 4 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

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