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OBON Sushi Bar Review: A Fusion of Japanese and Korean Cuisine

Matty Thomas December 10, 2023 Restaurant Reviews

Pricing: $$

Ambiance: Nice Establishment

Food: Korean, Japanese, Sushi, Ramen

Drinks: Craft Cocktails

If you’re in Arizona and on the hunt for a restaurant that offers the best of Japanese and Korean cuisine, look no further than OBON Sushi Bar. With an overall rating of 3.9, OBON has carved out a niche for itself as a hub for delicious dishes and a wide variety of cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, ramen, or unique cocktails, OBON has you covered. In this review, we’ll delve into the restaurant’s ambiance, food, and drinks, explore some of their menu offerings, and check out what others are saying about this culinary gem.


The ambiance at OBON Sushi Bar strikes a perfect balance between modern and cozy, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for diners. The patio seating adds a touch of al fresco dining charm, making it an excellent spot for a relaxing evening out.


OBON’s menu is a delightful fusion of Japanese and Korean dishes. We tried the fried chicken bao, OBON ramen, and the watermelon-infused soju from the happy hour menu. The fried chicken bao was a standout with its unique and delicious flavor. The ramen had the right level of spiciness and was not overly salty. We also couldn’t resist trying miso soup, cucumber salad, sashimi (tuna, salmon, yellowtail), nigiri (albacore, salmon), and salmon rolls. Every dish was a culinary delight.


OBON Sushi Bar offers an array of cocktails, including the watermelon-infused soju. This fruity concoction was both refreshing and delicious. We also sampled the pineapple soju, which, while a little on the sweet side, was a delightful experience.

One Bite at a Time: A Glimpse into OBON’s Menu

Let’s take a closer look at some menu highlights at OBON Sushi Bar:

  • Cucumber Salad: This refreshing salad offers a unique twist with ginger and a touch of spice, deviating from the typical sesame oil-heavy cucumber salads.
  • Minced Wasabi: Fresh, crunchy bits of wasabi add a delightful texture to each bite, making it a must-try addition to your meal.
  • Salmon Nigiri/Sashimi/Roll: If you’re a fan of salmon, OBON is the place for you. Their salmon dishes are a resounding “yes!”
  • Pineapple Soju: For a sweet and enjoyable cocktail experience, try the pineapple soju.
  • Veggie Ramen and Tonkotsu Ramen: The veggie ramen and tonkotsu ramen are perfect for noodle enthusiasts. With generous portion sizes, they’re satisfying choices.

External Reviews: Let’s see what others are saying about OBON on popular review sites:

  • Yelp: OBON boasts a 4-star rating on Yelp, with diners praising the sushi, cocktails, and friendly service.
  • Google: On Google, OBON maintains an impressive 4.3-star rating, with reviewers commending the diverse menu and outdoor seating.
  • TripAdvisor: With a rating of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, OBON has earned a reputation as one of the top dining spots in Arizona.

In conclusion, OBON is a must-visit restaurant for anyone seeking a unique fusion of Japanese and Korean flavors. With an inviting ambiance, a delectable menu, and a wide selection of cocktails, it’s no surprise that OBON holds an impressive overall rating of 3.9. While it may be a bit pricey, the culinary experience is well worth the expense. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, make sure to stop by OBON Sushi Bar and savor the best of Japanese and Korean cuisine.

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Matty Thomas December 10, 2023 Restaurant Reviews