Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse

Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse
5115 Burning Tree Road, Duluth
218-727-3222

Another sushi joint will be opening in Duluth, but this one will be the city’s first hibachi restaurant. Work is underway at Burning Tree Plaza in preparation for Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse.

The Burning Tree Plaza mall, located at 5115 Burning Tree Road in Duluth’s Miller Hill area, is recognized for its anchor stores Best Buy and T.J. Maxx. Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse will be situated in store #309 of the mall, between Beauty Mart and Regency Beauty Institute, so, theoretically, it should be beautiful.

Owners are Sam Lin, Dan Xu and Lester Teseng.

41 Comments

CWill

about 11 years ago

Thank you for the information!  We noticed the sign last week, but couldn't locate any information about opening, etc.  We are looking forward to Hibachi in Duluth!

ironic1

about 11 years ago

Woot!  Love hibachi grills.

Zacaroo

about 11 years ago

Dan and Lester sound like buddy cop names.

I would watch that movie.

Claire

about 11 years ago

Paul you beat me to the bunch! I was driving up 10th Ave and saw a van with the name, logo, and a local phone number. Very cool. too bad it's up at the mall, though, I hate driving over the hill.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has a review in this month's issue of two sushi/hibachi steak houses in the Twin Cities. One of them is called Osaka, but I am fairly certain there is no connection with the Duluth one that's in the works. (That is to say, the guy who answered the phone at the Bloomington location didn't think so.)

no no

about 11 years ago

Great, another big chain moves in ... too bad for the zen house ... guess they will go bye bye ... I will boycott Osaka for this reason.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Perhaps I wasn't clear enough when I wrote that I'm FAIRLY CERTAIN THERE IS NO CONNECTION between the Twin Cities chain and the yet-to-open Duluth restaurant. I'll try to clarify this, but for now you should assume this new restaurant is NOT A CHAIN.

Dangerr

about 11 years ago

I believe this is a chain, I lived near Houma, LA this summer, and made a visit to a Osaka Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi and Steakhouse. It was a great resturant and had affordable prices, I recommend this site to anyone, I would just like to know the opening date!

Holli

about 11 years ago

I saw the sign up and figured it was open so I was just doing a search to find out for sure. Please keep us posted on an opening date for the Duluth location! I heart habachi!

B-man

about 11 years ago

I stopped in there on Sat Dec 4. The employees said two weeks it will be open.  

The employees do not look like typical corporate chain types, no suits, English is a second (or third) language, and there seemed to be only them working on the interior.  If it were a typical national chain i.e.Apple-bees, or McDonald's the building projects would be handled by a project manager and building contractors.  No proof of anything, just sayin'

girlfromnorthcountry

about 11 years ago

Dudes, there's one in Eden Prairie:  osakamn.com

I'm surprised at the negative response that this restaurant may be a chain.  I'm all about keeping our money local, but even a franchise is usually locally owned.  It's not another Texas Roadhouse or Buffalo Wild Wings; which, by the way, people complained about before they got here, and are now some of the busiest restaurants in town.  Doesn't competition make us all stronger?  It's another option, and it's more jobs (ooh I sound like a Republican there).

Just stirring the pot, and hungry for some sushi ... can we get a Hu Hot in this town while we're at it??

Bad Cat!

about 11 years ago

If we only let locals open restaurants, we'd have nothing but Scandinavian food.

no no

about 11 years ago

I just checked there are Osakas in Apple Valley, Eden  Prairie, Richfield, Coon Rapids, Rosedale, and two new ones in Roseville and one in Rochester ... hmmm seems like a chain to me.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I spoke briefly this morning with Sam Lin, who is one of the owners of the Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse. He said the restaurant is not part of a chain. There are restaurants in the Twin Cities with similar names, but he said they are not connected.

When will Oaska open? Lin said probably Wednesday.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Here is the menu:










Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Saturday, 11am-2:30pm. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday, 4-9:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 4-10:30pm; and Sunday 12-9:30pm.

TimK

about 11 years ago

I've eaten a lot of food in my life, but I'm no expert. Is this going to be one of those places that has a hot grill built into the center of your table? (Like Korean BBQ?)

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Yes. The Japanese word hibachi means "fire bowl," which is supposed to refer to a portable bowl made of heatproof material used for cooking, but in North American it means "big grill at your table." At least, that's my understanding of it.

ÅŒsaka is Japan's second largest city.

zra

about 11 years ago

Teppanyaki? In Duluth?! Sweet! I'm totally there.

ironic1

about 11 years ago

When I was out at Best Buy today there was a sign out that said "Grand Opening" for the Osaka restaurant.  I didn't have time to stop in, but it seems a pretty good bet that it's open.

Emily

about 11 years ago

Does anyone have a contact number?  I would like to see about a reservation for my birthday and am having no luck on the internet??

ironic1

about 11 years ago

I have been looking for the phone number as well, to no avail.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse
(218) 727-3222

ironic1

about 11 years ago

Thanks, Paul.  You're a dear.

TimK

about 11 years ago

Paul- in the interest of sociological understanding of technological changes, how did you find the phone number? (I've got my own guess.)

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

It's on the menu. (But not on one of the pages that I scanned and posted above.)

Jill

about 11 years ago

http://aroundduluth.com/2010/12/osaka-grilling-up-a-great-combination-of-food-and-entertainment/

Fred and Carolyn

about 11 years ago

We live in the Cities and part-time in lovely Duluth.  When Hanabi came to Duluth, with it's excellent Sushi, my world was complete!

We have lots of Osakas in the Cities and they are all the same.  If you like the Habachi and smelling like you just got done working in the kitchen or you say you like sushi but only ever eat rolls, then this is the place for you.

However, if you want the real thing:  Hanabi is the answer!  We have eaten Sushi all over the country and in Japan, and Hanabi is as good if not better than most places we've been.

The Sushi chefs and waitstaff know their Sushi.  Don't be afraid to try new things and ask for any special dishes.  We love the Uni (sea urchin), but it sells out quickly.  I like how I can send a quick message on facebook asking if they have what I am looking for.

If you don't like Sushi, they have some excellent entrees and the entree soups are amazing.

So, we are Hanabi fans all the way!

Erin

about 11 years ago

I'm really looking forward to eating at Osaka, but I didn't get much help when I called to ask if there are any gluten-free options. Does anyone know if they have some? The Urbanspoon page for Osaka says that it is gluten-free friendly but I'd like to be sure before I venture up there.

John_S

about 11 years ago

I went there on Saturday night @ 6:45 and the Hibachi side was full of reservations until 9 (High School Dance).  The wait on the other side was 30 mins but was seated in 15.

I had a Sake bomb which was very good.

Appetizers - Gyoza and an order of Sushi appetizer.  The Gyoza was well made crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  The sushi was a chef preference and contained a total of four on the plate.

Dinner - Hibachi cooked Filet, Lobster with fried rice and cooked soba noodles.  

The filet and lobster were like butter.  Well cooked with a hint of smokey flavor from the grill.  The noodles and fried rice tasted great.

We also had teriyaki beef.  It looked like it was a cut of sirloin grilled with teriyaki sauce over it.  It was really tender and the teriyaki sauce was not overpowering.  

Overall I had a very good experience and will definitely go there again.  It exceeded my expectatiions.

I will call ahead and make a reservation in the future.

Claire

about 11 years ago

I think the sushi at Osaka is terrific, but the service at Hanabi is world class -- as is the sushi there. Nothing compares.

tammy

about 11 years ago

I am looking forward to going. I haven't went in years because we do have to travel to the cities. It's about time we get some nice resturants here.

Mike

about 11 years ago

I wonder if you boycot Walmart as well? Look at what they do to local businesses! Grocery Stores Close! Hardware Stores Close! etc...

Claire

about 11 years ago

Mike, I actually do boycott Walmart, as much as for what they do to local businesses, as for their politics concerning the books and music they will and won't stock.

Lauren

about 11 years ago

Does anyone have pictures of the Chef's special rolls? Preferably the cooked? I'm taking my boyfriend there as a surprise and want to order something that gives him that "wow" factor. I've seen pictures of a couple raw rolls and they looked awesome.

Steve

about 11 years ago

Looking for the phone # to make a reservation

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

The phone number is printed a few comments up from here, but here it is again:

Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse
(218) 727-3222

-Berv

about 11 years ago

I think Osaka is Japanese for "chain restaurant." I hate chain restaurants. ;)

TimK

about 11 years ago

"I spoke briefly this morning with Sam Lin, who is one of the owners of the Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse. He said the restaurant is not part of a chain. There are restaurants in the Twin Cities with similar names, but he said they are not connected."- Paul Lundgren, Dec. 13, 2010- 'Duluth Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steakhouse,' Perfect Duluth Day.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

I think Berv was mocking a previous comment. At least, that's what I interpret the winking smiley face to indicate.

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