I had a terrible experience here! Do not waste your time and money at this restaurant!
After getting seated at their empty restaurant during prime time dinner hours, I got absolutely no service. No menu, no water, nothing.
One staff member talked on the phone for the entire time, the other looked at my table from behind the kitchen and did nothing.
I left after 15 min of zero interaction. I am pissed since I paid $25 for an online coupon that I could not use because I didn't get any service! Absurd.
The location and the food at Gambas were decent enough for me to give this place a few tries, but the service was rude enough, often enough, that finally I gave up.
Please note that three of the 5-star reviews for this restaurant were posted on the same date. Also, two people each rated it 5 stars twice. Out of not very many total reviews at all. Sketchy!
Seattles Best Kept Secret For Sushi and Catering.
I have been eating at Gamba's Japanese and French Restaurant since they opened. I initially wrote several positive reviews and continued to eat there since their debut in Seattle's Bell Town.
Now the favor was returned to me. I was fortunate to get Gamba's to cater my wedding dinner in Des Moines, Wa. for 175 guests. Consisting of 5 course's and plenty of drinks all prepared and served by his staff.
Tomato Spinach Salad w/ meat's and Cheeses,
Salmon Tar Tar with his homemade ponzu sauce,
Deep Fried Las Vegas Roll (new to his menu)
Striped Bass w/ asparagus (also new)
and finally his special Rib Eye Steak.
Then there were multiple Vegetarian Dishes as well.
How is that for a wedding dinner and to be served to 175 people as well as all the wine and other beverages.
This dinner went off with out a single flaw. CONGRATULATIONS Gamba and Staff.
The food and beverages were served on time, cooked to perfection. We were so impressed that a staff member of the Landmark on the Sound where we were married, asked for his card because she is also getting married at this local and felt this was the smoothest and best wedding dinner she has ever seen. (She does this for a living)!!
Now that we are back from a month long honeymoon, it seems all we hear about is Gambas Catering. Uhm, what happened to the rest of our wedding???? Ok Gamba, YOU STOLE THE SHOW ONCE AGAIN.
Thank You Gamba, Sally, Jack, Ariela, and Staff for all you did. I made the best decision to use you for my wedding. -- Thank You All So Much ; Jon and Ines
Jon Pierre, The Seattle Food Critic.
Authentic Sushi with reasonable price.
I grew up in Japan and have had a lot of sushi in different cities. Sometimes my friends ask me "where is good sushi restaurant in Seattle for you?" Every time I need to carefully think about it because I don't want them to spend too much money on one dinner also I don't want them to have fake sushi either. Now I found the best answer for them. Gambas in Belltown is the one.
Their sushi is beautifully arranged on white plate with bamboo leave like zen design. The piece of sushi is perfect size and carefully made by the chef. The taste is absolutely good. In addition to sushi, they have a variety of dishes and drinks including real sake. Plus, I like gentle manners of people working in the restaurant.
If you want to try sushi almost for the first time, try their happy hour from 4pm to 7pm on Mon. - Sat. I was surprised with the cheap price for that quality sushi.
I don't know why Gambas is not well known in downtown Seattle. Maybe because this restaurant is relatively new and the appearance from the street is not so spectacular.
If you want to enjoy good sushi without spending much, Gambas is the place. Trust me.
Inexpensive Great Sushi.
The Chef Gamba, made this place very special. He seems to truley care about the food he is serving you. It is very fresh, good color, great tasting.
His Happy Hour is crazy!?! $1 Sushi $2 Sushi mi Rolls?? Beer as low as $2 !! You could have 2 beers with 2 rolls and 2 pieces of Sushi for $10.
If you are out for dinner or drinks and would like to enjoy good sushi at a very low price check this place out.
Oh they do have the best Calamari anywhere as someone else mentioned.
Thanks to all the employees at Gamba's for bringing class at affordable prices to Belltown. -- Jon Pierre
High Quality, Chef Cares. High Quality Sushi, Very low Price (I ate off the Happy hour menu) Very Very Clean business. Thanks to the staff at Gambas
Very affordable and UNIQUE Sushi Bar.
I found Gamba's while at the dog park across the street from his restaurant. I saw the $1 sushi happy hour sign and decided OK... Well that was 3-4 months ago and I have been eating there at least 2-3 times each week. This place looks expensive, but is the best deal on Sushi in all of Seattle.
Gamba has created his own rolls which are indescribable. The people are freindly and we have found that people tend to share their last few bites (untouched of course) with other customers. We followed along and do the same when we have something left. - His portions are large, inexpensive and delicious. I found most of his customers are regulars. Once you visit Gamba's you will become a regular as well.
Great selection on Beer, Wine and Saki.
A menu that makes sense.
All day happy hour on Saturdays.
Weekday Happy Hour from 4pm -11pm
They deliver as well. What more could you want? Oh yes one more note... The Deep Fried Calamari I had for the first time just last night. Wow,,, He cuts it up, dips it Lightly into batter (excellent batter) and when he serves it with his special sauce, it leaves you speechless. Try it - Mike Taylor
Newly discovered hidden gem .... I found Gambas on the web and called them to see if they could cater my dad's birthday party. Not many sushi places offer affordable catering if at all. They came onsite and prepared such a drop dead gorgeous spread, everyone at the party asked who the caterers were and immediately went searching for the full menu on their iphones. The presentation was unimaginably beautiful, and even that may be a slight understatement. Gamba was uber professional - of course - he hails from a managerial position in the kitchen of a 5 star hotel in Colorado. His staff was courteous and even helped out with serving when the hired servers were bogged down cleaning up someone's spill. Their Belltown restaurant is easy to find and I've never had a problem finding on street parking - nor has my husband who frequents them for lunch during the week. I am always happy to support a family run business especially when they are dedicated to sourcing local first quality product and pave their own way with delicious,creative and uncomplicated food in a neighborhood that is somewhat innundated with pretentious establishments with too-precious sounding food.
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