Sumo Japanese Steakhouse: all-you-can-eat sushi heaven

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Sumo Japanese Steakhouse is located at 1801 S. Broadway in Edmond (map). They are open from 11 to 10 Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday they are open from 11 to 11 and Sundays from 11:30 to 10. You can reach them by phone at 405.340.3398.

Sumo Japanese Steakhouse in Edmond, Oklahoma

PLEASE NOTE: since this article was published, the price for the all-you-can-eat sushi option has increased. The most recently-reported price is $26.

Hailing from Los Angeles, I’ve been to my fair share of all-you-can eat sushi restaurants. Chain restaurants like Todai have certainly brought a bad name to all-you-can-eat sushi, and I avoid them like the plague. At the same time, it’s imperative that my friends and I get a sushi fix at least once a month. So, it was with great pleasure that I heard from a co-worker about Sumo, an all-you-can-eat sushi place in Edmond offering heavenly bliss for just $19.99. Most places I know have either stopped the all-you-can-eat  option (because of sushi gluttons like myself) or have started charging $30 or more. I had to find out for myself if Sumo would truly be able to satisfy my insatiable appetite for raw fish!

There’s nothing too extravagant about the exterior beyond the  signage outside. Inside is a rather large interior divided into two sections: regular dine-in / bar / sushi bar and the hibachi/dance floor areas. The restaurant is certainly big enough to host a wedding reception or dance party for those interested.  I like the fact that this restaurant can satisfy those Americans who like the whole hibachi / teppanyaki show, yet also caters to purist sushi eaters like myself. If you’re after sushi like me, ask the host to seat you in the sushi area.

Now this is important — you won’t find the all-you-can-eat sushi special on the menu. You need to ask for it. When you do, your waiter should bring you the all-you-can-eat order form and a pencil. Everything on the front and back of the list is fair game with the exception of the “Special Rolls.” These rolls should be crossed out on the list indicating you can’t order them in the all-you-can-eat special. That’s fine by me since I’d be happy consuming a slab of raw salmon with wasabi, soy sauce and ginger. You’ll also notice some handwritten notes on the bottom saying “$0.25 rice and $0.50 sushi roll pc.” This is outlining how much you’ll be charged for any leftover balls of rice or pieces of sushi rolls if you went in over your head and ordered too much food. My suggestion: don’t order all your food at once. Instead, order in phases. I usually order a whole bunch of nigiri (fish pieces on top of balls of sushi rice) and a few rolls like the spicy tuna rolls and salmon skin rolls (which are both excellent).

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of our readers, Andrea, sent us a scan of the All-You-Can-Eat menu as of April 26, 2009. Thanks, Andrea. Click here to view the menu for yourself.

Included with the meal is a small salad (iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato) topped with ginger dressing and a bowl of miso soup. The soup was a little bland and definitely not as good as the one offered by Tokyo, but hey, for $20 all-you-can-eat sushi, I can cut them a little slack in that department.

There are usually two sushi chefs preparing food and it took about 20 minutes to get our first batch. Our initial order amounted to about $65 in value from my quick calculations. Most subsequent orders took no more than ten minutes because we only ordered about $20-$30 worth. Remember to pace yourself and don’t leave any leftovers!

The salmon, scallops, red clam and tuna nigiri are excellent. I thought that the yellowtail tasted a day too old. I really wish they offered toro, which is the belly of the yellowtail and one of the tenderest cuts of fish, but it’s more expensive and not cost-effective for all-you-can-eat. The octopus seemed a little overcooked and the eel selections were a little too fishy for my taste. Overall, the quality was very good, but I must say that some of the rolls really start to taste the same after a few pieces, especially the ones that have the fish, cucumber and avocado in them. It would be nice to be able to order some of the special rolls since they offer a little more variety of flavors, but I guess I can’t get everything my way, right? Another thing I like is that Sumo doesn’t pad the sushi with excess rice to fill you up faster like many other all-you-can eat establishments try to do. In fact, the salmon nigiri I had took me extra time to chew because the cut was enormous and could have easily been a little thinner.

Sumo’s wait staff is prompt, friendly and, oddly enough, they seem very eager to make sure that the customer gets the most out of the all-you-can-eat special. By the end of the night, the job was done. The two of us easily consumed $100 worth of sushi for $40. You just can’t find a deal like that anywhere else, especially with the quality of sushi that Sumo has to offer. I usually like to end a meal like this with some hot green tea to cleanse the palate and aid in the enormous digestion that’s about to take place. I skip on the dessert since a well executed all-you-can-eat sushi night places full emphasis on fish and not filler. Plus, I’m usually too full to consume anything else.

If you’re a true sushi lover like me and have that insatiable appetite for fish, Sumo is the only place to go in OKC. They regularly offer 20% discounts for UCO students and they also have coupons for regular menu items in Entertainment Book if you decide to forego the all-you-can eat menu. But why would you, when all-you-can-eat sushi is so heavenly?

Let us know what you think of Sumo in the comments.

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  • Greg says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 9:45 pm   

    I’ve been to Sumo before and enjoyed it, but I never knew about the all-you-can-eat option. Thanks for the heads up, new guy!

  • Ryan says:
    March 11th, 2009 at 8:04 am   

    I will be hitting this place up very soon. I consume large amounts of sushi at a disgusting rate. I love it. This sounds like just the place for me!

    WARNING: They may cancel the all-you-can-eat option after I leave the restaurant.

  • shadfar says:
    March 11th, 2009 at 8:49 am   

    Great review Sam, Thank you! I’ll definitely hit this place up!

  • Sam says:
    March 11th, 2009 at 10:01 pm   

    Glad to be of service! And Ryan, as I was writing my review, the thought of TOO many people taking advantage of the AYCE sushi DID run through my mind, but even if they only offered it like 2 days a week, it’s still worth it.

  • Joe says:
    March 12th, 2009 at 9:05 am   

    Oh man I am unbelievably excited to eat here. Growing up in South Florida, we had a delicious all-you-can-eat sushi place that, for about $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner, blew any sushi I’ve tried since out of the water for both quality and price. After paying $20 for all the sushi I can eat (and that’s a LOT of sushi), I just can’t stomach spending more for less.

  • KatieJ says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm   

    I used to eat at Sushi Plus and was so sad when it closed…used to be like $9 for all you can eat…this sounds like it might make me happy again!

  • TracyS says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 5:22 pm   

    My husband and I used to eat here all the time until….We invited our family there for my birthday. We were so proud to show off our little “find” to everyone. We were sitted not too far from the kitchen (which is fine with me)when we noticed the cockroaches…Not dead cockroaches, but alive and running around cockroaches. We were so disgusted and humiliated lol. We witnessed at least 3-4 cockroaches running around and out of the kitchen into the dining room. Needless to say we haven’t been back. Other than that the food was good. lol

  • kevin says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm   

    Wonder who placed an ad about the all you can eat special over in Critter’s Quarterly?

  • JuJu Beans says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm   

    I have been to Todai, (Woodfield Mall in Illinois) and the only thing good when I went was their mussels and fresh oysters. That’s all I ate, haha!

    Anyways, great post! I never knew there was an all you can eat sushi place in OKC besides, “Sushi Plus” back in the day. That place was mediocre.

  • Andrea says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 9:06 pm   

    Just ate here as my final pre-race carb loading meal, and it was…. good. Not great, definitely a good value, but I passed up Tokyo thinking that I would have to spend a lot of $$ to get a decent amount of sushi, and I still think I was correct.

    Plus, at Sumo you can order off the Hibachi menu, which is key for my non-fish-eating companion.

    Followed up with a haul down to Bodensee’s for some sugar, and now off to sleep. Is Bodensee’s really as much better as the lack of reviews for Freddy’s would indicate?

  • Sam says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:37 pm   

    Andrea: good choice for carbo loading, hope your race went well. I actually just recently visited Freddy’s and definitely picked the wrong thing. I believe it was custard with pecans and caramel…just way too much sugar. One of the main reasons why it hasn’t been reviewed is because it’s already a pretty big chain, so it’s like going to review Sonics…ok maybe not that extreme…but you get my drift right?

  • Andrea says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:33 pm   

    Sam, I hear ya on Freddy’s, though my SO ordered the same thing at Bodensee’s – waaay too much sugar. I went for a cup of just chocolate custard and it was very nice and humungous (sp?).

    In Albuquerque we have a local chain of coffee shops called Flying Star (7 of them around town), and no one considers reviewing them because, well, they’re ubiquitous and the locals just “grok” them. Its a weird state of limbo for Flying Star – big enough to be taken for granted but therefore passed over by reviewers, etc.

    I’m going to email you my scan of the “off menu” Sumo AYCE list so you can post it if you’d like. :-)

    Oh, and my race went “ok”. Bit windy and humid for my tastes.

  • Tim says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:39 pm   

    Andrea, thanks so much for scan of the menu. I’ve added a note about it and a link to it in the middle of the article.

  • Ian says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 12:32 pm   

    Just went on May 6th. I had been scanning this site for some hidden jewels, and this is quite a find.

    Sumo quite possibly has the best spicy tuna roll I’ve ever had, and the nigiri was fantastic. Probably should have fasted a little more before trying this out…but I’ll feast again at Sumo soon.

    Thanks for this great find!

  • Patrick says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 6:16 pm   

    After reading this review, I was very excited to try this all-you-can-eat sushi option.
    After trying Sumo the other night, I am still excited to go back again.

    I have always been impressed/pleasantly surprised with the quality of sushi in OKC. This was no exception.
    Last Friday night I took some friends from out-of-town (Los Angeles), we went thru just about the entire all-you-can-eat menu and were very satisfied. Can’t wait to go back.

  • Jon says:
    October 31st, 2009 at 6:44 pm   

    I just came back from my first time, and it was amazing! Thanks for this post. I would have never known.

  • Richard says:
    November 28th, 2009 at 10:51 am   

    ok Ive eaten their all u can eat sushi 4 times.
    they have good service and the food was good with a good range of sushi out of the 4 time Ive eaten their, I did get a couple bites of of not so freash fish it just a bit fishy. But with the amount of shushi I eatened thats not bad less than .1%.Over all best bang for your buck with a good range.

  • Ben says:
    January 6th, 2010 at 3:26 pm   

    We are planning on visiting Friday evening for the all you can eat Sushi. Anyone know for sure if it is still available?

  • Sam says:
    January 6th, 2010 at 7:22 pm   

    as far as I know it’s still offered.

  • Ben says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 10:27 am   

    We did the All You Can Eat Sushi, Friday Night.

    We enjoyed it. It gave me the opportunity to order things I have never tried before.

    Our first order was HUGE, the second not so much.
    The only complaint was that on the first order, the rice was little gummy, overly sticky…..But the second batch was perfect.

    We will definitely go back.

  • Sam says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 11:41 am   

    I’m glad your trip was awesome, but like I suggested, it’s all about the pacing. Stick with the nigiri and don’t order too many of the rolls initially.

  • Christina Otineru says:
    September 19th, 2010 at 1:29 pm   

    ok, So I too being from California was terribly disappointed when I originally visited Oklahoma only to find no all you can eat sushi places. When I finally moved out here which was a month ago and decided to try and find one. I typed in all you can eat sushi and low and behold there was your review. I made my way to Sumo, went in sat down and began to order. The service, was excellent. My boyfriend and I sat at the sushi bar and the bartender was on the ball, asking us how we were doing, making sure our order was taken care of, on top of refills. The sushi was delicious. I LOVE the nigiri pieces they are my favorite sushi to eat when I get sushi and normally at places in CA I get charged more for those than rolls. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves sushi, the sushi chefs were talkative and nice giving suggestions here and there. Today is my birthday and I’m going there again tonight for dinner. I hope to be able to go there AT LEAST once a month.

  • Sam says:
    September 19th, 2010 at 1:50 pm   

    glad you enjoyed the place as much as I did!

  • Jayson says:
    May 8th, 2011 at 8:08 pm   

    They are still offering the all you can eat on the weekdays, no longer offered fri-sun. They had a sign on the door saying that they will be phasing it completely out June 1st. So call ahead. We ate there today “mothers day” and the sushi was excellent.

  • Sam says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:40 am   

    Thanks for the input. It’s a sad travesty to lose the AYCE sushi!

  • jeff says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 1:02 pm   

    Called today and found out that it is now $26 not $19.95 – at lunch.

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