Sato Sushi Bar & Restaurant |

Sato Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Executive Chef Atsushi Minami was at the helm in Sato's kitchen at its conception 18 years ago, and this summer the innovative and experienced chef returns. Minami's menu at the Edwards hotspot features some dishes that have been favorites over the last few seasons, along with a selection of new and inspired rolls and hot plates that complement a comprehensive selection of nigiri and sashimi.

Sato's attention to detail is evident after spending an evening at the restaurant, from the chic interior to the flavors and presentation of every dish. Save a sampling of Minami's sushi rolls for the main event, and journey through the menu's starters on a tasting experience that spotlights high-quality ingredients with fresh and seasonal tastes. The best way to start the night is with an order of the Baby Kale Salad or the Sashimi Salad, which are both customer and staff favorites, and fantastic options for a sharing table. The Summer in Vail Roll is a must, as the new summer edition features a trifecta of tuna, yellowtail and salmon wrapped in cucumber for a modern and refreshing twist. The Sunrise Roll offers the perfect counterpoint to the former, with a savory mix of tempura shrimp, cucumber and avocado, before being topped with tuna, salmon, eel sauce and spicy mayo.

The braised pork shoulder and corn pudding is a popular, melt-in-your-mouth selection from the hot menu that offers a modern spin on more traditional Japanese elements with fried maitake mushrooms, pickled Fresno chili, chives and foie gras-hoison sauce. It is ridiculously good. The filet mignon and kabocha pesto couscous is another delicious favorite featuring summer squashes, grape tomatoes, macerated raisins, basil and a red wine demi-glace — perfect for enjoying the more decadent side of summer.

Similarly, Sato's beverage list offers drinkers a cohesion of Japanese ingredients and modern inspiration, along with an expansive sake list, wine selection, and beer menu.

"Our beverage director, Dominique Taylor, has put together an impressive list of both cold and hot sakes, which all pair nicely with our dishes," explains General Manager Kendra Cooper. "And the cocktails build off the flavors chef uses in the kitchen."

Best enjoyed on the restaurant's sunny outdoor seating area, the Lychee Ginger Martini combines ginger vodka with lychee fruit and cold sake and is a favorite among bar goers. Similarly, the Pear Sake Mule is another ubiquitous favorite that perfectly pairs with the light and refreshing tastes found on the food menu.

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Sato's menu is also available for takeout for would be guests in a rush, along with being a local favorite for larger groups as a catering option.

by Kirsten Dobroth

Starts $4-$15,
Rolls $9-$17

Casual, contemporary and inviting
Signature dish
Sashimi salad,
Summer in Vail roll
kid friendly?

0105 Edwards Village Blvd. Suite E 101, Edwards Center | | 970.926.7684