Shema Sushi

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277 Alexander Street, Rochester, New York 14607 [Directions]
Hours (as of April 2013 per Facebook)
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00AM to 10:00PM
585 325 6555
Wheelchair Accessible

Shema Sushi is a Sushi/Japanese restaurant in the East End.

This location - on the ground floor of the Medical Arts Building - opened on April 11th, 2013 after moving from Webster (which closed in December 2012). The space was previously Gusto.

shema.jpgFormer Webster location


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2007-03-22 21:45:59   The sushi was decent. The one thing that bothered me though was a similar comment someone made about House of Sushi. They used pre-cut pieces of fish and other ingredients and while everything tasted fresh, that didn't sit well with me. —JoelCornell

2007-04-04 21:17:42   Sushi was great! Had the crunchy roll (amazing!) and vegetarian roll and asked for both w/o avacado (allergy) and I felt comfortable that it was going to be done correctly (and it was). Good size eating area - 5 tables for 4 people, 4 or so tables for 2 people and then about 8-10 seats around the sushi bar. Staff was very friendly and the place was clean and no obnoxious smell. And they did not mind at all my crying infant, they actully loved having her there. Definalty will go again! —FranChandler

2007-04-09 23:13:38   Food was incredible. Freshest and best sushi I have ever had. Feels like being in Tokyo - ambience is superb. Try their tempura - it is to die for. Presentation of the food is very artistic. Will be coming back regularly. —MattDad

2007-04-10 13:18:11   Grabbed lunch here today. The rolls were pretty good. I really enjoyed hte Crunch roll. Will go back, but I wish they had a few more "specialty" rolls. —KimBee

2007-04-11 14:10:19   I love this place. The sushi is excellent as is the tempura. The people are very friendly and make you feel very welcomed. I highly recommend! —SushiMonster

2007-07-12 01:10:44   I don't know why, but every Japanese resturant I attend, it has been immensely horrible, and a complete waste of my time. The rice was harder than the rock in my front-yard, and the fish was tasted pre-made. I also heard rumor's that they use pre-packaged, pre-frozen fish. Similar to Mcdonald's method of food preparation. Not worth the price, however I did muster up the strength to try Fujiya down the street, and it was much better, much fresher, and way more comfortable and cozy. —AllenSampson

2007-07-16 11:36:29   I also was immensly unimpressed with Shema, the fish was mostly unremarkable and portions far smaller than what I am used to. I'm just a
sushi fan, and far from a snobby connoisseur yet I knew this place was
still notches below the other places in town. —RichardSarkis

2007-08-13 20:09:01   Have been here several times, trying different rolls and hoping to be impressed. While the tempura is, indeed, delightful - light and done "just so", the sushi selection is unremarkable and the service is spotty. The crunch roll is the only interesting contribution to local sushi lore. —YanaLevin

2007-08-20 14:55:33   I've been to Shema a number of times now and always enjoy it. I tend to get sushi, not rolls, and the fish is generally the freshest I can find in Rochester. The presentation is great, and the chefs and hosts have also been very generous with me and my girlfriend. Try the green tea cake, by the way, it's like a sweet tasting cloud. Yum. —JamieBedford

2007-10-25 17:59:10   Had lunch here with some friends today. The consensus was that the fish was excellent but that the portions were smaller than we've come to expect. —RichChiavaroli

2008-09-06 22:40:56   4 of us had sushi at Shema. It was awful. The fish was not fresh. Possibly the worst sushi in Rochester. Besides being bad the portions were small and very pricy. I will not go back again. —judymarine

2008-09-14 17:06:15   My SO and I are regulars here - have been for the past 6 months. The waitstaff is very friendly and we enjoy the sushi here. Everything is really fresh, and great care is taken to make the plates beautiful. We have experienced all of the other sushi places in town and always find Shema to be the best food, experience, and value. Lots of other places in Rochester don't feel clean - this place is always spotless! We usually have a selection of nigiri and rolls (always trying something new each time). Their cold sake selection is delicious - I love the unfiltered sake, a little sweet but smooth. Can't recommend any stronger! Try it, you'll love this place. —DianaTremblay

2009-05-29 08:48:32   I have been here a few times for lunch - I love the staff, very friendly! The atmosphere is clean and welcoming. The food is wonderful - it's very fresh - I love the Wakame, all of the rolls are great! The chef is an artist, presentation if beautiful! —JoanneP

2009-07-08 09:45:27   last time me wents there place smelled like charlotte beach —andyl

2013-01-12 16:11:05   GBNF - they are moving to 277 Alexander in the city —Damiankumor

2013-04-11 21:23:00   I used to frequent the Webster location. Went for lunch during their grand opening at the new location today. Our waitress was obviously new to the restaurant, but our nigiri was delicious! They are still awaiting their liquor license. Not a big deal at lunchtime, but FYI if you are planning on going for dinner. Very happy they are back! :) —jbeez

2013-08-16 11:48:27   Probably the best sushi in Rochester. Very well made, and I think the portions are excellent. If you enjoy nigiri style sushi, they actually make it well here with good portions of fish. Not to mention, they're very friendly and the prices are extremely reasonable. Also, this may not matter to all, but the wasabi here is GREAT - packs a punch that I can't seem to find at other sushi places in the area. —AlkalineOm3n