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Hanabi Japanese Restaurant

(Restaurants/all dining)
11276 Merritt Street Castroville, CA, 95012
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Alcohol excluded


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Dining room offers tables and a sushi bar, with fresh, creative sushi rolls, including 40+ specialty sushi items to choose from.

A Castroville roll features artichoke heart tempura. Another popular item is the heavy duty roll, with spicy salmon, yellowtail, and albacore, with avocado and green onion. And the sake roll, made with yellowtail and cucumber, is yet another favorite.

You'll find yummy versions of typical Japanese favorites too, such as chicken teriyaki, Nbeyaki udon noodles, along with light and inexpensive menu items like edamame and miso soup.

Have a friend along who isn't usually into Japanese food? Versatility is respected here; try the Texas holdem roll made with steak and cream cheese!

Hanabi's fish is fresh from San Francisco's True World Foods, an international company with a focus on U.S. Grade A seafood.

Bike Tips:

Located in the Castroville Station Shopping Center. (As of Oct 2011, the Castroville Station bike racks include one tucked under the stairway, next to the laundromat; and another nearby, close to the other stairwell.)

Directions by bike, coming from the Monterey Peninsula: Bike the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail/bike path through Marina, and continuing on where it will merge with Del Monte Boulevard.

Follow Del Monte Blvd until just before H'way 1, Del Monte Blvd reaches Del Monte Road.

Turn right onto Del Monte Road. Follow it until it T-s into Nashua Road.

Take a left onto Nashua; approx 500 ft from there, the bike path resumes on the right-hand side.

Watch for the green "bike route" signs. Follow bike path into Castroville.

Make a left turn onto Merritt Road/Highway 183. Continue a very short distance to the Castroville Station shopping center, which will be on your left-hand side. Hanabi is a quaint little restaurant tucked back in the shopping center.

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