Nikai Sushi
Nikai Sushi

Nikai Sushi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nikaisushi.com/
  • Phone: 3077346490
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Open Nightly 6:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Laura Inukai
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call about party platters to go.
  • Private Party Facilities: Rent out Nikai to host your special event!
  • Private Party Contact: Sean Wilson 3077346490

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The START bus "Home Ranch Lot" stop is directly across the street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lots located both behind the restaurant and directly across the street.
A word from Nikai Sushi
Jackson's favorite sushi bar offers the finest delicacies from both land & sea. Fresh seafood arrives daily from around the world and is artfully transformed into the ultimate sushi experience. Our open display grill offers innovative dishes influenced by Asian cuisine. A full service bar specializes in creative tropical cocktails and our extensive & award winning wine list & unique sake list are both sure to please. Join Jackson's discerning locals & guests alike for an exceptional dining experience in Nikai's contemporary, inviting dining room or at the sleek modern sushi bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Nikai Sushi reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (19)hot spot (18)neighborhood gem (15)romantic (12)good for groups (11)notable wine list (8)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Best in Jackson Hole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is our favourite retaurant and this time it was great as usual. The service is attentive but the sushi does take a little time, but when it comes, it is spectacular. Try any of the special rolls. They are unique and superlative with the ingredients and flavour combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it once was...
    Rigbyfolk
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Menu on website not updated waited way too long for food,drinks,water refills 45 minutes for first sushi roll. Seemed like staff wasn't ready for 6:00 opening. All rolls tasted the same nothing like it use to be,very sad this was our favorite place but we'll be looking for another.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sparky
    2ontheRocks
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We really enjoy the food and the people at Nikai. It's a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jackson hole favorite
    Kcjones
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is the best "trendy" place in Jackson! The food is great and atmosphere feels "big city" - its a tad pricy but worth it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unicorn1
    unicorn1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We'd summarize the sushi as adequate. Eel sauce much too sweet, remainder first class fish marginally well handled. A roll we tried was awful. And all this at premium prices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good sushi
    JHLocalVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent sushi for the middle of Wyoming! Fish is fresh. Service is excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    dlk1947VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We always eat at Nikai Sushi when we visit Jackson, WY. Consistent every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish it had been better
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, but it didn't meet standards this night. The food was not as fresh tasting or as well prepared as typical. But the service was worse. The waiter neglected us for much of the night, and the food came out much more slowly than it should've for what appeared to be a pretty slow night. We'll be back, but not right away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi at over a mile high
    jhsushi1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Jackson Hole is is about as far as you can get from the Ocean but you would not guess that from the great food you eat at the Nikai. This is one of the best sushi I have had any where.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    Maccho
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    You can always count on fresh consistent food never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for every Jackson trip
    FishEverywhere
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We go to Nikai at least once every trip. The servers are always prompt and friendly. The offerings are varied. Nothing we have had has disappointed. Most is excellent or outstanding. The Saki flight is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic sushi!
    Tab1977
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second time to Nikai the food is fantastic and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Jackson!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    When we visit Jackson, Nikai Sushi is at the top of our list of restaurants to eat at during our stay and it never disappoints! The food is excellent, always top quality and very reasonable priced. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Nikai always delivers. I have been to Nikai at least four times over four years and it seems to get better everytime, hard to do for a restaurant. Whenever I am in Jackson, it is the top restaurant to revisit on my list. The Sushi is creative with great flavor combinations. The specialty cocktails, beer and wine list is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FishloverVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Outstanding restaurant! The food was fresh and excellent. The service was very attentive. I will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pretentious
    nancypie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This place was ridiculously pretentious. I understand that food comes out at different times from the grill than the sushi bar, but some people in our party ordered sashimi and one ordered sushi rolls. The sushi did not come out until about 20 minutes after the sashimi, and the waiter snootily explained that sushi is traditionally served after sashimi. I think the time to explain that was when we ordered, not after one person was waiting and waiting, so that we could have waived it. We eat sushi at least twice a month at home in NYC area, and that has never happened. So it may be a tradition somewhere, but it is not how food is traditionally served at any other sushi restaurant I have been to ever. Also, the food was only so-so.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Sushi ANYWHERE.
    CathyInSV
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've gotta say, Nikai is probably my favorite restaurant in Jackson. I've been many many times. I love everything I've tried. The sushi rolls are amazing. You will be hard pressed to find any better sushi anywhere in the country (and I look in every city I visit all over the country). Some of my favorite items on the menu (other than sushi) are the Kobe beef sliders, crispy rice soup, squid seaweed salad and the black cod. Many other great things but those are my "go to" items on the menu. They also make great cocktails and have a good selection of wines. It's a great place to bring a group. Nikai is a must if you are visiting Jackson (coming from a local).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Jackson Hole!!!
    jpg1930VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food and service were great. Unique place with unique rolls and other food items.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The sushi is always very fresh, the specials innovative and you cannot beat the Coconut Margherita! As a local, it is one of our favorites in JH.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service roulette
    JHFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great reliable sushi at a favorite hip but still warm place. The service was super slow, but not the server's fault (he was great). Evidently they were short-staffed but seemed to book every table. Nevertheless, I still recommend Nikai.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food & even better service
    Lettuce
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Be sure to request Cooper. He made the evening flawless!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Jackson
    Jules
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Having lived in JH and visited many times since, I can sayit is hard to find a Restaurant where the food is actually good . And even harder to find the price fitting. This was best meal we have had in years in JH. Cute waiter made good recommendations. Black cod and spare ribs were fabulous! Tried three roll all really good too. Dinner was 2/3 the price of the Local and sooo much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok at best.
    Coolgi
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nothing to write home about. Had higher expectations. Just ok.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oops
    Dininer
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I ordered the vegetable/shrimp tempera for my main course while my husband ordered ribs. The ribs came and 30 minutes later, I asked the waiter to check on my meal. Ten minutes later I got them. The waiter apologized and "comped" the tempura. I don't know what the glitch was, but eating separately took the enjoyment out of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tip for Owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I sat on the bar side and had reservations. I saw the hostess turn away table after table or tell couples that the empty tables were reserved, but they could sit at the bar. If I were the owner I would either train the hostess better or fire her. The entire restaurant suffers if the tables aren't filled. No less than 6 tables were empty the entire 2 hrs + that we were there. If a party does not show up at the schedules reservation within a few minutes that table can and should be sold. There didn't seem to be enough serving staff. It took over 15 minutes for a cup of coffee and in that time we decided not to order dessert even though we had intended to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Non-sushi menu surpsingly...meh.
    JacksonFoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I LOVE japanese food, just not sushi (I know, I know). LOVE hibachi, LOVE stir fry, LOVE tempura, etc. Nikai's non-sushi menu items were fairly lacking. Prices were great, but portions matched the prices (small). I would warn any non-sushi person joining sushi lovers here for dinner that they're going to leave hungry and underwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only order from one kitchen
    UptownBrown
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have dined at Nikai 4 times now. I like the ambiance and my parents go there occasionally and eat from the "cooked" menu. This summer I came with my family and we ate from the "raw/sushi" menu. For the second time in a row, after the appetizer, we end up having what feels like 2 separate dinning experiences since those who order from the "cooked" menu will eat and finish before the "raws" will get the majority of their food. My advice: everybody in your party should order from only ONE kitchen, not both. A group dining experience is difficult when half the people eat their food and the other half waits another 30-40 minutes for theirs. The waiter gets grief, but it's the kitchens' delivery that is not managed. Almost no coordination.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good had to go back!
    Bandoffive
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Don't miss this place if you're a sushi lover. We went back for a second night. Really fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    SUNR
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every thing we ordered was the absolute best. amazing sushi & salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 381 reviews are from the Nikai Sushi reviews archive.
  • seating priorities?
    Lovejacksonhole101
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We made reservations for nikia. Arrived at 8:00 pm. Our table was not ready, the hostest made us wait while they waited for people to leave. Meanwhile as we were waiting. 2 groups walked in and we're seated before us. Seems to me that we were unimportant. Walk in with out reservations were more important. Food was great. Busboy was more informed than waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Competitive with the best in LA/NYC
    spudgirl
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We are sushi aficionados. Heard from friends here that Nikai Sushi was very good. Recently moved here so thought we would give it a go after a bad experience at another sushi place in town. Wow. Completely delighted with the ambience. Lovely atmosphere with music at the right level for a romantic dinner. Wine list is excellent. We ordered a rose (which is hard to find a good one except for the best restaurants). Wine sommelier was helpful and knowledgable. The rolls were creative and extraordinary bursts of flavor. The fish was fresh. Service was perfect. a 10 all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marc
    Wesley
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great and fresh sushi with a very good wine list and great service loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but, dont reserve online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I got there completely on time and no booths were available, so my girlfriend and I had to sit next to the bar, talking over everyone else In the restraunt. So if you make reservations make sure you call first.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeds Expectations
    smad5
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We went for my son's birthday dinner - sushi is his favorite. The sushi was beautifully presented, very fresh fish, delicious. The black cod, done carefully with crispy grilled asparagus - excellent. The grilled bok choy - perfectly done, slight garlic and salt and light pepper. Crispy rice soup - gorgeous & colorful fresh, crisp vegetables, ample bites of seafood. The flower of crispy rice - lucious with a bouquet of toasty tempura. The tall, cool jamaican beer refreshed our palates after each bite. The service was efficient, attentive, bright, friendly and professional. We shared everything and went away happy and satisfied. The overall experience was excellent. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very bad service
    Kcjones
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We love Nakai in Jackson, the food is amazing but service this time was horrible. Waitress barely came around, took half food orders than 20 minutes later we had to flag down another waitress to put our other food in. Sushi comes out slow, we know that but it took 2+ hours from when we order to get all of our sushi, ordering drinks was a huge task! When you spend over $300 on a meal, you expect better. This place should have been wait staff and management to make sure if flows night. We own A place in Jackson and will be back but I doubt the friends we bought will ever be interested in going back. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    JHKate
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We had a great experience at Nikai recently. It is our "go-to" place for sushi when we want to have a nice night out. Excellent service, creative and delicious food and upscale but not pretentious setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Rookie
    02zo6guy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Having never tried sushi I agreed to dine at Nikai in Jackson, Wyoming because my wife had dined there in the past and loved it. Food was incredible, service was great, very glad I went. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice fine dining in Jackson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had a lovely time at Nikai. The menu was diverse, the prices were reasonable for a nice restaurant. The sushi dishes were fresh. Our waiter was very accommodating. The ambiance was perfect for celebrating a special occasion (my husband's birthday) with a small group of close friends. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nikai
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I've been visiting Nikai for years, I've had sushi all over the world, and Nikai is still my favorite. The speciality rolls are amazing you can't go wrong, the drinks are awesome, the service is attentive. I love visiting this local gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    jrhea
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food service was delayed but once started, the food was outstanding. Preferred the way Nikai served the sashimi and sushi; not all at once but one plate at a time. Service was okay but impersonal. Waiter did not get full order right and was not as attentive as needed. Ambience is lacking. Could be a lovely experience except for a TV in a "fine dining" restaurant! and Host Station up stairs; should have been down stairs, turning away people before they crowded around the restaurant just to be turned away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate