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Permanently Closed - Nikai Sushi & Game

4.0
49 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Nikai Sushi and Game is a Japanese restaurant specializing primarily in sushi, sashimi and nigiri plates. The interior of the restaurant echoes the best parts of Japanese restaurants. The walls are a pale wood color reminiscent of bamboo and rows of backlit sake bottles line the top of the wall as decor. As in most traditional sushi restaurants, there is only one place to sit, and that is around Nikai's sushi bar, which wraps all the way around the kitchen in a square.

Nikai's menu is split into sections featuring nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls. The nigiri and sashimi function mainly as appetizers, although you can order a sampler for your meal if you'd like. The sushi rolls are further broken down into "six dollar rolls," which are simple, classic rolls like red snapper, albacore, tuna and salmon while the section includes signature rolls like the truffled tuna, which are much more unique and elaborate

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
open tues.-sat. 5:00 pm to close
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Phone number
(307) 734-6490
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cooper Craighead
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Public lots located both behind the restaurant and directly across the street.
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Public transit
The START bus "Home Ranch Lot" stop is directly across the street.
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
3.8
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3.9
service
3.9
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3.3
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vipMuffin (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

We had the most wonderful time at this restaurant! The service was outstanding. And oh my God! Our server was by far and away the cutest girl we had ever seen. She made sure our experience would be a night to remember. Betsy made our night! The sushi was amazing! To think that such fresh fish could be had so far from the ocean is beyond belief! The head sushi chef, Cooper, made us the most delectable sushi we've ever had! If you've never had the chance to dine at Nikai, you'll never know what you missed. An outstanding restaurant with a brilliant staff that has only three things to offer; great food, great service and great ambiance. Long Live Nikai!

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Melissa (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

We had great dinner at Nikai last weekend. Food was excellent, both the sushi and the entrees, as were the drinks. The prices were very reasonable for Jackson.

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vipsurfergirl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2016

Sushi just ok. Nothing special

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Coco09 (Central Texas)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2016

Truly great sushi. The rest of the menu is "Contemporary American," so don't be disappointed if you don't see Asian entrees. But it was an outstanding meal for less than $125 - 3 cocktails, bottle of Bordeaux, bonsai roll, halibut, elk chop - so impressed. Everything was superb.

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mvanretzsky (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

Our dining experience was less than optimal. Our waiter forgot one of our hot appetizers, so when it arrived at our table it was cold. Our party ordered both Sushi and Cooked food for our main course. The Sushi showed up with our appetizer instead of with our main course so two of our party had their main course way before the other three. When we asked about it we were told that Sushi is served when it is ready; so instead of coordinating our meal so that we could all eat together it was served in a haphazard manner. The food itself was nothing special.

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vipMuffin (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

Nikai Sushi & Game is a hidden Kem for sure. Lots of unique items to choose from the grill, and still the best sushi in Jackson. Definitely give it a try. You'll be glad you did.

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vipMarchie26 (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

Beautiful restaurant, average sushi.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

Don't go. They changed management. It was terrible. This used to be one of our favorite places. Here's all I have to say: $13 for a California Roll. They're desperate. It's terrible. It won't be there for very long. Drinks were overpriced and small. Waiter was a nice guy, and even he felt bad about how the restaurant changed.

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vipsoccermom (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

Great sushi!!! So fresh and service was awesome!!

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vipSalavon (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

The service and atmosphere was good. However, the sushi was not that of a traditional Japanese restaurant - if you know your sushi then this is not the place for you. Note that this place is not family friendly - if you have a stroller or kids needing a booster or high chair, look somewhere else. There are steps leading to the second floor and no high chairs at all.

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RickH (Jackson Hole)
3.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Something was up with the sushi . Usually this is outstanding but all 3 of us noticed the sushi was not quite up to its usual standards. That being said, the service was great as always

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

Waiter didn't shake our sake and we realized at the end of the bottle why our coconut sake was clear. The food wasn't great

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RoseN (Jackson Hole)
3.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We were disappointed in our dining experience. Our previous experience was so good that it came as a big surprise. It started off good, as the hostess was very welcoming but our waiter seemed like he'd rather be anywhere else. The whole vibe with the workers, including the cooks in the kitchen was one of gloom and boredom. The edamame was still good and still a very generous portion. The rolls were sad. The rice didn't taste very fresh and the amount of fish in each was very skimpy. The sauces were flat, interior flavors muted, and the presentation was lacking. We tried four different rolls - and all were mediocre at best, so we didn't even bother to stay for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Menu way too limited with game - should have more variety for those of us who like more variety.

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OTdiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

On a family road trip from California, we had been gone over a week and my daughter was missing sushi, at the same time my husband was hungry for Elk. Driving into Jackson we pass Nikai Sushi & Game so we had to try it.
The first impression was not great, as you walk in and climb the stairs to the restaurant you notice a strong fishy smell but we kept going. Upstairs was better and the grill aroma over took the fish smell, half of the space was bar and it looked busy, the other half was dining. The staff was attentive and knew their menu well. My husband had the Elk chop and was very pleased with it, cooked to his liking and the sides were great. I had the eggplant curry, which the waitress described as not a Thai curry and thicker. It tasted great but I was hunting for the eggplant amongst the peppers and mushrooms. My daughter had the Elk & Bison tacos which tasted delicious but looked like the boxed crunchy tacos you make at home! She enjoyed her miso soup but her California roll was a miss with fishy tasting crab. I guess that is what happens when you order a California roll in Wyoming.
We would probably return if we were visiting again.

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DayneJ (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

We have been going to Nikai for years. It was Always busy in the evenings in Winter and Summer. Last year they changed the name of it. Now it has been changed back to Nikai but business is Way Down. We always had the Coconut Margaritas. They used to be the best anywhere. Now they don't serve frozen drinks any longer.

We ordered from the sushi menu. I had scallop sushi and it was disgusting. I sent the second piece back. Very mushy and fishy tasting. the 2 other roles we ordered weren't anything to brag about either. Overall the place has come down in quality.

We left at the heart of dinner rush and there were only 4 tables with people at them. It was actually sad to see.
Guess that's what happens when you mess with a good thing..

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GaleM (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

The sushi selection was excellent and very tasty. We definitely plan to return. I loved my Arnold Palmers.

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OpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

The food at Nikai was authentic -- meaning that it was carefully thought out and freshly prepared. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
3.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Nikai has always been a favorite but has lossed it's direction by trying to be more than a great suchi restaurant. Glad to see some sushi back on the menu and think you should give up on wild game and American cuisine.
Too many other local restaurants are doing wild game but no one has a niche in Asian Food like you did.
Get back to the basics that made you what you are.

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JacksonLady (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

We were all dissapointed when we lost Nikai. Glad owner has brought it back. Creative sushi. All our choices were great and each had a uniqueness we loved. Glad we were there before others figure out it's back.

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