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About Nikko Japanese Restaurant

Nikko Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar has a high energy atmosphere with a contemporary style. We are known for inventive, excellent, award winning sushi as well as the finest modern Japanese cuisine. Nikko has the feel of a upscale New York city restaurant with the promise to be hot and sexy. We have an assortment of over 300 bottles of fine wines as well as a full service bar. We feature a large private dining room with a full projection screen for company events or any other special occasion. Joannas welcoming personality with feather boa and trademark cowboy hat with tambourine overwhelms guests with "Sushi Love" when sake bombs are requested.

325 Arlington Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
South Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 370-0100

Website:
http://www.nikkosushibar.net/

Entertainment:
We feature a Live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.

Catering:
With advanced notice we accommodate any catering event for company or personal needs. We offer a sushi chef to be on site to insure authenticity.

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet parking as well as reserved parking with great access to the restaurant through the elevator to our lobby entrance.

Public Transit:
The light rail stops at the Bland Street Station behind Nikko Japanese Restaurant (the pink high rise building) which offers convenient transportation from the uptown area.

Executive Chef:
Hiro Takayama/ Tsuyoshi Ono

Private Party Facilities:
the Seating capacity is up to 40 patrons with the capability of full audio and video access with the option to hold company events or to be reserved for personal parties.

Private Party Contact:
James Nix: (704) 519-5160

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Nikko Japanese Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
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Hot Spot (8)
Good for a Date (8)
People Watching (7)
Casual (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Went on a Saturday night over a long weekend (mlk day weekend) and the music was very loud, could barely talk to anyone at the table and it was very crowded by our booth and there was not much room to walk out and go to the bathroom. But this is my 4th time here and the food is fantastic, moderate value but still fantastic, and that will be the reason I keep returning, but probably never again on a weekend

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 (Greensboro)·Dined 4 days ago

A busy night with multiple large groups. We got a seat in the corner and were largely neglected. The owner danced by us several times with her famous cowboy hat on, but never even looked at us. From the beginning drinks, napkins and utensils, to the bill, we had to grab our waitress and ask for service. The food has always been great and the ambience loud, I will try them again, hopefully just a bad night.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always awesome!! Our waitress is always a pleasure!! I don’t know her name but she always waits on us and knows everything we like. Love her❤️

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

We went especially for the oysters. Called ahead to make sure they were on the menu, was told that they were and after ordering our food was very disappointed to find out they weren’t. We came especially for the oysters but stayed anyway. The meal was good but very disappointed about them telling us over the phone that they had oysters when they didn’t. Would’ve went elsewhere if we had known.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Fun, Casual, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Our sushi order never showed up. When we asked for the order to be cancelled after waiting over 30 minutes the waitress argued with us, saying that the food was already being prepared. We then asked to speak to the manager and instead of bringing over anyone, the waitress brought the check, which included the sushi that we still hadn't received, but the manager never showed up. Not a great experience!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

They did not honor my reservation time. I Had to wait an additional 30 minutes and then i was only offered seating at the bar.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was excellent as usual! The service was not good though.... everything was very slow and we did t get any of the appetizers.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A group of us went for NYE and it was so much fun! Great atmosphere and delicious food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of my favorite places in charlotte great food drinks and sushi. Even a DJ on Friday’s!

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nikko's has a beautiful ambiance and an EXCELLENT DJ. It's always laughs, good food, great service and a FUN owner that makes her rounds during the entire evening! Great for a date night, a girls night out or a celebration event, even a quick bite. The online reservation process is easy as well. Complimentary valet is AWESOME as well. The parking deck is a bit tricky, so take advantage of that complimentary valet service. But tip the guys well cause they deserve it! I LOVE this spot!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Service was great, food came out fast and was delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was bad, the manger was rude and the food was cold. This was so surprising because I have been to this establishment plenty of times before and everything was great, but this time not so. I was there to celebrate my graduation and it just turned out badly. I was so disappointed. I loved going to this place but i will not go again.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and great service. Only complaint was the awful DJ and extremely loud music. We could hardly have a conversation at our table.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Horrible! Dont waste your time or money! Food cold rude staff. Just a horrible place!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Greeting upon arrival was welcoming. The food was amazing! Presentation was beautiful. Service was great, very friendly staff. I would definately recommend to friemds and family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good as ever! Joanne does sushi love like no other. Foo is excellent, atmosphere is wonderful and patrons are well taken care of by wonderful servers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nikko is awesome. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food is the best in CLT.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, People Watching, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It's very loud, I think that one table had a little too much to drink. Our food came out cold, very bland and over priced.
Not what I expected, I was looking for different Japanese food, but this taste like your nearby Chinese food. We drove from Fort Mill to see what the hype was about and it was very disappointed.
Never again

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good experience

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is the most turnt up sushi spot I have ever been to. Its pricey but worth the money. The food was super delicious. The owner interact with guess that order special drinks. She is very nice and welcoming. This place did not disappoint!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. A must go to for those visiting out of town.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The restaurant is nice and clean and the workers are very nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Delicious. Always good!

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Our waitress Stephanie was wonderful...The food was great..love the drinks....

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 10, 2017

First time here, great food and service! Such a fun atmosphere. I'll definitely come back

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The calamari was horrible and my sushi roll wasn't as good as it's been in the past, but other than that, the food was good. It was much louder than in the past as well; we had to shout in order to hear one another speak.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

for an old person eating very early is perfect because no noise; so at 5:30 it is quiet. Later is probably best for young people when noise level increases. The servers are truly excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have been to Nikko for birthday celebrations on down to a quick dinner at the sushi bar. I have never been disappointed. The cocktails are great as well as the service and the food is yummy

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great sushi and hibachi! The music was a bit too loud with the love DJ. We were yelling at one another to carry on conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Very cool spot! Not the place for quiet conversation. The cocktails and food are excellent! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Nikko's is my go-to sushi spot in Charlotte. It is pretty consistent on overall sushi and such. Noticed that they had expanded their non-sushi menu to appeal to folks who are not keen on sushi (gasp).

As always, the meal was nice and service was good.

My only suggestion is that they focus on their bar offerings. The drinks are fairly expensive compared to other sushi places and the bar tender could be better. When a venue is geared to be a more happening spot, their bartenders should reflect that... the bartender who was okay was dressed in workout clothes. Nothing wrong with that but it does not match their target to be hip and happening.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Graduation celebration

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Nikko's is mine and my friend's favorite sushi restaurant in town but tonight may have just ruined it for us. Despite the perfect sushi, the ambiance was totally disrupted by the obnoxiously loud music that started at 8pm. This is not one of those uptown restaurants that turns into a club at night time--especially at 8pm! We literally couldn't even have a conversation at a booth because it was so loud. To note, we are not elderly, cantankerous women-we are 29 year old, fun loving girls. Even for us, the music was entirely too loud for dinner and I honestly doubt we'll be back. We were incredibly disappointed tonight.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always enjoy the ambiance and food at Nikko! Will definitely be returning

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Our family ate here to celebrate my son's 18th birthday. We had a party of ten people and we made a reservation. We let them know ahead of time it was a birthday celebration. They charged us for the small dessert they brought out for our son's birthday. I've been to other upscale restaurants where the birthday dessert would have been complementary for the birthday boy. My sister in law found a hair in her sushi. The waiter didn't even apologize for the hair. The food came out staggered. Some of us were eating and others were not. Ten minutes into the meal some were still not eating, and they weren't extremely busy. I ordered the tempura platter and my food came out room temperature. The manager never came over and apologized for the hair found in the sushi. Overall I cannot recommend this restaurant. I don't mind paying a lot for a meal if it tastes good but this place wasn't good for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

My overall experience at Nikkos was not great and it was my birthday. I did not feel special at all, compared to my last experience. That's why I chose Nikkos again to have my birthday dinner. My table was given away after making reservations. I was put back into this room where you could barley hear the music. Customer service overall really sucked. I wouldn't have my birthday dinner there ever again.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Table of 7 all with excellent sushi and drinks. Love their menu - nice variety. Our server, Samantha, was wonderful. We like the loud music on the weekend evenings. Very upbeat atmosphere and fun staff. Had a great time.

Not a place for kids. Inappropriate and awkward with the clubby music and happenings. Same great food here Sunday - Thursday.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great variety of sushi, value is questionable, but overall great experience. Will def go back again

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Just an awful experience all around. Brough 12 out of town friends here for dinner since we normally have a good time but our food took two hours to come out (I'm talking just the apps), our server came over ONCE while we were there (when we ordered our drinks that we never got), we had to go to the bar to order drinks, our food when it finally was cold and/or incorrect, and then on top of that the owner refused to speak to us and sent a manager to tell us that they aren't going to do anything to rectify the situation. The manager offered us 10% off our apps. LOL. Will never EVER EVER be back here.

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