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Nikko Japanese Restaurant

4.3
503 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
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  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(704) 370-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Hiro Takayama/ Tsuyoshi Ono
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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.
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Private party contact
James Nix: (704) 519-5160
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Blvd.
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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.
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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.
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Entertainment
We feature a Live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.
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
What 503 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food in an enjoyable atmosphere. Authentic Japanese cooking from the curry to the ramen. Delicious.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have been going to Nikko since 2003 and it is a family favorite for special occasions. Great sushi, from the simple to the complex. My favorite is the tuna garlic roll - so simple, so good - though the rest of the family finds a new favorite every visit.

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1.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Dinner for eleven people. Nice round table. Waitress was on job two days and botched the evening which was a Tuesday. Restaurant was less and 25% full but she only appeared infrequently to the point that we had to get up and ask for service - more than once. She was completely clueless. When asked for house specialties, she recommended Chicken...at a SUSHI restaurant! It was all down hill from there.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Everything about this place was great. Great food, service and fun atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Service here is often lousy. Waitress charged $10 for side order of fried rice. Didn’t mention that a “side order” of fried rice with an entree was same price as full regular order of it.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good times and positive vibes , with a sexy ambience.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

College graduation.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Nice upscale environment, but not pretentious. We were well served by Alexis , who was very knowledgeable about the menu. The owner , Mrs. Nikko , was going from table to table , greeting the patrons. Excellent food, just a tad spicy for my date , but perfect for me. I recommend and will come back soon.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This was a really strange experience. I never in a million years would have imagined springing for the legit chef's omakase meal and getting ... two different kinds of mayonnaise-topped rolls?!? Seriously -- are you kidding me? Yes, there was sushi and sashimi, too, but the whole concept of omakase if that you want to taste the pure fish, not tempura "crunchies." Our server barely paid attention to us, and the music was so loud that we had to scream across the table. Super-annoying meal.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I love Japanese food, and the food was authentic. They have high quality sushi, and if you choose to sit at the bar you can watch them make your sushi. I will definitely be visiting again!
Oh and the D.J. was great!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Shrimp were over cooked and possibly burned. Everything else was amazing. Had the seafood fried rice and wine.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Second visit. Sushi was great, good service. Gets a little busy and noisy after 10PM, but before that very pleasant.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

HORRIBLE! I was looking for a quiet night for Sushi, instead the DJ blasting music. Felt more like clubbing than dinner. Oh the parking, worst ever!

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Horrible service

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was good, however our waitress got in a fight with a coworker right in front of us and then looked our way and said “I can’t stand her” and we had another waitress the rest of the night. I feel that was very unprofessional and we had to wait for our order to be taken, and the check much longer than it should’ve taken. Poor service.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent and tasty. Very noisy and energetic, not someplace for a laidback experience.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It took 50 minutes to get our drinks and that was after we tracked down the manager. Almost an hour and twenty minutes to get our appetizers. My friend got the chicken fried rice. It looks like a kids sized portion and dinner. It was just chicken and rice and it was missing all the veggies that were listed on the menu. When we brought it up to the waitress she did nothing. The sushi wasn't anything special and it had to end pieces that made no sense. Cheap I say.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I've been to Nikko several times for birthdays and other special occasions. It seems fun, has awesome loud music and a DJ, and the sushi is more than decent. Their downfall is the service. The restaurant starts to get a club vibe after 8 pm on a Saturday and that's all fine and good — some restaurants are very successful with a club/restaurant scene. But Nikko simply isn't good at it. The servers are far too flustered and backed up and distracted. Three out of 17 of our guests NEVER received their food. None of it. Not even an update. Those three guests left the restaurant to eat at a fast food chain down the street, instead. And again, this was for someone's birthday! The owner should focus more on great customer service, and spend less time dancing with drunk patrons. It was a horrible experience and put a really bad taste in my mouth. I won't be back for a celebration of any sort.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Lobster roll was amazing. Fun atmosphere. We will be going here again.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I wouldn't call the noise level "Energetic" but with this site's lack of options, that's all I'm allowed. I'd go for more of a "So loud you can't hold a conversation with the person sitting next to you, and the waiter has to lean all the way in to hear your order" type loudness. Not a place for an intimate date, or to hold any type of conversation other than literally texting the person right next to you.
However, the waiter was friendly, and had a smile on his face, and kept the sake flowing.
The food was nothing to write home about, but wasn't inedible either.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Incredibly loud. None of the food came as described. Rolls did not have sausage as listed. Dessert did not have ice cream or sauce as listed.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Sushi is amazing and the atmosphere is great! They have a dj and make it a fun date night without having to go out out!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Good vibes

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Both the service and sushi were really good. It was also a nice surprise that they had a thirsty Thursday special going (half off cocktails). I really enjoyed everything, so it was strange that the place was nearly empty. I did notice, though, that there were a few families with toddlers there, which was a little weird considering that the restaurant is more of a cocktail bar.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Awesome place, truly enjoyed the food, music and drinks. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Birthday dinner and it was awesome! I love this place

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

As always - I had an awesome experience at Nikko's. Their sushi is truly some of the best in CLT. That also have a cool, trendy, vibe that oozes from every corner and crevice of this CLT favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Yes go to Nikko weekly and it is my go-to for guests and special occasions. Joanna is amazing- best Sushi restaurant in Charlotte!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Went there for my birthday Friday night. Had the best time, energy was lively and fun, nice ambiance. Most notable was our server. She was fantastic, very attentive, and fun spirited! They came out with the best bday dessert a straight girl could ever ask for, which included two scoops of delicious, refreshing mango ice cream, a banana, and whipped cream! It was the perfect ending to my night!! THank you!!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great Food, we arrived at 7:30 did not get food until 9
Love the Spirit of Owner and staff

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went there for our Valentine's, made reservations way in advance - beautiful restaurant. They placed us in this back room that had no atmosphere, tables and chairs looked cheap and seemed messy from previous diners, no windows and large projector TV - sports bar? We went there when we dated back in the 80's and smaller place than the present location. Food was excellent as I remember but felt like we were not even in the restaurant, not valued customer, just pushed to a little back room for overflow! Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I visited Nikko on Valentine's Night. We had a great experience and enjoyed the food.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is not that great for the price. The music was too loud.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Love the live DJ!!!! The atmosphere here is super sexy and very energetic. One of my new favs in town! Sushi is great too!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

It was my Birthday. I had a wonderful time!!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Love this place! The atmosphere is very fun, energetic, almost clubby (I've only been there on Saturday nights). Every time I've been there, the DJ plays the best songs! Their sushi is the best I've had. Perfect place for a get together or get a round of drinks!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Celebrating Co worker promotion

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Be very careful how you order at this restaurant. We ordered a $35 bottle of saki. Our waiter came back and told us they were out of the $35 but that we could get "the 50". We mistakenly assumed he meant $50. No- he meant 50L - which was $130! When we got the bill it was $330 for 4 of us. Regardless of how good the food may have been (and it was just ok, not fantastic) - it spoiled my appetite for going back to Nikko ever again.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Love love love this place! This was my first visit! Food was great! Loved the live DJ. Awesome vibe and fun atmosphere. Will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Very nice and the food was good

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