Nippon Tei Japanese Restaurant

4.7
237 reviews
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A Japanese proverb says that if you have a pleasant experience of eating something that you have not tasted before, your life will be lengthened by seventy-five days. One evening at a sushi bar could add years to your life.
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Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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(636) 386-8999
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Casual Dress
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food
4.5
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I have visited several times at lunchtime in the past and always had good food and service. We brought family from out of town for dinner, and I was very disappointed. The music was very loud, the food was not that good and we all got our entrées at different times. I probably will not go back.

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A
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is so fresh and the waitstaff have great recommendations.

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RO
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, waitress a little over worked, forgot several of our orders.

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant with delicious sushi and a large range of fish and shellfish to choose from (I would recommend the Kani maki, absolutely amazing). The employees are super inviting and never fail to accommodate your needs while you are dining. Definitely the best sushi joint in St. Louis.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner

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ML
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Everything from the service to the joy you can see in the Chef’s working. This place is something special.

The food - the best garlic noodles ever. And the Hamachi appetizer is not to be missed. Those items were so good, I had to order the dynamite roll and an order of the garlic noodles to fly back to Nashville so my fiancé could taste them!

I hope I’m in St. Louis again just to eat here.

Go, if you haven’t been!

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ES
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands down the best sushi in town. It's in a non-descript strip mall set well back from Manchester. You'll never bump into it accidentally. But that just means you have plenty of time free parking, unlike downtown or Clayton.

The menu is broad and everything is of the highest quality. They fill up after 6 on weekdays, so that speaks for itself. It's not as cheap as a typical corner all you can eat dive, but you truly get what you pay for. Service is always superb. It can be a little noisy when full, but still very nice for a special date.

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AL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi I've had in St. Louis. All the other food was excellent as well, along with the service. I will be going to this restaurant regularly and recommending it to friends and family.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nippon Tei never disappoints! Their new décor is stunning, and the food is always incredibly delicious. We asked our server for some recommendations, and she was spot-on with what we were looking for. Simply amazing sushi!

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I have had in a while. Can’t wait to go again!

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a dinner reservation for a Saturday and were seated right on time. The quality of ingredients was great and this was our best sushi experience so far in St. Louis. There were three things that detracted from the experience for me. I was seated directly under a bright light and could not move past the spotlight feeling during the meal, one of the servers kept bringing our plates with her arms completely full before our table was cleared and asked me twice if I could hold the empty plates so that she could place the new dishes on the table, the very first roll that was served to us was a roll with Chile sauce and it made it challenging to get the full flavors of the more subtle dishes we ordered that came later. If we go back I'll specify that super spicy dishes arrive last. To be fair, my expectations may have been a tad too high since there has been so much hype about this place. The quality of ingredients deserves the hype, the overall experience could use a little more polishing.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent food!

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P
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This sushi is hands down the best I’ve had in St. Louis! I dream about their spicy tuna roll and can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my new favorite Japanese restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was exceptional.

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JP
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Best sushi in Saint Louis and the hospitality was excellent!

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A
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food tasted good, fresh ingredients. I would have preferred one of the dishes to have a touch more flavor, but that's just personal preference. Service was very good, although towards the end of our meal, we had to find our server to request more water and hot tea. We will definitely return.

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SG
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in St. Louis hands down. Worth the drive every time.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nippon Tei! Best sushi in St. Louis. Always fresh always perfect.

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CS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Some of the best sushi I’ve ever had and definitely the best in St. Louis.

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J
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the sushi is stellar.. creative, exquisite and mouthwateringly fresh. The staff is knowledgeable, personable, and professional. My favorite restaurant bar none in the area. Nick is a sushi superhero.

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JH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family went to Nipon Tei to celebrate two March birthdays. It was a great place for this occasion. The food is very well executed, and the ambiance can’t be beat. We liked our waiter who was so kind and helpful. It’s a wonderful restaurant.

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JK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

nice small restaurant... but fresh fish is a bit limited

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CB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing time and the food and service were exceptional. The decor and ambiance are lovely and the jazzy background music really set the vibe. Our server, Jackson was friendly and knowledgeable. The sushi was fresh and delicious! It is our all time favorite sushi restuarant. We were celebrating my son’s birthday and it was a truly wonderful experience from start to finish! A+!!

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, and great service!! Our waitress Angela is great and very attentive. She also explained the types of Sashimi we ordered as to what type. We enjoyed ourselves immensely with the best, fresh food. My wife ordered the Miso soup and she loved it. Even your Green tea was the best I have ever tasted. I am not a Sushi fan, which is why I ordered Sashimi but I loved my Wife's Unagi Maki, especially the surprise crunch. Will definitely return. Thank you for your high standards.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and accommodating. Out appt prior to dinner ran late they were able to still get us in. Definitely recommend reservations to insure you get a seat place was packed Friday night!!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were underwhelmed. For a place that has several write ups in local papers, this was not that great. We wanted to love it! Reservations were honored and we were sat quickly. Service started out good but quickly went downhill. Our server was nice but he had too many tables. Unfortunately, we heard him apologize to the table next to us. We also overheard another table saying that they were very disappointed in their food. And we saw a table that sat for about 20 minutes before they even had an order taken (and it was not even their server). The food was fair. It was fresh. We ordered a salad, had to ask 2 different people 2 different times for silverware. The salad was not chopped. It was big leaf lettuce which is fine, but I am not sure about protocol for eating that with chopsticks. We ordered 3 different rolls, one for him, one for me, and one to share. The shareable one came out first - that was fine. Then our nigiri came out. We picked at the Rainbow Roll becuase we had nothing else to eat so we went slow... then his roll came out. I didn't want to eat more of the rainbow roll but we didnt have anything else... He was nearly done with his roll and i finally finished the rainbow and still no 3rd roll.??? so we asked about it, they said the rolls come out as made. weird. so they make one of my rolls, then another tables roll, then another table, then back to me? why would they not make all 3 of my rolls at the same time? anyway, we finally got my roll about 20-30 minutes later - after my husband had finished all of his food. weird. all in all - that day was not worth the hype. i wish it wouldve been better.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in St. Louis hands down. And we’ve tried it all!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding creative food

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday... brought a delicious desert

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CW
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been eating here for years, Our favorite place to eat. Never disappointed, food is always great. Great service and everyone so nice,

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s
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick Bognar and the team at Nippon Tei are absolutely crushing it. It is the freshest fish in Saint Louis by far and the finesse each of the chefs have is incomparable. Get the Moriawase and the Omakase. The Kani Maki roll is phenomenal. And if they have it, indulge in some Otoro.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's always great to find out the hype is also the truth.

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BL
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard a lot about Nippon Tei recently and it absolutely lived up to the hype. Great ambiance, wonderful service and fantastic food. The best sushi we’ve had in St. Louis! A fabulous dining experience!

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, the menu updates are fantastic and stand out from other sushi restaurants in the area. The staff was helpful and very attentive, even on a packed Saturday night drinks were quickly refilled and food was promptly brought out.

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A
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Michael was excellent and challenged us to try something differenct. What a gret recommendation.

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi in STL. Hands down. Has saved sushi in St. Louis.

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DK
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi as always and great service again by Brittany

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JV
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hands down the best sushi in St. Louis. The quality of the fish rivals what I ate in Japan.

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ES
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fish. very fresh. Combos very tasty. Rolls a bit spicy...have to choose less spicy ones going forward. A little noisy but very accommodating We had a wheelchair and they had reserved a corner table where we could just pull up. Thanks to them..

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GO
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese food I have ever had! I brought my family and we were all impressed. Everybody tried everything and loved it all. Even Crab Rangoon was awesome. All 3 Tempura dishes were a hit. We had several Sushi dishes delighted us. Two had noodle dishes that we all tried. We shared both desserts for our finale! Kudos!

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