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About Permanently Closed - Ikigai (fka Naked Fish Japanese Bistro)

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ikigai - Life with Purpose

In Japan, they believe that everyone has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. We have discovered what our ikigai is...

A Modern Japanese Gastropub

Large Banquet ∙ Conference Rooms ∙ Private Parties

67 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Izakaya, Japanese Speciality

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
Dinners
Tue-Thu 5pm to 9pm
Fri-Sat 5pm to 10pm

Lunch
Tue-Thu 11:30am to 2pm

Cross Street:
100 South & West Temple

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(801) 595-8888

Website:
http://www.ikigaislc.com/

Catering:
Please call for inquiries.

Public Transit:
TRAX

Executive Chef:
Chef David Hopps

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for inquiries.

Private Party Contact:
Johnny Kwon: (801) 595-8888

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For more information and questions, please contact the restaurant.

Ikigai (fka Naked Fish Japanese Bistro) - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (678)
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Neighborhood Gem (255)
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Notable Wine List (96)
Late-night Find (63)
Kid-friendly (50)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for a Date (26)
Healthy (16)
Fun (16)
Tapas (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Cozy (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Scenic View (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This restaurant is CLOSED ! They have not suspended their services with Open Table 😡

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This restaurant is closed and OpenTable let me make a reservation without letting me know it was shut down.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 26, 2017

They have gone out of business. Do not bother booking. Very sad to see them leave.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The restaurant was closed and when we called no one answered we looked on google and it said that the place was permanently closed. This was such a disappointment

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The place has closed down. Not sure why you allowed me to make a reservation there.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 13, 2017

How was Ikigai? I couldn't tell you because it was closed even though I was able to book a reservation for our anniversary on open table. We arrived on time to a closed door with lights out. Very disappointing.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The kitchen was being repaired and we never got to eat. The restaurant called us 5 minutes before the 5 of us were all supposed to be there. Really unprofessional for a place to do this. Could have called 90 minutes before the reservation.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Horrible experience. Unbeknownst to our group the restaurant was scheduled to close their doors for business. The food inventory was nearly completely depleted. The server,although attentive, sold us on the remaining scraps which were mediocre at best and terrible at worst. They charged full price which even if the food was good was way overpriced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Chef David did a wonderful job taking care of us. We drove all the way from Idaho simply to dine at Ikagai. The food came promptly and was delicious. SLC is very lucky to have such a talented chef and staff who work diligently to provide an amazing dining experience in Utah.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Went to Ikigai prior to a Jazz game and sat at the bar. The quality of the fish was the best I have had in Salt Lake City. The brussels sprouts and soft shell crab buns were also outstanding. Service was efficient and friendly. The Chef was extremely gracious as we chatted with him while dining. We had an hour to get to the game and were able to enjoy 8 different items from the menu with plenty of time to spare. I can't wait to go back and enjoy a more leisurely dinner.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Best restaurant in salt lake city...period!

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 22, 2017

One of the best meals I've ever had. The service was impeccable! You pay for that with higher prices. Only let down was the hipster interior. Very uncomfortable and honestly a little "cold". I would recommend if you want a truly amazing tasting menu served by top notch professionals.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 19, 2017

What a great experience. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff, great location, beautiful setting and most of all, unbelievable food. A must-experience and truly special restaurant in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu, Casual, Healthy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Organic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Chef David has taken the former Naked Fish to new heights! Has turned a good restaurant great and possibly the best in the city.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I loved the dining experience here it was new, exciting, and adventurous! The chefs 3 Michelin Stars were apparent by the exquisite and well rounded dishes...

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Delicious inventive food. Wonderful. Helpful attentive wait staff. I am a sushi lover but the interesting menu kept me from missing my usual sushi rolls

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great new reimagined Japanese gastropub evolved from Naked Fish, a former favorite. Edgy & creative small & medium plates; very flavorful, modern Japanese cuisine.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The combination of ingredients to create each cuisine was magical. Three of us had 5 starters and 6 small plates. Only one dish was less interesting but that was personal preference of taste but was still very tasty! Service was impeccable. Totally different than the prior menu - will certainly come back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Spicy, Healthy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Everything here is fantastic. It's kind of like Japanese tapas - small plates for sharing - with many different options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Very creative cuisine with varied menu. Aesthetically beautiful arrangements of plates. Decor is a bit stark but comfortable seating. Service was very attentive, particularly in explaining the different dishes. Highly recommended go an eclectic palate

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 24, 2017

When we first walked it the smell was a little unpleasant. Kinda smelled like an aquarium. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Small plates he recommended ordering 2 from each category. The sauce for the calamari was gritty, the scallop toast was kinda fun. The dinner salad was definitely not worth $10. The best part of the whole experience was the Sukiyaki, pork belly and Japanese cheesecake. If we were to go back we'd only order those 3 things.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Such delicious food! The Brussels spouts were the biggest hit. The fish was superb.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Overpriced, poor quality food, small portions. Will never be back.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The food is impressive and the servers are very knowledgeable and accommodating. Ikigai is quickly becoming my go-to restaurant to take out-of-towners who visit.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Ikigai has a great atmosphere and incredible food. They have reinvented the restaurant, it is now Japanese Tapas instead of sushi. Every single dish we had was outstanding. Must try: Brussel sprouts, Pork Belly, and Sunchoke. You'll be blown away! Go in prepared to order a few items per person, but enjoy everything family style, it's how small plates or tapas are meant to be enjoyed! We also tried most of the cocktails and loved them all! The shiso g&t is a unique and delicious spin on a classic.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was beautiful, unique and absolutely delicious. The pork belly was next level. Ambiance was nice but sound carried a bit. The staff was super impressive, especially Kacie.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Some of hte naked fish sushi faves made the cut as well as new dishes. The small plate style worked well - we tried a dozen things. Super fast service.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Everything was amazing, Kacie is a phenomenal bartender and cocktails were awesome! Food was perfect!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 7, 2017

This is some of the best dining in SLC. Do not miss it.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on March 3, 2017

the style and the quality of the food was very good, but the portion size for the price was disappointing
We frequent several restaurants that provide a high quality dining experience and you are not overwhelmed by the quantity, but this restaurant the portion sizes were a little too small for the price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great place - comfortable vibe. Came with a large group. Shared multiple plates. Celeriac was unique and delicious. Knowledgeable staff - very helpful in selecting menu options. Pork belly was amazing. Seaweed salad was much different than what I expected albeit delicious. They were able to accommodate a large group and get us out quickly for the concert. Unique spot here in SLC!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 24, 2017

first time back after the name (owner/chef as well?) changed, not like typical Japanese food any more.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 24, 2017

First time here. I started with the red snapper and Amber Jack. The fishes are very fresh and prepared perfectly. For warm plates, I ordered the sukiyaki and mussels. Both are also exception! At last, I saved a little bit of room for dessert. Ordered the Japanese cheesecake, the ginger beer and burnt honey is the highlight. All over I loved everything I tried and both the chef and the servers are very friendly. Definitely will be back when I'm in town next time.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2017

What a surprise to find this restaurant – I am a chef, in town with another chef friend of mine and we had the best meal of our weeklong trip here. The food was elegant, refined, yet playful and perfectly seasoned. The environment was great for anyone looking for a food adventure or a quiet date night

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Best new resturant in SLC
Chef David Hopps is very talented
Foodie paridise

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good Japanese style cuisine. Great tasting small plates. Great for a date or special occasion.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tapas, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Thought it was naked fish Japanese bistro, original owners sold. Not the same naked fish I'm used to.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It's difficult for this restaurant. They are filling a spot that was occupied by a previous fairly high-end Sushi restaurant. They're a Japanese (+/- fusion) restaurant. They don't make it clear what exactly their vision is. I expected at least some sushi. There was none. There were a total of 4 types of fish I could order. They were good but small orders and quite pricey. There were some hot-plates as well, about 6, (which were also small plates) but still quite pricey. We only sampled one of these - Ramen Carbonara. This was recommended by our waiter. This is (as I should have expected) Ramen in a carbonara sauce. This is also about as good as it sounds. Japanese-Italian fusion is not something I feel my life has been missing. We will probably not return until there is a drastic shift in the menu and clarity on their dining principles.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Everything was delicious. We were impressed with the menu and the food did not disappoint. Our service was fantastic. The building and decor were very hip and cozy. This place would get five stars in any city in the US, it was a great find in SLC.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Ikigai does not yet have its act together. The food is delicious, presented artfully, but the menu is limited and the service was SLOW. A tapas place has to get the orders correct and we ended up with the kitchen preparing two rounds of dishes we were already served which meant there was a significant lag before the next dishes were served. The wait staff was very attentive and explained the dishes accurately and enthusiastically. Perhaps i am too old to sit on plywood with no back supper for 2 1/2 hours. The food was too cute to make a return visit likely.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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