This restaurant is CLOSED ! They have not suspended their services with Open Table 😡
This restaurant is closed and OpenTable let me make a reservation without letting me know it was shut down.
They have gone out of business. Do not bother booking. Very sad to see them leave.
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
The place has closed down. Not sure why you allowed me to make a reservation there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best restaurant in salt lake city...period!
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.
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.
Chef David has taken the former Naked Fish to new heights! Has turned a good restaurant great and possibly the best in the city.
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...
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
Great new reimagined Japanese gastropub evolved from Naked Fish, a former favorite. Edgy & creative small & medium plates; very flavorful, modern Japanese cuisine.
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.
Everything here is fantastic. It's kind of like Japanese tapas - small plates for sharing - with many different options.
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
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.
Such delicious food! The Brussels spouts were the biggest hit. The fish was superb.
Overpriced, poor quality food, small portions. Will never be back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything was amazing, Kacie is a phenomenal bartender and cocktails were awesome! Food was perfect!
This is some of the best dining in SLC. Do not miss it.
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.
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!
first time back after the name (owner/chef as well?) changed, not like typical Japanese food any more.
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.
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
Best new resturant in SLC
Chef David Hopps is very talented
Good Japanese style cuisine. Great tasting small plates. Great for a date or special occasion.
Thought it was naked fish Japanese bistro, original owners sold. Not the same naked fish I'm used to.
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.
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.
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.