Kemuri

4.8
274 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Kemuri is the most creative restaurant to hit the Little Rock scene in decades! Not only is it a sushi lovers paradise, it's a full-service, upscale casual restaurant serving some of the most exciting and delicious creations that Arkansas has ever seen. The service and presentation is at a level that you would expect to find in places like New York, Tokyo, and even Los Angeles. Kemuri specializes in providing guests the ultimate dining experience. From the freshest seafood to the sauces paired with our robata grilled items, we are able to give guests a broad spectrum of flavors and allow them to enjoy a selection of exotic recipes. At the heart of the kitchen is Chef Dennis Bell, the mastermind behind our culinary science. Also featured are the extraordinary sushi creations of Chef Jerrick Reyes. Join us to experience what fine dining and delicious food is all about right here in the heart of Hillcrest.
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Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Appreciate that the server listen and cared about our experience. Brought some extra sauces to have with great tasting scallops. Salmon was prepared differently than expected, but delicious. Great atmosphere and fun to people watch.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Erika, our server was OUTSTANDING. She made our experience the best it could be.

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Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend kemuri, our server Erica was fantastic. All the recommendations she made were spot on

Looking forward to going back

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had been there once. Had a good experience, so tried again. Food and surroundings are excellent with a very nice selection on the menu. Service was slightly slow because our waitress was also tending bar. We will definitely be back.

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PB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to visit kemuri and we loved it!

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Kemuri! It is the best sushi in town. Love the edamame!

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JD
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding, from the appetizers all the way through the decadent desserts. It was rather loud in there due to two large celebratory dinners going on nearby but we had eight diners ourselves so I suppose we contributed to that! We all really enjoyed the dinner and will return.

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Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Beautiful presentation. Best sushi in Little Rock. Always consistent service and food. Great date night place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply awesome!!!

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JM
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit; our first visit had left some hesitations about returning, as we had to send one entree back the last visit. This visit we did not encounter that situation though. I particularly was disappointed with the quality of the cut of meat I received for a Porterhouse steak that cost just over $65. It was cooked right; however, was very tough--not what one would expect in this price range. I could have paid a little more than 1/4 of this price and had a better cut of meat at Texas Roadhouse. The setting, ambiance, and service are top notch; unfortunately, the food has been disappointing on two different occasions now. My wife did have high praise for the dessert, but she too stated that was not enough for us to return--too bad, I had higher hopes for this establishment.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was attentive and knew the menu.

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KD
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Russell was amazing and his recommendations were spot on! The Crazy Monkey roll was delicious and by far my favorite roll of all time. We had a great experience and will definitely be coming back!!!!

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the best restaurants in Little Rock. The food is excellent and Ian, our server, was awesome!

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was wonderful. Service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter with Family

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DJ
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Little Rock. We return for the sushi as a treat paired with a little sparkling sake. They have many main dishes which are also tasty. The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

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

Sushi is the best in town. Ribs were delicious. Curry was spiced just right, and specials of the night were truly special. The service was superb!!

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The good was delicious and the service was perfect!

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

Kemuri was our favorite for some time then faded the last two times we went. So stopped going. New management and cooks staff brought us back and it was fine yet still not quite there yet. The server was ok yet not as polished as should have been

I was tempted to drop
A few stars to 3 instead of four yet left it as so many others we know like Kemuri, so decided to go light.

We will go again, yet need a better than average experience to justify cost.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and i went for a much needed date night and This restaurant was amazing! Did not disappoint. The staff were very helpful and beyond nice. The food was amazing! We had a few different alcoholic drinks, a couple of appetizers, a small plate, an entree, and dessert and every single dish was delicious! Will definitely be returning.

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B
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve eaten here before. It’s an amazing place. Previous visits I had no issues. This time there were some things that upset the experience a bit. However, I think it was just a perfect storm of honest mistakes/uncontrollable misfortunes/etc. I brought my concerns to the staff and it was quickly resolved. Still glad we went there. Management and staff are amazing and they care about your overall enjoyment. The food as usual is some of the best food I’ve eaten in any city across the country. I highly recommend coming here for a wonderful night out and amazing food.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy this is one of our neighborhood restaurants, and it appears the new owners are keeping up the good vibe/food established over the years. Yes, yes, yes... the sushi is very good, but they also have one of the best Sea Bass dishes I've ever had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the waiter was great!

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing restaurant!! Best sushi in Arkansas by far. Love the food, the service and the atmosphere! Austin was our server and he was incredibly helpful explaining the menu as well as offering wine and sushi suggestions (that we took and were so glad we did!) We will certainly be back, we had nothing bad at all in our experience. The sushi is huge, very much worth the price!! So fresh and delicious. Thank you Kemuri for an amazing date night!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. The service was excellent. The staff were very professional and the food was amazing!

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! My new favorite spot! The food was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Mostly the experience was great. Would have been more enjoyable if seated farther away from other guests

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Really gone down hill since the change of ownership. supposed wagyu tenderloin was tough sirloin cut.

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s dinner was delicious and amazing

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food and service

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PW
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the top service and delicious food. We were “that table” with a lot of special requests and they accommodated all!

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the service was great. We will be back soon!

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HH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always thoroughly enjoy Kemuri. It has a great atmosphere, great service, delicious apps, and some of the best sushi in Little Rock. The mussels are by far our favorite appetizer, and the snow blossom roll is my go to or the kiss me roll for a low carb option. We highly recommend for a date night, group outing, or any occasion!

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L
Fayetteville
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Bad service. Food was inferior quality. The tamago was old and hard and the miso soup did not have miso in it. It was just a broth soup. I became ill from eating here. The music was obnoxiously loud.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Will, was excellent and his recommendations were perfect. Sushi was the freshest available in Little Rock. We enjoyed our meal.

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your typical Asian restaurant. The menu has a wide variety of creative choices, and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date. I’m a bit of a foodie, so I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a dish that I’ve never seen in Arkansas. I’m looking forward to our next visit!

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C
Little Rock
20 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had the sashimi platter—12 piece. We’ve ordered this at Oceans, Mt Fuji,and Samu. Every one is different , but this was our least favorite. It was fresh and attractive, however it seemed to be a smaller amount compared to the other restaurants. Perhaps the individual pieces were smaller.
My son’s sushi, soup and salad were great. I liked my cucumber salad but it was nothing special. The dinner salad is amazing and large.

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OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!

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AI
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, very good service, everything very much enjoyable, though the Miami rolls were unusual, not our favorite. The rest was great. Only criticism perhaps is that too much was piled up on top of the rolls rather than inside them, which makes it extremely challenging to eat them without making a mess... Also the rolls were really large in size, so much so that it was hard to eat them as a single bite as one would normally do, especially with chopsticks. Would recommend making more smaller ones and reducing the amount of the “external” parts - roll more of it? Other than that, definitely very good taste and great presentation!

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CS
Little Rock
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi is absolutely amazing! Service was excellent and we had a great evening.

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