Takashi

4.4
85 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Takashi pushes the envelope of contemporary Japanese cuisine, presenting unrivaled sushi and sashimi along with innovative small plates and hot entrees in a memorable downtown setting.

Whether you prefer a bar side seat with a view of the action at the cutting boards, or a cozy table for two, our friendly and knowledgeable servers will guide you through the menus, the specials board, and our excellent collection of premium sake, beer, wine and fabulous specialty cocktails.

WHILE MOST SEATING IS ON A WALK-IN BASIS, we do offer a few early reservations through Open Table.
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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best sushi spot in Salt Lake City

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Udwari
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Takashi truly is a neighborhood gem. Their sushi is clearly the best in Salt Lake.

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thrive
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with unique menu items

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I have never been disappointed with my visits to Takashi. Their rolls are always fresh tasting and they have a great mix of flavors. Do always expect a bit of a wait, as everyone else loves them as much as I do. In the event of a wait, there is a martini bar next door to the restaurant and they are happy to come get you from the bar when your table is ready.

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vipalpnclmbr
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The creativity and presentation of the omakase meal was great. Menu prices were surprisingly reasonable for the quality of food. overall an excellent meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our evening at Takashi's. Our server could have come around now often but we still had a great evening with great food

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MarieW
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ADORE this place, and would eat there every day if I could.

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vipDessertfirst
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The best Sushi restaurant in town. Love many of the Specialty Rolls.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2012
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Takashi serves the best sushi in Salt Lake. Wthe menu features a good selection of hot and cold items. Portions are adequately sized and the pricing is well aligned with quality. Good selection of daily specials. Excellent drink menu including sakes, beers and wine.

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Misha
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2012
Overall3food4service3ambience4

As highly regarded as Takashi is in SLC it was disappointing that a Japanese restaurant would not have much to choose from entree list of items for a person with gluten intolerance and the server was not much helpful.

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funkyman3333
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ah, finally - great sushi! It's been too long! I started with the seafood hot and sour soup, which was outstanding. I then had the nigri sushi combo and the T&T spicy sushi for my main course. The fish was fresh and tasty. The T&T was definitely spicy (at least the sauce was), and just tasted great. My only complaint is it felt like they rushed us out once we were done the main course - no offer for dessert (not sure if they serve it) or coffee.

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vipFantastic
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2012
Overall4food3service4ambience3

John, our server, very gracious and wonderful service. Enjoyed the agedashi tofu, tempura, and sashimi very much. The noodle bowl was fair, a bit overcooked, and broth needed more seasoning; Disappointed the Asian greens were simply broccoli and a few small bits if bok choy. The sushi rolls were good but a bit bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I expected more after reading reviews

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DavidS
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Takashi has amazing sushi. It's definitely the best I've had in Salt Lake City and comparable to very good sushi in larger cities. The wait staff is also very courteous. I'll definitely return.

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vipGManEats
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to go here every time I'm in SLC. Fantastic dining experience with great food.

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vipMoxie
Jacksonville
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Takashi is the best sushi restaurant that we've found in Salt Lake City (or Utah, for that matter). It has a large, frequently changing menu featuring many items that you can't find anywhere else in Utah. It is always crowded. Reservations are difficult to get (booking 4-5 days in advance gets you a 5:30 pm seating) and the service is generally good to excellent.

Our most recent visit fell short of previous ones (which had been 5-star visits). Our server was good, but not particularly adept at making reservations about items off the menu or of special note and the specials were a little less creative than usual. Everything was very good, but there were only a couple of stand outs.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. You can get cheaper sushi for sure, but you can't beat the food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

by far the very best sushi in salt lake!!!

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FoodieMike
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect anniversary dinner! We sat at the sushi bar and while talking to the chef, watched him lovingly, precisely craft each sushi dish we ordered. I think I used the word amazing a dozen times during his performance. This was our sixth time at Takashi's and it seems to get better every time!

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jd18
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fresh, fancy and top notch. Service is great. Tables are a little too close together and thus gets pretty loud.

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Jedijax
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Takashi is one of my favorite sushi restaurants in the country. Unique and delicious food with fish like the Tazmanian Sea Trout- you must try it! The service is usually fantastic and it has a hip atmosphere. It can get packed so get there early. Also try the Panna Cotta dessert- truly amazing.

Jax- Boulder, CO

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vipDC77
Salt Lake City
25 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2012
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Maybe our expectations were too high based on all we had heard. Maybe it was just an off night, maybe we just by chance got the pieces of fish that seem like it had already been chewed...had no structure at all. Having had sushi all over --including in Japan, NY, LA, etc....what was served to us March 30th was not true to form authentic sushi. Flavors were good, appetizers even better, but when it came to the specialty rolls the tuna was without the texture it needs to have to make each bite delicious. Also, it appeared that most of the specialty rolls were based on a dare---trying to see how spicy they could make them --and I dont mind spicy at all, though in many this case it didn't make sense given it cloaks the flavor of each roll

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here to celebrate a birthday and because we love trying new sushi. We were very pleased with the server (Jason) and his suggestions. The sushi was well cut, formed, and tasted excellent. If we lived closer we would dine here more often.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best sushi I've ever had in the country and I've probably had sushi at 300+ plus restaurants! There was a line out the door and this place HASN'T EVER been on Food Network or the Travel Channel. Pretty amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2012
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Takashi's has some of the best specialty rolls I have ever had. I grew up in southern Florida, lived a few years in San Fransisco, and spent some time in New York. All three place are known for great sushi. Takashis ranks in the top three for me. If you go there do not get there general/standard rolls. You will leave with the feeling you paying too much for nothing special(because you didn't order anything special). You can get those types of rolls(the Philli, the Cali, etc) anywhere and pay less. Where Takashis sets themselves apart is their specialty rolls and entrees. If you don't like to wait, make a reservation, and stop complaining!

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grmahny
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is an excellent restaurant, probably the best for sushi in Salt Lake City. However, after making a reservation for 4 with 3 of us arriving together they said they could not seat us until the other party arrived. We were entertaining clients and had tickets for a game and needed to get in and out fairly quickly. It was a blizzard outside and our 4th party was on trax and on her way. We had to tell them she might not make it so they would seat us and we could start ordering. I understand that they do not want people sitting at the tables and not ordering, however, they might do some inquiry about timing or find out some information before just refusing to seat you until the entire party has arrived. (the purpose for reservations)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Most of the food was quite good; however, the service was a bit slow and the chicken on skewers was tough, tasteless and inedible. Requested a quiet table, but was seated in the middle of the restaurant where the noise level kept increasing as more diners arrived. We specifically came early to enjoy a quiet meal, but had extreme difficulty hearing and the tables were quiet close to each other. Obviously the hostess/manager does not honor requests made through Open Table and was not responsive when we inquired about being seated elsewhere.

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vipStevenJ
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi rolls are quite creative and the Saki list, though short, is outstanding, especially if you like it unfiltered. You'll no doubt want to visit Takashi over and over again.

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vipElaineS
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2012
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My husband and I really like sushi. The thing is, we want to actually taste the fish when we get it. I was put off by the fact that practically every roll had spicy sauce in them. Do they really think anyone will taste the fish when there are thai chilies in the roll. Their rolls seem to be for people who "want" to say they eat sushi, but don't want to actually taste the fish. That said, their sashimi was fresh and everything else was wonderful. The service was amazing, but the 2 top tables are a little small for people getting a bunch of rolls, it feels very crowded.

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vipNathanW
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A mouth-watering explosion no matter what is ordered on the menu!!!

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dannywsu
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience5

High quality sushi in an excellent dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for his birthday. Some people said this place was expensive but it wasn't for us. We don't drink alcohol and we only ordered sushi and edemame so that is probably why. We ordered one appetizer of edemame & 3 rolls and were full. The sushi rolls aren't as long/large as at most sushi places, but they were delicious. We made a reservation for 5:45 on a Wednesday night (had an hour drive home so needed an early dinner), were seated promptly at a nice table by the window and served efficiently and politely with everything. We recommend the Puff the Magic Dragon Roll, the Spider roll and the Carribean Roll. YUM!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best sushi I have ever had. And to think I would find it in Salt Lake City!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Teriffic menu, great fresh sashimi ! May be one of top two Japanese restaurants in SLC area, and without doubt the best in the city proper.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2011
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Always the best. No one does it like Takashi and his great crew.

DM
DavidM
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, Takashi is the premier Sushi Bar in Salt Lake City. There is a great variety of rolls and Takashi's creativity is evident throughout the menu. He often will mix in fruits (lightly) into his creations which brings a unique mixture of taste and texture into the rolls. In particular, he ran a special roll called "You've Got a Friend" i honor and support of the Japan relief effort. It had some slices of crisp apple inside which added a wonderful sweetness with a little tanginess and added an unexpected texture to the roll which elevated it to the realm of the sublime. For the sashimi lovers, no worry: Takashi has you covered with an abundance of types of sashimi, including sashimi rolls. Sushi lovers, this is a must try!

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lalisasf
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is superberb, atompshere is excellent, service was 100%. The hotness, Destiny was kind enough to help us order from the menu.... She was outstanding and kind as could be...

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, perhaps best the sushi in SLC, and I had been wanting to go and hearing many people talk about Takashi. My wife and I finally after 2 years made the effort to hit this establishment. I happen to make a very simple reservation on OpenTable (Thanks, great service) and I suggest reservation as its a popular and busy place even at 5:30.

We had a knowledgeable server who suggested two stellar rolls, as I asked what were the most popular signature rolls of the house. The Forrest Gump & Magic Dragon rolls, both were a wonderful execution of flavor, presentation, and resulted in an overall satisfaction in the dish. I would not think twice about ordering either of them again and again.

Excellent food, great service and a nice nig

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2011
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and the quality was awesome. Will definitely come back here!

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Camicurean
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Arriving at 5:30, I was one of seven guests in the restaurant. I checked in for my reservation, while I waited for my date and despite the plethora of tables was told they would seat me when they arrived. The host did offer water, but I was startled that they were afraid the other half of my party may not arrive before they sat the other 30 something tables in the restaurant. Despite the inflexible incomplete party policy, once we were seated, we had a wonderful time. The server was polite, on top of things, provided recommendations and kept my beverages full. The sushi was wonderful as usual - Hamachi Nigiri, the Spider, Yellow Submarine and the Box are all recommended. The restaurant was 2/3 full @ 7:00 when we left on a Monday evening.

FAQs

Takashi offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 519-9595.

Takashi is rated 4.4 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.