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Umi Japanese Restaurant

40 Cloninger Mill Rd NE, Hickory, NC 28601-7526
+1 828-322-5511
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  • Excellent96%
  • Very good3%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“sushi” (36 reviews)
“tonkatsu” (2 reviews)
“bento box” (3 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
40 Cloninger Mill Rd NE, Hickory, NC 28601-7526
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Authentic Japanese sushi, nigiri, tempura as well as homestyle soups and rice entrees. Owners prepare and serve so you're always getting their best. Simple but comfortably elegant atmosphere with local art featured. Extensive menu all can enjoy. Seating is very limited so be sure to...More

Thank Allen B
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Authentic Japanese cuisine. A go-to place if you are craving for the real taste of good Japanese food. Come to Hickory, NC, and have a delightful experience at this cozy family-owned-run business.

Thank walapsbit
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I travel far and wide and have known where all the best sushi spots are for decades in the continental US. Finding Sushi is no longer a big deal in small town USA. However, Finding excellent authentic sushi is a big deal anywhere. Hickory has...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

My husband made reservations for my birthday dinner. Upon arrival, I was brought 2 beautiful roses. We tried several different sushi rolls and all were divine. Melt in your mouth. This food is authentic. Perfection. There are only 3 tables in the restaurant, so you...More

Thank agoofygrle1
Reviewed 17 July 2018

My husband and I made reservations here for our anniversary and they had a little vase of roses waiting for us on the table! The food was incredible and atmosphere nice and personal. Hands down the best, most authentic sushi in the hickory area. Highly...More

Thank marisaf017
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Samll aurhentic Japanese restaurant with about six tables. The husband cooks and the wife serves. I have seldom had this fine Japanese cuisine in the U.S. or anyplace outside of Japan. Our ladies had bento boxes that they said were delicious. Our sashimi was excellant...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The restaurant is owned and operated by a Japanese family. The food is simply superb. It is very difficult to find legitimate Japanese fare, as most restaurants billed as "Japanese" are simply hibachi-style piles of meat and rice. If that is what you want, go...More

Thank Charles_Furman
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

This place is wonderful. The food is all prepared fresh when you order. This is Japanese food the way it should be. A cold Sapporo Beer and great fresh sushi is truly satisfying. Everything on the menu is really good and the service is superb....More

Thank Jack S
Reviewed 13 September 2017

A little out of the way but worth the drive. Call before you go, because this place is small. Nigiri style sushi was great, done traditionally with wasabi between the fish and rice. Fresh perfectly cooked, flavorful rice at just the right temp, lovely cold...More

Thank Switherj
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely love coming to Umi and have been for many many years. Wonderful fresh food and service. One is always made to feel welcome and special here -it is a very special place. Very small and intimate so reservations are highly recommended. If you mention...More

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Marcie P
11 January 2018|
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Response from walapsbit | Reviewed this property |
If you love sushi, noodles, and tempura (lightly battered shrimp, or veggies), this is the place for you. Main entrees like breaded pork, teriyaki chicken or beef are served with clear soup called miso, and small salad with... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cloninger Mill Rd NE, Hickory, NC 28601-7526
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hickory
  • Phone Number: +1 828-322-5511
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