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Umi Japanese Restaurant

40 Cloninger Mill Rd NE, Hickory, NC 28601
+1 828-322-5511
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  • Excellent96%
  • Very good3%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“miso soup” (6 reviews)
“sushi” (36 reviews)
“fish” (4 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
€€ - €€€
40 Cloninger Mill Rd NE, Hickory, NC 28601
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Reviewed 27 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
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Reviewed 11 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

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Wow small place. Calling ahead is probably a good idea. Awesome service and the food was amazing! I highly recommend the ocean roll. Also, don't pass on the plum wine with dessert! This is a unique experience. I highly, highly recommend that you visit. Reasonably...More

1  Thank mdboulier
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Umi's is the place to go when you want to experience a special meal, special occasion in and intimate environment. You will feel like you are in a different world as you relax and receive impeccable service and authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi. Be sure...More

Thank Doreen C
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We have been coming to UMI ever since it opened in 2007 and have developed a friendship with the wonderful family who owns it. This is the best sushi you will find anywhere and the most authentic Japanese food around. They are very thoughtful and...More

1  Thank Nicole G
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect, but it wasn't this! The tiny, and I'm talking 4 tables tiny, restaurant was just amazing. The décor is beautiful, very tastefully done, the owner/wait staff is just the most charming woman! And the food... was out of this...More

Thank jeffanddee83
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We heard great things about this restaurant, and decided to give it a try on New Years Eve. We pull up to find that's it's a small place in a strip mall. The dining area consisted of 5 tables in a 20' x 20' room....More

Thank Justin Q
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful date nite with hubby. Definitely make reservations--only 4 tables, husband/wife team. Will be back many more times!

Thank Angie M
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

At long last an authentic Japanese owned restaurant with the real flavors of Japan! The salad dressing, miso soup, and bento box was amazing! First time seeing Inari zushi on the menu. The food was served in a timely manner and was so fresh. The...More

1  Thank Mhcole17
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Cloninger Mill Rd NE, Hickory, NC 28601
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hickory
  • Phone Number: +1 828-322-5511
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