Restaurant i

★★★★☆

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if you love Japanese food then this is the restaurant you need to go to.i am not crazy about japanese food but everyone that was with me loved it.

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if you love Japanese food then this is the restaurant you need to go to.i am not crazy about japanese food but everyone that was with me loved it.

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I'll keep this simple. I moved here from New York City and have been a sushi fanatic for years. I was initially disappointed in the sushi scene here in Charlotte, but thankfully I found Restaurant I. I have probably been there more than 20 times in the last 2 years and have had a great experience each visit. Also, the quality of the fish and the dishes rivals Nobu, Bond Street, Yama, Sushi Yasuda, and all of the New York stalwarts. I typically get a wide variety of nigiri including Toro, Yellowtail, Salmon, Crab, Uni, etc. and have never had anything but a large and very fresh piece of fish. The cooked dishes are equally good. The service has always been attentive and very professional and the owner is always welcoming. I suspect that anyone who doesn't enjoy this restaurant just doesn't get it. They should stay home and stick with Tuna Helper as their seafood item. RESTAURANT I IS ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CHARLOTTE.

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★★★★★

I'll keep this simple. I moved here from New York City and have been a sushi fanatic for years. I was initially disappointed in the sushi scene here in Charlotte, but thankfully I found Restaurant I. I have probably been there more than 20 times in the last 2 years and have had a great experience each visit. Also, the quality of the fish and the dishes rivals Nobu, Bond Street, Yama, Sushi Yasuda, and all of the New York stalwarts. I typically get a wide variety of nigiri including Toro, Yellowtail, Salmon, Crab, Uni, etc. and have never had anything but a large and very fresh piece of fish. The cooked dishes are equally good. The service has always been attentive and very professional and the owner is always welcoming. I suspect that anyone who doesn't enjoy this restaurant just doesn't get it. They should stay home and stick with Tuna Helper as their seafood item. RESTAURANT I IS ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CHARLOTTE.

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I was extremely excited to try Restaurant i with my boyfriend and friends this past weekend and within 5 minutes of walking in, I was disappointed. The waiter was curt and acted as though our requests were bothersome. It took over an hour for us to receive our appetizers and drinks and when we inquired about the sake we ordered, our waiter told us that there was a wait for the warming machine. Our entire dining experience lasted close to 3 hours - not because we were having great conversation but because it took that long for the food to come out - and the service was AWFUL. I have over 12 years of restaurant experience and never have I been so disappointed in customer service.

The food was decent but definitely not worth the price. The sushi fell apart immediately and the meat entrees tasted dry and overcooked. I do not recommend this restaurant at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was extremely excited to try Restaurant i with my boyfriend and friends this past weekend and within 5 minutes of walking in, I was disappointed. The waiter was curt and acted as though our requests were bothersome. It took over an hour for us to receive our appetizers and drinks and when we inquired about the sake we ordered, our waiter told us that there was a wait for the warming machine. Our entire dining experience lasted close to 3 hours - not because we were having great conversation but because it took that long for the food to come out - and the service was AWFUL. I have over 12 years of restaurant experience and never have I been so disappointed in customer service.

The food was decent but definitely not worth the price. The sushi fell apart immediately and the meat entrees tasted dry and overcooked. I do not recommend this restaurant at all.

Pros: The guy in charge of filling up the water glasses did a great job

Cons: Service was awful, food was average, cost was high, ambience was nothing special

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I seem to remember this restaurant once had the word "fusion" in its name and it was good word (apprarently CONfusion for some reviewers). This is one of the most creative resturants I've been anywhere, not just in Charlotte, anywhere. Yes, they have regular sushi but don't come here if you want the usual California Roll and plastic grass. It's like they started with a typical japanese resturant and then infused a jolt of cuisine creativity into it. Come if you want to experiment and be delighted. We commonly order a bunch of appertizers, an entree and maybe a few pieces of nigiri. They have interesting and good drinks and many choices for gourmet sake's, plus a conventional wine list. The service is attentive, it's a small place, and the prices are normal for charlotte gourmet offerings. We come here whenever we feel fed up with the usual Charlotte restaurant options and are always glad we do. I can never tell when they're going to be open and you never know who crowded it will be so at least call ahead.

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★★★★★

I seem to remember this restaurant once had the word "fusion" in its name and it was good word (apprarently CONfusion for some reviewers). This is one of the most creative resturants I've been anywhere, not just in Charlotte, anywhere. Yes, they have regular sushi but don't come here if you want the usual California Roll and plastic grass. It's like they started with a typical japanese resturant and then infused a jolt of cuisine creativity into it. Come if you want to experiment and be delighted. We commonly order a bunch of appertizers, an entree and maybe a few pieces of nigiri. They have interesting and good drinks and many choices for gourmet sake's, plus a conventional wine list. The service is attentive, it's a small place, and the prices are normal for charlotte gourmet offerings. We come here whenever we feel fed up with the usual Charlotte restaurant options and are always glad we do. I can never tell when they're going to be open and you never know who crowded it will be so at least call ahead.

Pros: Inventive and delightful always unique menu offerings

Cons: Not for the conventional Benihana crowd

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This is the first time I have been to Restaurant-i and the food was fantastic. I had salmon with a terikayi sauce and it was great. The prices are a little high, but worth it.

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★★★★★

This is the first time I have been to Restaurant-i and the food was fantastic. I had salmon with a terikayi sauce and it was great. The prices are a little high, but worth it.

Pros: Terrific food

Cons: Prices are high

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Tried this place some time ago, my husband and I were both furious that the food was so horrid, the waitstaff were incompenent, and every course was abysmally bad. The food was poorly prepared, dishes made no sense and were badly thrown together. This was one of the top 10 worst dining experiences that I've ever had in Charlotte.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried this place some time ago, my husband and I were both furious that the food was so horrid, the waitstaff were incompenent, and every course was abysmally bad. The food was poorly prepared, dishes made no sense and were badly thrown together. This was one of the top 10 worst dining experiences that I've ever had in Charlotte.

Pros: None - Complete Waste of Time And Money

Cons: Why is this place not shut down?

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I read all the good reviews for this restaurant and decided to suprise my wife with dinner at the "i". She had never heard of Restaurant: i, but she was impressed from the moment we walked in. The decor was very nice, the service was excellent, and the food was extremely tasty. We are not really into Japanese food, so it was really comforting that our waitress took her time and explained the menu. The food was great from the appetizer to the dessert and the presentation was beautiful. We will definitely be back!

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★★★☆☆

I read all the good reviews for this restaurant and decided to suprise my wife with dinner at the "i". She had never heard of Restaurant: i, but she was impressed from the moment we walked in. The decor was very nice, the service was excellent, and the food was extremely tasty. We are not really into Japanese food, so it was really comforting that our waitress took her time and explained the menu. The food was great from the appetizer to the dessert and the presentation was beautiful. We will definitely be back!

Pros: Excellent service from hostess, wait staff, and bartender

Cons: Parking lot was a little dark

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I can only vouch for the sushi - didn't try the traditional or fusion dishes. The sushi is very good quality. Very elegant and light in texture, no fishy-ness. I've eaten at a lot of sushi joints in the Charlotte area, and this one ranks very high - Mai Japanese restaurant is also very good. They don't have a huge variety of sushi rolls (Ru San's has by far the most variety in Charlotte, but not necessarily the best sushi), but what they do offer is done very well and there are subtle innovations in each roll. Would definitely eat there again.

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★★★★★

I can only vouch for the sushi - didn't try the traditional or fusion dishes. The sushi is very good quality. Very elegant and light in texture, no fishy-ness. I've eaten at a lot of sushi joints in the Charlotte area, and this one ranks very high - Mai Japanese restaurant is also very good. They don't have a huge variety of sushi rolls (Ru San's has by far the most variety in Charlotte, but not necessarily the best sushi), but what they do offer is done very well and there are subtle innovations in each roll. Would definitely eat there again.

Pros: good sushi, nice atmosphere, very nice hostess

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It's nice to experience a restaurant with it's own personality and character. This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a quiet conversation with special friends. My husband appreciates the creative and artistic specials. I love sushi and have been pleasantly pleased and stuffed every time. "i" offers an Experience: An introduction to Japanese French Cuisine.

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★★★★★

It's nice to experience a restaurant with it's own personality and character. This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a quiet conversation with special friends. My husband appreciates the creative and artistic specials. I love sushi and have been pleasantly pleased and stuffed every time. "i" offers an Experience: An introduction to Japanese French Cuisine.

Pros: Creative, Artistic, Relaxing

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I just ate at Restaurant-i, and I and wanted to write down my ideas while they were fresh. The minute I stepped in the restaurant everything was perfect. The service was incredible, they were at your table for everything, the restaurant was beautiful with an outdoor and indoor area. BUT The most wonderful part was clearly the incredible, fantastic, delicious food. The lobster spring rolls were to die for, the salmon and steak were the best I have ever had. The chef is an iron chef from Japan who features whatever items that is on his TV show as the special for that week. Everything we hade was great! The prices were reasonable (lobster dinner 21.00). Do yourself a favor and visit restaurant- i as soon as possible!

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★★★★★

I just ate at Restaurant-i, and I and wanted to write down my ideas while they were fresh. The minute I stepped in the restaurant everything was perfect. The service was incredible, they were at your table for everything, the restaurant was beautiful with an outdoor and indoor area. BUT The most wonderful part was clearly the incredible, fantastic, delicious food. The lobster spring rolls were to die for, the salmon and steak were the best I have ever had. The chef is an iron chef from Japan who features whatever items that is on his TV show as the special for that week. Everything we hade was great! The prices were reasonable (lobster dinner 21.00). Do yourself a favor and visit restaurant- i as soon as possible!

Pros: food, food, food

Cons: nothing

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Sushi served in this restaurant was just as same as I had expeienced in Japan last year, certainly was not like the American Sushi which are dominated around here and there. The presentation was so beautiful and it's just an art. Other dishes also were well done. We are so satisfied with their food and service.

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★★★★★

Sushi served in this restaurant was just as same as I had expeienced in Japan last year, certainly was not like the American Sushi which are dominated around here and there. The presentation was so beautiful and it's just an art. Other dishes also were well done. We are so satisfied with their food and service.

Pros: good food, friendly service, serene ambience

Cons: crowded

 

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