Kikugawa at Riverplace

★★★☆☆
  • 43 Main St SE Ste 232

    Minneapolis, MN 55414

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  • 612-379-2438

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Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED

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I don't know what happened to the earlier reviews but I had great experience there. Great service, great atmosphere and the most most important--real great food!! I mean REAL great!! II'm a big fan of japanese food and I've been to Japan and this is the most authentic one I've ever been to in Minneapolis! I should have tried here earlier!!

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★★★★★

I don't know what happened to the earlier reviews but I had great experience there. Great service, great atmosphere and the most most important--real great food!! I mean REAL great!! II'm a big fan of japanese food and I've been to Japan and this is the most authentic one I've ever been to in Minneapolis! I should have tried here earlier!!

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Fun, simple atmosphere with a huge variety menu. Food is unusual but fantastic! The service is genuinely nice!

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★★★★★

Fun, simple atmosphere with a huge variety menu. Food is unusual but fantastic! The service is genuinely nice!

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During the course of our dinner there last week, a matter came up that needed the managers attention. My request was ignored/refused by the waitress/server (or I suspect by the manager) resulting in a very unpleasant dining experience. Business was quiet, so being too busy isn't an excuse. Although the food is generally good, the lack of respectful customer service and overall negative attitude makes this visit our last.

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★☆☆☆☆

During the course of our dinner there last week, a matter came up that needed the managers attention. My request was ignored/refused by the waitress/server (or I suspect by the manager) resulting in a very unpleasant dining experience. Business was quiet, so being too busy isn't an excuse. Although the food is generally good, the lack of respectful customer service and overall negative attitude makes this visit our last.

Pros: Food is above average

Cons: Customer service

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ask for jr.

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★★★★★

ask for jr.

Pros: good food and drink

Cons: cost

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My friend suggested this part of town, so I did some reviewing and found Kikugawa to have the best ratings on this beautiful strip. I was disappointed with the restaurant. The caterpillar role had hardly any eel in it and the special sauce on the over baked bay scallops and mushrooms "dynamite" tasted closer to hollandaise than anything. The green tea tasted like hay and the server had very little knowledge about the food. As far as selection it all looked pretty expansive except for the maki rolls. The style is very 1990's with its cheap wood and teal colors. And worst yet NO patio for this great location. Price's are fair.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friend suggested this part of town, so I did some reviewing and found Kikugawa to have the best ratings on this beautiful strip. I was disappointed with the restaurant. The caterpillar role had hardly any eel in it and the special sauce on the over baked bay scallops and mushrooms "dynamite" tasted closer to hollandaise than anything. The green tea tasted like hay and the server had very little knowledge about the food. As far as selection it all looked pretty expansive except for the maki rolls. The style is very 1990's with its cheap wood and teal colors. And worst yet NO patio for this great location. Price's are fair.

Pros: Location

Cons: Too many!

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The tempura is light, fluffy, and full of flavor; by far the best in town. The bento boxes are also very flavorful. Love the Japanese atmosphere. Truly my favorite Japanese resturant in town.

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★★★★★

The tempura is light, fluffy, and full of flavor; by far the best in town. The bento boxes are also very flavorful. Love the Japanese atmosphere. Truly my favorite Japanese resturant in town.

Pros: Taste of Food

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I've been here a number of times and have enjoyed. The views from the one spot are fantastic, the main dining room is boring but there is also another area that one dines while sitting low to the ground on pillows (semi-authentic). The sushi is good but nothing extraordinary. I really enjoy the Bento as well as the teriaki. I would not say this is $$$ but more $$; especially so if you own a happenings/entertainment book!

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★★★★☆

I've been here a number of times and have enjoyed. The views from the one spot are fantastic, the main dining room is boring but there is also another area that one dines while sitting low to the ground on pillows (semi-authentic). The sushi is good but nothing extraordinary. I really enjoy the Bento as well as the teriaki. I would not say this is $$$ but more $$; especially so if you own a happenings/entertainment book!

Pros: Good food, great views from one room, fun seating in other room

Cons: Parking (meter), small soda glasses, main dining room is dated

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I have not been there for along time.A friend and i went there we order our food.They brought out a pot of water and a plate of meat and veggies.My problem was nobody explain what to do with it.When we finally did eat it was good.

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★★★☆☆

I have not been there for along time.A friend and i went there we order our food.They brought out a pot of water and a plate of meat and veggies.My problem was nobody explain what to do with it.When we finally did eat it was good.

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As a lover of sushi, a friend of mine and I went to Kikugawa last night and we were greated promptly. Even though the place wasn't very busy, the service was prompt and courteous. The staff was in Japanese dress. If you are not a sushi expert, the cool thing they had on the tables were a menu with pictures so you know what something looks like. This came in handy when I ordered the Specialty Platter with 8 pieces of various types.

Overall, the price was good. My friend ordered Tempura (fresh vegatable) and couple of sushi rolls. Our dinner came to about $50, total. I was suprised as I am use to paying about that for 1 person for good sushi!

The location is GREAT! Right along the river overalooking the Minneapolis skyline.

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★★★★☆

As a lover of sushi, a friend of mine and I went to Kikugawa last night and we were greated promptly. Even though the place wasn't very busy, the service was prompt and courteous. The staff was in Japanese dress. If you are not a sushi expert, the cool thing they had on the tables were a menu with pictures so you know what something looks like. This came in handy when I ordered the Specialty Platter with 8 pieces of various types.

Overall, the price was good. My friend ordered Tempura (fresh vegatable) and couple of sushi rolls. Our dinner came to about $50, total. I was suprised as I am use to paying about that for 1 person for good sushi!

The location is GREAT! Right along the river overalooking the Minneapolis skyline.

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i had sukiyaki & vege tempura, my friends tried bendo dinner, and we are all very satisfied with the food. the service is good, too. however, we were taxed for 10%....

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★★★★☆

i had sukiyaki & vege tempura, my friends tried bendo dinner, and we are all very satisfied with the food. the service is good, too. however, we were taxed for 10%....

Pros: good food, service, atmosphere

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I've been to Kikugawa twice after finding it on CitySearch and reading that it was the "best sushi in the TC." I've been to other good sushi joints around the US and Canada and Kikugawa is on par with "good" sushi. As others have said, the restaurant is large and has nice views. Once we were one of three groups so the service was prompt. The last time we were there was Valentine's Day and it was not pleasant. We were seated immediately but it took 45 minutes for appetizers to arrive. The sushi dinners arrived shortly after but the cooked dinners took another 30 minutes (!) to arrive. The staff was very cordial and polite but clearly overworked on one of the busiest nights of the year. Recommended for casual dining on an off night.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Kikugawa twice after finding it on CitySearch and reading that it was the "best sushi in the TC." I've been to other good sushi joints around the US and Canada and Kikugawa is on par with "good" sushi. As others have said, the restaurant is large and has nice views. Once we were one of three groups so the service was prompt. The last time we were there was Valentine's Day and it was not pleasant. We were seated immediately but it took 45 minutes for appetizers to arrive. The sushi dinners arrived shortly after but the cooked dinners took another 30 minutes (!) to arrive. The staff was very cordial and polite but clearly overworked on one of the busiest nights of the year. Recommended for casual dining on an off night.

Pros: Food, View

Cons: Understaffed

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The food here is sublime. I would ask to sit at the sushi bar, so you can watch the chefs turn out these fascinating creations. I recommend the sashimi roll - it's like a regular roll on steroids, and you don't have any rice taking up space in your stomach! and if you're into cooked food, the yakiniku is the most amazing beef dish EVER. someone in our group didn't eat beef, so she just spread the sauce over her rice - it is THAT good. And of course - fried ice cream!
The service was lovely and prompt. All in all, there's no better sushi in the Twin Cities.

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★★★★★

The food here is sublime. I would ask to sit at the sushi bar, so you can watch the chefs turn out these fascinating creations. I recommend the sashimi roll - it's like a regular roll on steroids, and you don't have any rice taking up space in your stomach! and if you're into cooked food, the yakiniku is the most amazing beef dish EVER. someone in our group didn't eat beef, so she just spread the sauce over her rice - it is THAT good. And of course - fried ice cream!
The service was lovely and prompt. All in all, there's no better sushi in the Twin Cities.

Pros: Food, Parking in the ramp is comped

Cons: Nothing, really :)

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I love Kikugawa! I have been there many times- by myself, with my boyfriend, and with a large group (we sat in a beautiful, private tatame room), and every time has been equally wonderful. The ambience is great, the skyline/riverfront view fantastic, and the sushi perfectly delectable. I was sad to see the negative reviews about this place, so I had to put in my two cents' worth. My sashimi has always been fresh, and sushi just the way I ordered it (I'm a picky eater, so that says something!). Also, I've never had any problems with the waitstaff or the managers. They're always very friendly and helpful.

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★★★★★

I love Kikugawa! I have been there many times- by myself, with my boyfriend, and with a large group (we sat in a beautiful, private tatame room), and every time has been equally wonderful. The ambience is great, the skyline/riverfront view fantastic, and the sushi perfectly delectable. I was sad to see the negative reviews about this place, so I had to put in my two cents' worth. My sashimi has always been fresh, and sushi just the way I ordered it (I'm a picky eater, so that says something!). Also, I've never had any problems with the waitstaff or the managers. They're always very friendly and helpful.

Pros: Ambience, Friendly Waitstaff, Fresh fish!

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The food was bland, the service was terrible. The tip was an act of charity.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was bland, the service was terrible. The tip was an act of charity.

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Have you ever been to a restaurant that youre just sure will be great, but turns out to be a disappointment? Its definitely the case with Kikugawa. It has the potential for greatness. But it just drops the ball on details.

We sat in the front facing the city. Youll immediately notice the cheap tables and chairs that kill the otherwise well-done decor. This was only one of many missed details. We ordered the gourmet dinner which turned out to be several samples of various types of fish, chicken, and beef all in the exact same Teriyaki sauce. The exact same. Mmmmm, this tastes like the last dish! The waitress was very overworked, even for a Thursday.

Overall, we felt it was a sub-par fast-food-ish restaurant trying to be more than it is. If youre looking for ok food with a great view, check this out. Otherwise dont.

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★★★☆☆

Have you ever been to a restaurant that youre just sure will be great, but turns out to be a disappointment? Its definitely the case with Kikugawa. It has the potential for greatness. But it just drops the ball on details.

We sat in the front facing the city. Youll immediately notice the cheap tables and chairs that kill the otherwise well-done decor. This was only one of many missed details. We ordered the gourmet dinner which turned out to be several samples of various types of fish, chicken, and beef all in the exact same Teriyaki sauce. The exact same. Mmmmm, this tastes like the last dish! The waitress was very overworked, even for a Thursday.

Overall, we felt it was a sub-par fast-food-ish restaurant trying to be more than it is. If youre looking for ok food with a great view, check this out. Otherwise dont.

Pros: Outstanding View

Cons: Sub-Par Food, Slow Service, Perpetual Teriyaki

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In the past few months I have gone to Kikugawa a few times and I have been extremely disappointed by the horrendous service and poor quality fish. I heard that they have recently attained new ownership and it shows, very poorly. Our most recent experience assured that I will never eat there again. We waited an HOUR AND A HALF for our meal (sushi), didn't even get our sashimi appetizer until then. Worst of all, we were served the very end tough bits of tuna steak in our sashimi that should have been thrown out by any decent sushi chef. They admitted this was the last of the tuna, but it NEVER should have been served. It was disgusting that they tried to pass this as if we wouldn't notice. The rest of the sushi was mediocre. I am a huge sushi fan, but I will never eat here again.

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★☆☆☆☆

In the past few months I have gone to Kikugawa a few times and I have been extremely disappointed by the horrendous service and poor quality fish. I heard that they have recently attained new ownership and it shows, very poorly. Our most recent experience assured that I will never eat there again. We waited an HOUR AND A HALF for our meal (sushi), didn't even get our sashimi appetizer until then. Worst of all, we were served the very end tough bits of tuna steak in our sashimi that should have been thrown out by any decent sushi chef. They admitted this was the last of the tuna, but it NEVER should have been served. It was disgusting that they tried to pass this as if we wouldn't notice. The rest of the sushi was mediocre. I am a huge sushi fan, but I will never eat here again.

Cons: poor quality fish, horrible service

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For the price that we paid we deserve so much better. We wait 20 minutes for the soup, 30 minutes for a glass of water, 15 minutes for cherry coke, 15 minutes for appetizer plate, 30 minutes for the waitress to get back and get our entree order. We talked to the manager, he said, they had a party and the waitress had a handfull. I don't care. 2 people or 10 people, I paid the same amount of price. And after all of that, he 'generously' said that the drinks are free. Which is nothing and insulting, because we didn't drink alcohol. Other places at least gave us one of the entree or appetizer for free when they made mistake. I worked in a restaurant in the past, and I never treated my customer like that. My husband and I ussualy are very patient, not that night.

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★★★☆☆

For the price that we paid we deserve so much better. We wait 20 minutes for the soup, 30 minutes for a glass of water, 15 minutes for cherry coke, 15 minutes for appetizer plate, 30 minutes for the waitress to get back and get our entree order. We talked to the manager, he said, they had a party and the waitress had a handfull. I don't care. 2 people or 10 people, I paid the same amount of price. And after all of that, he 'generously' said that the drinks are free. Which is nothing and insulting, because we didn't drink alcohol. Other places at least gave us one of the entree or appetizer for free when they made mistake. I worked in a restaurant in the past, and I never treated my customer like that. My husband and I ussualy are very patient, not that night.

Pros: Good food, Great ambiance

Cons: , poor service

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When you have a party of 8 or more one would expect to have the 15% tip added to the bill, now if you have a party of 6 this is not expected. When we finished dinner and paid our bill, one gal in our party had to put her part on a credit card. Our waitress came back and said, I quote " Your tip should be $26.16, it appears that you are only leaving $20. You need $6.12 more." I was appalled. We were leaving $20 on purpose because the service was slow and not helpful. I would not recommend this resturant

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★★☆☆☆

When you have a party of 8 or more one would expect to have the 15% tip added to the bill, now if you have a party of 6 this is not expected. When we finished dinner and paid our bill, one gal in our party had to put her part on a credit card. Our waitress came back and said, I quote " Your tip should be $26.16, it appears that you are only leaving $20. You need $6.12 more." I was appalled. We were leaving $20 on purpose because the service was slow and not helpful. I would not recommend this resturant

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Kikugawa is the best place to have authentic Japanese cuisine. Everything is absolutely delicious, from the fresh sushi to the very appetizing entrees offered in the menu. Service is top-rated. My server was very friendly and informative on answering my questions regarding the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone that enjoys good Japanese food. I've tried almost every Japanese restaurant in Minnesota, yet Kikugawa is the place to go for authentic delicious Japanese cuisine.

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★★★★★

Kikugawa is the best place to have authentic Japanese cuisine. Everything is absolutely delicious, from the fresh sushi to the very appetizing entrees offered in the menu. Service is top-rated. My server was very friendly and informative on answering my questions regarding the menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone that enjoys good Japanese food. I've tried almost every Japanese restaurant in Minnesota, yet Kikugawa is the place to go for authentic delicious Japanese cuisine.

Pros: excellent food, terrific service

Cons: none

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Great lunch menu. Welcoming atmosphere and beautiful decor. The sushi sampler was great and convinced non-sushi eaters to pick up the habit. The staff was very good at recommending dishes. I recommend the Tako Su (Octopus with cucumber and vinegar) for an appetizer.

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★★★★☆

Great lunch menu. Welcoming atmosphere and beautiful decor. The sushi sampler was great and convinced non-sushi eaters to pick up the habit. The staff was very good at recommending dishes. I recommend the Tako Su (Octopus with cucumber and vinegar) for an appetizer.

Pros: ambiance, lunch menu value, sushi guide at table

Cons: no soda refills

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I used to frequent Kikugawa from late '92 up until Fall of 2000. The food was consistenly good, but the waitstaff became indifferent and rude over time to the point of effete snobbism. I felt unwelcome and more a hinderance to their otherwise boring existence. I doubt I'll ever return for another dose of mannerless ass-whoopin' from the many Geisha'd out gals who think the sun rises and sets on their fat fans.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to frequent Kikugawa from late '92 up until Fall of 2000. The food was consistenly good, but the waitstaff became indifferent and rude over time to the point of effete snobbism. I felt unwelcome and more a hinderance to their otherwise boring existence. I doubt I'll ever return for another dose of mannerless ass-whoopin' from the many Geisha'd out gals who think the sun rises and sets on their fat fans.

Pros: Good sashimi & sushi, Excellent views, Hot Saki!

Cons: Bad-mannered staff, Pricey, Never enough gari

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My husband and I had a fantastic lunch at Kikugawa today. The food was excellent, including very fresh and generous servings of salmon, yellowfish, and red snapper sushi. The manager, the server, and the sushi chef were all very friendly and helpful. We've been eating at Kikugawa for years and we love the calm and serene atmosphere.

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★★★★★

My husband and I had a fantastic lunch at Kikugawa today. The food was excellent, including very fresh and generous servings of salmon, yellowfish, and red snapper sushi. The manager, the server, and the sushi chef were all very friendly and helpful. We've been eating at Kikugawa for years and we love the calm and serene atmosphere.

Pros: Quality, Service, Atmosphere

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The food was okay, nothing special. The service was bad. The manager was very rude. I wouldn't go there anymore.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was okay, nothing special. The service was bad. The manager was very rude. I wouldn't go there anymore.

Cons: Bad service, Rude manager

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My wife and I had an enjoyable and delicious meal while sitting at the sushi bar on a slow Monday night. The sushi chef was helpful to a sushi neophyte like myself, meanwhile, our waitress was friendly and efficient. My only problem was deciphering the accents of the sushi chef and our waitress, but my wife had no difficulty.
For the most part, we ordered off of the daily sushi specials menu. I enjoyed the tuna loin, salmon, mackeral, and lobster sushi. The green tea ice cream was delicious and a fitting end to a delightful meal.

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★★★★★

My wife and I had an enjoyable and delicious meal while sitting at the sushi bar on a slow Monday night. The sushi chef was helpful to a sushi neophyte like myself, meanwhile, our waitress was friendly and efficient. My only problem was deciphering the accents of the sushi chef and our waitress, but my wife had no difficulty.
For the most part, we ordered off of the daily sushi specials menu. I enjoyed the tuna loin, salmon, mackeral, and lobster sushi. The green tea ice cream was delicious and a fitting end to a delightful meal.

Pros: Great view, Good service, Sushi

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Rice was too hard and not fresh.
Raw fish seemed too old to eat as Sashimi.
The number of customers was declining.
Many Japanese are saying bad
things about Kikugawa these days.. What's happen
to Kikugawa??

If Kikugawa serves old sushi, they should change
the price! It is too expensive for such low quality
dishes!

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★☆☆☆☆

Rice was too hard and not fresh.
Raw fish seemed too old to eat as Sashimi.
The number of customers was declining.
Many Japanese are saying bad
things about Kikugawa these days.. What's happen
to Kikugawa??

If Kikugawa serves old sushi, they should change
the price! It is too expensive for such low quality
dishes!

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Great sushi, authentic taste! Service is good, although sometimes really slow when it's packed. Don't forget to try the desert Green Tea Tempura ice cream....it's a must! But be prepared to drain your wallet coz it's kinda expensive. I usually spend $20-25 incl. some sushi, ice cream, + tips
But it's worth it for once a month treat.

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★★★★★

Great sushi, authentic taste! Service is good, although sometimes really slow when it's packed. Don't forget to try the desert Green Tea Tempura ice cream....it's a must! But be prepared to drain your wallet coz it's kinda expensive. I usually spend $20-25 incl. some sushi, ice cream, + tips
But it's worth it for once a month treat.

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Sushi was excellent - especially the halibut, although it wasn't cheap. Also the soups they cook in front of you are good too. Th window tables provide a nice view.

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★★★★★

Sushi was excellent - especially the halibut, although it wasn't cheap. Also the soups they cook in front of you are good too. Th window tables provide a nice view.

Pros: good sushi, nice views, good service

Cons: somewhat expensive

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The atmosphere looked like Denny's, it smelled like McDonald's, the service was slow and the sushi was below average.

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★☆☆☆☆

The atmosphere looked like Denny's, it smelled like McDonald's, the service was slow and the sushi was below average.

Pros: river view, immediate seating

Cons: atmosphere, sushi quality, slow service

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If you're into feeling trendy and looking trendy, eat at one of the many other bandwagon sushi joints in the city. If you're a true sushi goer, Kikugawa is the only place you should be. The sushi chefs are actually trained in the art and not former bus boys who started cutting fish for $9/hour.

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★★★★★

If you're into feeling trendy and looking trendy, eat at one of the many other bandwagon sushi joints in the city. If you're a true sushi goer, Kikugawa is the only place you should be. The sushi chefs are actually trained in the art and not former bus boys who started cutting fish for $9/hour.

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I was disappointed with the food, service and price. The salmon was tough, the wait for an order to go is disorganized and long and the price for a Spider roll is significantly higher than most sushi restaurant in the Twin Cities and not nearly as good. I would definitely like to come back but the food, service and price need to be looked at.

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★★★☆☆

I was disappointed with the food, service and price. The salmon was tough, the wait for an order to go is disorganized and long and the price for a Spider roll is significantly higher than most sushi restaurant in the Twin Cities and not nearly as good. I would definitely like to come back but the food, service and price need to be looked at.

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There's nothing like sampling sushi while watching the Mississippi River rolling by---with the Minneapolis skyline as a background---to bring about a Zen-like state of mind. At Kikugawa, the sashimi is impeccable, the rolls are…

 

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