Nippon Tei

★★★★☆
  • 14025 Manchester Rd

    Ballwin, MO 63011

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  • 636-386-8999

About Nippon Tei

Hours
Lunch: Tue - Fri, 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sat - Mon, closed Dinner: Tue - Thu, 5pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat, 5pm - 10pm; Sun, 5pm - 9pm

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Nippon Tei was wonderful! I love sushi and have been trying restaurants around the city to find the best place to go. Well, so far it is Nippon Tei. Wow! I was amazed at the quality of the sushi. I always manage to order too much but

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★★★★★

Nippon Tei was wonderful! I love sushi and have been trying restaurants around the city to find the best place to go. Well, so far it is Nippon Tei. Wow! I was amazed at the quality of the sushi. I always manage to order too much but

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I go here when I need a quick sushi-fix. It's not the "best" in the St Louis metro area, but it'll get the job done. I've read mixed reviews about the service, but they've always treated me well.

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★★★☆☆

I go here when I need a quick sushi-fix. It's not the "best" in the St Louis metro area, but it'll get the job done. I've read mixed reviews about the service, but they've always treated me well.

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Our family of five has been dining at Nippon Tei for over six years now. The sushi has always be high quality and the atmosphere is nice.\r
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Unfortunately management has recently imposed a gratuity on the tab. Its about 18.5%. This

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★★★★★

Our family of five has been dining at Nippon Tei for over six years now. The sushi has always be high quality and the atmosphere is nice.\r
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Unfortunately management has recently imposed a gratuity on the tab. Its about 18.5%. This

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Nippon Tei is my favorite sushi place! Always get the freshest fish and the best service. I have been to just about every sushi joint in St Louis, and this one's got heart. Best price for value in the St Louis area. Period. There are a lot of other places I like, but I keep coming back to Nippon Tei.

Whitney is the best sushi chef in St Louis. If you sit at the bar, you can see her skill first-hand. She not only uses traditional techniques but also knows how to make a customer feel at home. Rarely do you feel like you have a friend you can trust making your sushi, but she recognized me the second time I came and made me feel like I had found my home. I usually end up getting at least twice as much fish as I would at any other place in St Louis and at a better quality standard. An all-around incredible experience every time I go. Recommend this place to everyone I know (sushi-lover or not). Wish I had a Nippon Tei next door. I have been there about 100 times and have never been disappointed. THIS IS GOOD PEOPLE!!!

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★★★★★

Nippon Tei is my favorite sushi place! Always get the freshest fish and the best service. I have been to just about every sushi joint in St Louis, and this one's got heart. Best price for value in the St Louis area. Period. There are a lot of other places I like, but I keep coming back to Nippon Tei.

Whitney is the best sushi chef in St Louis. If you sit at the bar, you can see her skill first-hand. She not only uses traditional techniques but also knows how to make a customer feel at home. Rarely do you feel like you have a friend you can trust making your sushi, but she recognized me the second time I came and made me feel like I had found my home. I usually end up getting at least twice as much fish as I would at any other place in St Louis and at a better quality standard. An all-around incredible experience every time I go. Recommend this place to everyone I know (sushi-lover or not). Wish I had a Nippon Tei next door. I have been there about 100 times and have never been disappointed. THIS IS GOOD PEOPLE!!!

Pros: Fresh Fish, Good People, Relaxed Atmosphere, Great Srevice

Cons: NONE!

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The caviar on top was a surprising touch. The flavor of the roll was fantastic. The interior california roll is rolled with the rice on the outside so this makes the pieces a little difficult to manage. However, it was definitely worth the effort.

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★★★★★

The caviar on top was a surprising touch. The flavor of the roll was fantastic. The interior california roll is rolled with the rice on the outside so this makes the pieces a little difficult to manage. However, it was definitely worth the effort.

Pros: Beautiful presentation, wonderful flavor, very reasonable $

Cons: Little difficult to eat

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My husband and I had heard that Nippon Tei was one of the best places to get sushi in the area. We went for lunch, the restaurant was not packed by any means. We had to flag someone down to take our sushi order after we had filled it in, then wait 40 minutes to get it! And there were 2 sushi chefs working. A couple came in about 10 minutes after us, ordered sushi and had it delivered and eaten by the time ours was brought to the table. We have never walked out of a restaurant but we came really close. The service was a bare minimum. No one even checked to see how we were doing. We had to beg for the bill. Never going back! Better service at a McDonalds!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I had heard that Nippon Tei was one of the best places to get sushi in the area. We went for lunch, the restaurant was not packed by any means. We had to flag someone down to take our sushi order after we had filled it in, then wait 40 minutes to get it! And there were 2 sushi chefs working. A couple came in about 10 minutes after us, ordered sushi and had it delivered and eaten by the time ours was brought to the table. We have never walked out of a restaurant but we came really close. The service was a bare minimum. No one even checked to see how we were doing. We had to beg for the bill. Never going back! Better service at a McDonalds!

Pros: At least the water was free

Cons: Service, wait time

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I have been a patron for many yrs. Let me start by saying, unless you are well versed in ethnic (esp Japanese cuisine) dining, and pls tell me you are from a cultural metro city (NY, LA, CHGO, etc), DO NOT WRITE REVIEWS ON SOMETHING OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE!!!!! I love STL but for a city that brags about toasted rav (a product found in the freezer section of ev grocers) leave the reviews for the pros. If you are going out to lunch.....tell the waiter you are pressed for time!!!!! WOW what a concept. Whitney (one of the best sushi chefs) and Brian (one of the best servers in the biz) are most efficient and attentive. I have spent a half hour if cramped for time. And I've spent 2 hours as well because they are experts in the field of quality & presentation. I have been eating sushi for at least 23 yrs. and in STL you can always go to Bentos....oops they closed...or Oshiana.....no variety or atmosphere.....or Drunken Fish....Known for their alcohol rather than food...or the once reknown Tachibana....well there is a fall for all business...or you can sit back, relax, and experience fine sushi dining in a town where olive garden, pasta house, and fast food reigns....#1 sushi is Nippon Tei.

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★★★★★

I have been a patron for many yrs. Let me start by saying, unless you are well versed in ethnic (esp Japanese cuisine) dining, and pls tell me you are from a cultural metro city (NY, LA, CHGO, etc), DO NOT WRITE REVIEWS ON SOMETHING OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE!!!!! I love STL but for a city that brags about toasted rav (a product found in the freezer section of ev grocers) leave the reviews for the pros. If you are going out to lunch.....tell the waiter you are pressed for time!!!!! WOW what a concept. Whitney (one of the best sushi chefs) and Brian (one of the best servers in the biz) are most efficient and attentive. I have spent a half hour if cramped for time. And I've spent 2 hours as well because they are experts in the field of quality & presentation. I have been eating sushi for at least 23 yrs. and in STL you can always go to Bentos....oops they closed...or Oshiana.....no variety or atmosphere.....or Drunken Fish....Known for their alcohol rather than food...or the once reknown Tachibana....well there is a fall for all business...or you can sit back, relax, and experience fine sushi dining in a town where olive garden, pasta house, and fast food reigns....#1 sushi is Nippon Tei.

Pros: great svc, fresh sushi, vast variety, relaxed atmosph.

Cons: people in a hurry should go to the mcd on every corner

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Awful experience at lunch today. They had plenty of cooks, waitstaff, busboys,... and were not very crowded,... but the service was extremely extremely slow - 2 hours for lunch.

I watched plates of sushi/sashimi sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before they were delivered to tables. Our order was one of those. By the time we got it, it had warmed almost to room temperature.

We got there at 11:30,... there were only 2 other groups there before us. Our order was small and uncomplicated. We got the first part of our food (6 pieces of nigri sushi) about an hour later. We didn't get the rest of our food (2 rolls) until another half hour later. We finally paid and walked out nearly 2 hours after we arrived.

We've had that lunch experience several times. I need to remember not to ever go there for lunch again (or dinner for that matter). Nobu's, Seki's, Wasabi are so much better, even without the service problems.

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★☆☆☆☆

Awful experience at lunch today. They had plenty of cooks, waitstaff, busboys,... and were not very crowded,... but the service was extremely extremely slow - 2 hours for lunch.

I watched plates of sushi/sashimi sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before they were delivered to tables. Our order was one of those. By the time we got it, it had warmed almost to room temperature.

We got there at 11:30,... there were only 2 other groups there before us. Our order was small and uncomplicated. We got the first part of our food (6 pieces of nigri sushi) about an hour later. We didn't get the rest of our food (2 rolls) until another half hour later. We finally paid and walked out nearly 2 hours after we arrived.

We've had that lunch experience several times. I need to remember not to ever go there for lunch again (or dinner for that matter). Nobu's, Seki's, Wasabi are so much better, even without the service problems.

Pros: None.

Cons: Warm sushi. Slow service. Poor value.

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The fact you can't even get a table most Friday and Saturdays tells you how excellent the food and service is.

It is Family owned and operated for over 8 years now. One of the 3 sisiters Whitney is the most incredible sushi chef I have ever seen any where in the country.

Prices are very reasonable and the quality is the best.

It is obvious that some of these reviews were written by competitors. Tachibana is the dirtiest sushi bar in St. Louis.

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★★★★★

The fact you can't even get a table most Friday and Saturdays tells you how excellent the food and service is.

It is Family owned and operated for over 8 years now. One of the 3 sisiters Whitney is the most incredible sushi chef I have ever seen any where in the country.

Prices are very reasonable and the quality is the best.

It is obvious that some of these reviews were written by competitors. Tachibana is the dirtiest sushi bar in St. Louis.

Pros: Very Romantic atmosphere and Freshest Fish in town

Cons: Weekends you need reservations

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We've been here 3 times and only once was it slightly less than perfect! Best sushi in town. Sometimes the service is a little slow...but it's worth it! Update...the past 2 times have been very dissapointing. Staying away for a while. Poorly rolled and mostly rice!

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★★★☆☆

We've been here 3 times and only once was it slightly less than perfect! Best sushi in town. Sometimes the service is a little slow...but it's worth it! Update...the past 2 times have been very dissapointing. Staying away for a while. Poorly rolled and mostly rice!

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We've been several times over the past year and it's always been excellent. I recommend calling ahead because it can get pretty crowded. (I have no idea when that other person went but they have been busy all but 1 out the 10 times I've been.) It's got great atmosphere. Terrific for a date or just a fun night out!

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★★★★☆

We've been several times over the past year and it's always been excellent. I recommend calling ahead because it can get pretty crowded. (I have no idea when that other person went but they have been busy all but 1 out the 10 times I've been.) It's got great atmosphere. Terrific for a date or just a fun night out!

Pros: Great atmosphere and food

Cons: kind of busy and service can be a bit slow as a result. get a cocktail and you won't care! : )

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None of my Asian friends who have lived in STL for years have heard about this restaurant, need I say more?

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★☆☆☆☆

None of my Asian friends who have lived in STL for years have heard about this restaurant, need I say more?

Pros: Never crowded

Cons: Broken wallet for not so good quality

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Great service, wonderful atmosphere, exceptionally unique sushi, highly recommended! Go there with family, friends or co-workers; Nippon Tei is perfect for all occasions!

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★★★★★

Great service, wonderful atmosphere, exceptionally unique sushi, highly recommended! Go there with family, friends or co-workers; Nippon Tei is perfect for all occasions!

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There aren't enough good things I can say about Nippon tei! First of all, I have been going there for over four years now and still crave it weekly! My sister brought me there over four years ago and I love it! I have continued to bring all my friends and tell EVERYONE I know about it! This is one of the ONLY restaurants we go to and CONSISTANTLY get amazing service! We go out to eat often and are constantly traveling and trying new sushi places and nowhere has even come CLOSE to the service and quality of this amazing place! They are always friendly and have pretty much have the same servers since I started to go four years ago (and they have called my by name for years now!) Nippon tei is my favorite restaurant EVER. I have been to sushi restaurants in California and North Carolina(Arizona, Colorado, Georgia...) and everywhere in between and Nippon tei has always remained my favorite...only a few have even come close! Anyone who has anything negative to say about this wonderful place definately doesn't know much about quality restaurants and I would challenge them to find a better sushi place! I mean the fish is so fresh there I have waited for it to come in from the airport! I have moved my boyfriend from the "I can never eat raw fish" mentality to LOVING it as well!!!! I could go on and on about this place, but instead I will stop here and walk out the door to go to our favorite place!!! :)

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★★★★★

There aren't enough good things I can say about Nippon tei! First of all, I have been going there for over four years now and still crave it weekly! My sister brought me there over four years ago and I love it! I have continued to bring all my friends and tell EVERYONE I know about it! This is one of the ONLY restaurants we go to and CONSISTANTLY get amazing service! We go out to eat often and are constantly traveling and trying new sushi places and nowhere has even come CLOSE to the service and quality of this amazing place! They are always friendly and have pretty much have the same servers since I started to go four years ago (and they have called my by name for years now!) Nippon tei is my favorite restaurant EVER. I have been to sushi restaurants in California and North Carolina(Arizona, Colorado, Georgia...) and everywhere in between and Nippon tei has always remained my favorite...only a few have even come close! Anyone who has anything negative to say about this wonderful place definately doesn't know much about quality restaurants and I would challenge them to find a better sushi place! I mean the fish is so fresh there I have waited for it to come in from the airport! I have moved my boyfriend from the "I can never eat raw fish" mentality to LOVING it as well!!!! I could go on and on about this place, but instead I will stop here and walk out the door to go to our favorite place!!! :)

Pros: Service, Sushi, Value, Quality/taste of food

Cons: The don't have more locations and aren't open 24 hours a day!! ;)

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The fusion dishes are big. Every dish comes from a lot of oil, they're very greasy. I had stomaches every time I left this restaurant. In terms of the sushi, the fish doesn't stick the rice. The rice is very tough and sour. The fish meat is also too thin and small. The service is sometimes slow. If you aren't a frequent customer, they may ignore you completely. This restaurant is below average in the STL metro area, no wonder none of my friends heard about it...

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★★☆☆☆

The fusion dishes are big. Every dish comes from a lot of oil, they're very greasy. I had stomaches every time I left this restaurant. In terms of the sushi, the fish doesn't stick the rice. The rice is very tough and sour. The fish meat is also too thin and small. The service is sometimes slow. If you aren't a frequent customer, they may ignore you completely. This restaurant is below average in the STL metro area, no wonder none of my friends heard about it...

Pros: No need to wait, there are always empy tables.

Cons: The restaurant is dark like your basementl You pay 3x the food is actually worth.

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Nice change of pace.. Great sushi. Also had miso soup, sweet and sour chicken, green tea ice cream..
Great place to unwind and catch up with friends and enjoy a good meal. And it won't break the bank.

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★★★★☆

Nice change of pace.. Great sushi. Also had miso soup, sweet and sour chicken, green tea ice cream..
Great place to unwind and catch up with friends and enjoy a good meal. And it won't break the bank.

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This has been one of my favorites sushi restaurants for two years now. The food is ALWAYS phenomenal! The manager, Brian, is my absolute favorite. He could not be more pleasant every time I go and he is great with names--impressive! The quality and taste is excellent for the value. I think the pricing is very reasonable compared to other sushi restaurants in St. Louis. Not to mention, I have never had a fishy piece of sushi from here! I hightly recommend every one try Nippon Tei. It's fabulous! Enjoy!

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★★★★★

This has been one of my favorites sushi restaurants for two years now. The food is ALWAYS phenomenal! The manager, Brian, is my absolute favorite. He could not be more pleasant every time I go and he is great with names--impressive! The quality and taste is excellent for the value. I think the pricing is very reasonable compared to other sushi restaurants in St. Louis. Not to mention, I have never had a fishy piece of sushi from here! I hightly recommend every one try Nippon Tei. It's fabulous! Enjoy!

Pros: Fabulous Sushi. Try the baked mussels and white dragon roll!

Cons: Service can be a little skimpy from time to time.

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The sushi is just OK. Other fusion plates are below average. They're either too sweet or taste weird... Honestly, the fish for the sushi is not too fresh. Price tags don't match the quality of the dishes... Waiters are too busy serving other tables...

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★★☆☆☆

The sushi is just OK. Other fusion plates are below average. They're either too sweet or taste weird... Honestly, the fish for the sushi is not too fresh. Price tags don't match the quality of the dishes... Waiters are too busy serving other tables...

Pros: Decoration

Cons: Bad strip mall location, $10 food on $20 price tag

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Though the warm sushi already seemed suspicious but I didn't think it'd turn out like that... I needed to take 2 sick days after my visit...

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★☆☆☆☆

Though the warm sushi already seemed suspicious but I didn't think it'd turn out like that... I needed to take 2 sick days after my visit...

Cons: Dark room, warm sushi that made me ill, heavy price tag, location

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I used to be a regular at Nippon Tei, visiting it about once or twice a week, but unfortunately we cut back on our restaurant budget so we only make it in about every two to three months. From the first time we went to Nippon Tei we were amazed at the friendly service, long before we could be considered regulars. Even now, if months have passed by, we are greated at the door with a smile asking why we haven't been in lately. We never have to wait long for our food, although I admit that we usually dined there on week nights. We only order the sushi and sashimi, although I am quite interested in their fusion dishes; my favorite is their spicy tuna hand roll! Highly recommended! I have been to other sushi restaurants in St. Louis, and this was the first one where the fish tasted fresh and flavorful. Too often I have eaten at places where everything on my plate tasted the same (bland and chewy). The atmosphere makes you forget that you are in a strip mall and is perfect for a date or a family dinner.
I have been to a number of sushi restaurants in St. Louis and in Calfornia, and I would recommend Nippon Tei to anyone who likes sushi.
I have to admit that I usually don't write reviews for local places, but a rather hateful review prompted me to offer my two cents about the place. I would have to agree with another review that maybe it is not the venue but the patron.

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★★★★★

I used to be a regular at Nippon Tei, visiting it about once or twice a week, but unfortunately we cut back on our restaurant budget so we only make it in about every two to three months. From the first time we went to Nippon Tei we were amazed at the friendly service, long before we could be considered regulars. Even now, if months have passed by, we are greated at the door with a smile asking why we haven't been in lately. We never have to wait long for our food, although I admit that we usually dined there on week nights. We only order the sushi and sashimi, although I am quite interested in their fusion dishes; my favorite is their spicy tuna hand roll! Highly recommended! I have been to other sushi restaurants in St. Louis, and this was the first one where the fish tasted fresh and flavorful. Too often I have eaten at places where everything on my plate tasted the same (bland and chewy). The atmosphere makes you forget that you are in a strip mall and is perfect for a date or a family dinner.
I have been to a number of sushi restaurants in St. Louis and in Calfornia, and I would recommend Nippon Tei to anyone who likes sushi.
I have to admit that I usually don't write reviews for local places, but a rather hateful review prompted me to offer my two cents about the place. I would have to agree with another review that maybe it is not the venue but the patron.

Pros: Good sushi, relaxing atmosphere, friendly service

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I spent 15 years living in Japan before moving to the states. I can tell you that Nippon tei's a great looking restaurant with just so-so food...

Speaking of sushi, the fish's not fresh, the rice didn't stick, and the rice's watery. The skin on the tempuras was so soft that it looked like the dish's been sitting on the counter for at least 10 minutes. The texture of the shrimps told me the shrimps were not fresh.

It tried to make fusion food dishes but the result was below par... Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki were far from good, not to mention the heavy price tag. The yakisoba's big but I couldn't finish it all 'cause it didn't taste good, all I could taste in the dish was sesame oil.

It took them 10 minutes to just get to my table and say hi, another 10 minutes to get me a cup of hot tea, another 20 minutes to get me the appetizers, and another 20 minutes for the main dishes. The orders took forever, the restaurant wasn't even close to half full that night.

This place didn't even make an average grade in STL and I don't recommend this restaurant to fellow Nipponjin and any Asians.

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★☆☆☆☆

I spent 15 years living in Japan before moving to the states. I can tell you that Nippon tei's a great looking restaurant with just so-so food...

Speaking of sushi, the fish's not fresh, the rice didn't stick, and the rice's watery. The skin on the tempuras was so soft that it looked like the dish's been sitting on the counter for at least 10 minutes. The texture of the shrimps told me the shrimps were not fresh.

It tried to make fusion food dishes but the result was below par... Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki were far from good, not to mention the heavy price tag. The yakisoba's big but I couldn't finish it all 'cause it didn't taste good, all I could taste in the dish was sesame oil.

It took them 10 minutes to just get to my table and say hi, another 10 minutes to get me a cup of hot tea, another 20 minutes to get me the appetizers, and another 20 minutes for the main dishes. The orders took forever, the restaurant wasn't even close to half full that night.

This place didn't even make an average grade in STL and I don't recommend this restaurant to fellow Nipponjin and any Asians.

Pros: Romantic ambience

Cons: Food that's worth only half of its price tag

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I have visited this location for sushi numerous times and had a wonderful experience on each occasion. Prompt, courteous service and some of the better sushi I've experienced in St. Louis. I have recommended this restaurant to several friends and family and all have agreed that it was a wonderful choice. I am not a "rookie" or an "insider" and will note that "whartonmba's" reviews of all restaurants have been nothing short of hostile and insulting to people that do enjoy their food-reading some of the responses and having knowledge of the industry-maybe it is not the venue but the patron?! Ignorant negative attitudes breed less attentive service my friends. I'm not arguing that there are other top rating sushi establishments in STL but this one rates my top 5....maybe I'm just a less miserable person.... Quaint, relaxing atmosphere with creative and unique offerings-I'd recommend anyone try it and make their own determination. People are always quick to complain and hesitant to compliment in the restaurant industry-for a change of pace, my compliments to Nippon Tei!!

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★★★★★

I have visited this location for sushi numerous times and had a wonderful experience on each occasion. Prompt, courteous service and some of the better sushi I've experienced in St. Louis. I have recommended this restaurant to several friends and family and all have agreed that it was a wonderful choice. I am not a "rookie" or an "insider" and will note that "whartonmba's" reviews of all restaurants have been nothing short of hostile and insulting to people that do enjoy their food-reading some of the responses and having knowledge of the industry-maybe it is not the venue but the patron?! Ignorant negative attitudes breed less attentive service my friends. I'm not arguing that there are other top rating sushi establishments in STL but this one rates my top 5....maybe I'm just a less miserable person.... Quaint, relaxing atmosphere with creative and unique offerings-I'd recommend anyone try it and make their own determination. People are always quick to complain and hesitant to compliment in the restaurant industry-for a change of pace, my compliments to Nippon Tei!!

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I went there last week to celebrate my little boy's birthday (our first visit), my family went home having a whole night of diarrheaa. I suspect it's the warm raw sushi... BTW, the order took more than half an hour though there're just few customers... Don't try the salty miso soup and salad... they will ruin your night...

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there last week to celebrate my little boy's birthday (our first visit), my family went home having a whole night of diarrheaa. I suspect it's the warm raw sushi... BTW, the order took more than half an hour though there're just few customers... Don't try the salty miso soup and salad... they will ruin your night...

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Sushi, Food, Service, Value

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Nippon Tei is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis, as I am a weekly regular. The sushi is excellent, the rolls are creative, and the staff could not be more friendly. Even though I am a regular, they make everyone feel just as welcome. The non-sushi items are as amazing as you find at any restaurant; the fusion menu is unique and full of test, while the Ichiban Steak is second to none, especially for a spicy pallete. Yes, the restaurant can be crowded, putting extra pressure on any sushi staff, but be patient, as the wait is well worth it and the ambience & atmosphere makes for a wonderful evening. Great for a romantic night or a family dinning experience, Nippon Tei is a must try on anyone's list.

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★★★★★

Nippon Tei is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis, as I am a weekly regular. The sushi is excellent, the rolls are creative, and the staff could not be more friendly. Even though I am a regular, they make everyone feel just as welcome. The non-sushi items are as amazing as you find at any restaurant; the fusion menu is unique and full of test, while the Ichiban Steak is second to none, especially for a spicy pallete. Yes, the restaurant can be crowded, putting extra pressure on any sushi staff, but be patient, as the wait is well worth it and the ambience & atmosphere makes for a wonderful evening. Great for a romantic night or a family dinning experience, Nippon Tei is a must try on anyone's list.

Pros: Ambience, Staff, Unique Menu

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I enjoy coming to Nippon Tei where the food, the atomsphere, and service is superb! I am not a rookie sushi eater, I have lived in California and in Georgia where the sushi is to die for! For a long time I was searching for a sushi restaurant in St. Louis that had that taste that I was missing. Nippon Tei has it. My husband and I recommend friends and family and they all are very satisfied that we introduced them to Nippon Tei. It's the restaurant with friendly service and makes you feel welcome. That's why my husband proposed to me there with the help with one of the staff!

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★★★★★

I enjoy coming to Nippon Tei where the food, the atomsphere, and service is superb! I am not a rookie sushi eater, I have lived in California and in Georgia where the sushi is to die for! For a long time I was searching for a sushi restaurant in St. Louis that had that taste that I was missing. Nippon Tei has it. My husband and I recommend friends and family and they all are very satisfied that we introduced them to Nippon Tei. It's the restaurant with friendly service and makes you feel welcome. That's why my husband proposed to me there with the help with one of the staff!

Pros: service and food

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BAD FOOD AND HORRIBLE SERVICE (Obviously those positive ones are from their insiders...)

The food is really bad comparing to other local Japanese restaurants. The miso soup was SO SALTY that we could impossibly finish it. The sushi was ok. The beef of the sukiyaki was as thick as a steak.... The place looked nice but the food really sucked.... Only rookie eaters would think it's good...

Not to forget mentioning the bad service of this place, the petite asian server (a thai man), who was indeed the manager, was rude and slow to respond (forgot my coke and never refilled). On my wife's birthday, we ordered many dishes, and the asian server gave us a dish of sushi roll we didn't order, we didn't realize the presence of that extra dish, he later SECRETLY charged us for it as he said we already ate it, and we had to pay for it. He didn't admit the fact that he sent us the wrong dish. He even said it's our mistake for not teling him we got the extra dish. In fact, we would have paid for it if he told us the truth but he didn't. We never reward liars.

More ridicously, he added a 18% tips to our inflated bill, unlike other tables' bills. First, he was not quite willing to take the extra dish off from our bill until we told him we might not go back to the restaurant. Then, he lied again by saying every table had the tips calculated, again, which was a lie (we didn't take a peek at the neighbor table's bill).

Finally, he took the tips out from the bill after we wasted 15 minutes arguing with him. Later, we paid the regular bill, headed out, and got into my car at the parking lot, he waved his hands, ran at us, and tried to throw some pennies at my car. He was even rude enough to swear at us. For a few bucks, this restaurant has forever lost two customers and their friends' businesses. How stupid was he?
Time to go to other Japanese restaurants instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

BAD FOOD AND HORRIBLE SERVICE (Obviously those positive ones are from their insiders...)

The food is really bad comparing to other local Japanese restaurants. The miso soup was SO SALTY that we could impossibly finish it. The sushi was ok. The beef of the sukiyaki was as thick as a steak.... The place looked nice but the food really sucked.... Only rookie eaters would think it's good...

Not to forget mentioning the bad service of this place, the petite asian server (a thai man), who was indeed the manager, was rude and slow to respond (forgot my coke and never refilled). On my wife's birthday, we ordered many dishes, and the asian server gave us a dish of sushi roll we didn't order, we didn't realize the presence of that extra dish, he later SECRETLY charged us for it as he said we already ate it, and we had to pay for it. He didn't admit the fact that he sent us the wrong dish. He even said it's our mistake for not teling him we got the extra dish. In fact, we would have paid for it if he told us the truth but he didn't. We never reward liars.

More ridicously, he added a 18% tips to our inflated bill, unlike other tables' bills. First, he was not quite willing to take the extra dish off from our bill until we told him we might not go back to the restaurant. Then, he lied again by saying every table had the tips calculated, again, which was a lie (we didn't take a peek at the neighbor table's bill).

Finally, he took the tips out from the bill after we wasted 15 minutes arguing with him. Later, we paid the regular bill, headed out, and got into my car at the parking lot, he waved his hands, ran at us, and tried to throw some pennies at my car. He was even rude enough to swear at us. For a few bucks, this restaurant has forever lost two customers and their friends' businesses. How stupid was he?
Time to go to other Japanese restaurants instead.

Pros: Place

Cons: Bad food, bad service, slow orders

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Nippon Tei is one of the best looking places for sushi in St. Louis, but the sushi inconsistant. Some items have been very good to excellent. The rice is sometimes slightly strongly flavored and sometimes weak (probably poor mixing), and the neta (topping on the nigiri) sometimes too thin/small. Once I had the only truely bad piece of fish I've had in ten years in St. Louis. Service is inconsistant too -- often slow and unreactive -- for example, the server barely acknowledged it when I told him about the bad fish. It's generally OK if you're in the area, but there are better places not too far away.

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★★★☆☆

Nippon Tei is one of the best looking places for sushi in St. Louis, but the sushi inconsistant. Some items have been very good to excellent. The rice is sometimes slightly strongly flavored and sometimes weak (probably poor mixing), and the neta (topping on the nigiri) sometimes too thin/small. Once I had the only truely bad piece of fish I've had in ten years in St. Louis. Service is inconsistant too -- often slow and unreactive -- for example, the server barely acknowledged it when I told him about the bad fish. It's generally OK if you're in the area, but there are better places not too far away.

Pros: Occasionally great, Cool atmosphere, Parking

Cons: Inconsistant food, Poor service

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Nippon Tei is a favorite place for sushi. The atmosphere is clean and relaxing; the sushi is very good; the raspberry iced tea is the best in the nation.

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★★★★★

Nippon Tei is a favorite place for sushi. The atmosphere is clean and relaxing; the sushi is very good; the raspberry iced tea is the best in the nation.

Pros: decor, spotless restrooms, raspberry iced tea

Cons: hard to find

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Nippon Tei is a great little place to go for a nice, but realistically priced meal. I have only tried the sushi which I thought I was good for St. Louis. I have had sushi in California and Seattle. You can't get better sushi than you can on the coast. Overall, I would say Nippon Tei is a very good place for sushi in St. Louis. I had been looking for a good place here and I think this is pretty close. The atmosphere is small and lightly light. It has a romantic touch.

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★★★★★

Nippon Tei is a great little place to go for a nice, but realistically priced meal. I have only tried the sushi which I thought I was good for St. Louis. I have had sushi in California and Seattle. You can't get better sushi than you can on the coast. Overall, I would say Nippon Tei is a very good place for sushi in St. Louis. I had been looking for a good place here and I think this is pretty close. The atmosphere is small and lightly light. It has a romantic touch.

 

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