Nobu's Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
Specializing in Fresh Fish
  • 8643 Olive Blvd

    St Louis, MO 63132

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  • 314-997-2303

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Dinner: Tue-Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fri-Sat 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Closed on Mondays & Sundays (except for Mother's Day and Father's Day Sunday)
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I eat sushi every whwere I travel and I trravel professionally all over the world. After trying all the other recommended sushi joints since moving here a little over one month ago, I discovered the best in the area-- it is clearly Nobu.

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★★★★★

I eat sushi every whwere I travel and I trravel professionally all over the world. After trying all the other recommended sushi joints since moving here a little over one month ago, I discovered the best in the area-- it is clearly Nobu.

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Save your time and money and skip Nobu's. I have been a long time sushi lover with a a discerning taste for maguro and sake, which are the mainstays of a good sushi restaurant. Always having a hard time finding good reasonably priced

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★★★★★

Save your time and money and skip Nobu's. I have been a long time sushi lover with a a discerning taste for maguro and sake, which are the mainstays of a good sushi restaurant. Always having a hard time finding good reasonably priced

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This is one of the best sushi bars nationwide, and I will tell you why I think so. Every time you eat sushi here, Mr. Nobu has all of the very best cuts of fish, and those of you who have read my reviews know that that is the most important thing to me in sushi, delicious salmon too.

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★★★★☆

This is one of the best sushi bars nationwide, and I will tell you why I think so. Every time you eat sushi here, Mr. Nobu has all of the very best cuts of fish, and those of you who have read my reviews know that that is the most important thing to me in sushi, delicious salmon too.

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What a wonderful place! Over the years I have taken family and friends to share this wonderful place. No matter how long I have been away...I have always been given a warm welcome back!
The food is outstanding, and my suggestion is to get there early...the tables fill fast. Wonderful place for families and great times.
A local favorite for so many. Thank you

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★★★★★

What a wonderful place! Over the years I have taken family and friends to share this wonderful place. No matter how long I have been away...I have always been given a warm welcome back!
The food is outstanding, and my suggestion is to get there early...the tables fill fast. Wonderful place for families and great times.
A local favorite for so many. Thank you

Pros: Great food, Fresh, and a wide range of selections

Cons: Busy....of course..everyone wants to eat there!

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When we got there, we were offered a menu with no descriptions of the maki--which for California roll is fine, but many of them were not so self-explanatory. Turns out, descriptions weren't really needed as all the makis tasted the same: mushy and greasy (we spent a good amount of time trying to figure out which was which, as the waitress offered no explanation, and were still unsure). The service was also slow--it looked like there was only one sushi chef for a Friday night. The nigiri was also mushy, like it could be sifted through your teeth, which is not something I've ever experienced with sushi, and the rice would not stay together. Overall, it was pretty disappointing for such a well rated place, when the food tasted, at best, like grocery store sushi that you buy during lunch hour and hope doesn't give you a stomach ache.

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★☆☆☆☆

When we got there, we were offered a menu with no descriptions of the maki--which for California roll is fine, but many of them were not so self-explanatory. Turns out, descriptions weren't really needed as all the makis tasted the same: mushy and greasy (we spent a good amount of time trying to figure out which was which, as the waitress offered no explanation, and were still unsure). The service was also slow--it looked like there was only one sushi chef for a Friday night. The nigiri was also mushy, like it could be sifted through your teeth, which is not something I've ever experienced with sushi, and the rice would not stay together. Overall, it was pretty disappointing for such a well rated place, when the food tasted, at best, like grocery store sushi that you buy during lunch hour and hope doesn't give you a stomach ache.

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When I lived in STL, I worked down the street from Nobu's current location (Hey, I remember their old place on Delmar!) and ate there ~2 times A WEEK! I speak from significant knowledge because I am 1/2 Japanese (Mom is Japanese), lived in Japan for 4 years, worked in Japan briefly, and visited there several times...Nobu's is STILL my favorite Japanese restaurant, bar none! When I come (home) to STL, I always try to catch a meal there. I'm pleased and flattered that Nobu-san greets me with a big smile and says "welcome back!" I've taken my parents and family there many times and Nobu's has Mom's stamp of approval! I still treasure my Japanese tea cup and tea towels from Nobu's grand opening in the old I-Hop -- which is remarkably comfortable with a Japanese atmosphere. Their Tonkatsu (pork tenderloin) is my favorite (okay, it's almost as good as mine and Mom's but a heck of a lot easier!) -- after their sushi, and they have a great selection of other authentic dishes. So, check it out -- Tell Nobu-san "Konichi Wa" (Hello) and after the meal "Domo Arigato Gozaimasu. Kore wa, oishii desu!" (Thank you very much. This was very delicious!)

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★★★★★

When I lived in STL, I worked down the street from Nobu's current location (Hey, I remember their old place on Delmar!) and ate there ~2 times A WEEK! I speak from significant knowledge because I am 1/2 Japanese (Mom is Japanese), lived in Japan for 4 years, worked in Japan briefly, and visited there several times...Nobu's is STILL my favorite Japanese restaurant, bar none! When I come (home) to STL, I always try to catch a meal there. I'm pleased and flattered that Nobu-san greets me with a big smile and says "welcome back!" I've taken my parents and family there many times and Nobu's has Mom's stamp of approval! I still treasure my Japanese tea cup and tea towels from Nobu's grand opening in the old I-Hop -- which is remarkably comfortable with a Japanese atmosphere. Their Tonkatsu (pork tenderloin) is my favorite (okay, it's almost as good as mine and Mom's but a heck of a lot easier!) -- after their sushi, and they have a great selection of other authentic dishes. So, check it out -- Tell Nobu-san "Konichi Wa" (Hello) and after the meal "Domo Arigato Gozaimasu. Kore wa, oishii desu!" (Thank you very much. This was very delicious!)

Pros: Excellent food, many choices -- not just sushi.

Cons: I live too far away (5 hours) to eat there 2/wk like I used to!

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This place isn't to be mistaken as the more well-known Nobu's- an upscale, sushi restaurant in cities like Dallas, LA, and NYC. However, I decided to give it a try anyway and was pleased. The place is small and cozy, and you're likely to overhear other diners' conversations. The sushi was served fresh and delicious- they didn't give too much rice, so you could savor and appreciate the flavor of the fish. This place seems to always be busy, but the wait isn't bad on a weeknight.

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★★★★☆

This place isn't to be mistaken as the more well-known Nobu's- an upscale, sushi restaurant in cities like Dallas, LA, and NYC. However, I decided to give it a try anyway and was pleased. The place is small and cozy, and you're likely to overhear other diners' conversations. The sushi was served fresh and delicious- they didn't give too much rice, so you could savor and appreciate the flavor of the fish. This place seems to always be busy, but the wait isn't bad on a weeknight.

Pros: Fresh sushi, attentive waitstaff

Cons: Smaller dining area

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I eat at Nobu's approximately once a month and am never disappointed. The sushi is always very fresh, and there is some non standard fare such as amberjack, Japanese snapper, giant and orange clam, and traveler. And I won't eat sea urchin any where else. For those who prefer cooked food, the tempura is very good and the spyder roll (tempura fried soft shell crab) is excellent.The selection of sake is not extensive but very good: get the premium and enjoy cold as the Japanese do: two trips to Japan and I wish it was served here in the small square wooden boxes they use there.

There is open table seating and the sushi bar, which is where I usually sit. I call ahead for a table when taking a group, and have used the room past the sushi bar for a group of 12. If you arrive by 6-6:30 most week nights (sorry, no experience on weekends) walk in seating is available.

The service is usually very efficient, though Nobu (he does all the shushi and sashimi) can get backed up with an influx of several tables at once. Usual time in/out dinner for two with sake: 45 to 75 minutes.

I eat shushi in several US cities on a regular basis and Nobu's shares the top spot with a couple of others, and is certainly in first place in Saint Louis.

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★★★★★

I eat at Nobu's approximately once a month and am never disappointed. The sushi is always very fresh, and there is some non standard fare such as amberjack, Japanese snapper, giant and orange clam, and traveler. And I won't eat sea urchin any where else. For those who prefer cooked food, the tempura is very good and the spyder roll (tempura fried soft shell crab) is excellent.The selection of sake is not extensive but very good: get the premium and enjoy cold as the Japanese do: two trips to Japan and I wish it was served here in the small square wooden boxes they use there.

There is open table seating and the sushi bar, which is where I usually sit. I call ahead for a table when taking a group, and have used the room past the sushi bar for a group of 12. If you arrive by 6-6:30 most week nights (sorry, no experience on weekends) walk in seating is available.

The service is usually very efficient, though Nobu (he does all the shushi and sashimi) can get backed up with an influx of several tables at once. Usual time in/out dinner for two with sake: 45 to 75 minutes.

I eat shushi in several US cities on a regular basis and Nobu's shares the top spot with a couple of others, and is certainly in first place in Saint Louis.

Pros: go here for great, fresh shushi, food; parking easy; easy 170 access

Cons: not cozy

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My girlfriend & I went to Nobus for the first time last night. For reference, I lived in a rural area of Japan for three years so I would say that, while Im not Japanese, I know a lot about Japanese food.

We received eda-mame for starters, & they were over-boiled, soggy, & bland. We ordered the yakitori (pieces of chicken marinated in teriyaki sauce & grilled on a skewer.) The chunks of chicken were too big (about 1" cubes), & the sauce only coated the outside of the meat--no marination.

The absolute shock, however, was the sushi! The packed rice underneath the fish was absolutely rediculous--both in portion & shape. I flipped over each peice & confirmed they were all the same. I'd say each piece of fish was about 1" wide and 3-4" long. The rice underneath, however, was 3/4" wide by 1"-1.5" long!! It was like Nobu had run low on rice & was trying to ration. On top of that, Nobu's charges around $2.50-4.00/piece. I felt like I'd been taken to the cleaners! Finally, the rice itself was bland & dry.

I called over the sushi chef's wife/waitress & calmly voiced my disappointment. She stated that this is just Nobu's style of sushi-- that he used minimal rice to keep customers from getting "too full". She said that he had worked in Ginza and Kobe, & insinuated that I probably just didn't know good sushi. She said she was sorry that I didn't like it, but that this was simply their style. (As a note: I've had sushi at top restaurants in both Ginza and Kobe, & I assure you this is not a regional thing.)

If you go to Nobu's, be prepared to pay a lot, to not be filled-up, & to wish you'd picked another St. Louis sushi restaurant instead! I will NEVER go back!

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend & I went to Nobus for the first time last night. For reference, I lived in a rural area of Japan for three years so I would say that, while Im not Japanese, I know a lot about Japanese food.

We received eda-mame for starters, & they were over-boiled, soggy, & bland. We ordered the yakitori (pieces of chicken marinated in teriyaki sauce & grilled on a skewer.) The chunks of chicken were too big (about 1" cubes), & the sauce only coated the outside of the meat--no marination.

The absolute shock, however, was the sushi! The packed rice underneath the fish was absolutely rediculous--both in portion & shape. I flipped over each peice & confirmed they were all the same. I'd say each piece of fish was about 1" wide and 3-4" long. The rice underneath, however, was 3/4" wide by 1"-1.5" long!! It was like Nobu had run low on rice & was trying to ration. On top of that, Nobu's charges around $2.50-4.00/piece. I felt like I'd been taken to the cleaners! Finally, the rice itself was bland & dry.

I called over the sushi chef's wife/waitress & calmly voiced my disappointment. She stated that this is just Nobu's style of sushi-- that he used minimal rice to keep customers from getting "too full". She said that he had worked in Ginza and Kobe, & insinuated that I probably just didn't know good sushi. She said she was sorry that I didn't like it, but that this was simply their style. (As a note: I've had sushi at top restaurants in both Ginza and Kobe, & I assure you this is not a regional thing.)

If you go to Nobu's, be prepared to pay a lot, to not be filled-up, & to wish you'd picked another St. Louis sushi restaurant instead! I will NEVER go back!

Pros: Seeing what uses a former I-HOP building may serve...

Cons: An absolute RIP-OFF!!!

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I apprenticed to a Japansese chef and was in the restaurant business for years. I have heard complaints abut Nobu's, but have personally found Nobu's to be consistantly wonderful. The rice is always spot on, the fish as fresh as you'll find in St. Louis, the service friendly. It is one of the top three sushi bars in the city. I have had meals as good elsewhere, but I've never had better. It may help that most of my meals have been a lunch, but that's true of almost all my sushi meals.

Nobu himself is just a a marvel to watch. Quiet with a winning smile, exceedingly efficient and smooth -- and he knows food.

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★★★★★

I apprenticed to a Japansese chef and was in the restaurant business for years. I have heard complaints abut Nobu's, but have personally found Nobu's to be consistantly wonderful. The rice is always spot on, the fish as fresh as you'll find in St. Louis, the service friendly. It is one of the top three sushi bars in the city. I have had meals as good elsewhere, but I've never had better. It may help that most of my meals have been a lunch, but that's true of almost all my sushi meals.

Nobu himself is just a a marvel to watch. Quiet with a winning smile, exceedingly efficient and smooth -- and he knows food.

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We ordered takeout and were told it would take 15-20 minutes; we were still waiting 45 minutes later. We found very poorly made maki; warm soy sauce on the sunomono instead of sweet vinegar; and soggy tempura. Worse, they shorted us one entree, leaving three of us sharing food for two.

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★☆☆☆☆

We ordered takeout and were told it would take 15-20 minutes; we were still waiting 45 minutes later. We found very poorly made maki; warm soy sauce on the sunomono instead of sweet vinegar; and soggy tempura. Worse, they shorted us one entree, leaving three of us sharing food for two.

Pros: Easy to get to

Cons: Noisy, Limited parking, Crowded

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I like the atmosphere of Nobu's. There has been time that the food was "iffy". The fried oysters are to die for.

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★★★☆☆

I like the atmosphere of Nobu's. There has been time that the food was "iffy". The fried oysters are to die for.

 

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