Kemuri

4.8
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349 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Kemuri is the most creative restaurant to hit the Little Rock scene in decades! Not only is it a sushi lovers paradise, it's a full-service, upscale casual restaurant serving some of the most exciting and delicious creations that Arkansas has ever seen. The service and presentation is at a level that you would expect to find in places like New York, Tokyo, and even Los Angeles. Kemuri specializes in providing guests the ultimate dining experience. From the freshest seafood to the sauces paired with our robata grilled items, we are able to give guests a broad spectrum of flavors and allow them to enjoy a selection of exotic recipes. At the heart of the kitchen is Chef Gilbert Alaquinez, the mastermind behind our culinary science. Also featured are the extraordinary sushi creations of Chef Haidar Assegaf. Join us to experience what fine dining and delicious food is all about right here in the heart of Hillcrest.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
69 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and unusual sushi and other Japanese dishes.
I am from Boston, and I know good sushi. This was exceptional and unusual.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and wonderful staff!

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vipJlynnv
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So incredibly good!! We were visiting from out of town and I would come back to Little Rock just to eat here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Server made delicious recommendations on the most popular rolls.

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NoelF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! The food is so very fresh and taste great! The service was excellent. Presentation is very nice. Prices are reasonable. Our favorite place!

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SherrelJ
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday brunch, and everything was excellent. I never thought of Japanese food as comfort food, but that's exactly what it was. The bao buns and steamed mussels were perfection, as were the snapper soft tacos with roasted corn, edamame & crispy rice succotash.

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LibbyS
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had really high expectations for this place reading the amazing reviews online. The sushi was really nothing special, and honestly overpriced for what we got. It’s sad to say, but I could have got the same thing at a Kroger sushi stand....the service was good, but it was slow in some areas. Getting a glass of wine felt like it was a 30 minute wait. It’s just over priced for what you receive.

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CindyS
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We eat at Kemuri all the time an it is great. They appeared to be overwhelmed the day after Valentine's day. Service was bad.

Kemuri
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi Cindy if you would like to discuss your experience with us please call the restaurant & speak to anyone of the managers available 501-660-4100. We hope to see you again soon! Meghan, Restaurant manager.

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JoshD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Menu limited, doesn’t match website.
Food was good. Good service.
Slow.

Kemuri
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi Josh I hope you give us another try in the future. Meghan Restaurant Manager.

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JACOBB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was great. The music in the restaurant was a little bit loud but not to bad. Will definitely be going back.

Kemuri
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you Jacobb for your review! We look forward to serving you again soon. Meghan. Restaurant Manager

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SusanV
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience is always WONDERFUL without words to express how wonderful the beautiful food taste, the artistry and love they show is beyond AMAZING!! Detail to attention, the GREAT STAFF. Seeing everyone work together show how wonderful this place is. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!!

Kemuri
Responded on 8 February 2020

Susan, Thank you for those kind words. It is always good to see you and your husband. Dave

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kemuri always delights. Delicious!

Kemuri
Responded on 8 February 2020

Thank you for the 5 Star rating. I might borrow your tagline#always delights. Dave GM

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emilys
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love Kemuri and previously have had only good experiences, but our last visit was lacking. The robata tent loin was overdone and cappuccino dessert mousse was gritty. The sushi was excellent.

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NicoleJ
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My only complaint was the music was a little to loud. The food was excellent, our server was prompt and polite. Would definitely go again.

Kemuri
Responded on 19 January 2020

Nicole, Thanks for taking the time to write about your dining experience at Kemuri. Glad we hit it on the food and service end. I do apologize about the sound level during your visit. We look forward to serving you again soon. Dave GM

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!

Kemuri
Responded on 14 January 2020

Thank you for the 5 Star Review. Glad to hear that you loved it! We look forward to serving you again soon. Dave GM

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and environment.

Kemuri
Responded on 14 January 2020

Glad that you enjoyed the ambiance and the environment at Kemuri. We look forward to serving you again soon. Dave GM

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LuLu2700
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Kemuri! The food was outstanding, really flavorful! Excellent service and warm, beautiful decor. We'll be back!

Kemuri
Responded on 14 January 2020

LuLu sounds like you had "The Kemuri Experience" thanks for the review. Dave GM

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ChrisHo
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the Little Rock area. If you are looking for top notch and creative sushi then this is your place. Very romantic ambiance and top notch servers who are very helpful and know the menu well. We also enjoy the noodle bowls and have recently been there for Sunday brunch. They have green tea pancakes and you can have sushi with your breakfast selections.

Kemuri
Responded on 17 February 2020

Chris thank you for your review & we are so glad you were able to enjoy the "Kemuri experience!" We look forward to serving you again soon! Meghan, Restaurant Manager

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening there - Nate took great care of us. Food is exceptional - I like my martinis a bit less watered, but otherwise good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Will be back

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JasonR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow.

We weren’t expecting to be totally blown away by a sushi restaurant in Arkansas, but wow were we ever. I felt a little out of place when we walked into the restaurant, everyone was dressed nicely for the holidays and my wife and I were wearing light-up Christmas sweaters. We’re definitely those people. One look at the menu and I knew we were in for a treat! We ordered the calamari for an appetizer; if there is calamari on the menu, my wife and I are ordering it. I can confidently say we’ve had calamari at over a hundred different restaurants, and The Kemuri calamari was easily in the top 3. Lightly breaded calamari steaks cooked to perfection with a great mango chili dipping sauce. If you’re a calamari fan, this is your jam. For dinner we ordered scallop nigiri (hotategai), octopus nigiri (tako), the volcano roll, and the Kemuri roll. Our two favorites were the hotategai and the Kemuri roll, but all were fantastic. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful, we’re not normally the “instagram your food” type of people, but my wife felt compelled to take a picture. It was that pretty to look at. We were only in Little Rock for two nights, and we gave serious consideration to eating at Kemuri both nights it was so good.

10/10, I will send anyone I know going to Little Rock to Kemuri.

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Baylorjai
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!!

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Jcarn
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Go for the sushi.. Although our non-sushi dishes were o.k., they were not up to the quality we would expect. The service was good overall.

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LarryW
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant located on Kavanaugh in Little Rock

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ArtP
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. Red snapper sushi was tough, deducted from our bill. Nice!

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SusanV
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE this place! The food and the services was always excellent.

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Sixsaturdays
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here great, expected and got the best.

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zoltanl
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had and the Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar was the perfect accompaniment.

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WayneL
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner - just wonderful. Waiter was extraordinary - perfect timing all the way around. The cappucino cup for dessert with the anniversary message topped it off. Recommend - definitely!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a great job of making sure your night is special. I’ve been there twice for my birthday and loved it each time!

Kemuri
Responded on 3 December 2019

Thank you for sharing your special day with us. Sounds like you had the "Kemuri Experience" . We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Good food but boring atmosphere. A little expensive for the food quality.

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Persnickety
Little Rock
16 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time at Kemuri was a resounding success. A long and fascinating menu with many unique and appealing dishes. We didn't have sushi but the sushi bar looks wonderful. The aquarium is a nice touch. The restaurant is airy and attractive and presentation is first class. Unusual touches included frizzled leeks, pea greens, and a menu of robata (grilled) dishes; we had and loved the eggplant. The house-made green tea cake and Loblolly ice cream is now one of my favorite desserts in Little Rock! Interesting selection of teas, you can taste a wine selection before ordering a glass, and excellent people-watching! We will be back!

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JoshuaA
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food I would highly recommend this

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food, excellent service! Guests we took for first time enjoyed it so much they went back the next day!

Kemuri
Responded on 30 November 2019

Thank you for introducing us to your friends. Glad to hear that they returned so quickly. We look forward to serving you again soon. Dave GM

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CindyS
Little Rock
12 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per usual, everything was wonderful. Food was excellent and always love the variety on the menu.

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DrJaneMom
Little Rock
14 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crave their sushi from time to time. It is the best in town!

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EllenA
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was awesome and the service great. My main complaint is that we couldn’t hear each other talk over the noise of other groups. Definitely come with a lively group and don’t try to come for a quiet dinner. It’s too hard to hear one another for proper catching up.

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LindaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special rolls delicious. Cappuccino pancakes on Sunday amazing. Go!

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vipMarkG
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Odd presentation. Good flavors. Enormous portions.

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Gjttjg
Little Rock
11 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu, eggs Benedict choices are very good and plentiful. Sat outside and enjoyed the street foot traffic. Music outside was a bit loud at times, but not continually. Great, attentive server. We’ll be back.

FAQs

Kemuri offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (501) 660-4100.

Kemuri is rated 4.8 stars by 349 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.