Kemuri

4.8
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337 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 Dennis Bell, the mastermind behind our culinary science. Also featured are the extraordinary sushi creations of Chef Jerrick Reyes. Join us to experience what fine dining and delicious food is all about right here in the heart of Hillcrest.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kemuri always delights. Delicious!

e
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.

NJ
Little Rock
2 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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OT
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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OT
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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LL
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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GS
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Will be back

JR
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.

B
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!!

J
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.

LW
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant located on Kavanaugh in Little Rock

AP
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

SV
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here great, expected and got the best.

z
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.

WL
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!!

OT
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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T
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

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

P
Little Rock
14 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!

JA
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food I would highly recommend this

OT
1 review
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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CS
Little Rock
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DJ
Little Rock
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EA
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.

LH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MG
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Odd presentation. Good flavors. Enormous portions.

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G
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.

LD
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding sushi - incredibly fresh, beautifully arranged and best sushi I’ve had anywhere!!

BB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time two week ago. Yesterday took friends visiting from Atlanta and the really enjoyed food.
👍🏿

t
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great experience at Kemuri. The ambiance was nice, the service was good, the menu choices were interesting with something for everyone and the food was perfect from starters to dessert. This place is a new favorite.

Kemuri
Responded on 29 September 2019

Thank you for recently visiting our restaurant. Sounds like you got the "Kemuri Experience". We look forward to serving you again soon. Dave GM

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C
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a gem in Little Rock. Fantastic sushi and sashimi.

OT
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice, quaint atmosphere and the food was excellent.

SF
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Andrew was our outstanding waiter. Food was wonderful. Tried many things. Will be back!

DJ
Little Rock
13 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best sushi in Little Rock. Service was a little slow tonight but it is a Friday and this is unusual for them.

AC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son really enjoyed his Birthday dinner!
And I did too!!! Thank You!!!

SV
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST sushi ever. Would highly recommend this to place. My family love the BRUNCH. My husband and I spend our date night here at least twice a month. The food is always too beautiful to eat! Love love love!!

TP
Little Rock
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi! You must try the Crazy Monkey. Everything tastes so fresh with a very nice presentation. A little on the noisy side but regardless, an excellent dining experience!!

OT
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food ... really enjoyed that. Next-door table extremely loud 😕😲

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite sushi restaurant - and the diver’s scallops are always delicious and perfectly cooked. You can’t go wrong with calamari to start things off, and the seaweed salad is a tasty starter or side dish....but the rolls, oh, the rolls! The Mason is always a favorite for us.