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“--- Fine Food; Outstanding Service; Enthusiasm!! We'll Be Back” 5 of 5 stars
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Nami
198 Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI 02903
401-383-6599
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Ranked #40 of 734 Restaurants in Providence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Nashville, TN
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70 reviews 70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“--- Fine Food; Outstanding Service; Enthusiasm!! We'll Be Back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

“Excellent” and “Very Good” reviews under “Seafood Restaurants” on TripAdvisor led us to Nami, and we thank all of those reviewers whose reviews convinced us that we should try Nami.

We were on our way to a perfectly positive experience when I first called and spoke with hostess Rotina, who was so very hospitable and engaging on the phone. When we arrived she seemed HAPPY to see us.

We drove past Nami several times before we found it, although it’s on Federal Hill among many other restaurants. It wasn’t instantly obvious, though.

Nami is a real winner. The décor was comforting and inviting, with a mix of textures and materials which went together tastefully: white upholstery and a carved wood lattice partition between rooms, offset by a marble bar, and enhanced by moderately low lighting. The music was varied, energetic and interesting, but not irritating. In fact, the restaurant turned out to be VERY romantic.

Our server, Lindsey, was dynamite. We wanted a leisurely, long dinner, and Lindsey, who was ever so smart, seemed to have fun serving us, and we took our time ordering. She was a great help, and our selections were largely guided by her extensive knowledge of the menu.

We had a fine spread, starting with one of Nami’s unique cocktails (our receipt shows “Sparkling Pomake”), and a bottle of cold sake (they have a wide selection). Their miso soup was unique and tasty, served in a soup bowl the likes of which we’d never seen before.

The seared scallops were perfect but the real climax of the meal was the $55.00 o-makase (“Chef’s Choice”) from the raw bar. It arrived in a large clam shell which Lindsey ably maneuvered to our table. The dish was copious and varied, and very much a taster’s delight.

Presentation was beautiful all around, and the dishware was notably unusual and elegant.

Our meal at Nami was full of pleasant surprises, and satisfying in many ways. We will make a beeline for Nami the next time we’re in Providence.

Perhaps most impressive: after the meal as we left, when we chatted with Lindsey and Rotina, (as if we didn’t know already) they spoke of how much they like working at Nami.

(By the way— and I have to say this, because it was my first thought when I read the name of the restaurant— the name has nothing to do with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “Nami” is Japanese for “wave,” as in tsunami.)

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
North Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Delicious Sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My husband & I went for the first time to Nami's... Needless to say, it won't be our last... The salad w/ ginger dressing was huge, all fresh greens, sooo good!!! We both ordered the Firecracker roll, which was the waitresses suggestion. The presentation was amazing & the taste was sooo delicious! Can't wait to go back!!

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“This is a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Federal Hill is the place to be! We started at the Carribbean Restaurant, went down to Dulce Vida for the open air concert and wandered over to Nami and it was excellent. The staff was very attentive, we sat at the sushi bar(my preference) and were not disappointed!
You say" Sushi is Sushi" but both the sample creations and the main course(which included quail eggs) the crisp cold draft beer made this the great experience you must try.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Rochelle, New York
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Nice Japanese restaurant on Federal Hill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We used a groupon at this restaurant. We had a good meal. We had the fried soft shell crab appetizer and it was served with a garlic chili sauce -- very good. We had two of the specialty rolls, the firecracker and one other (cannot remember the name). They were well prepared and presented. They were served with pickled giner root and wasabi. They were very good.

We did not run up the bill with drinks or dessert and so we got out of there paying a reasonable price.

Recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Very nice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We started our Saturday night on "the Hill" at Nami, and it was the perfect place to do so. The restaurant is very nicely designed, with a modern style, beautiful bar and lounge area, and impeccably clean. Whoever designed this put alot of thought (and $$) into doing so, and it shows. Front part of the restaurant has large doors that open onto the street and a few outside tables. Great place to people watch and really enjoy the ambiance of "the Hill". Service was very prompt, attentive and friendly. The bartender makes a great vodka martini, and the warm sake was very good as well. Had some great oysters to start, then tried the Firecracker and Passion Nami rolls - both were excellent. Will definitely be back...in fact, I think this will be our first stop for a girls weekend we're planning in October.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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