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Sushi Popo Japanese & Chinese Restaurant

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725 Mormon Trek Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52246-1812
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for dinner on Saturday night and we noticed the lack of customers immediately - it should have clued us in. Despite the lack of customers service was slow and it took a while just to get drinks let alone the mediocre food. Small portions of bland food in a less than clean environment. They must have gotten... More 

Thank Todd S
Des Moines, Iowa
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47 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Our family frequented Sushi Popo several times a year over the past decade, but, after our visit a few weeks ago, I don't believe we are going back. We went on a Saturday afternoon, there was no one else in the restaurant (the restaurant used to always have a healthy lot of patrons) and despite no one else being at... More 

Thank IArunner05
Aurora, IL
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157 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with a friend here. The miso soup was cold. The sushi was ok, but served with subpar soy sauce. The little room we ate in was quaint, and we liked the seclusion...But, there was no love in the food we ate, it was all just...There. Probably won't return.

Thank musthavebeachsun
Marengo, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

They have gluten free soy sauce so the can make many dishes gluten free. I had the Mongolian beef. It was very good. Good service and in and out quick for lunch.

Thank Kelli K
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Sushi Popo used to be good. The service was always a bit slow, but the food was decent. I have just made my last visit after nearly 20 years of going here. I called in an order and was told 30 minutes to be ready, I showed up 35 minutes later, because they are always a little slow. When I... More 

Thank ChazBinIC
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199 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2015

We've lived here 20+ yrs, and this place has long been one of our favorites for a casual meal after work on Fridays. We had not made it here for awhile, and a recent visit was a shock and major disappointment. On a busy evening, there were just 2 people in the front of the house; one was a new... More 

Thank Fuzby
Iowa City, Iowa
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2014

Clean restaurant, friendly staff, good food, but service is a little slow sometimes. I like that they have gluten free soy sauce and are able to modify some meals to fit allergy needs.

1 Thank Tiffany T
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

I had not been there for a long time, and remembered that my disappointment was similar before. The staff was inattentive to our table. We had to wave down our waiter several times for a request which was then forgotten. We had to wait for our main course way too long and when it finally arrived the tempura was tepid,... More 

1 Thank Tim H
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159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

I had had great food in the past. We tried two different "lunch boxes" and were severely disappointed. The egg rolls were mostly doughy paste. The rice was dry and singularly tasteless. The "dip" for the egg roll was catsup based. My beef broccoli and my friend's fried tofu were less flavorful than the frozen package I buy at the... More 

Thank marjieP
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Chinese AND Japanese food all in one? It sounded too good to be true, and it was. Our waitress was hung over or strung out. Her co-worker did her best to cover. Food was lukewarm and the tempura was extra soggy...udon broth tasted soap. It was easier to pay the bill and leave than make a fuss. I'm sorry, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 725 Mormon Trek Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52246-1812
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 319-338-7676

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?