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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Neartown/ Montrose
0.8 miles from Houston Museum District
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Reviewed November 7, 2021

Easily one of the most underrated sushi restaurants in Houston. We dined there last night. The restaurant was busy yet the service was attentive and the food was excellent. The sushi is some of the best in Houston. A little longer wine list would be...nice.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed September 26, 2021

Nippon is such a lovely and cozy Japanese restaurant. The food is always fresh and delicious and the ambiance feels like home. Strongly recommend!

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed May 20, 2021

Pleasant place, reliable, god quality Japanese food. They have Sukiyaki which is hard to find. Eat there at least once a month. Enjoyed it.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 15, 2021 via mobile

We were not disappointed!! The food was incredible and fresh. This is a hidden gem in Houston. I will certainly be back. We ate inside this time but the outside dining area looked very inviting.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 24, 2020

Was here having lunch. The sushi was good, but it was their soups that were really extremely good. I will certainly come again.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed September 28, 2019

We have been eating here for 10+ years. Always clean always fresh. Love the Bento Boxes for lunch. The rice is just right. Dragon roll,yes. Not exotic inventive new food just good Japanese,

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed June 6, 2019

I can really say I love this place. The staff is great, the food never disappoints and it is fresh and authentic. The lunch bento boxes are my favorite, the price is great for the amount you get. The tempura, sashimi and miso soup here...are the best I've had in Houston. I will always come back.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

We ordered the food and waited for over 30 minutes until the server came back to ask what we ordered. We waited 10 more minutes and the food came. But not all of it, they forgot TWICE the full order. The server was nice but...waiting over an hour just for the appetizer and dish is way too much. It was the same issue with several customers, one of the client even left before his food came and he was scolded at by the service. The staff was arguing with each other in front of everyone. It is too bad, because the food was good and tasty.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 21, 2019 via mobile

Three for dinner! We had several appetizers and one entree to share. It was a great decision. For appetizers we had gyoza, yakitori, vegetable tempura, and tuna sushi. All excellent. We also shared the Shabu shabu. Excellent service and pleasant atmosphere. Convenient to the Museum...District!More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Everything we ate was delicious (except the California rolls were subpar). Our table of 5 ordered off the lunch specials. $11 for salmon bento is a great deal. It includes salad, California roll, potato salad, pickled cucumbers, rice, tofu and a small 4oz (or so)...pan fried salmon. Very filling. All menu items were reasonable priced. The service was attentive. The bathroom is clean. Food fresh and came out in a reasonable time frame (less than 10 minutes). As others have mentioned there is NO parking. We found street parking across the street though. Would recommend Nippon!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed December 29, 2018

Being near the museum district of Houston, this was a good venue for a post-museum dinner. We visited in the early evening, before the restaurant filled up for dinner, and when there were still spaces in the limited car park at the rear. Rumour has...it that at peak times you may need to park on the street, but there is the option of valet parking for $5, which is pretty handy if you don't want to waste time looking for a parking place. The decor in the dining room was very nice (see pictures), and the atmosphere a bit formal, though relaxed. I found the service slightly pushy though - a waitress all too eager to take our order and then all too quick to bring us the bill - a sure sign that we would not be encouraged to linger. A positive indication of the popularity of this place, however, was the patronage of the local Japanese community. The endorsement of the locals in seeking out their own cuisine is always a good sign. Now to the food. The menu is slightly disorientating to the uninitiated, with a dizzying choice of options, which can make selection a challenge. But the quality and presentation is excellent (see pictures). I'm always slightly dubious about raw seafood, but this was good enough to allay those reservations. My sashimi deluxe combination was delicious (see pictures). Good food, nice atmosphere, pleasant surroundings and reasonably priced. What's not to like?More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Excellent sushi and delicious udon dishes at a reasonable and fair price. Fast service. Would definitely come back!

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I like this place and have been coming here for years. The food is consistent and so is service. The service is not the friendliest but it is not bad. Very reserved. One of my favorite places in Houston.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed June 29, 2018

My friend from Japan took me to lunch here a few weeks ago. She is friends with our server who is also from Japan. We both got Bento Boxes. She got the pork cutlet box and I got the beef box. We were both very...pleased. Their menu looked amazing. I can't wait to go back for a real sushi dinner. As of now, I give it my highest recommendation! It's easy to park. The restaurant itself is very nice. It's decorated beautifully. My friend tells me that many people from Japan eat here because it's so authentic and superior to most Houston sushi restaurants. That's a great endorsement!More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

Food was great, service was not. Yakisoba was silky ans seasoned well. Shrimp tempura was gorgeous and tasted ok, could have used more seasoning. Definitely needed the dipping sauce. Pretty disappointed that coke refills were an extra charge and the service was horribly slow. Put...a damper on the great food.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Nippon Japanese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4