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“Worse than bad”

Ishi Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #1,079 of 2,374 Restaurants in Charlotte
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Worse than bad”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Worst tom yum soup I've ever had: three little chunks of chicken in very sour, salty broth. Yuck. Grilled chicken did not look grilled, was bland. Carrots were squishy sweetened frozen things (warmed). Rice tasted like the smell of melted plastic. Unagi was mediocre. Cucumber salad was okay, but the crab on it was the fake kind. Yes, it's cheap, but it's not worth it.

  • Visited July 2012
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NYC
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“bland, bland, bland”
Reviewed January 18, 2012

This was one of the worst asian meals we have had in a long time. The fried gyoza was deep fried, and the main courses were seemingly prepared without seasoning. Instead a 4oz cup of "shrimp sauce"(russian dressing) was provided.

Visited January 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great value”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

Ishi is one of my favorite places for lunch or dinner. Surprised it's not rated higher, it's been popular enough that they finally moved into a bigger space.

Two words to describe... value and consistency. The prices are terrific, and the food is good. Maybe not the best food, but I've been many, many times and can't remember walking out upset. If you like Yoshi's, do yourself a favor and try Ishi. Better prices, selection, and (my opinion) tastier food.

Staff is very quick and competent, mostly will leave you alone, which makes this a great place to have a conversation (no loud music, small crowds). One complaint... the building is somewhat cavernous, atmosphere lacking. But it's a laid-back value joint. Highly recommend.

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Falmouth, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Yummi Ishi!”
Reviewed August 24, 2010

Sit at the sushi bar and have the chefs recommend the freshest fish.
We went twice and we were only in Charlotte for 4 days!
Good prices.
Servers need to be a bit more organized which is why we sat at the sushi bar the second visit.

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“Atmosphere is not the best. But this is the best sushi in Charlotte! Fresh and tastey.”
Reviewed June 2, 2008

Atmosphere is not the best. But this is the best sushi in Charlotte! Fresh and tastey.

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