Shumi Japanese Cuisine
CHEF KUNIHIKO AIKASA
BORN AND RAISED IN FUKUSHIMA, JAPAN CHEK AIKASA'S BEEN PRACTICING JAPANESE CUISINE FOR 46 YEARS AND OWNED AND MANAGED THE FIRST SHUMI IN SOMERVILLE NJ FOR 31 YEARS SINCE OPENING IN 1986.
New York Times rating: excellent
Zagat rating: 28
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CHEF DAVID SEO
BORN IN SEOUL, KOREA AND RAISED IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHEF SEO PRACTICED JAPANESE CUISINE FOR 21 YEARS. MANAGED AND CONSULTED NUMEROUS HIGH-END JAPANESE CUISINE.
SHUMI JAPANESE RIDGEWOOD WELCOMES ALL AND WILL SERVE YOU GUYS AS BEST AS WE CAN AND WILL FULFILL YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
Fish, as usual was fantastic. Service......I don’t really understand the servers here- none of them will make eye contact (the kind you usually use to call the attention of someone) and while they are roaming about, none of them seem to see anything except plates that need to be cleared. I had to literally wave my hands to order, get a refill, get the check. It’s just weird and awkward. My only other complaint is that they seem to be using a streaming service for music with advertising! Good music, then 2 minute ads! Again, details!
$120 Special Omakase was completely worth it. Great value.
Ambiance and food were fantastic however the service was terrible. I had 7:30pm reservations and did not get my order talen until 8:20pm. My husband and I love the food and the chef was awesome but we are hoping to have better service next time
Another exceptional dinner!
The main reason for the 2 stars is because we had to wait for almost 40 minutes for our tables when we made reservation thru Open Tables. Then when the tables were ready, the guests that came in after us were seated first with their choice of table on the banquet side while we were directed to the put together tables on the aisle. To be fair, the manager did apologize and comp us quite a few apps, which we appreciated. He also offered us a gift card which we did not accept. We rather be treated fairly, especially after such a long wait. I often tell my staffs that dining begins when guests come thru the door. Shumi self described as fine dining and has a disclaimer that hey will only hold rsvp for 10 minutes. They should know better and be better at managing reservations. Food over was good. Tasty and well plated. Service was good after we were seated. But our dining experience were tainted with how it began.
Food was good, price point high. Service slow and clunky - everything arrives at once, waiters don't record which dish each guest ordered and seem generally confused. Ambience is pleasant, modern.
The omakase was absolutely delicious. You can definitely see that the fish is high quality. The service was good but because this was Valentines Day you can tell that the staff was stressed. They did their best. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
Valentine day dinner for 2. Was not fun at all we came at 5:45 and was rushed spent 140 for 2 ppl and out less than 40 min. Sooooooo rushed and serve so they cud turn table fast. Food good but my date was ruined for Valentines night.
Thursday night family dinner. As always, food was great
Best omakase in NJ for sure. Highly recommended for sushi lovers!
The food was very good! The noise level is little too much. Overall: it was a good experience. Thanks!
The food and ambiance is top notch. The service is terrible (I mean really really bad). It could be one of those places you have to go to even if the service is awful.
The best sushi in north Bergen ! You don’t have to go into NYC
Overhyped reviews make this place look like the best sushi experience in northern NJ. Mediocre, bland food, super slow service, smallest portions of sashimi I've seen.
Shumi is literally the only restaurant my girlfriend and I ever eat. We go once a month and on special occasions but I could easily eat there every day!
As soon as we enter we get a warm welcome from all the staff at the same time. The quality of the fish is excellent and obviously very fresh. Every time we go the chefs give us a dish on the house sometimes a couple. I don’t know if that is the regular but we definitely get everything on the menu possible. The rolls look delicious but, we don’t eat rice so all I can recommend is the outstanding Sashimi dishes. Everything looks like a work of art and taste like heaven.
If you can’t tell we highly recommend.
It was nice, food was amazing...solid ambiance...little pricey but would definitely go again
Creative food, we enjoyed it much. I just wish they had a way to stop the cold weather from coming in every time someone opened the front door.
By far the best sushi in Bergen county. Rivals top sushi restaueants in NY.
They have the best sushi in the northern NJ area
Everything is clean and so fresh
Need to time service of meal better. They brought soup that was not hot, followed by appetizer and entree at same time. Food always high quality and delicious.
The food is quite excellent! The variety of fish is unique, the excellence and precision of the sushi chefs is outstanding,And a design and sleek interior of the and the design of the sleek interior is very NYC!
The prices are a little steep comparatively to the local sushi bars but I don’t think they are exorbitant.
The biggest problem might be the service. There were three people working that night. The gentleman who greeted me at the door did not smile once all evening and the gentleman who waited on us although he tried very hard, required three request to bring water, another three requests to bring an ice bucket, and to request to bring the sake that I had given him which I preferred heated. It gets very tiring in such a small place to continue asking and requesting items over and over again especially when they are not jampacked. So for the fish and the sushi chef I would love to go back but due to the service I would hesitate.
Best omakase I’ve ever had.
This was my first time in New Jersey and Shumi was on the top of my list of food places to visit. The nice atmosphere makes it very welcoming to out of towners and locals alike. The staff was above and beyond amazing and courteous. We booked a reservation for 6 in early afternoon and they were beyond accommodating to get us in that evening. The cost is affordable for those on a budget or those who want upscale dining Omakase Style but without the high costs. Would highly recommend to anyone and will definitely be visiting again on our next trip!
This was a fabulous dining experience. Best fresh sushi & sashimi I have ever had! Bravo!
I will have the Omakase experience next time. Can't wait!
Hands down the best meal and service I have ever had. The food was phenomenal, fresh, and delicious. The wait staff was over-the-top amazing. Made our mother-daughter trip one we will always remember.
10 Stars ⭐️!! If I can
This was the best dining experience I have ever had in my entire life! The sushi and sashimi were top of the line! A special thank you to the manager Mason! And the best Wait staff this side of heaven! My family is now customers for Life!
The service was beyond terrible. Disorganized and non-attentive. Our first visit was good, this second time around was a true disappointment and would not be able to recommend
The food is very mediocre for the price, and they fraudulently tipped themselves more without my permission
Very fresh fish. Nice presentation. Menus may seem a little pricey but well worth it for the quality. We have been back many times!
Best sushi restaurant in Ridgewood. The food is always fresh and fabulous, and the fish is of the highest quality.
The only issue was had reservations and the waiter tried to sit us at the bar abd rush our meal.
I’m a bit disappointed with the quality of the food. We ordered omakase special, it’s $100 for lunch. The quality of the fish is so so. The size is very small, I would rather have less prices but better quality and bigger size fish.
Our favorite sushi restaurant. We are regulars there.
Good sushi. Not amazing but good sushi for the burbs. The service at this place is consistently awful. You have to stare a waiter down for ten minutes befroe they come to u...Not to mention that entree comes same time as apps...
The best sushi in this area hands down great sushi chefs great wait staff
Watching the chef making sushi so meticulously, eating it immediately, in an intimate space made this experience a evening to remember! The sushi is the best I’ve ever eaten. I doubt there are many places in the US that could even come close to Shumi in freshness.
Loved the food and experience. Chef was so skillful in handling the fish and so creative in his artistic presentation of simple yet delectable ingredients into a mouthful of flavor. Definitely recommend and will bring friends. Triple thumps up if I had the thumbs. lol. Also, The service was also perfect. Very attentive.
Everything was delicious and David, the owner, who was at the sushi counter making sushi, iwas fabulous. He was welcoming, informative, and generous. My only service pet peeve is when you have plenty of seats around the sushi bar/counter, and somebody walks in with a reservation, placing them in a corner seat away from where they can see everything and not being amenable to moving them to the center, until they really had nobody left, is a little irritating. We eventually moved to the center, but only after the one other couple that was close by and left, so all was resolved.
I recently brought some clients in from NYC for Omakase. In the past, the experience was excellent with a sometimes uneven wait staff service. This time, the service was terrible. The manager was rude to us when we arrived, barking "walk in?" repeatedly even as we explained we had a reservation. When we pointed to our name on his list, he abruptly turned & sat us. No greeting. No welcome. It was a sign of how the service would continue throughout the night. The waiters couldn't identify the sushi on the plates, what order to eat them in, or any other information. They asked us how many course we ate as they didn't know. The first course was a bizarre soup with one piece of unraveling tuna roll dropped in it. The Omakase was not memorable and average compared to previous meal there. On top of which, we became sick after the meal which was unforgivable. I spoke to the manager, Mason, asking to speak to the owner. I didn't want to leave a bad review as it can hurt a business. I never heard back. This meal cost over $500 & it was horrifying in terms of quality, experience, service and food safety. I recommend people avoid this restaurant and go two block away to Sakura, which although not as trendy looking, provides the value and authenticity that diners deserve.
Omakase $120 was amazing. So my different pieces and flavoring you wouldn’t even get in the city
Shumi Japanese Cuisine is rated 4.5 stars by 242 OpenTable diners.
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