Sushi Neko: love it or hate it?


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Sushi Neko is located at 4318 North Western Avenue in Oklahoma City (map). They are open 11am to 11pm every day, Friday and Saturday to midnight. Call them at 405.528.8862 or visit their website.

The Oklahoma City sushi scene has been growing a lot lately. As a long-time OKC resident, I remember the days when finding a good sushi bar was not a hard decision because there was only a handful of options. These days, it seems that there is a new high class sushi bar opening up around every corner, giving fierce competition to the currently established locations. In my mind, there is one that has continued to outshine all of the competitors: Sushi Neko.

Now, I know that Sushi Neko is one of those locations that you either love or hate. Many people talk about the quality of service, the pricing and other things that keep them from either absolutely adoring this place or running over to Okura, Tokyo, or Saii. I am one who is quite fond of Sushi Neko, but I will remain as fair and balanced as I can possibly be.

Sushi Neko has one of the most extensive sushi lists I have come across at any sushi bar, so how does one even begin to write a review over such a vast and comprehensive sushi list? With the appetizers of course. We usually forego the normal Edamame, and move straight to the Miso Soup when we are dining on sushi. Sushi Neko offers two types of Miso Soup, a traditional Miso Soup ($3) and a Spicy Miso Soup ($9). The traditional soup we found was a bit bland and nothing really stuck out about it. I would even dare to say that the Miso Soup from Buddha Tao is superior than the soup at Neko. The Spicy Miso Soup at Neko, however, is absolutely fantastic. Served with scallops and oysters and other things to give it flair, this soup is worth the difference in price — but buyer beware, this is definitely spicy.

Moving on to the feature presentation, the sushi. Between myself and the others I dine with when eating sushi, we have covered the menu very well. Some of the highlights include the Lady Love Roll ($5.80), a piece of fresh salmon rolled with lemon, masago and green onion); the Captain Crunch Roll ($8), eel and cucumber, drizzled in eel sauce and rolled in tempura flakes; and the Tootsie Roll ($6.50), tempura salmon and cream cheese. All three of those rolls are moderately priced from $5-8, with 6-8 pieces per roll. Another personal favorite of mine is the Dynamite Stick (crab meat and nuclear sauce). It’s priced at under $4, but will still bring a tear to your eye as your face feels like it is on fire from the spices.

There have been a few rolls I have tried that I have not liked, and at the top of that list is the Ninja Roll ($10). The Ninja Roll is a mixture of cooked fish, wrapped in the usual rice and nori (seaweed). It sounds delicious, but the unusual mixture of fish leaves a strange taste in your mouth. It’s one of the few rolls that we will never try again.

The service at Sushi Neko is hit or miss. Over the course of your meal, you will encounter 3-4 staff members (your hostess, waitress, chef and bussing staff). The bussing staff does a phenomenal job keeping unused plates, glasses and utensils from cluttering your table. The wait-staff, however, tends to be where Sushi Neko can miss the mark. Some nights they’ll be right on top of things, but on other nights, it seems like it’s a good 10-20 minutes before you can even place your order, and another long period of time before your meal arrives. We have also noticed that the quality of your rolls can vary, depending upon which sushi chefs are rolling that particular night.

Overall, my positive experiences have far outweighed my negative experiences, and Sushi Neko continues to draw me back on a regular basis. If it has been a while since you’ve been to Neko, I urge you to give it another shot. As for me and my house, we will dine at Sushi Neko. How about you?

Tell us what you think, good or bad, about Sushi Neko in the comments below.

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  • Vicki says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 10:23 am   

    I love Sushi Neko. It is absolutely one of my favorite spots to go to. The food is exceptional and I like the atmosphere of the restuarant. When I get together with my girlfriends, it is one of our top picks.

  • joe says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 2:36 pm   

    This was a helpful review because it gives me a clue about something that has always puzzled me: how can people like Sushi Neko when Tokyo Japanese Restaurant is so superior? (That’s just an opinion, of course.) What was telling to me is that you focused on the rolls, not the nigiri. Because rolls tend to have other ingredients, fish quality is maybe less noticeable. But I think the edge Tokyo has in fish quality jumps out with nigiri. Or at least that’s been my experience.

  • Rich says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 10:11 pm   

    The key to a good meal at sushi neko is to go when someone else is paying the tab. The ironic thing is that their moderatly priced sushi is what is overpriced. Their fancier sushi presentations are very good, but the run of the mill stuff is exactly that, just okay. So next time you go order big then disappear to the bathroom when the check comes and hope someone at your table picks it up.

  • JuJu Beans says:
    May 25th, 2010 at 11:41 pm   

    One of my favourite places for super white tuna sashimi. I still find Buddha Tao to have better quality, but I like the atmosphere at Nekos. I agree that the service is very hit or miss, but so is the food. Most the time the food is edible though, haha!

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm   

    I agree it’s worth reviewing this place, in order to help people move on to better things: namely, The Tokyo, whose fish quality, authenticity, technique, and atmosphere I found all to be superior to Neko.

  • Dishin&Dishes says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 4:03 pm   

    We make sushi so often at home now (you can’t beat that freshness of homemade), I haven’t been to Sushi Neko in awhile. I was pleased with their rolls, although they are very large sometimes and hard fit in your mouth. I found myself taking bites (a sushi no-no)! If that’s my only complaint, however, that’s not too shabby. I like the consistency that they compress their rice. Not too overpressed like many places do.

  • Sara says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 10:27 pm   

    Neko is, hands down, my favorite restaurant in OKC. I go for the rolls (I’m not sushi-enlightened enough to chow down on the nigiri or sashimi), and imho, no one does it better (my favorite is the Red Canyon). Everything is on the pricey side so I have to limit my visits, but the entire experience is worth it to me. I can only think of one time I’ve had not-so-great service; I think the waiter forgot our order or something, but he was very apologetic and we ended up getting a free dessert, so it was fine. Normally, I’ve found the wait staff to be very friendly and prompt. A minute detail: I love the iced tea. It’s unsweet, but with a lovely floral aroma/taste. Really refreshing. I love everything about this place, and hope it’s around for a long time!

  • Kevin says:
    June 16th, 2010 at 9:05 pm   

    I consider it a gift to others to always venture elsewhere, thus leaving open a table for those who will enjoy this type of dining.

  • Tim says:
    June 16th, 2010 at 9:15 pm   

    Haha, Kevin – you are so giving :)

  • Eric says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 12:09 pm   

    Sushi Neko will always hold a special place for me because it was my first Japanese restaurant – but Tokyo probably is a better place to get non-sushi items (and their sushi is just as good), so I head there – or I head to Fuji in Edmond if I want to just mao on sushi.

    Sushi Neko is fantastic trendy sushi. It’s got a lot of rolls that you won’t ever find in Japan, but if you want to get a taste of the hip American sushi scene, Neko is the best place in OKC for that.

  • David Powell says:
    July 20th, 2010 at 3:31 pm   

    This place will never see a dime of my money again. I went there with two couples after I called and they said they could ‘squeeze us in’. We arrived at 7PM and they said we had until 8PM when the table was reserved. Fine by us. Our drink order wasn’t taken until 8:15, our food didn’t arrive until 8:55PM, we never received a beer refill and my friend was offered more food because he only got one roll and he ordered again. The manager came to us and said it would have to be ‘to go’. WTF? An embarassment to OKC restaurants.

  • AJ says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 5:52 pm   

    I do like Tokyo, but Sushi Neko never ever disappoints. I do, however, kind of hate that they have to play club music so loudly on weekends. Other than that – the best sushi for sure.

  • Sara says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 9:16 am   

    Okay. I have completely changed my mind about this place, which is saying a lot considering how much I loved it (see review above). I still think they make a killer sushi roll, but I’m very disappointed with the management/staff. My husband and I ate at Neko a few weeks ago, and happened to hand over a debit card we rarely use to pay the tab. We hadn’t used the card anywhere else for months. The next day, we noticed three charges for a total of $700 sitting in our account. I hate to be accusatory, but someone at Neko stole our debit info. When my husband called Neko, the manager *laughed* at him, and said no one on her staff would do that. (Shockingly, we’ve since had friends and co-workers say they or someone they know have had the same thing happen to them at Neko.) Even if we were mistaken (which is highly improbable, given the overwhelming evidence), on what planet does a manager laugh at a customer whose credit card info has been stolen? We were hoping she’d apologize and promise to investigate the matter, but nothing like that happened. She was rude and arrogant, and sadly, we’re boycotting what was my favorite restaurant in OKC. Sushi lovers beware.

  • Carl says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 1:12 pm   

    I am the principal owner of Sushi Neko and would love to help Sara and her husband with their debit card dillema. If a staffmember or our computer systems have been compromised I need to know. Please contact me at
    Thanks for your assistance.

  • Kelly says:
    February 21st, 2011 at 6:28 pm   

    I love Sushi Neko! I was especially glad that it was open a couple weeks ago during the snow and no one else was. I love the calypso roll, as well as many others. I always find their service pretty good. Never amazing, but definatley not bad. I will continue going.

  • Sparkle says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 12:50 pm   

    I think its pretty ironic that Sara is saying that herself and other friends had the same issue with Sushi Neko and I eat there 3-8 times a month, every month (except November and December 2010)(i have the addict card to prove it…lol) for at least the past two years with several friends and I’ve never had this happen.

    I’ve had one bad experience with one waitress who no lobger wprjs their but other than that I have nothing but good things to say. My favorite servers are Yuka, Nina and Andy and the nest time to go is before 6 during the week. The weekends here are packed with birthdays and other reservations so if you’re wanting speedy service you may not want to dine there at those times. Try the plum wine, the cowboy roll ($16 of deliciousness) the lady love, if you like fresh fish and the atomic tootsie.

  • Yuka says:
    November 2nd, 2013 at 5:34 pm   


    Someone found this topic recently and told me yesterday.
    I am Yuka, used to wait table at Sushi Neko.
    Thank you so much!
    I am so happy to hear my lovely customer’s voice, and you really made my day even though I am no longer a server there.
    I quit Neko becbuse I had to move to Ohio.
    I was the only Japanese server there at that time.
    Do〜mo arigato! (^∇^)♪


    I’m sorry to hear you had such a bad experience before.
    I can’t believe that thing actually happened to you.
    But we have very strict rule and system, and it’s impossible to steal someone’s creditcard info there.
    In other words, that restaurant is more difficult and strict than any other restaurants in OKC.
    We have mandatory class, test, meeting VERY OFTEN.
    And if something happens, we get investigated.
    When we check out (get of work), we report everything to manager(s) too.
    But what happened to you was truth, right.
    I think it was a computer mistake or something..
    Hope that issue has been solved and taken care of already and you got your smile back.


    Like I mentioned to Sparkle, I am Japanese.
    Like you said, those rolls can’t be seen in Japan.
    They are so creative, fusion, new kind of sushi made in The U.S.
    I love Sushi at Sushi Neko.
    The reason why they are a little pricy is we use HIGH grade expensive ingredients on all of the foods in menu.
    Even though just a seaweed.
    I, Japanese does NOT eat or like fake/cheap kind ingredients.
    So I NEVER go to the other sushi joint.
    Just Sushi Neko and Tokyo, period.
    If you want to enjoy Japanese cuisine, then go to Tokyo.
    But if you want to eat REAL GOOD SUSHI, then you’d better go to SUSHI NEKO.
    That’s my opinion.
    SN has American menu on purpose, so if everyone wants to eat sushi and a few people doesn’t, we have American foods for them.

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