6335 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO | Directions 6313038.656017 -90.304189
Lunch: Mon, Wed- Fri, 11:30am - 2pm; Sat, noon - 3:30pm; Sun, noon - 2:45pm; Tue, closed. Dinner: Mon, Wed- Fri, 5:30pm - 10pm; Sat, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Sun, 5pm - 10pm; Tue, closed
Neighborhoods: University City, Saint Louis
Proper Japanese for those Looking for The Real Deal – After recently spending time in Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shinagawa wards in Tokyo, I can honestly say that Seki on Delmar is the most authentic Japanese restaurant in Saint Louis. This is in no deference to any of the other Japanese styled restaurants in the area, nor against any of the other Japanese owned restaurants in Saint Louis, but for as often as I've visited Seki San's shop, I've grown to appreciate his commitment to creating a truly Japanese experience.
Understanding this, do not expect to walk into this restaurant and hope for a few hundred different maki rolls. Do not be surprised that Seki does not serve infused sake. Do not be disappointed that you can't find non-japanese items like Spring Rolls or Fried Rice on his meu.
What you can be happy to find is that Seki works very hard at preseting the most authentic Japanese dishes possible. Whether you're just sitting at the sushi bar wanting a few bites of very high quality Nigiri sushi, or if you're looking for something off of his grill like Hamachi Kama, and especially if you're hungry for a really decent bowl of Shoyu Ramen, you'll be happy to know that Seki will be more than happy to make these dishes for you...
...but here's the real treat about this place: if you REALLY want to see how this Seki's stands out, you gotta ask for things that are somewhat "off menu", meaning, they're not immediately offered unless you're in the know...
This place is the closest you'll find to a proper Izakaya in Saint Louis, so ask for his sake menu to get one of the best samplings of sake and soju in the area. Likewise, right next to his sushi bar is a full yaki grill, so ask for a yaki menu (and be sure to order the Beef Tongue since it's so freaking yummy). Finally, be sure to sit at the sushi bar as Seki San often enjoys entertaining his guests with conversation and (time permitting) an amuse bouche to pass the time til your order arrives.
The staff is no nonsense at first glance, but they warmly remember their regulars and treat them like family, especially if you show your appreciation for the work they put into making Seki's the most authentic Japanese restaurant in Saint Louis.
Great sushi – This place had amazing sushi. I went with a restraint critic and he says it's the best sushi in st louis
Waitress – I know the waitress and she is very nice but barely speaks any english
Good sushi, good atmosphere, slow service – The sushi was pretty good. I'd put it below Drunken Fish and Wasabi, but still pretty good for STL area sushi. Price wise it was pretty standard fair for sushi. Standard rolls (Tuna, salmon, Cal, etc) 4.75-6.
The waitness we had was really funny and entertaining. She was very nice and tended to us pretty well. However once we had finished our sushi she was a little slow of giving us our check.
With that said I'd go again.
terrible service, overprice – I would never ever go back SEKI again!
The waitress is rude, and old-crazy looking. The food isn't impressive at all but overprice too much.
They don't offer free refill drinks, and the selection is limited. I saw three huge nasty creatures on the floor and in the bathroom. That is disgusting! I also saw few fly in the soy sauce bottles. I didn't even wanna eat the food I order. I didn't leave "good" tips for the rude waitress, and I will never ever go back there for the rest of my life.
Overpriced, but decent food, sometimes nasty treatment from the waiters if you are not asian – Ok, first off, the food and drink is extremely expensive, but that is not unusual for Japanese restaurants. However, what bothered me about the place is that some servers (not all) are blatantly cold/rude towards non-Asians while at the same time acting very warm and hospitable to asians. I ate there a few times with asian friends and recieved unusually cold treatment when compared to the treatment of my asian friend recieved. Again, not all the servers are like that. Some are quite nice. However, it does create an uncomfortable feeling that makes you NOT want to leave a tip. Generally the food is overpriced, but decent.
below average hospitality – i was very excited to go to SEKI today. i was sadly disappointed. the woman others have talked about being a bad waiter was OUR waiter! i asked her for suggestions since it was my first time and my friends first time eating sushi,, she said, i no do that, if he dont like he still pay, you will have to make suggestions to him. i was so shocked at the rude behavior. i knew what i wanted,however, what i ordered did not warrant the price. the octopus was very rubbery. i had no choice to what kind of sushi or sashimi i preferred. i have een other places where they ask me what i prefer, not have the attitude you get what we say. i will certainly not be going back.
One of the better places – There are well over 30 places in the St. Louis area for sushi. I have been to all but two; both far off. I apprenticed to a Japanese chef. Everything I've had at Seki's has been excellent. I go at lunch, and service has been great, but I cannot comment on busier times. Seki can be somewhat reserved, but don't mistake this for aloof -- he has been friendly, and is very knowledgeable. The worst part has been parking, but otherwise I highly recommend here.
Izakaya in the Loop – I read a few negative reviews, but as one who has gone to Seki numerous times, I like them best in the city, even though I have tried many other sushi places.
Seki is the most authentic, almost Izakaya style restaurant in St. Louis. Growing up in NYC, living in both Tokyo and Osaka, I found Seki to be the closest to the "home" atmosphere found in Japan. The local Izakaya (Literally, place to drink Sake) feel is probably why every Japanese guest I have ever brought to Seki loves it.
Don't wory about the Zuzushi Obasan she means no harm; she's probably from Kansai where everyone means business; if you speak Japanese, she softens up a bit!
One caveat: If you are in a large group and are in a hurry, you may want to go elsewhere. Groups of 6-8 are about the largest you want to try.
Seki keeps it fresh – Seki's sushi is worth the trip, varied and very fresh. Also great "comfort food" meals like the Beef Bowl and the Duck dish (Konbangwa sp?). The wait staff are quite efficient and cordial. Seki tends his sushi bar deftly...every customer feels welcome.
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