I was very excited to try this sushi restaurant, given that I had heard the sushi was top-notch. I went Friday night around 9 PM with 3 friends, and do not think I will be going back. I'm wondering if others have had the same experience as I did.
The restaurant is pretty small, at least the front room is. When 2 of us arrived early at 8:45, there was 1 table there, but by 9 PM the place was nearly full - which means 3 tables of 4, one table of 2. 15 min later the last 4-top had arrived. Basically, though you could say they got "slammed," for a Fri. night, I have to think this is not that out of the ordinary.
The sushi, when we actually got it, was very good. The service, however, was so horrendous that it ruined all of our meals. Basically, the first order of sushi we placed - about 8 orders of nigiri & 2 hand rolls, which I don't think is a whole lot for a party of 4 (I purposely did not order all that we wanted to avoid a super long wait to get it) - took an hour to get. AN HOUR. We did get one order of very good sashimi w/i a reasonable amt of time, but waited an eternity for the sushi. In the meantime, we asked - again, not exaggerating - three or four different times for water before we got it. The first glass of water, that is. We also had to ask 3 diff't people for the wine list.
We were given a plate of hot peppers at the 40 min mark as an apology, but nothing more was said about the slow service.
We were all starving and waiting until 10 PM was obviously not what we'd hoped for. But we figured that at least the 2nd round of sushi - about the same amt as the 1st - would take less time given that two of the parties were nearly done, and most all the sushi bar-eaters had left. Yet the 2nd order of sushi was in no way speedy either. I think that took another 40 min. or so. At the end, the bill was $200 before tip - not a ton for a great sushi meal, but after this experience, we felt it clearly was not worth it.
Though I imagine sitting at the sushi bar might be a better experience, I really don't think I can go back to Nishimura, even though it is very close to where I live. The group of us marveled at how Nishimura stayed in business - was this just an extremely off night???