Nestled in the heart of downtown Milledgeville, Shima brings the authentic flavors of Japan to life. Delight in mouthwatering hibachi and freshly crafted sushi, all served in a modern, sleek setting that promises a memorable dining experience. This locally-owned gem is the perfect destination for enjoying traditional Japanese cuisine with friends and family during your next Milledgeville adventure.

Shima Food 2024

A Taste of Japan

From hibachi, bento boxes, or freshly crafted sushi, Shima satisfies your craving for traditional Japanese cuisine. The hibachi offerings are particularly popular, featuring a choice of steak, chicken, or seafood, with the option to combine two proteins for those who simply can't decide. Lunchtime at Shima brings a special treat with their bento boxes, available between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., these boxes offer a perfect blend of hibachi goodness alongside a California roll, dumplings, and rice, ensuring a satisfying midday meal. A must for any meal at Shima, their “Yum-Yum” or white sauce is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. 

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The Social Scene

Since its opening, Shima has also become a great space for guests to have a casual dinner, celebrate a special occasion, or have a date night on a romantic getaway. The 2024 addition of a full-service bar has elevated the dining experience, offering a selection of wines, beers, cocktails, and sake. While you enjoy your hibachi dinner, try their Bloody Mariko, made with vodka, tomato juice, Sapporo (a Japanese beer), and wasabi soy sauce for an on-brand version of the classic cocktail. The bar area, complete with comfortable backed stools, invites guests to unwind and enjoy good company over drinks, making it an ideal spot for both intimate gatherings and lively evenings out. 

New Shima Interior

A New Look, A New Vibe

Shima has recently emerged from a transformative renovation that has revitalized its ambiance while staying true to traditional Japanese cuisine that locals and visitors love. The restaurant was acquired by Ivan Manoylov in 2021, who has modernized the branding and menu in the past few years, and now has overhauled the interior of the restaurant to feature refined surfaces, and modern decor. The revamped Shima welcomes patrons with freshly painted white walls that create a bright, airy atmosphere. A new sushi bar stands in the back corner, where guests can watch as their orders are freshly crafted.

Shima Exterior 2024

Modern Dining in Downtown

In renovating Shima, Manoylov has not just transformed a physical space but has also created a modern and vibrant dining opportunity in downtown Milledgeville. Whether you’re stopping by for a casual lunch, a romantic dinner, or a night out with friends, Shima promises a memorable experience with its fresh ambiance, flavorful menu, and inviting atmosphere. As this beloved restaurant continues to evolve, it remains a staple in downtown Milledgeville’s dining scene and a must-visit for visitors.

Shima is located at 140 West Hancock Street and is open every day from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Nighttime hours may be extended on the weekends.