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Kanpai Japanese Restaurant

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1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209-2306
703 527 8400
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 12:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 28
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pleasant, solid sushi restaurant near Rosslyn Metro.

Located on the ground floor of a large office building in the heart of Rosslyn, Kanpai is a simple, decent alternative for people working or staying nearby. Our sashimi, soup and salad were fine, but the ton katsu was soggy and cooked a bit too long.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Wendell D
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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sushi here is delicious and authentic. We had several simple maki rolls and they all were excellent. The atmosphere is quiet and pleasant, and the service was great. Try the house special rolls they recommend- it's worth it.

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Thank thetravelingchemist
Prague, Czech Republic
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The restaurant was busy during lunch hour. When I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a friendly staff. This review is for the katsudon donburi I ordered. It tasted average, nothing special. Have not tried their sushi.

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Thank Mandy T
Little Rock, Arkansas
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

I give all restaurants the benifit of the doubt but with only 3 tables full at 8:42 pm it took forever to get food. For what you get they ate way over priced. I'm not coming back here. Had better sushi in Arkansas. Salad and soup was good. tempura was not spiced. The teriyaki according to my husband and daughter... More 

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Thank jrsplorer
New York City, New York
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164 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Located on the ground floor of a large office building in the heart of Rosslyn, Kanpai is a simple, decent alternative for people working or staying nearby. Our sashimi, soup and salad were fine, but the ton katsu was soggy and cooked a bit too long.

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Thank Wendell D
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Quick, good, average prices and very friendly employees. Had sushi boat. Great ginger dressing. Recommend. Not too busy on a Saturday night.

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Thank Dedi72
Arlington, Virginia, United States
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This restaurant is small, bright and unassuming. Most importantly, though, it has the freshest, highest quality sushi in the whole are. The staff are long-term, committed, serious, and clearly expert at making sushi. No trainees here. All focused at the front, where all is visible. Extremely clean. Fabulous neighborhood restaurant that deserves a trip to enjoy the sushi. Quiet, good... More 

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Thank Nguer
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Went there for lunch at 11:30, we were the second set of customers at the restaurant. There were only five of us in the group, we each ordered something from the lunch menu, the food was average and the wait to get the food was ridiculous, we wasted an hour our time from the time we walked in to the... More 

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Thank tasyed786
Nashville, Tennessee
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134 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Not worth a long review. Kanpai has decreased in quality and value. The sushi is not as good and the salads are not fresh. The fish is also very sub-par and tasteless. The lunch bowls might still be okay. I will no longer go here. It is clean and the service was fine, but it’s just not worth it anymore.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We visited this restaurant for dinner early on a Friday evening. I imagine it gets busier later but there were not too many folks in there at that time. I had Tempura which came with a salad and a soup. My daughter had some sushi which also came with the soup and salad. We also enjoyed their plum wine. The... More 

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Thank lvtoske
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

arrived late at night, whole family with 3 kids. Needed food. No real experience of japanese food in a restaurant. Went here and the staff were just so welcoming. We were keen to try and learn. They spent time going through the menu and explained what was what. We made our choices and didn't have to said long for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703 527 8400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?