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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: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
Always superb sushi

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
Nguer
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Arlington, Virginia, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Arlington, Virginia
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Windham, Connecticut
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our family stopped in here during our trip to Washington. It is tucked away off of the street. We almost walked right by it. The staff is super attentive. The atmosphere is nice. For the price we loved our maki roll dinner. My husband ordered the beef dinner and the taste was great. The only suggestion I could make is... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This restaurant is okay, but nothing to write home about. One roll purported to have crab, but clearly used crawfish. The chef tried to play it off, but as a former Gulf Coast resident, I know mud bugs.

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Bergen, Norway
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Best sushi in Arlington PERIOD. If you want quality sushi made in the traditional way by chefs with life long experience, this is the place to go. We have tried several sushi restaurants in Arlington, but this is without a doubt the best. To top it all, the prizes are really reasonable - Siri and Karl

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Dover, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I was in the area for business and decided to try this sushi restaurant based on other reviews here on TripAdvisor. It's true that it's set back a little ways from the road, so I almost walked right by it! Once I entered, I was greeted warmly by staff dressed in kimono and was promptly seated. The chicken katsu I... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Visited this restaurant on February 24th, with a large group. The waitress was so helpful in explaining the menu and even had another staff menu to come over and explain vegetarian choices. Food was very good and we were even given a delicious dessert, to complete our meal..

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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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?