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Akaoni

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Mission St. & 6th Av., Carmel, CA 93923-9348
(831) 620-1516
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best quality sushi of our lives

There are some reviews here criticizing the owners of Akaoni. We can't dispute their experiences, we can only tell you they were perfectly delightful to us. Perhaps a bit reserved, but hardly unfriendly, the wife, who served us, was pleasant and accommodating. The owner/chef wasn't all smiles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

There are some reviews here criticizing the owners of Akaoni. We can't dispute their experiences, we can only tell you they were perfectly delightful to us. Perhaps a bit reserved, but hardly unfriendly, the wife, who served us, was pleasant and accommodating. The owner/chef wasn't all smiles, but he was IN THE ZONE, preparing every dish for every customer with... More 

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Monterey, California
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Having been to Akaoni for a 2nd time now, I wanted to review and tell everybody what a find in Carmel this is. The Chef is a very skilled professional and the seafood is fresh. It's a clean, cozy, and tiny restaurant that makes you feel like you're his special guest. I highly recommend Akaoni for a wonderful meal and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We only happened upon this restaurant because the original sushi place we were looking for was closed. However we were very pleasantly surprised. The ingredients were fresh and the sushi arrived at our table promptly. Additionally the portions were very generous. It was a very nice lunch!

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Carmel, California, United States
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41 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Finally made it here. Reservations are recommended. Having tried the competition, IMHO the sushi at Akaoni is the best in Carmel. The place is also bright enough so you can see what you are eating and can also see how spotless the place is. And though the place is small, it did not feel crowded. The menu is simple, focusing... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

A very accomplished chef who serves sublime sashimi and sushi. The tempura special and yuzu black cod were also exceptional. Rather utilitarian decor but the service is excellent and very friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant . Not cheap but you get your money's worth.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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141 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Authentic sushi and sashimi of the highest quality. Very sparse interior with limited seating so reservations are highly encouraged. Special sake of the month is worthwhile to try. Also available soba, tempura plus specials -- best in Carmel/Monterey -- just not fancy

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The sashimi was fresh, well-prepared and nicely presented. Service was good, the restaurant is plain but nice. It is all about good food.

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Carmel Valley, California
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162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Another wonderful dining experience at what is certainly the most authentic sushi restaurant in the area and just maybe on this side of the Pacific. Reservations a must (seats 25 and is popular). Check the specials whiteboard behind the prep. counter, and don't miss the Salted Mackerel as a follow-up to your sushi or sashimi. We felt that we could... More 

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Carmel, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate to have 2 Carmel friends take us to Akaoni for a REAL sushi experience; for sure it is that! We were warmly greeted at this cozy and squeaky clean location and our evening went uphill from there. There are SO many options on the menu and the chef is flexible in adding choices as... More 

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Long Beach, California
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This little side street restaurant offers classic Japanese cuisine. It was recommended to us for lunch by one of our favorite innkeepers and we found the Bento box very fresh and an incredible value. The inside of the restaurant is very clean and simple as they are following in the true Japanese culture. If you expect a warm and cozy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mission St. & 6th Av., Carmel, CA 93923-9348
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 620-1516

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine

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