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Akaoni

Mission St. & 6th Av., Carmel, CA 93923-9348
(831) 620-1516
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Ranked #40 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Bailey, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This place gets a lot of bad reviews on Yelp for the friendliness of the staff. Let me say this. If you want to go to Bennihana's and have a show and overly caffeinated too-perky wait staff, go for it. What you have here is a very traditional sushi place where all of the time, effort, and energy is put... More

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prescott,arizona
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We previously dined here 3 years ago and were very impressed and anxious to return on this trip. We did and were certainly not disappointed. Menu is extensive; Asahi Black beer very cold and delicious. Our dinner choices included a bento box and a soft shell crab and seafood pot. All were excellent with the soft shell crab one of... More

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Carmel Valley, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Although I am not a big fan of sushi, this restaurant stands heads and shoulders above any other restaurant of it's type in the area. The owner and sushi chef is actually a certified sushi chef who apprenticed in Japan for 10 years. His options include local and imported from Japan. He also prepares cooked fresh items that are almost... More

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Dublin, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We were visiting Carmel for the Porsche Parade and decided to try this place. We were pleasantly surprised with fresh sushi, attentive service, delicious tempura and salted mackerel. It is a small but very clean place and the single lady who waits on all the tables and sushi bar was very good. I had a bento box that had a... More

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were recommended this place as the chef owner is apparently world class. My wife and I booked and sat down to an efficient service and no more or less than I expected. The Blue Fin Tuna sashimi was so fresh and a beautiful colour, the last time I saw such good looking tuna was at Nobu London. Good miso... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

No frills restaurant. I'm sitting here now with my tail between my legs. I ordered a $22 live sea urchin and they brought it out from behind the curtain and it was definitely not live. Ok so chef and I had this argument because I said an urchin has 5 pieces and he kept saying 7. He brought out the... More

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Sand City, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Hole in the wall gem! Akaoni is always fresh and one of the most authentic sushi place in town. The sashimi is to die for. Small restaurant so make sure to make reservations or don't go on a busy night cause you could have trouble getting a table. Went here for my birthday this year and very much enjoyed it.... More

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Yountville, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

After a lot of great rich dinners during our stay in Carmel we wanted a change of pace. Our friends recommended Akaoni and they were right. Great, simple perfectly executed sushi and sashimi. Even the rainbow roll was filled with tuna as compared to the typical faux crab or shrimp tempura. Service was polite and quick. The decor, well let's... More

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São Paulo, SP
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant is pretty small, reservation is required but the fish is fresh, the sushi with the right amount of rice and well prepared! I was impressed with some of the dishes presentation! They try to bring the Traditional Japanese taste and they got it! The service and the people are not super friendly, maybe because of the language barrier,... More

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

When I think of sushi I think of Akaoni -this wonderful small serene restaurant on Mission ST in Carmel that I happened upon years ago when wandering around looking for a lunch spot. No sign outside, nothing but it looked clean and on walking in and sitting at the small sushi bar I had what I still remember as the... More

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