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907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
5734422239
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: We went there tonight and had a good sample of their sushi rolls: Tuna...
We went there tonight and had a good sample of their sushi rolls: Tuna, Samurai Warrior, Tiger, Dragon, Sunset, Dynamite, Crazy, Caterpillar, Volcano, Jurassic, CoMo, Kampai. Plus white tuna, salmon and scallop sashimi, along with edamame and seawood salad. And, mochi ice cream. Of course, a few beers, too. So...great service and good atmosphere, although access can be challenging especially if it is raining due to the "river alley" that is created. To the food critique...our favorite rolls were the Samurai, Tiger and Sunset. The rest were just okay, nothing we would order again. Most rolls seemed a little bland and uninspired. If we had to choose the worst, it would be the tuna, simply not good. The sashimi was consistent with other places, so it was average. Mochi for dessert was interesting, good and flavorful. Overall, it isn't anything special or above the other sushi places in town. While the owners may have come from St. Louis to try to make place in the Columbia market, they still have a ways to go.
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    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
    Poor
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best service ever!

I had the cutest waiter ever. Tall blond who had all the right suggestions. The sushi chef, seanold and Ko really know their stuff. The owners are wonderful and the fish is always fresh!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Lauren M
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Leawood, Kansas
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223 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

During a recent road trip to the Atlantic Coast, we got stuck in traffic not too far from home on I-70. We had expected to be in St. Louis by dinner but only made it as far as Columbia. So we stopped for dinner. Columbia is a college town and has a very nice downtown district. We opted for sushi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I had the cutest waiter ever. Tall blond who had all the right suggestions. The sushi chef, seanold and Ko really know their stuff. The owners are wonderful and the fish is always fresh!

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Columbia, Missouri
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The sushi here is fantastic. It's very well made and certainly tastes authentic. The menu is really diverse and has a lot of different rolls to choose from, including several meat-free options, which is what we needed. Although quite pricey, Kampai is clearly not the kind of place that one would go when looking for a cheap meal. The quality... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I love this place. The ambiance. The food...everything. My favorite part is you can go upstairs or downstairs. It's a little out of the way down a side street but that makes it a secret. SSSSSShhh.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

A really nice "experience" with good food as a part of that. Ask your waiter to recommend something from the varied menu. In about a half dozen trips there, I haven't yet gotten a waiter's recommendation that was anything other than really good.

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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Two levels plus an outdoor patio with two bars. Kampai offers may seating options and is a fun atmosphere with mouth watering delicacies. Great for a date night or laughs with friends!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I travel for work and eat as some incredible places. This place is legit! I've tried all the sushi places in CoMo and this is by far the BEST!

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Columbia, Missouri
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This place is number one for sushi in COMO. They always have a fresh fish of the day, great beer taps, and quality service. The sushi almost makes you think you are on the west coast. Mmm

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Make sure the lovely Emily is your waitress and tip her well. Cool place and really good food in a town with several good restaurants.

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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were not expecting to find such delicious sushi in Columbia. The staff was very friendly and accomadating. We tried a lot of the specials as well as the pad thai and gyoza. Everything was fresh. Delicious Lychee martini and great saki. We were pleasantly surpised!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 5734422239

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Description

We went there tonight and had a good sample of their sushi rolls: Tuna, Samurai Warrior, Tiger, Dragon, Sunset, Dynamite, Crazy, Caterpillar, Volcano, Jurassic, CoMo, Kampai. Plus white tuna, salmon and scallop sashimi, along with edamame and seawood salad. And, mochi ice cream. Of course, a few beers, too. So...great service and good atmosphere, although access can be challenging especially if it is raining due to the "river alley" that is created. To the food critique...our favorite rolls were the Samurai, Tiger and Sunset. The rest were just okay, nothing we would order again. Most rolls seemed a little bland and uninspired. If we had to choose the worst, it would be the tuna, simply not good. The sashimi was consistent with other places, so it was average. Mochi for dessert was interesting, good and flavorful. Overall, it isn't anything special or above the other sushi places in town. While the owners may have come from St. Louis to try to make place in the Columbia market, they still have a ways to go.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?