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907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Awesome sushi

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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54 reviews
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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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It is a romantically-dark, basement type location, with prefect lighting and really good sushi. It's a bit pricey, but sushi doesn't come cheap. The only entrance is through a well lit alley (very safe!..... The new hip thing in this town....that is....'alley businesses).... Anyway, I would make a date night out of this place.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My friend and I just tried Kampai this week and while it was a bit hard to locate, once we did it was a great experience. The restaurant itself is so neat. I love the inside and outside decor. The staff was friendly and very efficient. The sushi was great! It was presented so beautifully too. I had the kampai... More 

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Additional Information about Kampai

Address: 907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
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
Cuisine: Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: 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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