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655 Saint Andrews Rd, # C, Columbia, SC 29210-5112
803-731-2538
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch
Good for:
Large groups

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Awesome Experience!!

Wow, just wow. We decided to try this little place because of the great reviews and we were not one bit disappointed. First of all, we had very limited experience at Japanese type restaurants, mostly hibachi style steakhouses. We had no clue what to order. Our waitress was so very friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Laneta C
,
Melber, KY
Good for:
  • Large groups
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Melber, KY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Wow, just wow. We decided to try this little place because of the great reviews and we were not one bit disappointed. First of all, we had very limited experience at Japanese type restaurants, mostly hibachi style steakhouses. We had no clue what to order. Our waitress was so very friendly and helpfully steered us to a decision. We ordered... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband has dined here before with his colleagues. So it was my first time and it was wonderfully delicious. The Godzilla roll was my favorite! Service was fast, friendly plus the restaurant was clean A HUGE + for me. The atmosphere was lively, great for both couples for a family night out. All of the chefs behind the sushi... More 

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Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My wife and I ate here and enjoyed ourselves. We had miss soup, salad with ginger dressing as well as 3 rolls. Habenero roll, (not hot), Dragon roll and and the happy. All were very good

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The service was fantastic. The server was available to answer questions and never let us run out of drinks (huge in my book). The food was fantastic. I love miso soup and their miso soup was the best I have ever had! The atmosphere is great for couples and families, not to mention the prices are extremely reasonable for the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Widely known in Columbia for offering the best sushi, do not forget sukiyaki. Had the dish for the first time in Tokyo many years ago and developed a taste for it. Inakaya's sukiyaki compares favorably with the best. My wife and I stopped by on the way home from a concert. I was tired and I had little lip left... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

If you want better, you're probably going to have to fly to Tokyo and eat at the Tsukuji Fish Market. I love the sushi here and the menu additionally has a broad variety of things like tempura, noodles, fish and meats. There are over 30 items offered just under appetizers including a variety of natto. Personally, I despise natto. You... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The sushi was your typical run of the mill menu stuff that's at all Japanese restaurants. We had the bento box with teriyaki chicken and ribeye. The chicken was dry, like it was already cooked and just warmed up, same with the teriyaki ribeye. The tempura was kinda weird. It had clumps of shredded carrots and onions. The wait staff... More 

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InakayaWatanabe, Owner at Inakaya Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi, Abner. Sorry to hear you weren't impressed with your meal. We're always thinking of ways to make things better and we appreciate your reply. We have decided to use all white meat for our teriyaki chicken so it should be more tender. The onion and carrot tempura is called "kaki age," if you don't care for it, you may... More 

Georgia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Have eaten here several times in the last month. No matter when we, my husband and I have gone The waitresses have been great, the atmosphere relaxing and the food great. If you love seafood and go for the first time try the sushi platter or seafood boat. With this you get to taste everything and take home lunch for... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It’s a small sushi restaurant with boring decors. But the sushi is absolutely fresh and delicious at reasonable prices! The sushi chefs behind the sushi bar is very knowledgeable and clearly take pride in their creations. They are also happy to make recommendations. The service is usually good, but sometimes a little slow. if you're looking for good sushi in... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

This place is really a hidden gem! The best sushi I have ever eaten! Their menu is FULL of items, best sushi menu in Columbia. Great for beginner sushi or those with experience. Seating is cozy and staff is friendly!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 655 Saint Andrews Rd, # C, Columbia, SC 29210-5112
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-731-2538

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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