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“Our favorite place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Akaihana

Akaihana
1173 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-3607
(614) 451-5411
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Ranked #27 of 1,972 Restaurants in Columbus
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Our favorite place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Akai Hana is without a doubt, one of the top three best restaurants in Columbus. We have been going there for the past few years and never had a bad experience. Overall, the staff is not super nice, but the food and the atmosphere easily make up for that. Akai Hana has a very traditional Japanese interior with lots of beautiful carved wood and nice lighting. You can watch the amazing sushi chefs create their culinary masterpieces at the bar in the back of the restaurant. The environment is comfortable yet upscale. As for the food...Wow. To tell the truth, anything you order will probably be great, but some of our favorites are the spicy scallop roll, soft shell crab roll (Spider), Age Tofu, all sashimi, and Wasabi Shumai Dumplings (which have a little surprise!). The cuisine is very fresh and authentic. I almost hate writing a review about this place just because it is kind of a local secret. Haha! :) It is just so good. Definitely give Akai Hana a try. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent sushi experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Noted as one of the best sushi places in town, I enjoy bringing my out of town sushi friends here. They have an excellent selection that will satisfy any sushi fan.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charlton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Awesome sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I've had enough sushi in my life to know good sushi and great sushi. This is definitely close to great sushi; certainly for Ohio I don't think you'll find better. Had several varieties of nigiri and two house rolls while sitting at the sushi bar. All fresh and tasty but the rolls in particular set the entire meal apart. Unique combinations displayed great creativity by the chefs. All that and a tall Sapporo made for an excellent meal.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Quality with Consistency”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We've been going to Akaihanna on a regular basis for the past few years and it remains out favorite. The place can be busy on weekend nights, so call ahead (sometimes 1 or 2 days) to reserve a table to avoid the waiting. The restaurant is not easily identifiable from the street, but it's located behind the Staples store on Kenny and Old Henderson.

The food has always been fresh, the presentation beautiful. We've been pleased by their quality and consistency. Lunch boxes are of great value. Weekend dinner boxe and Sushi party boat are our dinner favorites. Bon Appetit!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus OH
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in Columbus ... And More!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I've been to Akihanna several dozen times over the last few years, and I've never been dissapointed. Their Smelt Appetizer is to die for, and their Uni & Ikura are always Super-Fresh! However, I must say that the Spicy Scallops & Stone Seafood Bi Bim Bap are my favorites. Expect to spend some money, and don't take too late of a lunch as they close during the afternoons to prepare for Dinner ... But definitely go there ... it's well worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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