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Kanpai Sushi

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
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8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS, Scotland
+44 131 228 1602
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best Sushi in Edinburgh at reasonable prices. I've been lucky to have found a free table with no reservation on Thursday night, usually you should book it in advance. Very nice location, I enjoyed the food, good wine selection as well and friendly and professional staff. Highly recommend it.

Thank Francesca C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had some takeaway sushi from here recently. Definitely authentic, but very small servings. Not really value for money in spite of being delicious. If you wanted somewhere to chill out with a close friend and talk all night, just nibbling on the food, then this is a great place to chill out. But if you want somewhere which will... More 

Thank DebbieE568
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The sashimi that I ordered had a weird odour to it. The temperature of the fish that was served was poor. At this price range, they should use wasabi roots, not ready made wasabi.

1 Thank AlanHSM
Callander, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went to Kanpai recently and thought the service was excellent and the food was passable, but quite expensive for the portions that were served.

Thank Markeverett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went as a spontaneous trip and were lucky to grab some seats by the bar as they were fully booked even though it was a weekday and fairly early for dinner (around 6). I would suggest you book in advance to not be disappointed, saying that the Kanpai staff were fully accommodating and helpful when we went. Even offering... More 

Thank Katherine C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always leave feeling full and happy. Have taken several friends now and never disappointed. Best Sushi in Edinburgh. Recommended.

Thank andrewbgordon
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropping the review to my favourite Sushi to average. Even though it always busy and hard to get a table at popular times I don't see them making any further effort to look after the customers and the prices now that I have been a few times don't seem so reasonable. 4 further visits and my opinion is now that... More 

Thank Bert D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the food and service was good too. Chefs cooking at the bar with fresh ingredients on display. Modern decor and clean. Lots of 'safe' / starter options if your new to sushi. Only let down to our meal, which wasn't the restaurants fault, was a large group who were a bit inconsiderate to other diners. Overall enjoyed our... More 

Thank Explorers4444
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the sister restaurant Sushiya, and Kanpai didn't disappoint. Offering a more formal eating environment, the service was good and the sushi was great! The seared tuna with miso dressing was my favourite.

Thank Kimmybee88
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the atmosphere of the restaurant is a little formal, the food and friendly service more than make up for it. The setting is a clean, modern dining area with Japanese touches to the design here and there. The sushi is fresh and of the highest quality; you can watch chefs preparing it at the counter. The seared scallop nigiri... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$24 - $32
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighborhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 1602

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theaters and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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