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Kanpai Sushi

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8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS, Scotland
0131 228 1602
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 419
    Excellent
  • 135
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The best Japanese Restaurant

Kanpai for me and my friend is a regular event. Every time it's a real pleasure to eat here. Wonderful food, friendly and knowledgeable staff and enjoyable atmosphere. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Giorgia2010
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kanpai for me and my friend is a regular event. Every time it's a real pleasure to eat here. Wonderful food, friendly and knowledgeable staff and enjoyable atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

friendly staff, good beer, amazing food. you have to try for desert all 3 flavors! a must! the place has a very authentic vibe with the waitress outfit, very cute!

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Thank Shahar M
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After looking at all reviews we were dying to go and try the dragon rolls.... When we got to the restaurant our booking wasn't in the diary but the lovely lady found us a table which was good.... Then we sat and looked at the menu and as we arnt massively experienced in ordering Japanese cuisine we asked for some... More 

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Thank Becky W
Pavia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great dinner! Excelent staff. Best sushi ever! Especially the dragon roll! Higly recommended! It's definitely perfect for a night out with friends or family

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Thank Giorgia L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited this restaurant by accident. But ehi.... what a lovely dinner! Great sushi, fresh and well prepared. I am not a sushi expert but I can say that from a flavour and freshness perspective this was a great dinner. I would like to underline and recommend the aubergine (strange strange...), which came somehow caramelized and with a wonderful... More 

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Thank OlandeseVolante22
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is very good indeed, in my opinion, just short of excellent...but a very good all rounder. Décor and service - This place is smartly presented, bright, clean, pretty - very Japanese - I liked it. Service by staff is also very good - I noted from some of the other reviews that some people were marking this place... More 

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Thank TheFoodLover2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place. Everything is super fresh and it its delicious. The best sushi I have ever try. Highly recommemded

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Thank LidiaTeaPot
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried a selection of sushi, fish and meat dishes on a random last minute decision for a Japanese lunch. All dishes presented beautifully and really full of flavour. No issues with service and food was quick to arrive. The addition of a noodle soup to the menu would make this our new family favourite lunch restaurant!

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Thank Lisa S
Inverness, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The restaurant is in a small alley close to the Edinburgh Castle - on one hand it's very central location, but if you don't know Edinburgh it may be a bit tricky to find and the downside is the lack od car park spaces - we had to leave our car on the Castle car park, which is quite expensive.... More 

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Thank Madeline387
Pittsfield, Maine
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Boyfriend had not had sushi prior to our visit to kanpai and I hate to have him try anywhere else after our meal here. Eat plate was a perfect portion to share and order multiple courses. Each course and selection was phenomenal. If you are a sushi fan or looking to try something new this is a great spot to... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 0131 228 1602

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 32
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
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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