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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
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Open now
All hours
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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Catterick, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked past this place last night and almost missed it, me and my wife went In without a reservation the waitress said we could eat but had to be quick because they were fully booked and were expecting someone soon, so we took the opportunity. The waiting staff were all very attentive and the sushi was absolutely delicious at reasonable... More 

Thank DomP91
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Japanese decor (naturally) with a modern touch, clean and without pretense. A good variety of starters with the seared tuna a personal favourite. Sushi was thoughtfully presented, uncomplicated, and enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Service minimalistic.

1 Thank theministeve
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this little gem by chance and boy we were happy. We even managed to secure a walk in on a busy Saturday night. Myself and my friend loved the ambience and food. Sushi was not only scrumptious to eat but very appealing to the eyes too. I can't wait to be back and sit at the chefs table. Highly... More 

Thank sassysalsa05
United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner with my frds at Kanpai Sushi tonight... we asked a member of staff Michael to recommend some dishes for us and he recommended some to us patiently and sincerely. Therefore, we ordered deep-fried salmon sushi, aubergine, rainbow roll, dragon roll as recommended and they are all delicious. Besides, we also ordered tempura and Tokyo rolls. They are tasty... More 

Thank honeyhang
Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best sushi in Scotland. The service is wonderful, and the restaurant has a very relaxed and clean decor. The go-to restaurant for a special meal out with my husband. You can sit for hours drinking sake and ordering sushi, which arrives as and when it is ready. We have been going for years and will continue to visit regularly.

1 Thank RachaelPurse
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily the best Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh. Friendly staff, quick service and all at a fair price.

1 Thank jamie_heames
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place with really nice atmosphere and friendly personnel. Food was freshly prepared and presentation was beautiful. Good quality raw material and skilled cooks ensured that the food was also delicious. Best sushi I have ever had! Reserve your table in advance as this place seems to be quite full most of the time.

Thank Aku T
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a dinner at Kanpai during our visit to Edinburgh. We had excellent sushi at reasonable prices - loved this place and already ready to go back!

Thank CatherineSwitzerland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good lunch at Kanpai with a group of friends. All had different dishes, from sushi to aubergine to dragon roll & beef, everyone agreed that the food was good. Pleasant atmosphere. Will definitely go back

Thank philippelecossais
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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591 reviews
545 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 682 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I returned after a while, my impressions remain the same. Good quality produce and attention to presentation go a long way. It may not be the most 'authentic' Japanese, it certainly doesn't serve the best sushi ever (and I don't think they aim at that either), but it remains a pleasant place where to have Japanese style food, well prepared,... 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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
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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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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