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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
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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here for my wife's 30th with a group of friends, I was so impressed with the range of dishes not just sushi, the staff were friendly and even put up with us after a few too many sakis. The place has a great atmosphere, I'll be back

Thank Mark C
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I treated myself to lunch on Friday and was not disappointed! I'll definitely be back soon with a larger group so I can try more of their fabulous food. Being Australian I'm used to great Japanese food and lots of places to find it. This means I'm very critical. Kanpai had been recommended by a friend and I'm so happy... More 

Thank KatherineSJL
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We never knew this hidden Japanese restaurant until our friends recommended to go. We were welcomed by friendly staff . We dont have high expectation eating great japanese food, but here.... it was delicious ! The sushi was yummy but the Tempura , and fried bean curd was amazing. I also liked the interior. We will definately come back again... More 

Thank Rabihanarenzo
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

The service was nice. But he food was decent, but rather bland for what was expected. Lacks atmosphere.

2 Thank Becca K
Catterick, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 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 October 25, 2016

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 October 23, 2016 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 October 21, 2016 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 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

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 October 17, 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank jamie_heames

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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
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, 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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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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