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CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed August 27, 2020

NJ is takeout only right now. There is a limited outdoor seating area for service. The order/pickup area is like being in a phone booth - all Plexiglass enclosed. Prices are reasonable. I had the deluxe sashimi; fish was all fresh and given the paper...bag delivery presentation of everything was very good - miso soup, rice, salad, and sashimi on shiso and daikon. They have a novel system of texting you when your order is ready to pick up so there's no loitering in an enclosed area. I'll be backMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

We visited Akira a couple of times years before TripAdvisor existed--which tells you how long this restaurant has been around. We remembered it being pretty good, so after a movie at the nearby AMC Voorhees we decided to return and see how it has held...up. The strip mall that hosts Akira recently received a facelift, and the restaurant itself has clearly been remodeled since our last visit. The interior is modern, with newer tables and comfortable chairs surrounded by stone and wood appointments. The generic jazz music wasn't to my taste, but at least it wasn't the Japanese muzak you get in many sushi places. The staff was friendly and professional, and our waitress spoke clear English. So far so good. The bad news is that the food was only slightly above average. The miso soup was mostly a salty broth, the salad was ordinary, and the sushi, though acceptable, was on the small side and not especially fresh or flavorful. The two house special rolls we tried were the best part of the meal. The real problem, however, is the pricing. For about the same money you can get a far better meal at either Mikado (Route 70) or Megu Sushi (Route 70 or Kings Highway in downtown Haddonfield). And both of those restaurants offer a wider range of offerings, more inventive offerings, and greater attention to detail (for example, we love the hot towels and sliced pineapple that end a meal at Mikado). If Akira's prices were a little more reasonable I'd have no complaints. But you can't charge what better competitors are charging if you're not able to match their quality. So how do I account for Akira's success over so many years? Perhaps their Hibachi and other offerings are the real attraction, but I suspect that the more likely explanation is their location in a major shopping center, in proximity to a movie theater and the large condo complexes surrounding what used to be Echelon Mall. They are certainly doing a robust business--we arrived at 5:30 on a Sunday and by the time we left the restaurant was nearly full--so either I'm missing something or Akira is a case in point of the old mantra, "location, location, location." It just bothers me to think that there are tables sitting empty at better restaurants ten minutes away. It's not that I would steer you away from Akira; it's just that I would steer you to other restaurants first. BYOB. Plenty of parking.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

The 'boys' go to different restaurants prior to going to a jazz concert. This was not my pick and I didn't think I would like it. What a pleasant surprise. It was very nicely appointed with a friendly and helpful staff. It's located in a...shopping center so there is plenty of room to park. The outside facade is undergoing a renovation. The food was very good and you got plenty of it.We sat in the main dining room and did not go to the hibachi part of the restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Been here 7-8 times and always enjoyed it. Took my son for his Bday. Six people in total. We reserved the back room. After seating us and took our drink orders we were told a larger party was now in that room and moved us...into main Dining Room. Waitress came over ten minutes later to take our order and that’s when I requested menu’s !! Meal was good as usual. I tipped our Hibachi Chef directly (as I normally do) $10 just to say thanks for entertaining the kids. After dinner the bill came $203. I gave her $250. As we were putting on our coats she came over and said loudly. “You have to give me more money” I immediately thought i miscounted or dropped money. She then said “I have to split my Tips with the Chef and I need more money”. I was sooo embarrassed. My wife handed her another $20 very fast. Couldn’t wait to run out the door. Counted my cash in parking lot and determined I tipped $77 on a $203 bill. Had $300 cash on me. NEVER EVER will I return.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

Came here for a friend birthday and got hibatchi table. Wow- great service!! Our waitress was close by our table entire time, our drinks never got half way as she kept refilling! Hibatchi chef was funny and entertaining- food was great. The sushi and apps...we got off the menu on top of our hibatchi meals where just as great! Lots of veggie choices for those who dont eat meat or fish! Will be back!More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

We loved our chef. He was full of life and was very entertaining. We loved the ambiance, the layout of the restaurant and the staff. The happy birthday song took the cake. The food was beyond delicious. Thanks to Ben and his team.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Love their Spicy Scallop and the Treasure Island rolls. Good place for eat in, or take out. Fast service, fresh fish, nice ambiance.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Was in a sushi mood so I referred to the list from the hotel and they had a sushi bar listed that was really close. The full name of the place is Akira Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar. For a Tuesday night the place...was pretty packed, but I was able to sit at the bar. Found out that part of the reason for the large crowd was that on Monday and Tuesday that have 30% off certain specialty rolls. I decided to take advantage of the offer and ordered The Treasure Island roll. That roll consisted of a California roll topped with spicy lobster, mango and mango sauce. It was a good sized roll, but not anything special. I followed it up with a Shrimp Tempura roll and a Spicy Tuna roll, with a little extra "spicy" sauce on the side. Again, good sized rolls, but again nothing special. Unfortunately if you are looking for really good sushi, in my opinion Akira is not the place. If you want average sushi and lots of it, then this is your place .More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed June 15, 2017

Love this place. More importantly, I love the Pink Lady Roll. It may be one of the best sushi rolls ever invented. Order this roll and prepare yourself for fireworks in your MOUTH! My mouth is watering at the very thought of this roll. In...fact, I'm going to order one right now for lunch.. It is also BYO which is fantastic. It also has hibachi which is another plus. The staff is super friendly and always smile at me. Go here. Get the Pink Lady Roll. Repeat.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed June 18, 2016

On 6 hours notice the manager accommodated a last minute reservation for 32 people at the hibachi grills...with 11 different separate checks (all were correct too!). The staff and entertaining chefs were fantastic. The food was plentiful for everyone, the service for such a large...group was fast (in and out the door in 2 hour), and it was the general consensus from our field hockey team that we would be back next year when we play in the local tournament! Thank you, thank you for such a great meal and experience!More

Date of visit: June 2016
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