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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Reviewed March 10, 2022

I know there are a lot of sushi places to go to in Raleigh, but this is by far the best. Be prepared for a wait almost any night of the week. But it is worth every minute and penny for some of those specialty...rolls.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed October 25, 2019

Love the selection of sushi on the menu! We have been coming here for years and are never disappointed - always good!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019

If you are looking to grab sushi for lunch Kai has a great menu. You can also grab a bento box if interested!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Sushi is good and fair in value. The rolls are limited and seem to stick with a general theme... Spicy tuna, cream cheese. Something tempura.. I for one would prefer a more traditional roll selection. Service system is horrible, ( not rude though)I have sat...in bar area unattended on many an occasion. I also tried to engage with sushi chefs but to no avail. What makes it good is location and fresh fish. The restaurant is disorganized and could be very good with some system tweaks and implementation.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

A group of us dined here recently. We found the restaurant dark for lunch time and had trouble reading the menu. The lunch portions were good as was the food. The service was lacking though. Drink refills had to be asked for then still did...not get refilled. With more staff, this would be a great place to dine.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

No thrills sushi at it's finestm. Good prices. Pure sushi. I love this placem. Good staff with good smiles. I have yet to sample a bad roll here. Twisted Mango and Black Panther rolls FTW!

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed March 19, 2018

I moved up to Raleigh from Holly Springs three years ago and have been searching for good sushi ever since. I tried Tokyo House, Waraji, Sushi One, Cowfish, Orchid, Mura and Kanki and was disappointed by all of them. I had given up. Then, craving...sushi this weekend, I decided to make one more attempt. I finally realized that I had missed trying Kai which is very close to where I live now. I don't know how or why I never realized they were there but boy I am glad I finally found them. The sushi wasn't just good ... it was great - some of the best I've ever had including at the airport in Tokyo. The prices for lunch are very reasonable. I started off with an A+B roll combo for $12. I ordered a Spicy Tuna roll and Crunchy Salmon roll (sub avocado for cucumber). Both were great. The Crunchy Salmon roll was a standout, simply awesome. We then tried a Spider Roll for $10. Still hungry and wanting to try more, we ordered a Teriyaki Beef bento box for $10. What a deal! It includes salad (great ginger dressing), plain white rice (surprisingly tasty), a 4 pc California roll, tempura (prawn and vegetables) and the beef with vegetables. The meat was incredibly tender and flavorful. It tasted a hint of Korean which they offer as well. Overall, we were stunned by just how good the entire meal was. The restaurant itself is very clean, nicely decorated with tasteful music playing in the background. I can't wait to get back for lunch. I'd recommend you run (not walk) to this place for lunch. Just make sure and save at least one table for me!!!More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

I’ve gone to Kai on quite a few occasions and they always seem to get it right. They have a solid menu and a good selection of sake. They also keep a ready supply of amberjack which is something that many of the other sushi...bars in the area don’t carry. That puts them in another category as far as I’m concerned due to my love of amberjack! You can’t go wrong with this restaurant if you like sushi!More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

The restaurant is located in a busy strip mall. Hard to find parking especially at dinner time. I was glad we made a reservation because it gets busy after 6, Sushi was fresh and the tempura was good!

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Two choices of sushi roll (I had the basic Philadelphia roll and the upscaled Piano roll) plus a refilled drink for $14 is hard to beat. The Philly was just okay, but the Piano had terrific flavor melange with perfectly tempura-ed shrimp center, and spicy...wasabi mayo finish. It was plenty of meal for the lunch hour, the service was fast and attentive, and the value was excellent. Glad I gave it a try and will be back for more.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

Went with a party of 6, all who have had sushi in Japan. We all agreed the food is good, to great, service excellent and there. Is parking. It is a bit loud and maybe a better place for a date. I would think if...you look around you might do better but this is a good start.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

My husband, son and I were heading to lunch in a different restaurant in this shopping center but there was a wait, so we decided to see what else was available. My son noticed Kai, we looked it up on TripAdvisor, and based on the...great reviews decided to give it a try. We're so glad we did! The service was friendly and attentive. There are a lot of different menu options including sushi, bento boxes, salads and noodle bowls. The food was incredibly fresh, generously sized, nicely presented and delicious! Prices were reasonable. This is a new favorite place for my family!More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

It’s funny how things so obvious are often overlooked. This restaurant is .5 miles from my house, I often shop in the strip mall where it is located, and I have noticed it often. I finally tried it for lunch yesterday and am angry with...myself for missing out on a number of months of great food! A very nice combination of both Korean and Japanese food in a well decorated, calming atmosphere. Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. I had a sushi dish which frankly was some of best fresh fish I have tasted. It was a very generous portion. My wife ordered gyoza dumplings, which were hand made and extremely tasty. She also ordered a bento box that came with enough chicken to take home for another meal. I know we will be back as there are a number of other Korean offerings that I would like to taste. A good choice for all oriental food lovers.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

Took my 80 year old mother to lunch with my husband. Always so impressed with how fresh everything is. Their finger dressing should be bottled. Quick. Cheap. Fresh. Delicious. Can't beat this place!!!

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

Ate here for a date and had wonderful sushi. Oddly they only had one out of 5 wines actually available. Menus could have been made more professional but it's a local joint and the love is clearly in the quality of the food. Make reservations...if you are going Friday or Saturday and remember that parking is atrocious around this place.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Kai Sushi & Sake Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4