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Inakaya Japanese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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655 Saint Andrews Rd, # C, Columbia, SC 29210-5112
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:45 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice little Japanese restaurant with traditional decoration. Sushi rolls are always great, red and black dragon rolls and Godzilla roll are our favorite. We also had una don and katsu don! Yum!

Thank FiffieLee
Lexington SC
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118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Very good sushi I eat there weekly. But the owner, the service and the staff are not good. There is new staff almost weekly which leads me to believe its the owners fault. He has no personality and doesn't add anything to the dining experience. I do like their food which is why I keep going back.

Thank Panic1522
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

pricing isn't bad and they're sushi is very good! very traditional and one of the authentic japanese restaurants in town.

Thank informative23
West Columbia, SC
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89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

I usually write in detail good or bad on the restaurants visited. Not this time. Inakaya on St. Andrews Rd. was bought out a few years ago and the new owners made very few changes. The many visits by our family usually have been great. Last night, our group of 8 wasted our money and it will be a long... More 

Thank jinx35
Lexington, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

As Japanese myself.. Both Inakaya restaurants are great real Japanese meals you can enjoy. My family and I usually use Inakaya Watanabe which is this location. They are always very busy and full packed of people. Sometimes services are very slow.. and some food should be hot enough but they were cold. Some food should be cold.. but they were... More 

Thank MapleOak71
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Me and my boyfriend loves Jap food, and this is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. This is definitely a hidden gem in an old shopping center, but you'll loveeee the food. Everything is fresh and super flavorful. Dining at Inakaya is the first thing I'd do when I get a chance to visit Columbia again.

Thank Amie H
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Very good sushi fresh and clean never a bad odor this is great sushi u will want more and more i go looking for this when im in other parts of the world i crave it.. try the habernero roll. Love it.. soup miso.tea the nigori is so fresh drinks. This is just fun and perfect

Thank Crissey C
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58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

In town on business, they came highly recommended. Pretty good sushi. Staff was nice, food arrived in a timely manner, beautiful decor and very authentic looking.

Thank Tina W
West Palm beach
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116 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

My business partner loves sushi, so I read a few reviews and settled on this restaurant based on trip advisor. Overall they told us to expect good food and sketchy service. This was right on the money. We sat at the sushi bar and were pretty much ignored for longer than usual, but we finally did get beverages and the... More 

Thank Paperman87
Chapin, South Carolina
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

Have been eating here for years and have never had anything bad! The owner is very friendly and prepares the sushi/sashimi dishes himself. Portions are generous too! No thinly sliced, but nice, thick, top grade stuff! The staff has always been pleasant and attentive. Highly suggest you try the daily specials up on the board behind the sushi bar -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:45 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Saint Andrews Rd, # C, Columbia, SC 29210-5112
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-731-2538

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