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Inakaya Japanese Restaurant

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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
Closed now
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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110 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank CEpting
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

My family loves this restaurant! The sushi is always fresh, the saki delicious, and the owner makes you feel like family! We haven't been to another sushi restaurant in Columbia since being turned on to this fabulous restaurant a few years back! The location is not the best but it makes you feel like you just found a local secret.

Thank Sharruns
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

My family and I use to come here all the time and service use to be speedy and food delicious, now I couldn't say that the food is mediocre and service is slow .

Thank Courtney C
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114 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

I regularly have lunch and dinner at this location and the location in northeast Columbia. The food is always excellent so good in fact it compensates for the service from the wait staff that is always hit and miss. I know the restaurant business very well so I do overlook mediocre service especially when the food is the star. You... More 

Thank Tony T
Holly Springs, North Carolina, United States
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016 via mobile

Good lunch. Squid overcooked. Sushi good. Rice a little mushy, but okay. Miso good. Iced green tea great.

Thank DuhMan
Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Quality has started going down after this Wanatabe Inakaya has split from the original Inakaya. We frequented this place for 8 years every week at least once for lunch and dinner every month. The quality is down, still too crowded though (people are mixing this with the original one, I figured). I wished that the owner (the Sushi Chef) could... More 

Thank AJay_SC1970

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?