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Ranked #38 of 165 Restaurants in Aspen
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hunter Street
Transit: Most local hotels and lodges offer transportation to and from Kenichi.
Description: Kenichi serves contemporary Asian cuisine and world-class sushi in a vibrant atmosphere. In 1991, Bil Rieger and Kenichi Kanada founded Kenichi Aspen, which has since become renowned for its outstanding food and hip scene. With an exceptional reputation established, Kenichi expanded to other prominent markets including Austin, Dallas and Kona. Kenichi is built on a foundation of excellence in food& service.
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Kenichi is a busy place so reservations are a must. We had a great time. Food was fresh and interesting. Service was prompt and friendly. This would probably rank as our favorite Japanese themed restaurant in Aspen. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Withfam
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Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

We've been dining at Kenichi Aspen for years. The staff is now less courteous than ever. Thankfully, we had a reservation and were seated within 15 minutes. The food is good, but very overpriced. If you can't skip the sushi while you're here, make sure you reserve several weeks in advance and come prepared to make your way through the crowd of angry diners spilling over from the bar waiting to be seated!

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Thank Lily G
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We ordered sashimi and a variety if roles including specialty roles such as the Blake. Food and service was very good. If you want to save a few dollars don't go there starving-you may want to grab a slice of pizza right before because it is pricey.

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Thank Mjlif
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

My son and I went about fifteen minutes before they opened and were seated at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and we had a fun time tasting their unique brand of sake. The bartender recommended the Yellowtail Sarrento, which was so delicious. The miso soup was great too and then we had Dynamite Scrimp, which was outstanding followed by another recommendation from our friendly bartender who personally delivered our carafe of Wandering Poet sake. This time we had salmon with goat cheese - excellent as well. This was a very fun night for my son and I and we'll definitely be back. The service all around was very friendly and attentive.

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Thank StevenKauai
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Highly over priced and over rated for sub-par food. Portions are very,very small. You would have to spend at least $100 per person to get full...on lousy food. The experience began poorly when my family of 5 was CRAMPED into a square table only big enough for 4. In addition to the lack of respect for every member to have an adequate seating space, only a maximum of two dishes fit on the little space we had as a result of the tiny table. Japanese cuisine dinners are known to be shared amongst each member, but we did not have that luxury as the waiter often-timed had to slow down our orders to accommodate the limited amount of the table space.

Undersized tables (for 4) are normally used to sit a party of 5 according to the hostess (probably to maximize capacity). A word of advice: if you have a party of 5 just book a table for 6 or even 7 to get a more deserving space at this joint. A group of 7 sitting next to us was given a table that only comfortably sit for 5.

The ambience and setting is not what you would expect from such an expensive meal. You get the sense that the restaurant is trying maximize revenue by taking as many bookings and people as possible during the holiday season. I felt like I have been robbed.

On the other hand, I had one of the best Japanese cuisines in Aspen called Matsuhisa Aspen and Kenichi just seems to imitate that fine establishment. I would highly recommend spending just a little more $ and indulge in a very refined and renowned Japanese cuisine at Matsuhisa Aspen. It is probably one of the best Japanese restaurants in North America.

If you are looking for Asian food, you can save tons of money by eating at Little Ollie's rather than Kenichi. Little Olliie's has delicious food at very reasonable price and much consideration to table space for everyone.

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Thank Djony W
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