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“Truly the best sushi”

Waraji Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Raleigh NC
Ranked #112 of 1,483 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Waraji Japanese Restaurant is considered by many Triangle residents as having the best and freshest sushi available in the area. Located in northwest Raleigh NC, off of Glenwood Ave., At the intersection of Duraleigh Rd. And Pleasant Valley Church Rd., Waraji offers an extensive selection of sushi, sashimi and authentic Japanese cuisine. Also we can boast the largest Sake selection in the Carolinas. Waraji has the most extensive specialty sake selection in the state. Each month our Sake "flights/samplers" rotate, hand picked by Chef Masa, allowing you to try four outstanding regional Sakes with your meal. We also feature a unique selection of Japanese microbrewery rice-based beers.
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We have eaten regularly at Waraji for nearly 10 years, first as Raleigh residents for grad school and now whenever we pass through town. We have tried countless other establishments, including all the usual suspects in Raleigh, and always go back to Waraji. Masa and his team consistently serve the freshest fish, properly cared for and correctly served. Sit at the sushi bar for the best service. This place truly cannot be beaten.

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Thank eaf2007
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Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Good, fresh sushi. Knowledgable staff willing to help make selections. I like to go early before the crowd comes. Double check the hours; in typical Raleigh fashion this place is closed between lunch and dinner and also a day or two during the week. I stick to the sashimi platters and skip most of the rolls.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We went to Waraji at 7:30 PM on a Sunday night in January, so it was relatively quiet. I go to Japan once or twice per year and have sushi near or at the Tsukiji market on every trip, so I feel that I know about fresh fish and good sushi. I ordered 4 types of Nigiri style sushi, and every one was outstanding - among the best I have had in the U.S. - wonderful, firm, fresh fish, excellently cut and served in generous portions. My wife ordered the pork Katsu, and it was excellent, and again a very generous portion. We also had an appetizer of tempura that was very good. Order you favorite Japanese beer to go with it. Excellent and friendly service wrapped up the package. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves authentic Japanese food.

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Thank Don S
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is the best sushi in Raleigh, no doubt. It gets pretty full around 7, so make sure you come early. Lots of Japanese people come here, so that also tells you something.

Outstanding restaurant.

Thank LobsterDaddy
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We have been going to Waraji for many years. Their sushi is consistently the best and freshest in town, and we have been to many sushi restaurants. For meat eaters, their sukiyaki is great too.

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Thank Elizabeth E
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