Kakui
Kakui

Kakui

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kakuisushi.com/
  • Phone: 5103381188
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Salle Avenue
  • Parking: No
A word from Kakui
Kakui serves Japanese cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Kakui reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fabulous sushi - absolutely fresh and delicious - one of the best anywhere. And the only fabulous restaurant in Montclair Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Poor management of kitchen
    MediaQueenVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food has always been excellent, but there are too many problems that stem from poor management of the kitchen. It wasn't that they ran out of food while we were there, it was they didn't have it in the first place and neglected to tell the waitstaff. They didn't have wakame, pork belly or lamb, and who knows what else. Our nigiri and sushi rolls trickled out of the kitchen and took over an hour to eventually get all our dishes - and we had to ask for the last two. We complained to the manager about all the problems with service, who was apologetic, but full of excuses. We did get 20% taken off our bill, which was appreciated. Hopefully communication between the kitchen and waitstaff will improve.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Fresh & Tasty
    jonathonstoneVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wonderful place for lunch. Sashimi and sushi with the meso (sp?) was delicious and first rate, ....and very reasonable.
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  • Lied
    Berkeleyites
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The earliest reservation we could get on open table was at 8. We made great time and got there a half hour early. Thought well we will ask. There was a four spot open. The hostess was pretty curt and dismissive in saying "we can't seat you til 8." My teen kids were like "wow she was pretty mean about it." So we left and sat in our car 1/2 hour. When we came back, we were shown to THE EXACT SAME TABLE! My husband said "so you couldn't seat us 1/2 hour early?!" and the waitress (a different person) said "oh no they just left." Yeah right, a party of four arrived, ate and left within 45 minutes....! We are not stupid people. I hate being lied to and this is an establishment we frequent like six times a year so I thought that was kind of lame.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi!
    laworder135
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The rolls were creative and fresh. The presentation was exceptional.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a trip
    MariabVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We always enjoy our meals at Kakui, friendly knowledgable service, interested cooks, very fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Best sushi in town. All the dishes rare served in amazing stye. The plates are beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IF ONLY THERE WERE MORE LIKE IT
    MYEATSOUTVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Kakui is no just the best Sushi restaurant in Montclair, it is the best restaurant in Montclair! With three Sushi establishments, Kakui has the most innovative and fresh food. I wouldn't consider one of its competitors.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • just okay
    oaklandeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    i've been here many times before but this time was the least appealing. the brussels sprouts were oily (with a pool of oil at bottom) and not crispy; the rolls were average (but could also have been because my dining partner was pregnant so we couldn't get anything that wasn't cooked); and the soft-shelled crab in the spider roll, one of my favorites, was so thick and over-fried with batter, it didn't even taste like soft-shelled crab. kakui enjoys being the better of the two sushi restaurants in the village but if they want to keep their clientele, they need to produce consistently good food -- not have such an off-night as this.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service was a bit off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    As usual, the food at Kakui was really tasty. The server staff seemed off and not able to read the customer(me). I think it is my time in Europe but picking up a plate without asking just seems inappropriate. Amazing sauce on the plate and the server was taking it. WAIT! Then the plates kept coming so fast! When we sat down we told them we're chillin'.. bring us our food slowly. Even after hinting about the empty water glass the waiter didn't get it until the end. Too late. I hate being rushed to eat so that a table can be turned. I'm more likely to give a bigger tip with good service and if you let me enjoy my food with minimal interaction but don't forget to check the fluids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    As usual sushi was fabulous. The wine is a great price and the Sake flights are really good. We always try to try something new this time it was crispy tofu in dashi broth, excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was tasty and beautifully presented. Service was slow and amateurish. We have had better service here in the past, so maybe it was an off night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 120 reviews are from the Kakui reviews archive.
  • Great food
    oaklandeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    It had been a while since I was here, and the food was fabulous. The wine was less than stellar (incl selection) and service was just okay. We waited forever for our nigiri, which came about 30 min after we'd finished everything else. I also would have liked to have known before we sat down at an outside table that the heat lamp was broken, for I was freezing for the last hour of our dinner. But the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    After a decent dinner at Kakui a while back so decided to try lunch. The kale in miso was very tasty (more like a soup, actually) but that was the highlight. Asked for white rice and it was spoiled; they gave us another bowl and that was also off (we're Asians, so we eat and cook a whole lot of rice every week--this rice was starting to go). That made me dubious about my katsu-donburi which otherwise looked fine--I ate the meat and veggies, but left the rice alone. What bothered us most was that spouse ordered the hamachi platter...and got escolar. We weren't 100% sure until we got home and checked, but nope, what he got was pure white with pink edge--definitely not hamachi, which costs more than escolar. We will not be returning here.
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  • What happened to the service?
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The service has never been great here but when I took my husband there for his birthday dinner on Tuesday it was horrible. First we were ignored at the door for about 10 minutes even though there were empty tables and we had a reservation. Then our waitress didn't seem to know we were there for another 15 minutes. I wanted to walk out but we were hungry and my husband enjoys their food so we stayed. Once we got service it wasn't bad but front of the house service was awful.
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  • Once again the sushi was wonderful.
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Once again the sushi was wonderful. I keep trying new items on the menu and have not had anything that was served beautifully plated but also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is usually quite good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Food is usually quite good although this lunch was an exception. The service is always terrible here.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    LiveGuy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Comfortable and very good food. A true local find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sushi was fabulous as
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The sushi was fabulous as usual this time the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in Oakland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Great ambiance and great sushi everytime. The owner/sushi chef is always present and ensuring a great meal for his customers. Very friendly and accomadating staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Experience
    GirlsNightOutVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We've had mixed experiences here in the past but our last visit was nice. There seems to be a difference in service if you make a reservation versus just dropping in. When we've had reservations, service has been great; no reservations and poor service seems to follow. The meal, however, is always very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been there several
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I have been there several times. The sushi is fabulous as are the entres. This time however the service was at its best. There seem to be a shortage of servers and the delivery of the order of food was off. I will go back as it is the best sushi in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best little sushi place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have been going to Kakui since it opened. The staff is always friendly and happy to see you! The food is consistently awesome! This is the second New Years Eve we have spent with them and we have not been disappointed. Make reservations on the weekends and even on Thursdays. We like to sit at the bar and visit with everyone. Go-you won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live in Montclair and are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We live in Montclair and are so glad there is good restaurant in the village! The fish is always very fresh and they make some creative and different rolls. We also love that there is a great menu of non-sushi that goes beyond the typical. Kakui is very reliable, upscale Japanese. The restaurant is small and lighting is low at night. It's not full of young kids but they have always been very nice to ours, who love sushi. The service has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    hmt2VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This place has such food. The Miso Kale is awesome and the fish is always fresh. Great for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Service quality needs an overhaul
    Neveagain
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    reservation clearly mentioned that this is a birthday dinner. ordered Soup, rolls and 2 main course, To our surprise everything arrived at the same time! After dinner waiter dropped the check without asking if we care about deserts! I was shocked considering the fact that I did indicate that the dinner event was a Birthday dinner. I asked the waiter about desert menu, was told that they only have Sorbet, we ordered one, then a sorbet with a candle showed up! I have had many Birthday parties at other restaurants, the staff typically go extra miles to make sure that the celebration is a special one. In this case our birthday celebration seemed to be of a hassle to the staff whose only objective was to make sure they close the place down.
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    great for lunch
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  • Sushi is exceptional so far
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Sushi is exceptional so far I have loved everything I have eaten. I keep trying new sushi every time I go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipping a little
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This has been one of my favorite sushi restaurants since it opened, so I was a little disappointed the other night when the service was again very slow, and the food, though good, was not as god as it had been. Ribs and pork belly were excellent, but I really come here for the sushi. The hamachi nigiri was delicious and fresh. The spicy tuna in a roll was not particularly spicy and had a grassy flavor to it that was odd, maybe the spice mixture. The lion king roll was drowned in a thick sauce that overshadowed the fresh fish. Will look forward to going back and sticking with nigiri and sashimi that they do so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super fresh and high quality
    Ljgs3VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Visited two times with kids in tow. Both times amazingly good fish. First time service was friendly but very spotty, however, the server was brand new. The second time, the service was much sharper. Elegant interior so good for a kid-free date night too. . A bit more expensive than some places, but it is so close and convenient and without a long wait, that it makes the slightly higher cost more than worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not
    Masa3filmVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Do not make a reservation after 2:30. They close at 2:30.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Kakui
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Very good food...however, ambiance and warmth missing, a combination of table layout and indifferent service. Default Opentable reservation request: quiet area or booth. No booths available at restaurant, but we were seated next to large 6 people group. The restaurant just seemed "cold".
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  • Order one or two items at
    trueluvdinnersVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Order one or two items at a time otherwise they will bring everything out at once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow death?
    Mobocracy
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Kakui was a fantastic, local sushi restaurant. The owner is gracious and attentive. Unfortunately, our last trip several things have gone downhill. - Plates, chipped one on our table, one on the neighboring table - Rice was under cooked and hard - Saki availability, which was a shining star of this place was lacking. They were out of some of the best. Still good. Sushi still wonderful. But I'm hopeful the attention to detail doesn't slip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Experience
    anneVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    I had a long day of travel moving from the East Coast. When I landed my luggage didn't, so instead of waiting around the airport for two hours I went to my Open Table app and found this place for Sushi. I was fast and friendly service, healthy, and good sushi. It was a great first dining experience in my new city. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sushi and sashimi; very
    4foodies
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Good sushi and sashimi; very fresh seafood; a little pricey though.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi was average, Place was empty.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    The staff was very nice. The appetizers were very good. The Tofu was awesome. Sushi was falling apart. We ordered about 10 rolls and I would say that only one of them was very good. The rest were average and two were poor. Not good enough in the Bay Area were Sushi is legit in every neighborhood. Definitely would recommend 6 to 7 other sushi restaurants before this one.
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  • Amazing sushi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Imaginative rolls, excellent, good portion sashimi. Definitely going back. Servers very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I love the food; always fresh and high quality. The servers are very friendly and the service is good. The only negative I had was that if you order numerous dishes, they are all brought out one right after the other and since the tables are not so big, it becomes a problem. My advice: order one dish at a time, order the next dish just as you're finishing the one you're eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but service not stellar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    This is the best sushi in Oakand and we love to go... But the service needs work. The hosts are not friendly, even to regulars with a reservation. (Perhaps they do not like kids.) The waiters (over multiple visits and years) seem inexperienced and unprofessional. If they could fix the service, the restaurant would be fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unusual approach to Japanese
    UrsaMinor
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    While it is not billed as a 'small plate' place, this is how four of us dealt with it, to great success. We ordered an array of appetizers, salads, one entree, one sushi, one sashimi, and it was enough food and all excellent, perhaps especially the kale salad with a very spicy sauce. We especially liked the sake tasting menu: three significant servings of matched brew, placed side by side, with an information card explaining them. Three arrays of three were available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.