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Kakui Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kakuisushi.com
  • Phone: (510) 338-1188
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Food is usually quite good although this lunch was an exception. The service is always terrible here."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Comfortable and very good food. A true local find."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The sushi was fabulous as usual this time the service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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"."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "This place has such food. The Miso Kale is awesome and the fish is always fresh. Great for any occasion."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Sushi is exceptional so far I have loved everything I have eaten. I keep trying new sushi every time I go."
    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."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2013