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KaZe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kazeotr.com
  • Phone: (513) 898-7991
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tues.-Thurs.: Kitchen 11am-11pm, Bar 11am-12am
    Fri. & Sat.: Kitchen 11am-12am, Bar 11am-1am
    Sun.: Kitchen 12pm-10pm, Bar 12pm-11pm
    Mon.: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Hideki Harada
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We are happy to continually host karaoke with Sean Hafer every Wednesday night from 8pm-12am in the Main Bar.

    Every Final Friday, DJ Casey Coston spins tunes in the outdoor Garage Bar while our bartenders serve up a Tiki Cocktail Menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: KaZe offers optional street-side valet service. Various on-street parking and public lots are available.
A word from KaZe
KaZe offers an experience not previously found in Cincinnati. Modeled after the Japanese Izakaya, KaZe is a multi-concept gastro pub that features a contemporary dining room, a cutting edge bar and lounge, and a year round outdoor beer garden. Executive Chef/Partner Hideki Harada's masterful sushi and small plates, ranging from Yakitori Skewers to Ramen, are paired with a top notch craft and local beer selection, premium sakes, and fine wines. The atmosphere, food, and drinks all lend to a social setting perfect for hard-working young professionals, foodies, beer enthusiasts, and social scenesters, alike. Don't be fooled, Kaze means business with it's food. Chef Harada's goal of the finest sushi in the Midwest is matched by the intense flavors of his small plates. His cuisine is meant to leave no one behind, and is a perfect match to your favorite libation. Located in Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine, Kaze is a new social and epicurean oasis, in a storied setting.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "KaZe's food was as great as expected, given the top 10 new restaurant ranking in The Cincinnatian 2014. Had fatty tuna sashimi, OTR roll ("our" roll), shrimp "bun", and "the equestrian" cocktail 'cause I like bourbon and horses. Yummy!  Great service. Sat in the bar area for a chilled, not-too-crowded environment since the rest of the place was packed. Would love to be on the patio next time -- it was a great scene. Gluten-free menu was appreciated, too!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Best sashimi I've had in a long while. Along with friendly professional service and super trendy atmosphere, it was one of the most memorable dining experiences we've had in Cincinnati!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "All our food was very fresh, and well prepared. Plenty of variety. Our only complaint on this occasion was that our bill was charged twice to our credit card. I went back down there the next day to straighten it out. The manager said it would be taken off of our statement. It's been 2 days, and it's still on there. I hope I don't have to make another trip down there..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Wonderful food, Great atmosphere I can not wait to bring people to this restaurant. Glad we tried something new! Loved the small plates that let you experience a variety of food tastes. something for everyone. It was hard to not try everything."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable dinner here. The hostess initially led us to a small two-top in the back of the restaurant by a noisy server station even tho the restaurant was less than half full. We asked to check outside and found a very nice table near the bar. It took a few minutes to get waited on but after that the service was good. We ordered sushi which was very good. We liked that all rolls could be ordered small (5 pieces) or large (8-10). That gave us the chance to try several different rolls, all were quite fresh and flavorful. Sunday is half-price wine night and we had a very nice chard. I would definitely recommend Kaze."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I always enjoy my Kaze experience. I was here for my birthday and everything was wonderful as usual. Our server Christopher was so very attentive and friendly that he made the experience even that much better. Love Kaze. Period"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dinner for 3 was over $200, portions were very small, and service was not friendly."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were disappointed in our server. We had special dietary restrictions at our table, and the server seemed both not well informed about the menu and disgruntled with having to check with the kitchen regarding our questions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "First time here. Well-informed, attentive waitress. Beautiful interior, tables not crowded. A bit pricey but food was flavorful, tasted freshly prepared although portions were small for the prices. Bar, separated from main dining room, was nice as was the outdoor seating area. Overall, very nice and a special occasion place for us."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It was very loud and our server was kind of a dick. The food was okay for the price. Kind of expensive. We went another night for happy hour at the outside bar and lived it though. Fun drinks, cool bartenders - ask for Brooklyn. Outdoor area is cute. Wouldn't recommend for dinner inside food was over priced for what you get. I'm a foodie and wasn't wowed by the quality and the server was never there when we needed service. It was crowded which I don't mind but was hard to hear my boyfriend sitting next to me because of noise level. Would go again for drinks, skip the food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I took my wife here on a Friday night. We had an excellent experience, and the food was great! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have yet to be even slightly disappointed in Kaze. The service is outstanding. The atmosphere is outstanding. The food is outstanding x100. You are a place that I frequent because all the above is excellent every time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you've done any traveling then you know the restaurants scene in cincinnati, though improving, leaves much to be desired. I find that many of the newer places I've eaten at are trying way to hard to differentiate themselves and are too expensively. Kaze is a pan-Asian restaurant with a good mix of innovation and simplicity. Try the Pork Buns--a nice Korean twist on the pork buns you'd find on the street in a big city's Chinatown (or China). The room is clean, open, modern, a bit cold in the atmosphere department and way too loud---and it wasn't crowded -- just a lame and loud sound system."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food. Sit at the sushi table for and watch the full kitchen at work. Very quiet and tight cooking team. Great food - Japanese or Japanese inspired. High quality sushi and not overwheming. Make sure you check out the bar in the back. Hidden gem. Patio looked nice also."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The venue is a bit loud but the sushi was fantastic"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for dinner before we went to a show downtown. We ended up getting an appetizer and a plate of sushi. The Kobe sliders were absolutely delicious, and the California rolls were the best I've had in a long time. However, the bill had already racked up, and we were still hungry. This is a great place to go for a small meal and/or appetizer. I definitely recommend the sushi!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Four of us made a reservation on a Saturday at 5 and sat in the beer garden. Happy hour only applies to the bar and beer garden. It was beautiful outside and sitting outdoors was perfect. Tried $4 ramen, $5 cocktails, and half price sushi. Can't beat that! Pretty good food. Atmosphere seems better than the food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The menu is exceptional! The food is truly excellent. It was a bit noisy inside for us. It seemed very nice outside. The restaurant was much larger than we thought it was! Very inviting Bar areas in several areas. Dessert was quite tasty. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have dined several times and KaZe always hits the mark with both food and service! Loved everything we ate that night, but the octopus salad was especially delicious. Wish more restaurants in OTR were like KaZe and took reservations. Wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The dining inside was great and the waiter was FANTASTIC. After dinner we went to the beer garden and it went down hill. The seats are very awkward, very trendy but bowl chairs are not ideal for sitting in dresses and the other chairs that are not bowl chairs are just as awkward. Many people came out to sit and they felt very uncomfortable too. It was kinda a joke going around with the customers about the chairs. The wait staff outside was terrible and not friendly at all. I would not recommend the outside bar area but would recommend eating inside. Food was very good and inside is very comfortable. SO I would go again for dinner but somewhere else for after dinner drinks."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our dinner was delicious! It was also helpful that our server was so knowledgeable and that he helped guide us to select some great items on the menu. We hope to return soon."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "me some friends and my wife had a pretty great time here the other night. Food was amazing as usual, service was on point (always a the high point here for me) and the ambiance of Kaze is just spot on. They bend over backwards to accommodate you, bring out the food quickly and have a great sake menu. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Service was great, food was wonderful and there was attention to every detail !"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening on Kaze's outdoor patio. The cocktails were excellent, as were the half-price sushi and brisket buns. Thanks."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "For a first visit, quite enjoyable. The appetizers were tasty and the half priced sake was a real plus. Even though a few people smoked, no smoke came my way. It's hard to beat the pork belly sliders!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Love it. Great food great service interesting menu. The dessert list is amazing"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Way to expensive for the amount of food you get per serving! 8 dollars for two shrimps, so ridiculous!!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This was our first time at KaZe. We went early before a concert at Music Hall. To my delight they had a small "pre-theater" meal that was served all at once on a tray. Everything on it was delicious: salad, pieces of fish, veggies, and soup. I ordered a tasty Gruner off the wine list. What's not to like? There was no rush to make the concert."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice addition to the OTR! Stands out as you can make reservations! Food was very good, service was quick, efficient, informative and friendly. Indoor and outdoor bars that are fantastic spots to help extend the night or stand on their own as destinations!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My first experience at Kaze was a good one. The restaurant was a little noisy but not overwhelmingly so. I would recommend it to others."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We created our own tasting meal. Every time we finished something we ordered something from a different part of the menu. Not a single item disappointed us. Everything was fresh and delicious. Best salad I've ever tasted. And the food isn't heavy or rich. Goes down very well. Yum. We will be regulars. Affordable as well!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "On prior visits, the sushi seemed more interesting, even though we got the same items. The OTR roll seemed less tasteful than I recall. More disappointing was the service on a night that seemed not so busy. Our waiter brought both our appetizer and meal at the same time, which kind of defeats the purpose of an appetizer. We had to ask for soy sauce, twice and had to ask for a knife to cut our sliders, twice. Additionally, we had to wait for a valet attendant to take our car and had to wait a significantly longer time to find an attendant to get our car. Not the type of experience you expect at this price point."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Kaze is a quaint little place that has great food, service, excellent atmosphere, and music. Portion sizes could be a little bigger. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had high expectations after hearing many word-of-mouth recommendations, and KaZe's food did not disappoint. We were a bit reluctant to order a ton of food from the different sections of the menu, and probably would have ordered more had the waiter tried harder to upsell due to the portion sizes. The sliders and sushi were excellent."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Everyone in my group loved their food. The service was great as well."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "KaZe is an excellent Sushi (and other delicious food) place. Creative choices, nice ambiance, elegant and fun bar, this is a great addition to the amazing restaurants in OTR. Highly recommend it for any time--=lunch, dinner or late night. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We had guests in from out of town and they absolutely loved their meal. We had been before but they were blown away, especially by the Pork buns!! We were all very happy with the outside atmosphere, the drink selection, and the sushi. Everything was great."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went to Kaze for lunch.. the Sushi, salad and soup were all great! The service was definitely oustanding as well."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My mother in law and I came in for a much needed girls night and we had a wonderful time! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. Thank you for a relaxing evening filled with excellent cocktails and delicious food."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was good and the only knock is that the portion size was small for the price. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014