KaZe
KaZe

KaZe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kazeotr.com/
  • Phone: 5138987991x
  • 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: Sushi, Gastro Pub, Japanese
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
KaZe reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (75)hot spot (72)great for outdoor dining (52)special occasion (41)vibrant bar scene (41)good for groups (39)romantic (26)late-night find (19)great for lunch (17)notable wine list (9)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Dinner doesn't disappoint
    MhcinciVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been to Kaze many times and the food did not disappoint on this visit. Amazing pork buns and ramen. The only thing that wasn't great was the dessert. We always finish with the s'mores dessert, it is usually awesome but something was really off. It was made different, tons of whipped cream on it- maybe someone new in the kitchen. Otherwise great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sophisticated pallet required
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Menu options were unique. Portions smaller than normal. Prices higher than anticipated. Salmon skewers were excellent. Bento tasting plate required additional sauces for the sashimi. Eel sauce was great. Spicy brown sauce was not good. Homemade ice cream was unique in that it had a smoked vanilla flavor??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place Pre-ETC or Know
    HphockVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went on a Saturday eve. We had various sushi rolls, skewers, and Ramen Soup. The soup was delicious. The sushi was average. A definate plus was the warm Saki - yum! Nice place to eat, great if you are in the area. Not worth the drive if you are headed to the area from the 'burbs. Just our 2 cents.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pork Bun Deliciousness
    RNdines
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We tried several thing on the menu: pork bun, Kobe beef skewer, and the vegetable pancake. The pork bun and beef skewer were amazing. Don't waste your money on the vegetable pancake. It was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Ambiance Over the Rhine
    Geronimo
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Kaze is a wonderful space. Patio. Formal dining. Bar. All beautifully decorated. The food is great. The service is excellent. Why is this place not the hottest place on Vine? I give up. Why? Try it. You will love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy and energetic, but...
    Ornit
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    ...the food wasn't very good. Sushi was probably the worst we've ever had. Salmon was not the best choice for the seafood soup. It was very fishy. Pork belly bun was dry and/or overcooked. On a good note, the vegetable pancakes were delicious. I doubt we'd recommend it or return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We kept enjoying new spaces!
    LoveOTRscene
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We entered via the side street BAR entrance to enjoy a cocktail prior to our reservation. Great bar crowd, window seating with privacy curtains, nice level of music and lighting. We made our way out to the outside bar & even though it was a cold, rainy October evening there were plenty of overhead heaters to make it comfortable. We enjoyed some hand made "boozy sodas" and watched the rain. We were sat for our dinner reservations and enjoyed attentive but not over bearing service. Our waiter wasn't knowledgable about the fish entrees as they were unable to try them due to the quantity on hand. We tried several items from each section of the menu, rolls, noodle bowl, sashimi salad, striped bass entree & even the sake flight (which was fun!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy hour
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    had dinner friday night and made it in time for happy hour. we had the otr roll, dragon roll, ramen, and pork belly buns. the pork belly buns were the best out of everything. the sushi was pretty good but par for the course, nothing outstanding. the ramen portion for happy hour was tiny and wasn't that flavorful. it definitely needed salt. our drinks were good though as was the service. not sure i'll be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • But the food was excellent!
    ArlisGold
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our server took forever to get to us on a slow night. Normal greeting and then a bunch of no-confidence fumbles and a solid drink recommendation for an incredible bourbon-inspired cocktail that we kept ordering. The ambiance and food is always stunning at Kaze. This is the first time that service was poor and it was atrocious. I'm hoping it was just an off night for the gentleman. Fumbled verbal communication the few times he came to the table, went without plates and utensils and refills at all the wrong times, the order was wrong 3 different times and after told it was complimentary due to the mistake we had to argue it off the bill. Bottom line - I'd be back because the place is just cool and the food is wonderful and overall great crew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable evening!
    Foodie1101
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Enjoyed another good dinner at KaZe. Chicken skewers and Kobe sliders- great! Pork chop was fine, not outstanding. Friend enjoyed chicken entree- very moist. I wish they had at least 1 domestic light beer- I wanted a Mich Ultra, but had to settle for a regular Coors. Server poured it into a glass w/o asking; would have preferred in the bottle. Service was slow and not super attentive to requests. We'll return, but hope service improves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but noisy
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good food but nosy. Might be in for a younger crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OTR evening
    nameVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Pre-concert dinner at 6:15 pm on a Saturday evening.. place was already filling up but we were promptly seated. Server was too efficient, visiting table often, almost between bites. We skipped entrees by ordering series of apps, salads, rolls. Food was excellent and each course came quickly. Tried the sake flight, but next time will order a carafe instead... eats & drinks & tip = $80. An enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Food Sushi
    CintiFoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The best sushi and miso soup I have had in a long time. the vegetable pancake was a bit dense and heavy for me, but all in all a wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent overall experience!
    Bos74
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Everything at Kaze was fantastic! The menu, recommendations, food, drinks, service, space, ambience, and music made for a great experience. I will definitely go back the next time I am in Concinnati from Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the brisket buns
    lojo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second visit as a group of 4 friends. The first visit was so wonderful that we could hardly wait to come again and have the brisket buns plus a few new items. The fresh salmon roe were wonderful. The sushi and sashimi and skewers were delish! My friend and I had the Cutie Honey drinks last time. We excitedly ordered them again this time but we think the measurement of ingredients was eyeballed rather than actually measured because the first one had way too much bitterness and the second one had way too much vodka. This is an easy drink to screw up, granted. When we mentioned this to the server, she took the drinks off our bill! We left a $40 tip on the $178 tab. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been here quite a few times. Food was very good and we had very good service. I'm sure I will be back many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun!
    kfm125
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my dad here for his 59th birthday since he had always wanted to try sushi. He said that sushi is now his favorite food! Thanks for a great dinner with my family. My mom (also 59) is a designer and loved all of the lighting and decor. They felt really special and appreciated all of the little details of the meal and ambiance. Our server was very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and service
    Vanny
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Kaze is a welcome change to the foodie area ofo OTR because the ambiance is spacious, contemporary, and relaxing. Service was wonderful and the food was quite tasty. However, it was not my favorite spot for sushi in Cincinnati though. I would definitely come again to try other appetizers and entrees. It is a great place to go out for couples and groups of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wonderful veggie and also salmon sushi. Best ever! Friends had a salmon plate they raved over, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We loved Kaze when it opened. Now the udon soup was all soup and no udon, the sushi was tired, the octopus inedible, and the service lackluster. Doubt we will go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dollarjr
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Usually have great food at Kaze, but the steak dish was just okay. The ramen, however, was delicious- along with the peach yakatori(?) dessert. Drinks took a while and it wasn't that busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in OTR
    MammaF
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were showing off OTR to a friend before going to the symphony on a Saturday night. We knew Kaze would be the perfect place to take her and we couldn't have been more correct. I especially liked the fact they took reservations. We loved that our guest just kept a huge smile between bites and when it was finally time to pull away from the table she told us it was a very memorable experience that she would love to have sometime again when she's in town. We knew the food would be delicious and our service would be friendly and knowledgeable, but even we were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love Kaze. My husband worked in Japan for a while. It is the only local place he finds to be authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    jimfields3
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I expected an ok dinner. Instead I was wowed with delicious awesomeness! I wish I could say I found one food item I didn't like, but I'd be lying. I'm already looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kaze First Timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had my first visit to Kaze Friday night and was very pleased. Great food and service and cool vibe. After dinner sort of accidentally found the bar at Kaze and wasn't disappointed. Will definitely go back. Recommend the Pork Belly Buns and Tokio Mule!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Mbf1VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good place before ETC because they take reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and sliders
    Edward
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went for a last minute date night with the wife. Sushi was excellent. Very unique rolls. The "crunchy scallop" roll was probably the best sushi roll I've ever had. Outdoor patio was very enjoyable. Lively scene and lots of people watching all around. Great service. Overall a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed return customer
    YvoRockstar
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my 5th visit to KaZe and likely the worst. I'm typically quite pleased when dining here but something was off this time. Our server was not well versed with the menu or accommodating to my food sensitivities. My order came out entirely wrong and there was an overall lack of concern from our server as he made no attempt to rectify the situation. My guests enjoyed their meal, but I'll likely stick to lunch or happy hour on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding sushi and atmosphere
    Kmoe
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second time at Kaze. The decor has a wonderful vibe, from the front dining area to the bar and back patio. But the real reason to go is the sushi! Highly recommend the crunchy scallop roll and Kaze salad. Delicious! And were surprised to find smores on the dessert menu. Perfect for sharing! We loved everything we ordered, with the exception of the apple martini. We will stick with ordering drinks on the menu next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smolk
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Thought the atomosphere was particularly contemporary. Had vegetable pancakes for appetizer. Was tasty and a large portion. Easily sharable. Had OTR roll which again was a large portion and extremely fresh tasting. Wish I had known about the excellent happy hour specials at the back bar, but check them out on their website before you go. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great OTR place
    BobMVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner and will be back. We liked the atmosphere, the selections and the dervice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • all good!
    shansan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    fresh, relaxed atmosphere. knowledgeable, personable server. beautiful presentation of food. very tasty food- unique and complex flavor combos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noname
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was good- Service was excellent. Great location to Music Hall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ExperiencedDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Salmon smelled like fish. Only problem vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvhhbbvvvvvvvvv
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KaZe do it right.
    ccurranVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    On a busy Friday evening the staff handled things effortlessly. An the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go just for patio and drinks
    EbbiesVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Outdoor patio was really nice. However I think food was not the best I ever had and the value is questionable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi
    KEileen
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The pork bun appetizer was absolutely fantastic - a definite menu staple and must-try. My husband and I both ordered off the sushi menu for dinner. Everything we ate delicious! The crunchy scallop roll was our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very good but somewhat expensive. Hard to get out without spending $25 for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Hit in OTR
    KindleVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have been to KaZe before. So in writing this its because we have been back. That means its very good. Nothing lacking here in food, service or atmosphere. All 5 of our party had different dishes. We rotated and all would have kept their new dish. Amazing to think no matter what was served it was delicious. Please try the pho. Very very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting Menu- sushi heaven
    CincynaplesVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    KaZe's menu always excites! Besides fresh sushi, including the standards you love plus new twists, the Asian themed specials and entrees are top shelf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.