Waraji Restaurant

Waraji Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.warajirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (919) 783-1883
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar

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  • Parking: No
A word from Waraji Restaurant
Waraji Restaurant is considered by many Triangle residents as having the best and freshest sushi available in the area. This sushi restaurant located near Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC serves Japanese entrees as well and is open for lunch and dinner. Waraji is the winner on many best of awards for sushi and Japanese cuisine.
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Waraji Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The BEST SUSHI!! Sit at the sushi bar and watch the magic! Masa and his terrific staff aim to please. The sashimi is to die for, shrimp and veggie tempura is light and even the wine list is interesting. The best sushi in Raleigh and as good as I have had in any big city. Go go go!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi in Raleigh
    BethLVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My group enjoyed six specialty rolls, and each one was outstanding. Artfully presented and soooo tasty, and served by a friendly and professional server. We also tasted the sake flight, which was very good. I'm new to sake, but it was smooth and easy-drinking, so be careful! It's powerful! I highly recommend Waraji and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • just fine
    TastebudVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    went for a quick business lunch, only two tables sat besides us. Waitress seemed a bit tired, but food was quickly served and delicious.
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  • Some of the best sushi in the area!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've never been disappointed when dining at Waraji. While I wouldn't recommend it for a quite, romatic dinner for two, the casual environment, friendly and attentive service, and excellent sushi makes this a great spot for most any other occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time, pleasantly surprised
    Raccoonlover
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was a cute place. We made a reservation for 6:30 on a Wednesday and I'm glad we did! It had plenty of space when we got there but then quickly filled with what appeared to be a regular crowd - who started before we got there and people added to the tables, staying past when we left. This quickly filled the restaurant. Food was recommended as the best sushi in Raleigh. I don't know if I'd agree but it was definitely really good, probably in the top 10. Service was good without being overbearing. At the end, we attempted to use a gift card specifically given to us for Waraji and when it didn't work we panicked, but our server was great at coming up with the possible issue and troubleshooting. Overall a good experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • took me back to Japan
    RabbitGirl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Having just come back from Kyoto and Osaka, I was so happy to find all the flavors of Japan. Everything was fantastic - the green tea, the udon, the ramen, and the sushi!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Okay sushi restaurant
    Deiger
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The sushi and sashimi were pretty standard. It wasn't bad but it didn't wow me away. Is reasonably priced for the quality you'll be getting.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 103 reviews are from the Waraji Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Best sushi in Raleigh
    Texansnow
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Still the best sushi in Raleigh, and hard to beat no matter where you go!
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best quality sushi/sake in Triangle
    TacoTodd
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Waraji may not be the best looking restaurant but the sushi is amazing in terms of quality and the sake selection is unmatched. I have really enjoyed my visits there and suggest you make the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wonderfully fresh and delicious seafood. Been going there for years now and have never been disappointed. Friends from out of town are also impressed by the quality of the food. Waraji is my favorite restaurant. It's consistently clean and tasty. It's good for both special occasion or just dinner or lunch out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Mother's Day Lunch
    JBH2VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great dining experience at Waraji as we normally experience. Excited to see them open for Lunch and Dinner on Sunday's now. Many times we've wanted to dine on Sunday's and they were closed. The best sushi in the Triangle!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • good sushi
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    food good, service good, friendly host, sushi came out quickly. the spicy mayo is unbelievable. Need to sell saki by the glass.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!
    Risika
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I received great service while at Waraji for dinner. The food was good and there was plenty of it for the price. Seating is close to other parties - can sometimes be loud.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food great time
    LuvJapeneseFood
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My 10 year old chose Waraji for his birthday dinner - that says a lot! Our family loves the little raised rooms where you can dine on the floor in a traditional style. The food was really excellent. One of my son's favorites is gyoza, and I think that we had the best gyoza in Raleigh at Waraji. We also had sushi, sashimi, chicken teriyaki, and udon - all were great! Our waitress was perfectly attentive as well. We had great food and a great time!
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently best sushi in Triangle
    TCWilson
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Waraji never disappoints - superb sashimi and nigiri, a broad range of classic rolls, and the handful of unique gems (like the Suzuki 500) that you can't find anywhere else. I never hesitate to dine here myself or to host discerning sushi fans from the US or abroad. Waraji is also one of the few restaurants I will happily visit on consecutive nights with no fear of monotony or diminution. It's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall the restaurant was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    overall the restaurant was ok..the sushi wasn't bad but was not the greatest that I've had here in Raleigh. I went on a weekday night, so there was not much of a crowd, but the restaurant seemed kind of "dead". The service was very good, but the food was just ok.
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  • Dinner w/Friends
    BirthdayVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The first time dining for my husband and son, met another couple who are regulars. The food was fresh, display superb and can't wait to return. Best sushi in Raleigh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special
    cek123
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I am not a regular visitor and rarely eat Japanese. This is a special restaurant...the freshest of fish, great service, marvelous sake and a friendly, inviting place. So, once a year... I so value having this special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waraji
    Okieheel
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Great food - more crowded than normal for a week night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ramen
    ItzanaVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Went for first time at lunch and had really superior tonkatsu ramen. The Sushi Lunch special was OK but nothing special even though some reviews had praised the sushi - may be because this dish just came with the standard types of sushi rather than custom ones available at dinner. In any case, a nice Japanese place at very reasonable prices.
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  • Best Sushi in the Triangle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    We always enjoy dining at Waraji. We enjoyed a very nice evening with friends, who I'm sure will become frequent visitors as well.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    This was our third time at Waraji. Once again we loved the food and the service. We eat the sushi and love it. We had fried squid as well that was fabulous. The servers are consistently friendly and efficient. The ambiance/decor could be better for the price, but that is not a concern since the food and service are consistently great. I would recomend this restaurant more for dates or business, but we have been here with a 4 year old and the waitress went out of her way to make her feel welcome, so no need to be afraid to bring your child.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was good except
    ejay
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Everything was good except waitress urged us to leave. Around 1 hour after we starting, the waitress kept asking us if we need box to take our food. We still had quite a lot food on the table and felt she just want us to check out as soon as possible. Since the restaurant was half empty, this pushing was weird.
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    special occasion
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  • Good sushi. Great Sake
    Benny
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Nice place. Large selection of nigiri and sashimi. Somewhat limited selection of sushi rolls, but all items use very fresh ingredients. VERY large selection of sake. Unfortunately not very child-friendly. No kid's menus or low-cost kids dishes. Teriyaki was really the only option for a kid and it was nearly $20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We usually have lunch here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We usually have lunch here and it is consistently good. This time we had dinner. While the portions were very large, the quality was lacking. I suggest lunch rather than dinner.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but so slow...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Food was great, but service is extremely SLOW! Our lunch order, which was only 4 sushi rolls, took so long that the waitress offered us free soup to tie us over. By the time we were finished, it was a 2-hour lunch! I would recommend this place for their sushi, but don't go unless you have time to wait.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #1 Japanese in Raleigh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    I have been to Japan many times in my life. Waraji is the only Japanese restaurant in Raleigh that represents authentic Japanese food. I am not only referring to the Sushi/Sushimi but also many of the cooked dishes that are made with Soba and Udon noodles. The menu at Waraji offers many items that you don't see in the common "American style" Japanese restaurant. Do not be afraid to try something new. I can assure you that, if you like Authentic Japanese, you will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    My husband I decided to take my mother here for sushi when she visited from out of town. We had heard good things and were excited to try. Unfortunately, we were disappointed and couldn't understand how this place has such rave reviews. The decor is bare and lacking and while we didn't mind - there isn't a full bar which is a disappointment. We weren't that impressed with the sushi. We found it to be average and felt we have been to better. I wouldn't recommend this as I feel there are much better sushi restaurants to try with much better overall ambience.
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  • Great menu! Prompt, courteous
    sara
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Great menu! Prompt, courteous service! Absolutely no complaints
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • We Love Waraji! Have been
    C8ter2VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    We Love Waraji! Have been going there for the past 13 years. Best sushi, hands down, in the Triangle....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Japanese restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    As a Japanese family who've lived in Raleigh two years, we always enjoy their great Japanese dishes and delicious sushi. Fish/Sashimi is consistently fresh and delicious. Without doubt, the best Japanese restaurant in the area!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Excellent eggplant hors d'oeuvres.
    Olliecat
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Excellent eggplant hors d'oeuvres. Sashimi and sushi dinners were also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Waraji has the best sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Waraji has the best sushi in town! And if you want to learn how to make sushi at home you can go to A Southern Season in Chapel Hill to learn from Masa Tsujimura the owner and chef of Waraji. He usually teaches once a quarter.
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    fit for foodies
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  • We had been once before and
    garrison
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    We had been once before and thought Waraji deserved it's reputation - this time we were sadly disappointed! My husband's sukiyaki was so over cooked the meat was rubbery - two of the sushi rolls were uneatable - one of which was the Tempura roll - the yellowtail tasted as if it had been cooked 3 days prior. On a positive note - the Sweet Dragon roll was fabulous. Would I go back? - no!! There are enough other Japanese restaurants in this area that I won't put my family through that again!
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  • For Sushi Snobs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Excellent food and service. I am a sushi snob. I get to Japan once or twice per year, so I know good fish. I ordered 4 different types of fish, and all were delicious - very fresh, very firm, expertly cut and served in generous portions. Don't go here if your favorite sushi is the volcano roll or some other nonsense. We also had tempura and pork katsu. The katsu was excellent, the tempura was very good. As mentioned the service was very good and prompt. We went on a winter Sunday night, so they were not very busy.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Good in general
    AudiearnVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Sushi was top notch and one of the best in the Triangle. However, the tempura was lackluster with an underseasoned dipping sauce and a slightly greasy aftertaste. Perhaps it was because we went on a Sunday night. The chefs were friendly and delightful, though, and overall we had a good time.
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  • Overall very good. Fast, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Overall very good. Fast, friendly service, very clean, excellent food. We were a little dissapointed in menu variety, especially the sushi menu, but the food that was available was delicious.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Sushi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    Best sushi in Raleigh and there is no close second.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great for families, couples moreso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    This was our second visit to Waraji - first with our 2 year old. Our table was ready and waiting for us and the staff was very gracious and complimentary. The food was tasty as always. The teriyaki chicken, rice, and tempura vegetables were a hit with the little one; the adults enjoyed the sushi. It was a very good idea to make it early for a family outing (we were there right at dinner-time opening).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • I really wanted to like this
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    I really wanted to like this place. The menu looks great. We just were not thrilled with the sushi rolls. They tasted kind of fishy. We did enjoy the miso soup, salad, tempera and chicken teriyaki. We still like Mizu the best.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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