Akai Lounge - Englewood

4.8
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Akai Lounge in Englewood is a modern Japanese restaurant serving a wide variety of traditional and innovative Japanese cuisine, with a full bar offering martinis, wines and sakes. We offer the freshest sushi delivered daily from the finest seafood purveyors on the East Coast. We also have a great variety of rolls and entrees, including our signature Chilean Sea Bass and skirt steak that allow our menu to please a wide variety of tastes and palates. Our large menu offerings, together with our modern decor, is here to bring a unique dining experience to downtown Englewood.
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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as it always is
Food is superb
Best sushi ever
Wait staff is incredible

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Some of the best rolls I’ve ever eaten.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

JS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty, interesting, friendly and fun!

OT
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James is the best host and the sushi is awesome!

AR
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone is helpful and friendly

F
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very overpriced for what the experience it. It’s just Asian-American fusion fare (leaning more on the American side). A little above diner quality. Vibe of the restaurant feels pretty cheap too with the bright red wall painting.

DM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our home away from home for lunch on Saturdays, quiet but the food is worth it !!!

CB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at the Akai Lounge and again they did not dissapoint.We had the 3 roll special which included the best spicy tuna roll we ever had.The yellowtail and scallion roll was also delicious as was the oshinko roll.We had 3 pieces of salmon sushi and 3 pieces of tuna sushi all just melted in your mouth.We had the NY Knicks roll which was salmon over Chilean sea bass.Just incredible.For dessert my wife had vanilla and strawberry mochi ice cream.She loved it.We have not found a better Japanese Restaurant in the tristate area then tha Akai Lounge

NN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for delicious food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi place & request Ming she is the best of the best

DM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Asian cuisine in the area. After trying many different restaurants this is by far our favorite!!!

F
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sushi and Sashimi were good quality...Maki rolls were ample portions. All ordered was liked by our entire party.
Only downside were the Spicy Tuna/Yellowtail/Salmon rolls which were all made with minced fish and each was same red color and taste...wouldn't suggest them.

KC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pretty good food and service. Enjoyed the restaurant will definitely go back.

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Not your typical Japanese menu

CB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First if you go to Akai Lounge,which you should,ask to have Mikey as your waiter.He guides you through the menu and makes sure you are getting everything you like.We ordered the Omakase which is the sushi chef’s choices of the 12 best pieces of sushi for $95.It also included 3 incredible appetizers.A toro tartare, a avocado stuffed with tuna,salmon and yellowtail and a kind of Japanese tuna salad with fresh tuna.All the appetizers were delicious.My wife and I each ordered the Omakase.Mikey said that would be too much food .He was right.The pieces of sushi were delicious.They included pieces of King Salmon,Toro and various fish imported from Japan We also shared an order of soba which is buckwheat noodles.Finally we ordered a few pieces of eel sushi.Everything was great.For dessert my wife had vanilla and strawberry mochi ice cream.We also has some really good cold sake.This was some of the best sushi my wife and I ever had.It was like eating in Tokyo.So if you are near Englewood,New Jersey please go treat yourself to a great Sushi experience and go to Akai Lounge.Be sure to ask for Mikeyas your waiter and guide

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some of the roles did not have a lot of taste but the fish was exceptionally fresh and the service was wonderful

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter -patient and kind he went above and beyond with our orders and even brought out things on the house for us try!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. As always!

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

What a terrible meal. Oysters were not fresh. When we complained, we tried 4 for 4 of us. We were charged $10 when dozen was $22. The sea bass was so sweet, muscles were tiny and half of the shells were empty. For $200 we spend it was a really bad meal. We will not come back.

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place: good food, good service, good atmosphere, great value

MG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Akai. Service was great and included a visit from the owner ensuring we were satisfied with our meal, drinks, etc. Location is a 3 minute walk from the Bergen PAC which will make Akai and their tasty sushi our go-to restaurant for pre-show dining.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice dinner with my husband pre concert. Fast service, good food and walking distance to the PAC.

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Akai is one of our favorite got-to places and one of the few where we have never had a bad meal. Some items are too spicy for me but that does not make them less than great. Cozy and comfortable. Staff is always courteous and timely. If you attend a show at the nearby BergenPAC in the summer especially it is a short walk from parking and the show.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad but far from great.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Justin was terrific

JG
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very good and the servers were very attentive. They didn’t offer anything for the birthday we were celebrating!! Most restaurants will offer a complementary dessert to the person whose birthday was being celebrated.

S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat before concerts at the Bergen PAC. Fantastic sushi, creative diverse menu. Very friendly.

RV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My parents and I came for Mother's Day - the place was cute and the food was great. I love sushi, and the sushi was phenomenal. I just wished there were more servers because once the place got busy, it was hard to flag someone down. Other than that, the experience was great and would definitely return/recommend to a friend!

m
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great atmosphere. So much fun and not to mention amazing food. Great sushi!! Great dumplings!! Always excellent!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We’ve been to many sushi establishments in the northern N.J. area and this was not all it’s hyped up to be. The sushi is ok at best. Rolls were a little on the small side for what they cost, and It wasn’t cheap. The place had a weird odor to it as well. Like the faint smell of old cologne, and it was making a little nauseas. The service was good, but the restaurant was pretty empty when we were there so...anyhow, it wasn’t terrible but we will not go back. There are so many other sushi places that are much better

MB
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had tickets at Bergen PAC. Wanted a nice meal before the show and the place didn’t disappoint. Would go back in a heartbeat

b
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Akai Lounge has the best Chilean sea bass - I order it every time. Additionally, there is a huge selection of different sushi rolls; something for everyone

BG
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Pleasant ambiance and not rushed.

f
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, food was good, will definitely return!

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and always fresh sushi. Its a 20 minute drive from us and well worth it!

TA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and drinks. The sushi tasted fresh.

W
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Excellent sushi
Great service
Not the coziest place but fine!

OT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The sushi and service was perfect as always.