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House of Japan - Polaris

4.1
752 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Kid-friendly

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Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse, Seafood, and Sushi Restaurant where we cook and entertain you right in front of the Grill. Everyone gets a Front Row Seat!!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(614) 781-1776
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
T.R.
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Private party contact
Anne or Julie: (614) 781-1776
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Polaris Pkwy and Sancus Blvd.
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Entertainment
Watch our chefs perform tricks, flying shrimp tails, fire volcano, juggling eggs and much more... You have to come to experience it!!!! Bring the kids too... They would love it!!!
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Our birthday group had dinner to celebrate my birthday. Our Chef Paul is a EXCELLENT Chef with a great sense of humor and fun personality. Our food was delicious; We had a fun and awesome time. Overall great experience.

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OldRetiredGuy (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

My granddaughters love House of Japan. We celebrated one of their birthdays on our last visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

A great experience that we would come back for thank you very much

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Barbara (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

This was my third visit to House of Japan. Good service and food, as expected.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
1.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

The restaurant really rushes you through your meal. Line up to get to your table, hurry up and order, eat your salad, down your soup, watch the chef, pay your bill and get out of the way. If you don't leave the table right away expect glares from the staff until you do. We have been to many Japanese Steak houses before, and never experienced such behavior before.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

The sole was as delicious as ever! The food is great and we were seated with a really wonderful family. Always great at HOJ.

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vipTheFiddler (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Fairly slow service, chef was competent but didn't perform many theatrics. Rice was mushy, proteins were decent but not overwhelmingly outstanding. Main dining room was uncomfortably warm.

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mah01 (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Always a fun time watching your meal being prepared. Our chef was great - kept everyone entertained while still serving an excellent meal. Filet and shrimp were both perfect!

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Eric (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

All in all it was a very nice Mother's day dinner. It was one of the better Japanese Steakhouse experiences in Columbus. We have been to at least 4 to 5 other similar restaurants and this one held up just fine.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

This may have gotten a higher rating but the service was very rushed. It took forever for them to take our drink orders and meal orders. Then the chef rushed to cook our food and after about 15 min we were brought our bills and to go containers. We weren't even done eating . Wont be going their again.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

This was a great outing. Despite the fact that there were some technical issues with our grilling station the chef did an amazing job getting our meal cooked and management came to apologize several times and provided a discount for our dinner. We will be sure to visit again. The food was both excellent and plentiful.

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JPmd (Columbus)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Food service was way too slow. Felt terrible seeing that live food performance on our table was way too small and not happening as we saw on other table. Price of food didn't do justice to the food served. Order dinner entree of shrimps and chicken and our plate was full of rice and little shrimps n chicken. Funny that we could actually count how many pieces were there in plate. Terrible.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We made a reservation for Mother's Day and when we were seated they were putting 3 people on each end which is usually only for 2 people and the side had 7 seats plus a high chair which is usually only 4 people. Absolutely ridiculous!

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KMguerrs (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Took our mothers there for Mother's Day. The restaurant was very busy and, although we had a reservation, I was prepared for a long wait. I was pleasantly surprised to be seated within 10 minutes of our arrival. The food was very tasty and the service was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

We took our toddler here to celebrate our birthdays and all three of us really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

This was my second visit to this establishment since coming back to Columbus. House of Japan is always a home run choice! I love it, family and friends love it when we go; food is amazing every single time. The chefs keep us cracking up all throughout the meal, and the service staff is extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating.

My only complaint with this visit was at our arrival. I made a reservation on Open Table for that same evening. When we arrived, I was informed that reservations were running 25 minutes behind. On top of this, the waiting area was packed. While I understand it's a busy Saturday night, it would have been great to have been given a heads-up before arrival. Though it put us behind on our plans for after dinner, overall it was a great experience I would highly recommend to anyone to check out for themselves. I'll be back to House of Japan very soon.

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dinner (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Overall food was good, chef was OK. Expensive for the environment, loud, tight seating.
Have been to better Hibachi restaurants.

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tcupbaby (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

I went with my family for my birthday. The server was great and the cook was very entertaining! :)

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

I love the food. Entertaining. Depart from the usual.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Love this place. Great for special occasions and a wonderful place to take the little ones....so exciting for them;)

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on April 9, 2017

Our chef was great, attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and serving size very generous. We go to this House of Japan quite often and it along with the other House of Japan in Dublin are the best teppanyaki Japanese Steakhouses in the area.
Our only disappointment was that our server looked and acted extremely stressed thru much of the meal. Not until we were almost finished eating did we see her smile and friendly.

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Anne (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Outstanding food and chef was extra great on this evening! We have seen the "show" many times and come back for the food, but he was fantastic and kept even us veteran diners amused:) Thanks!

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comingback (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

We had a terrific chef with a great sense of humor who did an excellent job creating our meals. It was a fun and delicious experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

The atmosphere was very friendly and the staff was very helpful. They sat us quickly and was able to keep us entertained. A great restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

Enjoyed the whole evening, from the food to the entertaining and talented hibachi cook!

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MomColes78 (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Our cook was outstanding. We have been before and requested him just because of his service. He remembered us and that made it more worth while

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Bertram (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 19, 2017

It's fun to watch the chefs preparing the meal at your table especially because they start with a juggling show. I've been to Japan and never experienced such a show at a restaurant so I doubt that is authentic.
It gets uncomfortable as soon as other guests leave your table. I felt like being urged to leave too. The food prepared at your table was very good. Nice choice of Asian beer.

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vipTheBigTipper (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

St Paddy's day

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2017

Was good!!.. however sometimes the food is somewhat over cooked if u order shrimp or seafood.. .. steak filet was fab!.. scallops were good.. lobster and shrimp little like rubber.. other than that was good

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vipDiner (Columbus)
1.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

It took us over 30 minutes to be seated for our reservation. The filet was very good but the chicken was overcooked and tough. The sauces were thin and vinegary. The fried rice was overly oily but tasty. The waiter was over booked and was unable to keep our drinks filled and also had trouble responding to requests. One of the chefs next to us was uncomfortably loud and was throwing shrimp across the room to a table way over on the other side of the room over our heads. Some people at our table were uncomfortable including us. The tables are too close together in the dining room. It will be hard for us to find a good reason to return.

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