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About House of Japan - Polaris

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!!

8701 Sancus Blvd
Columbus, OH 43240
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
Polaris Pkwy and Sancus Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 781-1776

Website:
http://www.houseofjapanohio.com/

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!!!

Executive Chef:
T.R.

Private Party Contact:
Anne or Julie: (614) 781-1776

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

House of Japan - Polaris Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (1148)
Special Occasion (959)
Kid-friendly (753)
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Great for Lunch (423)
Fit for Foodies (247)
Neighborhood Gem (158)
Hot Spot (140)
Romantic (112)
Great for Brunch (78)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Late-night Find (49)
Fun (48)
Good for a Date (43)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Authentic (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Scenic View (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Business Meals (14)
People Watching (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (6)
Outstanding Value (6)
Healthy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Authentic, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 9, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 28, 2017

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

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 (Columbus)·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.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (Columbus)·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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vip
 (New England)·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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 (Columbus)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·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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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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food2
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 (Columbus)·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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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 12, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·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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food3
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 22, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Columbus)·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;)

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Fun, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 26, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tapas
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 (Columbus)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on March 17, 2017

St Paddy's day

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 (Columbus)·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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Columbus)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Made a 5pm reservation, for a party of 9, for my 10year olds birthday. Made the reservation online, a week in advance. At the time of the reservation, in the "comments" box for "special occasions", I added it was her 10th birthday dinner and we wanted the birthday package.

6 of us arrived at 445. We checked in, and I reminded the hostess we had a birthday girl with us. 2 more arrive at 455. The last, was less than 5 minutes away. There were 5 open tables at that time. By the time the last person showed up, the hostess had sat other "walk-in" guests and there were no tables available. She stated we had to "wait". We waited another 30 minutes.

We were seated, we placed our drink orders. When the waitress returned and took our food orders, I opened the menu to the "birthday package" page and pointed it it and my 10 year old. The waitress nodded her head in agreement.

Chef came out, show he did was great. Bee personable and funny. He prepared our meals. Other than the rice being a little under done, food was spectacular.

Received the bills, but nothing for the birthday girl. Our waitress wasn't back long enough to bring it up. Our 10 year old was pretty sad.

Love the food. Love the chef. Other staff is inattentive and has an "oh well, I don't care attitude". But we feel they ruined our 10year olds dinner expectation. Or something they can make up for.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We love going to House of Japan. The servers are usually great. This time he was hard to understand, got our drinks wrong and served soup with and obvious piece of hair in it. The cook could have been more entertaining but did a good job. One suggestion as a courtesy; if you have a seafood allergy tell the waitress before you are seated. The other people that sat with us had a seafood allergy and all of our seafood had to be cooked at the end so it wouldn't mix with the other persons food. We understood why, but the rest of our food was cold by the time our seafood was ready. Overall still my favorite hibachi!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 4, 2017

They were behind and our reservation was not ready when we arrived. When we asked about the reservation the staff was rude and unprofessional. We ended up leaving before we were sat because of the front of house staff and lack of customer service.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The food was good! However we made a reservation through Open Table for 7:00pm and did not get seated till 7:30 pm. The hostesses could not give a reason for why it was taking so long. I had the feeling that they overbooked due to everthing that was happened in Columbus this weekend. I felt like why did I even take the time to make a reservation because it didn't even matter.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Our reservations were for 6:30 p.m. period we were not seated until 720 p.m. and waited 30 minutes to have our order taken. We left the restaurant at 9 p.m. . They were extremely overbooked and understaffed

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We were not impressed. We had reservations for 6 and we were not sat till 6:25, we have young children and therefore make reservations so that we don't have to wait. The waitress running around and not attentive to us at all. Forgot drink orders and rushed to give a birthday song at the end after the whole table left. For the price, I will not return.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Amazing!! Favorite place in Columbus.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great Japanese Steakhouse restaurant. Food was great. So was The chef who put on a great show. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 26, 2017

We have been going to HOJ since it opened. Still good 😊

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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Good place for a group where you can talk and interact with a little entertainment.

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