Kajitsu

4.8
1112 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--Temple Kaiseki which is vegan a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. Please allow 2 - 3 hours for dining. All of our dishes are prepared from fresh, seasonal vegetables, legumes, wild herbs, seeds and grains, chosen at the moment in the season that best reflects their flavor. At Kajitsu we make our delicious and wholesome dishes from high-quality ingredients prepared with traditional Japanese culinary techniques.
*Kajitsu policy states that each guest that is seated at a table/counter is required to order one full course menu. Please notify us in advance if any children will be joining your dinner party.
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Preston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kajitsu was an outstanding experience! Each course was fantastic as was the tea and saké paired with it. The staff was sweet and knowledgeable. My wife and I can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Loved it. The tea pairing was great too. Highly recommend!!

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Melaina
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so excited to eat this incredible food at such a beautiful restaurant! The staff is amazing and the experience was so rich!

LM
LaurenM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved it! If you’re looking for a unique dining experience that is plant-based friendly - this is it!

Left the table very full and happy.

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Sarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal - delightful, delectable, beautiful. Highly recommended. Very impressive. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.

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Sparky
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kajitsu is amazing!! The food is aesthetically beautiful and the combination and texture of the food tastes amazing!!! The food creations are so unique and stunning. I highly recommend this place.

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vipAndrewB
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, service attentive as expected, but they need to work on pacing. We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time, and the first course didn’t come out for nearly another 30 minutes. I would have been ok with the late seating if they had an ala carte menu, however this is a set omakase menu so they should be able to better time service. All in all we were at the restaurant for 2 hours and 45 minutes for a 14 course menu (including dessert). I would come again when they have their timing corrected.

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vipRobertF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkably prepared vegan Japanese dishes though it’s unlikely anyone would miss a meat dish. Superb service and attentive care. Delicious

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Veevee
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an Experience! The best meal I have ever had. The traditional Japanese flavors are brought out with amazing skill and practice, and are complimented by the atmosphere and impecabile service. I found the sake and tea pairing to be worth the extra, and the way the drinks complimented the food was mind blowing. I would absolutly recomend Kajitsu if you enjoy traditional Japanese flavors and appreciate the artisty kaiseki requires.
Please respect the dress code! It does distract from the experience when someone walks in with athleisure and a baseball hat.
I will return to try the a la cart menu.

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful, knowledgeable, and gentle, contributing to the relaxing ambiance. Each course of our omakase meal was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. It was more than a meal, it was an experience. We also paired our meal with the sake pairing which was fantastic. The beauty of the dinnerware was part of that visual feast. True culinary artistry for their cultural roots. I can't wait to experience this again - in a different season! One suggestion: a printed menu of ingredients would be fun for a dining reference - although it is given at the beginning of each course, you're overwhelmed by the beauty of the dish in front of you and it's all forgotten!

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Kabu
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great experience.
12 different delicious generous courses which were beautifully presented.

RC
RobertC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The best Shojin cuisine in Manhattan

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vipBonnieE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing culinary experience! The tasting menu was prepared and presented flawlessly. The serving staff spent time explaining the dishes, how they were prepared and even the best way to eat. Highly recommend for any special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot express how much I love this restaurant. For me, every dinner here feels like a vacation from NYC. The details keep bringing me back, whether is the gorgeous flowers, decorations, ceramic or simply the utensils; every detail is noteworthy. If you fancy fine dining and have yet to visit Kajitsu, book a reservation now!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in nyc for a reason! I’ve been coming here for a couple years and tonight’s meal was the best so far!! Ever evolving and ever improving this is a restaurant worth a visit or maybe a few :) I feel like their portioning and pacing is brilliant, some tasting menus at other restaurants I feel either hungry or stuffed afterwards, but at kajitsu I find myself leaving perfectly satisfied. The chef is an incredible thoughtful, talented, and sweet person. If you’re planning on parting with 125$ I hope you part ways with it at Kajitsu and have a fine day!!!

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FedericoA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kajitsu is one of the best restaurant experiences I had in my life. The food is a true enhanced sensory experience and the service is friendly and respectful without overdoing it. Thinking about going every change of the seasons.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from greeting to salutations, the food was fantastic, elegant and delicious

JP
vipJeffP
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There seem to be two kinds of reviews for Kajitsu:

1) Those from people who like veggies and can't believe how good this food is;
2) Those from people who don't taste it.

I'm a "1" and feel sorry for the "2s."

This is one of the most remarkable places I've ever eaten. Needless to say, we plant to go back, especially since they change the menu every month!!

As to recommending it to a friend? I would to a "1" but who needs to hear it from people who don't appreciate the flavors and textures of supremely fresh veggies!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Anniversary

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food,service and atmosphere were very special,
We had a good time. Thanks

MY
MakiY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit amazes me. I'm not a vegetarian, but this is my favorite.

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TeranB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite part (besides the food) was the service—- every waiter/waitress there is dedicated to making sure your experience is top notch. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for an intimate, unique dining experience or wants to do a food tasting for the first time!

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vipMyaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite meals ever. Great experience all around!!!

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vipKris
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet understated elegance. Crazy delicious food. Even a true carnivore wouldn't miss the meat.

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KarenF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience and amazing vegan food. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both service and food are top-notch. The whole omakase menu was very harmonic. All dished worked very well with each other.

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HereForTheVeg
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Food was well prepared and interesting. Miso soup, corn chowder and soba noodles were our favorite courses. Service started off personable and prompt, but slowed way down over the course of the evening. Total meal time exceeded 3 hours. The room was very quiet, but that only amplified (in my mind, anyway) the very loud talkers a few tables away. I know way more about them than I want to. Kudos to the kitchen for their excellent work!

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vipOrangeCat
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

August "Omakase" manu was exquisite. Each dish was the traditional Japanese ingredients presented in a way we never seen. I am already looking forward to September menu!!

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Louisac
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Strange reception area with a togo tea bar belongs to someone else. No waiting area to sit nor stand before dinning room opens.

Food are very photogenic, but mostly no taste. Never describe a restaurant like this. Hate to do it.

KP
KevinP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, unique experience. Amazing staff and food

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Sarah
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and beautifully presented, and the service was top notch. The staff were very attentive and explained the components of each course and their placement within the progression of the meal. A true gem of a restaurant.

TL
TiffanyL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Although the dish and taste and presentation are impressive (vegetarian Japanese kaiseki), the actual primary ingredients are somewhat disappointing. Based on the reviews and its website, the ingredients are a lot more complex and diverse.

During my day to taste, it's very limited. There are a lot more vegetables during August so I would definitely go back if the ingredients can be more diverse.

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Foods
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful foods.
Great taste of vegetable.
We enjoyed all foods they served at night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

DM
DrMagic
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

As former vegetarians, my wife and I were really looking forward to an imaginative flavorful vegan meal. Very few of the courses were tasty. Most were bland. A couple were out and out bad. Twice I saw my wife do something I've never seen in our 43 years - spit out food. Pickled eggplant tasted like just raw eggplant. This meal cost $400 for two with drinks for 1. If it was $10 I would have said it was a bad value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was simply amazing. My favorite restaurant in nyc, the food I spectacular the pairings are delicious and the service impeccable. If you are looking to escape the speed of NYC for a night and take a vacation within the city, this is the place to go

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely vegetarian Japanese cousin. Excellent service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! I come every season to enjoy the different seasonal menus. The space and staff are lovely

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite an interesting experience. Nice pace. Left full after the full chef course with the mixed sake/tea pairing. Had a nice acknowledgment of our second anniversary from the staff.

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rnrn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kajitsu was an amazing experience, we went early in the evening and it was very calm and quiet but as the night went on it got a bit louder than I'd prefer, but to each their own!

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Kajitsu is rated 4.8 stars by 1112 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.