Kakui

4.2
259 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Cozy
  • Healthy
A sushi bar nestled in the quaint village of Montclair in Oakland delivers a menu which changes with the seasons based on it's core principals of using only the freshest, high quality fish while sourcing local and organic produce whenever possible.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Creative Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 12noon-2:30pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday 5pm-9:30pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm-10pm

Hours are subject to change based on restaurant occupancy and business volume.
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Phone number
(510) 338-1188
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Antioch Ct
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
259 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
53%
Very Good
25%
Good
14%
Fair
5%
Poor
3%
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Late arrival but still warm welcoming very thankful service

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OT
Atlanta
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Great little sushi spot with outstanding food and menu options! Everything we tried (soup/gyoza/sashimi/nigiri/rolls) were delicious!

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L
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

We have been to Kakui numerous times and it is reliably good and quiet enough to have a good conversation with friends. We're so glad they're in the neighborhood. Montclair could use more restaurants of this quality.

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OT
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Portions seem smaller and quality not as good as in many previous visits

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d
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Great experience...

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B
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

I like eating here as the fish is always fresh and very appealing and you can tell by the delicious taste—a lot of places may sell sushi and sashimi but you can tell this restaurant prides itself on the quality of their products. Two of us ordered chirashi and one person had one of the sushi rolls and the presentation and taste were very good. They also serve dishes like chicken teriyaki and tempura so there is something for everyone to enjoy at this restaurant. It is a tranquil place and a good choice for those who want to sit and chat.

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JZ
New Orleans
1.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

The "Closed" sign was still hanging out front when we arrived at 6 p.m. (Restaurant opens at 5:00 p.m.). Our table wasn't ready when we arrived. We waited while they wiped it down and set it. The edamame were soggy and extremely over-salted. The inari sushi was dry and not sweet enough, and it wasn't served until the very end of the meal when the other diners in my party had finished eating. The sashimi was twice the price of other local Japanese restaurants. We asked for 2 sake cups when we ordered a carafe of sake, but received only 1 cup, so had to ask again for the second cup. The food was way overpriced. I've enjoyed much better Japanese food for half the price elsewhere. I indicated when I made my Open Table reservation that this was a Birthday celebration dinner, but the restaurant didn't even mention or ask about that and did nothing special to acknowledge the occasion. We WON'T be back.

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ED
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

We go here all the time. Good food, reasonable prices and good service.

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AW
5.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

Kakui hits the spot every time. Quality + service are OUTSTANDING. Best quality sushi we've found in the East Bay.

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OT
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

Really really really really slow service

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s
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on May 7, 2018

third time I have been here and each time the service is very poor. Brought 6 people this time. Have to wait long time to get food and comes sporadically . Sometimes have to ask for them to remember. Five people working and tables only half full, yet poor service. Have to ask to get water refilled. Have to find someone just to ask to get tea refilled and then often not hot. Food was good when arrived. Must be another Sushi place in Montclair that is more responsive.

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

Absolutely amazing. Service is great and so is the food. I recommend trying the lamb.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

Mother daughter date night

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M
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

We've been here before and the food is usually good and somewhat inventive. But our meal was disappointing. Several dishes were sub-par. And the wine is really overpriced. Our server was good.

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AA
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 5, 2018

Sushi was solid as well as the overall decor of the place..Nice little neighborhood sushi joint that does everything well. Not gonna blow your socks off but neither will the bill at the end of the meal.

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m
Atlanta
3.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

I used to enjoy this place more but the service has gone downhill.

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FO
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

The food and drink were the lowest quality I have experienced in any sushi restaurant -- ever.
And, the prices are steep in comparison with high quality sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.

The sake was extremely cheap in quality and I am sure cost. The sashimi was the lowest quality fish I have ever been served.

Do not waste your money or your time.

I would NOT recommend this place to anyone.

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C
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on March 25, 2018

Good place to go for any day dining. There was nothing negative about the food or service - overall a good local place. The bar was full, and all tables too on a Saturday night. The service was excellent and food was more of a Japanese California style. Food was priced well for the value and quality. No complaints here but I also would not rave for days about it. It is a small restaurant (which I really like) so I’d probably reserve if for a Saturday night. The noise level was not terribly loud so I’m thinking it would be suitable for a timid date.

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OT
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

we booked a table through open table. when we arrived, we were told that they were closed. i had no issues with not being served, but was treated very rudely when i tried to tell the hostess/server that their hours were incorrect and that they might want to correct them for the customers. i will likely not visit them during business hours as a result. also, their accessible button to open the front door was broken, which sucked as i am disabled.

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L
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 4, 2018

I absolutely love the warm mushroom salad and keep returning for it. I also enjoy the miso soup and potstickers!! Yum, Yum!
I have introduced several friends to this place and all have loved it.

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S
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 27, 2018

This is a lovely little spot in Montclaire, Oakland, my first visit. The food is delicious and the service very friendly. I walked by one of the waiters taking a break and eating at the bar. She had a delicious looking sushi roll, salmon with a touch of lemon on top, that I commented on, and she offered me a piece!

The usual miso soup and mixed tempura is very good and the entré, black cod with bok choy and crimini mushrooms (Gindara) was superb. They also have shishito peppers as an appetizer, one of my favorites.

The decor is super nice; the prices are reasonable. Will go back lots.

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AZ
5.0
Dined on February 26, 2018

Always awesome and I am extremely selective! The food is divine. The service is on point.

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OT
5.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

Visiting the area for the first time and we were really impressed!

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AC
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

Best sushi in Montclair by far. Superb ingredients and recipes. Fantastic, friendly, fun staff. Excellent service.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

We wanted to love it as they are in our neighborhood, and overall it was a good experience, but I felt like there was an element of missed opportunity here. Regarding the food, it was primarily deep fried focus, with varying sauces more sweet than savory - not unpleasant but not visionary either. Plating was well crafted. The service was absent/spotty in generally mixed - eg not clearing the plates at all, leading us to move them to adjoining table, and having to wipe down the table ourselves - and ask for the clothes and materials to do that - water not refilled - nothing proactive in general. Charged card for a different table first, though they redacted it - wait staff seemed to spend more time talking to themselves, looking at their phones rather than working the room so to speak - though they were aware of the need to check and ask if we liked the food - so mixed... We hope they take the criticism constructively - innovate more in the kitchen, add more healthy options and do some more SOP work on the service. Montclair needs this place given the limited options. We plan to go back either way.

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

I was disappointed that a Japanese restaurant that seems on the higher end would serve imitation crab premixed with its regular crab. Menu had a few options for a gluten free diner but not a ton. As someone who needs GF I will go elsewhere next time. It was also so loud I couldn’t hear my family across the table very easily. The wait staff were super nice, however, and the food was prepared very well.

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r
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good but not great sushi, etc. Nice place with good service.
Only negative is that prices are high and portions are small.
Prices are like downtown SF or Beverly Hills, $$ for a neighborhood place.

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L
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 8, 2018

Great neighborhood Japanese restaurant with some unusual offerings and nice atmosphere.

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BA
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 26, 2018

Have been there several times. Food is consistently excellent - love all those different 'sushi' rolls! - and service is friendly & attentive. A great addition to Montclair.

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D
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on January 26, 2018

A group of 7 co--workers decided to end the week with a pleasant meal. We enjoyed the diverse menu with lots of vegi options. We opened the restaurant (5:30) and were seated against the wall near the door, on two small tables. Unfortunately, it was a cool nght, and we had to keep asking the reception person to close it. When the food came, it was placed on the table haphazardly by a variety of folks (not our waitress, who was busy taking other orders) and they neglected to bring condiments. The table was crowded for our group, and at one point a glass of water got knocked over due to this. The place is small-without professional wait staff. Finally, after just an hour, with patrons standind around waiting for us to leave., we left. While the food was good, it was not a pleasant or relaxing meal. I would not go back with a large group - they simply could not handle it.

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KL
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 18, 2018

Such great sushi and good for all occasions. It’s great they are on opentable because there are definitely times you need a reservation. I’ve never been disappointed with a dish!

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Richmond
4.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food. Braised pork belly is top notch.

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LJ
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Kakui is one of our favorite restaurants! Fresh fish, great quality of meat and vegetables superbly cooked and presented. The only thing I would suggest is that during the winter months, there be a curtain/barrier to stop the draft from hitting the patrons directly seated in front of the door. We got it every time someone opened the door!

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n
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 15, 2017

We have eaten here often and always have a delicious meal. From bowls of garlic edamame, to fish collars, delicious Brussels sprouts, wonderful tasty sushi and sashimi to the lovely lists of hot and cold sake, this is a lovely small Japanese restaurant with friendly, warm service. Because it is relatively small it never gets noisy. The ambiance, including fantastic floral displays, is great for a quiet evening of wonderful food. Some may think it’s pricey. We think it’s terrific value for the fine food served. We will keep going, even though there are two other sushi places within a couple of blocks of Kakui. They get our business every time.

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 9, 2017

A nice experience again. We enjoyed it.

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

Our favorite sushi in Oakland. Quality of the fish is always great and the service is consistently good.

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ME
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

I can't believe restaurants still use cheap fake crab for their meal and not even an option to have sushi roll with real crab? foods were hit and miss so I can't recommend it

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I
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on November 21, 2017

We live our local gem!

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d
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on November 17, 2017

what a find in Montclair! although our GPS took us about a block away and you would really miss this place if you weren't looking hard for it. we walked past it twice! But once we got there -- wonderful! the food is amazing. service was excellent. I will definitely go here again!

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OT
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food. Sometimes the food is a bit slow to come, but the wait staff is very nice.

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