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About Kakui

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.

2060 B Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94607
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Creative Japanese

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.

Cross Street:
Antioch Ct

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 338-1188

Website:
http://www.kakuisushi.com/

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kakui Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for a Date (4)
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Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Casual (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Hands down, my favorite sushi in the East Bay. The sushi and the staff are fantastic.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Casual, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of the most lovely (Japanese) restaurant in the Bay Area. They don't have a whole lot of diverse items on the menu, unlike some of the typical sushi places, but what's on the menu are generally very delicious. Tempura, nigiri, rolls, grilled dishes, you name it. What I like most about their food is that the chefs don't overdo it; it is rarely too sweet, too salty, too spicy or too fancy. I enjoy going there on Sunday evenings; parking is relatively easier, and the place is not as crowded.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First... always cross check the reviews here on other sites :)

That being said, the only thing I have to add is how they cheap out on a dish like a Spicy Tuna Roll by stuffing it with cucumber vs. actual fish. We sent that dish back and then received what we initially ordered.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always great sushi. Love sitting at the sushi bar. Great sake menu as well.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I love Kakui’s menu, so original and still with the best traditional sushi. Very good product quality.
Usually love the service too. Last night it was pretty slow... we’ll get over it.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Excellent sushi, sashimi, nigiri and a wide selection of creative rolls. Sake selection also good and enticing. A good spot for a high-quality, fairly quick meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Everything was OK-to -ood. They definitely tried harder when they first opened, though; this time service seemed a little indifferent and sushi not quite as shimmeringly fresh as it used to be. Not very busy at lunchtime. Perhaps they need to step up their game just a bit.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Hadn't been here in a while but was glad to revisit. Sushi was wonderfully fresh, rice was excellent. California roll, which was part of the combo otherwise I don't normally order it, was better than most. Will be back again sooner than last time!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Berlin)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The sushi is really very good! It is a very small restaurant so you need to have reservation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The service left a lot to be desired and the sushi was average

Decided to try a new sushi bar during an impromptu staycation day. My visit to this restaurant was by far the low point of an otherwise excellent day! The wait staff was confused. The person who seated me sent back my appetizer order; it arrived with the dinner order some 20 minutes later. The person who appears to be the head waiter, chose to wait on customers who were obviously seated after me. When he decided to wait on my table, we were sent the wrong food at least four times! When my dinner date received the ribs, they were so tough that they had to be sent back! Needless to say, the check was wrong too! I will not be returning to this restaurant...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Outstanding, from the preparation to the presentation of the various rolls, gyoza and tempura we had. Attentive service without gratuitous hovering. ;-) A great addition to Montclair dining.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was good! We made reservations and seating was quick. Server was attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The food is great. The service needs improvement; it's inattentive.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Perfect place for a business lunch. It was quiet and pleasant with attentive but unobtrusive service. The salmon teriyaki bento box was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2017

We go here often and the food is consistently good and very fresh. It is a smaller space so it can get a little loud with lots of people moving around. Fun to sit at the sushi bar and watch them make the fish - overall a great place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Good food. Nice atmosphere. Should have more to offer for dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Long wait but bring good company and all is well. Good neighborhood spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

One of the best sushi places in the area! It is small, so you can feel like you are too close to others to really have a dining experience that feels at all private.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Good neighborhood standard and the brussel sprouts are to die for! Service has been spotty in the past but was great tonight.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

If only management could get service right, this would be a great restaurant. They don't know to do simple things like refilling water, tea etc. Either restaurant isn't staffed appropriately or the team of servers don't work together. Meal sequencing also way off.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Creative, tasty Japanese food at a reasonable price... considering Bay Atea prices... retains a high level of execution.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Tables are way too close together. The servers can't serve easily without bumping into other patrons. They've done themselves a disservice in pushing them so close together. Not enjoyable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

This is a modified (western) place to eat. Not much for real Japanese food.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The service left much to be desired. Starting from the 35 min wait on top of our reservation (I get it, it was Valentine's Day) they comped us some sake. Then we got a very pushy server who was actually not a dedicated server but a manager "training" while he waited for their new restaurant in downtown Oakland to open. He was very pushy and then just left without clearly passing the baton to another sever. Food took forever to come out, and no one looked after us. Very disappointing. The only good thing to come from this restaurant was the excellent sushi once it finally arrived ( to give you an idea we watched the table next to use receive about 4 dishes before we received one after having waited).

The sushi was the saving grace. I would be willing to come back again during another less busy time to see if service changes.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Another fantastic lunch at Kakui. I was meeting a business colleague who came over from Danville, CA.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Their lunch time special Bento Box is so delicious and such a great value. Super fresh, always a great combination of chef's choice fish. Perfect size for lunch. Lots of food! I have always had a great experience with food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

A rating for anything but the service should be ignored because we were unable to eat here, despite having a reservation for weeks. We waiting at least 15 minutes before ordering drinks and then were waiting 20 MINUTES (!!) before we had to talk to the waitress about our order. We NEVER received our drinks. We simply said we would cancel our order and we walked to a nearby restaurant. Very disappointing, as we are local to the area and were looking forward to finding a good sushi spot. Will not go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Service was super slow. Took almost two hours before we got our entree and out wait person seemed not all there. Just kinda dingy. Also, I had assumed this place was more of an adult spot but walked in to see a family with a toddler who had rice all over the floor. I have kids and get it... just didn't jibe with my impression of what this place was. It wont be a destination for another date night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Lovely sushi. Very tasty and fresh. Excellent service and very reasonable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Great Sushi! Oakland A rolls were delicious

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Seriously some of the yummiest fresh sushi I have had in a while! Beautiful restaurant too. Definitely will be back for more! The Alicia Roll was my favorite.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2016

First time eating there was last week and we liked it so much we went back. Boyfried is NOT a sushi fan so he had chicken teriyaki 1st time and shrimp tempura 2nd. I had sushi. Everything was very good except the fact that both times, his cooked food came at least 15 minutes before my sushi. THe first time the waiter comped my sake because of the wait but not the 2nd time. I thought the first time was a fluke but apparently not. That's my only complaint. The food is good and the service is pleasant but they need to get their serving times organized a bit better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

The food was pretty good, but still overpriced, particularly the Miso, considering how small the actual serving of fish was. The server may want to relax a bit, we have had her before, very awkward long silences, gazing at us, I felt like I had to drive the conversation. I am only bringing it up because she is not a new employee.
In any event, I still would recommend it to friends. It may be a little cramped for new families with babies/strollers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Everything was wonderful! The special sushi scallops, Brussels sprouts were delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Slow service, they forgot one dish and didn't bring it even after we reminded them. Tempura is mushy and oily

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2016

it was great, our server was very helpful and knowledgeable of their food, She was always checking on us since we were sitting outside,

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2016

Took the family here because my favorite Sushi restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Restaurant was cold and accoustics were dreadful. We were the only people in the place and it was bizarrely difficult to hear.

Food was good, fresh, tasty, but I probably won't go back. Contrary to several Yelp reviews, the staff were great, service was great.

If you go, definitely try the garlic edamame.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2016

The fish is always fresh and the location is spectacular. Montclair Village is the best.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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