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Kakui

4.3
245 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
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.
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
What 245 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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

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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food. Braised pork belly is top notch.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

A nice experience again. We enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

We live our local gem!

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 22, 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.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 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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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 29, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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