Visiting the area for the first time and we were really impressed!
Best sushi in Montclair by far. Superb ingredients and recipes. Fantastic, friendly, fun staff. Excellent service.
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.
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.
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.
Great neighborhood Japanese restaurant with some unusual offerings and nice atmosphere.
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.
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.
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!
Great food. Braised pork belly is top notch.
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!
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.
A nice experience again. We enjoyed it.
Our favorite sushi in Oakland. Quality of the fish is always great and the service is consistently good.
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