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About Kanpai - Milwaukee

A modern Asian Japanese restaurant that defies comparison. Extraordinary sushi, sake, and small plates served in a sensual, contemporary atmosphere. Kanpai's tempting cocktails and sharable plates make it the perfect spot for a delectable meal and drinks at any hour.

408 East Chicago St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates, Japanese

Hours of Operation:


Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Milwaukee Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 220-1155

Website:
http://kanpaimilwaukee.com/

Catering:
Please call 414-220-1155 to arrange your catering order, or send the specifics regarding number of people, date, time, & desired cuisine to kanpai.mke@gmail.com. We will respond immediately to accommodate your event.

Parking Details:
There is ample street parking available surrounding the restaurant; there is also a paid parking structure on Milwaukee Street at the intersection of Chicago Street, right next to our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Charlie Kim

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a private tatami room (traditional Japanese low-to-the-floor seating) available to seat up to 16-18 guests. Please contact us at 414-220-1155 or kanpai.mke@gmail.com to arrange your special event.

Kanpai - Milwaukee Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Casual (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Chardonnay and green tea, a delicious maki and bimbimbop with salad and you have the makings of a fine start to an evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was great! We especially enjoyed some of the vegetarian options, so that our friends that do not eat sushi could join us. We had a very knowledgeable server that pointed out options for us to try that were delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Late-night Find
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Kanpai makes the best sushi in Milwaukee - super fresh fish, creative rolls, and beautiful presentation. Attentive service and great ambiance as well - and the booths are nice for privacy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Best sushi in MKE, and we've been to them all. Excellent service as well

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Recommended from my daughter who frequents this restaurant and we were not disappointed at all. Wonderful waiter and cleanly restaurant. The food was amazing. I am new to the Asian Sushi Market, and we shared seaweed salad, potstickers, Kanpai and Oh My God..... the food was wonderful! Would come again and try other items. FIVE STAR RATING! Loved every bite!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Fun, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fantastic recommendations by the waiter for some good Japanese beer. Great quality of sushi in the "rock n' roll"

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was pretty bad and very overpriced and tasteless. The atmosphere was pretty nice and service was ok but considering the place was empty on a Saturday night I'd expect it to be pretty quick. Would NOT recommend this place.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent food, but awful service. We were sat down and offered menus to review. Our server came to us said he'd return after we reviewed the menus. It was 20 minutes until he returned only because we flagged him down. He actually admitted that he lost track of time talking to a regular customer. He apologized, but this just seems unacceptable and inappropriate. He also mentioned this was just his summer job. Note: probably shouldn't admit that when you've already treated your customers with such little attention. Again, the food was just fantastic, I just wish that the service would have been the same. We'll be sure to come back after this server's 'summer job' is over.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food and great service. Menu has a very wide selections of food items. Appetizers are very good as well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Celebrated my boyfriend's birthday with friends! Such a wonderful surprise! The food was fantastic and the ambiance was unmatched for sushi in Milwaukee! Had such a great experience! Will be back for seconds!

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

great food and great service for a reasonable price (for special occasions).

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our server was a little strange. I've had him before and it was the same situation.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Our first visit to Kanpai - it was pretty quiet late on a Tuesday evening, but we were okay with that. Our server was helpful and attentive (although he spoke so quietly at times it almost seemed like mumbling under his breath, rather than addressing us). The drinks were good, as was the food. Of particular note were the Spicy edamame and the Miami maki. The one "low" note was the Crazy maki roll - apparently it's popular, but both of us found the sweetness to be a bit off-putting (not enough that we didn't eat it, however). Oh, and the running political commentary coming from the booth behind us (while we agreed with most of what she was saying, she was speaking a bit loudly given the generally low level of ambient noise)...

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I took my son, the sushi liver, for dinner. He thoroughly enjoyed, as did I. We sat at the bar and were entertained watching the chefs work non stop.
The fish was extremely fresh and clean. The price was midline for sushi/sashimi, worth the extra few dollars for such fresh tastes.
Highly recommend!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Horrible, sushi rolls were warm. Sent two items back that I could not eat.
The manager told our waiter that she could remove the bad food from the bill because it was a preference.

Food appeared be previously made. Left overs.

Never go here.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had a delicious dinner, as always. Each of our dishes was delicious, and the service was very attentive and professional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Not a good choice for those who prefer traditional sushi. Wide variety of contemporary Japanese-fusion dishes. Thank goodness the 22oz beers were only $5 at happy hour.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Poor quality

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great service and even better food. Exotic food that everyone should try. Brings a good name to sushi

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Fabulous! Best sushi in Milwaukee we've had so far

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 6, 2017

My wife and I returned and discovered it was Downtown Dining Week, an added bonus. Already featuring good lunch specials, the opportunity to have a fixed price (very reasonable) for a 3 course meal was too good to pass on. We had 3 rolls, tekka, trio and spicy tuna and all 3 were delicious. Out waiter also was knowledgeable, personable and went the extra yard for a special request. I love this place and beyond the sushi, sashimi, and Korean offerings we agree that the miso soup and the ginger dressing and our salad were the best in town.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Food and atmosphere were good but service was bad; inattentive and awkward. I would go back though for the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Hands down best sushi I've ever had!! I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Kanpai is now our favorite sushi places in the Milwaukee area. Nice atmosphere, great service and the food is excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We went here with our group of 12 when another restaurant was booked for the night I wanted. We were all pleasantly surprised. They seated us in a semi-private area where we had plenty of room but still felt part of the restaurant. (There is also a more private room with a traditional low Japanese table. There was a bachelorette dinner in there while we dined. We may book this next time). Our waiter was wonderful- very informative, friendly and professional. We were all very happy with his recommendations for appetizers for the table. The wagyu beef jalapeño poppers were excellent. My husband and I ordered two maki rolls for dinner. Both very good. The flavored sakis were a fun addition to the meal. Everyone in our party said they would recommend this restaurant and they all plan to return.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We went late on a Thursday night after a graduation. Food was delicious and staff were super nice and friendly. We were not rushed at all. A little pricey but worth it for special occasions out once in a while. I'd come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We enjoyed dining this past Saturday night. One person doesn't like sushi and ordered a fish dinner and really liked it. Thx

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Vegan
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 3, 2017

As always, our visit to Kanpai was awesome our waiter was very patient with us while we tried looking for new sushi rolls to try.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I think we had something if everything between the four of us! Crispy veggie gyoza, well-salted edamame, hot miso soup and tasty seaweed and house salads to start. Fresh and flavorful maki rolls - I will be craving the Hot Spider at every other sushi place I visit. Great to have teriyaki tofu for vegetarians! Soba noodles with chicken was tasty and always happy when black rice is an option. Great service and great atmosphere (music at just the right volume).

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Good food great service yum yum!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Amazing sushi although pricey. It is worth it for a splurge! The freshness of the food is impeccable. Would highly recommend the stuffed avocado appetizer! The only downfall was we were right next to the dish pit and server stations which caused unneeded noise.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Very timely seating. Parking required finding a spot on a side street, or paid lot. But that's not unusual for this part of town. Very attentive waitress. Knowledgable about menu, offered excellent recommendations. Comparable prices to other restaurants. Sashimi was fresh, a little pricier than other establishments, but quality was good. Wine list was reasonably complete.

We had a party of 4, sat at a booth, were promptly served during prime time. Inclusive menu was easy to choose from, and food arrived timely.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The restaurant is fairly nice and the sushi is very good, but a bit over priced compared to other sushi restaurants in town. The waiter was nice, but it didn't seem like he was all too happy to take care of us. He also forgot our water and then our request for a silverware setting. Lastly, it took some flagging down to get our check even after explaining we making it quick for a theater show. The second waiter that brought our sushi was nicer and said hello and goodbye even though we weren't his table.

All in all, it was a good experience but given the prices, pleasantness shouldn't be hit or miss.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Once again Kanpai delivers an awesome dinner of the best and freshest sashimi in town!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Excellent appetizers and rolls! Would definitely dine here again!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Love every bit of it. Appetizer, entree, atmosphere,service and drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Kanpai offers a fantastic sushi experience and knowledgeable waitstaff who really take care of you. We were served by Paris, a young man who really knew his way around the menu and made confident suggestions for both our drink (house negori sake) and sushi dinner rolls. Paris is articulate and responsive, often anticipating our needs before we had to ask.

The sushi itself is fresh and the flavor combinations are perfectly balanced. We ordered three different rolls and ended up adding a fourth, each with a unique blend of ingredients, textures and tastes. We were comfortably full at the end of our meal. More, Kanpai prices are commensurate with the amount of food on the plate; you definitely get your money's worth.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We have walked by Kanpai many times but finally decided to give it a try. Our server Heather was outstanding, able to explain anything on the menu or from the bar in terms any could easily understand. She gave us great recommendations on what to order. You can tell she is very knowledgeable. There is something for everyone here. Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Our server couldn't have cared less that we were there, our food took forever, our drinks took forever, he took our drinks for refills and forgot them, what a disappointment.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Five Stars. Definitely one of Milwaukee's Best for Sushi. Service was great, our server Ross was fast and funny.

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