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Kanpai - Milwaukee

4.5
382 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates, Japanese
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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
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Phone number
(414) 220-1155
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charlie Kim
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Milwaukee Street
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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.
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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.
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
What 382 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent service, super clean restaurant and delicious food! Worth the trip all the way from Chicago!!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Four of us had a very fun time sampling each other's dinners, talking and laughing. Our booth seemed private, so we weren't distracted by other diners or any other noise. Our waiter was great, explaining various menu items, recommending a delicious appetizer and finding the perfect level of attentiveness. It was a wonderful pre-Milwaukee Chamber Theater dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was good, service was good. The best Japanese food choice in Milwaukee.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My family was celebrating a special event . . . my son's birthday. I informed the restaurant prior to arrival.

It took a server over 15 minutes to approach our table and we were seated in a main area of the dining room. We asked our server for recommendations for signature "don't miss" sushi rolls, specifically indicating "nothing spicy". Also included in our order was soup, and four pieces of Ikura sushi. The Ikura arrived as sashimi in cucumber cups. When we indicated "we ordered sushi" the server seemed apprehensive to return it to the kitchen and offered us a bowl of rice. We asked for the Ikura to be returned. Next, an $18 roll came out. It was spicy to the point of being inedible. I indicated this to our server, she did not offer to replace it with a different menu item. The soup never came out . . . until the end of our meal and after asking for it repeatedly. The pièce de résistance was that this establishment never acknowledged my son's birthday. Not going back.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Appetizer was cold bit besides that food food and service

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We have found Kampai the best place to go for sushi in Milwaukee

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

decent service decent sushi. relative prices for sushi in the area

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Authentic Japanese cuisine served with distinct attention to my gluten free needs including Korean Hot Stone Pot. All was over the top amazing!!! A true gem!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Atmosphere was OK. Food was pretty good. Service was not good. It took almost an hour from the time we sat down until we got our food. The server took our drink order once and never asked if we wanted another.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Just returned from Osaka Japan and went here to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.

The sashimi is very good quality and the rolls are inventive and delicious. The wines by the glass (White Haven Sauvignon Blanc) was perfect with the fish!

Service was excellent and there is even a little push button at each booth to call for service and the reaction is prompt. Well done!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Soda and green tea, maki and bibimbop with salad and you have the makings of a wonderful pre-play meal. The server, originally from Japan, is fabulous.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was great as always. Waited very long for our food which I guess was understandable for a Friday night. But the wait was very long. Server was great but again we waited forever for our food.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food quality was poor this evening. Nothing seemed fresh. Bad odor on spicy tuna roll, oil taste with specialty tempura roll, salad had too much dressing, katsu dish was luke warm with too much sauce. Disappointed with this experience.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Sushi is always fresh and tasty. Service was quick and friendly. Our waiter was incredible nice and attentive. Wish they had a few more options for some of the more creative rolls without cream cheese or tempura, but they accommodated our request to make the rolls “light on the rice” which was appreciated. Probably the best place to get sushi in the downtown Milwaukee area.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very good and reasonably priced. We had fully cooked items since we are not huge sushi fans.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Slow service, nothing remarkable. Very very expensive for sushi that I could get closer to home.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Good overall experience. Must have a reservation because it gets busy. Overall great sushi, but once the place got very busy our service really died down. Waiting to reorder or for water. But I would go back again!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Kanpai never disappoints. Their food is fresh, inventive, and delicious. Our service has never been anything but great.

If you haven't tried it you should!

Looking forward to the second location on the east side!

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

First timer,
Food, service and atmosphere was first rate.
We had both sushi and sashimi and the quality and portion size was out standing.
We will be back!!!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Our server ( Paris) was helpful and attentive
He recommended the stuffed avocado which was outstanding and 2 cocktails
The standout was the Asian Moon
The OMG dish was not impressive
The lingering taste of butane was a turn off
The sweet and sour gyozo was also disappointing
However the stuffed avocado was do good that we will come back for it and to try other dishes

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Pretty good sushi, though I have had same quality sushi for less expensive prices at other restaurants. Waitress was super nice and very patient with us when we could not make up our minds. A little bummed that they didn't do anything special for my friend's birthday though.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 14, 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!

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on August 25, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on July 25, 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)...

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5.0Dined on July 21, 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Poor quality

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