Kanpai - Sushi Asian Bistro

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Kanpai is a restaurant best known for its sushi; we have over 55 beers in house that change on a weekly basis. We have $15 bottles of wine all day every day and we also have a new kitchen menu for a taste of the very best in Asian inspired dining. If you enjoy great food and a great atmosphere, Kanpai is a unique Evansville restaurant to visit for lunch or dinner. We are right off of Green River Road if you’re looking for something near Evansville’s east side. Every time you stop in could be a different experience, as we may have live music or a craft beer tasting. If you’re hungry and in a hurry for carry-out or a large business delivery, Kanpai now offers the simplicity and accuracy of online ordering.
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.1
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vipCollierCulinaryCritique
Washington DC
161 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! This small unassuming place has great variety, awesome servers, and fantastic food at very reasonable prices. The apps and entrees we're good but the star is the dessert!!! Where else are you going to have a cookie dough egg roll

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vipAmie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Large portions. Great value. Delicious food. Friendly service. Can not wait to go back.

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BethJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and even better when Monte is there playing.

JB
JonathonB
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Beware when using open table for reservations here. The hostess didn't have any idea what open table was. She only had phone call reservations. Luckily there was a table open for us and we were able to enjoy ourselves.

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JenO
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They don’t use open table anymore so there was no reservations for us. Food was great as always but this needs to be taken off their website

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AdamS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

BiRthDay celebration.

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LaLa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Kanpai doesn’t actually use open table anymore so we had to wait about 35-40 minutes for seating. Food was great. Definitely try the Crab Rangoon

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vipBlackpond
Nashville
44 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is excellent. The Thai Brussels Sprouts are to die for. This is my goto restaurant when I am in Evansville. This is not a fancy place and the ambiance isn't particularly great, so might not be the spot to take a date you're trying to impress, but its nice, clean, and quiet. I've had business lunches and dinners here where fancy was not important. However, I have a reputation to uphold when it comes to finding great food, and in that department, this place does not disappoint. Also very reasonably priced for the quality of the food you are getting.

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Tara
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The sushi was lacking in size, portioning and overall flavor for the price. The 8$ bottle of wine was decent and saved the rest of the meal. The entire restaurant was completely empty for almost the entirety of the meal at 430 on wine Wednesday as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food good value. This is a fun place to have a good Asian meal. The food is really good and a lot of it. Don't miss the fried cheesecake!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb. Lots of flavor, fresh. Service was on point. Not too much attention, but on top of everything.
Will definitely dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The avocado salsa was very chunky and you had to use a spoon to put it on the chips. We were brought our food with out any utensils and also our sweet tea was refilled twice with unsweetened tea. Our sushi was on point, however my son's General Tso's lacked flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This small Asian Bistro is fun for a cozy feeling date or business lunch. The food is wonderful and Kanpai puts it's own twist on standard rolls, as well as, bringing new ones to the table. Would definitely go back and recommend to anyone with taste buds.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being relatively new to sushi I never know what to pick. The wait staff were kind when I had questions. The food was phenomenal!! Who knew a seaweed salad would actually be so delicious!?!? The Godzilla Roll and the Three Spicy Roll are the only two I've tried so far. I see many more trips to Kanpai in my future!

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jdiner
SW Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always satisfied with our visits here. They have the best home made Crab Rangoon I have ever had. Server was excellent, very attentive without smothering. Many different sushi rolls to choose from, and dinner options are a good fusion of Asian styles.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pow pow shrimp was amazing. Awesome beer menu. Great sushi. Can't wait to go back.

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ABSOLUTELYDIVINE
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was actually my first time coming to Kanpai. A couple of girlfriends and I gathered for a wine Wednesday. I was so glad I made a reservation previous to coming. Soon as I stepped in, it was really busy. I loved the ambiance. I loved the live music. The value of the wine was amazing. Not to mention, the food was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I love this place extra because it's literally right by my apartment. Kanpai you're freaking awesome. I will be back.

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SteveC
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were in Evansville for just one night and picked this restaurant after reading the menu online. All 4 of the menu items we sampled were excellent. The ahi tuna is to die for. It melted in my mouth. The fried zucchini was a large serving and came with a tasty dipping sauce. And don't leave without trying one of the fried eggroll desserts. The restaurant is small and was noisy on a Friday evening, but the service and food more than made up for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have dined at Kanpai several times. This visit is the only visit that I would rate less than perfection. The service was lacking. Our server was Justin I believe he said his name was. He brought our drinks and then we didn't see him again for quite some time. The person that seemed to be the manager or shift leader brought our main course and I reminded him that we did not receive our salads. Approximately 10 minutes later Justin brought our salads.

I observed that other servers were having the same issues. A young man sitting alone requested something and it was approximately 10 minutes later before he received if. Just as I did, he sat and waited without eating his entree in front of him. The servers were not talking to each other, not working together. And the hostess was no help--she was not at the door as people came in. Then when no one was coming in, she was standing bored at the hostess station.

I will say that the place runs like a well oiled machine when the owner is present. The food was still more quantity and quality than anywhere else in town for the cost. Fantastic food. Off service day.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful dining experience at Kanpai! Wether it is the service or food, nothing disappoints! By far some of the Tri states best sushi!

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HeatherB
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

When in a time crunch for lunch it is not a place to go. Work a block a way and every time we go(with call ahead seating) we always have to get our food to go because it gets brought out with 5 mins to get back to work. We get 1 hour for lunch

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KelleyG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good as usual but the service was terrible. We received food with out plates or utensils, server could answer questions and was absent when needed and seemed annoyed to be working.

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ConnieR
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We went to Kan Pai with some friends who have never been. It was so loud in the restaurant that we could not hear each other. I just don't remember it being that loud. The food was just o.k. that night. Unfortunately, our friends were not impressed. We will go back, but I am not sure they will.

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JakeW
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic trip to Kanpai. They were nice enough to make a special meal for my grandma. Thanks again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were served our drinks and then ignored for at least 1/2 hour. When we complained , we were told there was a new sushi chef and they were trying to push him. They didn't even take our order, which wasn't going to be all sushi. We decided to pay for our drinks and leave. We were very hungry and also disappointed. We have been going there for years and have always loved it. This was the first time in our lives we ever left a restaurant without eating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must try the crab Rangoon and the Godzilla roll!

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very generous owner, Jason Munoz, was in and stopped by to speak with us then later brought by a sample of a sushi roll. Food was fresh and delicious as always! Kan Pai is a favorite of ours.

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Roxy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the Bento lunches, quick and easy ordering. Inside of the restaurant is quaint and small. We were on a lunch break and the timing was perfect. Food was delish!

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Food was good but not great. Price was good. Unruly customers at next table, very intoxicated. Had my young daughter with us. NOT kid friendly. Would recommend only to friend without kids. My child asked what Exotica was; very uncomfortable.

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Kristina
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great sushi and ambiance! I went with a group of 4 and we split a few appetizers from the impressive app menu...they all sounded delicious! We shared some rolls from the extensive (but not overwhelmingly extensive) sushi menu. You truly feel like you are in a trendy restaurant which is a treat for Evansville. I was delighted with the food but unimpressed with our server. First of all, he/she (don't want to give any names away) didn't even seem like they were old enough to be serving alcohol and was clueless about the beer and wine selection. The night we were there, the drink special was $2 New Belgium beers and when someone from the table asked if that included all New Belgiums, the server responded, "Umm...I don't think so." And that was it. They didn't go and find out for sure and they had no idea which ones were $2. Turns out they were indeed all $2 which should have been an easy "Yes!" from the server. We later found out that there was a drink menu but we didn't get that when we sat down so I had to ask about wine selection and they were also clueless about that. I also never got the miso that I ordered which wasn't a big deal and I decided not to say anything until we got the bill and it was on there. The server promptly removed it and apologized so that was fine. Overall, the food was delicious but a better trained wait staff would have immensely improved the experience and truly set this restaurant above others.

KB
vipKatherineB
Greensboro
165 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Pho-nomenal! Always good.

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Foodyum
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great! I love the kanpai salad and Ricardo roll with spicy crab added on top.

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dman002002
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was definitely better than average, even after the ownership change. The waiting service was good, but did leave a bit to be desired. My appetizer arrived after my main course, which is, of course, unacceptable (not really unacceptable, just needed to mention it). The live music, provided my Matthew Sneed, was pretty darn good, in my opinion.

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Vicki
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Best crab Rangoon I've ever had. We made an online reservation and were seated immediately.

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vipTomD
SW Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it for lunch and dinner. Great selection and quality. Beverage specials daily except for Friday.

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the option to book through Open Table. Kanpai is usually busy, so it was convenient to know we had a reserved spot.

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Junebug0561
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Could not wait to try out after seeing the restaurant on Channel 14 News. The food was ok. Egg rolls tasted bland, house wine was not good ( Merlot). Entree ok. Very small and cramped tables as space was limited. Probably not worth the drive from Owensboro . Our waitress was very nice but had a large table as well

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Angie
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music soundtrack was awesome! They have a wide range of beer selection also!

KB
vipKatherineB
Greensboro
165 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I love their Pho!

FAQs

Kanpai - Sushi Asian Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. Kanpai - Sushi Asian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (812) 471-7076.

Kanpai - Sushi Asian Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.