Aoi Restaurant

4.1
13 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
At Aoi, we specialize in Washoku, a traditional Japanese cuisine registered under UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage since 2013. Our award-winning chefs from Japan prepare each dish using the finest culinary techniques and feature only fresh, natural and seasonal ingredients.
Japanese cuisine oftentimes uses seafood-based flavorings such as dashi stock even in their vegetable dishes. Our menu, on the other hand, is rooted in Shojin cuisine, a genuine vegetarian cooking originating from Zen Buddhism. This distinction allows us to provide our guests with a diverse range of true vegetarian options.
Our mission is to support a healthy lifestyle for our guests and allow them to experience a large variety of flavors through our unique culinary creations. This is made possible by emphasizing the use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients to accentuate the authenticity and health benefits of Japanese cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch : Monday to Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner : Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed on Sundays
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Phone number
(732) 635-7146
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Noboru Kikuchi and Yasuo Niizuma
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Catering
Catering: We offer various options, from chef action station, to sushi platters, and Bento boxes.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hilton Road
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Parking details
Large free parking lot, in front and in the back of the hotel.
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Public transit
Metropark train station, Woodbridge, NJ
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 13 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the few Japanese restaurants that has a Japanese MasterChef on-site. I work in Japan often and I really felt this was a very good representation to have in New Jersey. Of course I know the difference and so did my guess but we all agreed that for New Jersey this is one of the top restaurants.

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BV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I did the reservation for 2pm. I drove all the way down from Newark and when I arrived there the restaurant was close. Unbelievable!

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JW
Seattle
129 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

To be fair I have no idea how the food is - I made a reservation and showed up to discover that the restaurant was closed that evening. Poor form.

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation on Open Table for Sunday, July 1. Upon arrival at the restaurant, I was informed it was "closed tonight". When I mentioned that Open Table had accepted my reservation, the proprietor/host simply shrugged his shoulders. One of the hotel people (the restaurant is in the APA hotel) informed me that the restaurant often closes on Sunday night for a "private party." If that's the case, then the restaurant should block reservations on Open Table for Sunday nights. It was inconvenient and annoying to plan and expect to have dinner somewhere and not be able to.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and very quiet place. Very clean and nice.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day Celebration

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P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6pm dinner on a Tuesday - not busy. Service was attentive and quick. Menu has decent vegan and vegetarian options. I had Tofu Steak. It was very good. My friend had Vegan Sushi. It was very pretty and very good. They have wine and beer. We sat in a cozy, almost private area. The restaurant is set in from the main area, so it is not busy or noisy.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was first time visit with my husband and we really enjoyed all we ordered.

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y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant located in a hotel. Was about to cater to our group of 9 without an issue. Very nice and kind waitress. Sashimi has very high quality fish.

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HL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a rare gem in NJ, normally would have to go to NYC for this kind of authentic Japanese food. There is a wide variety of super fresh sashimi, love the sushi omakese. The kaiseiki dinner, prepared by executive chef, is excellent too. Large selection of sake. Lately, the menu has expanded to include other items like daily catch of the day, grilled squid etc. They just started offering shabu-shabu as well.
Modern, upscale and quiet. VERY attentive service too.
This is my all time favorite restaurant.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally found a quality sushi place with great price!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere.. Awesome Sushi and great times to share with family and friends. Love the home made Monk fish liver appetizer.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Place looks very nice and Waite staff were attentive. Down side the chef/ owner kept having to leave the sushi bar to deal with costumer issues ( mostly complained it took to long ) and left the bar unmanned and no one making the food which only delayed food further. I had soup , salad , sushi deluxe diner and a rainbow roll. The chief made mention more then once that we sure were eating a lot( he may not have meant anything by it but comes across as wow your fat) the food came out of order. Soup then my roll ( maybe they thought I wanted it as a appetizer) then salad then my girlfriends diner alone then mine a bit later ( should have come out same time). The sushi itself was just ok at best I put it on par with Whole Foods supermarket the rice was poor quality and likely under done. The fish was cut thinner then some of the better places I had been to and did not seem as fresh. ( on a bright note the chef did put wasabi on for you which is something I have not seen in a American place since most Americans prefer to put there own to preference) last but not least it is very over priced the same meal most places would be in the 80 dollar range here was 120. I likely won't be back

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