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Aoi Restaurant

4.7
4.7
71 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 635-7146

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Naoki Tashiro

  • Catering

    Catering: We offer various options, from chef action station, to sushi platters, and Bento boxes.<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining: Private sushi bar, for up to ten guests, semi private dining room for up to 8 guests, and semi private dining room for up to 22 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Serban: (732) 635-7146

  • Neighborhood

    Woodbridge

  • Cross street

    Hilton Road

  • Parking details

    Large free parking lot, in front and in the back of the hotel.

  • Public transit

    Metropark train station, Woodbridge, NJ

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Japanese

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  1. d

    diner

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Overall we were very disappointed. The restaurant is very pretty, however the food left a lot to be desired. Most things mentioned on their online menu were not even offered at the restaurant. We were told that the menu was never updated on the Open Table site. Lots of food that helped us choose this restaurant to try wasn’t available and as far as what was available didn’t interest us. What we wound up ordering and receiving lacked taste and we couldn’t wait to get our check and leave, never to return again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service. The sushi/sashimi were very fresh.
  3. G

    Gong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem in side a hotel. Elegant Japanese decor- ambience.
  4. MC

    MaureenC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful authentic Japanese food I’ve been looking for in a long time. Chawanmushi was beautiful. Scallop dishes sweet and fresh. We will be back.
  5. DH

    DallasH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Clean, Omakase-was-very-expensive, taste was not special, bad music, sushi fresh, service adequate.
  6. SB

    ScottyB

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!!!!!
  7. AM

    AlexM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Diamond in the middle of no-where! Amazing fish - great/surprising selection - good service!
  8. NG

    NitinG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven't tried it yet, go this weekend. The quality of sushi rivals some of the best we have had anywhere. And we have eaten at some of the best places around the world. It is tucked into an unassuming APA hotel but once you are there, the place is everything we expected and more. A great find and highly recommended.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried on a whim, will be back, was outstanding all around!
  10. C

    Claire

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautifully decorated space with really good food!
  11. MA

    MASA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Japanese restaurant. Authentic and fresh.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. We will definitely come back here
  13. PH

    PatriciaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good high quality sashimi
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Extremely well prepared and care was taken to make everything perfectly presented, although small portions vs. the money spent. Overall very good but a bit too expensive. Can definitely see and taste the care they put into every dish, I will be going back but not as frequently as I would like.
  15. CL

    ClareL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only authentic Japanese restaurant I would go in NJ!
  16. CR

    CarlyR

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience. Food was delicious and service was excellent
  17. MG

    MatthewG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Accommodating and prompt service. Great for reservations.
  18. H

    Happy

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I loved the high quality of the fish. It was absolutely amazing.
  19. HM

    HMJFINEDINE

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best sushi experiences I've ever had. If this susho dokoro was in Manhattan, it would earn one Michelin star IMHO.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner.
  21. GB

    GoBears

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aoi has quickly become the go-to place for my wife and I.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The space is nice & the food was great. However, our experience was marred by the sequence of our dishes ordered. We specifically noted which were to be appetizers vs entrees, but each dish just came when it was ready. This wasn't previously a warning to us, and it completely changed our expected dining experience.
  23. SC

    SirenaC

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our sushi was very fresh and service was excellent. Will have to try the omakase next time!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food. Had several items and everything was incredible. 5/5.
  25. BH

    BruceH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This place is pricy, but the food is legit!!! They have a good beer and sake list and the sushi is really good. If you are not a fan of wasabi, make sure to ask them to make your sushi without it or on the side as this authentic Japanese restaurant puts a small amount on sushi just like in Japan. They keep making interesting updates to the menu (like tempura unagi) which keep things fresh and interesting.
  26. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh and unique the omakase experience was, considering this is in Iselin, NJ. I feel like this kind of omakase could only be found in NY. The items in each course tasted fresh (not frozen sashimi) and the flavors were very unique. There’s not one part of the omakase experience I didn’t like. I would definitely come back to try other menu items!
  27. JO

    JOHNEYX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Japanese place in NJ. Finally, we don’t have to drive 40min to NYC to have good authentic sushi. Japanese chef, this is the real deal.
  28. L

    Lexi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would be coming back here! Great service overall and the food was delicious and fresh
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service, and most of all food!
  30. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well executed dishes with fresh ingredients. The attention to detail was astounding, from the perfect crispy tempura fry to the nabe cooked altogether as it should be. Our waiter Luke did a great job handling all of the tables by himself. Top tier service with real, well crafted Japanese food that's hard to get nearby.
  31. BH

    BrandonH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    worst service i've had a hotel restaurant. we had to keep going to the other hotel restaurant to get drinks because we couldn't get any at our table.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best place this side of the Hudson. I usually have to go into NYC to Masa, Noz, Yasaka or Mitsu to get Sushi quality of this level. The Chef was flown in from Japan to open this restaurant and his Omakase did not disappoint. We had heard about this place and four of us went just to have the Omakase. The decor was simple, traditional with the emphasis being on the food. The music could have slightly louder thou. I highly recommend the place. You will not be disappointed. I hope things get back to normal post COVID. The restaurant was closed down for months due to the quarantine and being located in the new APA Hotel. The former Hilton hotel.
  33. CD

    ColetteD

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food took longer than expected to get to the table. I believe the waiter forgot about us. We had to ask another waiter about the delay. At the point the food came out about two minutes later. The main courses came to the table before the appetizer. The main courses was cold. The appetizer came to the table after the main course. The appetizer, chicken skewer, was burnt in certain areas.
  34. S

    Sritama

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome sushi! Very fresh ingredients. Best in the area. Highly recommended.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    I would definitely have liked to eat there again since the food is excellent - but the service sort of ruined it for us: we had to wait over 90min to be served.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful place! Service was great even though it got busier. Food so delicious! Just wish there was dessert, but everyone is excited to return!
  37. LS

    LelandS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AOI is one of the few Japanese places where the chef is Japanese. It shows, attention to detail and fine quality.
  38. JG

    JerseyGirl

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Being located in a Japanese hotel, I thought its food and service would be exceptional. However, it was a big disappointment. Maybe it's because of the pandemic, there are only three people serving on Friday night - the manager, the chef, and a waiter on shift. The food was average and the service is minimum for the price level. I really wish they can seriously improve now that people are started going out to restaurants.
  39. LS

    LelandS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are very few Japanese operated restaurants in New Jersey. Don't believe me? Call a sushi restaurant and mention you have visitors from Japan and does anyone in their restaurant speak Japanese? Near zero. AOI is a small suburb of Tokyo where I have worked for the last 30 years. I visit there at least once a year. This restaurant in NJ of the same name, AOI, is walking distance from Metropark rail station. A true gem one must savor. I prefer the Chirashi, but that's me as it showcases what the chef is capable of.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    I made a reservation on open table. I called the restaurant to confirm. The girl on the phone, put me on hold for a few minutes ,and then said that they’re not going to honor the reservation. I couldn’t understand as to why, the girl said that I would’ve eventually gotten an email that said it’d be cancelled. It is now the 16th of February , two days since said reservation and open table is asking me how my reservation went... because my reservation was never cancelled. I’ve been here once, it was excellent. But that’s about it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Aoi Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Aoi Restaurant

120 Wood Ave S, Iselin, NJ 08830

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hilton Road

  • Neighborhood

    Woodbridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Large free parking lot, in front and in the back of the hotel.

  • Public transit

    Metropark train station, Woodbridge, NJ

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Naoki Tashiro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 635-7146

  • Catering

    Catering: We offer various options, from chef action station, to sushi platters, and Bento boxes.<br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining: Private sushi bar, for up to ten guests, semi private dining room for up to 8 guests, and semi private dining room for up to 22 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Serban: (732) 635-7146

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