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Aoi Restaurant

4.3
4.3
42 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Asian

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (732) 635-7146

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, 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 />

  • 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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. AG

    AnkeshG

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    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.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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!

  8. LS

    LelandS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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.

  9. JG

    JerseyGirl

    New York Area

    1 review

    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.

  10. LS

    LelandS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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.

  11. 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.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was truly the best omakase experience ever. My boyfriend and I went for an early Valentine’s Day celebration and we each got the omakase and there is so much that comes with it that it’s honestly amazing for the value. I really enjoyed our waiter as well, he was very nice and even took pictures of my boyfriend and I. The drinks were amazing and everything that we had was just incredible quality. I would highly recommend!

  13. D

    Doraemon

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The closest authentic Japanese restaurant from where I live (Princeton, NJ). This place is lake a hidden gem.

    Aoi RestaurantResponded on December 3, 2020

    Thank you for your kind review, hope to see you dine-in with us again!

  14. KM

    KayM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great service and great food! We had plenty of space to ourselves and was able to enjoy the food in peace 😄 the host was very attentive and helpful. Thumbs up!!!

    Aoi RestaurantResponded on December 3, 2020

    Looks like you have a great time with us, we will keep providing an enjoyable and safe dine-in environment as well as good quality of food for our customers. Stay safe and hope to see you again.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful experience dining in Aoi. Our bartender Mike was awesome. Our sushi Chef Terry was spectacular. If you are craving sushi and drinks, you are at the right place.

    Aoi RestaurantResponded on December 3, 2020

    Good to hear you enjoyed your time here with us. I will definitely let Mike and Terry know about your review to help them keep up the good works. Cheers!

  16. J

    Jenniferd

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Well it is the coronavirus year so it was a little bit weird… I didn’t realize it was in a hotel… Pretty small… The waiter was very attentive and nice… The food was delicious… Portions were a little small but tasty.

  17. B

    Boston

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Food good. Atmosphere good. Location good. Service poor. Waitress had an attitude.

  18. M

    Mieux

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The setting is clean and beautiful, the ambiance is formal but not stuffy. Lighting is just right - nice to be able to see what you're eating. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. It's a nice place, even for a business occasion, which was ours.

  19. F

    Floridaman

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have eaten in great sushi restaurants all over the US and I would put Aoi up there with the best. The interior of the restaurant is well done with clean and modern lines. It is hidden away in a hotel in an office park where you would not expect to find such a gem. I will be going back often.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second visit back to Aoi, and I am still blown away. The only downer was that we weren’t able to do the Kaiseki, which I totally understand; it did say call 2 days ahead. BUT the regular dinner menu was satisfying as well. We order so much food and all were great. I hadn’t tried uni before but I was reluctant to try the Uni Chawan Mushi, and now I think I was to try all things uni! The flavors of each dish were great & beautifully displayed. Thank you Aoi for an amazing birthday celebration! I will be coming back!!

  21. J

    J111

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent and authentic Japanese restaurant in this area! Decoration was clean in Japanese style too. We had Edamame with Sea Salt, Tuna Tataki, Grilled Yellowtail, and Sushi Omakase. Everything was very impressive. Even the small salad which comes with Sushi Omakase was one of the best. They also offer very nice Sake list. We would go back and try other menu!

  22. HL

    HelenL

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I wrote review for this restaurant a while back, time for another glowing review. Best Japanese restaurant in entire New Jersey, nice ambiance, excellent food, excellent service. Menu gets updated frequently, new additions are always a delight. They serve ramen as well now, with very rich, flavorful broth. Sushi remains top notch as always, will let pictures do the talking, prepared by Japanese chef.

  23. S

    Sambuca

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    It’s over rated. Spent over $160 for lunch for 2 people. The quality of food wasn’t good enough. Disappointed on their standers.

  24. JM

    JenniferM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our dinner tonight was spectacular. This is truly the best sushi experience I’ve had outside of NYC. Top notch. Will definitely be back again soon.

    Aoi RestaurantResponded on August 7, 2019

    Jennifer, It was a pleasure serving you, and we hope to see you back again soon.

  25. JW

    JeffreyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great experience . Staff and chef were wonderful. I have already recommended AOI to my friends.

    Aoi RestaurantResponded on August 7, 2019

    Jeffrey thank you so much for the kind words we look forward to having you back for another spectacular sushi dinner!

  26. A

    Aric

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and Food was awesome; loved the special rolls; overall a great experience...

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always! Love coming here - the food is always wonderful and the service is great.

  28. D

    Daguys7

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a find. My friend and I were thoroughly impressed. The food was fantastic. Great spot for a business lunch.

  29. LS

    LelandS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  30. BV

    BarbaraV

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall1food3service1ambience3

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

  31. JW

    JohnW

    Seattle

    148 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    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.

  32. N

    Neequa

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my friend to have sushi for the first time. She enjoyed it as well as the soup. I would go back to this place again. xoxo

  33. JR

    JanetR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    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.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  35. V

    Vivy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mother’s Day Celebration

  36. PC

    PCMC

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  38. Y

    Yeep

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  39. HL

    HelenL

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  40. N

    Noname

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Finally found a quality sushi place with great price!

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Aoi Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 42 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Aoi Restaurant

120 Wood Ave S Iselin, NJ 08830

  • Cross street

    Hilton Road

  • Neighborhood

    Woodbridge

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Asian

  • 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, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Naoki Tashiro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, 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 />

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