Daikanyama - Lexington
Very tasty food and friendly waitstaff. I was with two colleagues from work. I had a sushi combo with a lot of sushi, all good. My friends had other dishes and we were all happy. Very reasonable price for the quality, the only minor negative was that the shrimp tempura appetizer was a bit oily, but sinfully delicious nonetheless.
Someone once told me "If you love Kauai, tell your friends to go to Maui." If I tell you to go to Daikanyama, if won't be my secret getaway sushi place anymore. So pretend I am telling you to go somewhere else.
First- the food was delicious and the presentation was perfect. The menu was a nice change from typical Japanese restaurant fare. The decor is clean and modern. It's not a big space and for someone with hearing issues, it became too loud by the time it filled up. The prices are slightly higher than other Japanese restaurants we like, but they made the food very well.
We were there for lunch. The lunch specials menu was limited and the maki on it was just OK. However, members of our party had the tempura, a mixed platter, and one ordered one of the special maki (with jalapeño, salmon, avocado) and these were all outstanding. The menu of special maki was amazing, albeit expensive, as were some of the house specials of the day which we did not try. The miso soup was as good as I have ever had. The salad was delicious. And little appetizers were served with all the lunch entrees (shomai, gyoza, and some sort of eggplant thing) that were delicious. The tempura was also served with a small fruit offering. Just the right amount.
Great place for families. Very tasty food and pleasant service. Thanks!
The Maki and Edamame were both very good. Service was quick and responsive. I'd definitely come back, or recommend to someone.
Daikanyama used to be a great Japanese restaurant, even though it was not operated by Japanese. However, our experience today hit an all-time low that makes us never want to go back. Service was terrible. We ordered two set lunches, and food were thrown down at our table without words. Utensils were missing, and when we asked for them, we got a “hmph!” We thought, at least, the food would be the saving grace, but we were further disappointed. The sushis were tiny, the fish was sliced way too thinly, the tempura was oily, and the rice was mushy.
We really enjoyed ourselves and the experience. The meal was delicious and my giant Sapporo was so good. Definitely will be back to get an assortment of Maki rolls, got the big platter this time. Definitely recommend and will be back.
Fathers day dinner
Elegant menu options Perfectly prepared Perfect service
Wonderful food and service.
Feels more like a lunch joint than a nice dinner restaurant.
Nice dinner before show at Cary Hall.
Daikanyama is a gem for a suburban sushi restaurant. The food is fresh. The staff is pleasant. There are many options for all types of eaters and they are willing to make exceptions to the menu.
Very elegant interior. Food was excellent, service very attentive.
Excellent restaurant! Would recommend for any occasion.
Wonderful Japanese food in the suburbs. We have enjoyed terrific services and a very tasty meal at every visit.
The food and service was excellent. We will be back.
Always a great meal at Daikanyama. I had a very nice fried duck appetizer, along with a few sushis. My wife had salmon teriyaki, which was very nice. Only downer is that the salad was obviously made early in the day, then refrigerated--not up to Daikanyama's standards with other food. Very nice setting, and cozy on a Friday evening.
We tried a bunch of rolls - all fantastic!
The service was so slow, almost 40 min before the edamame arrived! It was a busy night (Valentines Day) so we understood it would take a little while longer than usual. but there was hardly an acknowledgement from our waiter. We hardly saw him. We had to wave down the owner to ask when the sushi would arrive. Our daughter’s noodle bowl was almost finished before the sushi came. It was an unfortunate experience for what is usually a great place.
Nice to have a restaurant open after a movie in Lexington. Staff very courteous and service is quick. Ambiance is a little too cold but convenient and good sushi place. Fair price and not too noisy which is nice if you want to be able to have a conversation. very clean.
The time it took for us to be acknowledged by our server/have our order taken was redeemed by the quality of the sushi. The fish is the star of the sushi rolls here... it's not overwhelmed by an abundance of rice, which is often the case.
Love Daikanyama but always feel like it is too expensive.
No surprises, just great experience.
Extremely fresh food that is beautifully presented. Their house dishes are like works of art. A great place for folks who value ambiance and presentation in addition to food quality.
I thought the appetizers were quite good, the entrees fair to average. It’s difficult to order noodles off the menu without getting them in a soup-type dish. I had chicken teriyaki - the chicken was not tender.
Really great sushi. Been there about 20 times. A favorite for sushi.
They assigned us a table 6 inches from an adjoining table where two other people would be sat. You shouldn’t place strangers so close together.
The best Sushi in western saburbs. Food is almost as good as Fugakiu Cuisine in Brookline, which is lukely the best in Boston area.
Great food, nice ambiance, usually easy parking behind in lot.
Our meals was wonderful, service is awesome.
Good authentic Japanese food, but we felt very rushed because they wanted us out for another seating following our reservation oat 5 pm. Didn't even offer alcoholic drinks before the meal and wanted us to order the dinner. We insisted on drinks much to their obvious displeasure !!
We go here a lot and it is always very good. Sushi is delicious, udon soup is excellent, teriyaki very good . Nothing bad to say abt this Japanese restaurant
Usually love this restaurant but this latest lunch visit was marred by a disinterested and almost rude waitress Reception
was OK but not as pleasant as usual
Hope this is a glitch!!
We were treated rather poorly at this restaurant that we have been coming to since it opened several years ago. Cold, impersonal reception and service. Server made error with our order and when asked about it sort of laughed it off. We did not pursue it.
Food was so-so. As we were leaving, two employees behind the desk too busy looking at their cash register to acknowledge us. Sad to see this place go down hill. We won't be back.
The portions are not large and not cheap but the food was tasty. My son loved the rock shrimp. I liked the Sukiyaki Shabu Shabu.
Daikanyama Lexington has very good cuisine and authentic Japanese food. You should try their tempura dishes and sushi to start. Very wide selection of appetizer that you can see from their tablet digital menu! I would strongly recommend Daikanyama if you are into fine Japanese cuisine!!!
Very consistent restaurant. Delicious food pleasant environment and service
We eat (ate) at the Chestnut Hill branch weekly and had always been happy with the experience. However, we had such an awful experience at Lexington, owner runner space, that we can no longer support them. The food is not the issue—the service and staff are just not nice people. If I’m going out to dinner, at minimum, I expect to be treated kindly. I expect the staff to check in and serve the food in a reasonable amount to time. If for some unforeseen circumstanc, this can’t be provided, at least communicate that there is a delay. Tip: Don’t avoid my table. Don’t blame the client.
Briefly, we waited an hour plus and our entrees hadn’t arrived. We waited an additional twenty mins and needed to leave to attend an event one block away. We were told that although they were sorry, we should have told them we only had an hour and a half for dinner. Also, I ordered filet mignon and was told that was the problem, my order created the delay, filet was listed as a special. We quickly paid 50. for apppetizers and two sodas and left. We could have left happy if there was any sense that they cared.
It’s sad to be turned off by a favorite sushi spot, however there are many great places.