Daikanyama - Lexington

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Daikanyama specializes in a wide variety of Japaneses dishes such as nigiri sushi, makimono, nabemono, shabu shabu and and other traditional entrees. Our drinks menu consists of over a dozen different types of sake, Japanese beers and an extensive wine menu.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

H
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

K
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

N
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

b
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for families. Very tasty food and pleasant service. Thanks!

CW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Maki and Edamame were both very good. Service was quick and responsive. I'd definitely come back, or recommend to someone.

BQ
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

KA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers day dinner

s
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant menu options Perfectly prepared Perfect service

DA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

T
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Feels more like a lunch joint than a nice dinner restaurant.

OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner before show at Cary Hall.

JG
New England
102 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant interior. Food was excellent, service very attentive.

SL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Would recommend for any occasion.

c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Japanese food in the suburbs. We have enjoyed terrific services and a very tasty meal at every visit.

DA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. We will be back.

DG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

s
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried a bunch of rolls - all fantastic!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

JG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love Daikanyama but always feel like it is too expensive.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No surprises, just great experience.

e
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

R
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great sushi. Been there about 20 times. A favorite for sushi.

k
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

DZ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best Sushi in western saburbs. Food is almost as good as Fugakiu Cuisine in Brookline, which is lukely the best in Boston area.

RF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice ambiance, usually easy parking behind in lot.

N
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our meals was wonderful, service is awesome.

JM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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 !!

c
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

C
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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!!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

r
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

H
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!!!

C
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very consistent restaurant. Delicious food pleasant environment and service

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

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