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Kanki Crabtree, Raleigh, NC

Kanki Crabtree

4.3
4.3
756 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Since 1972, Kanki has been the Triangle’s favorite Japanese steakhouse and sushi house.

Our flagship location at Crabtree Valley Mall is also our most widely recognized. Visit our Japanese restaurant in Raleigh for expertly prepared hibachi fare, sushi, noodle dishes and much more. Our Crabtree location also serves up hibachi meals and appetizers at our bar for extended hours after lunch.

Come see why Kanki Crabtree Valley Mall has been voted "Best Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in the Triangle" for more than 14 years! Our award-winning restaurant provides the perfect setting for a unique family dinner, celebrations or date night.

Kanki will only seat complete parties. Please have all your guests accounted for prior to seating. Incomplete parties must wait to be seated until all has arrived.

An 18% gratuity will be added to parties of 6 or more. Arigato!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Steakhouse, Teppanyaki
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 782-9708
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Kanki will only seat complete parties. Please have all your guests accounted for prior to seating. Incomplete parties must wait to be seated until all has arrived. An 18% gratuity will be added to parties of 6 or more. Arigato!
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Parking details
    If you are visiting Kanki Crabtree, for your convenience, please park in the Lower Level of the parking deck at the Glenwood Avenue Entrance. All Togo/Takeout orders are to be picked up on the Top Level next to P.F. Changs and Northface.
  • Additional
    Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Offers

  • 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Enjoy half price bottles of wine all day on Sunday!

  • 1/2 Priced Bottles of Wine

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Enjoy half price bottles of wine all day on Sunday at Kanki Crabtree!

  • Daily Drink Specials

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Enjoy daily drink specials all day at Kanki Crabtree Sunday-Thursday

What 756 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
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh

    Kid-friendly

  • Raleigh

    Good for groups

756 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent, and the food was excellent!

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  2. Corindah

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The chief was not nice at all. He slured racist comments in which we were very pleased with.

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  3. LeslieW

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We always have an excellent experience at the Crabtree Kanki. Our chef was amazing, cooked everything perfectly, took care of our group and went above and beyond entertained our son for his 9th birthday! Serving staff usually runs slow here, but they were on top of it for Mother's Day. Re: the ambiance, it's pretty noisy due to the open nature of the main dining area, but the biggest issue is the lack of proper ventilation from the cook tops. It's smokey throughout the meal and you leave smelling like Kanki. I can imagine the smoke would be an issue with a person who has asthma or other lung issues, to which another location with better ventilation might be an option. Otherwise, top notch.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We waited for over an hour for our chef to cook for us. 730pm reservations and we ended up leaving at 915pm. This is too late and too long for a birthday celebration for a 10 year old.

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  5. KennethT

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our table was ready on time. The overall service and food were good. We greeted as we arrived. It was about the same on our last visit.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated my daughter's birthday with friend here. Neither had ever been so they really enjoyed themselves. Our chief was funny and entertaining. Our server was very attentive and quick with refills and service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We got a reservation at 8:30 pm. We got seated 10 minutes later which is ok, the waitress came after 20 minutes to ask us what to drink after I talked to the manager. The food was good.

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  8. JimA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    When we arrived, we were led to the table but it had not be cleaned off since the prior party. Being seated at a table and it still has food on it from the last meal is unacceptable. We had to go to the restroom and get some towels and clean it off. Service other than that was fine except for the chef spilling some hot filet mignon on my mother's lap and then tossing a bit of chicken to my wife even she asked for him to skip her (he should have listened). Plenty of food and tasted goo so that is not the issue. If the table had been clean, I think the other issues would have been taken in stride but no one wants to be seated at a dirty table.

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  9. LizzyS73

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed watching the cook and talking to him as he prepared our meals. Our server was decent. She kept our drinks refilled but we had to ask twice for forgotten soup. The rice was a little dry and the ginger dressing is better at Kabuki. I will probably choose a different Japanese Steakhouse the next time.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately, the food was not very good and our chef and waiter were not very friendly. The bathrooms were filthy and couldn’t even be used. This restaurant has gone downhill and I don’t think we will be back.

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  11. joeyde

    Raleigh

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We brought out of town guests here for dinner at their request. The showmanship of the chef was excellent as he entertained us with humor and his skills with both the knife and the salt and pepper shakers. Food is good and served in generous portions. Nice evening. 

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Service from ALL STAFF was phenomenal!!! The hostess, waiter and chef all made it so enjoyable! Food was delicious as always! Can’t wait to go back!

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  13. TheBananaMoon

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I celebrated my son's 10th Birthday at Kanki with friends. They were very kind, efficient and the food was consistent. The bathrooms were also really clean.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to celebrate my 20th birthday and i had the most amazing time the server and the chef were both amazing and the food was on point.

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  15. AndreaE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for a birthday and the young girls had an amazing time

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall tue experience was good. The chef we had was mute the whole time whereas all the other chef's were doing tricks and interacting with the guests. When we ordered the meat we originally said medium, after about 5 minutes we decided to change to medium rare. The chef said ok and still cooked it the same way for everyone. Why bother to even ask? The rice for a table of 8 people had oy one egg. Does it cost too much for the eggs? I love Tempenyaki. I definitely believe it was not worth the almost 200.00.

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  17. LEuv

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always great. Services was terrific from both the waitress and the chef. They made the evening special for the birthday we were celebrating.

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  18. ClaireH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our chef took 50 minutes to. One out after we were seated. Our reservation was at 8:30 and the chef didn’t arrive until 8:20. We were starving. Only worth it because the food is amazing every single time! But I don’t know if I will want to wait that long again.

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  19. DanielleT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The chef wasn't great. It was the saddest option for a chef. He wasn't exciting. It wasn't a show.

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  20. RobinJ

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and taste both not nearly as excellent as expected with less showmanship at table, regarding less interaction; and overly salted food by far so no plates finished.

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  21. ShawnelleP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved it food was great and the service was even better.

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  22. MaryLeeMc

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have great affection for this location and it has never disappointed. Our go to place for celebrations as a couple and if we have guests from out of town. This visit was excellent!

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  23. Maggy

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I went with my husband to the crabtree Kanki for an early valentine's romantic dinner since my husband works on Valentine's day. Although the food was amazing as usual, our outing wasn't romantic at all. There were four noisy children at our table celebrating one of the kid's birthday. Although I love children, I have five of my own, it was a valentine's celebration meant for adults only. I left my own children at home because of that reason. Also, the chef acknowledged only the birthday celebration and not the fact that we were out celebrating valentine's. The noise level at our table wasn't romantic either, we left feeling more stressed than relaxed, which was the purpose of our outing. We were very disappointed.

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  24. Reese

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, helpful server's, and a great chef. I will definitely be back.

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  25. Customer

    Miami

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This location had very poor customer service. Waiter/Server had mucus coming out his nose, spilled water on my cell phone and did not apologize, never asked us if we wanted refills. Our day out, turned into a nightmare. I could go on and on. Please don't chose this location. Wake forest is much better.

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  26. LoriA

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited last night for daughter's 18th birthday, along with 5 friends. After last year's bad experience at the Wake Forest Rd location, we weren't sure what to expect. But we were pleasantly surprised. The wait staff was attentive, constantly refilling drinks. My only complaint would be the salad...definitely had seen better days in its pre-packaging, but everything else was on point. The chef made the experience even better, giving a great show. They also have reservations. We had to get an early one, but they accommodated our late arrivals (about 15 min late). Food was great, huge portions. Prices are the same as last year, so that was helpful for planning. We'd return for another birthday. Oh, and 18% gratuity was included for parties of 6 or more (which was advertised). I was completely fine with this.

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  27. BethW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Been coming since 1974. Not the same quality of food

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  28. MGGGG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and service was too. Highly recommend.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The chef was great. The service was poor. Drinks needed refilling. The server basically came over one time, the manager did the rest. Never asked how anything was, just brought over Togo boxes and checks.

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  30. TimL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant was dirty and greasy. I remember why I stopped going to Kanki.

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  31. Brad

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was nice and clean the service were very friendly the cook was charming and put on a nice show to entertain us while he was cooking the food we set with a very nice family and had a good conversation with them me and my wife was celebrating our anniversary so it really was a good night for us and they made it seem special and gave us a free dessert

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very great experience! Food tasted amazing!

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  33. Nanky

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Just not that great anymore. Hostess was very rude. I felt like they rushed you throughout the entire night. Good was OK and overpriced for the quality. It was loud. The chef was in a hurry and didn’t take the time to get to know anyone at the table. Judy below average especially with the choices we now have in Raleigh. I won’t be going back.

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  34. Rk78

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Server and Chef were great. The hostess left a lot to be desired. She wasn’t unfriendly, but she wasn’t friendly.

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  35. HelenB

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful experience, great customer service and the food was delicious .

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  36. DSAINT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was the best. One of the best meals I’ve had since coming. I trust I can get the same waitress next time.

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  37. RebeccaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed celebrating our son's 13th birthday here! He was delighted with his meal and the chef's skills. Great experience overall!

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  38. KimB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Chef and food were great! However, the server sucked! We had to ask the Chef to get someone to fill up our drinks twice. I had to asked for a to go bowl twice. Chef came to the table before we got our sushi, salad and soup. We looked over at another table and the server was singing Happy Birthday to another server table instead of waiting on her table. Very disappointed!

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  39. JohnH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, delicious drinks and great potions.

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  40. TarshaS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for my birthday with family. I enjoyed the entertainment and food. The people seated was us very nice.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kanki Crabtree using the Order Online button. Kanki Crabtree also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 782-9708.

Kanki Crabtree is rated 4.3 stars by 756 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kanki Crabtree

4325 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Steakhouse, Teppanyaki
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    If you are visiting Kanki Crabtree, for your convenience, please park in the Lower Level of the parking deck at the Glenwood Avenue Entrance. All Togo/Takeout orders are to be picked up on the Top Level next to P.F. Changs and Northface.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (919) 782-9708
  • Private party facilities
    Kanki will only seat complete parties. Please have all your guests accounted for prior to seating. Incomplete parties must wait to be seated until all has arrived. An 18% gratuity will be added to parties of 6 or more. Arigato!
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