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Kanki Durham, Durham, NC

Kanki Durham

4.0
4
414 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Since 1972, Kanki has been the Triangle’s favorite Japanese steakhouse and sushi house.
Located in West Durham on Mount Moriah Road, Kanki Durham serves up delicious hibachi lunches and dinners, sushi and much more.

Our Durham, NC Japanese restaurant is the only Kanki location with a To-Go number, and we make picking up take out orders fast and simple with designated parking spaces and an easily accessible “Take Out” door.

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.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Steakhouse, Teppanyaki
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch 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) 401-6908
  • 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
    Durham
  • Parking details
    Located in West Durham on Mount Moriah Road, Kanki Durham serves up delicious hibachi lunches and dinners, sushi and much more. Our Durham, NC Japanese restaurant is the only Kanki location with a To-Go number, and we make picking up take out orders fast and simple with designated parking spaces and an easily accessible “Take Out” door.
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Offers

  • Daily Drink Specials

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM,Mon - Thu - 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Enjoy daily drink specials at Kanki Durham Sunday-1/2 price bottles of wine Monday - Draft Beers 1/2 Price Tuesday - $5 Wine Glasses Wednesday - $5 Martinis Thursday - Sake 1/2 Price

What 414 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Durham

    Kid-friendly

  • Durham

    Healthy

414 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    i was full prepared to give a 5 star but they mucked it up in the end. There is nothing like having a great dinner ruined by being rushed out the door. before we even had a chance to start enjoying our food we were offered checks and brought boxes. Then the bus boy came over and proceeded to try and take the plate i was eating off of, along with my glass of water and wine. what a waste of a good evening. i ended up so rushed out of there that i ended up having to finish my glass of wine in the lobby area. We will never return. I felt embarrassed and my daughter didn’t understand why we were being pushed out the door. This was our Mother’s day dinner and they ruined it!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service here was absolutely unacceptable. We drove an hour and a half to get there since we heard it was good and we needed somewhere to go for Mother’s Day. We check in and everything was fine. We finally get to our table and 20 minutes go by before we see a waiter. Parties our size that got seated after us already had their cocktails and drinks. We finally get our drinks and it was downhill from there. We waited for over 30 minutes to get our drinks refilled and couldn’t find our waiter anywhere. We received our appetizers after the chef started cooking. We called over a manager and told him about a few issues we had very calmly and he said he’d get right on it but said he was busy. He never even brought anything he said he would. We waited another while because the waiter even bothered to refill our drinks. He ended up giving everyone a refill except for me. I had to ask for the manager again because by that time we were just over the whole experience. The chef never spoke to us except for when he asked us if the order was correct. He did no special things to make it an experience. He just cooked the food. The whole reason we went there was for an experience. When the manager came back to the table he finally brought us what we were missing and fixed what was wrong and said that this was the fifth table that our waiter wasn’t looking after. I understand that people have bad days but if this was that many tables he’s messed up why not send him home early? We had to ask for any sort of compensation. Our waiter came back for the last time and asked us how the bills were going to be split and we said 4 and 2. Manager came back with the bills and it was 3 and 3. Took us over 2 hours from sitting down to paying to get out of there and honestly was a huge waste of time and money. There was nothing special about it. Tasted exactly like every hibachi place I’ve ever been to and honestly had smaller portions. Will never ever visit here again for any reason. Just awful.

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  3. LaToyaB

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We always have a good experience when we dine at Kanki. The food is always good!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very enjoyable time. Our chef was fun and did a wonderful job of making sure our meals were cooked to our liking. We will definitely go there again.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was outstanding and service was very good. But overall cleanliness of the restaurant was not great. Lots of stuff on the floor even in the front entrance area and bathroom was in severe need of help.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere. Food and service were great!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed. Their lunch menu at the restaurant says shrimp appetizers are included with your meal. Apparently this is only for dinner (the menus don’t state this). I checked, and we for sure had the lunch menus (“Lunch” clearly written on the face of the menu). Bit of false advertising. The service of the waitress we had was pretty terrible. She came by twice to check our drinks, but disappeared after we asked her for another fork (my daughter dropped hers), and some soy sauce. After 10ish minutes I took a clean fork off a table that wasn’t being used. The chef at our table gave us soy sauce after hearing our frustration. Our chef was good. No real fanfare, but he did a great job cooking the meal and we have no complaints with that part of the experience. While I did not use the restroom, my wife and daughter noted it was in poor condition when they used it. We went for birthday lunch, and would likely not go back again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We usually go to this restaurant for our special outings. The atmosphere is very nice and the fish tank is incredible. Adding a coy pond out front to enhance the architecture outside or highlight the fountain would be wonderful. The staff is very professional and helpful. Thank you so much for a wonderful meal and experience.

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  9. Rikk

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The person who took our order was nearly nonexistent during our meal. When water needed to be refilled, we had to wait until she delivered salad, etc. Later a couple of our group member wanted another glass of wine. Of course we had not seen the wait person since salad, etc were delivered. When the Chef arrived, he had to clear away used dishes before starting our meal and he had to ask another staff member to have the waitress to come back to the table for the additional wine order. The Chef was absolutely excellent. Fun to watch, have brief conversation with and prepared a wonderful meal. The Chef was terrific. The waitress, not so much.

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  10. AloyseB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very dated restaurant. The food was descent. Our chef was not very enthusiastic and it made the experience feel tired and sad. The food was ok, but not worth the expense.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. I highly recommend reservations.

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  12. jyish

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Waited at the hibachi table for 1.5 hours before the chef cooked our food.

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  13. Not2happycustomer

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    the cook was wonderful but the waitress was not nice, available, or helpful. We had to repeatedly ask for things and still never received them.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They food was okay, but not great. The server didn't come by the entire time the chef was at the table. We had to flag down another server to get what we needed. I asked for no onions, but there were onions in the rice. I tried to pick them out, but finally flagged down a server to get some plain white rice. They asked several times about which vegetables people wanted and didn't want. It was a bit disappointing.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been 5 years since I had been to Kanki and my visit today was perfect!

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  16. CandyMac

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mobarek, our chef was amazing!!! The wait staff kinda of got us mixed up, because it was two of them covering our table. One of our drink orders took forever to come. One of our appetizers (Bodukan 1/2 roll) never made it. By the time the waitress told us that the sushi rolls were behind, we were already eating our meal. Other than that, it was a great time, Mobarek made it a great birthday.

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  17. joeyfishalot

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    On this particular night there were 15 tables, 13 were occupied and ONLY 3 Chefs to perform or cook for you. Entirely understaffed for a Wednesday. Unfortunately after waiting 45 minutes sitting at the table for a Chef to not show we left.

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  18. MikeM

    Charlotte

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great dining experience! The staff made sure everything continued to be excellent throughout the entire meal.

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  19. sparks1943

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit loud. Decor seems shabby and in need of some deep cleaning. Food and service were very good. Not cheap but worth it.

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  20. CarrieR

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, clean restaurant, friendly servers, hostess, and chef.

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  21. ChuckF

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hector delivered another exceptional meal!! Many years of enjoying his food and the great service provided by the Kanki!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been to Lamontagne many times. Our latest trip was less pleasing than previous experiences, mostly due to the chef. The food was not prepared as well, and he offered little entertainment.

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  23. EdwardL

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a restaurant you go to for the show. It is a little loud, but it adds to the fun. The service was great, the food good and the show fun.

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  24. EriJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our chef and server were outstanding. It made everything better. The place seemed to be short staffed but the two of them went over and above to take care of us.

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  25. ArisaS

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kanki is so fun for birthday parties and special occasions. The food is a little on the salty side, and I would like to see fresher salad, but in general, we love going!

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  26. DanielleG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family loves kanki! We go there for just about every special occasion and we are never disappointed. The staff is always super nice and the food is always amazing.

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  27. LawandaB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our Christmas luncheon here today and it was fantastic. We will be coming back!!!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun experience as always. Nice food, friendly service

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  29. MicheleB

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service at the bar was great but at the hibachi table was awful!!! Took forever and drink delivery was incorrect and slow. My 2 sons are vegetarians so their orders were no meat and one doesn't eat fish. The waiter forgot to bring one his salad and the chef put shrimp on everyone's plate! Of course it took FOREVER before the chef came over to our table and it just seemed very boring. I was very disappointed w the soup! Onion broth was nasty! Should've been miso soup! Very cheap! Never going there again!

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  30. NatalieW

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was good as usual, and our wait time was fairly short given that we had a reservation. The cleanliness and ambiance aren’t what they used to be.

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  31. RoyalH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Need single group dining so a date can actually be a date other then the dining the restaurant was clean service was good alcohol beverages was a plus

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  32. KatieO

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We frequently visit Kanki and are huge fans! All of the chefs are amazing and do such a wonderful job preparing the food and entertaining! The only thing that could be improved is the speed of service from the server assigned to the table for taking orders, bringing out drinks, etc. It typically takes a little while to get everything going since multiple parties are sitting at the same table and everyone needs to get their orders in, which is understandable. But last night although we had a 7:30pm reservation, the chef did not even begin cooking until almost an hour later, so it was close to 9pm by the time we had our meals. The drinks, salads, and soups all came about 20 mins apart, which really dragged out the process. The restaurant did not seem very full so perhaps it was a staffing issue. We would definitely still recommend Kanki but plan to allot at least an hour and a half for your overall time at the restaurant!

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  33. JackieF

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cook was fabulous and entertaining. Server was also fantastic. The only room for improvement is the whole restaurant needs updating.

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  34. RandyB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dinner at Kanki, celebrating a birthday.

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  35. Carol

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Beef tough, salmon not tasty, green tea bad, shrimp were good as well as rice & onions & mushrooms. Couldn’t book at 5:30 & place was still empty

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  36. CatherineC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The order was wrong because was given the wrong meat to the wrong person.but it was good to taste

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service by our waitress Emma. The chef was ok but not excellent. Food was good but a bit overcooked, both filet and shrimp.

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  38. LanceS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never had a bad experience at Kanki. The food is always delicious and the service is great most of the time. If the service is not great, then it was good, never bad.

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  39. Ricci

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great entertainment and service was decent.. no wait was the best part and not a very busy place like the others that I have been to

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  40. josmom

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated about ten minutes after our reservation time although there was plenty of room. I think they were waiting to have enough people to fill our table. We had six people, one was in a high chair, and they tried to fit us into a five person space (the baby was put off the corner so he had no table space (and no tray on the high chair. They did only put three more people at the table (only nine fit) so we were able to move down and give everyone table space. The food was a little salty.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kanki Durham using the Order Online button. Kanki Durham also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Kanki Durham also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 401-6908.

Kanki Durham is rated 4 stars by 414 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kanki Durham

3504 Mount Moriah Rd, Durham, NC 27707-9015

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch 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
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Steakhouse, Teppanyaki
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Located in West Durham on Mount Moriah Road, Kanki Durham serves up delicious hibachi lunches and dinners, sushi and much more. Our Durham, NC Japanese restaurant is the only Kanki location with a To-Go number, and we make picking up take out orders fast and simple with designated parking spaces and an easily accessible “Take Out” door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (919) 401-6908
  • 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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