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Kanpai - Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI
Kanpai - Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI
Kanpai - Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI
Kanpai - Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI
Kanpai - Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI

Kanpai - Third Ward

4.3
4.3
697 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Kanpai is a local family-owned restaurant that first opened in 2012 and has been maintaining its sparking reputation for serving extraordinary sushi and sake in a sensual, contemporary atmosphere. Kanpai has brought Japanese fusion cuisine to succulent levels and a sushi experience not found elsewhere in town.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Korean, Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (414) 220-1155
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    Leslie Kim: (414) 220-1155
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Cross street
    Milwaukee Street
  • Parking details
    There is ample street parking available surrounding the restaurant; there is also a paid parking structure on Milwaukee Street at the intersection of Chicago Street, right next to our restaurant.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 697 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

697 Reviews
  1. RachelE

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We used to love the food here and the experience as well. Everything seems to have gone down hill. Many of our favorite things that kept us driving an hour to eat here are off of the menu. Our service was horrible and what we did order was below average. I am sad to see the decline.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and an even better waitress.

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  3. BJarrett

    Milwaukee

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    5-star ratings should be by definition hard to obtain. We’ll give Kanpai a 4+. The sushi varietals were outstanding, service was very good, enjoyable contemporary ambience, and noise level was moderate. Pricing was a bit high, as we’ve come to expect in the Third Ward. Kanpai is a little short on red wine selections. There’s a perfect space on the menu for one or two red blends. We’ll be back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server put our order in wrong, and then had someone else take over. We waited for someone to come give us our check extremely long, and had to literally put our coats out and stand next to our table or somebody came to check us out.

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  5. DavidB

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience again! The food was wonderful & the service was great.

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  6. Genesis

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time! We really enjoyed it. Our waiter let us know that the family owns several of our other favorite restaurants. So no surprise we enjoyed it! Looking forward to coming back very soon.

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  7. Mark

    Milwaukee

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always! Took someone new to town there for an official “Welcome to Milwaukee” dinner. A great time was had by all!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great atmosphere, Great service, we will be back!

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  9. pleasantlyfull

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best sushi joints in Milwaukee. The O My God roll is particularly delicious. The staff is casual but friendly. It's not a stuffy place by any means.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was fabulous, the only problem we had was our waiter was terribly slow and inattentive.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent I just wish they had more options for vegan and vegetarian options.

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  12. MichaelW

    Milwaukee

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great experience. My family enjoys sushi and the menu is satisfying and affordable.

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  13. Anuksha

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Not value for money. The ambience was ok but food was not that great

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  14. KelseyG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Always great sushi! But it really needs a face lift… booths are ripped, the floor boards are off. The person I was with said “it always seems like they are under construction”. There we cob webs visible. Needs a spruce up.

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  15. SWWis

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Server was good, food was just ok. Needs an update-bathroom and décor throughout was dated.

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  16. Nance

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kanpai never disappoints. Good service and great food. Quality is consistent.

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  17. Flyfisher53022

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven’t been to Kanapi since they moved to the Third Ward but I will be back very soon. Absolutely the best Sushi in Milwaukee. The Sake Toro should not be missed.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sushi wasn’t as good as other places in the city.

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  19. KathyT

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been in the search for a good Sushi place. Sadly still looking. Sushi was Ok but roll selection lacking. Seems like more than half of their special rolls are cooked or have cream cheese in them. Cocktail selection lacking. Missed opportunity, looks like they have a full bar. Service was horrible. Not many people on a Saturday and we waited over an hour for our dinner. We had to ask another waiter because ours went missing. Suspect our food was sitting for a while since our only cooked roll was cold.

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  20. KaitlinW

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, as always. Able to customize with black rice which I love. Romantic ambiance. Friendly and knowledge service team. One of my favorites in Milwaukee!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good menu and quality was outstanding. Beautiful space well kept. Highly recco’d

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  22. Voice

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service. The waiters were very helpful and polite when it came to the special request

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  23. RobertB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience and food was on point. Would recu

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  24. IsleC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jaky served us very well, the food and cocktails are very tasty.

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  25. Belinda

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi was delicious and service was quick. Will definitely go back!

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  26. SuzanneW

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I had not been here in many years and, perhaps at that time it had been under a different name/ownership, but I was so disappointed. Used to be my favorite place to have sushi. The restaurant itself is rundown- peeling seats on the booths, dingy floors and a dirty bathroom. Now I know why it was one if the few Third Ward restaurants that had same day openings. Our waitress was friendly and did a wonderful job. The sushi was very underwhelming, but the kitchen entree dishes were pretty good. Women working the hostess stand were so unprofessional - seemed annoyed we were there, personal belongings sprawled about and sitting around taking. We won’t be back.

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  27. CoNg

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    In general, the food was good. However, the restaurant misrepresented one of the main ingredient on the menu. The snow crab is actually imitation crab. This was not annotate anywhere on the menu. We were very disappointed when the food arrived. We questioned our waitress and she she acknowledged that she knew the difference.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. sushigal5

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    we arrived early ad were seated but they ran out of ingredients before 6:30 on a Friday. food was overall very good.

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  29. Chrissy

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately a bad experience. No head chef so we could not order entrees. Waited for 20-25 mins before being greeted. Best part…a hostess deliver water 15 mins into our wait, no bevs on our table mind you, the took them back 20 secs later and said “wrong table.” Do better Kanpai. Unfortunately we won’t be back, better places to eat vs low end sushi. Washi of Brookfield is a much better value.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and delicious food! Very enjoyable and entertaining as well. Will be back soon

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation for 4 people at 7:15pm and didn’t get seated until 8pm. We waited at the sushi bar for 45 mins and watched another 4-person party get seated ahead of us. It was very frustrating as we could have waited the same amount of time without a reservation, what was the point? They gave us complimentary miso soup for the trouble but we’d rather pay for soup and be seated somewhat near our reservation time.

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  32. Sher

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Food and service were great. We loved the energetic vibe of the restaurant and suggestions were right on.

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  33. MariH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was terrific and service was great. The only negative thing was we were finishing our drinks but were asked to leave quickly because there was reservations that needed tables. We felt rushed and have never been asked to leave so that was a first. Overall the experience was good and I highly recommend.

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  34. jcgsbg

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly outstanding dining experience! The sushi was fresh, beautifully presented, creative, and delicious. Our server, Jackie (Jaquie?) was kind and friendly without being obtrusive, answered all of our questions and made helpful suggestions. Her gracious presence added a lot to our dining experience. We shall return, regularly. Best in Milwaukee!

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  35. Vickik4

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & service. Sushi was so fresh, beautiful presentation and very tasty.

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  36. MadelynP

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Sushi took a bit but it was very fresh. Worth the wait!!

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  37. MarissaF

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Kanpai! We had a great waitress and our food was amazing!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We waited over an hour for our sashimi for a party of 2. When it was finally brought to the table, we were told the kitchen was closing so if we needed anything else to ask right away (it was just after 8 PM).

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  39. TravisL

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent timely and helpful.

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  40. AndrewT

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What can we say about Kanpai that hasn't been said. The sushi quality is above and beyond, our server, Maxwell was excellent, attentive and very friendly, and the general ambiance for a quiet night out celebrating can't be beat. A+ all around, and our favorite sushi place without question.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kanpai - Third Ward does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kanpai - Third Ward also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 220-1155.

Kanpai - Third Ward is rated 4.3 stars by 697 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 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kanpai - Third Ward

408 East Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Milwaukee Street
  • Neighborhood
    Milwaukee
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Korean, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is ample street parking available surrounding the restaurant; there is also a paid parking structure on Milwaukee Street at the intersection of Chicago Street, right next to our restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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