Kanpai - Third Ward

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Kanpai is a local family-owned restaurant that first opened in 2012 and has been maintaining its sparking reputation for serving extraordinary sushi, sake, and other Pan-Asian dishes in a sensual, contemporary atmosphere. Kanpai has brought Japanese fusion cuisine to succulent levels and a sushi experience not found anywhere else in town.
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d
Milwaukee
77 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always really high quality fish. Preparation excellent as is the presentation. Sat at a high top this visit. Much noisier than the general seating areas. If you are making a reservation and want to be at a regular table, you need to specify this.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always love the food here! The signature sushi rolls are all great along with the appetizers. One thing that I’ve noticed the last few times I’ve been there is that there’s always a couple nats flying around. Kind of grossed me out while I’m eating, hope they don’t have them by the kitchen area.

AG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spicy chicken was spicy and delicious. They even made us fresh wasabi for the sushi we ordered. Everything was very tasty. Good experience.

t
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Kanpai! Excellent service. Excellent food. Love this restaurant!

BK
Milwaukee
113 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had yet another wonderful dining experience at Kanpai. The food was delicious, the service was professional, and the ambiance was cozy and fun.

BS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! Parking garage right next to restaurant which was a plus. The Hawaiian Volcano was exceptional. We will come back again when in Milwaukee.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I would not recommend - this is the TJ max of sushi. I have had way better.

OT
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve, most everything closed so Kanpai was at capacity. Food was great, service a bit harried but friendly. Would definitely go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Our two rolls took almost an hour to come out. When we asked to see the manager, one of the servers told us they weren’t sure a manager could come out to see us. When the manager finally came out, he blamed our waitress on not putting the order in until 10 minutes prior to us saying something.
The sushi is delicious however, and the stuffed avocado appetizer was very good.

E
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Haven't been here in a while. Probably won't be back soon. Food was creative, though some flavors were a bit over the top. Service was very poor early on at Thursday evening--now I know why they put the "Request Service" button at each booth. We waited 40 minutes between our starters and the rolls, then had to chase down our server for the check so we could make our performance in time. This would be fine if we wanted to have a leisurely all-night meal, not good if you have a schedule.

AH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Thank you so much for the wonderful time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Beautiful space, the food was good. Our service unfortunately wasn’t great. Food took longer than usual to come out; two of the hot dishes we ordered came out at room temperature. At times we thought the server forgot to bring out drinks because of how long it took. We were told she was new, so that’s forgivable. Just disappointing as it was a special occasion.

S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Made a reservation for 7:15 but we arrived early and they accommodated us right away. Service was really nice. Our server was attentive and friendly. Gave us suggestions based on what we were interested in. We were happy with the food we received. The taste was great. The only issue was the table was strangely sticky but it did not look as if it were food. Our cups stuck to the table and we had to actually pull them off the sticky table to take a drink. Overall, great food experience.

DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Ordinarily, I love KanPai, but I haven't eaten here on a weekend for some time and my recent experience was horrid. Was sat in the bar area near the sushi bar, and it took almost 15 minutes for someone to come get us drinks and we ordered our food right away (we were starving!), which probably would have been fine. Except another 15 minutes passed and we never got our drinks or saw our server. We ended up cancelling our orders and leaving and going to another nearby sushi restaurant. Hoping it was just an anomaly and not a new low standard!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great waitress and ambiance! We will be back!!

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Food was awesome.

T
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on our way to the Milwaukee Rep for a show. We mentioned this when we arrived at 5:30 and that was all we had to say. The hostess was great, the waiter was friendly and informative. The food/rolls came on time and we were on time for the show. The reason I mention this is because I was concerned that we might have slow service as mentioned in a few of the reviews. Needless to say we were not there during a busy time.
The atmosphere was calm and beautifully appointed. It was a very nice beginning to a wonderful evening. We drive from Fond du Lac to see plays at the Rep several times a year. We will be back at Kanpai for another pre Rep meal. Domo Arigato!!!

BK
Milwaukee
113 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very pleasant meal at Kanpai. As always, the food was delicious and the service was friendly and professional. We also love the ambience at Kanpai - a nice mix of relaxing and lively at the same time.

LM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Seems like the food quality recently has been going down. Some maki are being prepared so big for a bite and even the taste wasn't good as it was before though our server was pretty attentive and accommodating not like the past that they always disappeared.

T
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Delicious food with impressive creative maki. Unfortunate super slow service. Took 2 hours to eat here and server didn’t seem to think it was an issue

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a nice waiter. Food is great as always. The boss is my favorite.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Food (for a party of 2) took more than one hour to be delivered to our table when the restaurant was about 25% full. When it arrived, it was below average quality. When we complained, the server apologized but no word from the manager and we were charged for the total bill. Do NOT waste your time and money here.

d
Milwaukee
78 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this is consistently the best sashimi/sushi restaurant in Milwaukee. Fish is always really fresh and prepared with care. Great selection and cooked dishes are excellent as well. Great sake list. highly recommend this if you want great Japanese

LF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is roomy. We had a very private booth. The server was so patient answering all of our questions and granting all of our requests. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.

f
Milwaukee
129 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They have awesome lunch specials and the food is always very good. However, despite the fact that they are rarely busy at lunchtime, the service is always rather slow. Not sure if that's an issue with the wait staff or the cooks.

R
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is incredibly nice and welcoming. The staff were attentive and all friendly answering any questions you may have, or finding someone that could. The food is well portioned and priced for what is served. The presentation is a bonus and well worth a visit!

SM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with great service! We will definitely return🙂

CN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

understaffed, extremely long waits for service, food cold (but didn't want to complain because it would have been another hour)

R
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food2service3ambience3

Kampi does not serve traditional Japanese food. So, as a Japanese restaurant, I give it zero stars. Instead, the restaurant offers Korean inspired Japanese dishes, which were decent and the sushi rolls were good Korean maki, which are cut thin with rice that is very dense and compressed. The menu also has some traditional Korean dishes, which I did not try. I enjoy eating Korean maki when I am expecting to eat them. Not when I order Japanese food.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Great service. Amazing food.

j
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sushi option in MKE since that sad day when Izumi’s closed. Kanpai offers a wide selection of nigiri and maki, lovingly prepared and artfully presented. Perhaps most importantly, Kanpai understand that unless the rice (“Sushi” means “vinegared rice”) is PERFECT, nothing else matters. And, I’m happy to report, the rice was perfect. We plan to return on a regular basis. Also, never saw Surf Clam presented like this before:

JT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. By far the best sushi in Milwaukee

RE
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at this Third Ward restaurant in Milwaukee with relatively low expectations. We had tried a few other Sushi restaurants in Milwaukee and had not found them to be great. Kanpai, although quiet when we arrived at 1800 on a friday night, had its chefs making fresh food and his servers ready to provide service to all guests. We ordered green tea, edamame and Maki rolls. Our server was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and most of all friendly. The rolls were amazing! We will certainly revisit this restaurant in the near future. Thank you for your great service, your amazing food and your ambiance.

EA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was helping us, giving suggestions and recommendations. The food and drinks were amazing as always!

KC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good however, my mojitos didn’t seem very strong.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The waiter helped me out while I patiently waited a long time for my date. Shout out to the guy with the black swan tattoo.

G
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and sake selection! Fish was very fresh and the presentation of food was beautiful. Our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I will definitely come back!

GO
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon walking up to the front door my teenage son declared that it looked dirty and wondered if anyone ever cleaned the windows...he thought actually it might be closed...and after dining here, I suggest perhaps that would be a better option than continuing to masquerade as a restaurant. The staff was totally inept and dirty from fingernails to hair, aprons were filthy, clothes shabby. I declined a refill on my water because I would rather remain thirsty than have him touch my glass. There was sticky goo, dust and and crumbs lining the surfaces of the table and spatterings on walls. The staff had zero service skills and never picked up an empty bottle or dirty plate. When the the food arrived my boyfriend asked if it was Bring Your Kid To Work Day. There was more attention to bizarre lemon shapes and gross poorly crafted decorations than the food itself. The fish was not fresh, and the yakisoba looked like a bowl of chaotic slop. When I woke up today I was just grateful for making it through the night. I've worked in the service industry for 30 years and managed two restaurants. It's not like me to write bad reviews but I'd be remiss if I didn't share this with others who might recall how great Kanpai once was, and how much it has degraded. We can't get our money back but at least we have our health- please save both of yours!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service took forever for our group of 6. Food was just OK for the price.

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Waited forever for server to come to table. Service was slow and bad. There over 1 hour and 15 minutes, drinks only refilled once. Food was expensive and mediocre. Will never go back.