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Kanpai - Third Ward

4.6
4.6
626 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, 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 626 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. RC

    RandyC

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great experience! I had the Double Tuna Specialty roll along with a Hamachi roll. My wife had the bulgogi. Both were excellent. The drinks were unique and nicely done. Will definitely return...
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sushi for the value! Our favorite sushi spot in MKE.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded 5 days agoThank you so much!

  3. ST

    StephanieT

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Overall the food was really good! The service was a little slow, but I realize I replace a short staffed right now.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rolls were unique and tasty. Great night out without our kids!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Their menu was limited which wasn’t highlighted until after drinks and appetizers were ordered.
  6. a

    abcd

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was really good and service What is excellent. It was a Wednesday night so it was pretty quiet
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was amazing. Service was very friendly but slow. But it was worth the wait. Best dish was the Wagu jalapeño poppers. I wish we would have ordered more than one order. So good.
  8. H

    Heather

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Kanpai was excellent! The cuisine is unique, interesting and delicious. Our server, Jackie could not have been better. She helped to make dinner a wonderful experience.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on July 19, 2022Thank you so much Heather for your patronage and these kind words! I'll pass this note to Jackie :)

  9. DE

    DEJEG

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best sushi in Milwaukee!!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on September 3, 2022Thank you so much!

  10. j

    jamesc

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was great and service was exceptional. we are repeat customers and always had great experience

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on July 6, 2022James! Thank you so much for these kind words :) We truly appreciate your patronage!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    food is good our server is very pleasant however food took a long time that we had to make it a takeout
  12. DP

    DeannaP

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    We had to wait at least 10 minutes at the hostess stand to be seated. Once we were seated and dinner was coming we had empty drinks on the table and water glasses. Our waitress was awesome it was just they were short staffed it seems and the place got really busy. Food was awesome. Would of been nice to know the types of fish that were being served. We will come again.
  13. SA

    ScottA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious and our server Maxwell was terrific!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you so much! I will pass this note to Maxwell :)

  14. F

    Foodie

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for tasty rolls and sushi. Excellent service.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 18, 2022Thank you so much for your patronage!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Maxwell gave us great service and recommendations during our visit!! Food was really good!! We will for sure come back!!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 18, 2022Great to hear! Thank you for having dinner with us, looking forward to having you again!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious as were cocktails! Server was accommodating & gracious. Great experience, will definitely be back.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 3, 2022Looking forward to having you back, thank you so much for your patronage!

  17. LS

    LisaS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! Will be back again!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 3, 2022Thank you Lisa! Looking forward to your next visit!

  18. DP

    DeannaP

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always awesome!!! The staff is super nice - we love this place.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 3, 2022Thank you Deanna! Come back anytime!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I want to give five stars because I think the restaurant is lovely and the staff was wonderful. I just have some critiques that I feel can take this restaurant from an average sushi restaurant to a wonderful one. First thing is the sashimi pieces need to be cut thinner. A giant hunk of raw fish is not appetizing. A piece should be able to fit into your mouth with one bite and easily chewed, not three or four bites. Second, too much sauce. Eak! Sushi should be light and refreshing. I know they are catering to a midwestern appetite of hearty food but that is what sushi in not. Mayo, eal sauce and god know what else should be very minimal or left on the side. Lastly, make the rolls smaller. It’s not a burrito, it’s a lovely bite site piece of sushi. I want to love this place so badly. I hope this critique is taken into account.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 26, 2022Dear Anonymous, Thank you so much for this honest critique. As an owner, I truly appreciate it. I agree with a lot of the comments you've made here, and others I have a bit more context/perspective as to why things are made the way they are. I would love to chat more about it and hear your opinion in private if you'd like! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me on kanpai.mke@gmailcom Han Owner

  20. ES

    EdwardS

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome sushi and great service. Definitely a must go to restaurant in the third ward.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 26, 2022Edward thank you so much for your patronage! Happy to serve you anytime, come again!

  21. K

    Ktina86

    Detroit

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on June 3, 2022Thank you!

  22. m

    mnt363738

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off the server was very nice and understanding. The menu was massive so he gave us ample time to peruse it. Food was delicious. Not much to say other than it was fantastic! Thanks for a fantastic dining experience!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 26, 2022Thank you so much for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed your meal with us :)

  23. KG

    KelseyG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going here! Great service and amazing food!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 26, 2022Thank you Kelsey!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff, best sushi in Milwaukee.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 26, 2022Thank you so much for your patronage!

  25. SP

    SusieP

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our go to sushi restaurant. Have tried others in town but always go back to kanpai. Always the freshest sushi. Favorites are hamachi ponzu appetizer, sake toro and buri toro sushi, and the ménage a trois and dancing dragon rolls.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on August 21, 2022Susie, thank you so much for the kind words and your patronage! Always happy to serve you :)

  26. MM

    MattM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was so great! Would recommend this place to anyone!
  27. JK

    JohnK

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mothers Day Monday
  28. j

    jcgsbg

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With the closing of Izumi, Kanpai is now Milwaukee’s best choice for sushi. The fish is always fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented. The maki choices are creative, colorful, and tasty. The chefs at Kanpai understand that even more than the fish, properly prepared sushi rice is what separates the best sushi restaurants from the rest, and it’s done perfectly here. The restaurant is beautiful, and the booths are extremely comfortable and offer at least a sense of safety in this age odiferous COVID. This is a fantastic restaurant, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 11, 2022I can't tell you how much I appreciate these kind words. We truly appreciate it! I will be sure to relay this message to our chefs. Looking forward to serving you again soon! Best, Han Owner of Kanpai

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delightful, just a family dinner out.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 11, 2022Thank you so much for your patronage and for bringing your family. I hope you enjoyed your meal and I hope to see you again soon!

  30. MH

    MauiHudson

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    The server was horrible! He took the order from half the table and never returned. We had to go find out what happened and then he finally returned. After another hour, food started to be delivered. Of course my food wasn’t totally delivered. It was very a unexceptional experience. It’s really sad because the food was absolutely delicious!! I’m torn by the experience.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 11, 2022I would like to address this unfair review: a) we made a last min accommodation upon your request to turn 3 separate reserved parties of into one large party of 12 people. b) I was extremely explicit that we were understaffed and that the service will be slow and whether that was okay. You all said yes. c) our servers were at full capacity and doing their best. I also came to talk to your table to help address this issue, offered free drinks and dessert. We made sure all orders were made.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing.
  32. A

    Amazing

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! Food was really good! Plenty of options!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on May 11, 2022Thank you so much for your patronage! :)

  33. MK

    bclawMKE

    Milwaukee

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our go-to sushi spot for consistent sushi. Good quality and reasonable prices.

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on April 12, 2022Thank you bclawMKE! We're honored to be your go-to sushi spot :)

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in Milwaukee

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on April 6, 2022Thank you, we agree! :)

  35. DH

    DillonH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great dinner! Service was a bit slow but overall good experience. I’ll be back

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on April 6, 2022Thank you Dillon! Look forward to having you back.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we went. Great selection

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on April 6, 2022Thank you so much for your patronage!

  37. MJ

    MarcoJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and the food was amazing! The server was knowledgeable and made some good suggestions!! Highly recommend the Hawaiian Volcano!
  38. H

    Heather

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service! Atmosphere is warm but contemporary. Great place for sushi and more!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on March 30, 2022Thank you so much for the warm review Heather. We appreciate your patronage!

  39. AT

    AndrewT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service, every single time. The sushi is top notch!

    Kanpai - Third WardResponded on March 8, 2022Thank you Andrew for your kind words and patronage! We look forward to serving you in the future

  40. S

    Sopranofortissima

    Milwaukee

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was our second experience at Kanpai and it was a very one! My husband enjoyed his chefs choice nigiri, I got the rock n roll maki which was fabulous. The beer pricing is notably a great value! We had the fried gyoza which was good not great, especially since it was warmish not hot when it got to us which was kind of disappointing. Service is fantastic, our server was extremely friendly and very helpful. Everything came out correct and in a timely manner. We will definitely be back!

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 4.6 stars by 626 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 14 times today
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

  • 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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