Kanpai - Third Ward

4.5
546 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 546 people are saying
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Gxxxxxx
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, highly recommend. Would go again ...............

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a great time at Kanpai. We had the miso soup and a few different types of maki. The miso soup was very good and the sushi was excellent. I am not a big fan of seafood in general, but after trying the sushi there I was very surprised at how good it was. The fish was not super fishy, but instead tasted very fresh. Overall it was a very good dinner and I would go there again.

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KristenB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kanpai never disappoints! Was there for our annual V-Day dinner... The Red Dragon & the Green Bay were delicious... The seaweed salad with spicy tuna hit the spot... We love our visits to this place!

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TaylorC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food had WAAAAAY too much ginger. Couldn’t even eat it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We initially tried to walk-in and were told they did not have space. Jumped on Open Table and made a reservation...and then they took us right away.

After a few courses, we waited an extended period of time for a little more sashimi. We were told the kitchen was backed up - they weren’t. They were waiting for the salmon to thaw, but it was still partially frozen when they served it. No apology when we informed them (“I will let them know.”) and kept that on the bill - could have been an easy $12 give.

These are tough times and I have never had a bad experience previously. Chalking this up to an anomaly.

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vipMichaelW
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our 12 yr old is really interested in exploring culture through food. We have an affinity for sushi. He’s getting more adventurous which makes us happy. Kanpai is a go to in MKE. Server lacked enthusiasm and was really adverse to taking away dirty dishes 🤷‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️.

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Marissa
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Kanpai twice now and both times were excellent. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the restaurant is clean and comfortable. The food is absolutely delicious. Great flavors and beautiful presentation. Can't wait to enjoy more outings here.

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GabbiD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved the food, and our server was great. Our table location, however, was directly across from the entrance into the back, so there was a constant flow of traffic next to our table. Aside from that, everything was great. We enjoyed ourselves regardless.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice very intimate setting

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vipWannabefoodie
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, best sushi in town

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vipSumanjeetB
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Attentive service and great menu options. Great desserts too.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first time visit and I couldn’t have been happier with the ambiance, meal, and service. Can’t wait to come back with my sweetheart.

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TonyH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience, we will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and our server was excellent.

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JoshS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ability to sit outside, great service, food prepared and served as ordered and expediently.

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vipWannabefoodie
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Service was great & the food was amazing, as usual. We had the jalapeño poppers appetizer along with the Tofu Maki & Dragons Dens rolls.

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vipjcgsbg
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Big fan of Kanpai, been there many, many times and consider it my favorite Milwaukee Sushi option. Three issues on this visit, though: (1) In the Chef's Selection Nigiri had several duplicated items (Sake, Hamachi at least). With so many possibilities, why not have 9 different fish in the Nigiri sampler? (2) The Hokkagai (surf clam) was beautifully presented and delicious, but had a LOT of sand or grit (3) The Unagi was absolutely drenched in a sweet sauce. I've had Unagi in many restaurants around the country, and have never seen it prepared like this before. It's delicious--give it a light glaze and put the bottle away, PLEASE!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and our server was very friendly and nice. I’ll definitely be back!

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AimeeRose
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good. The service was just okay. Was seated at a bar table next to the door... very cold.

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lylani
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation here was amazing! The food was really good and it was worth the price as the portions exceeded our expectations. The private room was also really nice and I'd really recommend for big parties as well.

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RayA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The interior design is Japanese elegant, the menu simultaneously maintains tradition while embracing creativity - all dishes were fresh and precisely prepared. Overall excellent nouveau Japanese dining experience!

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JohnT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to V-Day dinner with my besties. Wonderful time overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Valentine’s Day dinner at Kanpai! The food and service is always great!

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vipTjkenny
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate in every way

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AngieK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious sushi rolls!

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Bruce
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Out of items on the menu for Saturday night is not a good sign

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vipEatstein
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The sushi is passable to very good but not exceptional. We asked to sit at the sushi bar and were told that they were not seating people there. We requested omakese service — where the sushi chef selects a menu based on what he/she feels is the best selection of available ingredients and we were told that the chef does not make recommendations. Service started off attentive in a near empty restaurant (3 active tables) but one drink was forgotten and all of sushi came at the same time. Employees were standing around talking to each other throughout our meal but it took only a hand-wave to get our water topped off and to get a check at the end. With adequate sushi, a disengaged sushi chef, closed sushi bar area and a staff that is distracted by their own interactions, three stars hang on the quality of fish and decent sushi craft.

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vipdeewass
Milwaukee
80 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
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.

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AlexisG
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.

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viptretzel
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBobK
Milwaukee
114 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.

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BeckyS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipEatventurous
Milwaukee
23 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.

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AlecH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Shayshish
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.

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 4.5 stars by 546 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.