Kanpai - Third Ward

4.2
424 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
A modern Asian Japanese restaurant that defies comparison. Extraordinary sushi, sake, and small plates served in a sensual, contemporary atmosphere. Kanpai's tempting cocktails and sharable plates make it the perfect spot for a delectable meal and drinks at any hour.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 220-1155
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charlie Kim
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Catering
Please call 414-220-1155 to arrange your catering order, or send the specifics regarding number of people, date, time, & desired cuisine to kanpai.mke@gmail.com. We will respond immediately to accommodate your event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Milwaukee Street
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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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 424 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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3.9
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4.1
ambience
3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We asked for a Cherry and they gave us 3!!!!!

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KW
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, every table has its own "space". the Sushi was amazing, very fresh and prepared properly. I was very impressed by their sake selection. I recommend that you try Kanpai.

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d
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite sushi place in town. Tried 3 new rolls this time and they were all fantastic.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service by Joe was exceptional, the spicy tuna Maki was average to below average on freshness.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was very good and I would have given a 5 but the caviar in my smelt roe sushi was old. It was very dried out and I was able to actually roll the caviar in a ball in my hand like play dough then kinda toss it back and forth in my hands. We told our server but he didn't do anything about it, just apologized. It would have been nice to get a replacement piece or have it taken off my bill at least. Everything else was very good and fresh and based on the quality of the rest of it, I would think the issue I had was unusual for them. Also -- the tuna poke appetizer was awesome.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall quality I expect from this restaurant was maintained.

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VK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My favorite place in Milwaukee to get sushi! The menu has great rolls, but what I like most is that there is such so much variety that non-sushi lovers can join me when I have a sushi binge. The Oh My God roll and the stuffed artichokes are my favorites, but I love many other things, as well.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friends from out of town

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AO
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and plentiful portions. The serous always great

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DV
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was there in a Saturday night 7:00pm, not very busy.
Sushi was tasty, prices reasonable, service very good.
Maybe lunch time is busier.
If not they won't be around long.
I would recommend.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and ambience

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RF
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent sushi. Decent ambience. Service was ok.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The booths feel very intimate and private. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and the food was great! My husband and I will be back!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The place was pretty empty during our time at Kanpai so no excuses for just fair service, and with conflicting information given about menu options. Entre wasn't cooked long enough. Doubtful we'd return, although this was a return visit for us.

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was very good when we finally got it. Almost 2 hours to get all our food. Our waiter was also the bartender. He was a nice guy but they need way more help. Been there before with better service but don't know if I could recommend it after this last experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We waited an hour for our simple order as other tables were served around us. No one came to check on us and eventually we had to get the hostess to help us with our order. Then when the food did not arrive and we asked our waiter why there was a delay he didn’t apologize and instead said he only thought it was about 45 minutes then walked away. We ended up having to get our food to go and eating in our hotel room. No apologies from staff or management. Unacceptable for the price.

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JT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible experience. Waited an hour and forty minutes for our food. When it finally arrived it was good but the service was so bad we would NEVER go back.

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W
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This dining experience was a sort of a disaster from beginning to end. After having made a reservation, we walked into an almost empty bar area and the only table that was available to us upon arrival was bar seating. We opted to have a drink at the bar while waiting for a table. Not a big deal. We were greeted by an apathetic (at best) waiter who seemed more interested in sitting on a ledge next to the hostess than with bothering to provide any kind of service to us. We were finally served a glass of wine and our order was taken. We were then able to move to a table which is when our service completely stopped. We noticed other servers coming and going with food and cocktails, but never ours. We eventually flagged down a hostess to order another glass of wine and another waitress brought it to us. 45 min later our waiter stopped by to let us know that the kitchen was busy and our food would be up shortly. He offered to refill water, but never did. 25 minutes after that we began to pursue other waitstaff to see if we had been forgotten. Our chef's special sushi platter was "dropped off" by our waiter shortly thereafter. No apologies, no explanation about what was included in the chef's special. Seriously? It took over an hour to prepare a few pieces of sushi? In all fairness, there was apparently a large party in the back of the restaurant, but the front did not seem overly busy. We found the sushi underwhelming both in taste and presentation. The tuna roll was even slightly fishy tasting. Yuk. Will not eat here again.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow and the restaurant wasn’t busy. I went most of the meal with an empty water glass. The food was great!

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a
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Good took 40 minutes to arrive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Server lacked interaction with us, waited an hour for food, waited 20 minutes for water at our table

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great sushi- lots of options. Best sushi in Milwaukee. Service is good. Go to place for our date nights

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was so fresh it melted in my mouth. Definitely returning when I’m back in town!

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AT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I’ve been here about a dozen times and have always found it to be decent, until this last dining experience. I placed our dinner order immediately after being seated while my husband was parking the car. Everything took forever- water, drinks, soup and salad, and especially our rolls and sashimi. My husband and I were out for a dinner date with a sitter at home and had some other errands to run, which we couldn’t get to because we waited an extra hour for our food. Our server later admitted the order ticket got lost and said the meal would be discounted. When the bill came, it was 10% off of food which is the same thing we can get if you check in on Yelp (which I had planned on doing). Wow, and not in a good way.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre at best. Service was good. Nigiri fish was not fresh and I could tell it’s frozen and defrosted later on. The ceiling has water dripping which was very disgusting.

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A
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good, lots of variety. There will be options for you non-sushi eaters. Nice selection of specialty cocktails. There is outdoor dining, just next to a somewhat busy 4 lane street. Nice private booths inside with cool service call buttons...I like that option!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Knowing it was for a special occasion, we were seated right by the kitchen entrance. Probably the worst seat in the entire place. So it was difficult to relax. The food was good but there’s a nearby place that is cheaper with comparable quality.

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HZ
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I was recommended this restaurant by a friend who has been to most in Milwaukee. It was my birthday, so I had a large group of out of town guests coming to visit. Upon arrival, we were informed that the air conditioning was broken. Because it was 100 degrees outside (not an exaggeration), it was hot! We probably should have made the decision to go somewhere else, but decided to stay because we were excited to try the sushi and the decor was very inviting. Service was pretty slow even though the restaurant wasn't too busy. Drinks took a long time. But after we left six out of nine in our group ended up getting sick. Most likely from the reaction of the heat with the seafood. I am really bummed though because I loved the menu and the atmosphere. Hopefully this doesn't happen to anyone else!

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O
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute place with pretty good sushi. Was understaffed and a service was slow.

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h
Milwaukee
254 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wait staff was accommodating of our leisurely meal we will be back

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F
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, the service was much less desirable.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place

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DB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Downtown Dining Week & it was amazing. We also added a few extra things & it was totally worth it.

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K
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DDW - My wife & I had lunch at Kanpai on 6/4. The food was excellent and a great value. Our server Jackie did a great job. We will be back.

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B
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We made a reservation in advance and we were seated right away. The service was extremely bad and after an hour we did not have our meal and asked the server at that point to make everything to go because it took way too long! I will not be back.

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LB
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went to Kanpai for my daughter's birthday. We had a good experience and the food was good. The only disappointment (I should have asked in advance) is that they don't do anything special for someone's birthday, ie. free dessert.

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TL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local sushi. First time here visiting Milwaukee and we really enjoyed it. I was a little shocked that for my birthday they didn’t offer me a dessert.

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R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at Kanpai. We liked the service and the selection of sushi is plentiful. Very pleased with what we ordered. Great taste and presentation! When in Milwaukee again, we will certainly go here for sushi.

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BC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Probably one of my favorite sushi restaurants!

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