Kanpai - Third Ward

4.4
536 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 536 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
6 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
1 review
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
55 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
16 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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OpenTable 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.

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DissatisfiedCustomer
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Food was awesome.

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Tessa
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!!!

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vipBobK
Milwaukee
114 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.

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vipLeyMB
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.

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Tali
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

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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 4.4 stars by 536 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.