KaZe

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$30 and under
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Japanese
KaZe offers an experience not previously found in Cincinnati. Modeled after the Japanese Izakaya, KaZe is a multi-concept gastro pub that features a contemporary dining room, a cutting edge bar and lounge, and a year round outdoor beer garden. Executive Chef Mike Varcarcel's masterful sushi and small plates.
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DG
Cincinnati
56 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is the first time my husband and I have dined at the restaurant. The restaurant wasn’t too busy when we arrived. The service was a little slow however very friendly and helpful. My husband enjoyed the sushi and I enjoyed a salad with salmon cooked to order.

MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my father in laws birthday. Had our 5 and two year old with us.

Victoria, our server, was awesome. Really paced the meal well for us. Made the whole thing better.

Would go back.

Spicy chicken sticky bun was awesome.

MB
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was really good. Our server, Erich, was outstanding! He was very personable. Enjoyed interacting with him!

LT
Cincinnati
147 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice go to restaurant for a very good Asian meal at a very good price. A large menu with something for everyone all at a very good value. Recommend for an easy everyday good meal.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible. Food was inedible.

TH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our bartender John was awesome! Great girls night out.

LD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and attentive service, a lot of fun!

LT
Cincinnati
147 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent value. Food is excellent. An interesting menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing!

PC
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh and well prepared. Would have preferred soup before entree.

KK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time at Kaze. the food was fantastic, hot and spicy to what we ordered. We all got different entrees and all were very good. Service, as always, was great (we needed quick as we were headed to a concert that night). We would highly recommend to everyone!

B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Kaze is still one of my favorite restaurants and think its truly underrated. Love the menu from the sushi to buns to salads. Will always support this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Perfect for a date night.

MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I've eaten sushi all over the country and the world and even in Japan and I must rate this as the worst of several hundred places . . . It's "millenial" Japanese-kinda style asian-american sorta food that just does not work when presented as "SUSHI". The servers know nothing about the fish or the dishes, the organization of the restaurant is pathetic, and its an overall disaster. For someone who has never experienced Japanese cuisine or sushi, may be would be okay, but otherwise a giant dud.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unfortunately there was jackhammering on the street right behind us in the courtyard, but the staff was phenomenal and we had a great time.

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great, except for the fact that there was night construction on the street that started after we were seated outside. Lots of jackhammering, but not the restaurant’s fault. Overall the food and service and ambiance of the restaurant were really great.

MS
Cincinnati
103 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit there. We had 6 family members and friend about 30% of the menu. All food items were delicious. The yakitori waygu skewers and Pork belly Raman was amazing. Morgan, our server, was very helpful and provided excellent service. I will definitely return.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was extremely friendly. The music was upbeat so I was dancing in my chair the entire time. As far as the food... I never want to eat anywhere else. Overall experience exceeded expectation and I will recommend this to everyone!!!

HK
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love the food and environment but our waitress used small appetizer plates for all courses (we were told later she should have served larger plates), didn’t clear plates between courses until asked to and forgot to give us soy sauce bowls for sushi. The table was a mess when we were done.

b
Louisville
103 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food ,excellent service ,nice ambience ;lovely patio .
Inside they need toreduce music noise level .

KS
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this restaurant! Great atmosphere!

c
Cincinnati
324 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very good Asian place in the OTR that has three different rooms with very different feeling, all good

WG
Cincinnati
91 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor patio is a gem, the food and service was good

SM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I usually LOVE KaZe but Thursday I had the worst meal ever- probably from anywhere! I ordered a salmon bowl- rare. I’ve had it before and it was exceptional! This time I waited and waited and waited and after 30 minutes our server brought me my bowl... the salmon cooked past well-done and the vegetables cooked to blackness so that the sauce was totally dried out. Because we wanted to go to Blink, and we’d waited so long for the food already, I didn’t want to have it sent back and choked it down—- mostly dry rice— because I was very hungry. My friend’s food was good. The server ended up comping both our meals, including the wine! That was nice and I probably will try KaZe one more time. But wow— my food was awful!

LB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was awesome but I just wish we didn't have to shout to hear one another.

JN
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening! Celebrating my sisters bachelorette party and everyone was so accommodating! Highly recommend the pork belly buns and the ramen was delicious!

d
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Kaze has always been one of our go to places in OTR for special occasions. While the renovations were a nice surprise, we definitely missed the fire pit and deep chairs outside on the patio. The new menu was a bit lacking. Not enough selections, especially sushi rolls. We ordered a few new rolls as recommended but our server Adam. We have always ordered soy paper instead of Nori on our rolls, and have always been ok paying the $1.00-$1.50 upcharge. However, when we got our bill, there was a $9.00 upcharge for soy paper on two rolls!!! That is absurd!!! Yes, we told our server, and yes he had the charge removed, however we felt it was ridiculous to charge that much to a customer in the first place!

ET
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious. Waitress forgot to bring the appetizer and salads before the main course was served, otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.

e
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Poor service, out of many items including sake (?!), and took forever to order drinks......we were finally served drinks 45 minutes after we sat down.....NOT OK!!

s
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place is very busy and noisy, but we really enjoyed the place. Our waitress was wildly busy but always sweet and helpful.
The tuna appetizer was very good as were the beef skewers. Dumplings were also delicious. Sushi roll we selected was "safe" for us and we devoured it.

Drinks were not what I expected. Gin and tonic had a different taste that I could not identify so I did not finish it. I could have sworn the bar was out of the house chardonnay because it tasted so much like a sauvignon blanc was substituted. Not my favorite.

B
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I would eat more often at Kaze if they would get rid of the loud background music. It is bad enough that it is noisy without the music but I had to ask the server 2 times to please lower the sound so I could have a reasonable conversation with my companions without getting a headache.

MM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Only one thing... they did not have coffee!

r
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made a meal out of many excellent small dishes like sushi, noodles, dumplings and their always tasty beef rolls. All very well done and collectively filling. Very good service

OT
Western KY
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there with friends for a birthday! Food and service was great, but unfortunately we had to sit in the bar (Little loud) for a table of 8.

FM
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tried the "new" Kaze for a girls night out and had a great time. Server was attentive and food was excellent.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Forgettable

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!

LP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Fruit flies all over the place. We were swatting them away from our table and food. Please address. Gross.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience !

M
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience.