KaZe

4.5
1086 reviews
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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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BA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been to Kaze a few times now and have loved each visit! Firstly, the ambiance indoors creates a fun atmosphere. Definite props to be given to the music selection (wonderful variety of old school and contemporary music) that adds to the experience. As for the menu, prices are reasonable. The Chicken Katsu is great and can be shared. Special picks which are consistently excellent and where you can't go wrong: the tender Waygu steak skewers as well as the Chili Dumplings with the right amount of heat. Vegetable dumplings were pretty good even for the meat lovers. If you want to try hot tea, I suggest On the Waterfront (make certain to let it steep for at least 4 minutes when it comes to your table and add just a bit of honey to your serving). Give Kaze a try (worth 4.5 stars), have a great time and and hope you leave satisfied!

CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Have wanted to dine at Kaze for some time - do glad we finally made it. Very fine dinner and cocktail!

v
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

what was most obvious and glaring was that the sushi rolls were mostly rice and vegetables and the amount of fish in and on the outside of the roll was conspicuously thin and almost absent. Cost saving strategy or a one time event?

NJ
Cincinnati
64 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Kaza is apparently under new management which has had two major changes. One is the menu has been slimmed down somewhat reducing the sushi options. But the food quality remains very high, and our meal was excellent. Big thumbs up across the board. The second change is that the service has taken a step back. I hate using one visit as one data point is not a trend, but the change was so dramatic I have to share so that others are prepared. Both my wife and I got the distinct sense that we did not fit the Kaze client profile of who the staff wants frequenting their restaurant so once our food order was placed we were ignored by our server. And making any follow up requests became quite the chore. But again, the food was great.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Couldn’t have been happier with our service and meal. Everyone loved it.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner here for our anniversary and it was amazing. We were fairly new to this type of cuisine but the staff was helpful and guided us along the way. Everything was amazing and the atmosphere was great. The outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a meal. I was shocked at how much bang for your buck this place offers. We will be back!

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Booked this as a special event on open table. Was seated at a table right by the door. No mention by anyone of the special occasion. Our server was not attentive at all. Had to keep flagging him down to get any service. Will say though that The meal was delicious.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I love sushi and what we were served was not edible. The pork buns were delicious. So was the edimame. The food was bad and the service worse. On the positive side, we explained how disappointed we were and they removed all the food from our bill. We appreciated that and their willingness to make us happy. Perhaps they had an off night? Unfortunately, we won’t go back. The sushi at Embers is legit and worth it.

m
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Under new ownership. Definitely an improvement. Prices are reasonable and the food now much better.
Only issue was we ordered two small plates and dinner. It all came out at the same time.
A good server knows this is a big issue for most people.

r
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent California rolls, beef buns and the like. Dumplings too spicy to eat. Really good service.

TS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food has gone downhill and it over an hour to get 2 sushi rolls. Restaurant was busy but there were open tables. Not busy enough to take an hour. We love this place, I hope they’ll figure it out!

OJ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are beyond impressed with KaZe.
The FOOD was amazing!!
The service was fantastic!
I am already planning my next meal there :)

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night and we had great service and the food was delicious. Will be back.

HS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with helpful staff. Delicious dishes, many good for sharing. Very reasonable prices. Variety of adult beverages. Plan to be back soon.

BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our visit to Kaze. The food was excellent and the atmosphere is fun without being too loud. Can't wait to go back!

JA
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great!! Service was terrible. So bad that without complaining, a manager stopped by and took care of the check.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food was great service!

B
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food for good prices. Vegetarian dumplings weren’t good though. The service was not great. Lack of attention. No one really checked on us.

T
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the patio, the Rose wine is very nice and love the food!

t
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice ambience and terrific hostess and wait staff. The appetizers were very tasty - shishito peppers, edamame and gyoza. However, although we asked for our appetizers to be delivered first and other courses later, everything arrived at the same time. The salmon roll had very little salmon and was in a strange square shape with a little salmon on top and lots of rice. The Japanese beers and hot Saki were excellent although a bit pricey. Overall, a nice place in the trendy Over-the-Rhine area of downtown Cincinnati but could use some fine-tuning.

TH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The personable style and friendliness of each of the staff was great. Food was super too!

CM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Kaze was remarkable. Absolutely amazing!

Z
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and they accommodated our large group with ease.

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but the drink menu is limited and needs to be completely overhauled with better choices. I also don't like the fact that all the restaurants in otr including this one, take up the metered spaces on the street with valet forcing you to have to pay $10 or park several blocks away in an expensive garage. They should leave the meteref spaces alone and allow us to pay $2 to park thrlete for 2 hours instead of $10. OTR is becoming a place for the rich and privileged. They also need to turn down the air conditioning l, it was freezing in the restaurant and it's rather dark on the inside. Rhe space could be brightened up a little. But our server was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon bowl was delicious. Service was great. I wasn’t crazy about one of the sushi rolls. It was too much in a roll. They had Nikka whiskey which was a plus!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service and lovely patio! Food was good as usual.

JU
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This place had very good tasting food with great service. Good value for the price..great spot to bring a date

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing!! Service was a little slow, but not terrible. It was fairly busy when we were there.

c
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food continues to be good. Would recommend adding desserts back to the menu.

c
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I used to love this restaurant and now every time I go there they have a different menu. My options as someone who is gluten free continue to decrease and the service gets worse every time.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere! I’ve been there a few times now and we always have Amber as our server, she is the best! Will definitely be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all have to apologize as I originally made my reservation for the previous night accidentally! I didn’t notice until the next day.
We had a good time and the food and drinks were good! Valet was convenient and friendly. I’ll be back!

b
Louisville
93 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We rediscovered the eatery; tasty food ,good service and nice ambience They have expanded their menu and a very good value happy hour.

SM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious salmon bowl with unique flavors. Love that the menu change with many vegetarian/fish options

PE
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quickly, KAZE has become my favorite "go to" place in OTR. It never fails to please me as well as my guests. Prices are very fair, food is fresh and well prepared. Rice side dishes are delicious as well as the chicken ginger dumplings - always a favorite. In good weather the outdoor garden area provides a more quiet place to eat, although the tables near the hostess stand are also good for conversation.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Food was phenominal.

DJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have not been to KaZe for over 2 years but it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is still very lively and fun. It was busy but it wasn't loud. We had the Shishito Peppers appetizer, Dumplings, Salads, and Sushi. My favorite were the dumplings but everything was good. Our server was very nice and kept the dinner moving along at the optimum pace. I will be back again sooner than 2 years!

TP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Kaze. The ramen is amazing and the service is always great!

JA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot thank our server and the Area Manager enough for the experience my wife and I enjoyed this past Saturday. Thank you both! Food, service, atmosphere etc, were all incredible!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing! Very attentive and we had a large group. All the food was great. Kaze is one of my favorite OTR spots!

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