KaZe

4.5
922 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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, ranging from lettuce wraps to Ramen, are paired with a top notch craft and local beer selection, premium sakes, and fine wines. The atmosphere, food, and drinks all lend to a social setting perfect for hard-working young professionals, foodies, beer enthusiasts, and social scenesters, alike. Don't be fooled, Kaze means business with it's food. Chef Varcarcel's goal of the finest sushi in the Midwest is matched by the intense flavors of his small plates. His cuisine is meant to leave no one behind, and is a perfect match to your favorite libation. Located in Cincinnati's historic Over-the-Rhine, Kaze is a new social and epicurean oasis, in a storied setting.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation


Monday - closed
Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner
Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dinner
Saturday noon to 11 p.m. Lunch and Dinner
Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Lunch and Dinner
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Phone number
(513) 898-7991
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Hideki Harada
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th
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Parking details
KaZe offers optional street-side valet service. Various on-street parking and public lots are available.
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Entertainment
We are happy to continually host karaoke with Sean Hafer of Karaoke Fantastic every Wednesday night from 8pm-12am in the Main Bar.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 922 People Are Saying
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4.3
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Delicious as usual!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I really like the crunchy scallop maki rolls and the first tuna maki roll on the menu— delicious!!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

I took some Chicago friends here on a Friday night. The place was busy but we had a reservation and they gave us a table right away. We shared the shishito peppers and beef dumpling then ordered some mains and some sushi rolls. Everyone loved their food. Our waiter was perfect - not too many questions but there when we needed him. Water glasses were kept full, wine was good (got one bottle). Couldn't leave without sharing one dessert which was also a hit. When you are entertaining friends you are so relieved that the meal is perfect.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

We visited KaZe for restaurant week and got to try some of the options they have on the regular menu for a good deal! We enjoyed the sushi so much we ordered an extra roll to go. Portion sizes made the costs worth it, would definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The waiter was outstanding. Very attentive and friendly. The food was outstanding. Best I’ve had in a while. My only complaint is the neighborhood. As we were standing on the sidewalk right outside the front door of the restaurant, waiting on the valet to bring our car, there was a fight right in front of us. The 3 women appeared to be under the influence of something. They were also very dirty. We also had 2 different men ask us for money as we were standing there. This has nothing to do with the restaurant itself. Just want people to know what kind of neighborhood it is.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

An overall outstanding experience! The food was wonderful and the service was amazing. Great options, especially given my friend and I are both gluten free. Price point corresponds with the quality of the experience. We came on a Saturday, and I was very glad we thought to make a reservation!

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We're pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but the miso soup and fried rice were very untraditional and we did not care for it. The edamame was freezing cold and tough to eat. The sushi is delicious and that is why we would recommend it. This is not a kid-friendly restaurant. No special menu for them and they did not care for the creative twists on traditional fare.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We had a good experience at Kaze. However the gift certificate we used from open table was not so good. The balance of nine dollars on a forty dollar tab was for the tip. However they would not take the balance for the tip. In my way of thinking this should have been made more clear up front. The waiters were good and deserved a tip so not carrying cash I had to put the tip on another credit card and this left me with a nine dollar balance I may never use. I don't think I will buy an open table gift card unless this is resolved. I but lots of gift cards as gifts. Staff, friends, children, grand kids and many more. Your policy has lost lots of consideration going forward.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

They messed up our order twice and took forever to bring it out.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is consistently good and very pleasant atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Always great to see friendly people amazing service

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We originally were going to go there for Cincinnati Burger Week, but ended up choosing food that Kaze had. I had the braised flank steak and my boyfriend had sushi. We loved it! Mine was so delicious, and all the different ingredients fit perfectly, and he said his was some of the best sushi he ever had! Can’t wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Always a good night here and food is consistent. Love the salmon here and it was burger week so we also shared the 2 burgers that they had on the menu which was also very good. Kaze never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

First time at Kaze. Was a little put off by the reviews, but sushi options being limited, went anyway. Glad we did! Server was excellent and the food was great, if maybe a little...bland? The Mount Fuji could have used more spice, given the name. OTR was ok, but the addition of the wasabi and the ginger made it perfect. We'll definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food was VERY good. Hostess and bartenders outstanding but our server was poor at best. Waited 20 minutes for our cocktails and refill was even worse

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great place for sushi and inexpensive wine. Relaxed atmosphere makes for a good time

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

There were two time slots left when making reservations, 10:30 and 10:45. We made 10:30. Walked in and the first thing said to us was “last call in 10 minutes. We sat at table and the server came over and said “made it in under the wire, last call in 5”. I asked “for drinks, or food”. She said “everything”. Now, I find this curious. How can they have last call at 10:45 and they still had a reservation listed at 10:45? This isn’t the first time this has happened to us either. If you have a reservation, honor it. Don’t close down. It made the whole experience feel rushed. I’d hate to be a party that reserved the 10:45 only to find out they couldn’t get food or drinks when they showed up. Both the server and the hostess didn’t know how to answer my question when I asked them to explain last call when open table still had an open reserve at 10:45. PLEASE, don’t kid yourselves. There are better places to eat less than a stones throw away from your establishment.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food is excellent.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I went in looking for sushi because when I googled and ask others for recommendations they said go to Kaze. Without looking at the menu - I asked the waiter what he would have and he said the meatloaf. Wait what? So I said I want sushi and so I asked for the next choice and he said the tacos.

This place is in transition- careful what you are looking for. Weird thing is that they have chopsticks at each table setting. And the sushi was ok. Small rolls for the price

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Came to Kaze for a week-night dinner with some girlfriends. To our surprise, happy hour went until 7 pm!! Speciality cocktails were $5, wine was $4 and several food and sushi specials for CHEAP!!! This is going to become my go-to happy hour!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Love Kaze. Love their trivia night and overall aura.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The wait staff was extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food and service was great. We went for a birthday and our server was excellent.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Forgot glass of wine and salad. Service was erratic. Server s did not describe food as it was set on table.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We totally enjoyed the food, the drinks, ad the service at Kaze. It is my favorite restaurant in Downtown/OTR. The menu is very interesting, and the dishes were prepared and presented with flair.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Good food and service!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was great with an interesting take on Japanese cuisine. Waiter was a little timid when we asked for a recommendation between two of their signature cocktails. Unfortunately appetizer and entrees showed up too close together. Otherwise, it was great.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We enjoyed the food, the design, and the awesome service at Kaze. I'm sure we'll be back!

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

I saw reviews everywhere and everybody was saying good things about Kaze. I decided to take my wife for a special dinner occasion and both of us were surprised with quality, service and ambient. I strongly recommend Kaze. Very good experience.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

My wife and I went here for our one year anniversary and we loved every minute of it

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great!!!

Whole experience was superb !!!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Taylor our server was amazing. She helped us pick out things we would like. The food was great. Very knowledgeable and didn't make fun of us when we asked stupid questions. Made for a very special birthday for my wife. Service was stellar and we will definitely be back. Did I mention Taylor was amazing? Because she was.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

They never disappoint. The specials were fantastic and we loved the Latin flair!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Ramen soup was great. The Dragon Roll and French Toast w/ Ice Cream were good but nothing I would crave. I will return sometime for the Ramen though!
Valet parking is great. Pay 6 buck in an unsecured lot or pay 10 for curbside service. No brainer . . .

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good quality food. Sushi rolls not overly dressed with sauces. Nice selection of Asian food.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was delicious however the service was just okay. The hostess and the few servers that we did see seem to be very bored and not good at communicating the menu or just communicating in general. Was very disappointed because the food was so good.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Very nice menu

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Entire staff couldn’t have been nicer, great recommendations and very pleasant. Good was better than advertised.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing food. Order the Seafood Ramen and the Mt. Fuji sushi roll.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great Sushi! Great atmosphere on the patio on a beautiful night. Great happy hour prices. We will be back again.

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