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KaZe

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879 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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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 879 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary. My wife loves sushi and the menu allowed her to indulge and I had lots of other things to choose from. Great apps, entres an dessert and our server was terrific. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Our first trip to KaZe happened to be on Saturday night during Restaurant Week, so I don't know whether our experience was typical. The place was packed and LOUD, with the kitchen staff and servers working at a frenetic pace. All of our food was delicious, with the appetizers and entrees of ample size, although the dessert I selected (the brownie) was so small as to qualify as skimpy. The lag time between courses was less than ideal (20+ minutes passed between clearing our entrée plates and the appearance of our dessert), but we had a bird's-eye view of the kitchen and know that they were churning out food as quickly as they could.
Overall, a very nice experience. We'll be back!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good. Service was very slow and extremely disorganized. One member of our party waited at least 10 minutes to get his entree after everyone else was served. Had to ask for our wine to be brought two times after dinner was served. It must not be uncommon for them as they acted as though it was routine to have to be asked repeatedly for things and apologizes were never offered.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We were in town and restaurant week was going so we got to sample different things off the menu. Food was great, nice presentation, the service could improve.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a great time. Totally enjoyed the restaurant and bar in back both.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed dining during Restaurant Week. It was my first visit, but won't be my last.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We wanted to try Kaze and made reservations during restaurant week. When we arrived there were many available tables and the hostess took us to a table right by the door and breezy. We asked to be seated at one of the empty booths and the hostess was obviously perturbed by our request. She grabbed the menus back and went over to the other table and slammed them down without a word and a very annoyed look on her face.
The waiter and manager were great and the food was good, but it was not a good start to our experience.
We had the short rib dupmplings, pork bun, pork belly ramen bowl, filet mignon, and panko chicken and brussels sprouts. For dessert we had the green tea tiramisu, brownie and churros. It was all good, but we all loved the short rib dumplings the best.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Went to Kaze during Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week and loved it. Great options for the menu-- we chose to get 2 sushi rolls and one 3-course meal. For the 3 course we got the pork slider (great flavor), filet mignon (super tender), and the chocolate brownie. The sushi was okay, not the best, but the other food more than made up for it. Definitely would recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

My daughter and I went for Cincinnatis Restaurant Week. So of course the price was right. The menu was one of the best ones I had seen and the food was delicious. We would go back again. My daughter had OTR roll and filet mignon and I had the house salad and salmon.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Kaze called to confirm the reservation, allowed me to move it up 30 minutes AND asked if there were any allergies - I thought that was a step above the rest! :o) The food was really tasty and atmosphere was great.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Arrived early a reservation and they found us a table. Great food. Will be back

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was our first time to the restaurant. We were pleased with the setting and the ambiance, although not particularly spectacular. The menu doesn't appear especially adventurous when one reads it, but the dishes are fantastic in flavour, presentation and taste. Between the 6 of us, we ordered a total of 13 unique dishes. Each dish took a traditional taste and enhanced the flavours with a personal touch or twist. In particular, the rolls, the freshness of the unagi and the salmon entree were praised.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Smoked salmon sushi tough.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I visited Kaze with my 2 grandchildren after the ballet. The food and staff were excellent. The waitress was very professional and friendly and went out of her way to satisfy my young grandson.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The sushi was delicious. I was disappointed that they did have the same menu as their website. They did not have gyoza for appetizer and I probably would’ny have gone had I known that.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always delicious and great service. They have an amazing outdoor bar and the courtyard is the perfect spot to relax. Highly recommend the food and experience.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent! The sushi was fantastic!

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We were really disappointed in the decline in quality of the food since our last visit. Food was bland. Sushi was mediocre. We won't be returning.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overpriced food that had either too much flavor or none at all

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food was good but the service unbelievably slow. What is so tough about Pho and a tuna sushi roll? Slow service at Kaze has happened to me more than once. Somebody has got to get the kitchen organized.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was excellent, food was delicious! Love love love Kaze!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were returning to Kaze after a year's hiatus, carrying a gift certificate that had been given to me by the restaurant because they had served us an atrociously terrible meal and poor service one Sunday night. "We didn't have our best foot forward they confessed." I figured a Saturday night would be better, which it was. The service from our humorous waiter was excellent. The sushi, which fell apart between chopsticks, was at best so-so. That it was at least partly a free meal was little consolation--we won't be returning.

Unrelated to Kaze, the idiot valet out front was nowhere to be found for twenty minutes, which forced me to find parking two blocks away. A first world problem, to be sure, but I do want this particular valet to know that he missed out on a really good tip.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

What a great dinner we had at Kaze! Also a great place that takes reservations!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Delicious food and fun for our son's 21st birthday. We enjoyed ourselves so much we forgot to take a photo. Sushi, ramen, pho, chicken katsu, fried rice, crème brulee, churros, in house sorbet were all amazing. Edamame was served cold which was unexpected and not to our liking, so we would try something different next time. Otherwise, it was a wonderful dining experience.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our server chase (who wasn’t apparently our server but eager to help) was the best part. After doing sake bombs (wouldn’t suggest because they literally give you only a shot of beer) the table needed some sprucing up and chase was there to the rescue. We ordered dumplings, two rolls and sashimi platter. BELOW PAR. If you are looking for good quality sushi look elsewhere. Honestly maybe because we are from New York but this place just wasn’t good. Not recommended unless your into cheap below satisfaction American sushi.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Sushi is mediocre at best. As a Japanese restaurant I cannot believe how limited their menu is.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The chicken Kaze was amazing! Warm sake hit the spot. Very friendly and efficient service. Definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a very nice meal and drinks before the symphony. The wings were so good and we really enjoyed the vegetable bun. Their version of lettuce wraps are made with chicken confit. Our meatloaf was not your grandmothers and was delicious. Zula salad was fine. Our drinks were yummy too. Lots of energy in the room and service was spot on.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Miso soups was horrible. It did not taste how regular
Miso soups should taste. It was way over salted. Sushi was avaerage and pork ramen was not good

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great service and food!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Server forgot an appetizer, then disappeared...food is great, table service was not

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is amazing! Best sushi I've ever had, but the service was really bad. Might be willing to give this place a second try just because of the food.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service isn’t great. Over-priced. Inside dining room is not as aesthetically pleasing as the back bar lounge or outdoor patio. If I go back, I’d go for a drink, maybe two in those areas. The sushi is just okay and not half price in the dining area.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food here used to be better, though the atmosphere was relatively spartan. Unfortunately, they managed to somehow flip that since our last visit. The inside was much nicer this visit, but the sushi rolls were falling apart. WHich is too bad, since there are so many more eating options in OTR.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I was very disappointed in the pho, thought the sushi was good. I was also seated next to a window and felt a draft.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious food and good service in a foundational restaurant of OTR!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Dined at Kaze before our Ensemble play. Perfect meal - not too filling and so close to the theater. Food was good - fried rice had plenty of broccoli! Service was lovely and the decor is very nice! We would dine here again.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

M daughter spent her 15Th birthdaywith her friends and really had a good time. She loves you guys and always wants to come back.
Thank you for the great service

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Outstanding meal, very good service

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

First time here & very glad to see open on Sundays to try after symphony. Had reservation in main dining area which is better ambiance, however rear bar area offered happy hour menu & TVs for football game which was too appealing to pass up. Ordered menu items based on past reviews. Had pork belly bun - agreed it’s amazing! Should have ordered several more. Also had ramen, chicken lettuce wraps, & hanger steak - also above par. Steak was tasty & flavorful like a pot roast but much more pretty & sophisticated. From front door to back door, the staff was professional, friendly, & exuded experience & attentiveness! Looking forward to going back on a Friday night date night. Next time will try front bar.

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