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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.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Japanese, Sushi, Gastro Pub
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We are happy to continually host karaoke with Sean Hafer of Karaoke Fantastic every Wednesday night from 8pm-12am in the Main Bar.
KaZe offers optional street-side valet service. Various on-street parking and public lots are available.
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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KaZe Ratings and Reviews
We came for New Years and purposely made a reservation at 8:45 so that we could relax and ring in the new year with our friends at the restaurant. Kaze closed at their normal hours of 10. This is something you should tell patrons on evenings like this. We were rushed through dinner. Ordered our appetizers and were asked if we were ready to order dinner. We said we would like to wait until after the apps came. And the server let us know the kitchen was closing soon so we needed to get our order in. We done here often, but brought another couple with us that had never been there. It's was a terrible experience for New Years
great experience, the only negative thing i could say is that when we got there and told the host we had a reservation, she was a little smug. i have her my name and the party number and she asked “did you make your reservation on open table” i said yes and she then said “well, you didn’t do it correctly but it’s fine” then sat us.
The food is not prepared well. The entire roll would fall apart everytime the chopstick would try to pick one bite up. The server brings you water - to pour yourself - and another person drops off the off. What did I tip her for? We did equal amounts of work. Food is overpriced for what it is. Will not be returning.
Well executed food. We ordered the Miso Wings to share, katsu chicken and a couple of sushi rolls. Service was fast and friendly. The only downside was the noise level. It's a bit hard to hear people across the table. Our waiter never offered a dessert menu, he just brought the check. We had dessert across the street at Graeter's instead.
We were excited to try KaZe with Groupon as it’s a nice location close to Music Hall. We were disappointed with the sashimi, sushi rolls and the miso soup. Not sure if the sushi chef quite “graduated” as the sushi rice was not fully cooked (with hard center), the rolls were very loose and fell apart with slight grab of the chopsticks, and the sashimi were sliced without much consideration for the grain of the fish and apparent knife skills. KaZe was kind to remove the sushi from our bill and offered apologies. Both the miso soup and the pho broth were too heavy on soy sauce and very salty. We enjoyed the atmosphere, service was great but the food quality needs to improve to command the price.
What a wonderful dinner. Kristopher was such an awesome waiter. His recommendations on food and drink were perfect He made a friend's dinner special. First time at Kaze. I plan oncoming back. The woman's restroom even prompted a conversation.
This is not actually a bad restaurant, but it disappointed us. The decor is nice, and maybe we just hit an off night. But you know you are in trouble in a Japanese restaurant when nary an oriental face, either among the wait and kitchen staff or among the sparse clientele, is to be seen. Service was so so, food was so so, and the prices were higher than could be justified by either service or food.
We arrived for a quick meal. The service was fast. But the food was terrible. We ordered two entrees and three sides. Not a single dish was worth eating. It was either over or under seasoned and over cooked. The sever did not even ask how our food was. We were in a hurry so we paid and left
KaZe has excellent food and a great ambiance. You really have three spaces: the main restaurant which includes sushi bar seating as well as booths and tables, then there is a separate bar room which has more of a tavern feel, and the outdoor patio when weather permits. They each have their own style. Love to sample small plates from the different sections of the menu!
We were excited to try Kaze for our first time. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre, not we had expected. Portions were extremely small. The menu is fairly limited. I would say overpriced based on what we were served. Our waiter was very pleasant, but not at all in tune when it came to cocktails, socializing, the menu etc... We most likely will not return.
We enjoyed the the sashimi it was fresh, although the cuts were not created with any real precision. The scallop ceviche was my favorite the flavors were sublime. The seaweed-veggie stir fry was healthy and hearty. The salmon roll was good but didn't deserve top billing given the portions related to other more dominant ingredients in the roll. The sake and wine list were ample. Our table/booth was ready upon our arrival, the hostesses were welcoming and professional. The service was good and we didn't feel rushed particularly for a Friday. We will return and recommend based on our experience.
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