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Kessaku

4.4
4.4
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi

Located on the 50th floor of The National, Kessaku is a cocktail and sake lounge serving Dallas’ freshest, globally sourced fish and seafood.The Kessaku team has built a world-class collection of cocktails, sake and Japanese Whiskey that will blow your sushi-loving mind.

A creation of Chef Danny Grant and Chef Hari Chan, Kessaku offers elegant sushi made with fresh, globally sourced fish and warm artisanal rice. The menu showcases an array of nigiri, sashimi and rolls from the very traditional to the unexpected.

Kessaku, which means masterpiece in Japanese, boasts 360-degree views of the Dallas skyline from the historic observation deck at the top of The National. The intimate 60-seat restaurant is lavishly designed to feel like a hidden club in London where every corner of the space tells a story unlike any other in Dallas.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (214) 239-9999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 33 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    Late Night Find

  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    Scenic View

  • Dallas

    Late Night Find

  • Dallas

    Scenic View

  • Dallas

    Sushi

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  1. KC

    KevinC

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The atmosphere, food, and drink were top notch. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. Our server was never flustered, but she seemed to have one too many tables. There were times when we had to wait with empty drinks while she was serving other tables. This is not a big issue, but if she were slowed down any more it could have been. The views from the lounge area are great, but the space seems to be somewhat of an after thought. I think there is a great opportunity to turn it into a more proper lounge with cocktail service for pre and post dining. Anyway, it was a great experience overall, and I will definitely come back.

  2. LG

    LaurenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is a must! The service was excellent, the food was incredible and our group had such a great time with the views.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food!! Japanese-quality sushi !!!

  4. M

    Melmar

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    The food was amazing, service was solid but the seating is bad. The restaurant sits on the 50th floor so the view is nice and general ambience is very elegant. Back to the seating, if you’re lucky enough to score a table by the window, then no complaints. But if you’re in the general dining space of the small venue, you will share a small couch type seat with another party. The tables are tiny, like bistro tables and I was so sunken into the couch I wasn’t able to comfortably eat. There is no separation so unless you know the party next to you, there is no private conversation to be had. Also, it’s pretty expensive. We loved all the rolls we got so while the value isn’t great, we can’t complain about the food. I recommend an afternoon reservation, might not be as crowded.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    Reservation was for 9:15. Couldn’t get sat until 10:45. It was too late by then and we left.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    The food and drinks were good but the service was terrible. They keep pushing us to be done and then had someone come to our table and asked us to release the table for other patrons. We had only been there for a little over an hour and were still ordering food and drinks. When I told the gentleman we were not leaving he got rude and asked me to let him do his job. Overall that killed the experience.

  7. IQ

    IrsaQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my birthday and was over an hour late to my reservation because there was an accident on the highway. I called the manager of the restaurant and told him everything and he stayed not to worry because he will accommodate for me. I got there and we got seated within 5 minutes, took pictures, ate delicious food, and got a free dessert for my birthday. My birthday was special BECAUSE of Kessaku. Much love to their staff.

  8. CP

    CrissyP

    Dallas

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    You don’t go there for dinner..,cocktails and an appetizer and dinner somewhere else. The atmosphere is perfect. The perfect amount of loud, fun, trendy and view! I will go back!

  9. EL

    ElaineL

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bam was awesome. Thanks!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Waited for about 15 to 20 minutes before anyone came to our table to serve us. We made a reservation for 9:15 and had to wait about 20 mins before we were seated.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was incredible, views are best in town, menu is narrow but top quality which I actually appreciated, but nothing stood out more than the ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE SERVICE. Diligent, thoughtful, incredibly prompt and very knowledgable. Perfect experience, I'll be a regular.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I love sushi but we always go to the our usual favorites. I wanted a new place to go. Kessaku is such a cool place, we felt like we could be in a NYC or LA restaurant! Beautiful decor and views. Creative cocktails and sushi! Loved it!!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and super great atmosphere

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience4

    Service was significantly below bar: slow, lack of detail and attention. The menu prices are high at this place and will survive on attracting new customers. I would foresee a low level of repeat customers if they do not up their game.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere was outstanding my wife and I are from St.Louis and we were looking for a place with a grown and sexy atmosphere and this was it a definite do over!!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    We were late for our reservation bec our car broke down but our hostess still gave us great seat by the window as we requested. Expected a good authentic sushi bec of the price but tastes like grocery-made. The drinks menu is longer & has more variety than the food menu. Service is great though.

  17. TH

    TiffH

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful intimate setting. Menu limited but tasty; fish was very fresh, and the sea bream special was incredible. Went for a pre-wedding cocktail and snack, and it was perfect for that. Pretty sure I would’ve left hungry if I went for actual dinner. But overall solid experience and waitstaff was attentive.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a fancy date with my boyfriend and this place was the perfect spot. Views and ambiance. The sushi was good. I’d opt for a roll over the sashimi for the price. Cocktails looked good though I don’t drink. Service was excellent.

  19. C

    Christy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    If you are looking for a fancy night out with a stunning view of the city, this is your place. The drinks were spectacular, food was fresh and delicious, and the ambiance made you feel like you took a step into a 1920's speak-easy. Highly recommend!

  20. FA

    FoodAndMusic

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Definitely a more casual Friday night club/lounge experience than a fine dining sushi experience. The server mentioned that the bar was bit able to make a mock tails even after asking to substitute alcohol for soda water they said this was not allowed and the cocktails were set in recipe so alcohol has to stay in the drink. Seriously?! There was a full bar and for a person that doesn’t drink a mocktini or a signature mock tail (not just a glass of juice) really makes a fun experience for a patron that doesn’t drink. I was super disappointed at my first experience here.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    This experience was disappointing. Preface: We lived in Manhattan for 15 years, and LA, and travelled to every major global city and enjoyed everything from taco trucks and picnic tables to 3 star Michelin restaurants. For the amount you pay here, the level needs to be WAY higher. You are greeted by a welcome glass of sparkling wine, but that’s where it ends. Start by taking an elevator to a different restaurant then walking up the fire exit stairs to get there. They didn’t seat us for 30 minutes even with a reservation. Bar service was slow and when we were finally seated, we had to close our check (instead of transferring, which took forever) and when we were shown to our table they made us carry our own bottle of sake and two poured glasses to our table. Our table top was about to fall off the pillar so we had to move tables, and despite being there already and an open table next to us, they didn’t want to seat us at the other table because other people were expected to be there. (Sorry but we were already there, so I just moved our stuff myself). Now the food. There are only around 15 items you can order. All VERY expensive for what you get. The sashimi fish quality was not only poor, but it’s the smallest order of sashimi I’ve ever received and it was $36 dollars (with basic fish / salmon). The food runner just dropped the food off and didn’t explain what was on the dish (even though we knew). Again for what you’re paying, this is an unacceptable start to a meal. We ordered 3 other rolls, which were again very expensive for what you get. Ive had the same rolls at a every major sushi spot in NYC for less money. Again the flavor of the rolls was basic, and the fish quality mediocre. The service was very slow for the small size of the restaurant and the limited items on the menu. Surprisingly slow. And the staff, from the front door to the servers to the food runners seemed to have never worked at this supposed level of a restaurant. Not recommended.

  22. DF

    DinningFT

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place. Strongly recommended

  23. DF

    DallasFoodie

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    They look down on people that are not wearing super fancy clothes. They are usually out of certain kinds of sushi. The servers are not nice, they are rude and pretentious.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Got a new job and enjoyed every second of it. A bit pricey, but so delicious.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    Meh I was looking for a sushi place and this one came up. So I went. It’s not a sushi place. It’s a pricey cocktail bar with a great view on one side ( so if you’re not on that side, then it’s just a pricey cocktail bar). Very cramped, very loud. And it has sushi on the menu. Only sushi. Not a lot of choices, and very basic (spicy tuna roll?). And expensive for what it is. But it’s there. Sushi is good, but not worth the prices. There are several “hole in the wall” sushi joints in the area with better fare. Or Uchi. Which this place is not. If you want a scene and some scenery (maybe) then come here. If you want sushi, go to Uchi.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The view was amazing! Food was really good as well but quite expensive for the amount given. If you’re looking to splurge and eat next to a beautiful view, this is the place!

  27. TV

    TerryV

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience2

    Only eight two tops have a view. No one else can see anything at all.

  28. PG

    PGAGOLFPRO

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    20th Anniversary Dallas Skyline was amazing Food- Taste- Exotic flavors Presentation Attention to detail Waitstaff very attentive

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    Not worth it in my opinion. Reservations were for 9 and we didn’t get a table until around 10. Off to a bad start. Food and drinks were mediocre

  30. SM

    SummerM

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful date night! Great cocktails and sushi -- will be going again!

  31. NH

    NikkiH

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall1food5service3ambience5

    We were celebrating the month of our 10 year anniversary and we’re so excited to spend some time together as we work extremely busy schedules. We had an amazing server and the food was delish. We were about half way through dinner when the manager brought us the bill. We just looked at each other like, “did that really just happen?” I was going to go to the restroom so I took the bill back to her and asked if she was trying to get rid of us? I explained we were not done yet. When I came out they had sent security to my table. Evidently the manager had told security I through the bill at her. Not true. We saw her handing bills out to several tables and I noticed the bar was packed. As of they did need the tables. It was evident they had overbooked. The manager would never come to the table and discuss anything or apologize. At this point it was so uncomfortable we paid and tipped accordingly. My husband had to flag the waitress down because we say the manager whisper to the waitress something. It was obvious. The waitress came over and she apologized and offered a bottle sake to go. We said no this was not her fault. It was bad management. Period! Overall we were rushed! It’s just devastating to work so hard to hey some time away and to be treated this way in such a nice place. The memory was ruined. We finished our date at another restaurant downtown and told them what happened. They said this was NOT the first time customers have been treated badly by this manager.

  32. BJ

    BeeJaxon

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The sushi was the best I’ve ever tasted - the king crab roll with the melted butter was my favorite. Loved the panoramic views. Only thing that wasn’t perfection is the window seating is a little tight. The chairs and table are small.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yum!! Amazing sushi and cocktails!

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Kessaku is rated 4.4 stars by 33 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for Kessaku

1401 Elm St 50th Floor Dallas, TX 75202

  • Cross street

    Akard

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, View, Wheelchair Access

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