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Izakaya Lounge - Waraji Japanese Restaurant, Raleigh, NC

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

4.7
4.7
219 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Established in 1997 Waraji has been offering an extensive selection of sushi, sashimi & authentic Japanese cuisine. We also feature a unique selection of Japanese microbrewery rice-based beers. Our sushi menu includes the highest quality sushi and sashimi and a wide variety of specialty house rolls (Scary Jerry, The Waraji, Hinata, and The Sweet Dragon just to name a few) Our authentic kitchen offers a full menu of tempura, teriyaki grilled items, nabeyaki udon, shabu shabu hotpot, A5 wagyu, ishiyaki. Chef Masa, with over 30 years of sushi experience, invites you to join him and his staff for a true taste of Japan.

Waraji recently renovated and added an Izakaya Bar/Lounge carrying the largest Sake and Japanese Whiskey selection in the Carolinas, along with many beers on Tap including Japanese Beers like Kyoto Bakushu Matcha (Green) IPA only served exclusively here at Waraji. Also, we carry Japanese Beers in Bottles and Cans like Orion, Sapporo, Kirin, Asahi, and Echigo Koshihikari

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 783-1883
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Masatoshi Tsujimura
  • Catering
    Catering available on Large Trays or Wooden Boats. Onsite Catering with Private Chef Availabale
  • Private party facilities
    Large area for Private Events from 20-100
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Duraleigh Rd off of Glenwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Rd on the Corner
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 219 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

219 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Will continue to be one of favorite sushi spots in Raleigh.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is probably one of the best Japanese restaurants in the US, consistently delivering on great food and service!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, and service. This is my second time dining with Waraji. The fish is always super fresh, the staff is very accommodating and professional. The atmosphere in the restaurant is amazing

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  4. fizzgig

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I didn't like that we were seated next to the only other group in the restaurant. I felt like we were with the party next to us.

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  5. uncblue94

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always great. Was a little bummed they were out of the Sake we wanted to order, but everything else was en pointe.

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  6. MMWFoodie

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The sushi was fantastic! The service was also very good. The sushi chefs were understaffed for how busy the restaurant was on a Saturday night.

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  7. Diner

    Austin

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, wonderful menu, great friendly knowledgeable service, nice ambience.

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  8. Babs

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food beautifully presented. There is a very clear gluten free menu.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waraji's sushi is absolutely delicious! This time we sat at the bar and had the opportunity to order a unique tuna tataki and yellowtail roll. Our tastebuds had a feast last night with the salmon belly nigiri. Thank you for an outstanding service.
    Waraji Japanese RestaurantResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at our restaurant.

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  10. AnotherTriangleResident

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good experience at Waraji for our family
    Waraji Japanese RestaurantResponded on March 26, 2024
    It was a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Waraji. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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  11. NigelA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Waraji is the go to place for Japanese food in Raleigh.

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  12. Babs

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We especially appreciate the gluten-free menu. Staff brought Tamari to our table after we ordered gluten-free! Food is delicious and prepared and presented beautifully.
    Waraji Japanese RestaurantResponded on March 19, 2024
    Thank you, Babs. We are really appreciated your feedback.

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  13. Tess

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I made a reservation in the main dining area, and the host sat us at the table right beside the bathroom and the kitchen... not where I would've expected to be seated since there were other two tops available and we didn't just walk in. It took at least 10 minutes for our server to come up to us also. We ordered 3 sushi rolls and a few pieces of nigiri and it took literally an hour for us to get it. The sushi was ok but over seasoned (quite salty). This was our first time eating here and honestly we probably won't be back.

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  14. DRJNC

    Raleigh

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best sushi in Raleigh. We always enjoy meals at waraji. Fish is always fresh and service is awesome. Highly recommend

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The sushi was great and very filling! The goyza dumplings were okay and the fire cracker shrimp was good. The wait staff was very attentive, however, there was a draft and I ended up keeping my coat on for the entire dinner.

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  16. ZimNC

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large group; ordered sushi for two from the menu and it was a nice variety of pieces. The shrimp dumplings were excellent m. The quality and freshness were amazing.

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  17. JerryP

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would and do recommend Waraji to anyone who likes sushi or Japanese cuisine. Probably biased but I would get the Scary Jerry or the Holy Moly.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really good and our server was awesome. Very nice, made us comfortable and laugh, and got everything to us as best he could consider how busy it was. They put us at the worst table in the restaurant, where the entrance was and people enter the bar and pick up to go orders. It was cold/drafty, and people kept coming by closely to our table. We made a reservation for three for a birthday and they gave us the worst table in the restaurant, as far as we could tell. It was very busy and we should have been sat at a table more inside and not right in the way. Kinda made it terrible.

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  19. HarryS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, little slow on the service, but if you’re not rushed, worth the wait. Some of the best sushi I’ve had in the Raleigh/Durham vicinity.

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  20. LeeW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good, but the service was incredibly slow and it was not a busy night (Monday). A chef also came out into the middle of the restaurant to yell at two servers. He told them he was not going to remake things if they couldn't keep up. I'm not sure what that meant, but it was very uncomfortable. The food was very expensive. Our go-to sushi place, Sushi Siam, is just as good, but significantly cheaper. I suggest you check it out. It's not fancy, but the sushi is great. I highly recommend the Deep Ocean roll.

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  21. KimberleyL

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful, authentic food, outstanding service! Love Waraji.

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  22. Dawn

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was wonderful! Very helpful choosing our dinner options. Drinks, sushi, and stuffed jalapeños were delicious.

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  23. GerardP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Long wait for food Food was great. Service was ok Place was a little loud and could use some updating of decor. Decent experience. Would go back again.

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  24. Karen

    Raleigh

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was my first time to Waraji. The place seemed lively. Angie was a good waitress and the portions were plentiful. I would go back again and perhaps try something a little more traditional than the Teriyaki.

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  25. jml729

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three generations met for dinner at Waraji on Saturday. I wasn't sure what to expect as I knew some would not eat raw fish. The menu is great and everyone was able to get a delicous meal. The waitress was patient, helpful, and checked on us often. Can't wait to return.

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  26. We2travelabit

    Charleston

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time back in over 12 years! Have not skipped a beat. Still the same quality we remember from as far back as the first few years in business. Can’t wait to return.

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  27. DRJNC

    Raleigh

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without a doubt the best sushi in Raleigh. This is our go to place for sushi Service was awesome and it isn’t super crowded so wait time for sushi wasn’t bad. Highly recommend

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  28. caligirl

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, great service and good environment for intimate dinner or group dinners! will definitely come back!

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  29. KathleenR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent meal! The best sushi in town! Thank you…

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live about 40 miles from the restaurant. It remains one of our favorite. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is pleasant, the service is top notch and the menu is extensive. If there is a special occasion, our family will generally choose Waraji

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This will be a place we frequent. We did the tatami style seating and it was so comfortable. Our waiter, Richard, really made us feel welcomed and gave good suggestions on meals.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent sushi and sake selection! Lots of variety.

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  33. Nick

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waraji never disappoints! Best sushi in Raleigh!

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  34. NewPlace

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waraji is a local favorite. Always fresh and tasty. The menu changes periodically and I love to discover their new items. The expansion is great to offer more seating and I’m thrilled for your continued success.

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  35. KPDining

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite sushi spot in Raleigh, for over two decades!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy Waraji. We visited for a belated Valentine's dinner and the food and atmosphere was great! This is our favorite sushi restaurant in the triangle area.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We love dining at Waraji but they overbooked their tables. This restaurant is always full but-tonight it seems that the excuse of Valentines weekend didn't let them handle business the right way. Food took over an hour to be served. Everyone was rushing. It was not worth it.

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  38. Simmba

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was phenomenal. Can’t remember his name but he made our experience very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this place

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  39. LadyChristine

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner as always. Love this place. Best sushi in town.

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  40. JayS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The experience on Valentine's Day was special. We enjoyed eating on the floor.

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FAQs

Waraji Japanese Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 783-1883.

Waraji Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Waraji Japanese Restaurant

5910 Duraleigh Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612-2582

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Duraleigh Rd off of Glenwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Rd on the Corner
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Masatoshi Tsujimura
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 783-1883
  • Catering
    Catering available on Large Trays or Wooden Boats. Onsite Catering with Private Chef Availabale
  • Private party facilities
    Large area for Private Events from 20-100
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