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Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Playa del Rey, Westchester
78 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • ramen
  • sashimi
  • peter
  • good for a late night
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 13, 2016
    Ever needed a late night sushi fix that wasn't based on rolls? Kanpai is your answer. Amazingly open until 1 a.m., though it's best to call if you're heading over after midnight. Read more
  • Apache A.
    Apache ApacheJanuary 8, 2014
    The Gravy Ramen thick broth is exclusive! Sesame chicken app is cool. Seabass app is small 2pcs but heavenly delicious. Here at bar people r having Shef's sashimi delux special for100$ & going crazy.
  • Hai T.
    Hai TranNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place. Wife and I always gets Omakase and we've never been disappointed by anything we've had there. A couple must have is the Super Toro seared with Truffle & the Uni Half shelled Oyster
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandJanuary 18, 2012
    I am from out of town but staying nearby, and this is my 2nd night in a row here. Seriously delicious. Happy hour til 6:45 is discounted deliciousness ($1 edamame, $2 frosted mug Kirin beer)
  • Melinda F.
    Melinda FlynnJanuary 1, 2012
    Ok WOW!!! The dessert is awesome too! I had Chocolate Lava Cake w Ice Cream (don't share!!) And hubby had Tempura Bananas w Ice Cream (share...I had some yum!!). Both are EXCELLENT!! Try them both
  • Chef Rawk (.
    Chef Rawk (Krissy)March 22, 2013
    Call a week ahead and ask "Peter" to prepare a prefix menu that'll make you feel like you're eating in Japan. This is THE MOST traditionally legit sushi in Los Angeles. Shark heart, score.
  • Jeanette R.
    Jeanette RomanMarch 23, 2015
    This is our go to late night spot. They have the best Japanese scallop and live scallop that I've ever tried. Service is fast and friendly, too!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJanuary 14, 2011
    PROtip: Tell Peter that Tony P. sent you. He has to be one of the most frequent diners, so that -- and a few shots of gifted sake -- will put you in good steed with the VIP guys with the sharp knives.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarclayNovember 24, 2014
    The freshest fish! Also has a great sake list. Get here before 6 or be ready to wait a while. They do take reservations now.
  • Emily F.
    Emily FMarch 29, 2013
    The PK 3 Seared Toro with Truffle Oil hand roll was one of the tastiest and most unique sushi dishes I've ever had. SO tasty.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanSeptember 18, 2014
    Definitely order the omakase. You will get an education on Japan along with some of the best sushi you've ever had.
  • Esra A.
    Esra AkpinarliDecember 13, 2014
    Delicious, delicious, delicious!!!! Green tea ice cream and green tea itself great! Very authentic, truly a Japanese delight!
  • Christa F.
    Christa FletcherOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    After 10 pm they serve delicious ramen. It's worth eating later for either of their inexpensive and tasty bowls of pork miso or shoyu ramen.
  • Scotty S.
    Scotty ScottDecember 9, 2012
    Try the special Gravy ramen. It's actually very light (not oily) an made entirely of vegetables. It's a quite different and rather delicious change of pace from traditional style ramen.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 20, 2014
    Winning strip mall sushi close to the airport. Crowded during rush periods. A volume business. Worth it.
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LaceyAugust 12, 2016
    Try the saba battera and finish with tamago (egg desert sushi). Best tamago I've had.
  • Dennis C.
    Dennis ChidesterAugust 20, 2014
    Chef's choice sashimi platter is well worth it. Freshest sushi this side of the Tsukiji market.
  • kiptrip
    kiptripJuly 19, 2016
    The sheer amount of beansprouts in the ramen is ridiculous. If you hate sprouts remember to ask for NO SPROUTS. Great tasting ramen otherwise. NOTE: they only serve ramen after 10pm.
  • Calvin T.
    Calvin TingMarch 7, 2013
    The fried squid on the izakaya menu pairs well with the Asahi Black. The shoyu ramen pairs well with your taste buds.
  • Claudine L.
    Claudine L.July 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Spicy Tuna Tacos (actually tostaditas) are yummy and loaded w/ generous scoops of spicy tuna.
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the chirashi! Best deal on the menu. The sushi is really good, but everything else is mediocre, except for the ramen.
  • Jerry H.
    Jerry HongMay 22, 2013
    Come after 10pm to get their $10 Tonkotsu ramen!
  • Nic L.
    Nic LFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ramen now served during lunch hour- they have a smaller ramen bowl with sushi combo for $13.50
  • Kim Z.
    Kim ZhuSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come after 10pm on weekdays to experience one of the best places for ramen in west la
  • Lydia A.
    Lydia AmmosovaNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely try this off menu deliciousness: Alaskan Crab Tempura with lemon & curry salt!
  • Garrett U.
    Garrett UchidaMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    My new favorite sushi / ramen spot. Haven't tried anything I didn't like, my favs so far are the Spanish mackarel and albacore sushi. Stays open til 1am!!
  • Vhie T.
    Vhie TheMay 16, 2012
    1st time here.. Been recommended by our friend and we try k-8 and ramen was so good..
  • Janet T.
    Janet TomAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    ohmygosh! The best ramen ever! Comparable to what we had in Japan. Ramen only served after 10pm.
  • Sandeep P.
    Sandeep ParuchuriJanuary 20, 2016
    The seabass appetizer is wicked. If in doubt, take advice from your host
  • Brandon
    BrandonAugust 28, 2014
    King Crab w/ shaved black truffle. Sweet shrimp. Uni. Waygu Carpaccio. Geoduck sashimi.
  • John S.
    John SchollJuly 25, 2010
    Some of the non sushi entrees are a bit expensive, but get the sushi! Absolutely the best fresh sushi I've had.
  • Sasha A.
    Sasha AgapovJanuary 19, 2016
    Omakase and daily sushi selections are fantastic.
  • Prince j.
    Prince jainMarch 21, 2013
    Vegetarians can have veggie sushi n tempura or tofu salad.
  • Paige R.
    Paige RobertsonJuly 4, 2011
    Looks sketchy from the outside but this is a hidden secret.. Cheap, great sushi. Excellent happy hour!
  • Vicky I.
    Vicky IskandarDecember 26, 2012
    The creamy crab croquette is absolutely delicious!
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaMarch 14, 2015
    Come early! This place gets crowded really fast.
  • Alice Y.
    Alice YoungApril 5, 2013
    Pricey but cheap beer and sake during happy hour lasts til 645
  • Karuana G.
    Karuana G.December 12, 2010
    Love the Tempura Yams and whitske mushrooms. Very fresh yummy sushi!
  • Claudine L.
    Claudine L.July 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The regular, no-frills Albacore sashimi is 'buttery' and practically melts in your mouth. Served on ponzu.
  • Angel A.
    Angel AFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm in love with the Phoenix Moon
  • Matt K.
    Matt KeeverMay 25, 2012
    The K-7 Roll with fresh Salmon and yuzu?!? Soo good
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaMarch 14, 2015
    Dragon roll is OMG sooooooo gooodddddd!
  • Melinda F.
    Melinda FlynnJanuary 1, 2012
    Wowzers ok splurge and go for the Tuna Carpaccio. Mmmelts in your mmmouth!! Let us know what you think.
  • Nadiya R.
    Nadiya RahardjaFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Phoenixmoon, chirashi, k2 roll, crispy cheese wonton
  • Lydia A.
    Lydia AmmosovaMay 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a spicy tuna roll with avocado! I command it!
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 27, 2016
    Sashimi is amazing.. Great quality!
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CrowMay 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The shoyu ramen is life changing (only served after 10pm).
  • Lara
    LaraSeptember 16, 2013
    Their Fruity Albacore Sashimi IS A MUST!!!
  • Alyssa R.
    Alyssa RozenbaumAugust 23, 2016
    All the rolls - catherpilar, raimbow !!!! DELICIOUS
  • Jobo L.
    Jobo LauSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't order the House Sake. Go for the Premium one.
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