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Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Playa del Rey, Westchester
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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.
  • Jean M.
    Jean MarieMarch 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 20, 2014
    Winning strip mall sushi close to the airport. Crowded during rush periods. A volume business. Worth it.
  • Benito Q.
    Great place near LAX. Good happy hour menu and lots of fresh and interesting fish on the regular menu.
  • Charles T S.
    The Sushi is tasty, fresh, and refreshing. They do it well here. It is really quite surprisingly good!
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LaceyAugust 12, 2016
    Try the saba battera and finish with tamago (egg desert sushi). Best tamago I've had.
  • 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.
  • Dennis C.
    Dennis ChidesterAugust 20, 2014
    Chef's choice sashimi platter is well worth it. Freshest sushi this side of the Tsukiji market.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Angel A.
    Angel AFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm in love with the Phoenix Moon
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lydia A.
    Lydia AmmosovaNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely try this off menu deliciousness: Alaskan Crab Tempura with lemon & curry salt!
  • Vhie T.
    Vhie TheMay 16, 2012
    1st time here.. Been recommended by our friend and we try k-8 and ramen was so good..
  • Avner S.
    Avner SchwarzAugust 19
    Can't go wrong. We ordered 10 or so different items and they were all excellent!
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Sasha A.
    Sasha AgapovJanuary 19, 2016
    Omakase and daily sushi selections are fantastic.
  • 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.
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaMarch 14, 2015
    Come early! This place gets crowded really fast.
  • Prince j.
    Prince jainMarch 21, 2013
    Vegetarians can have veggie sushi n tempura or tofu salad.
  • Vicky I.
    Vicky IskandarDecember 26, 2012
    The creamy crab croquette is absolutely delicious!
  • Paige R.
    Paige RobertsonJuly 4, 2011
    Looks sketchy from the outside but this is a hidden secret.. Cheap, great sushi. Excellent happy hour!
  • Alice Y.
    Alice YoungApril 5, 2013
    Pricey but cheap beer and sake during happy hour lasts til 645
  • 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.
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaMarch 14, 2015
    Dragon roll is OMG sooooooo gooodddddd!
  • Karuana G.
    Karuana G.December 12, 2010
    Love the Tempura Yams and whitske mushrooms. Very fresh yummy sushi!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KeeverMay 25, 2012
    The K-7 Roll with fresh Salmon and yuzu?!? Soo good
  • Nadiya R.
    Nadiya RahardjaFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Phoenixmoon, chirashi, k2 roll, crispy cheese wonton
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Lara
    LaraSeptember 16, 2013
    Their Fruity Albacore Sashimi IS A MUST!!!
  • Alyssa R.
    Alyssa RozenbaumAugust 23, 2016
    All the rolls - catherpilar, raimbow !!!! DELICIOUS
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CrowMay 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The shoyu ramen is life changing (only served after 10pm).
  • Jobo L.
    Jobo LauSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't order the House Sake. Go for the Premium one.
  • Supercat 2.
    Supercat 27February 12, 2016
    The Sea Bass is really tasty
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleyApril 1, 2015
    Really fantastic sashimi.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BlanquOctober 3, 2011
    The Sorbet tuna sushi is very good
  • Tony P.
    Tony PierceMarch 30, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Go at night, ask for Peter. Ask for the sawara or the sawara-style albacore.
  • Steve M.
    Steve McDonnellFebruary 12, 2012
    After 10pm their ramen is the TOPS!
  • Eunice C.
    Eunice CApril 18, 2013
    Open 365 days a year!!! With quality control!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WilkinsMay 11, 2014
    Riki will make you the best sushi of your life
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FFebruary 3, 2012
    Apparently you need a reservation for one of the 14 open tables. Be prepared to wait for no reason.
  • Justin P.
    Justin PakAugust 3, 2011
    It's not even funny how good the ramen is. Best in LA. Get shoyu.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanOctober 25
    Sunomono salad is 🔥
  • Erik R.
    Erik RiesJune 18, 2011
    Ask for Peter. He knows his fish!
  • Roman S.
    Roman SluMay 8, 2014
    Super! Very Good!
  • Tony P.
    Tony PierceAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for sawara or sawara style albacore.
  • Бекжан А.
    Awesome! This is must visit place!
  • Swift S.
    Swift SwiftJuly 1, 2015
    Looks like a dirty college sushi place, actually pretty good.
  • Sasha A.
    Sasha AgapovJanuary 19, 2016
    Best ramen in town, I swear.
  • Craig T.
    Craig TiceNovember 16, 2016
    Best sushi in LA.
  • Alice Y.
    Alice YoungOctober 23, 2012
    Sit at the sushi bar!
  • Irene S.
    Irene SiilbekSeptember 15, 2016
    Best sashimi.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GJune 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    K-2 Roll is the BOMB
  • J D.
    J DJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Citrus Sockeyed Salmon. I can now RIP.
  • Dwayne Z.
    Dwayne ZamoraFebruary 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Ramen in town!
  • jin s.
    jin stedgeOctober 17, 2013
    lol it's yummy but the service here..
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandJanuary 17, 2012
    Sawara style albacore omg
  • Phillip B.
    Phillip BanksMarch 18, 2016
    Portions are just way too small.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TApril 26, 2013
    What the crap... my hamachi (yellowtail) sushi had a bone in it. Pretty bad sign for a sushi place. Might not come back...
  • J D.
    J DSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing!
  • Joanna S.
    Joanna SadakaSeptember 2, 2010
    Peter does rock.
  • aris s.
    aris sAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Peter ROCKS!
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GomilaNovember 13, 2015
    Increíble sushi en LA, cerca del aeropuerto, ideal para la previa a un viaje; )
  • kensuke j.
    kensuke jojiJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Jikasei Zaru Dofu - ざる豆腐のビジュアルがすごいな。I'm relax by eating japanese food.
  • kensuke j.
    kensuke jojiMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Graby Ramen - 締めはGrabyラーメン。のどごしこってりだけど、くいごたえは最高。悦。
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