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Kanpai Sushi

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
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8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS, Scotland
+44 131 228 1602
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 15:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Kanpai on Friday evening and it was quite empty. We ordered about 5 dishes to start off with the aim of ordering more once we had ate our initial order. The food comes out as its made and this is fine as that is how it is, however we had only had 3 of our 5 dishes and... More 

Thank Ben W
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow some great food was eaten this night the Vulcan Sno Crab was a favourite dish, seafood was fresh and sushi was great ... only thing letting this place down was the very average quality of the service (slow, no one checking whether we wanted to order more etc..) which given the price of the food isn't really acceptable. Would... More 

Thank Stephen D
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've visited a few Sushi restaurants in Edinburgh but Kanpai was a lot more up market. The sushi is extremely well presented and the service top dollar. I started with the tuna, very tender and exquisitely flavoured. Then the aubergine- impossible to eat with chopsticks but tasty. Presentation very good, service excellent, taste outstanding. Recommend

1 Thank mgcampbell1101
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst in Edinburgh we decided to try a Sushi meal and were recommended this place by several people and were not disappointed. The staff were very obliging as we hadn't booked a table, they fitted us in on condition we finished within the hour which we appreciated. The guy who took our order without a notepad had an amazing memory.... More 

Thank susancrow
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff were super attentive and friendly. Our food was fresh - delicious, beautifully presented. Great choice of music and the colour theme of the restaurant. The place looked neat and really clean - well done Kanpai staff!

Thank Ekaterina K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is so good! Nice atmosphere, great service and the food is really tasty. It is quite expensive but I think that's pretty standard for sushi these days! Would recommend!

Thank CJCJ2500
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was pretty good, service not great, had to ask for things (glass of water) several times. Table positioning was terrible - felt like we were sat in a corridor - never end of people going past to toilet and kitchen - table wobbling each time. We did ask to be moved, but were told everything was booked up -... More 

1 Thank Iain R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Very very good food. The selection is so huge we struggled to choose. Wanted to try everything. From the saké through the sashimi, followed by some well built sushi and finished with ice creams. There is plenty for everyone to choose. Back again in January and so excited already.

Thank kpkp1985
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a lovely little restaurant, with friendly staff and tasty, fresh, and well presented food. The miso glazed aubergine is particularly special! It would be good to see more vegetarian choices though, theres not many different sushi rolls, and it would be great to have warm vegetable dishes like tempura, korroke, or gyoza. It's worth noting that this is... More 

Thank Spinelli101
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I went here for my wife's 30th with a group of friends, I was so impressed with the range of dishes not just sushi, the staff were friendly and even put up with us after a few too many sakis. The place has a great atmosphere, I'll be back

Thank Mark C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 24 - USD 32
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 1602

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

Neighbourhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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