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#124 of 413 Restaurants in Cairns
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64 Shields Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6084
17:30 - 23:30
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Tue - Sun 17:30 - 23:30
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazingly tasty food, very friendly staff, fast service. Great prices. We will be back for sure!! We went in on quite a busy night, food and drinks still came quite quickly.

Thank Rebecca L
Cairns, Australia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I almost felt like I was in Japan again when visiting Kanpai. The menu was quite extensive and quite similar to what I would expect in Japan, and also quite reasonably priced. Seeing the amount of people come into the restaurant, it seems very popular too. Ordering is quite simple and the staff are very willing to help too. It... More 

Thank Henry G
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Walked in to Kanpai & they were busy. No problem, the young maitre d ushered us to our choice of tables. We were left to ponder the menu & because we are vegetarian, we had a few amendments for our order. They have a brilliant touch screen ordering system at each table. There is an option to write " notes... More 

Thank Becca D
Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Stumbled across this place and boy was I surprised. Cosy and cute place where you order off tablets in nice spacious booths. Great tasting food and servings for cheap prices! They even have a larger area of seating in the back which is just as nice and option for karoake. Bar also available. A must if you want Japanese.

Thank marina n
Cairns, Australia
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This place is busy for a reason. Quality Japanese food and reasonably priced. Great service and love ordering via iPad. Can't go past their pork belly, it's amazing! Everything we've tried so far on the menu has been excellent. Recommended!

Thank Nickkkkkk
Cairns, Australia
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195 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

You order your food through iPads on the tables and sent your food through to the kitchen. The food is excellent and reasonable. Also has karaoke rooms if you're up for some fun.

Thank Topbabe
Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Teriyaki chicken assorted sashimi excellent highly recommended to finish off Tempura ice cream yum yum

Thank Mike M
Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The food is very authentic clean Japanese dishes all fantastically priced. Table on each table makes ordering a breeze with lots of booths for a private feel. Well worth a go for a traditional taste of Japan.

Thank JackSmithM2016
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The food is reasonably price but the quality is excellent! Really beautiful food and comes out quickly. You sit in funky booths to eat, that make it enjoyable and relaxing and are quite spacious. If you want you can hire one of their little rooms out the back for $5 per person for an hour and do Karaoke. We had... More 

Thank hills705
Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

The service is fantastic, and fast. We had never used a tablet ordering system, what a fabulous way to run a restaurant. The food is magnificent and fresh. Our only complaint is that it is too far away from home!

Thank KimmieWatt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 64 Shields Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4041 6084

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?