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Kanpai Sushi

#112 of 1,808 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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West End
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8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS, Scotland
+44 131 228 1602
12:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good food; nice selection of Japanese drinks; very comfortable... One of my favourites in Edinburgh.

Thank hulyaaltug
Barcelona, Spain
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376 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great Japanese ! What a wonderful quality! We shared different options and all of them were fantastic! They should deserve a 5 stars rating but the service is not at the same level as the food. Nice guys but a Japanese like Kanpai deserves a proper "japanese" professional level in the main room taking care of every... More 

Thank DANI4268
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Coming from Japan was looking for decent Japanese food and this place did not disappoint Lot of variety of food with decent quantity Only downside would be bit pricey and service was little bit slow We paid closed to 60 pound for two people lunch

Thank SheetalPrakash
Esher, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kanpai Sushi may not be the most attractive restaurant in Edinburgh but it is very much like the ones we visited in Japan so dispite looking rather austere they have got it right. The food is spot on with seared tuna sashimi heading the pack. The dragon roll and sashimi plate all are exactly as one would expect and so... More 

Thank DerrickJS
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely delicious every time we visit, This little restaurant became one of our favourites, Absolutely everything on that menu is top quality, recommend it to all sushi lovers! Service is nice too, 5 stars all the way!

Thank hungryboy123
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG. The baked aubergine. The Octopus balls. The teriyaki squid. the fried dumplings. Jeepers this place is food divinity.

Thank Bigjib
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great place, I eat a lot of sushi and this was up there with the best. A diamond of a restaurant.

Thank jdtravellerLondon
New Paltz, NY
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small, modest, but adequate space with an attentive staff serving excellent sushi. A tad expensive, but not overly so.

Thank JoseMM-L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've had some mixed experiences with Japanese restaurants in Edinburgh (mostly bad) and I've pretty much avoided them as a result but this place is truly exceptional. I don't I've eaten Japanese this good in the UK before. We shared the teriyaki salmon, tuna nigiri, dragon roll and avocado and prawn roll. Too full for desert. Awesome!

Thank Christopher G
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here at 9:30 on a Saturday evening, and luckily a bunch of people were leaving, otherwise I would not have gotten a table. You really do need to book ahead, at least for weekends. I can confirm that the food, although largely "standard fare" sushi (California rolls, etc.) is very good and the service quite attentive. I had... More 

Thank uluvbs

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 24 - US$ 32
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

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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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