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Kanpai Izakaya

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408 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5826 (Milwaukee Street)
+1 414-220-1155
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We LOVE sushi - and we compare sushi in MKE to Rice N Roll Bistro on Farwell. Kanpai is NO Rice N Poll. This was a birthday choice for one of our sons. He loved the meal. The prices are very reasonable for rolls. IF you choose to go to K, read the reviewers here on TA - they are... More 

Thank Mary W
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Had reservations and we were seated. And we sat. And we sat. The TV was on at the bar. Because we weren't preoccupied with restaurant stuff like water or food or drinks, I asked the bartender if he could switch the station to college football (a non local baseball game was on). He said he had to ask the sushi... More 

1 Thank Goebone
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

First visit to Milwaukee. Found this restaurant online. Delicious and great value! Service was friendly and good. Ask for Richard. Highly recommend. Order the 9 Piece Chef Nigiri. 🍣💜

Thank MDW2757
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I tried Kanpai for the first time this last weekend. I was a bit concerned because my boyfriend isn't a big Japanese food fan but there were several fish selections that appealed to him. He ended up getting the Hamachi Kama but had it dressed like the salmon teriyaki. He was very pleased and the portion size was very generous.... More 

Thank LGuerrero0
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226 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for some sushi during my Summerfest weekend. Kanpai offers pretty extensive menu from sashimi, sushi and some popular Korean dishes. Restaurant is clean and modern in design. We had an early dinner so the wait for service was minimal. In fact the waiter was clearing dishes before we were even finished. We decided to sit at the sushi... More 

Thank ChiKid60035
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Saturday night is date night and for a young couple frolicking around Milwaukee sustenance is a must. My guy had a craving for Sushi and suggested Kanpai. I agreed and we decided to go there around 6:15 pm. We did not have reservations and there was still quite a bit of seating available. Fortunately we were seated quickly. Unfortunately, we... More 

1 Thank Sarika S
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Great Asian restaurant with an emphasis on Japanese fare with succulent, unique, and interesting combination sushi. Located in the sexy Third Ward, just south of downtown Milwaukee, Kanpai has an extensive menu with some Vietnamese and Korean small plate dishes. Lovely decor and intimate seating areas. Definitely a place to explore!

Thank Florence C
Plover, WI
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

I have to start by saying the tempura was the best I've had in a long time - light and crispy. Miso soup was very good; the salad with creamy ginger dressing was delicious & the yakisoba noodle dish was very tasty. What we didn't enjoy was the sullen service. The server didn't seem to want to be there and... More 

Thank TRS
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015 via mobile

Went here on a Tuesday night with a date. Very few people in the restaurant. We took our time ordering because their menu is so large. Ended up having four rolls for about $42. I would highly suggest the California Dragon as it is one of the better rolls I've had in Milwaukee.

Thank Jake J
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Each time I go to Kanpai the menu seems to get better. Definitely let the chef decide what you'll be eating - they never fail!

Thank mkerachel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 408 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-5826
    (Milwaukee Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-220-1155

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