Raleigh >Food & Dining > Hayashi Japanese Restaurant
13200 New Falls of Neuse Rd, #105, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761435.942659 -78.559459
Fantastic dining experience – Just tried this place for the first time the other day, and was quite pleased. I cannot yet speak for the sashimi quality since I only ordered rolls, but the ingredients were outstanding. The atmosphere is elegant and classy, with stone and wood throughout the restaurant. The wait staff and sushi chefs were friendly and attentive. My order came out fast and had a wonderful presentation. I would recommend giving this place a try. I will have to return several times and try more items before giving them five stars, but so far they are well on their way. Oh.. and be sure to try the spider roll. Their tempura is fantastic! :-)
Don't bring a large group here!! – As a member of a dinner club, I have eaten at some wonderful places in the Triangle. Last week it was my turn to pick the place. I have always enjoyed the food at Hayashi and wanted the group to try it. Keep in mind that the last time we ate here, we were a party of 5 and it took us 40 minutes to get a seat. So I called a week in advance but we were turned down FLAT! They were unwilling to accommodate us because they said the dining room was too small to seat 12 people. Pardon me? Too small to seat 12 guests? At 6:30? We purposely eat early to avoid the large dinner crowd. Can't seat us?
Well, as our family has owned restaurants, I was pretty shocked. I understand that large groups tend to stay a little longer so turnover is not as quick, but I also know that large groups tend to order more, drink more and automatically get an 18-20% tip added in for the wait staff.
And what if we had shown up as 3 tables of 4? Would we not have been seated? Essentially there is no difference. Only 4 of the 12 had ever been to Hayashi and the other 8 are no longer interested in dining there. We certainly will not go back. The food is good, but not that good.
Instead we made reservations at Sawasdee, the Thai place, which is just as tiny (maybe smaller) and they were as friendly and glad to have is as Hayashi was disinterested. We had great food, great service and in the end, I was glad we did not get the reservation at Hayashi after all.
So, bring a date, but not a family or you may find yourself out of luck!
Decent sushi, cozy atmosphere – We recently checked out Hayashi for the first time. We love sushi/sashimi and our whole family enjoys it at least twice a month. Our standards are pretty high so 90% of the places in town dissapoint in at least a few areas. For starters the place is clean and unassuming, the tatami rooms look nicely appointed, the menu has pictures which is a nice touch. Service was better than average. Fish, good quality fish is a must, this place had a mix. All was fresh but quality was average although some of the fish was really nice. The rolls we had were really very good. They also had a good selection of japanese sakes and a few deserts. We will be back for sure:)
Horrible ToGo experience, Bad Service! – If you get anything togo from this place make sure everything is in there! I hate having to go back when a restaurant forgets something in your order because by the time you get it resolved your food is now cold. So I usually expect a restaurant to compensate me on my next order with a discount or a gift card for their mistake. Of the few restaurants where I've had problems they were appologetic and always offered some compensation.
Not this place! They basically said I had to come back or too bad! They were not appologetic and refused any compensation for our incomplete meal. After arguing with their "manager" we gave up and basically crossed it off our list of regular restaurants.
Come for the yellowtail, stay for the Pocky – Based on reviews, we decided to check Hayashi out this past weekend. It was good, but not as good as we would have liked. We had a Hayashi roll and the Screaming O roll. Both were very good. The sushi selections brought on mixed reviews. We enjoyed the Yellowtail and even ordered 4 additional pieces. The tuna, salmon, and red snapper all left something to be desired. The snapper, in particular, was chewy. My wife liked the eel, but I thought it was too sweet. The scallop sashimi was a bit on the yucky side.
But, appetizers were good and there was a nice wine selection. We had a lovely waitress and she took very good care of us. Ice Cream for dessert came with Pocky, so that?s almost worth a return trip in and of itself.
If we hadn?t had better just around the corner from there, we?d go back, but we may not for now.
BEST SUSHI IN RALEIGH – Excellent sushi, try the MANGO ROLL, better than screaming o roll, Nice atmosphere, the staff hover a bit around the table which can be annoying at times, The shrimp tempura is excellent and food is fresh. I only wish they were open on Sundays and didnt close from 3 to 5 most days.
One of the best in town :) – Awesome sushi...great food..The place is very small but the food is worth it. Price is right and the sushi chefs are great and food was great...all good. Even the service was not bad... I think one of the best places in town....I visited two japanese restaurants in last two days and rated the other place really bad. I'm surprised that a little town of wakefield has such good sushi restaurant...Very impressed. It's a little far from Raleigh area but it you have time...you should definitely try this place out. I think I rate this place above the highly rated waraji and mura. If your in the neighborhood...a must stop for sushi.
Awesome Sushi! – My husband and I loved the sushi and I am a complete stickler about the freshness of my sushi! The customer service was great! Highly recommend the Screaming-O Roll as one other person on here recommended! The miso soup was excellent as well! Will go again!! The best sushi I have had in a very long time!
Wonderful Sushi – This is my new favorite sushi place in Raleigh. The rolls are wonderful, especially the Screaming "o" roll, the ambience is nice, the service is so friendly, the price is reasonable. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
Editorial Review – Quiet and charming Japanese restaurant caters to daters and small parties, serving traditonal cuisine and a sushi bar.
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