Wonderful atmosphere, even better food!. I've been to Kaizan about three times now, including once during the cherry blossom festival. Although the restaurant was packed during that one visit, service remained friendly and willing to accommodate to our needs. The sake and wine list is decent and the wait staff was terrific in guiding us towards a great selection. (Try the Kamotsuru!) If you're a fan of cocktails, their specialty cocktails, made with fresh ingredients, offer new and exciting tastes. My only complaint, is that the patio lights were a bit bright at night, but since when did lights ever affect food? On that note, the stuffed salmon was amazing! I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a trendy sushi place.
good food-bad service. We have now been twice for dinner, the first time was the week that it opened and the second time was because we could not take the wait at Raw. The first time we went there was only one other table in the entire place that was eating and we received very slow service. We chalked that up to the fact that the restaurant had literally opened three or four days prior. We went again two weeks ago and we waited 20 minutes before I complained to the woman at the front door that no one had given us a menu or water. The manager came over apologized and game us free drinks for our trouble. I appreciated the gesture, but I don't go out to eat to get comp. drinks I want to go in have a nice meal with quality service. In addition the restaurant was less than 50% full that night as well. I will say on both occasions we have been to Kaizan we have enjoyed the food once we got past some of the worst service we have had in our years of dining in Philly. The three stars are on food and decor alone.
Great date place, yummy sushi and rolls. Very good sushi but definitely on the pricey side. Do not go here if you are looking for an affordable meal. However, if you are looking for very good sushi and creative rolls, this is your place. Not as trendy or as great of a selection as raw, but the rolls they do offer are amazing. I had the dynamite roll which took 20 minutes to cook but it was totally worth the wait, so good. Although the specialty rolls are expensive, they are on the heavy side, don't need to order a lot. A nice alternative to raw, great atmosphere, good date place, nice selection of saki and beer. I would definitely go here again.
Great Service, Incredible Food. I love sushi and Japanese food in general. There are many Japanese restaurants around the city I love to go to, and I tried this one out for the first time on Monday. The hostess was hands-down the nicest most friendly hostess I've ever met. The waitress we had was equally friendly and courteous. And the food was just phenomenal. I've never had food quite like it and I will definitely return! Also, the atmosphere is very calming and warm, and the music they play is very relaxing and nice.
Beautiful and Cozy! Great date place!. Ginger Salad ? Yum! Dumplings ? Yum! Sushi ? Yum! I have to say I had a great experience at Kaizan. The service was wonderful and the menu had a nice selection (both price and food options). We ran in for a quick bite before a show with no expectations and ended up very pleasantly surprised. I will definite go back! Definitely worth a try even if you want a quick bite. Next time I want to do their 5 or 7 course dinner!
enjoyable, amazing and great service. I highly recommend going to Kaizan. It's a bit pricy for everyday dining but the food was delicious and on the cutting edge. I have lived in the city for more than 10 years and the experience in Kaizan was the most remarkable thing happened. The server we had was so friendly and helpful which made the dining experience even better. The atmosphere is just like any other expensive restaurant.
Not BRS of Philadelphia. Well intentioned place with good service and very good drinks. The sushi is okay and multiple grades of tuna (as per another reviewer) are pretty standard at any reputable sushi place. We were there on a week night and the place was empty, service attentive and sushi all drowning in various sauces that made it impossible to tell what the original fish was. I will go back and give it a 2nd try, but I was disappointed after reading that this was somehow the "Blue Ribbon Sushi" of Philadelphia. Having been to that establishment countless times, I can safely say this place is nothing like BRS in any way, shape, or form. I hope it matures into a better restaurant because Philly needs all the sushi places it can get.
A sizzling decor matches winning sushi and other well-presented Japanese dishes at this elegant Center City spot in the Academy House..
The beautiful, modern space is super convenient for theater goers and offers an array of dining options--from the traditional Japanese-modern kaiseki menu to á la carte sushi favorites. Set menus (kaiseki) are contemporary versions of rather formal Japanese feasts and available in five course ($55) or seven course ($75) options, bringing a myriad of Japanese goodness with nary a thought spent.
Top notch Japanese restaurant.
I had the 7 course Kaiseki and the food experience was just amazing. In fact, everything about this place is amazing. The ambiance is soothing, very zen - the wall panels with the kimono motif - very nicely done. The lighting is also such that it is dark but you can still read the menu.
The service was accomodating and attentive - they remember to come check in with you but not intrusively so. But more about the food. It was creative, quality of the ingredients were top notch and they do not skimp on anything. Course after course, each surprised me with the textures, taste and presentation. I cleaned my plate and was stuffed but will be visiting again very very soon.
Incredibly delicious food, great wines, great service.
This was just an amazing food experience. It reminded me of the food at Megu in New York, and the ambiance was just seeeexy. Everything had so much flavor!
I do agree with the other reviewer about this sushi being the blue ribbon of Philadelphia. It really was excellent.
I can't say anything negative about the service as we were served by one of the owners. He was very accommodating. Going by one of these reviews, I did try the Tokushu cocktail before ordering a bottle of wine, and it really was amazing. I'll definitely be going back.