Columbus >Food & Dining > Haiku Restaurant
800 N High St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.978781 -83.003858
Neighborhoods: Short North
Great Columbus dinner spot! – I have eaten here many times and I keep coming back for the awesome food! I admit, I'm not much of a sushi eater, being a vegetarian, but their noodle dishes are wonderful! And they have THE BEST tofu dish I have ever eaten. It's the Tao tofu, which is a fried tofu and a steamed (tell them you want all fried and they will be happy to do it and you will be glad you did). Their prices are very reasonable as well- it's about $10 for most entrees that I get.
As for the trendiness??? Just relax and you'll enjoy it. The waiters dress trendy and the atmosphere is comtemporary, but the staff has been very friendly every time I've been there. And am not a trendy man.
Overall, highly recommended and one of the best places in Columbus to eat!
Place to be seen, not to eat – Recently went to this restaurant as my fiancee and I were visiting from out of town. We heard that this was the place to go for sushi, but we found thier food doesn't compare to other trendy sushi places we have been to. We got four different rolls, but two of them were very poor. In one roll we purchased, the tempura was way over done and tasted burnt. In a simple spicy tuna roll, there was a very odd taste to it. The other two rolls were atleast worth eating. The buckeye crunch, I felt, was good, but didn't live up to the billing of "best roll I have ever had" posted by my friend who is a local.
The scene, however, is very hip. There was a classical/jazzy band playing there that fit nicely in the dim lighting that makes you feel kind of special.
Grab a bite and feel poetic at this Asian bistro. – The Scene
Now well-established in the Short North, Haiku is a casual Pan-Asian restaurant with healthful and creative cuisine. The sushi bar is the center of activity, but the small dining room is elegant, with soothing, minimalist decor. The partly covered patio on busy High Street is lovely, with tables, canvas shades and greenery with an Asian look.
In this lively arts and nightlife district, Haiku has quickly become a destination for young sushi seekers, but anyone who likes to try novel Asian dishes should come here. Noodles are a specialty, served 15 different ways in sauces or broth. Recipes are drawn from Vietnam, China, Thailand and Japan. Seasonal specials can include dishes like grilled quail served with bok choy, rice and Asian gravy.
Second Best in Columbus – Haiku is a great place for sushi but I fear its way to "trendy" and not enough reality. The sake is warm, the sushi is cool and the music is daytime Techno. (Which I love)
I wouldn't bring a child or baby to Haiku, it completely disrupts the setting. I would take children to Sapporo Wind.
Other than that. GOOD FOOD.
Good food, great ambience – Haiku is all about atmosphere and its location in the artsy Short North. The sushi is quite good, but the style of the place is what's really the main attraction. I was there last Friday night and there was a DJ there spinning chillout jazzy-electronica stuff, which was really cool; I don't know if they have that every night or what. Lighting and overall vibe of the place are very nice. I notice that servers are dissed in some of the other reviews on here, and the place must have done something to correct that situation, because staff was friendly and helpful, in my recent experience.
The best in Columbus – I have gone to every sushi restaraunt in Cols and by far Haiku is the best around. You may pay a little more than some other places, but I tell you what, you get what you pay for. The quality is unsurpassed. John is fabulous and makes every one of our visits, and every one of our meals, better than the previous!
Best sushi in columbus! – Haiku has a fun atomsphere in the artsy short north area of columbus. It's a great place for anyone who wants good sushi, although it has great dinner entrees such as the mango chicken... awesome! With a mod techno atmosphere and a plasma screen above the sushi bar, it appeals to the young professional "trendy" croud. Perfect for couples dining alone or groups - we recently had a birthday party there and slammed saki bombs for quite a while. I love this place!!!!!
Pretentious is too mild... – Everything about this restaurant is snooty! The host eyed my husband and I disapprovingly and then ignored us for about 3 minutes without even a hello. The server was nice, but she didn't seem to know much about the sushi. The sushi was okay--not bad, but we think the quality and atmosphere of Restaurant Japan is much better all around.
go go goody – I like Haiku not only because it is across from my apartment, but because they make the best martinis in Columbus. Also, the staff doesn't rush you; you are permitted to lounge, and if one of the smarmy staff snap at you, just bite back and they'll leave you alone. Finally, I like Haiku because, unless you sit outside, you can't see outside the restaurant onto this dreadful city.
A change for the better – I understand where some of the bad reviews are coming from (even though most seem to share suspiciously similar broken english - how well are they communicating their needs to the waitstaff?). I've been a regular customer for over 2 years. In the past I would ask not to have certain servers, knowing they were edgy. It appears Haiku has listened to the criticism over its service, because it seems like I see all new, kind faces among the staff. I've been to almost every other sushi place in Columbus multiple times, and the percentage of times I've had great, fresh sushi is superior at Haiku (and Restaurant Japan). Every month there is a new collection of art pieces to experience. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the venue for expression and jot down a Haiku on the provided materials (remember 5-7-5). The soothing hot towels are a bonus.
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