Columbus >Food & Dining > Otani Restaurant & Sushi Bar
5900 Roche Dr Ste 1, Columbus, OH | Directions 4322940.087444 -82.990917
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am
Neighborhoods: Salem Village
Have been frequenting Otani for the last 15 years, and loved it, but sadly it's the end of an era. The restaurant is now a karaoke bar - atmosphere is bad - food has declined. Service was abysmal. I am truly saddened that our last experience was so unpleasant, that we won't be back! If you want to karaoke and party with your friends it is the place to go - if you want sushi forget about it!
horrible service – I tried to make a reservation for a sushi making lesson using a groupon I had purchased. I provided my name, address and the contact phone #. However, the owner of the place, Mr. Honda, demanded the groupon # as well. The groupon # give to Mr. Honda rights to charge my account immediately, even before I came to the place. I'm using groupons for a few years now and I never was requested to provide the # in advance. I'll bring my groupon when I'll come tho the restaurant, as everybody else accepts. Mr. Honda not only refused to make a reservation for me, but he hang up on me and canceled my calls several times I called him back.
Go to Red Lobster – My wife and I went to the Otani Restaurant on 161 for our anniversary. We actually left Hyde Park Steakhouse to go there, because she had fond memories of the place. What a mistake. The place used to be a rather classy joint: now it is a bawdy karaoke bar with some bad singers, bad food, and even worse service.
We ordered, then waited about twenty minutes for our appetizers to arrive. Then we got the soup and salad that came with her diner. We ate that. Then we got the soup and salad that came with my diner. We ate that. Then we walked around. As it was Saturday night, I caught up on the football score. We got a little bored. It became uncomfortable. All the while, strangers who could not carry a tune were serenading us. The place was only half full; I don
good food, lots of fun – my girlfriends & i make it to Otani about once a month, just to catch up and hang out. we always have a blast, and the food is great. yes, the decor is kinds of 70's throwback, and the karaoke jocks can be a little brash sometimes, but that's part of the charm. this place is great. the ONLY complaint is that the service is pretty slow. (resolved by simply ordering as soon as you get in the door, and ordering your drinks at the same time. we all know the menu well enough by now that we don't even need to look). other than that, we never fail to have a wonderful time, but that's just us. infact, we're going again tonight to celebrate one of my sisters graduations :)
Don't go here! Wish I would of read the other reviews first – I always wanted to go to Otani but found out that it is one of the worst restaurants in Columbus.
Our server was sweet but inexperienced but that was not the problem. The food was really mediocre at best to really bad. Also the wait times were awful.. 25 minutes to receive our appetizers which were blah (normally I love veggie tempura) and not served with plates. We ordered 3 sushi rolls and the salmon. Soup and salad came out first. Miso soup was fine but the salad was swimming in dressing. 40 minutes later sushi rolls and fish finally came out. California rolls were fine but no better than what you get at the grocery. The other 2 rolls were falling apart and cut unevenly so that they were falling apart before we even picked them up. It was served with one tiny blob of wasabi and only one soy sauce dish for 2 people. The salmon was served with green beans and steamed rice. The rice had a layer of crust on it like it had been sitting under a heat light. I took one bite and realized I was right as it was crunch. The beans also looked like they had been sitting in a pan for hours. They were shriveled up and not appetizing. Neither was the fish. It was a strange cut with mostly skin on it and also some kind of slimy film on top. I took one bite and knew that it was old. After another 10 minutes the waitress returned and I told her it was bad. She was perplexed on what to do so talked to her manager. Who told her that there was nothing they could do because there was nothing wrong with the meal. I told her yes there was something wrong . The fish was old and inedible. She came back after talking to her manager again and said they would take 1/2 off the price. Not wanting to argue I agreed. I asked for the check which I received 20 minutes later.
I love sushi and Japanese food but this is the worst example of both. Next time I will stick to a far superior restaurant choice, Akai Hana off of W. Henderson road.
Best sushi – I had a great time kareoking and eating there sushi. I had never had sushi before and it was delicious. I have since tried other sushi places and they are not as good as Otani.
Otani or maybe Ohno! – Went to Otani tonight for the first time. It will be our LAST time. The service was nothing short of abysmal. We were a party of eight but management made no effort to help the server. The kitchen staff needs a good swift kick to get them into maybe 2nd gear instead of what they are in now. The food after all the waiting was marginal at best. I've had better sushi from Giant Eagle.
Overall a truly sorry and forgetable experience. No stars for this place.
Great deal in Entertainment Book – My husband and I tried Otani because of a free meal coupon with our Entertainment Book. Our food was excellent and they dive you "free refills" on rice, but the service was kind of slow considering the place was almost empty. Our waitress was very nice though.
I thought the price was expensive but with the coupon it we spent only around $25.00, which I was happy with. We would go back with another coupon because the food was good.
A Great Sushi Place – My wife and I have been frequenting Otanis for over a decade and have never had a bad meal or any other reason to be disapointed with Columbus' original Sushi restaurant. The seafood is always fresh and unlike many of its competitors this establishment is careful to always have a few newer items supplementing a menu filled with entres that will become old favorites. It is locally owned by a family here in Columbus, so if you're looking for the same old Americanized McSushi experience, this place is not for you. If you want an unpretentious, authentic Japanese meal, served in a relaxing atmosphere by some of the best housestaff in town you won't be let down. It's a nice place for a couple but it serves enough non-sushi items that you can bring your kids too. We have two children under the age of twelve who have grown up at this place. So much so that the older one was in 3rd Grade before he realized that sushi is not traditional American fare. While there are some pricey gourmet inspired dishes available, you can plan to have a memorable meal for about $20 per person. However much you decide to spend, this place will make sure it's worth the price. If you like real Japanese food you'll be glad you came.
used to be good, last night was terrible – I used to go to Otani at least once a week for Karaoke, sushi, and drinks. I had fond memories of it and thought it would be a good place to get a few friends together last evening,:boy was I wrong.
The Karaoke Jock Matthew was so, so, so rude. When I arrived at 10 he made an announcement that he only had 4 songs in, and asking people to please sing. I put in a request for 2 songs, tipped him $3 when I put the songs in and tipped him $5 when I went up to sing my first song My boyfriend tipped when he sang, as did our other friends. Throughout the night there were several rather inebriated girls that were singing over and over again, and there didn't seem to be any noticeable rotation going on. At times it seemed as though he was scanning the room for who he wanted to watch next, rather than going in any order.
I asked the KJ if I would be able to sing my second song before the night was over, and he said that I would be up soon. I sat back down and waited patiently. Eventually he walked past our table on the way to the kitchen and said that he called my name several times, and then figured I had left so he threw my song out. I had not left the table, except once to go to the bathroom, and that was mid-song, so it was obvious to me he was lying. I asked him again nicely to see if he could get my song in before the end of the night, and he assured me he would.
About a half-hour before closing I went up again to inquire about my song, Matthew literally rolled his eyes at me, shook the tip jar and said "I don't know...can't anyone at your table afford a tip...?"
I was livid, but being the pushover I am and really wanting to sing my song, I threw in another $5. Well, the end of the night came and went, and I never got my song. I felt like grabbing his tip jar on my way out the door, but I'm not that kind of person.
Otani is still a great bar, but you can bet I'll be calling ahead to see if Matthew is working before I go.
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