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
Doesn't even deserve the 1 star rating – My girlfriend and I went to Otani for the first time last night, and it will definitely be our last time. We were seated immediately, and the waitress came to take our drink order relatively quickly, but after that the experience was horrible. After getting our drinks, it took her almost 20 minutes to come back and take our food order, although she only had one other table to take care of. I attempted to order chicken teriyaki, but I wanted to substitute fried rice for the steamed rice. "Yeah, we don't do that," she said. Ok, why you can't substitute fried rice is beyond me, even if you charge extra for the substitution, but what really angered me was that the other table she was waiting for substituted MULTIPLE kinds of sushi (I heard one of the diners specifically say "subsitute this for this" 3 times with no hassle whatsoever. If you can substitute sushi, why can't you substitute rice? It makes absolutely no sense at all! So after this I ordered the build your own plate with fried rice and chicken for $13.00. I also ordered vegetables, but she neglected to write that down. Fast forward 20 minutes and we have our food. My "build your own" plate consists of fried rice and a few pieces of chicken, what a great bargain! My girlfriend's dinner consisted of two salmon filets with 4 or 5 green beans. Although they were seasoned well, the filets had not been deboned properly as she was getting bones in almost every other bite. The green beans were pretty tasty though. The sake was also pretty good, but sake is sake for the most part no matter where you go. The waitress came back right as we were both finishing and asked if my girlfriend was enjoying her fish, to which she replied bluntly with "no."
Surprised, the waitress said something unintelligible, and walked away. We assumed she was going to return with someone we could speak with, but she only returned with the bill, which took her yet another 15 minutes to come and collect.
The only reason we even tried Otani was because it was listed in our Entertainment book and we had a buy one get one free credit on the card. Even with the free dinner ($13.00 chicken fried rice) it was not worth the time, money or experience we received. The waitress even took the time to write the original total of our bill on a sticker that stated we should tip based on that total and put it on our receipt. Now, both my girlfriend and I have worked waitstaff jobs in the past, so we DESPISE bad tippers. We always make it a point to tip 20% or above when we go out, but in this case we left around 12%.
This place may be good for sushi, but the service and quality of food we received was bad enough to prevent us from coming back.
Overprived/Bad Japanese Sushi – Disgrace to all Japanese people. Horrible food...unwelcome atmosphere and very dirty. Better chance try making it at home. Think twice
Try the other dishes, especially Nabeyaki Udon and Saba Shioyake – I ordered the nabeyaki udon for my girlfriend since she had never tried it and she has fallen in love with this tasty noodle soup. I lived in Japan for seven years and visited an udon manufacturing facility and the udon at Otani was exactly the same chewy consistency as the best udon I had in Japan. The soup is very flavorful, and not the bland or over-salted kind you get at less conscientious restaurants. I had the sabe shio-yaki (salt-grilled mackeral) and it was about average for a Japanese restaurant, which is to say very delicious! I give 5 stars for the nabe-yaki udon and 3.5 stars for the saba-shioyake.
I don't know where you people have been eating sushi, but... – I was born and raised in Southern California and have been to hundreds of sushi bars...ranging from excellent to terrible. I now live in Philadelphia, but travel to Columbus for business. I visited Otani one time about a month ago. The sushi falls somewhere between mediocre and bad. The fish is soggy, not firm like fresh fish should be, and the rice was mushy and poorly seasoned. The spicy tuna mix comes out of a pre-packaged bag, and the selection is nothing to write home about. I only ate about 3 rolls (which are small), so I can't speak for the entire menu...but what I had was not impressing at all. A coworker of mine warned me that the sushi was subpar...I should have listened.
Go for the food stay for the Karaoke – I recently moved here from Chicago so I appreciate good food served in locally owned establishments. When I heard Otani was the oldest Japanese restaurant in Columbus I had to try it. I ate at their sushi bar and had my sushi created by none other than the owner Mr. Honda. It was excellent. From the fresh tuna to the huge shrimp that they used in their tempura it was all fantastic. I highly recommend Otani not just for the food but for the great conversation at the sushi bar. My wife and I loved it so much we came back the following night for Karaoke, we had a blast. Do yourself a favor and try Otani.
awful chefs choice – My husband and I have ate at Otani on a number of occasions and had always been pleased, however our last experience there was horrible! I ordered a Sushi combo plate for 25.00 and the selection was AWFUL! I eat alot of sushi, so I know what should at least be on a combo plate, and I am not cheap about good sushi.I tried to send it back and the waitress told me that I couldnt. I then insisted she take it away. The hostess returned a few minutes later plate in hand asking me what was wrong with it. I told her it was not what I had expected. She argued with me about it until I finally had to yell "I dont want it, it is not worth the price!" She then took the plate away, only to return a few minutes later with 2 more peices of sushi added. I have never been so humiliated in a restaurant the way I had been at Otani. My husband and I have a new baby and dont have the chance to go to dinner often. As I said, I dont mind spending alot of money on quality food. This was however not qulity food. Our bill was still 80.00 plus tip and I did not have a single bite of sushi. So yes they still charged me the 25.00 for my dinner anyways. They ruined our evening out, and have lost a good customer because of it.
Best sushi in town – We've tried every sushi bar in town (and dozens elsewhere). The sushi here is some of the freshest. I can not say I enjoy every roll they offer but most are very good (Polaris roll is my fav). We used to do the $25 deal but they stopped offering that.
Best Sushi in town – C'mon people. I have been to all the Sushi bars in town and Otani's is the best by far. Their Miso soup is better than all the rest, and their sticky rice is the best. Face it, all Sushimi grade fish all tastes the same... so it's the sticky rice that makes the difference. And Mr. Honda makes the best sticky rice I have experienced. Where else can you get two big rolls for $9 for lunch? Oh and Friday and Saturday nights rock with Karaoke.
Good Sushi, but not great – The Sushi is good. The service was very good. It is a good place to try. Don't base your opinion of sushi bars if this is the only place you have tried. I have had better. The House Of Japan at Polaris, and the Liu Pon-Xi, downtown are great.
The resturant is into the Karaoke thing. So if your into that it will be a bouns for you. Personaly I am not, I also don't care for the sports bar atmosphere with a sushi bar setting. However if it is in fact your first experience then it's a great chance to ease into the experience.
I did infact like it and would go back. They advertise a all you can eat sushi for $25 durning happy hour that sounds interesting.
Not Good For Sushi – It cracks me up that this place always gets rave reviews for their sushi. I think the Japanese food is good, but the sushi is awful. I ordered spicy tuna and I swear it had mayo with a little bit of spice to it slathered all over the top of the rolls.
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