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
Love Otani! – My girlfriends and I always meet at Otani's for sushi on Saturdays. You can choose from a reasonably priced buffet or order right from the menu, either way its a bargain. The waitstaff doesn't speak English very well, but none the less the atmosphere is very warm and inviting. I highly recommend trying it, you'll be hooked!
Great Sushi – Dining at Otani is more like eating at a friend's or relative's house than a restaurant. For 19 years the owner, Mr. Honda, seems to always be behind the sushi bar greeting you with a wave or a joke. The fish is always remarkably fresh even for the midwest and I love their deep fried tempura dishes. Add live jazz, karaoke, and a large variety of sake and martinis and your night is complete.
A classic sushi hideaway for all seasons. – The Scene
Tucked into the non-descript strip mall world we know as State Route 161, Otani has been drawing diners to evenings of plum wine, sushi and tempura for years. A traditional tatami-mat dining room offers low tables and cross-legged haute cuisine that'd make a geisha grin.
Otani served sushi when sushi wasn't cool, and endures by blending Caucasian-friendly cuisine with a proper orientation course. Although house delicacies like barbecued eel and squid sushi might take some getting used to, the warm sake, served in thimbles, doesn't hurt. The Saturday evening buffet is a great starting place for diners with little Japanese-food experience or those searching for something a bit more exotic than usual.
pretty good for Cow Town – If you're looking for a "sushi buffet" then this is NOT the place for you. The words "sushi" and "buffet" should never appear in the same sentence. Otani's stuff is always fresh so you wont be hit buy that fish stank when you bone up to the bar. I've only ever sat at the sushi bar but the service there is a 10. After your sashimi, get a "negihamachi bowl" (not on the menu). It's minced yellow tail with scalians, diakon and a quail egg in a small bowl. Good stuff.
There's always the requisite table of honda execs in the corner and yes they're laughing at you. The only other place in columbus that's even a contender is Restaurant Japan. However, I stick with Otani. 'Round north end we treat people 'mo betta.
Great Japanese food – I went to Otani for dinner and thought the food and selection was excellent. There was a great variety of sushi and the staff was very helpful in answering questions and giving recommendations on what to order. Even if you are not a sushi person (I'm not the friend that I went with is) there is still a large variety of things on the menu. I will admit the service was slow, but I didn't mind so much because I hate feeling rushed by servers. If you are looking to try sushi for the first time (california rolls are good if you can't handle the idea of raw fish) or any other Japanese fare (their Miso soup is excellent) I would recommend Otani.
Pricy for the food – It's too expensive for the quality of the food they serve. Otani's menu is lack of variety. It's a great place for groups. You can hang out at the bar too. Drinking and singing Karaoke with your friend should be fun. I don't recommend simply eating dinner there for party of two. Don't know about lunch.
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