Otani Japanese Restaurant

(440) 442-7098 | View Website

1625 Golden Gate Plz, Cleveland, OH | Directions   44124

41.517156 -81.451279

Open Hours

Monday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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More Cuisine: Japanese

Price: $$

Tags: Dine At The Bar, Group Dining, Local Favorite

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Debit Card, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Mayfield Heights

Otani Japanese Restaurant
Otani Japanese Restaurant
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Reviews for Otani Japanese Restaurant

2 months ago

I had a great time, and really good food.

I had the privilege of dining with a Chinese family that explained the finer points to me about the sauces, translations, etcetera...

I know this is a Japanese restaurant, but it's Chinese owned, and much of the staff is Chinese.

Don't let that bother you. Many of the Japanese places around Cle are actually ran by Chinese owners.

..Anyway, most people are scared of good maki rolls, let alone sashimi.

The family I dined with ordered for the whole table and what I got was a giant, delicious platter of sashimi, maki, and tempura.

We sat in the more private back room, not the hibachi side, so this was mostly a sushi fest.

There were a few separate complete meals ordered as well, but I'll start with the sushi.

The sashimi was salmon, scallops, white tuna, cold smoked tuna, yellowtail, and a couple others that I don't quite remember. Beautifully presented and delicious. It was a lot of sashimi. I've actually never eaten that much simple sashimi in one sitting before, and I've had a lot of sushi for a white dude.

It was all perfectly chilled, and I could tell it was as fresh as sushi around Ohio is gonna get.

Something else noteworthy is the sides/pallet cleansers. The seaweed salad over radish noodle apparently comes standard with sushi platters. It's something most places don't do, but they do it very good here. Sometimes seaweed salad can be overly fishy or salty, but theirs was impressive. The pickled ginger is as good as you'll get anywhere( I look at pickled ginger with sushi, like coleslaw with smoked BBQ. It's important to have it right.)

A few maki rolls were ordered for the table. I was most impressed with the "4.5". I think it was the first roll I've had where raw clam was the best part.

The service was very good, and kept the tea pots and sauces coming.

One member of my party had hibachi steak brought over and it was cooked to the perfect medium as ordered. I, myself also ordered a spicy chicken dish. The portion for this was also huge. It was different from what I excepted. Whole fillets of lightly breaded chicken, rather than chunks of chicken drenched in sauce. The sauce for this dish actually came on the side. I really only ordered this as a side note, so I could have a meal for later and as of an hour ago, I know that was a wise choice... Be aware though, that their Chinese dishes are not what you will expect. They are prepared in a more Japanese style.

Maybe the fact that I was guest to an Asian family who ordered for me, and ordered so many items that it would be impossible to not enjoy the meal- factors in to how much I loved it, but aside from that, it was some of the most impressive sashimi I've ever had in Cleveland.

If you ace the sashimi, it's because you serve good sushi. I had a great time, and will be back.

Also, forgot to mention that the decor is very stylish and a great atmosphere.

3 months ago

Best hibachi/sushi place in Cleveland. Good prices, great portion sizes, friendly staff. Half price hibachi on Tuesday, half price sushi on Wednesday. I go here once a week and have never been disappointed.

3 months ago

Stopped in to Otani today with a co-worker for lunch. We sprinted out of a divey Chinese carry-out joint down the strip because we thought it was rather dumpy. So feasting our eyes on the well-appointed Otani, we were pleased.

We were promptly greeted and seated and our orders were taken. On our way to our seats, I noticed the sushi bar where two traditional-clad sushi chefs were making fresh sushi. The sushi lunch was $8.45 and it included two rolls, but most of the other lunch specials were under six bucks and appeared to include more.

I ordered Shrimp Tempura, which was served over fried rice and included some fried vegetables. Miso soup was also included and it was tasty.

I do not remember the name of my co-workers dish, but he said it was very good too.

We were pleased with our service, the food, and the atmosphere so we will return. With tip, lunch was around $26 for two meals.

3 months ago

i just went there for lunch. tried 6 scallop (spicy rolls), 2 sea urchins, 2 squids and 2 elels.... plus a pop - bill came to #30. excellent service and if you sit in the bar its a pretty cool experience if you are by yourself.... i am going once a month!!

4 months ago

My husband adores sushi, I abhor it. Otani is the perfect solution. The restaurant has four dining areas: a regular table and chairs section, a sushi bar, a traditional area (with cushions and low tables instead of chairs), and a hibachi area. The service was friendly and polite.I had hibachi - steak in a black pepper and teriyaki sauce. It came with a choice of mushroom or miso soup, garden salad with a ginger dressing, fried or boiled rice, and a bowl of bean sprouts to go along with the beef. The mushroom soup was simple - but exquisitely flavored. The fried rice was not over greasy or flavored - a perfect combination with the spicy beef dish. The star was the plum wine - dense and sweet. It went perfectly with the rich steak. Hubby's sushi was fresh and clean. Served over sticky rice and a touch of wasabi, it looked almost tasty (except for the raw fish part, but good for those folks who actually do like it). Definitely recommended. I will go back.

4 months ago

The server was very attentive.

5 months ago

I loved this place! I had never eaten Sushi before but in my first bite i coud taste the care that had been put in to making each different roll! if you have never eaten sushi and think yo7 will not like it if you try it here you will fall in love with it! I have eaten at alot of different restaurants but this one was one of the best in the U.S the experance is one to look forward to and the service is great! i would reckamend this resaurant o ant one with kids or adults! i would rate a 6 out of 5!!!!!

5 months ago

the absolute best sushi in cleveland, period!

5 months ago

Look I LOVE sushi but it has to be FRESH to be safe, and it has to be made properly to be amazingly good. This place has it all. YOU NEED TO VISIT you will be back over and over.

5 months ago

The sushi here is very good in my opinion. The style is a a lot of fish and a good amount of sushi rice, but not to much. The spicy sauce seems to Japanese Mayo and some hot sauce or red pepper. It works.

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