Portland >Food & Dining > Kappaya Japanese Restaurant
3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.504759 -122.629920
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Richmond
It's great! (not for the bridge and tunnel crowd, though). – The last poster was crayyzee. Kappaya always has fresh fish. I've eaten at both Masu's and they were foo-foo yuppie places with sushi made by white people! Come on. Sushi is good when that's what is the focus of a restaurant, not the decor or the servers. It's authentic and simple, not trendy and gimmicky. Kappaya is great, simple, honest, fresh and satisfying. I've NEVER had a bad meal here but I have in several other sushi places in Portland.
Below Quality Fish – I'm a hardcore sushi snob. I came here because it's close to where we live and because my friend wanted to come here.. I hadn't been here in years because I was never fond of it in the past and had since moved on to discovering Sushi Mania, Masu East and Meiji En.. But in the name of relinquishing my hardcore sushi snob attitude and surrendering to my friend's direction, I went to Kappaya. Let me just say that it's probably ranking in my bottom three sushi places in Portland, including also Takahashi and Mio Sushi. The one thing that I enjoyed was the crunchy roll. The rest of it was mediocre ~ sushi quality that you might get out of a deli case. I was not moved into my normal hysterical state of moaning ecstasy with any of the rolls or nigiri. Plus, the atmosphere is dismal. They need some aesthetic design assistance. In general, the experience was Cheap. Cheap prices. Cheap fish. Cheap furniture. Not good quality.
Great sushi, period. – Next to Saburo's in Sellwood, Kappaya is my only choice for good sushi in Portland proper. You can keep Takahashi, Mio Sushi, Koji, Yuki and all the other trendy, gimmicky and cheap places. Kappaya's owner knows how to roll good sushi. I've been going there since 2000 and have never had a bad meal. The service is polite, tables are clean and besides the ocassional, ignorant idiot from Gresham, I've never had a bad dining experience here. If you don't feel like driving to Sellwood or waiting in line, give Kappaya your hard earned money -- you won't be disappointed.
Consistent, decent sushi. I've never had a bad experience. It can get busy sometimes but generally the service is fast. The tempura is very light and not greasy like many places. The Mexican roll is great! Simple interior. Prices are reasonable. Open for lunch on weekdays only. One of the better deals for sushi in Portland.
Average Japanese meals at $$$$$ – If I had to write a review 2 months ago, I would have rate the food some what ok for its price. However, the whole experience changed when I dined there last month and found a piece of hair underneath our Wasabi Chiken order. We didn't see the hair on the plate until my friend picked up the last piece of Chiken and we both almost threw up in our mouth. Sadly, I won't be returning here again. The service was lame, waitress unfriendly and unless you want a hair in your food, I wouldn't go there.
dont go for lunch, no sushi – typical day, trying to get sushi, lunchtime, maybe 6 tables full, was told would have to wait for sushi for 30 minutes, I was alone, they are crazy, not going back, the miso soup was good and the seaweed sald good but the noodle soup I ended up ordering was horrible, mushy fried tofu, sweet, yuck, still sitting in the fridge
A relaxing neighborhood gem – To be frank, I was always a little put off by Kappaya-- there were never many cars in the parking lot-- but now I know why. Kappaya seems like a genuine neighborhood restaurant, and while eating there, I saw as many people walk in as drive up.
I walked there for lunch and ate a heaping bento box with even more treats than the menu promised (including yummy little shumai and japanese pickles the day I was there), a generous serving of salmon and the usual rice, miso and salad. It was a great value. I also tried a yellowtail roll. It wasn't like one of those rolls you get at some places where the fish inside is so chopped up that you wonder if you're just getting the end bits nobody else wanted. Instead, a fresh-looking, intact and beautiful slab of fish peered out of the middle of the roll. Yum.
You won't see my car in the parking lot, but that doesn't mean I won't be walking back to Kappaya again and again.
Best Family Owned Sushi Place in Oregon! – A great place to get great sushi at a great price! Everything was superb. The owner, Terry, was a delight to talk to at the sushi bar. With his 17 years of sushi experience combined with an outstanding restaurant chef, this is a great little place to get some serious japanese food. Get place for friends and family!
A deft touch in the kitchen makes this Japanese place a bona fide find. – In Short
A genuine neighborhood place, you won't find any attitude or vibe, just authentic food served in a spare room, adorned with simple Japanese posters and screens. Appetizers like pot stickers are crispy and pop with flavor. Sushi and sashimi are high-quality, with memorable offerings of the usual favorites like rich yellowtail and buttery salmon. The broth and noodle dishes are well worth sampling--as is the excellent tempura of shrimp and vegetables.
WONDERFUL food and service – I went to Kappaya for dinner with my parents for the first time on the search for a good Japanese restaurant in SE. Kappaya looked to be just a small neighborhood restaurant, and we were surprised to find a great atmosphere, decent prices, fast service, and the best Japanese food I had had in a long time (probably since the last time I'd been to Japan!). The bento box was huge (I had the teriyaki and tempura bento), you certainly get your money's worth. The tempura, teriyaki chicken, and sushi were all delicious. I would DEFINATELY go there again. Kappaya is my new favorite Portland spot to get Japanese food.
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