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Festival Japan

$$ - $$$
Byward Market Area
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149 Kent St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5P3, Canada
+1 613-234-1224
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Vaughan, Canada
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in on a Wednesday night at 6pm and where the only two in a rather large restaurant. The venue was very clean, but it seemed a little dated. The food arrived all at once, which is a little unusual for a Japanese Sushi restaurant... they usually bring it out as it's made. The warm saki was served also... More 

Thank PaulDiB2015
Level Contributor
63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in for takeout. The sushi and sashimi mix we got ended up mostly in the bin. Too much wasabi, and the fish wasn't good. some of it was fine (salmon) but others just weren't fresh. Even worse though was the atmosphere in the restaurant. The radio was extremely loud and blaring advertising non-stop. Get some music, learn how to... More 

Thank kelly c
Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

My husband and I were seated at around 12:35pm. The table had no cutlery on it. The server came to ask us what we'd like to drink at around 12:42pm. She came back, gave us some tea, and took our order at around 12:50pm and then never showed up again. I made eye contact with another server several times but... More 

Thank Foodosaurus_Rex
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Went in for a quick lunch with a friend. We both chose a Bento Box each (Approx $20 each). The Bento Box had a salad, 3 spring rolls, rice, shrimp tempura (and veggies), a selection of Sushi. I wondered about the sushi selection because it said sushi and rolls. I was very pleasantly surprised. They actually had a selection of... More 

Thank Tamara J
Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This place has great set up, good food and excellent service. We were celebrating friend’s birth day on Saturday evening and we really had a great time. My wife had Shrimp Tempura Udon and I had Chicken Teriyaki. We both enjoyed our food and great Sapporo beer. We were lucky to have a personal attention from restaurant owner beautiful Samantha... More 

Thank Russ R
Edina, Minnesota
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has wonderful setup. It has regular tables and Japanese-like dining (booths). The service is outstanding.

Thank Gene K
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Had dinner here two nights in a row, one with a party of 7 and one by myself. First night was live music - good fun. The service was excellent and I found the sushi to good portions and good quality. We had an excellent first night. Second night, everyone was tired but I wanted to try some more items... More 

Thank yourchoice
Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

My partner and I went for a meal here and had a lovely evening. The restaurant is beautifully presented, the staff attentive but not overbearing. We shared a starter, parter had the chicken teriyaki and shrimp tempura combo, I had the red snapper - both delicious and filling. I had 2 beers, she had 2 glasses of wine and the... More 

Thank gammon3000
Gatineau, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Love this place!!!! I didn't like sushi before and I have tried a lot of places for sushi and every time I didn't like it.... Until my friends brought me here! I didn't want to try the sushi but they made me.... Since then this is the only place I eat sushi!!!! This is probably the best sushi place in... More 

Thank tiff010989
Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We were starving and had 3 kids with us. We ended up sitting in the booth, but the service took forever because they were frequently forgetting about us. Other than that, they had nice live jazz music and food was good.

Thank Annelyn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Kent St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5P3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-1224

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?