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Kampai Japanese Restaurant

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869 W Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3402
+1 203-481-4536
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Madison, Connecticut
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kampai in Japanese means "cheers" but it might as well mean "stay away". Enter through a dark, very dark passageway into a lounge room with hibachi tables behind the lounge. To your left is a stairway leading to a less dark, but no less unappealing dining room with a sushi bar. The first sign of trouble--no quail eggs. Our server... More 

Thank david a
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This place is great. Hibachi grill chef is awesome. Tran is the best. He is so friendly & the food is tasty. We love this place. Have always had a great experience. They have never disappointed us. Good atmosphere & superb food!

Thank Ilsa O
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Family of five dined here and was honestly expecting more from the reviews. Birthday dinner for kids who were excited about the hibachi experience but the chef was devoid of personality which also reflected or filtered down to the food. There is nothing that separates this restaurant from other hibachi places in the area. We have gone to 9 East... More 

Thank war1today
North Branford, Connecticut
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Hibachi room or traditional room(s) (including small private dining rooms and a very traditional "sit on the floor" private room). Traditional is up-stairs, I don't know if there is an elevator. Standard fare in the Hibachi room, traditional in traditional rooms.

Thank Frank G
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

When my husband and I first started dating, he had to inspect this restaurant for work. He was impressed with the cleanliness of the kitchen so we made a reservation for dinner. That was 28 years ago. We've tried many Japanese hibachi restaurants in CT through the years and always come back to Kampai. It's our favorite. Consistently great food.... More 

1 Thank Tootsie3z
East Windsor, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2016

Up in East Windsor there are not many good choices for Hibachi. Kampai therefore was a great experience for novice like me. When I heard about it I grabbed my co worker and went there for dinner. Loved the entertainment of cooking my food. It felt like I paid for the food but the entertainment and saki were for free... More 

Thank NicoleDawson211
1 review
Reviewed 24 January 2015 via mobile

Great food always !!! Our server seemed a little shy on service but as our family frequents a lot , we added a tip to our gratuity that was already included but not pointed out , as a server for a long time , this should have been addressed ! Our chef as always Awesome!

Thank Lisa C
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a few drinks and great rolls at this restaurant after some Christmas shopping recently. The bartender was very friendly and prompt. The food was fantastic. This restaurant has been in business at this location for decades and they know their business well. If you can look past the dated interior finishes that desperately need updating,... More 

Thank EssexOnTheGo
Milford, Connecticut
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Good quality food and great entertainment if you have the meal prepared on the grill in front of you. Even the kids enjoyed it. Really yummy and entertaining.

Thank Leslie M
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2012 via mobile

Great family or date atmosphere. Hibatchi is entertaining and deliscious. Don't forget to have a scorpion bowl.

1 Thank Firemedic720

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Sushi, Asian, Japanese
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 869 W Main St, Branford, CT 06405-3402
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Branford
  • Phone Number: +1 203-481-4536

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