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907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
+1 573-442-2239
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“sushi” (33 reviews)
“miso soup” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 14:30All hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Having eaten at Kampai several times in the past, my family and I were expecting the same quality that we had had. The menus are old and falling apart, as was the couch upstairs, The feel was dirty, not swept properly, and dark, hiding something...More

Thank rocomo18
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Thursday night dinner (02/16/17). Poor service with an attitude and poorly presented food. Had to ask for drinks continually. If the place were packed, I could be a little more understanding. The food looked like it was just piled on the plate in one big...More

Thank robin s
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Where should I start? Staff is amazing they are attentive, friendly and very service oriented. The owners, Art and Ao are truly the sweetest folks, bar none! Art is an artist with his presentation and it taste amazing! A flavor explosion every time. Beautiful and...More

Thank Coachjks
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The food is delicious, the staff are friendly and welcoming, and the atmosphere is quite nice. It was definitely not empty but they were playing some soft music and it was quiet enough to easily have a conversation in a group. Good for meetups/dates. Highly...More

1  Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Always a favorite for fresh sushi, great atmosphere and outstanding service! The owners are very involved and engaged with their customers and want to ensure the best service is received. The only place I'll go for sushi!

1  Thank Laura H
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Always fabulous! Great food! Great service! The Brussels are the best kept secret! I keep a list of my favorite specials on my phone and always order a chef roll that I like even better and add to my list. Great ambiance!

Thank Marcey B
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We went on a Friday night, they were super busy and behind so we walked around for about an hour and then went back and were seated right away. Food was great and so was the service.

Thank Big97rob
Reviewed 13 October 2016

My husband and I came to Kampai on a spontaneous night out. We are both avid enjoyers of sushi and ordered the Coo Coo Nest, Kampai, Jurassic Park, and Tiger rolls, all were excellent.

Thank Lana R
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Always fabulous service and food!! Order a couple chefs roll and let him amaze you! Love love love this place! Highly recommend ! Order the Brussels!! Best kept secret!

Thank Marcey B
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch, and the place was not that busy. It took about 10 minutes for someone to take our order. Once we ordered it was about 15 minutes before we for the soup/salad. From there it took 30 minutes to get our sushi. The...More

Thank Jeff H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 573-442-2239
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We went there tonight and had a good sample of their sushi rolls: Tuna, Samurai Warrior, Tiger, Dragon, Sunset, Dynamite, Crazy, Caterpillar, Volcano, Jurassic, CoMo, Kampai. Plus white tuna, salmon and scallop sashimi, along with edamame and seawood salad. And, mochi ice cream. Of course, a few beers, too.

So...great service and good atmosphere, although access can be challenging especially if it is raining due to the "river alley" that is created.

To the food critique...our favorite rolls were the Samurai, Tiger and Sunset. The rest were just okay, nothing we would order again. Most rolls seemed a little bland and uninspired. If we had to choose the worst, it would be the tuna, simply not good. The sashimi was consistent with other places, so it was average. Mochi for dessert was interesting, good and flavorful.

Overall, it isn't anything special or above the other sushi places in town. While the owners may have come from St. Louis to try to make place in the Columbia market, they still have a ways to go.
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