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Aya Japanese Steakhouse

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235 S Spring Garden St, Carlisle, PA 17013-2565
+1 717-218-8000
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri 16:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My five-year-old daughter selected this restaurant for her birthday dinner. We were not pleased to be squashed in with another large party when the restaurant was empty. We have been there many times before and 11 people being served from one grill is too much. The server was not in a good mood and neither was the chef. The food... More 

Thank Alyssa A
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Staff is very nice and friendly, joking and making it a fun experience. The food was very fresh and almost too much too eat.

Thank Clorence
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Not sure what the attraction to this spot has been, but I'm not a fan. Issei Noodle in town takes the prize for best Asian cuisine in Carlisle, and Mount Fuji downtown for sushi. It almost felt like our patronage was an annoyance to the staff on a Monday night. One of only 2 groups at the teppanyaki grill, we... More 

Thank Chris B
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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528 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Visited here for the first time and had a wonderful experience. We were greeted and seated immediately (highly recommend reservations on Friday or Saturday nights). The service was friendly and fairly quick. There are a total of 10 hibachi tables; 2 are in a semi-private room you can request for parties. The dinner comes with BOTH fried rice & noodles,... More 

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Hopewell Junction, New York
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

My husband and I were in town for a car show and spotted this restaurant on our way to get gas. We decided to give it a try for dinner and we were pleasantly surprised. I had the shrimp hibachi while my husband opted for the vegetable hibachi. We sat in the dining room as we wanted a quiet dinner... More 

Thank Teresa G
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We had sushi and everything seemed to be just OK, not the best quality (I have paid less for better quality) and was just kind of plopped on the plates. The waitress was adequate and kind off just a server. No reason to go back.

Thank Dallas C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

I have been to this place twice and had terrible customer service. Today I just flat walked out. My son just turned 11 and the manager told me he had to order from the adult menu, he said "it is your son's problem if he cannot eat it all and not mine". I also ordered to go once and the... More 

Thank Cristiane H
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

My friend and I went on a Thursday for lunch, the place was clean and plenty of menu choices. I ordered a specialty roll, Carlisle Roll, that was simply delicious. The wait staff was friendly. We will definitely visit this place again on our next trip to the Chrysler Nationals.

Thank JSR122
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I can't speak to the shushi option but the grilled steak, chicken, scallops and shrimp options are plentiful and delish. Served at large tables with the chef performing knife tricks and shooting saki in diners mouths. Each meal is accompanied with a small salad and copious amounts of noodles and rice. Good family fun.

Thank Joebob2014
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Sometimes we sit at the hibachi table if it's just two of us, we sit at a booth if there are more in our party. The food is delicious, the staff is friendly, the restaurant is comfortable. The hibachi chefs are very entertaining. One of our favorite places.

Thank shugharts

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 S Spring Garden St, Carlisle, PA 17013-2565
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: +1 717-218-8000

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