Kampai Japanese Steakhouse

★★★★☆
  • 2330 S Elmhurst Rd

    Mt Prospect, IL 60056

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  • 847-640-6700

About Kampai Japanese Steakhouse

Hours
Sun 4:30pm-8:30pm, Mon-Fri 5:30pm-9pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-1:45pm, Sat 4:30pm-9pm

Food

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I went there for dinner yesterday and when I came home I dint feel good. I was sick during the night In the morning I had a terrible headache. I was very misarable. Later today I called the management to tell them how I felt and someone

3
★★★★★

I went there for dinner yesterday and when I came home I dint feel good. I was sick during the night In the morning I had a terrible headache. I was very misarable. Later today I called the management to tell them how I felt and someone

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My first experience was disgusting. The bartender told us that we need to pay right away, because we might disapear without paying. The managers' attitude is rude and unacceptable. They wont let you stay more than 20 min in the

3
★★★★★

My first experience was disgusting. The bartender told us that we need to pay right away, because we might disapear without paying. The managers' attitude is rude and unacceptable. They wont let you stay more than 20 min in the

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Dear friends - HOW DARE ANYONE say this place has any ambience or environment or anything pleasant about it outside of the food! The place is disgusting from the shopping center to the utensils, chairs, bathrooms, and food preparation

3
★★★★★

Dear friends - HOW DARE ANYONE say this place has any ambience or environment or anything pleasant about it outside of the food! The place is disgusting from the shopping center to the utensils, chairs, bathrooms, and food preparation

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I usually come here for lunch really like the sushi. freshly made to order. Sometimes I take my family and we go out for dinner. it gets crowded but it is a lot of fun.

3
★★★★★

I usually come here for lunch really like the sushi. freshly made to order. Sometimes I take my family and we go out for dinner. it gets crowded but it is a lot of fun.

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My family and I had been going to Kampai for years, at least since the mid 1980's. Our last visit was a group of around six people. We were not going to pay on one bill. Two friends of ours came with and wanted to pay their own bill while using a coupon they paid for on another website. We had one as well. They were not on the same account, or purchased under the same name. And yet, the manager who I did not get his name, said that we could not use both coupons and that it was the coupon company rule. I know he was lying because I read the rules (the small print) on the coupon and the website before I purchased it and it never said anything about that. The coupons could not be used if they were from the same account. And these were not. The food was very good but the manager's attitude towards us was unacceptable. I was furious. We decided to never go back there again. And given how empty the place was, they will not be in business for much longer. And with that attitude they displayed towards us, it is no wonder they are empty. DO NOT DINE THERE!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My family and I had been going to Kampai for years, at least since the mid 1980's. Our last visit was a group of around six people. We were not going to pay on one bill. Two friends of ours came with and wanted to pay their own bill while using a coupon they paid for on another website. We had one as well. They were not on the same account, or purchased under the same name. And yet, the manager who I did not get his name, said that we could not use both coupons and that it was the coupon company rule. I know he was lying because I read the rules (the small print) on the coupon and the website before I purchased it and it never said anything about that. The coupons could not be used if they were from the same account. And these were not. The food was very good but the manager's attitude towards us was unacceptable. I was furious. We decided to never go back there again. And given how empty the place was, they will not be in business for much longer. And with that attitude they displayed towards us, it is no wonder they are empty. DO NOT DINE THERE!

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While the food was OK ,the customer service was awful. Last Saturday night we arrived on time for our dinner reservation but had to wait for them to fill the table up. We were able to order but the meal was delayed because of the other guests. The chef was good but gave the other guest one of my party's food. She had to wait an additional 10-15 minutes while very one finished their food. Then at the end of the meal as we waited for someone to return from the restroom we were told that they needed the table and we needed to leave. They allow 1.5 hours for dinner and we were over our allotted time. They were the ones who contributed to this by delaying us at the beginning by making us wait for the table to fill up. Not only were they unapologetic, they thought that what they did was appropriate behavior- so much for an enjoyable experience. I will be dining at other Japanese Restaurants as they will appreciate my business.

0
★☆☆☆☆

While the food was OK ,the customer service was awful. Last Saturday night we arrived on time for our dinner reservation but had to wait for them to fill the table up. We were able to order but the meal was delayed because of the other guests. The chef was good but gave the other guest one of my party's food. She had to wait an additional 10-15 minutes while very one finished their food. Then at the end of the meal as we waited for someone to return from the restroom we were told that they needed the table and we needed to leave. They allow 1.5 hours for dinner and we were over our allotted time. They were the ones who contributed to this by delaying us at the beginning by making us wait for the table to fill up. Not only were they unapologetic, they thought that what they did was appropriate behavior- so much for an enjoyable experience. I will be dining at other Japanese Restaurants as they will appreciate my business.

Cons: Just like any other Japanese Steakhouse

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I moved down to Florida and Kampai is one of the places I miss the most. I still dream about golden shrimp.

2
★★★★☆

I moved down to Florida and Kampai is one of the places I miss the most. I still dream about golden shrimp.

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Went to restaurant with my colleagues on my way to the airport (on a Wednesday evening). I asked the hostess where I can keep my luggage and laptop bag and she instructed me to keep it behind the podium. After 45 min, my cab to the airport called me that they were waiting for me outside.And when I was walking out of the restaurant, I went to up the hostess to ask for my luggage and she said that she has not seen it. My luggage had been stolen! The restaurant told me that I had kept the luggage at my own risk and they had nothing to do with it. My suspicion is on restaurant employee itself as there were very patrons having dinner and even fewer who had walked out of the restaurant during that time. So no matter how the food is - this business establishment is not reliable or trustworthy.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went to restaurant with my colleagues on my way to the airport (on a Wednesday evening). I asked the hostess where I can keep my luggage and laptop bag and she instructed me to keep it behind the podium. After 45 min, my cab to the airport called me that they were waiting for me outside.And when I was walking out of the restaurant, I went to up the hostess to ask for my luggage and she said that she has not seen it. My luggage had been stolen! The restaurant told me that I had kept the luggage at my own risk and they had nothing to do with it. My suspicion is on restaurant employee itself as there were very patrons having dinner and even fewer who had walked out of the restaurant during that time. So no matter how the food is - this business establishment is not reliable or trustworthy.

Pros: none

Cons: they steal your luggage

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I was in town for copier training and went there with a fellow classmate. Decor was nice despite being in a shopping center. Staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs, (never had an empty drink for over a minute). The chef was very entertaining, (the whole flip the knives, food, and eggs through the air with the greatest of ease type thing) And then came the food. It was, and I don't say this lightly, some of the best food I've ever had. The fillet was cooked to perfection. The salmon was the literal definition of "melt in your mouth." I wish I had the recipe for the soup. Add to that the salad, fried rice, shrimp, and ice cream dessert. It was a suprise that the total for all that was only $29. I actually had no complaints whatsoever about this place and that, as my friends can tell you, is a reason to call hell and ask if they're liking the snow.

2
★★★★★

I was in town for copier training and went there with a fellow classmate. Decor was nice despite being in a shopping center. Staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs, (never had an empty drink for over a minute). The chef was very entertaining, (the whole flip the knives, food, and eggs through the air with the greatest of ease type thing) And then came the food. It was, and I don't say this lightly, some of the best food I've ever had. The fillet was cooked to perfection. The salmon was the literal definition of "melt in your mouth." I wish I had the recipe for the soup. Add to that the salad, fried rice, shrimp, and ice cream dessert. It was a suprise that the total for all that was only $29. I actually had no complaints whatsoever about this place and that, as my friends can tell you, is a reason to call hell and ask if they're liking the snow.

Pros: No wait, great service, awesome food, great price.

Cons: I was too full to stay and eat more.

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One of my all-time favorites. I go back time and time again and am never disappointed. If you're looking for quality Japanese food; this place is #1. They have remodeled and the old place was really more inviting, but the food makes it all worthwhile! The sushi is wonderful. The Golden Shrimp is THE BEST. Their filet melts in your mouth. I can live with out the garlic shrimp..... Leaves Beni Hana IN THE DUST. No comparison. For a suburban restaurant, you really need to try this one!

I've had sushi and sashimi all over the world and the sashimi here is some of the best I've ever had.

2
★★★★★

One of my all-time favorites. I go back time and time again and am never disappointed. If you're looking for quality Japanese food; this place is #1. They have remodeled and the old place was really more inviting, but the food makes it all worthwhile! The sushi is wonderful. The Golden Shrimp is THE BEST. Their filet melts in your mouth. I can live with out the garlic shrimp..... Leaves Beni Hana IN THE DUST. No comparison. For a suburban restaurant, you really need to try this one!

I've had sushi and sashimi all over the world and the sashimi here is some of the best I've ever had.

Pros: Sashimi, Golden Shrimp, Filet.....It is all THE BEST!

Cons: None!

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I heard from a few family members, who are not experienced diners, that this place was a five-star restaurant with Nobu quality food! They also included that it is pricey! Well, it is not of those things:
* The sushi was not fresh and rolled poorly! My friend nicknamed it McShushi by the nights end.
* The steak was okay....but a far cry from a high end establishment.
* The decor was south of a Denny's restaurant.
* The service was what I would expect from a restaurant in a strip mall
This place is nothing special; I would go there for a quick lunch, but not make a night of it! Also, I found the prices cheap, which they should be for the food served. This is no place to bring someone if you want to impress.

1
★★☆☆☆

I heard from a few family members, who are not experienced diners, that this place was a five-star restaurant with Nobu quality food! They also included that it is pricey! Well, it is not of those things:
* The sushi was not fresh and rolled poorly! My friend nicknamed it McShushi by the nights end.
* The steak was okay....but a far cry from a high end establishment.
* The decor was south of a Denny's restaurant.
* The service was what I would expect from a restaurant in a strip mall
This place is nothing special; I would go there for a quick lunch, but not make a night of it! Also, I found the prices cheap, which they should be for the food served. This is no place to bring someone if you want to impress.

Pros: I did not get sick from the McShushi

Cons: Nothing is special....

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Whenever my husband and I travel to the area to visit family we try to make time to go here simply for the Sushi and golden Shrimp. The food is always wonderul, flavorful, and worth the trip. :-).

2
★★★★★

Whenever my husband and I travel to the area to visit family we try to make time to go here simply for the Sushi and golden Shrimp. The food is always wonderul, flavorful, and worth the trip. :-).

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If you're going here to sit down get entertained and have a good steak, this is the place to go. The golden shrimps are amazing and the vegetables that come with the meals will literally make your face melt. I recommend the Kampai Special, it's a little pricey but well worth it. However the bad news is, the sushi is just......awful. The sushi wasn't fresh, it was rolled way too big, and the worst part, lacking any kind of flavor....DO NOT GO HERE FOR SUSHI!!! If you gotta have that delicious Maki roll or some fresh Nigri go to Cafe Sushi on Wells in Chicago.

2
★★★★☆

If you're going here to sit down get entertained and have a good steak, this is the place to go. The golden shrimps are amazing and the vegetables that come with the meals will literally make your face melt. I recommend the Kampai Special, it's a little pricey but well worth it. However the bad news is, the sushi is just......awful. The sushi wasn't fresh, it was rolled way too big, and the worst part, lacking any kind of flavor....DO NOT GO HERE FOR SUSHI!!! If you gotta have that delicious Maki roll or some fresh Nigri go to Cafe Sushi on Wells in Chicago.

Pros: Great Steak and Shrimp

Cons: Take the Sushi and throw it in the gutter

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This place is always hoping for lunch, so you know the fish is fresh!
In a quaint little strip mall on the corner of Oakton and Elmhurst, it's easy to overlook.
If you want to pay big bucks for fancy dishware, model-hot staff and vapid managers, then by all means avoid this place at all costs.

It looks like the average hole-in-the-wall sushi place you'd see in any working-class neighborhood in Japan, and it's that much better for it.
I don't know what a previous reviewer did to tick off the staff since they are part of the reason I have continued to go there time and time again since I moved to the area. They are efficient, without being brusque, attentive without being overbearing, and very very quick.

The food is great, the selection impressive considering the less than impressive size of the place, and no reasonable request is declined. (Note I said 'reasonable'!)

The prices are very very reasonable. The prices do go up by about a dollar a plate at dinner, but then so do the portions.
The quality of the food is amazing. The high turnover of tables is a dead give away in that the place is always crowded, and you have to be deaf to ignore the oohs and ahhs of satisfied diners.
Their spicy shrimp and unagi are particularly good.
Ask chef what's best today and he will be honest. A rarity these days.

I engourage ppl to go early for lunch.
They open at 11:30, but you need to be queued up by 11:15 at the latest or you're going to have to wait.
And the wait, my friends, is worth it.

The only real reason I'm not giving them 5 stars is that they need to increase the size of the vestibule so you can sit while you wait. :-) Or expand to add more tables. :-)

2
★★★★☆

This place is always hoping for lunch, so you know the fish is fresh!
In a quaint little strip mall on the corner of Oakton and Elmhurst, it's easy to overlook.
If you want to pay big bucks for fancy dishware, model-hot staff and vapid managers, then by all means avoid this place at all costs.

It looks like the average hole-in-the-wall sushi place you'd see in any working-class neighborhood in Japan, and it's that much better for it.
I don't know what a previous reviewer did to tick off the staff since they are part of the reason I have continued to go there time and time again since I moved to the area. They are efficient, without being brusque, attentive without being overbearing, and very very quick.

The food is great, the selection impressive considering the less than impressive size of the place, and no reasonable request is declined. (Note I said 'reasonable'!)

The prices are very very reasonable. The prices do go up by about a dollar a plate at dinner, but then so do the portions.
The quality of the food is amazing. The high turnover of tables is a dead give away in that the place is always crowded, and you have to be deaf to ignore the oohs and ahhs of satisfied diners.
Their spicy shrimp and unagi are particularly good.
Ask chef what's best today and he will be honest. A rarity these days.

I engourage ppl to go early for lunch.
They open at 11:30, but you need to be queued up by 11:15 at the latest or you're going to have to wait.
And the wait, my friends, is worth it.

The only real reason I'm not giving them 5 stars is that they need to increase the size of the vestibule so you can sit while you wait. :-) Or expand to add more tables. :-)

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The concept is fun, but the quality of service here is appalling. I have never met a restaurant manager who was as unpleasant as the one at Kampai. I decided not to eat here because the service was so rash and utterly distasteful. Please heed my warning and avoid this restaurant at all costs.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The concept is fun, but the quality of service here is appalling. I have never met a restaurant manager who was as unpleasant as the one at Kampai. I decided not to eat here because the service was so rash and utterly distasteful. Please heed my warning and avoid this restaurant at all costs.

Cons: service, service, service

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I make excuses to get away from work to be able to stop in here. The sushi bar is very economical and the sushi is always fresh. The chefs will make almost anything you ask for. It might take 10 -15 minutes for a small party to get seated at lunch, but the wait is well worth it. Large variety of sushi that never seems to end. The only thing that would make this palce better is more seating.

2
★★★★★

I make excuses to get away from work to be able to stop in here. The sushi bar is very economical and the sushi is always fresh. The chefs will make almost anything you ask for. It might take 10 -15 minutes for a small party to get seated at lunch, but the wait is well worth it. Large variety of sushi that never seems to end. The only thing that would make this palce better is more seating.

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I went to Kampai for the first time about 2 years ago, and I am always looking for excuses to go again and again. There's always some sort of celebration: birthday, new job, new car, new shoes... Doesn't matter the occassion. It's great for groups, or just as a couple enjoying an evening out.

2
★★★★★

I went to Kampai for the first time about 2 years ago, and I am always looking for excuses to go again and again. There's always some sort of celebration: birthday, new job, new car, new shoes... Doesn't matter the occassion. It's great for groups, or just as a couple enjoying an evening out.

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My wife and I hit the sushi bar once a week. We keep coming back because of the service and the sushi. If you ask them to do it a certain way, they will. Other sushi bars cannot compete with the spicy scallop roll. I recommend this place but be aware, this place looks like a 70's diner on the inside.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I hit the sushi bar once a week. We keep coming back because of the service and the sushi. If you ask them to do it a certain way, they will. Other sushi bars cannot compete with the spicy scallop roll. I recommend this place but be aware, this place looks like a 70's diner on the inside.

Pros: sushi, service

Cons: ambiance, price

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This have the best Steak and Sushi that I have ever had. The chefs were great and the only thing better was the food. The fried rice is fantasic with the yolk suace mixed in with it. The kobe fillet melts in your mouth like butter. I highly recoomend this place if you like good food.

2
★★★★★

This have the best Steak and Sushi that I have ever had. The chefs were great and the only thing better was the food. The fried rice is fantasic with the yolk suace mixed in with it. The kobe fillet melts in your mouth like butter. I highly recoomend this place if you like good food.

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I love this restaurant! Whenever I visit my family in DesPlaines I try to get them to take me to Kampi for a great dinner. The soup served at the beginning of the meal is the best I've ever had.

2
★★★★★

I love this restaurant! Whenever I visit my family in DesPlaines I try to get them to take me to Kampi for a great dinner. The soup served at the beginning of the meal is the best I've ever had.

Pros: Entertaining, Great Steak , Great atmosphere

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Truly one of my favorite places! The smells and flavors are intoxicating! The portions are satisfying! The chefs are very talented and personable! And the food is perfect every time! Although even with reservations there is sometimes a wait but its well worth it. The sushi bar (the sushi bar doesn't take reservations) is fresh and fun! I love the little boats and the variety. The sushi chefs are very fun to watch and very informative. The atmosphere is informal and relaxing. Dinner for 2 is comfortably affordable. Once you experience Kampai you will want to re-live the experience again and again!

2
★★★★★

Truly one of my favorite places! The smells and flavors are intoxicating! The portions are satisfying! The chefs are very talented and personable! And the food is perfect every time! Although even with reservations there is sometimes a wait but its well worth it. The sushi bar (the sushi bar doesn't take reservations) is fresh and fun! I love the little boats and the variety. The sushi chefs are very fun to watch and very informative. The atmosphere is informal and relaxing. Dinner for 2 is comfortably affordable. Once you experience Kampai you will want to re-live the experience again and again!

Pros: Sushi!!!!!!!!, Ample parking, Worth every penny!

 

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