Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 206 W Main St

    Carrboro, NC 27510

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  • 919-942-6848

About Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant

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Sun 5pm-9pm, Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat 5pm-10:30pm

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We go to this place so often that the sushi chefs know us. It's our standard date night restaurant, and we were so excited when they made the special, ""White Star"" sushi, a regular. Try the crunchy shrimp roll, if you're new to sushi (sooooo good)... but if you're a sushi-expert, try the exotic ones - you won't be disappointed. Easy going atmosphere.

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★★★★★

We go to this place so often that the sushi chefs know us. It's our standard date night restaurant, and we were so excited when they made the special, ""White Star"" sushi, a regular. Try the crunchy shrimp roll, if you're new to sushi (sooooo good)... but if you're a sushi-expert, try the exotic ones - you won't be disappointed. Easy going atmosphere.

Pros: Craving-inducing sushi, great service.

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love the sushi at this place! it has always been fresh and tasty. they have a great menu with a wide variety of sushi. they have really good specials as well. if you are looking for great service and yummy food come here!

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★★★★★

love the sushi at this place! it has always been fresh and tasty. they have a great menu with a wide variety of sushi. they have really good specials as well. if you are looking for great service and yummy food come here!

Pros: best sushi in town

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When it comes to sushi these guys do it right. We've tried several other places around and no one even comes close to Akai Hana. Their rolls are always fresh and I've never tried one I didn't like. Definitely try the crispy shrimp roll, very tasty. Best of all the price is very reasonable, not to mention they have some killer specials. The best place in Chapel Hill to get sushi!!!

2
★★★★★

When it comes to sushi these guys do it right. We've tried several other places around and no one even comes close to Akai Hana. Their rolls are always fresh and I've never tried one I didn't like. Definitely try the crispy shrimp roll, very tasty. Best of all the price is very reasonable, not to mention they have some killer specials. The best place in Chapel Hill to get sushi!!!

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Akai Hana is a great little sushi place, close to franklin street but not right in the center of all the commotion. They've got great deals on certain nights, and the crunchy shrimp roll is fantastic!

2
★★★★☆

Akai Hana is a great little sushi place, close to franklin street but not right in the center of all the commotion. They've got great deals on certain nights, and the crunchy shrimp roll is fantastic!

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Akai Hana has a great variety of dishes, especially their soups, and has a lot more than just amazing sushi. It's definitely a wonderful deal for amazing food!

2
★★★★☆

Akai Hana has a great variety of dishes, especially their soups, and has a lot more than just amazing sushi. It's definitely a wonderful deal for amazing food!

Pros: Buy one get one free sushi rolls on Wednesdays

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This sushi is my favorite-- including the crunchy shrimp roll. Yummy! Service, though, is a bit hit or miss. The owner is a great guy and always polite, and some of the staff is as well, but there are a *few* staff people who could use some customer-service training. However, the quality of the sushi is such that you really should check them out, if you like sushi at all!

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★★★★☆

This sushi is my favorite-- including the crunchy shrimp roll. Yummy! Service, though, is a bit hit or miss. The owner is a great guy and always polite, and some of the staff is as well, but there are a *few* staff people who could use some customer-service training. However, the quality of the sushi is such that you really should check them out, if you like sushi at all!

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I have been a regular customer at Akai Hana for the last six years. The owner is a lovely man, and the service is always fantastic! I am a big sushi fan, and Akai Hana has some of the the best sushi that I have ever had. I highly recommend this quaint, locally owned restaurant.

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★★★★★

I have been a regular customer at Akai Hana for the last six years. The owner is a lovely man, and the service is always fantastic! I am a big sushi fan, and Akai Hana has some of the the best sushi that I have ever had. I highly recommend this quaint, locally owned restaurant.

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Akai Hana is always packed but always quick and delicious! The outside patio is cute, so it's a great place to eat outside!

2
★★★★☆

Akai Hana is always packed but always quick and delicious! The outside patio is cute, so it's a great place to eat outside!

Pros: good atmosphere & great sushi

Cons: nothing!

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Great sushi at a great price. Hurricane roll, anything with salmon is really good, gyoza are wonderful too!

2
★★★★★

Great sushi at a great price. Hurricane roll, anything with salmon is really good, gyoza are wonderful too!

Pros: sushi is fabulous, gyoza are delicious

Cons: none!

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I love this place--this is probably the best sushi just a close distance from downtown Chapel Hill and UNC. Definitely get the crunchy shrimp roll.

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★★★★★

I love this place--this is probably the best sushi just a close distance from downtown Chapel Hill and UNC. Definitely get the crunchy shrimp roll.

Pros: delicious sushi with a nice atmosphere

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My girlfriend took me here last time I came up to UNC and the sushi is delicious. The atmosphere is such that even though it was rather crowded when we went, it still managed to be cozy. There are enough specials to keep it from denting your wallet too bad, but expensive enough to only be a special occasions thing. Overall, good enough to be worth the price with someone special.

2
★★★★☆

My girlfriend took me here last time I came up to UNC and the sushi is delicious. The atmosphere is such that even though it was rather crowded when we went, it still managed to be cozy. There are enough specials to keep it from denting your wallet too bad, but expensive enough to only be a special occasions thing. Overall, good enough to be worth the price with someone special.

Pros: good food

Cons: more people than seats

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Akai Hana is my go to place a dinner with the out of town relative who's buying. Lots of local charm and the best sushi I've found in the area, at typical sushi prices.\r\n \r\nBut with lots of specials, it's easy to visit even on a student's budget by buying a roll and then filling up on cheap white rice and miso. \r\n\r\nPlenty of non-sashimi options for the squeamish out there too. I took my sushi virgin mother here, and even she enjoyed herself.\r\n\r\nVery intimate space, but also crowded at times. Beware of too few parking spaces.

2
★★★★☆

Akai Hana is my go to place a dinner with the out of town relative who's buying. Lots of local charm and the best sushi I've found in the area, at typical sushi prices.\r\n \r\nBut with lots of specials, it's easy to visit even on a student's budget by buying a roll and then filling up on cheap white rice and miso. \r\n\r\nPlenty of non-sashimi options for the squeamish out there too. I took my sushi virgin mother here, and even she enjoyed herself.\r\n\r\nVery intimate space, but also crowded at times. Beware of too few parking spaces.

Pros: Specials, Sushi

Cons: Parking, Crowded

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In the chapel hill area, you have more than a few choices for sushi, but if you want the best, you go to Akai Hana. Their tempura is second to none, and their rolls are always fresh and delicious. Their sushi bar is always quick and is a great place if you're wanting a fast, delicious meal on your own. If you're dining with someone, you'll find the restaurant's ambience to be modern and comfortable. There's limited parking in their lot, but plenty of space right across the street, so it's never a hassle to get to the restaurant - something rare in the chapel hill area. Bottom line? Great sushi, fast service, great atmosphere.

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★★★★★

In the chapel hill area, you have more than a few choices for sushi, but if you want the best, you go to Akai Hana. Their tempura is second to none, and their rolls are always fresh and delicious. Their sushi bar is always quick and is a great place if you're wanting a fast, delicious meal on your own. If you're dining with someone, you'll find the restaurant's ambience to be modern and comfortable. There's limited parking in their lot, but plenty of space right across the street, so it's never a hassle to get to the restaurant - something rare in the chapel hill area. Bottom line? Great sushi, fast service, great atmosphere.

Pros: Tempura, Rolls, Atmosphere, Price

Cons: Gets crowded quick

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Akai Hana is more than great sushi. It's great service, great atmosphere, and great prices. The miso soup is the best I've had in the Triangle (seasoned perfectly). The sushi rolls are always fresh and beautifully presented. What I especially love is the friendliness of the waitstaff and the speed of service. You'll never wait more than 15 minutes for your sushi to be brought to the table, no matter how crowded the restaurant is. Their menu is expansive, with a variety of tempura and other dinner options, but I love their sushi so much that I've never tried anything else. Regardless, I've never NOT been pleased with my dining experience here. The best sushi place in Chapel Hill.

2
★★★★★

Akai Hana is more than great sushi. It's great service, great atmosphere, and great prices. The miso soup is the best I've had in the Triangle (seasoned perfectly). The sushi rolls are always fresh and beautifully presented. What I especially love is the friendliness of the waitstaff and the speed of service. You'll never wait more than 15 minutes for your sushi to be brought to the table, no matter how crowded the restaurant is. Their menu is expansive, with a variety of tempura and other dinner options, but I love their sushi so much that I've never tried anything else. Regardless, I've never NOT been pleased with my dining experience here. The best sushi place in Chapel Hill.

Pros: Excellent service, excellent food, excellent prices

Cons: few parking spaces in the front of the restaurant, but there's plenty across the street.

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I've been eating sushi for 25 years and this is the best tasting andd freshest sushi I have ever had. The staff is very pleasant and courteous and always asks us if we enjoyed our meal. The salmon and unagi (eel) is outstanding and melts in your mouth. Their best dish is the Super Whitefish which is something I have never found, even in New York or California. The food is always very consistent, whether you go there for lunch or dinner. It's the only place we go to in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

2
★★★★★

I've been eating sushi for 25 years and this is the best tasting andd freshest sushi I have ever had. The staff is very pleasant and courteous and always asks us if we enjoyed our meal. The salmon and unagi (eel) is outstanding and melts in your mouth. Their best dish is the Super Whitefish which is something I have never found, even in New York or California. The food is always very consistent, whether you go there for lunch or dinner. It's the only place we go to in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

Pros: Service, freshness, cleanliness

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Akai Hana offers a great menu in a relaxed yet chic ambiance. The shumai is amazing, as is the spider roll. Very reasonable price for the best sushi in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

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★★★★★

Akai Hana offers a great menu in a relaxed yet chic ambiance. The shumai is amazing, as is the spider roll. Very reasonable price for the best sushi in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

Pros: Ambience, service, food

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I have been a fan of Akai Hana ever since I moved to Carrboro from San Francisco 10 years ago. The service is friendly. I especially like sitting at the sushi bar with my son who is 12; the sushi chefs are always very kind to him. \r\n\r\nBut service isn't all -- I find the sushi fresh and tasty. The sushi lunch special is an especially good deal - five pieces of nigiri plus a California roll (which I always substitute a crunchy shrimp roll for) plus soup or salad. It's great to have a solid sushi restaurant right in downtown Carrboro.

2
★★★★☆

I have been a fan of Akai Hana ever since I moved to Carrboro from San Francisco 10 years ago. The service is friendly. I especially like sitting at the sushi bar with my son who is 12; the sushi chefs are always very kind to him. \r\n\r\nBut service isn't all -- I find the sushi fresh and tasty. The sushi lunch special is an especially good deal - five pieces of nigiri plus a California roll (which I always substitute a crunchy shrimp roll for) plus soup or salad. It's great to have a solid sushi restaurant right in downtown Carrboro.

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I'm a big fan of Akai Hana. Excellent nigiri, especially salmon. Nice neighborhood feel, nice little two-person booths. Reasonably priced beer. The rolls are good; crunchy shrimp roll is a good value.\r\n\r\nOnly criticism is that (a) sometimes there's a bit of wait (call ahead) (and this is, of course, because it's so good!), and (b) the roll selection is somewhat standard/uninspired. Whch is not a terrible thing, but I would go here for the nigiri, not the rolls.\r\n\r\nOverall, highly recommended.

2
★★★★☆

I'm a big fan of Akai Hana. Excellent nigiri, especially salmon. Nice neighborhood feel, nice little two-person booths. Reasonably priced beer. The rolls are good; crunchy shrimp roll is a good value.\r\n\r\nOnly criticism is that (a) sometimes there's a bit of wait (call ahead) (and this is, of course, because it's so good!), and (b) the roll selection is somewhat standard/uninspired. Whch is not a terrible thing, but I would go here for the nigiri, not the rolls.\r\n\r\nOverall, highly recommended.

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We're so glad Akai Hana has started opening 7 days a week. We never could remember which day they were closed. The fish is very fresh, especially tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. The flounder is sweet but they only have it on the weekend. Some Japanese Restaurants have a larger selection of rolls, but we especially like the crunchy shrimp roll and the spicy tuna roll. The miso soup warms you up on the inside and the ginger salad dressing just can't be found anywhere else. We always start with a couple appetizers, usually gyoza or shrimp tempura, and finish with mango mochi ice cream. But you also can't go wrong with the divine chocolate cheesecake. They don't take reservations so that's why the regulars go during the week.

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★★★★☆

We're so glad Akai Hana has started opening 7 days a week. We never could remember which day they were closed. The fish is very fresh, especially tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. The flounder is sweet but they only have it on the weekend. Some Japanese Restaurants have a larger selection of rolls, but we especially like the crunchy shrimp roll and the spicy tuna roll. The miso soup warms you up on the inside and the ginger salad dressing just can't be found anywhere else. We always start with a couple appetizers, usually gyoza or shrimp tempura, and finish with mango mochi ice cream. But you also can't go wrong with the divine chocolate cheesecake. They don't take reservations so that's why the regulars go during the week.

Pros: The freshest sushi in the area

Cons: Doesn't take reservations

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Everyone is friendly at Akai Hana.Nice Atmosphere\r\ngoing on there.The sushi is the freshest i've had in the \r\ntriangle.By far the best tasting ginger dressing for the \r\nhouse salad. The shrimp tempura is my favorite entree.\r\nTheir miso soup is the best.!

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★★★★★

Everyone is friendly at Akai Hana.Nice Atmosphere\r\ngoing on there.The sushi is the freshest i've had in the \r\ntriangle.By far the best tasting ginger dressing for the \r\nhouse salad. The shrimp tempura is my favorite entree.\r\nTheir miso soup is the best.!

Pros: Healthy tasting food

Cons: Did not care for the live music while dining

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I just ate at Akai Hana yesterday, their sushi are the freshest I've ever tasted. The sushi are simple but the fish are so fresh. When i put a piece of sushi roll in my mouth, I wanted to order again and again. My favorite sushi are scallop roll, rainbow roll, tuna, salmon, everything with fresh fish in it! Yum! I'm telling you, they have the freshest sushi. I just love Akai Hana's sushi by heart. Also, I have no problem with Akai Hana's appetizers, they have a lot of choices than other Japanese restaurants I have ever been to. The best appetizer for me is their special one called Ika Geso, if you like fried tempura squid, over cucumbers and ponzu sauce hmmm... delicious. Their tempuras are the best! Their ginger salad are the best too! I can't find other ginger sauce as good as Akai Hana's. Keep up the good work Akai Hana!

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★★★★★

I just ate at Akai Hana yesterday, their sushi are the freshest I've ever tasted. The sushi are simple but the fish are so fresh. When i put a piece of sushi roll in my mouth, I wanted to order again and again. My favorite sushi are scallop roll, rainbow roll, tuna, salmon, everything with fresh fish in it! Yum! I'm telling you, they have the freshest sushi. I just love Akai Hana's sushi by heart. Also, I have no problem with Akai Hana's appetizers, they have a lot of choices than other Japanese restaurants I have ever been to. The best appetizer for me is their special one called Ika Geso, if you like fried tempura squid, over cucumbers and ponzu sauce hmmm... delicious. Their tempuras are the best! Their ginger salad are the best too! I can't find other ginger sauce as good as Akai Hana's. Keep up the good work Akai Hana!

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I love this place. If you like fresh fish, akai hana is the place to eat sushi. It's unbelievable!! The service is excellent, the lighting is great. I highly recommend the seaweed salad, miso soup, and the pork dumplings as an appetizer. YUMMY!!!! If you are not a big fan of fresh, raw fish, maybe try the steak teriaki or a hot noodle soup. Both are Bangin'!!! Then last, but not least, try the mochi. The wine selection is a winner too. cheers!

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★★★★★

I love this place. If you like fresh fish, akai hana is the place to eat sushi. It's unbelievable!! The service is excellent, the lighting is great. I highly recommend the seaweed salad, miso soup, and the pork dumplings as an appetizer. YUMMY!!!! If you are not a big fan of fresh, raw fish, maybe try the steak teriaki or a hot noodle soup. Both are Bangin'!!! Then last, but not least, try the mochi. The wine selection is a winner too. cheers!

Pros: ambience, parking, service, quality, quantity, lighting, merchandise

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I have been to Akai Hana about ten times in one year. The wait staff are nice, pleasant folks that I would bring home to mom and dad. As ""Cutting edge"" as Carrboro is, they should be more conscious of their patrons' tastes. Aged tofu with fish scales, deep fried vegetables and soup with fish broth are a few of the almost vegetarian choices listed from the menu. Not to discourage the owners from hiring an all Mexican kitchen staff in a town that has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the state, but the food is not cooked/prepared in the sense of what it should be in a traditional Japanese restaurant. The food/drink menus are limited and bland; the food is always under/over cooked. I really want this place to succeed and I whole heartedly support it, but the food is terrible.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Akai Hana about ten times in one year. The wait staff are nice, pleasant folks that I would bring home to mom and dad. As ""Cutting edge"" as Carrboro is, they should be more conscious of their patrons' tastes. Aged tofu with fish scales, deep fried vegetables and soup with fish broth are a few of the almost vegetarian choices listed from the menu. Not to discourage the owners from hiring an all Mexican kitchen staff in a town that has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the state, but the food is not cooked/prepared in the sense of what it should be in a traditional Japanese restaurant. The food/drink menus are limited and bland; the food is always under/over cooked. I really want this place to succeed and I whole heartedly support it, but the food is terrible.

Pros: The waitresses are the best in the city.

Cons: The food is gross.

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We had a wonderful meal and terrible service at our latest visit to Akai Hana restaurant. My expectations were only partially met because the waitstaff, in my opinion, wanted to be elsewhere. They rarely checked to see if we had everything we needed, and did not crack a smile for the entire evening! When I am a guest in a restaurant, I expect to be treated with class & style - something Akai Hana needs to improve upon.

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★★★☆☆

We had a wonderful meal and terrible service at our latest visit to Akai Hana restaurant. My expectations were only partially met because the waitstaff, in my opinion, wanted to be elsewhere. They rarely checked to see if we had everything we needed, and did not crack a smile for the entire evening! When I am a guest in a restaurant, I expect to be treated with class & style - something Akai Hana needs to improve upon.

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Well I have been reading reviews from people from the Left Coast and NY saying that Akai Hana Resturant in Carrboro was not up to the standards of the resturants in NY and California... Hello...this is Carrboro NC and as a matter of fact, A. Hana has great sushi and entrees. They have their fish frown in twice a week and every meal I have ever had has been exceptional. The Master Chef (Pujo) and Bob the owner are top notch people and the wait staff is super.... I have been going since they opened and I have noticed that the waitstaff turnover is very minimal... Which is a good sign of a well run business... When you go....have fun and experience the different offerings... And, if you still don't like it.....just move back to where you came from In the meantime....enjoy the Best Sushi Around

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★★★★★

Well I have been reading reviews from people from the Left Coast and NY saying that Akai Hana Resturant in Carrboro was not up to the standards of the resturants in NY and California... Hello...this is Carrboro NC and as a matter of fact, A. Hana has great sushi and entrees. They have their fish frown in twice a week and every meal I have ever had has been exceptional. The Master Chef (Pujo) and Bob the owner are top notch people and the wait staff is super.... I have been going since they opened and I have noticed that the waitstaff turnover is very minimal... Which is a good sign of a well run business... When you go....have fun and experience the different offerings... And, if you still don't like it.....just move back to where you came from In the meantime....enjoy the Best Sushi Around

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I took my boyfriend here for his birthday on a Friday night, when Akai Hana is supposed to be open until 10:30pm. \r\nWe were seated at 9:40pm, served our food at 10:00pm, and then awkwardly watched as the wait staff began turning off all the lights, cleaning the restaurant, and counting the cash register's money in front of us. There were about 6 tables finishing up while we were waiting for our order, but we were left the last table seated in the restaurant. The kitchen staff all came out and began talking loudly in front of us at 10:10. Then our server asked ""Ready?"" and left us the bill.\r\nThis is all while we are about halfway into our meal, trying to enjoy a special occasion. If the staff wants to be out of the restaurant by 10:30, then they should change their hours to close at 10pm, instead of making their last patrons feel rushed and embarrassed for spending their money at an establishment that is clueless about good manners. \r\nThe way we were pushed out was incredibly rude, and would be something expected more of a fast-food place with lazy teenage employees trying to go home early than of a nice, sit-down restaurant that is supposed to have the best sushi in the Triangle. The best (worst) part is we were leaving the restaurant by 10:20-- 10 minutes BEFORE they were supposed to close.\r\nIf you choose to go to Akai Hana, make sure you're seated at least an hour and a half before they ""close"", or your meal will also be ruined.

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★★☆☆☆

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday on a Friday night, when Akai Hana is supposed to be open until 10:30pm. \r\nWe were seated at 9:40pm, served our food at 10:00pm, and then awkwardly watched as the wait staff began turning off all the lights, cleaning the restaurant, and counting the cash register's money in front of us. There were about 6 tables finishing up while we were waiting for our order, but we were left the last table seated in the restaurant. The kitchen staff all came out and began talking loudly in front of us at 10:10. Then our server asked ""Ready?"" and left us the bill.\r\nThis is all while we are about halfway into our meal, trying to enjoy a special occasion. If the staff wants to be out of the restaurant by 10:30, then they should change their hours to close at 10pm, instead of making their last patrons feel rushed and embarrassed for spending their money at an establishment that is clueless about good manners. \r\nThe way we were pushed out was incredibly rude, and would be something expected more of a fast-food place with lazy teenage employees trying to go home early than of a nice, sit-down restaurant that is supposed to have the best sushi in the Triangle. The best (worst) part is we were leaving the restaurant by 10:20-- 10 minutes BEFORE they were supposed to close.\r\nIf you choose to go to Akai Hana, make sure you're seated at least an hour and a half before they ""close"", or your meal will also be ruined.

Pros: Decent sushi

Cons: Rushed to get us out of the restaurant

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I only give high recommendations to those that I consider the best in the nation, such as Sakagura in NY, Yuzen Kan in LA, Kubota in SJ, etc. Akai Hana is your generic Japanese restaurant with not much in originality to offer. Seriously, there's nothing on their menu that I thought was unique. The food and service is decent, but I would argue against any review that would rank it exceptionally high.

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★★★☆☆

I only give high recommendations to those that I consider the best in the nation, such as Sakagura in NY, Yuzen Kan in LA, Kubota in SJ, etc. Akai Hana is your generic Japanese restaurant with not much in originality to offer. Seriously, there's nothing on their menu that I thought was unique. The food and service is decent, but I would argue against any review that would rank it exceptionally high.

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Sharing a meal with someone should always be an adventure as well as enjoyable.\nAkai Hana fits the bill. This is the perfect place to take a break and explore the wonders of Japanese cuisine. The atmosphere is very warm and the staff enjoys helping customers learn about the different selections offered - even the ordering experience was fun. Bigger and faster are not always better when you are looking for a place to spend time with a friend.\n

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★★★★★

Sharing a meal with someone should always be an adventure as well as enjoyable.\nAkai Hana fits the bill. This is the perfect place to take a break and explore the wonders of Japanese cuisine. The atmosphere is very warm and the staff enjoys helping customers learn about the different selections offered - even the ordering experience was fun. Bigger and faster are not always better when you are looking for a place to spend time with a friend.\n

Pros: inexpensive, great staff, good eats

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Overall, I would highly recommend this place. They serve good authentic Japanese food. Their miso soup, tempura or anything from the kitchen are excellent. Their early bird special served from 5 to 6, especially the teriyaki chicken, is a great deal. For sushi, I would get rolls because their nigiri sushis are not as good as the rolls. Their appetizers are very good. The only thing I don't like is their agedashi dofu. This is a place to go for authentic Japanese food if you are in Carrboro/Chapel Hill. They don't take reservations, and the restaurant is not too big. It's sometimes hard to get a table if you have a big party.

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★★★★★

Overall, I would highly recommend this place. They serve good authentic Japanese food. Their miso soup, tempura or anything from the kitchen are excellent. Their early bird special served from 5 to 6, especially the teriyaki chicken, is a great deal. For sushi, I would get rolls because their nigiri sushis are not as good as the rolls. Their appetizers are very good. The only thing I don't like is their agedashi dofu. This is a place to go for authentic Japanese food if you are in Carrboro/Chapel Hill. They don't take reservations, and the restaurant is not too big. It's sometimes hard to get a table if you have a big party.

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When I first moved to Chapel Hill and had no idea where to go, Akai Hana was my weekly stop for sushi...However I soon discovered better places in the triangle-like sushi blues-and realized what I had been missing. Although the sushi is very fresh and the crunchy roll is heavenly, there is such a limited selection that it almost is not worth it. In addition the place is so small that generally you have to wait even on a weekday to get seated. The host/hostess are fairly cold as well. I went with some friends a few weeks ago and had a horrible server who was incredibly hostile...It's just not worth it....Now that I have seen what else is out there, I will not be going to Akai Hana.

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★★★☆☆

When I first moved to Chapel Hill and had no idea where to go, Akai Hana was my weekly stop for sushi...However I soon discovered better places in the triangle-like sushi blues-and realized what I had been missing. Although the sushi is very fresh and the crunchy roll is heavenly, there is such a limited selection that it almost is not worth it. In addition the place is so small that generally you have to wait even on a weekday to get seated. The host/hostess are fairly cold as well. I went with some friends a few weeks ago and had a horrible server who was incredibly hostile...It's just not worth it....Now that I have seen what else is out there, I will not be going to Akai Hana.

Pros: crunchy roll, fresh fish

Cons: cramped space, staff, lack of selection

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Overall no complaints! its a great place for a dinner date!! Wonderful sushi, good atmosphere and friendly service....

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★★★★★

Overall no complaints! its a great place for a dinner date!! Wonderful sushi, good atmosphere and friendly service....

Pros: good service, great lighting

Cons: pricey

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we've been here on many occasions and always been impressed by the consistant high quality of the sushi and the service. Has a nice personal feel to the place. Very popular. Have tried several other sushi restaurants, and although I've nor been dissappointed by them, I rate Akai Hana as the best in town

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★★★★★

we've been here on many occasions and always been impressed by the consistant high quality of the sushi and the service. Has a nice personal feel to the place. Very popular. Have tried several other sushi restaurants, and although I've nor been dissappointed by them, I rate Akai Hana as the best in town

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Thought the sushi was fine, but disappointed with bad service.

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★★★★☆

Thought the sushi was fine, but disappointed with bad service.

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Excellent teriyaki beef, sushi is fresh and the waitstaff is remarkable. A highly pleasureable experience.

2
★★★★★

Excellent teriyaki beef, sushi is fresh and the waitstaff is remarkable. A highly pleasureable experience.

Pros: Food, service

Cons: parking, small

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Because I thought I left the good sushi too. But not since discovering Akai Hana. The atmosphere and service are top rate too!

2
★★★★★

Because I thought I left the good sushi too. But not since discovering Akai Hana. The atmosphere and service are top rate too!

Pros: great location

Cons: can't eat it daily

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Akai Hana was the first place I was introduced to with good sushi in the area. However, since then I have been found closer, more friendly establishments with equivalent sushi without the wait. I'll forgoe the crowd and hit Shiki near Southpoint versus trekking to eat the same fare.

2
★★★★☆

Akai Hana was the first place I was introduced to with good sushi in the area. However, since then I have been found closer, more friendly establishments with equivalent sushi without the wait. I'll forgoe the crowd and hit Shiki near Southpoint versus trekking to eat the same fare.

Pros: Ambiance, Sushi, Entertainment

Cons: Wait, Waitstaff

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If you enjoy waiting an hour or two for your food to be served, this is the place. If after waiting 45 minutes, you enjoy finding out that their out of a key ingredient in your selected meal choice, Akai Hana should be your choice. If uninspired fare is to your liking, you've found it. I do like the miso so I'll give them a little credit for that.

1
★★☆☆☆

If you enjoy waiting an hour or two for your food to be served, this is the place. If after waiting 45 minutes, you enjoy finding out that their out of a key ingredient in your selected meal choice, Akai Hana should be your choice. If uninspired fare is to your liking, you've found it. I do like the miso so I'll give them a little credit for that.

 

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