Kappaya Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 3384 SE Division St

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-233-3122

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We love this place. It is often overlooked but well worth it to stop by. Once we started coming here it is now the only sushi we will have in SE, and we live right across the street from ichidai.

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★★★★★

We love this place. It is often overlooked but well worth it to stop by. Once we started coming here it is now the only sushi we will have in SE, and we live right across the street from ichidai.

Pros: Terry!

Cons: Closed in the middle of the day

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this is a great japanese restaurant with several delicious dishes. The staff are curtious and helpful. The noodle dishes are great as well as the fish.

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★★★★☆

this is a great japanese restaurant with several delicious dishes. The staff are curtious and helpful. The noodle dishes are great as well as the fish.

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I spent years as a regular at Kappaya and found it to be a wonderful little jewel. The food is down to earth, delicious and I always left feeling wonderful and full of energy. The prices were alway reasonable. Go for lunch and you will see there is a real community that surrounds this place. Thank you to the staff for all their kindness! This place if full of good people and healthy food. I have moved now, but will visit you when ever I can. Best to you all.

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★★★★★

I spent years as a regular at Kappaya and found it to be a wonderful little jewel. The food is down to earth, delicious and I always left feeling wonderful and full of energy. The prices were alway reasonable. Go for lunch and you will see there is a real community that surrounds this place. Thank you to the staff for all their kindness! This place if full of good people and healthy food. I have moved now, but will visit you when ever I can. Best to you all.

Pros: Great down to earth cuisine

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There was a little lost in translation. I asked about the tempura appetizer, and told the waitress I wanted it with my sushi. We went back and forth 3 - 4 times about it, and finally I got my tempura well ahead of my sushi anyway. Oh well. As someone else mentioned, the oil may affect flavor a bit.
People say the portions of sushi were big, but I found them to be not so big. Takahashi serves sushi that takes most often two bites to eat one piece, where here one bite is more than sufficient. So I ended up spending more money than I would at Takahashi.
The owner and sushi master, Teri, was a nice man. Pleasant and helpful.
The sushi was top notch and very fresh.
We had to ask for tea as well as a refill, so service wasn't as great as it could be. The third refill, she did bring on her own.
The decor was very bland indeed. I felt like I was in a brightly light office.
Tamago wasn't too sweet, which was nice. I do not like eggs too sweet.
I liked the natto roll, although found it was made more into a paste than actual full beans, which I think I would have preferred for the texture.
I tried the umejisho roll, which had a very distinct and fresh shiso flavor to it. It was green, and not pickled. I recommend not dipping it into soy sauce or wasabi, but just eat it straight.
Of course, the ebi (shrimp), kuni (crab) rolls were very good too. The veggie rolls. Masurgo, Sake (salmon), oregon albacore rolls... all good.
My mother tried the udon noodles, which she said did not contain too much noodles in it. She liked the flavor, but thought it had a lot of broth compared to amount of noodles in it. The noodles were not homemade, but very flavorful. She got the tempura udon, and was disappointed it did not have any fish or shrimp.
All-in-all, we enjoyed it, but the value wasn't quite what you might find at Takahashi. Still, both are good places to eat.

2
★★★★☆

There was a little lost in translation. I asked about the tempura appetizer, and told the waitress I wanted it with my sushi. We went back and forth 3 - 4 times about it, and finally I got my tempura well ahead of my sushi anyway. Oh well. As someone else mentioned, the oil may affect flavor a bit.
People say the portions of sushi were big, but I found them to be not so big. Takahashi serves sushi that takes most often two bites to eat one piece, where here one bite is more than sufficient. So I ended up spending more money than I would at Takahashi.
The owner and sushi master, Teri, was a nice man. Pleasant and helpful.
The sushi was top notch and very fresh.
We had to ask for tea as well as a refill, so service wasn't as great as it could be. The third refill, she did bring on her own.
The decor was very bland indeed. I felt like I was in a brightly light office.
Tamago wasn't too sweet, which was nice. I do not like eggs too sweet.
I liked the natto roll, although found it was made more into a paste than actual full beans, which I think I would have preferred for the texture.
I tried the umejisho roll, which had a very distinct and fresh shiso flavor to it. It was green, and not pickled. I recommend not dipping it into soy sauce or wasabi, but just eat it straight.
Of course, the ebi (shrimp), kuni (crab) rolls were very good too. The veggie rolls. Masurgo, Sake (salmon), oregon albacore rolls... all good.
My mother tried the udon noodles, which she said did not contain too much noodles in it. She liked the flavor, but thought it had a lot of broth compared to amount of noodles in it. The noodles were not homemade, but very flavorful. She got the tempura udon, and was disappointed it did not have any fish or shrimp.
All-in-all, we enjoyed it, but the value wasn't quite what you might find at Takahashi. Still, both are good places to eat.

Pros: Fresh sushi! Sushi master Teri will help you, and is pleasant. lots of parking.

Cons: Small pieces of sushi can lead to expensive meal. Some communication with the waitress was lost in translation.

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Oh man, you want to know about a good sushi place? You gotta try Kappaya. The portions are generous, the sushi is delicious, and the chefs are friendly. The wait staff can be a bit standoffish, particularly if like me you don't know Japanese, but the chefs themselves are really nice (one of whom is the owner). The nigiri (the type of sushi that is a piece of fish on top of a bit of rice) is really superb, I particularly recommend the hamachi or oregon maguro. The unagi avocado maki (roll type sushi) is quite good and there is a good variety of spicy, savory, and crunchy rolls depending on your mood. I've also had a tasty dinner here even when I wasn't in the mood for sushi, including sweet and salty Kitsune Udon (yum).

I've heard this place favorably compared to places that cost 3 times as much, and my experience is much the same. The atmosphere is kind of a cross between a japanese convenience store and a Japanese person's home, but I come there for the food.

When I go to Kappaya with my girlfriend, she always orders her sushi with "no cucumber, please". They have always accommodated this with no issue, which is a big plus in their favor in my book. I have never gotten bony fish unlike some other places I could name. The sushi is just the best.

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★★★★★

Oh man, you want to know about a good sushi place? You gotta try Kappaya. The portions are generous, the sushi is delicious, and the chefs are friendly. The wait staff can be a bit standoffish, particularly if like me you don't know Japanese, but the chefs themselves are really nice (one of whom is the owner). The nigiri (the type of sushi that is a piece of fish on top of a bit of rice) is really superb, I particularly recommend the hamachi or oregon maguro. The unagi avocado maki (roll type sushi) is quite good and there is a good variety of spicy, savory, and crunchy rolls depending on your mood. I've also had a tasty dinner here even when I wasn't in the mood for sushi, including sweet and salty Kitsune Udon (yum).

I've heard this place favorably compared to places that cost 3 times as much, and my experience is much the same. The atmosphere is kind of a cross between a japanese convenience store and a Japanese person's home, but I come there for the food.

When I go to Kappaya with my girlfriend, she always orders her sushi with "no cucumber, please". They have always accommodated this with no issue, which is a big plus in their favor in my book. I have never gotten bony fish unlike some other places I could name. The sushi is just the best.

Pros: Excellent Quality Fish, Tasty Food, Special Orders Okay, Great Specials, Ample Parking, Great Value

Cons: Popular can sometimes mean Slow, You'll want to order appetizers on busy nights, It would help if you spoke Japanese (I don't)

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I ate here about 2 or 3 times, usually only because it was the closest thing and we couldn't think of anything else. It has always been bland, unremarkable food, served by unpleasant people.

The last time we went there, there were about 3 open tables. We stood there, waiting to be seated, for 15 minutes, trying to make eye contact and flag down a waitperson. None of them would respond, and would just hustle by. We decided to wait another 5 minutes and leave, which we did. We will never go back.

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★★☆☆☆

I ate here about 2 or 3 times, usually only because it was the closest thing and we couldn't think of anything else. It has always been bland, unremarkable food, served by unpleasant people.

The last time we went there, there were about 3 open tables. We stood there, waiting to be seated, for 15 minutes, trying to make eye contact and flag down a waitperson. None of them would respond, and would just hustle by. We decided to wait another 5 minutes and leave, which we did. We will never go back.

Pros: decent location

Cons: poor service, bland food

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I don't care for sushi, and that's the only reason I can give for not having tried this little gem before. It was a spur-of-the-moment choice, because I figured they had to have more than just sushi -- and was I ever glad that I did try dinner here! The house sake is tasty, the entrees are delicious (and beautifully presented, as well as generously-sized), the prices are very affordable and the potstickers are the best in the entire universe. I'm thrilled that I found such a delightfully informal place with such good service, charming ambiance, and delicious food!

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★★★★★

I don't care for sushi, and that's the only reason I can give for not having tried this little gem before. It was a spur-of-the-moment choice, because I figured they had to have more than just sushi -- and was I ever glad that I did try dinner here! The house sake is tasty, the entrees are delicious (and beautifully presented, as well as generously-sized), the prices are very affordable and the potstickers are the best in the entire universe. I'm thrilled that I found such a delightfully informal place with such good service, charming ambiance, and delicious food!

Pros: Delicious food at value prices

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this place is amazing! the relaxed atmosphere can be whatever you want it to be, romantic or relaxed or kid friendly. try the rainbow roll its pretty much amazing, the sushi is like butter!

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★★★★★

this place is amazing! the relaxed atmosphere can be whatever you want it to be, romantic or relaxed or kid friendly. try the rainbow roll its pretty much amazing, the sushi is like butter!

Pros: good service, good sake, good sushi, good sukiyaki

Cons: none

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We stopped in, wanting a hot bowl of something -- ramen, udon, whatever. They told us all of these options were made only with meat. (Yes, I know that japanese soup base almost always contains fish. I don't have a problem with the bit of it that's in a miso or ramen. They seemed to be saying it was something more, and we couldn't communicate well enough to figure it out.)

The one hot meal they could make vegetarian was Tempura, and this normally bland dish was even less satisfying than usual. The salads that came with dinner were of sad iceberg lettuce, which I have a hard time considering to be food.

We did get a veggie roll as appetizer, and it was quite good. They have several veggie options on their sushi menu, and I look forward to returning to try more of these. I only wish we'd been in the mood for sushi last night.

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★★★☆☆

We stopped in, wanting a hot bowl of something -- ramen, udon, whatever. They told us all of these options were made only with meat. (Yes, I know that japanese soup base almost always contains fish. I don't have a problem with the bit of it that's in a miso or ramen. They seemed to be saying it was something more, and we couldn't communicate well enough to figure it out.)

The one hot meal they could make vegetarian was Tempura, and this normally bland dish was even less satisfying than usual. The salads that came with dinner were of sad iceberg lettuce, which I have a hard time considering to be food.

We did get a veggie roll as appetizer, and it was quite good. They have several veggie options on their sushi menu, and I look forward to returning to try more of these. I only wish we'd been in the mood for sushi last night.

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The last poster was crayyzee. Kappaya always has fresh fish. I've eaten at both Masu's and they were foo-foo yuppie places with sushi made by white people! Come on. Sushi is good when that's what is the focus of a restaurant, not the decor or the servers. It's authentic and simple, not trendy and gimmicky. Kappaya is great, simple, honest, fresh and satisfying. I've NEVER had a bad meal here but I have in several other sushi places in Portland.

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★★★★★

The last poster was crayyzee. Kappaya always has fresh fish. I've eaten at both Masu's and they were foo-foo yuppie places with sushi made by white people! Come on. Sushi is good when that's what is the focus of a restaurant, not the decor or the servers. It's authentic and simple, not trendy and gimmicky. Kappaya is great, simple, honest, fresh and satisfying. I've NEVER had a bad meal here but I have in several other sushi places in Portland.

Pros: Always dependable.

Cons: Sometimes crowded at night.

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I'm a hardcore sushi snob. I came here because it's close to where we live and because my friend wanted to come here.. I hadn't been here in years because I was never fond of it in the past and had since moved on to discovering Sushi Mania, Masu East and Meiji En.. But in the name of relinquishing my hardcore sushi snob attitude and surrendering to my friend's direction, I went to Kappaya. Let me just say that it's probably ranking in my bottom three sushi places in Portland, including also Takahashi and Mio Sushi. The one thing that I enjoyed was the crunchy roll. The rest of it was mediocre ~ sushi quality that you might get out of a deli case. I was not moved into my normal hysterical state of moaning ecstasy with any of the rolls or nigiri. Plus, the atmosphere is dismal. They need some aesthetic design assistance. In general, the experience was Cheap. Cheap prices. Cheap fish. Cheap furniture. Not good quality.

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★★☆☆☆

I'm a hardcore sushi snob. I came here because it's close to where we live and because my friend wanted to come here.. I hadn't been here in years because I was never fond of it in the past and had since moved on to discovering Sushi Mania, Masu East and Meiji En.. But in the name of relinquishing my hardcore sushi snob attitude and surrendering to my friend's direction, I went to Kappaya. Let me just say that it's probably ranking in my bottom three sushi places in Portland, including also Takahashi and Mio Sushi. The one thing that I enjoyed was the crunchy roll. The rest of it was mediocre ~ sushi quality that you might get out of a deli case. I was not moved into my normal hysterical state of moaning ecstasy with any of the rolls or nigiri. Plus, the atmosphere is dismal. They need some aesthetic design assistance. In general, the experience was Cheap. Cheap prices. Cheap fish. Cheap furniture. Not good quality.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Not Yummy

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Next to Saburo's in Sellwood, Kappaya is my only choice for good sushi in Portland proper. You can keep Takahashi, Mio Sushi, Koji, Yuki and all the other trendy, gimmicky and cheap places. Kappaya's owner knows how to roll good sushi. I've been going there since 2000 and have never had a bad meal. The service is polite, tables are clean and besides the ocassional, ignorant idiot from Gresham, I've never had a bad dining experience here. If you don't feel like driving to Sellwood or waiting in line, give Kappaya your hard earned money -- you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★☆

Next to Saburo's in Sellwood, Kappaya is my only choice for good sushi in Portland proper. You can keep Takahashi, Mio Sushi, Koji, Yuki and all the other trendy, gimmicky and cheap places. Kappaya's owner knows how to roll good sushi. I've been going there since 2000 and have never had a bad meal. The service is polite, tables are clean and besides the ocassional, ignorant idiot from Gresham, I've never had a bad dining experience here. If you don't feel like driving to Sellwood or waiting in line, give Kappaya your hard earned money -- you won't be disappointed.

Pros: parking lot, sweet servers, damn good sushi

Cons: the average moron may stumble in on ocassion

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Consistent, decent sushi. I've never had a bad experience. It can get busy sometimes but generally the service is fast. The tempura is very light and not greasy like many places. The Mexican roll is great! Simple interior. Prices are reasonable. Open for lunch on weekdays only. One of the better deals for sushi in Portland.

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★★★★☆

Consistent, decent sushi. I've never had a bad experience. It can get busy sometimes but generally the service is fast. The tempura is very light and not greasy like many places. The Mexican roll is great! Simple interior. Prices are reasonable. Open for lunch on weekdays only. One of the better deals for sushi in Portland.

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If I had to write a review 2 months ago, I would have rate the food some what ok for its price. However, the whole experience changed when I dined there last month and found a piece of hair underneath our Wasabi Chiken order. We didn't see the hair on the plate until my friend picked up the last piece of Chiken and we both almost threw up in our mouth. Sadly, I won't be returning here again. The service was lame, waitress unfriendly and unless you want a hair in your food, I wouldn't go there.

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★★★☆☆

If I had to write a review 2 months ago, I would have rate the food some what ok for its price. However, the whole experience changed when I dined there last month and found a piece of hair underneath our Wasabi Chiken order. We didn't see the hair on the plate until my friend picked up the last piece of Chiken and we both almost threw up in our mouth. Sadly, I won't be returning here again. The service was lame, waitress unfriendly and unless you want a hair in your food, I wouldn't go there.

Pros: Japanese influenced ambiance

Cons: Hair in your food!!

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typical day, trying to get sushi, lunchtime, maybe 6 tables full, was told would have to wait for sushi for 30 minutes, I was alone, they are crazy, not going back, the miso soup was good and the seaweed sald good but the noodle soup I ended up ordering was horrible, mushy fried tofu, sweet, yuck, still sitting in the fridge

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★★☆☆☆

typical day, trying to get sushi, lunchtime, maybe 6 tables full, was told would have to wait for sushi for 30 minutes, I was alone, they are crazy, not going back, the miso soup was good and the seaweed sald good but the noodle soup I ended up ordering was horrible, mushy fried tofu, sweet, yuck, still sitting in the fridge

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To be frank, I was always a little put off by Kappaya-- there were never many cars in the parking lot-- but now I know why. Kappaya seems like a genuine neighborhood restaurant, and while eating there, I saw as many people walk in as drive up.

I walked there for lunch and ate a heaping bento box with even more treats than the menu promised (including yummy little shumai and japanese pickles the day I was there), a generous serving of salmon and the usual rice, miso and salad. It was a great value. I also tried a yellowtail roll. It wasn't like one of those rolls you get at some places where the fish inside is so chopped up that you wonder if you're just getting the end bits nobody else wanted. Instead, a fresh-looking, intact and beautiful slab of fish peered out of the middle of the roll. Yum.

You won't see my car in the parking lot, but that doesn't mean I won't be walking back to Kappaya again and again.

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★★★★☆

To be frank, I was always a little put off by Kappaya-- there were never many cars in the parking lot-- but now I know why. Kappaya seems like a genuine neighborhood restaurant, and while eating there, I saw as many people walk in as drive up.

I walked there for lunch and ate a heaping bento box with even more treats than the menu promised (including yummy little shumai and japanese pickles the day I was there), a generous serving of salmon and the usual rice, miso and salad. It was a great value. I also tried a yellowtail roll. It wasn't like one of those rolls you get at some places where the fish inside is so chopped up that you wonder if you're just getting the end bits nobody else wanted. Instead, a fresh-looking, intact and beautiful slab of fish peered out of the middle of the roll. Yum.

You won't see my car in the parking lot, but that doesn't mean I won't be walking back to Kappaya again and again.

Pros: Very good food at very good prices. Not hectic.

Cons: None to speak of.

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A great place to get great sushi at a great price! Everything was superb. The owner, Terry, was a delight to talk to at the sushi bar. With his 17 years of sushi experience combined with an outstanding restaurant chef, this is a great little place to get some serious japanese food. Get place for friends and family!

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★★★★★

A great place to get great sushi at a great price! Everything was superb. The owner, Terry, was a delight to talk to at the sushi bar. With his 17 years of sushi experience combined with an outstanding restaurant chef, this is a great little place to get some serious japanese food. Get place for friends and family!

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I went to Kappaya for dinner with my parents for the first time on the search for a good Japanese restaurant in SE. Kappaya looked to be just a small neighborhood restaurant, and we were surprised to find a great atmosphere, decent prices, fast service, and the best Japanese food I had had in a long time (probably since the last time I'd been to Japan!). The bento box was huge (I had the teriyaki and tempura bento), you certainly get your money's worth. The tempura, teriyaki chicken, and sushi were all delicious. I would DEFINATELY go there again. Kappaya is my new favorite Portland spot to get Japanese food.

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★★★★★

I went to Kappaya for dinner with my parents for the first time on the search for a good Japanese restaurant in SE. Kappaya looked to be just a small neighborhood restaurant, and we were surprised to find a great atmosphere, decent prices, fast service, and the best Japanese food I had had in a long time (probably since the last time I'd been to Japan!). The bento box was huge (I had the teriyaki and tempura bento), you certainly get your money's worth. The tempura, teriyaki chicken, and sushi were all delicious. I would DEFINATELY go there again. Kappaya is my new favorite Portland spot to get Japanese food.

Pros: Great tempura and teriyaki chicken, huge bento boxes, good service

Cons: none

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I've had better, I've had worse.
This spot is a great for a friendly, neighborhood kind of place; the prices are pretty good, the sashimi quality is decent too. The rolls were only about fair (I tried "Terry's Special Roll", CA Roll, Dragon roll, etc.); like many places, they use imitation crab. The miso was fair as well, a bit too salty for my taste with firm tofu instead of silken and with lots of seaweed. All in all, it's an average place with average food. Very friendly staff though!

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★★★☆☆

I've had better, I've had worse.
This spot is a great for a friendly, neighborhood kind of place; the prices are pretty good, the sashimi quality is decent too. The rolls were only about fair (I tried "Terry's Special Roll", CA Roll, Dragon roll, etc.); like many places, they use imitation crab. The miso was fair as well, a bit too salty for my taste with firm tofu instead of silken and with lots of seaweed. All in all, it's an average place with average food. Very friendly staff though!

Pros: Service, Prices, Easy to get a seat

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I am a local and frequently visit Kappaya. I have been visiting this location since it was the Ichidai sushi house. The staff is friendly and the sushi artists are knowledgable. One of the best places for curry I have found. No Mom, it's not too spicy. I recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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★★★★☆

I am a local and frequently visit Kappaya. I have been visiting this location since it was the Ichidai sushi house. The staff is friendly and the sushi artists are knowledgable. One of the best places for curry I have found. No Mom, it's not too spicy. I recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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We started with the miso soup and the tempura veggie appetizer. Both were outstanding. We ordered six different sushi rolls. The fish was very fresh all of the sushi was amazingly delicious. The waitresses were fast and very courteous. The restaurant was clean. If you want great sushi for a great price you'll like this place.

2
★★★★★

We started with the miso soup and the tempura veggie appetizer. Both were outstanding. We ordered six different sushi rolls. The fish was very fresh all of the sushi was amazingly delicious. The waitresses were fast and very courteous. The restaurant was clean. If you want great sushi for a great price you'll like this place.

Pros: Inexpensive, Clean, Delicious

Cons: None

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excellent sushi. the sashimi salmon was some of the best i've ever had. we sat down right away 8pm on saturday. prices were very reasonable too... definitely going here again

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★★★★★

excellent sushi. the sashimi salmon was some of the best i've ever had. we sat down right away 8pm on saturday. prices were very reasonable too... definitely going here again

Pros: parking, not crowded, high quality

Cons: none of note

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Kappaya is my favorite sushi in town. I've tried them all. Kappaya is consistently excellent and service is above average. The salmon nigiri is so fresh it practically melts in your mouth. The rolls are amazing and made with care. Teri is the best chef and he takes pride in his work. I recommend the Oregon roll and the Philly roll (not dry like other places).

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★★★★★

Kappaya is my favorite sushi in town. I've tried them all. Kappaya is consistently excellent and service is above average. The salmon nigiri is so fresh it practically melts in your mouth. The rolls are amazing and made with care. Teri is the best chef and he takes pride in his work. I recommend the Oregon roll and the Philly roll (not dry like other places).

Pros: fresh fish, prompt seating, friendly service

Cons: can be crowded, weird hours

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Hard to believe folks had a bad meal here. In our lengthy experience here, we have always been treated with utmost courtesy and the food is great. We are not employees of Kappaya, contrary to that silly post on this list. Fact. Kappaya is firmly established as one of the more consistant establishments in town. We eat sushi frequently and try to eat at them all, but always gravitate back to Kappaya or Murata. Granted, Kappaya has little atmosphere, but that doesn't detract from the ALWAYS fantastic hamachi and salmon. I find the absence of "gimmick" rolls to be refreshing. Terry sticks to the basics and does a fine job without the frills. Prices are very reasonable. We've never had a bad meal, unlike our experience at many of the higher rated places on this list. If you seek fresh, friendly, unpretentious fare, try Kappaya.

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★★★★★

Hard to believe folks had a bad meal here. In our lengthy experience here, we have always been treated with utmost courtesy and the food is great. We are not employees of Kappaya, contrary to that silly post on this list. Fact. Kappaya is firmly established as one of the more consistant establishments in town. We eat sushi frequently and try to eat at them all, but always gravitate back to Kappaya or Murata. Granted, Kappaya has little atmosphere, but that doesn't detract from the ALWAYS fantastic hamachi and salmon. I find the absence of "gimmick" rolls to be refreshing. Terry sticks to the basics and does a fine job without the frills. Prices are very reasonable. We've never had a bad meal, unlike our experience at many of the higher rated places on this list. If you seek fresh, friendly, unpretentious fare, try Kappaya.

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We love Kappaya...it's definitely one of the best places for sushi in Portland. Owner and chef Terry is personable, makes great food, and makes this a dining pleasure. Chefs Mario and Jason are also fantastic. This is consistently good sushi and these are great people to know!

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★★★★★

We love Kappaya...it's definitely one of the best places for sushi in Portland. Owner and chef Terry is personable, makes great food, and makes this a dining pleasure. Chefs Mario and Jason are also fantastic. This is consistently good sushi and these are great people to know!

Pros: Great chefs, Friendly, Interesting rolls

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Moving to Portland was a big ordeal. Finding good sushi was even bigger. My wife and I have been to probably every sushi bar in a 20 mile radius.
Kappaya is our favorite. The best fish is right there. Period.
If you're looking for a quiet, romantic place, this might not be it -- but if you're serious about great cuts of sushi (and wonderfully nice chefs/help) then check out Kappaya.

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★★★★★

Moving to Portland was a big ordeal. Finding good sushi was even bigger. My wife and I have been to probably every sushi bar in a 20 mile radius.
Kappaya is our favorite. The best fish is right there. Period.
If you're looking for a quiet, romantic place, this might not be it -- but if you're serious about great cuts of sushi (and wonderfully nice chefs/help) then check out Kappaya.

Pros: BEST sushi in PDX, nicest service

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Kappaya is a great little neighborhood restaurant, if you know what to order. I've been to Japan and the sushi is not good at Kappaya, it's uninpired and the sushi-su is not seasoned correctly. The presentation is appalling. However, if you're in the mood for broiled salmon or udon, you won't find a better value anywhere in town. The salmon is consistently good. Donburi and soba are also good bets, but stay away from the tempura, which seems to be cooked in some inferior oil or shortening which gives it a cloying crisco-ee taste. The service is fine, and if desserts are available (which they often aren't) they're worth a try.

2
★★★★☆

Kappaya is a great little neighborhood restaurant, if you know what to order. I've been to Japan and the sushi is not good at Kappaya, it's uninpired and the sushi-su is not seasoned correctly. The presentation is appalling. However, if you're in the mood for broiled salmon or udon, you won't find a better value anywhere in town. The salmon is consistently good. Donburi and soba are also good bets, but stay away from the tempura, which seems to be cooked in some inferior oil or shortening which gives it a cloying crisco-ee taste. The service is fine, and if desserts are available (which they often aren't) they're worth a try.

Pros: good salmon, good udon, good donburi

Cons: bad sushi, bad tempura

 

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