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#125 of 407 Restaurants in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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64 Shields Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4041 6084
17:30 - 23:30
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Tue - Sun 17:30 - 23:30
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Cairns, Australia
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is busy for a reason. Quality Japanese food and reasonably priced. Great service and love ordering via iPad. Can't go past their pork belly, it's amazing! Everything we've tried so far on the menu has been excellent. Recommended!

Thank Nickkkkkk
Cairns, Australia
Level Contributor
175 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

You order your food through iPads on the tables and sent your food through to the kitchen. The food is excellent and reasonable. Also has karaoke rooms if you're up for some fun.

Thank Topbabe
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Teriyaki chicken assorted sashimi excellent highly recommended to finish off Tempura ice cream yum yum

Thank Mike M
Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The food is very authentic clean Japanese dishes all fantastically priced. Table on each table makes ordering a breeze with lots of booths for a private feel. Well worth a go for a traditional taste of Japan.

Thank JackSmithM2016
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The food is reasonably price but the quality is excellent! Really beautiful food and comes out quickly. You sit in funky booths to eat, that make it enjoyable and relaxing and are quite spacious. If you want you can hire one of their little rooms out the back for $5 per person for an hour and do Karaoke. We had... More 

Thank hills705
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

The service is fantastic, and fast. We had never used a tablet ordering system, what a fabulous way to run a restaurant. The food is magnificent and fresh. Our only complaint is that it is too far away from home!

Thank KimmieWatt
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

On holiday and visiting relatives in Cairns, when we were taken to Kanpai for dinner. Great place with a novel touch screen ordering system; luckily my relatives were regulars so new what best to order, as my knowledge of Japanese cuisine is minimal. We shared a selection of dishes all of which were beautifully presented. It is difficult to find... More 

1 Thank Hayden F
Cairns, Australia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is the place to get the best Japanese food in Cairns. But it is always worth asking how busy they are. As when they get very busy they take forever to be survived. If it is not a busy night then it is the best restaurant in town, if it is very busy then you are better off finding... More 

1 Thank catherinekerr24
Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

If you are looking for sashimi in Cairns - this is the place to go. With fast ordering via tablet you will get your order very fast. Comparing with other Japanese restaurants in Cairns, Kanpai has the freshest sashimi, the most friendly service and some interesting items in their menu.

1 Thank temische
Cairns, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Visited restaurant last year, service was poor, staff barely spoke English and wasn't comfortable with the ordering system. Came back this year with friend, to renew my experience as food as always been great at Kanpai, What a surprise to be welcomed by really nice manager, that help us through ordering, always smiling, prompt but not invasive, excellent customer service... More 

1 Thank PeterSt0ke

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
17:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 64 Shields Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cairns Region  >  Cairns
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4041 6084

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