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Kushiya Benkay

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653 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3301
+1 207-619-7505
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Wed 11:30 - 21:30
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Portland, Maine
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547 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I've been wanting to eat here for some time, but between having to choose from 20 other good Asian restaurants and just not getting "called in" by its uninviting storefront.... I hadn't gotten here, until recently. Friends who are especially inclined toward Asian cuisine and I chose this restaurant, finally. It is easy to walk to from our front doors.... More 

Thank James F
Portland, Maine
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We went on a First Friday Art Walk evening in Portland Maine. First we went to the children's museum and then looked for a place to eat. We came to this restaurant with our two year old and were pleasantly surprised. Husband had a sushi plate with 12 pieces and I had veggie Yakisoba noodles. Both items were excellent and... More 

Thank CherylBelize
Sedona, Arizona
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

My family was trying to find a different sushi place after a trip to the children's museum. We stumbled in here instead are were very, very pleasantly surprised! Highlights included the Seafood Soup appetizer, a dish many sushi restaurants serve, and which I almost always order, and which frequently disappoints. Here it was boldly flavored and had tender delicious chunks... More 

Thank sjb0926
Portland, Maine
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Small but modern space with very solid sushi. Good selection of maki rolls and nigiri. Also great late-nite weekend hours.

Thank JodyPWM
Waterville, Maine, United States
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

I'm in a fight with all the trendy noodle and dumpling cafes in Portland., you know the ones, reviewed in the national food magazines. They are sometimes crowded and pricey and on a Sunday they are often jam-packed, with long waits. The past month I've met my daughter in Portland for lunch and have discovered "hiding in plain sight" a... More 

Thank Kate C
Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015

After a bit of a dinner fiasco, getting to a 10:30pm show, and heading out for drinks, it was 12:30am and we decided that we were starving. This place was open until 2am (serving alcohol until 1am) and they have a great menu. We love japanese and sushi so this hit the spot after a long day. I was worried... More 

Thank KrisCVt
New Haven, Connecticut
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345 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2014 via mobile

Good selection especially skewers .. Great mix of sushi, bento box rolls and skewers.. I'd pitons not go back and just order a lot of skewers, rolls and yakitori... The chicken hearts and beef tongue were really tender and good beer selection too

Thank JJFlash7
Newton, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Very good sushi, very nice waitress - what else could you want? Not the best sushi I've ever had in my life, but still very good - perfect spot for dinner on a vacation. Everyone was happy - couldn't ask for anything else.

Thank Susangk
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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Came during happy hour and got a 40oz mai tai for $10 dollars to split. Had a variety of skewers (chicken, beef, duck, shrimp) the chicken & shrimp was very nice. Also ordered the california roll, an eel & avocado roll and naru (sp?) which was a sweet tofu roll. All delicious. Love the atmosphere, wood floors, brick walls and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We had a selection of sushi and rolls for lunch. The food was ok but nothing to rave about. Service was friendly but not very responsive. The restaurant itself is in dire need of refurbishment and at 90 USD for two without drinks for what is basically a diner we thought it was a rather expensive lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 653 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3301
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-619-7505
Traditional Japanese Pub serving yakitori (grilled food on skewers), kushikatsu (fried food on skewers), and sushi rolls.

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