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Akashi

4.5

2223 NC-54
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 572-9444
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Photo of Matthew Cowles Matthew Cowles
Jun 25, 2019 5

The restaurant is easy to find, with reasonable prices, and very good tasting food. I'm not "huge" on sushi, but I very much enjoy the options. I usually go for a bento box or some soba noodles, instead of sushi. There are several cooked sushi options, and some even with cooked chicken, if that helps. Sometimes the wait for food is long, when they are overly busy, but there is always plenty of room to sit and the food USUALLY comes out quickly.

Photo of R Wilkinson R Wilkinson
Jul 3, 2019 4

The service is always very prompt and courteous. I had the chicken kabobs and house salad with ginger dressing, it was very good!

Photo of Nixon Cheaz Nixon Cheaz
Oct 13, 2019 4

Decent variety of sushi, and a buy 2 and get 50% off makes this a fine choice for sushi at lunch time.

Photo of Bklady K Bklady K
Oct 18, 2019 5

We got our meal to go, this is chicken katzu, california roll, veggie tempura ,very clean restaurant and staff was great

Photo of Masood Sayed Masood Sayed
Oct 4, 2019 5

Really good sushi. Had to wait to get our food, but to be expected at 12:30.

Photo of toya b toya b
Sep 27, 2019 5

Amazing ramen, great food had a wonderful experience here. Glade to get some great service.

Photo of Veronica Vivas Veronica Vivas
Aug 30, 2019 5

Today they took me to eat at this restaurant and it is a cozy place and has a very good sushi, fresh and a very well prepared rice, the very good attention is a place that I would return and I recommend

Photo of Jenna Cardellicchio Jenna Cardellicchio
Nov 12, 2019 5

I went here for the first time last week and was pleased with my experience. They offer BOGO half off sushi when you order 2 rolls or more. I don't get crazy with flavors/combinations, so I ordered the Carolina Sunrise and the Nemo, and I really enjoyed both. They were fresh and were delivered quickly (to be fair we got there right at 5 when they opened, so it wasn't busy yet). The service was good as well. I'll definitely make another trip back here!

Photo of Whitney Murphy Whitney Murphy
Oct 25, 2019 5

Incredible food. And great service :-) will definitely be back!

Photo of John Koehler John Koehler
Nov 16, 2019 5

High quality authentic Japanese. It's a great place for a sushi or ramen lunch.

Photo of Sal Syed Sal Syed
Nov 20, 2019 3

OK sushi spot. It's popularity is likely due to its proximity to the RTP businesses. Sushi was good, but I would suggest trying Shiki Sushi by Southpoint mall or M Sushi in downtown Durham.

Photo of Philip Oja Philip Oja
Nov 23, 2019 5

Very large selection of Japanese food and everything we tried was great! I especially love their 50% off sushi deal. Definitely going to be coming back many more times.

Photo of Katharine Sublett Katharine Sublett
Dec 1, 2019 5

Awesome place. Their sushi are amazing 👌 It could be a little busy at lunch, so budget some extra time to get in and out.

Photo of Rocio A. Lopez Rocio A. Lopez
Dec 12, 2019 4

Sushinwas good but the best dish they had was the Spicy Beef Ramen special. Perfect for a cold night!

Photo of Brandon Alexander Brandon Alexander
Dec 30, 2019 5

A long-time favorite of mine. A comfortable, unassuming dining area with good service and tasty sushi. Enjoy!

Photo of Mark Muleta Mark Muleta
Jan 2, 2020 5

This little shop is a must for authentic Japanese food. Staff was very nice and food came out in 10 min at most. We ordered the spicy beef ramen, two bento boxes, and a pork katsu. Everything was of utmost quality and extremely tasty! Delicious! Will be coming back!

Photo of Lucas Geer Lucas Geer
Jan 29, 2020 5

Amazing discovery while out of town on a business trip. Amazing service and super delicious food. Ingredients were fresh and flavourful. The staff was hospitable and very helpful. I highly recommend and hope to come back to again.

Photo of Chelsy L Chelsy L
Jan 18, 2020 5

Wonderful sushi and hibachi. Great lunch spot with friendly service. Highly recommend

Photo of Kris Long Kris Long
Feb 4, 2020 4

Went here for the first time yesterday. Rolls were tasty and they have real wasabi available, which I consider important for any really good sushi place. Wouldn't mind some more exotic combos on the specialty rolls, but they were made well. I thought the hibachi was some of the best I remember having. Great, tender steak (so many hibachi places tend to overcook steak, but I asked for medium rare and it was just about perfect - enough grill time to get some flavor but still tender and juicy). Sake list is not huge but has some reasonablr selections and prices. I will probably focus on hibachi when I come back but the sushi is a good value and better than many places.

Photo of Kenneth Massey Kenneth Massey
Mar 11, 2020 4

I ordered the lunch sushi regular. The roll was a little on the small side. The food was delicious and fresh.

Photo of Samantha Wilkison Samantha Wilkison
Apr 27, 2020 5

We love Akashi. We have been ordering from here for over 2 years. Every time I go in, everyone is so friendly and our orders are always spot on. They are quick, nice, and the food is always so good! :)

Photo of Krista Butler Krista Butler
May 25, 2019 4

I had Edemame, Miso Raman, and a cold sake. It was good. If you don't like runny eggs, this would be the place to start your raman experience. Perfectly hard boiled with a light yellow, but still firm yolks. It may have been a light miso base or chicken broth, but still very tasty. Wonderful staff and beautiful place.

Photo of Stephen Cairnes Stephen Cairnes
May 21, 2020 5

Awesome food. Highly recommend. Staff is great and EVERYTHING I've had has been delicious...from Ramen to the Bento box to teriyaki hibachi.

Photo of Illia Wen Illia Wen
Jun 13, 2020 3

Went here during phase 2 of NC quarantine. I’m a big sashimi fan and the sashimi here was excellent. Look at how well cut it is! And it was great proportions of fat to lean. My gripes however were overwhelming. I had to put the entire wasabi blob into my soy sauce in order to taste any wasabi. Only a little wasabi should be enough to taste it. Then the katsu. It was a huge plate but the katsu was so dry. I’d never had katsu so dry and tough like that before. Plus the fried rice was your typical Panda Express fried rice. Not great. 3 stars because it was decent for most taste buds and I’m just a diva.

Photo of Laurie Bengson Laurie Bengson
Jul 1, 2020 5

We have been regular diners here for several years. The owners/staff treat us like family and we always feel like cherished guests! Since March 2020 (with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic), this is the ONLY restaurant from which we order take-out. Their quality and health standards mean the world to us, and their food (whether hibachi, katsu, or sushi) always makes us swoon with delight when we unwrap it at home. Generous portions, best miso soup in town, and always delectably fresh!

Photo of Meagan Celii Meagan Celii
Jul 24, 2020 5

I got takeout tonight and it's all delicious. The sushi and the noodles are both so good, and the staff was so friendly. They've taken all of the proper COVID precautions and were extremely clean. Everything is reasonably priced, and sushi rolls are half off if you get two or more. I'll definitely be back for more!

Photo of Matt Schedler Matt Schedler
Aug 13, 2020 5

Super helpful staff & great food! Called in a large take away order for a b-day celebration. Everything was ready to go at the time requested and everyone raved about how fresh and tasty everything was. Thanks! Can't wait to go back.

Photo of Gabriel Sanchez Gabriel Sanchez
Sep 6, 2020 5

Great variety of sushi rolls, and they have kept the 2x1 deal. Also a great deal? The bento boxes, salmon and shrimp are my favorites. The cooks and waitresses are always friendly, you can see they are smiling even if they have to wear masks now... 😃

Photo of BLIX/ M8N/ NCBM BLIX/ M8N/ NCBM
Sep 3, 2020 5

By far our favorite sushi place around. We have been to most of them, kind of a hidden gem. Not the most expensive, but the best. We usually buy around 8 rolls. Ask for the chef special rolls, they make what ever they feel like, usually blows our minds. The akashi roll is our favorite we order two rolls of that one) lotus blossom, sweet Romeo, mermaid are some of the others we order on a regular bases. They treat you like family as well.

Photo of Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman
Aug 22, 2020 5

Big sushi menu with great tasting fish. We order pickup all the time and it has been really good, always

Photo of Lyle Rosen Lyle Rosen
Nov 13, 2020 5

The only sushi restaurant in the Durham area that does the half off deal on takeout, which is essential during Covid. And the food is good.

Photo of John Cleary John Cleary
Feb 4, 2021 4

Son and I tried ramen here. It being our first foray into this culinary treat I have nothing to compare it too. We both enjoyed it though. The cashier was super helpful and talked us through what to expect and the best way to proceed once we got it all home and unpacked it. I certainly would try it again.

Photo of Eileen Gilbert Eileen Gilbert
Mar 24, 2021 5

They're good and the food is made as ordered and everyone has always had masks on fully unlike a lot of restaurants where some don't.

Photo of Illia Wen Illia Wen
Jun 13, 2020 3

Went here during phase 2 of NC quarantine. I’m a big sashimi fan and the sashimi here was excellent. Look at how well cut it is! And it was great proportions of fat to lean. My gripes however were overwhelming. I had to put the entire wasabi blob into my soy sauce in order to taste any wasabi. Only a little wasabi should be enough to taste it. Then the katsu. It was a huge plate but the katsu was so dry. I’d never had katsu so dry and tough like that before. Plus the fried rice was your typical Panda Express fried rice. Not great. 3 stars because it was decent for most taste buds and I’m just a diva.

Photo of Jackie K Jackie K
Apr 17, 2021 5

This has been one of only two places I've trusted for takeout during the last year. They are taking the precautions very seriously while still providing excellent service and superior sushi.

Photo of Julie Konishi Julie Konishi
Aug 3, 2021 5

I love their sashimi - their fish is always fresh! This restaurant is a family favorite. Where else can 8 picky, opinionated (food-wise) adults enjoy delicious, fresh, reasonably-priced selections served by really lovely people? Akashi's menu is so varied that there is something tasty for everyone.

Photo of Annie Franceschi Annie Franceschi
Aug 13, 2021 5

We are obsessed with Akashi! We looked for a sushi spot for years and Akashi is it. Absolutely delicious, a crowd pleaser when folks visit, and a weekly must have for our family!!! A Durham must have!

Photo of victoria mitchell victoria mitchell
Sep 9, 2021 5

Everything was delicious and so fresh! My partner and I got the gyoza, two sushi rolls, and we both had some hibachi. The shrimp & scallops in my dish were very tender and flavorful. They also cook their hibachi steak to temp and my partners MR steak was absolutely perfect. Very quaint and quiet dining atmosphere too. We will definitely be back.

Photo of Shantel Richardson Shantel Richardson
Sep 15, 2021 5

Cost effective sushi. Wonderful fried rice without onions if you're allergic. Best Age Dashi Tofu I have located in the triangle! The staff have grown to know my partner and I from our frequent visits. Even on the first trip, they adapted to our requests and maintained excellent customer service. One warning that they are popular place to eat, so it can take time to get your order. I suggest submitting the order by phone before leaving especially around major meal times.

Photo of Katze Winzige Katze Winzige
Sep 22, 2021 5

This is definitely the best sushi in Durham and RTP. The building is low-key and tucked away but the fish is so fresh and perfectly cut. Generous portions and very fairly priced. The staff aren't going to be your best friend but you're cracked out if you think the sushi isn't amazing.

Photo of Ann Vogler Ann Vogler
Jun 8, 2019 4

Great sushi and hibachi. Not out of this world, but definitely good enough to come back when we are craving Japanese. Reasonably priced for what you get. I appreciated the half off sushi when you buy 2+ rolls. The rolls are slightly slimmer than some places (which I read another reviewer complain about), but I personally liked the slimmer rolls: I could enjoy more rolls and not be super full or stuck with a large amount left of rolls I didn’t love and feel wasteful. I loved the San Francisco roll.

Photo of Cherise McManus Cherise McManus
May 11, 2019 5

Food was very great. I would definitely recommend their bento box. They give you a good amount of food for the $16 dollars and separate everything in a nice box. And they are not rude about the amount of seafood they give you

Photo of M Ferguson M Ferguson
May 11, 2019 4

Our favorite go-to sushi place. The food is fantastic and the staff is even better. We always leave with a smile on our face and a happy belly.

Photo of Lee Nelson Lee Nelson
May 18, 2019 4

I give 4 Stars because the Sweet Shrimp and Toro were amazing. However, I also got 3 specially rolls which I felt were a little on the smaller size and there could have been a little more fish in them.