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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classic Japanese food in Edinburgh's culture zone

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Just around the corner from the Usher Hall and the Traverse Theatre, Kanpai is a diminutive but elegant sushi place with an open kitchen counter where you can watch its well-drilled artistry take place. Attention to fine detail, and exemplary freshness are the hallmarks of wakame salad with soy and seaweed dressing, seared tuna in home-made miso, delicately battered squid tempura, melt-in-the-mouth nigiri scallops, white snow crab with onions in ponzu, and the moreish Kanpai special roll. This is an artfully presented king prawn wrapped in sticky rice, with sweet bean curd and avocado. Make sure to check out the list of sake and shochu spirits.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New Year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Max Wang

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Japanese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 3
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Starter from: £2.50
  • Main course from £9.90
  • Dessert from: £4.90
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Joined to Lothian Road behind Usher Hall.

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Waverley, Haymarket
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