Kanpai Sushi

“Traditional Japanese cuisine and service” - AA Inspector



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Near Waverley station, wood-filled Kanpai is one of the city’s longest standing Japanese restaurants. It calls its cooking ‘a simple art’, but judge for yourself at the intimate sushi bar by observing it being made. Firm favourites remain on the restaurant menu, although new dishes appear from time to time. Kanpai, the Japanese way of toasting, means ‘bottoms up’.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

1 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Kanpai Sushi
8–10 Grindlay Street,EDINBURGH,City of Edinburgh,EH3 9AS


  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: false
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 3
  • Wines by the glass: 11
  • Cuisine style: Japanese
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.

It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.

A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days. 


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