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217 Rideau St
Ottawa, ON  K1N 5X8

(613) 860-6788

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3 star rating
A favorite spot among college students
February 25, 2014

When I first moved here for school, one of the first restaurant I visited was Ken's Japanese Restaurant.
The overall decor and ambience is quite poor. However, the food and sushis are amazing. In my opinion much better than hokkaido.
Yes, the service is fast but with the amount you'll order you want the plates to go away to have... more

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Mobile review
October 31, 2013

Sushi is good, good variety, good value for the price. Where it falls apart is the service. It seems like they're really understaffed and so there are constantly problems with the order or mistakes in the order or the service for things like refills. Tables don't get turned around quickly. The food makes up for a lot but it's not a place I'll be keeping in the regular rotation.

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3 star rating
June 28, 2013

I am quite skeptical about eating Asian food in the Western countries and especially I was forewarned that food is less memorable in Ottawa. I am somewhat disappointed but acknowledged the claim.

C invited me to join her for lunch with her friend J at Ken's Japanese restaurant. And I went yesterday. We arrived at the restaurant at 1.40pm, it was about 7-8mins walk from Rideau Center. The... more

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Mobile review
June 18, 2013

Definitely not the greatest sushi I've ever had but I'd go there again

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Mobile review
June 06, 2013

I don't like it because I ordered mango salad and found NO MANGO!!!!??? In that dish

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3 star rating
May 25, 2013

3.5 to 4

Every so many Sundays, I get that erratic longing for sushi to go.
This was such a Sunday, my first in Ottawa.

I quickly scoured the Japanese section of just-eat.ca since I had too much work to leave my desk. Settled on Ken's.

But setting is really the wrong word here- It was delivery sushi the way it's to be. See pics.

Had the green and red dragon rolls. And the shrimp... more

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3 star rating
May 24, 2013

Ken's Japanese restaurant offers a quaint, enjoyable space, albeit the fact that it's a little dark for my liking. From the street it really doesn't look like anything special. Being on Rideau Street it has little face value, however it's the food that keeps me coming back.

Regarding the location it's a prime choice for any students from the adjacent university. On many of my visits I've found... more

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3 star rating
April 15, 2013

I came here for sushi on a trip to Ottawa, because it was the closest sushi joint to the place I was staying. I wasn't expecting amazing sushi, as I'm not sure Ottawa is known for it...... but anyways, it wasn't the best. Even though I am only giving it two stars, if I lived in Ottawa I would probably eat there again. Because one, it's all you can eat, and two, sometimes you just need a sushi... more

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3 star rating
March 25, 2013

On the plus side: I was there with a friend for a workday lunch and our orders came quickly. The hot food was served hot.

On the minus side: I was not impressed with the sushi & rolls. Very heavy on the mayo (why does sushi need mayo anyway?). The rice was too sweet for my taste. The white tuna was quite good but I can't say the same for the salmon.

I recognize that as a former Vancouver girl... more

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3 star rating
February 18, 2013

My favorite All you can eat sushi spot in Ottawa and I will tell you why:

- It is in dwntwn.
- they got a roll named uottawa roll and it tastes better than the carleton u roll :)
Thus I have to say it is the best one... ( with banana inside its so yummy, you cannot find it somewhere else)
- at the cash you can pick Weber's candies. I usually take 4 when the cashier is busy typing on the... more

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3 star rating
January 08, 2013

I have to admit, before I ate here, I was a little skeptic about sushi in Ottawa. We're awfully far from the ocean, and I don't know it just seemed wrong. But the only thing that was wrong was me. It was great!

We went for all you can eat sushi, which on a weeknight is about $25 with soda and tax and like most All You Can Eat, I exceeded all I could eat.

We started with sashimi, salmon and... more

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3 star rating
January 04, 2013

Came to eat here twice. Both times received horrible service. Apparently all-you-can-eat does not quite mean that, as we stopped receiving service after ordering for the second time. We weren't pigging out and they weren't bringing us our full orders anyway.

The food was pretty good, but the service completely destroys this experience.

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3 star rating
December 16, 2012

This place was awful when we went. The fish smelled and tasted like it had gone over days ago. The service was horrendous. I asked to have no avocado in my rolls as I am allergic. It took me 15 minutes to explain and they had to remake my rolls two times because they could not get it right.
The tempura was soggy and some of the rolls my boyfriend got, the avocado had turned brown!
I read some... more

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December 12, 2012

I had planned to visit Ken’s on a previous trip to Ottawa but events conspired against that happening and it was not... more

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It's just ok.
December 09, 2012

Not the best sushi I ate, but it's not bad either. The quantities are very small if you order a warm dish. The service was good.

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3 star rating
November 09, 2012

We came here for all-you-can-eat for dinner (about $22 a person). The place was clean enough and service was relatively quick. There seemed to be a lot of similar items on the menu - nothing seemed all that fun or creative. That said, if you like tempura, there are a lot of interesting items. I don't so much, so this place didn't really do it for me. Also I'm pretty sure there was no fish roe... more

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3 star rating
November 05, 2012

We tried this place just because we were walking by one day for the all-you-can-eat sushi lunch. The sushi itself is good, considering it's all you can eat, but it came out slowly (which made our lunch rather rushed by the end) and the service is really not great. We both sat there with empty water glasses for nearly our whole meal despite requests for more water, and when it finally did come... more

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3 star rating
October 06, 2012

Went for lunch with a friend on a recommendation. Loved it! Great deal for all-you-can-eat, for sure. No complaints, other than decor is dated, but that's no big deal to me. Everything we ordered was fresh and tasted great. Can't wait to go back..!!

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Mobile review
September 13, 2012

Lunch buffet is fast, fresh and very yummy! I recommend the Green Dragon.

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Will never go back
September 08, 2012

On top of the extremely slow service, the quality of the sushi was also poor. Sashimi was slimy (not a good sign!) and what really made up our minds about never returning: the lady behind the counter cutting her nails.

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3 star rating
September 05, 2012

I prefer this place above the other all you can eat sushi restaurants in Ottawa. The items that I like, tastes better here than the other places. One thing that this place falls behind on is the atmosphere.

Most of the waitresses don't speak english well, but I'm not here to have elaborate conversations with them. You write the orders down and they work fast to get your food, which is just... more

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Don't even think to try it...
July 23, 2012

Really terrible food and service! The quantity of sashimi is pleasant but not that tasty and fresh actually. Some appetizer are so so but the sushi and rolls are just awful. The worst sushi I've ever had! Even the rice for sushi is not correctly prepared and taste awful.

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3 star rating
June 17, 2012

Came in here for lunch today and was happy to see an all you can eat lunch menu for fourteen dollars. I paid more because of taxes and I had a soft drink. It was still a good deal though and the food was delicious. It's ironic that my waitress couldn't say "buffet" properly!

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3 star rating
April 29, 2012

I have eaten here twice and have been disappointed both times. Service is terrible, staff sent us items we did not order and could not eat (due to allergies), and did not seem to care about their mistakes.

We returned the second time thinking we had hit them on on off night and wanted to give them another chance - no such luck. Stay away! There are many better options.

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3 star rating
April 25, 2012

Ken's Japanese Restaurant seemed like it had so much potential when it opened. It's an all you can eat place, located in the heart of downtown that's open somewhat late. Unfortunately it failed to deliver. I tried to keep my expectations low. I know that you generally get what you pay for when ordering all you can eat. The ingredients and presentation are often mediocre. Kens was no exception.
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Mobile review
April 14, 2012

Worst sushi and service I have ever had. In the middle of our meal we sat for over 30 minutes without them bringing out anything, and then when they finally did it was only one of the multiple things we ordered. But I guess I should have been pleased that they even managed to bring that item out, since the majority of the things we asked for never arrived...worst service I have ever seen and... more

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Terrible...just terrible
April 14, 2012

Upon arriving to Ken's Japanese Restaurant, I had a hopeful heart. The decor was classy and suitable, and the hostess was friendly. HOWEVER, shortly after speaking to our waitress, I realized exactly what was going to transpire during the meal. We waited for over 40 minutes to get our first order. Now, I'm not an impatient person, but its frustrating when even after a 40 minute wait, they... more

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Mobile review
February 25, 2012

Was very surprised! The soups were great and the sushi interesting and enjoyable. Didnt get to try enough! Can't wait to get back.

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Very Tasty
January 03, 2012

Great all you can eat sushi and downtown location is nice and close. Their Tempura is amazing! The sushi is very tasty and the service is always friendly when I go.

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the BEST AYCE sushi in town
December 06, 2011

i love ken's restuarent. I usually don't eat lots of makis...but their appetizers are AMAZING!

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Reasonably Priced
November 10, 2011

All you can eat sushi was good but not great. Service was fine. Could hear thumping bass from Maverick's next door.

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Went 2 days in a row!
July 07, 2011

While visiting I found myself at Ken's twice in a row due to their excellent Bento Box dinner. Excellent quality and selection and I would go again next time in Ottawa

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Mobile review
June 08, 2011

It was nice, but the service wasn't that great. Asked for tea and water, they only brought water. Asked for tea and a water refill, only brought tea. Food was good for the price. Lunch buffet is $13.99. Fast food preparation. Sketchy neighborhood. Nice interior. Quick for sushi. Good student priced sushi.

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October 22, 2013

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