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Mission St. & 6th Av., Carmel, CA 93923-9348
+1 831-620-1516
Today
17:30 - 20:45
11:30 - 13:15
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Tue - Sun 17:30 - 20:45
Thu - Sun 11:30 - 13:15
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Carmel, California
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Warning! Once you go to Akaoni, you'll be spoiled for other sushi places. This is a tiny establishment with old-school sushi. Few rolls, no "sushi for beginners", just excellent sushi the way it is is Japan. The owner/chef is one of the few to be licensed by the Japanese government to serve blowfish, although he doesn't here, but that gives... More 

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Thank JonSCalifornia
Salinas, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It wasn't cheap and there was NOTHING special about the food. We tried non sushi menu items. The soft shell crab, tempura shrimp , and monk fish pate were very good. If you sit at the sushi bar you cannot order from the regular menu. If you want to order from the menu.... you need a table reservation. I thought... More 

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Thank worknaked
Monterey, California
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is definitely worth a visit. There is only one other place in the area that I think can truly compete fish wise. Don't expect to just walk in the door though, they're always super booked up. The experience is always a delight and tasty.

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Thank Jennadah
Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sushi was not bad, but paled in comparison to what one can find down the coast in Los Angeles or up the coast in San Francisco. I tried the hirame (halibut), kanpachi (premium yellowtail) and aji (spanish mackerel) that were all supposedly from Japan and their best choices according to other diners. They were acceptable but surprisingly not the... More 

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Thank joideviv
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I LOVE this place SO, SO much!! Absolutely, hands down the very best sushi I have ever had. This place is tiny, so yes, sometimes you have to wait for a table. Make a reservation if you don't want to wait. Or show up at 5:30 right when they open. Don't bring a large group, as I said before, this... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

What a wonderful lunch experience. We were there at 11:30 without a reservation and watched the restaurant fill quickly. The daily specials on the chalk board were tempting but I was there for the sashimi. There are two chef choice sashimi plates at $20 and $30. I selected the $20 plate and it was a wonderful assortment of beautifully prepared... More 

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Thank SelbyDale
Carmel, California
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Always fresh,authentic,delicious and crowded. We always compare Akaoni, to our New York sushi haunts. For delicious sashimi

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Thank sammark60
san francisco
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Every trip to Carmel for me always include a stop at Akaoni for lunch. The restaurant runs at an easy pace, the lady owner is very quiet and not very talkative, and that's okay. The food is excellent and the service is good once the food get started. The sashimi is very good and some of the dishes are done... More 

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Thank Kenneth L
Monterey County, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I am being going to Akaoni for a long time and every time I go I never leave disappointed , the food is top level there is no place in all the Monterey Peninsula that even come close to their level, can be little on the expansive side if you let yourself go and order too many things- I strongly... More 

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Monterey, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Food is great but Service is average. The lady owner is not too friendly. The restaurant sign is not very visible, so you must really look for it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 20:45
11:30 - 13:15
Tuesday
17:30 - 20:45
Wednesday
17:30 - 20:45
Thursday
17:30 - 20:45
11:30 - 13:15
Friday
17:30 - 20:45
11:30 - 13:15
Saturday
17:30 - 20:45
11:30 - 13:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mission St. & 6th Av., Carmel, CA 93923-9348
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-620-1516

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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