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Izakaya Lounge - Waraji Japanese Restaurant, Raleigh, NC

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

4.7
4.7
207 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
Established in 1997 Waraji has been offering an extensive selection of sushi, sashimi & authentic Japanese cuisine. We also feature a unique selection of Japanese microbrewery rice-based beers. Our sushi menu includes the highest quality sushi and sashimi and a wide variety of specialty house rolls (Scary Jerry, The Waraji, Hinata, and The Sweet Dragon just to name a few) Our authentic kitchen offers a full menu of tempura, teriyaki grilled items, nabeyaki udon, shabu shabu hotpot, A5 wagyu, ishiyaki. Chef Masa, with over 30 years of sushi experience, invites you to join him and his staff for a true taste of Japan.

Waraji recently renovated and added an Izakaya Bar/Lounge carrying the largest Sake and Japanese Whiskey selection in the Carolinas, along with many beers on Tap including Japanese Beers like Kyoto Bakushu Matcha (Green) IPA only served exclusively here at Waraji. Also, we carry Japanese Beers in Bottles and Cans like Orion, Sapporo, Kirin, Asahi, and Echigo Koshihikari

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 783-1883
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Masatoshi Tsujimura
  • Catering
    Catering available on Large Trays or Wooden Boats. Onsite Catering with Private Chef Availabale
  • Private party facilities
    Large area for Private Events from 20-100
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Duraleigh Rd off of Glenwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Rd on the Corner
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 207 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

207 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The sushi was great and very filling! The goyza dumplings were okay and the fire cracker shrimp was good. The wait staff was very attentive, however, there was a draft and I ended up keeping my coat on for the entire dinner.

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  2. ZimNC

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large group; ordered sushi for two from the menu and it was a nice variety of pieces. The shrimp dumplings were excellent m. The quality and freshness were amazing.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really good and our server was awesome. Very nice, made us comfortable and laugh, and got everything to us as best he could consider how busy it was. They put us at the worst table in the restaurant, where the entrance was and people enter the bar and pick up to go orders. It was cold/drafty, and people kept coming by closely to our table. We made a reservation for three for a birthday and they gave us the worst table in the restaurant, as far as we could tell. It was very busy and we should have been sat at a table more inside and not right in the way. Kinda made it terrible.

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  4. JerryP

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would and do recommend Waraji to anyone who likes sushi or Japanese cuisine. Probably biased but I would get the Scary Jerry or the Holy Moly.

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  5. HarryS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, little slow on the service, but if you’re not rushed, worth the wait. Some of the best sushi I’ve had in the Raleigh/Durham vicinity.

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  6. LeeW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good, but the service was incredibly slow and it was not a busy night (Monday). A chef also came out into the middle of the restaurant to yell at two servers. He told them he was not going to remake things if they couldn't keep up. I'm not sure what that meant, but it was very uncomfortable. The food was very expensive. Our go-to sushi place, Sushi Siam, is just as good, but significantly cheaper. I suggest you check it out. It's not fancy, but the sushi is great. I highly recommend the Deep Ocean roll.

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  7. KimberleyL

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful, authentic food, outstanding service! Love Waraji.

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  8. Dawn

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was wonderful! Very helpful choosing our dinner options. Drinks, sushi, and stuffed jalapeños were delicious.

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  9. GerardP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Long wait for food Food was great. Service was ok Place was a little loud and could use some updating of decor. Decent experience. Would go back again.

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  10. Karen

    Raleigh

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was my first time to Waraji. The place seemed lively. Angie was a good waitress and the portions were plentiful. I would go back again and perhaps try something a little more traditional than the Teriyaki.

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  11. jml729

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three generations met for dinner at Waraji on Saturday. I wasn't sure what to expect as I knew some would not eat raw fish. The menu is great and everyone was able to get a delicous meal. The waitress was patient, helpful, and checked on us often. Can't wait to return.

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  12. We2travelabit

    Charleston

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time back in over 12 years! Have not skipped a beat. Still the same quality we remember from as far back as the first few years in business. Can’t wait to return.

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  13. DRJNC

    Raleigh

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without a doubt the best sushi in Raleigh. This is our go to place for sushi Service was awesome and it isn’t super crowded so wait time for sushi wasn’t bad. Highly recommend

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  14. caligirl

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, great service and good environment for intimate dinner or group dinners! will definitely come back!

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  15. KathleenR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent meal! The best sushi in town! Thank you…

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live about 40 miles from the restaurant. It remains one of our favorite. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is pleasant, the service is top notch and the menu is extensive. If there is a special occasion, our family will generally choose Waraji

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This will be a place we frequent. We did the tatami style seating and it was so comfortable. Our waiter, Richard, really made us feel welcomed and gave good suggestions on meals.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent sushi and sake selection! Lots of variety.

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  19. Nick

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waraji never disappoints! Best sushi in Raleigh!

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  20. TheOne

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waraji is a local favorite. Always fresh and tasty. The menu changes periodically and I love to discover their new items. The expansion is great to offer more seating and I’m thrilled for your continued success.

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  21. StephenP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite sushi spot in Raleigh, for over two decades!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy Waraji. We visited for a belated Valentine's dinner and the food and atmosphere was great! This is our favorite sushi restaurant in the triangle area.

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  23. Meg23

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Sushi is best I’ve ever had. But would never go there again at peak hours, even though we had reservations. Server took twenty minutes before even took our order, then ignored us for next hour. Eventually the manager intervened and took over as our server. Appetizers were apparently forgotten by kitchen and eventually served after the meal, which came an hour and 15 minutes after we were seated (as people around us were served in half the time). Great sushi, but plan to spend a long time there and don’t go too hungry during peak hours because it could be a long time before you eat.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We love dining at Waraji but they overbooked their tables. This restaurant is always full but-tonight it seems that the excuse of Valentines weekend didn't let them handle business the right way. Food took over an hour to be served. Everyone was rushing. It was not worth it.

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  25. Simmba

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was phenomenal. Can’t remember his name but he made our experience very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this place

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  26. LadyChristine

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner as always. Love this place. Best sushi in town.

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  27. JayS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The experience on Valentine's Day was special. We enjoyed eating on the floor.

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  28. BetsyS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most incredible sushi in the Triangle. Thankful to get to sit at the sushi bar!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    not our place not our people not our food overpriced very slow. Portions were extremely small. This may be OK for certain people, but this is definitely not return place for us

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  30. RonG

    New York City

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh sushi, wide selection of drinks, comfortable atmosphere.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have not been to Waraji in a while. We are happy to get reservations. The food was fantastic and the staff friendly.

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  32. CelestaC

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fantastic. Best sushi in Raleigh . However service was slow. One of the waitresses walked Aimlessly around the whole time we were there. She kept saying I’m going to bring you plates but they never materialized. She brought us an appetizer we didn’t order. Never got hot towels as the other tables around us did. This apparently was her job however, she skipped us. The restaurant was very busy so slow service is to be expected but this place has been around a long time you would think they know how to do this. Aside from slow service, the food was wonderful. We will def go back but maybe not on a weekend.

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  33. DRJNC

    Raleigh

    89 reviews

    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sushi was really good. They were quite busy and it took almost 50 minutes to get our sushi but it was worth the wait. They have some of the best sushi roles in Raleigh

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  34. Chuck

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here although they have been around for quite a while. The sushi was wonderful. The spicy edamame were tasty as well. Our server was attentive and the staff was friendly. We will definitely return. Reservations are highly recommended.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and drink, had teriyaki steak and a couple sushi appetizers

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The service was amazing greeted as soon as we sat down. Our waitress was prompt and made sure our drinks didn’t get below half full. We explained it was our first time here and she explained the menu and told us about the daily specials. Once we ordered our food it was very quick to come and cooked to perfection. Very good portions for the price. Ambiance was phenomenal for an early Valentine’s Day dinner. Will be returning, sushi and entree were second to none!

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  37. CindyD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waraji never disappoints! I’ve been going here for years. It’s our #1 spot for celebrating birthdays. We had a wonderful time. The food and service are just amazing.

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  38. Mike

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice. First time there. Plan to visit again soon.

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  39. Conny

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Atmosphere & service. Food was amazing too! My date especially liked the “I dont know” roll.

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  40. Christine

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish quality is always a highlight here! Our server, Alan, was super attentive and kind, even though there was a wait for sushi (which I would expect on a Friday).

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FAQs

Waraji Japanese Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 783-1883.

Waraji Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Waraji Japanese Restaurant

5910 Duraleigh Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612-2582

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Duraleigh Rd off of Glenwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Rd on the Corner
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Masatoshi Tsujimura
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 783-1883
  • Catering
    Catering available on Large Trays or Wooden Boats. Onsite Catering with Private Chef Availabale
  • Private party facilities
    Large area for Private Events from 20-100
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