Kajitsu

4.7
1120 reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Kajitsu serves Shojin cuisine--Temple Kaiseki which is vegan a traditional Japanese culinary practice that is the very origin of Japanese cuisine. Please allow 2 - 3 hours for dining. All of our dishes are prepared from fresh, seasonal vegetables, legumes, wild herbs, seeds and grains, chosen at the moment in the season that best reflects their flavor. At Kajitsu we make our delicious and wholesome dishes from high-quality ingredients prepared with traditional Japanese culinary techniques.
*Kajitsu policy states that each guest that is seated at a table/counter is required to order one full course menu. Please notify us in advance if any children will be joining your dinner party.
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Jules
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is magical. The plating is art, the dishes are so unique and delicious, the whole experience is unforgettable. My fourth visit and I look forward to returning.

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Highsmith
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

I have been coming to Kajitsu for years and booked a dinning room table and instead got seated at the bar which is exactly where I did not want to seated. The host was rude, robotic and very cold and unsympathetic, the opposite to the level of service Kajitsu in the past. The food is still incredible but the service is poor and leaves you not wanting to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! 5 star experience all around.

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vipAShin
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I used to enjoy coming here and eating by myself in serenity. That is a part of point of eating Buddhist vegetarian food.
I understand noise level necessarily goes up with all the tables fully booked but two bigger parties-4 and 5 people respectively- each had a very loud talking lady. The dining room was unbearably noisy. I couldn’t hear my husband sitting across from me.
I don’t think I’m particularly sensitive to noise but it’s the level beyond I can enjoy eating anything, much less Buddhist cooking.

It’s great to see people have good time over good food but this isn’t a pizza joint. I miss having reasonably quieter environment to enjoy Shojin food.

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DaleH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We highly recommend this place. The food is great if you like shojin Japanese cuisine ... all vegetarian. We have been here many times and enjoy our meals every time. The staff is attentive and helpful. They will take you though every course and describe what you are eating and it meaning in Japanese culture.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals I ever had, also the most fascinating, so much to culinary nerd out about. Service was beyond exceptional. Be prepared to eat, it will be a lot of food. All too delicious not to finish. The tea pairing was also great, the rimpo tea was one of the best teas I ever drank ever.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Extraordinario

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Fran
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Too many bland courses. Repetition of ingredients. A few courses were good but non were memorable. Dining room and ambience disappointing. Very poor value for money.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very interesting new experience! Tempura chestnut was mind blowing

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Catcatcat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Every single entry was very good.
It was too much of one theme.
When it comes to an “Onakage” meal, it should be like a well planned “concert” as a whole instead of a “competition” of entries. I felt as if J was at a competition event that I had to listen to a dozen of talented performers playing the same exact required piece. In other words, too many miso tastes that killed each other. Too many of the same key and pitch.
I felt as if a dozen chefs competed in cooking something and served them all, instead of one director created the whole show.

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DanF
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food, service and overall experience was excellent. Vegan restaurants often cannot live up to the hype but not here, terrific and special food with wonderful service.

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Yurtger
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The sheer variety of flavors and textures experienced at Kajitsu make it memorable. For those Omnivores wary of the all-veg menu, fret not as the sheer variety you are presented with has you forget that meat was ever even a consideration. While the mastery of technique was evident, not all the flavors were equivalent in their reception. My companions and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Kajitsu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing hospitality and wonder presentation!
I’d highly recommend this place for any occasion.

We definitely will come back to try all seasonal food.
Thank you very much !

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vipDiner
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very authentic and elegant meal. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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vipMelanie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So yummy!!!! Amazing amazing amazing in every way. A must!

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TagOT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazingly creative food and top notch service. The atmosphere is quiet with a mix of formal and more casual dress. Really perfect for any kind of special small event.

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IdaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was as wonderful as remember it and was happy to introduce a friend to such fine food and relaxing ambiance.

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RinA
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An incredible dining experience, from welcome through farewell. Every dish was prepared with such care and respect to our enjoyment. Thank you so much!

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Preston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kajitsu was an outstanding experience! Each course was fantastic as was the tea and saké paired with it. The staff was sweet and knowledgeable. My wife and I can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Loved it. The tea pairing was great too. Highly recommend!!

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Melaina
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was so excited to eat this incredible food at such a beautiful restaurant! The staff is amazing and the experience was so rich!

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vipLizadc
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service, every detail was perfect. I already bought the book!

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Loved it! If you’re looking for a unique dining experience that is plant-based friendly - this is it!

Left the table very full and happy.

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Sarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A perfect meal - delightful, delectable, beautiful. Highly recommended. Very impressive. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.

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Sparky
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kajitsu is amazing!! The food is aesthetically beautiful and the combination and texture of the food tastes amazing!!! The food creations are so unique and stunning. I highly recommend this place.

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vipAndrewB
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was amazing, service attentive as expected, but they need to work on pacing. We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time, and the first course didn’t come out for nearly another 30 minutes. I would have been ok with the late seating if they had an ala carte menu, however this is a set omakase menu so they should be able to better time service. All in all we were at the restaurant for 2 hours and 45 minutes for a 14 course menu (including dessert). I would come again when they have their timing corrected.

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vipRobertF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Remarkably prepared vegan Japanese dishes though it’s unlikely anyone would miss a meat dish. Superb service and attentive care. Delicious

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Veevee
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an Experience! The best meal I have ever had. The traditional Japanese flavors are brought out with amazing skill and practice, and are complimented by the atmosphere and impecabile service. I found the sake and tea pairing to be worth the extra, and the way the drinks complimented the food was mind blowing. I would absolutly recomend Kajitsu if you enjoy traditional Japanese flavors and appreciate the artisty kaiseki requires.
Please respect the dress code! It does distract from the experience when someone walks in with athleisure and a baseball hat.
I will return to try the a la cart menu.

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was wonderful, knowledgeable, and gentle, contributing to the relaxing ambiance. Each course of our omakase meal was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. It was more than a meal, it was an experience. We also paired our meal with the sake pairing which was fantastic. The beauty of the dinnerware was part of that visual feast. True culinary artistry for their cultural roots. I can't wait to experience this again - in a different season! One suggestion: a printed menu of ingredients would be fun for a dining reference - although it is given at the beginning of each course, you're overwhelmed by the beauty of the dish in front of you and it's all forgotten!

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Kabu
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had great experience.
12 different delicious generous courses which were beautifully presented.

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RobertC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The best Shojin cuisine in Manhattan

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vipBonnieE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most amazing culinary experience! The tasting menu was prepared and presented flawlessly. The serving staff spent time explaining the dishes, how they were prepared and even the best way to eat. Highly recommend for any special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I cannot express how much I love this restaurant. For me, every dinner here feels like a vacation from NYC. The details keep bringing me back, whether is the gorgeous flowers, decorations, ceramic or simply the utensils; every detail is noteworthy. If you fancy fine dining and have yet to visit Kajitsu, book a reservation now!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in nyc for a reason! I’ve been coming here for a couple years and tonight’s meal was the best so far!! Ever evolving and ever improving this is a restaurant worth a visit or maybe a few :) I feel like their portioning and pacing is brilliant, some tasting menus at other restaurants I feel either hungry or stuffed afterwards, but at kajitsu I find myself leaving perfectly satisfied. The chef is an incredible thoughtful, talented, and sweet person. If you’re planning on parting with 125$ I hope you part ways with it at Kajitsu and have a fine day!!!

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FedericoA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kajitsu is one of the best restaurant experiences I had in my life. The food is a true enhanced sensory experience and the service is friendly and respectful without overdoing it. Thinking about going every change of the seasons.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience from greeting to salutations, the food was fantastic, elegant and delicious

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vipJeffP
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There seem to be two kinds of reviews for Kajitsu:

1) Those from people who like veggies and can't believe how good this food is;
2) Those from people who don't taste it.

I'm a "1" and feel sorry for the "2s."

This is one of the most remarkable places I've ever eaten. Needless to say, we plant to go back, especially since they change the menu every month!!

As to recommending it to a friend? I would to a "1" but who needs to hear it from people who don't appreciate the flavors and textures of supremely fresh veggies!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Food,service and atmosphere were very special,
We had a good time. Thanks

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MakiY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every visit amazes me. I'm not a vegetarian, but this is my favorite.

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Kajitsu is rated 4.7 stars by 1120 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.