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Izakaya Lounge - Waraji Japanese Restaurant, Raleigh, NC

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

4.7
4.7
188 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Neighbourhood
    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 188 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

188 Reviews
  1. TheOne

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. Nick

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

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  3. StephenP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  5. Meg23

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  7. Simmba

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  8. LadyChristine

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  9. BetsyS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. DRJNC

    Raleigh

    89 reviews

    vip
    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. JeremyK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. So yummy and definitely would do the Tamati seating again!

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  23. M1SSC

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Maxwell was very polite and attentive! We will be back!!

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  24. AliciaT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are craving delicious, fresh, high quality sushi, jump at the chance to dine at Waraji. The food is consistently excellent every time we visit.

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  25. NealP

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience the night of 02-01-24 wasn't as good as the last time, about 1 month ago. My Hendricks Gin & Tonic tasted like a club soda, I couldn't taste any Gin in the drink at all. In most circumstances I would have sent it back, but choose not to this time. The miso soup came out warm and was rather bland. The Scary Jerry Roll was very good but not as memorable as the last time. The Guacamole roll had too much Guacamole that overpowered the taste of the roll and was lacking enough fish. Our server was highly professional, friendly and did everything possible to create the best dining experience possible - so she gets a 10 out of 10 rating. Since this restaurant is a 40 mile round trip drive for us - it has to provide a highly memorable experience for us to return - so we'll put this restaurant on hold and consider going back after trying several new restaurants first. It's no longer on our top 10.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Some of the worse sushi i've had. Took 45 minutes to actually get our food. We will not go back.. There is better sushi out there in the triangle and you will get it must faster and have a way better experience.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a reservation and was immediately seated. Waiter helped answer all questions and helped make mindful modifications for food allergy. The quality of the fish was amazing in the sushi. Will definitely be returning!

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  28. JasonE

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made reservations same day, they were busy and I heard hour wait but we were instantly seated at our reservation time. Food was incredible!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Max was an outstanding server with a positive attitude, great recommendations, and prompt service. Highly recommend Ginger wings Pork belly sliders Scary Jerry sushi roll Shamoo sushi roll Soba noodle pot EXCELLENT!!!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the sushi here, the raw fish tastes so fresh! I usually don’t like raw fish sushi unless it is high quality, so Waraji is definitely high quality food!

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  31. Ricardo

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Japanese experience. Both the food and drinks were super tasty and all of the staff were kind and welcoming. Highly recommend getting a bottle of sake as well when you are there.

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  32. TimothyB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pricey, but worth it. Best sushi/sashimi in Raleigh.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The shabu shabu was amazing and the service was great!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had sushi and they were all delicious! Great service. We had a wonderful time! Will definitely be back!

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  35. RussellS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Sushi restaurant in the Triangle. Food and service “top shelf”!!

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  36. AmyP

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall Waraji Japanese Restaurant had an amazing customer service and ambiance. We enjoyed the small plates of kushiyaki skewers and firecracker lava shrimp. Unfortunately the sushi selections were subpar.

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  37. KeMa

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both excellent! Our favorite sushi spot in Raleigh!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Japanese Restaurant in Raleigh so far for this relocated SoCal girl.

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  39. DinnerDate

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server, sushi was fresh and delicious. The Shumai appetizer is fantastic and the cocktails are Japanese inspired.

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  40. LeonaO59

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good sushi for the money. Udon noodle soup broth was a little sweet - not the depth of flavor I like to have. Tempura very good - not greasy at all. Service was very good -thank you Max!!

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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 188 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 p.m.


Booked 15 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
  • Neighbourhood
    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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