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Kawa Ni - Westport, Westport, CT

Kawa Ni - Westport

4.9
4.9
263 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Izakaya- Japanese Pub
A type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. Izakaya entered the English language by 1987. It is a compound of "I" (to stay) and "Sakaya" (sake shop), indicating that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises and drink.
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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 557-8775
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Westport
  • Parking Details
    Public Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 263 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Best Overall

  • Connecticut

    Best Food

  • Connecticut

    Innovative

  • Fairfield

    Best Overall

  • Fairfield

    Best Food

  • Fairfield

    Innovative

  • Fairfield

    Hot spot

263 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love dining at kawani! The delicious unique food, the cozy decor, the positive buzzzing energy of the place, the friendliness of the staff, the dim lighting and the affordability all make this restaurant for an addictive experience! We have become quite the regulars and refer our friends as well who absolutely love it! The best restaurant in the tristate area!!! It’s like home coming for us each and every time! Superb overall experience!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Stephanie, was terrific as was the food and the atmosphere. Speaker was right above our table making it very hard to hear each other at our four top. Highly recommend a more distributed sound system as they are readily available today. Great restaurant and will be back!!

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  3. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food. Service was great, a little slow towards the end. I am a personal fan of the included tip of 20% but was very disappointed to see the line about adding additional tip on top of that. Will keep me from going again.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love everything about this place! An outstanding gem that we have here in Westport!!! We are regulars here!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to this restaurant many times, and it’s consistently great! The food is amazing, and certainly one of the best restaurants in Fairfield county!

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  6. RePete

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience yesterday was superb as always! We were introducing some friends to the restaurant - they're both Foodies like us - and I believe that they have put Kawa Ni on the their regular list. The wife loved the Addictive Cabbage and husband was particularly taken with the Pork and Garlic Ramen, as well as the Tsukemono. We had our normal favorites - Szechuan Edamame, Szechuan Pork Dumplings, Miso Cucumbers, Biang Biang Chicken Bao, Red Curry Coconut Curry. Because I'm "on the wagon" for Lent, I thoroughly enjoyed the Ginger Hibiscus Pop.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent - never disappoints. Everything about Kawa Ni is exceptional.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dining experience, really cool ambiance and Ella was a rockstar waiting on our table! Will definitely be back.

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  9. Monica

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere were great! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about our parties dietary restrictions and Japanese whiskeys. The cocktails were so well balanced and easy to drink!

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  10. Anna

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience as always. Shared many dishes and each one was better than the last!

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  11. DanaK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My sake was served in a glass with a clear smudge of lipstick on it!

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  12. RePete

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Kawa Ni! The service is always friendly, and the ambience comforting like a prized room. My wife especially likes the Szechuan Steamed Edamame and the Biang Biang Chicken Bao. We both love the Miso Cucumbers and Szechuan Pork Dumplings. I like the Tsukemono and the Red Curry Coconut Onigiri. If I'm really hungry, I'll order one of the noodle offerings: I've had most of them! I'm also a sucker for the Sensei Negroni. Kawa Ni is a favorite of my whole family's (we have four children who live nearby), which should explain our frequent treks from Darien to Westport just to dine here!

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  13. KateM

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Must haves - tofu pockets, shaved broccoli, tuna nigiri, bahn mi, mushroom rice - all out of this world

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  14. GerriS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual it was a great dining experience. Cocktails were great! We hit up most of our favorites (Cabbage Salad, Gyoza, Hamachi, Scallop Temaki and Kimchi Carbonara) and tried a couple of new small plates (Kung Pao Karaage and Chicken Karaage). While we will dearly miss Owen, it was nice to meet Manny!

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  15. Jackfoodie

    New York City

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Innovative menu in pleasant lively atmosphere. Food always good. Service can be erratic at times, and they seem a little disorganized since Owen left. A good fun spot that needs to get it together again.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a fun dinner. Same bombs are brilliant!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kawa Ni in Westport delivered on its inventive and creative Japanese cuisine. We started off with the Kani salad, chicken karrage, and crab dumplings. The salad was beautifully balanced with mango and a hint of mint. The chicken was tender and yet crispy on the outside and the crab dumplings were light flavorful and had the perfect delicate balance of crab in a crispy light fried wrapper. The Szechuan dumplings with shrimp were a hit - spicy and flavorful, delicate in texture. The salmon temaki was a unique experience with everything seasoning. It was definitely the highlight of our meal.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks, but showed up for a reservation and not seated for a half hour

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  19. BBuddy

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was so delicious and our server was delightful and very helpful in recommending dishes that would go well together. It was a great evening all around.

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  20. JillD

    New York City

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered a lot of food so we could try things out. The picked veggies were just ok. The crab rangoon was excellent. My husband devoured the ribs and said they were excellent. We tried make-your-own salmon temaki, which was very good. The 1/2 orders of friend rice are quite big and very good. We got the crab and the mushroom. We both got ramen bowls too, which felt good because it was a frigid night and we were seated near the door. Every time it opened, cold air rushed in. The ramen bowls were huge! The mushroom dashi was VERY salty - almost inedible. My husband enjoyed his pork and garlic ramen tho. Our drinks were very good (& the martini was very strong!) too. All in all a good meal minus the ramen bowl of sodium.

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  21. LynnS

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cheesecake was not good everything else was very good

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bill Taibe is the best! He had me at cabbage! Continued success! Marc Lippman

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s still one of our favorite nights out in Westport! Food, service, and drinks are always exceptional. Book a table now!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Great service. Great value! Kawa Ni is our family’s favorite place to eat out.

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  25. RePete

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the menu, drinks, food, ambience, and service was outstanding! My wife and I forever look for opportunities to make another visit to this very pleasurable restaurant! Kawa Ni is very much worth an extra detour1 Fortunately, it is not too far from I-95!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Over rated and over priced. What was listed as tuna nigiri was actually a ball of deep fried rice with a little shaved tuna on top The bao bun was flat and pasty. The mushroom ramen tasted slightly better than one off the shelf. Disappointed.

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  27. SuzanneL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kawa ni is our favorite place to go. Never disappointed in food or service. Staff is very helpful when suggesting something new. We totally recommend!

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  28. andrewB

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    absolutely fantastic meal! we had a great mix of shared appetizers and meals. all were excellent. the particular favorite was the spicy lamb dan dan.

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  29. Annmarie

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing experience! The food was fantastic and service perfect.

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  30. Trelai

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten and definitely the top in CT.

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  31. KatherineF

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding as usual but our server was quite crass. She left to go over to a meeting at the Whelk and we sat for a half another waiting for the waiter or waitress who was taking over and no one ever came by. Finally the bartender saw me looking around and asked if we needed anything. I asked for our food to be packed up to go which he did but also closed our tab and did not ask if we wanted dessert, which we did because I was taking my friend out for her birthday.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Fairfield county. Possibly the east coast.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    food is great- very creative- if you can go on a night that is not too crowded noise levels are ok- otherwise can be hard to talk.

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  34. MaryH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sensational. We had the best service. We enjoyed Old Fashions and the best bubbly water.

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  35. JenniferS

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious assortment of Asian Fusion food… our waitress was impeccable with service and had an engaging personality. Will absolutely go back! Hopefully soon!

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  36. Lori

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar on surprisingly comfy chairs. The Addictive Cabbage was so fresh and the Chicken Bao was delish. Service was kind and efficient making the slightly expensive meal well worth the money. We’ll be back!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a hit. Food is never a miss and the customer service is top notch and very conscientious. Well done !!!!

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  38. MerylS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Westport. Creative and delicious asian food, great service! Warm, inviting setting. Owen , the manager, is warm , funny and takes great care of his customers.

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  39. TinaM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Our server Rain was attentive and prompt.

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  40. restaurantreviewer

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is unique and well done. They include a 20% gratuity, which in my experiences there so far don't provide great service, but instead motivate the two waitresses we had and two different times to drive the bill up. It's westport CT, I doubt anyone wouldn't tip 20% or less, including it is fine, but the trade off is complacency from wait staff. Greeter and food runners were 10/10.

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FAQs

Kawa Ni - Westport offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 557-8775.

Kawa Ni - Westport is rated 4.9 stars by 263 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kawa Ni - Westport

19A Bridge Square, Westport, CT 06880-4928

Additional information

  • Area
    Westport
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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