Along with a revamped interior and exterior that includes salvaged wood and upgraded kitchen equipment, AKEMI features an updated menu spotlighting fresh ingredients and well-crafted flavors while retaining customer classics such as our sushi rolls.
AKEMI is the new name we bestow upon the beauty that is good food with good people in a good place.
choose grilled or teriyaki
seaweed, tofu, green onion
We were seated for our 5:45 reservation on time which we appreciated and received a table to our liking. We both selected the same item: Combination plate which included miso soup, teriyaki salmon, mixed tempura, rice and cole slaw. The salmon and tempura were very tasty and we were happy with the service and our dining experience.
Great Sushi and food. The lighting inside was a little dim, but overall a great experience.
Upon arrival temperatures were taken and had us use hand sanitizer.
The restaurant was crowded and tables are close together. There was a party going on in the next room so added extra noise. Had a reservation and was seated right away, but then it took a long time before our order was taken. Salad and soup came on time, but then dinner item was served before our sushi orders.
The food is excellent and at ambience is pleasant. Prices are competitive.
Food was great. Took a great while to get seated. Once we got seated we had to ask for menus.
Celebrated our son’s graduation. Great food great service. We had a terrific time.
Went here for mother’s day. We had a reservation they still took 15 mins to get our table together when the restaurant wasn’t even full. Then half the tables food was forgotten about, so we didn’t even eat together. They never offered to comp anything. They also barely checked on us, we had to repeatedly flag them down to even come by our table. The food is mediocre. Not great and way overpriced! Never again! Horrible on all levels. I dont see how they are still in business.
Outdoor Berkeley dining at its finest. Prompt service, delicious food, an amazing Solano Ave dining experience.
We reserved an outdoor table, which means the front of the restaurant, on the sidewalk. There were only three tables outside, which meant plenty of space and air for everyone. The BBQ ribs were to die for and everything else was very good. Great service as well.
We LOVE Akemie. So much so, that we drive from Marin and wouldn't think of going anywhere else for our Japanese Food. The menu is excellent, we love the various dining options including the sushi, the staff are so nice and friendly.
Service was a little slow
The food is great, but it’s a overpriced. Ambiance is fine... it just doesn’t match up to the price tag at all.
Delicious food, great service, beautiful decor. We loved it
The quality of the fish was excellent and they served large pieces.
Slow service after initial serving
Totally lovely experience tip to toe every time. Wonderful attentive service, fantastic food always with elevated preparation, in a beautiful space. Now, still great for take-away. Highly recommend.
My wife and I walked into the restaurant, and there was a gentleman playing the electric guitar. He was playing Jazz music, and it was pretty good. They asked where we wanted to sit, which I thought was very neat, so we got to choose where we sat that was open. Everything seemed to be going well, until the servers started coming out. They seemed like college students who quite didn't know what a restaurant dress code should have been, multiple of them wearing blue jeans, which I personally don't like at a restaurant since it seems very unprofessional, came by and asked if we were ready to order. We got the menu like two minutes ago. So we delayed it, and asked for 2 cups of hot water. When the lady came back with them, she placed the cups like she was throwing them down! The table made a big "drop" sound, yet she didn't care and just walked by. I have been a server myself, so I know it could be busy and the cup could be hot, but she was being rude. And after we ordered, when the food came out, the lady just dropped the plate and left. There was another student also wearing blue jeans come by and fill up my water bottle. It was cute, but not professional. Overall, not satisfied with the service, but food was okay.
Good food, nice setting. Hostess was talking to a customer when we arrived, (we had a reservation), then turned her back on us to work on her computer with no acknowledgment or "I'll be with you in a minute." We waited, and waited... not a good interaction. Other than that, we enjoyed our evening.
Excellent sushi. Combination plates are delicious. We go here often.
The food was very good and the shrimp and seafood were very fresh. Akemi is a nice site but the noise level because of the concrete floors was very loud. sErvice was slow. The check-in station backed up and people coming through the door were bunched together. It took them 10 minutes to seat us and then, we waited 20 minutes to order. It was Berkeley Restaurant week and I think they were surprised by how popular the event was. The family enjoyed everything and the remodel of the old Miyuki was tastefully done.
The service at this restaurant was the worst I have ever experienced. The food is good but I will not be back until the service improves.
We love Akemi, but Restaurant Week may not be the ideal time to visit them. Service was poor (2 of our party of 5 didn't get their main course when the others did, took a bit of effort to finally have them delivered--maybe 20 minutes after the rest?) Our waitress seemed to disappear after bringing the first 3 entrees, for most of the rest of the night we had whoever we could flag down. One other "we're overwhelmed" thing: of the 3 yuzo panna cottas (which were delish), one was noticeably smaller, not a full portion.
This is the second time we've dined at Akemi where the service fell flat (the other was not a restaurant week, and was a couple of years ago). Maybe something to work on?
We were very pleased to see that Akemi responded and focused upon our request for a quieter table and put us in a separate dining room. That was lovely, however, we did not realize that around the corner, there would be live music. That is a plus, except when three very old friends- with some hearing issues- want to catch up, it becomes a challenge.
The service was good except our meals were delivered at different times. One friend received her food very quickly after we all had excellent miso soup. I got mine next and it was a full 10 minutes before our other friend received her main course. It was never explained why that happened. The restaurant became more and more busy, however, we were there early which should have counted.
Service and attentiveness was somewhat brusque; it's not Japan. Attractive presentation and dining area.
I had the $30 prix fixe menu - miso soup, pork gyoza, vegetarian ramen, and mochi. Miso was average, gyoza was tasty with two nice sauces - crispy on the outside and nice texture inside, ramen was excellent with fresh spinach, firm plain tofu, mushrooms, and other stuff. Broth was very tasty and hot. Noodles were tender and good. Mochi was perfect. Service was spotty. The ramen came before the gyoza and I had to wait a long time for the bill and to pay. Watching the sushi chefs was a treat and I will definitely go back to try the sushi.
Great place to meet for lunch. Excellent lunch combination selections that are delicious and of great value.
This would be a great restaurant if the service were better. I've been here many times and more often than not, one person will be served and not the other (s). I was there at 5:30PM recently; the restaurant was filling up and there was only one server. Another server came in about 45 minutes later. The lone server was very good but definitely overburdened. One time I was there with a group of 8; six were served and the other two had to wait a half hour for their dishes. I think I would give this restaurant five stars if they could get their service together.
Had a lovely lunch here with a friend. Our server was great, and the best dish we ate was the fried brussels sprouts with bonito flakes and mustard. Really delish! Had several good rolls (49er and futomaki stand out). Server was attentive and friendly, bringing us frequent tea refills, and the space was calm, attractive and welcoming.
The place is beautiful, the food is excellent and the service is weird. Once you are seated, there is a long wait before anyone comes to ask if you want a drink or are ready to order. Meanwhile several staff are circulating around the room.
Better than most Japanese restaurants in East Bay. Gindara black cod appetizer and miso salmon were excellent . Tempura very good with generous portions. Sushi was good but lion role had too much mayo in sauce
This was our second visit to Akemi ... loved it both times!
Wonderful food and delightful service and ambience.
Four of us shared the chef's choice sashimi, a couple of sushi rolls, and some small plates. The sashimi here is always great. The wagyu is pricey but delicious. We also enjoyed the pork belly and chicken karaage.
Very pleasantly surprised with this dining experience. Was celebrating a friend's birthday and she wanted "sushi"! Needed to be a place convenient to Marin and East Bay so I found Akemi during an on-line search. Sushi rolls were excellent quality and other menu items were varied and also of very high quality. Service was very pleasant/professional/friendly and an added bonus was the live music playing appropriate dinner music so our group of 7 could hear each other talk! Overall great experience and will definitely come back!
Really good sushi and portion size
This is a nice modern Japanese restaurant with some excellent entree dishes like Tonkatsu Ramen and others as a bonus.
Rolls were delicious, service was friendly, and fun was had by all.
Wonderful destination for Our Christmas Dinner, delicious
Meals and lovely atmosphere
Good food. Restaurant was very cold. Wait person was very direct but still attentive. She could have been a little warmer. Overall a good experience.
Great service and very fresh sushi and sashimi options. First time visiting, and now I think a found a new favorite!
Beautiful neighborhood place for a nice dinner out!
Physically, the room was actually very cold.
The service matched the temperature, also on the 'chilly' side - nothing overly warm or overtly welcoming. Perhaps that is the persona of this restaurant? It is definitely sleek-ish vs. warm and cozy. Was surprised by this, as it definitely had the feel of a neighborhood place.
The sushi and sashimi we ordered a'la carte was very fresh and delicious! Had a couple of pretty standard rolls which were also good. The Akemi roll was great, and I can imagine it being even better on a toasty summer night since it was rolled in crisp fresh cucumber. Very refreshing and light.
Will be back for sure!
Akemi Berkeley offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 524-1286.
Akemi Berkeley is rated 4.4 stars by 343 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 bookings at the moment.