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Kujira

4.7
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161 reviews
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£25 and under
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Japanese
A modern Japanese izakaya, specialising in robata + cocktails!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 161 People Are Saying
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PaulA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first experience of Japanese food and i must say i loved it!!!! Could eat there everyday!

Nevada looked after us very well and was a real help.

Also, my wife loved her birthday cake surprise! :-)

Thanks guys, we will be back :-)

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AnaP
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and experience! The food and drinks were amazing and the service was great too.
Probably one of the best restaurants in Brighton, I can’t wait to go back!

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vind
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, delicate flavours and tables spaced apart well to handle COVID restrictions

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Millu
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was ok, food and drinks were ok. The restaurant was really loud due to the cooking area being near the dining area. We could barely hear ourselves talking.

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AndrewR
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, the best meal we had on our weekend in Brighton.

Kujira
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks AndrewR! We hope you enjoyed your time in Brighton.

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vipNiall
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal and superb service. Couldn't recommend it more. Lovely fusion of traditional Japanese with some Argentinian flair. Had a superb mango/crepe dessert.

Kujira
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you Niall for your lovely comment. We're pleased you enjoyed our array of flavours and our new Mango Crepe Cake. :) Hope to see you again soon.

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vipBusby
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food - excellent service. They just need some customers.

Kujira
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the review Busby! We re-opened on the 4th of July and are gradually getting back to a "new norm" with both old and new customers returning once again. Thank you for your support and understanding during these difficult times in the hospitality industry.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Food was delicious, cocktails were amazing and unique. I recommend tempura rolls and pork belly 👌 Staff were super friendly and helpful, created very relaxed atmosphere (all Covid-ready). We will definitely be going back to try more dishes...and cocktails obviously!

Kujira
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much! We can't wait to have you back so you can try some of our other dishes. Great recommendations too, Pork Belly... so good! See you next time. :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly incredible food and amazing cocktails to go with. The staff were lovely and couldnt do enough for you. The food is Pan-asian style tapas which are delicious dishes.

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ZoeS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Shame that there’s no music allowed at the moment to add a little to the ambience. Cocktails were tasty and very pretty but full of ice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Japanese restaurant.
Special thanks to the waitress and chefs who organised a “happy birthday” dessert for my husband.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very slow service despite only having 4 tables occupied. This is a different kind of Japanese restaurant that caught us a bit by surprise... No sushi or sashimi...

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would like to give a compliment to the staff who attended us on 11/07/2020. They are very friendly and the service is top of the class. Special mention to Nevada who served us all through out our stay. Nevada is exemplary in customer service.

The food is fantastic and great value!

Thank you for making my birthday extra special with the complimentary cake.

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StevieT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service will all the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in place.

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StephL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great and friendly hospitality, and overall a perfect birthday dinner!

Kujira
Responded on 19 March 2020

Hi StephL! Thanks so much for choosing Kujira to celebrate your birthday. :) We’re so pleased you enjoyed the food. Salamat!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

Kujira
Responded on 3 March 2020

Thank you so much!

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FaisalA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good and the service as well. Friendly and relaxing atmosphere and the lamb chops were amazing.

Kujira
Responded on 3 March 2020

Thank you FaisalA for writing us a review! We're so pleased you liked the lamb chops. We hope to see you again soon. :)

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WilliamL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food and would go back; as it was booked valentines day the service was stretched and we had to wait for dishes and things were missed off the order. However the staff did their best, were attentive and responsive to the situation. Go when it's quiet.

Kujira
Responded on 16 February 2020

Hi WilliamL, thank you for leaving a review for us. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during our service on Friday 14th. With our limited grill space, it can sometimes take a little longer for dishes to arrive. Especially when a handful of guests arrive at the same time. We do hope you'll come back and try us again!

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MatthewV
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere. King Oyster mushrooms were insanely good! Highly recommend, great selection of drinks as well.

Kujira
Responded on 16 February 2020

MatthewV, thank you for your kind review. The Mushroom is a great pick! What else did you order? Thank you for your recommendation, please come say hi again soon! :)

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Thurio
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ordered a variety of small dishes all of which we w enjoyed. We particularly liked the King Oyster Mushroom and the delicious cake that ended the meal.

Kujira
Responded on 16 February 2020

Thank you Thurio for your review! Yes the King Oyster Mushroom is definitely a popular choice, we're pleased you enjoyed. Please visit us again sometime. :)

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Flavia
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great - the only small thing I would consider a bit disapponting was the fact that not all the food showed in the pictures (on Google Maps) was then present on the menu (I mainly refer to the sushi rolls).

Kujira
Responded on 16 February 2020

Hi Flavia, thanks for the feedback! All of our "sushi rolls" are on the main menu (Tempura Rolls + Prawn Tempura Maki Roll) So we're not sure which rolls you're referring to? Unless you mean our Temaki Hand Rolls and Nigiri's which are on our specials... However, the day you visited unfortunately these were not available! Please let us know which rolls you're referring to so we can check our Google Maps to make sure there is no errors. Apologies, and thank you again.

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KarenH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Kujira on a Sunday lunch time in February...had a very warm welcome...given a choice of a high table near the bar or a table further towards back of restaurant...high it was for us. A very pleasant surprise that house Shiraz was on a 2 4 1 offer on glasses. Other cocktails and a white wine all on offer..this was all explained. This was not advertised anywhere that I saw so please dont expect.
We opted for 6 small plate dishes to start then had a further 3...the duck breast was amazing and the sweet potato chips with chilli aioli...my husband enjoyed the chicken skin. We rounded our food off with a glass of sake and a plum wine.
We will definitely be back. My only very very small criticism is that the high tables near the bar could be quite noisy ar busy times with cocktail making however they looked amazingly presented. I also want to compliment the glasses used for the wine...shaped to let your nose breathe in the bouquet...never seen them before.
We had a lovely afternoon...Thanks Kujira

Kujira
Responded on 16 February 2020

Hi KarenH, thank you for your lovely review of Kujira. Our Happy Hour runs all day on Sundays! We're happy you enjoyed it. We look forward to your return. :)

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JasmineP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

AMAZING food .. not too expensive considering quality... crepe cake really impressed my friends and myself

Kujira
Responded on 16 February 2020

Thanks JasmineP, we're pleased you liked our Mille Crepe Cake. Which flavour did you try..? I love the Red Velvet! Hope to see you again soon.

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ChloeG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely food! We loved the style and the staff were very helpful with recommendations

Kujira
Responded on 9 February 2020

Thank you ChloeG for your review :) we’re glad we could help pick out some dishes with you!

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SusanD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely food and cocktails, brilliant service. Big delay in our food order all coming out, but was handled brilliantly by our server. Child friendly, but please note no high chairs.

Kujira
Responded on 9 February 2020

Hi SusanD, thank you for taking time to type this review! We’re pleased you enjoyed our cocktails and food, even with the delay on a couple of your dishes. We also apologise for not having a high chair at this time, our current solution for this is to stack our sofa pillows together to create that booster effect! We hope to see you and Jenson again soon!

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SianM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cocktails/mock tails were lovely. The food we ordered was very tasty however I think the pricing is a little steep for some of the dishes (not all).

Kujira
Responded on 9 February 2020

Hi SianM! We’re so pleased you enjoyed our cocktails. Thank you for your feedback on our prices, we will definitely put this into consideration. However, we can assure you that we have looked at all price points and that our value is on par with other Brighton businesses. Thank you for dining with us, we hope you’ll visit us again.

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DanielC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant portion size could be about bigger

Kujira
Responded on 9 February 2020

Hi DanielC, thank you for your feedback! We will take this on board. However, please know that we have considered all price points and ensured that our value is on par with other Brighton businesses. We hope to see you again soon.

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ShezP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was really good but service was a little slow - we received the rice we had ordered with our Robata last so we couldn’t eat it as it tasted like they had forgotten about it & then brought it out after it had been left out! They took it off our bill which was good. The cocktails were really good & the rest of the food was too. We would recommend the prawn tempura maki rolls, sweetcorn tempura, the beef tacos & the duck robata. Good value for money & really nice staff.

Kujira
Responded on 19 January 2020

Thank you ShezP for your feedback. Firstly we apologise for the lateness of the rice, you are right in that it arrived too late for you to enjoy with the rest of your meal. However, we can assure you that it wasn't left out. Lastly, thank you for your patience with our service this particular evening, unfortunately we didn't anticipate the busyness and were a little understaffed. We appreciate your understanding! You've given some great recommendations! Thank you once again.

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DominicC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Went for my partners birthday and all dietary requirements were catered for perfectly. Great spot for good food and a quirky design. Will defiantly visit again!

Kujira
Responded on 16 January 2020

Thank you DominicC! We're so pleased you and your partner enjoyed your visit. We look forward to your return. :)

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HelenL
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went twice in one week it was so good! Really tasty and healthy too.

Kujira
Responded on 12 January 2020

Thank you HelenL! So glad you enjoyed. See you next time. :)

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DavidR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the small dishes and specials. Having eaten most of the dishes I was very impressed with the flavour and quality. The gyoza comes with an addictive amazu sauce. The beef tempura roll was really tasty also. The rib special melted off the bones. Would recommend for a date night or something a bit special

Kujira
Responded on 5 January 2020

Thank you DavidR for your great feedback on some of our dishes! We're so pleased you enjoyed our specials, and you're not alone on that gyoza sauce... yum! Hope to see you again soon.

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AmyN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food !
The menu needed explaining and the guy who served us explained so well!
The staff were so friendly and the food was absolutely amazing.
amazing ribs, you could tell it was good quality meat.
The duck was also so delicious!

Kujira
Responded on 3 January 2020

Thank you AmyN for your sweet review! We're glad you appreciated our quality as we put a lot of care into our dishes. :) See you next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very knowledgeable and friendly front of house. I would definitely go back again

Kujira
Responded on 3 January 2020

Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon. :)

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LizD
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent value. Also, one of our party has an allergy and the staff could not have been more helpful.

Kujira
Responded on 3 January 2020

LizD we're so pleased to hear! We try our best to make sure everyone can enjoy our food, no matter the allergy or dietary requirement. :)

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HelenS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, service fabulous ! Highly recommended. Looking forward to coming back soon

Kujira
Responded on 3 January 2020

HelenS, thank you for your recommendation! We look forward to your return.

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CorinneT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food, salmon tacos and scallop highly recommended.
Score let down by waiting staff being super, super slow.

Kujira
Responded on 8 December 2019

Hi CorinneT, thank you for your feedback and the great recommendations. :) We're sorry that you felt the service was slow, we hope you'll try us again nonetheless.

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MattiaD
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing food, kind and friendly staff, although perhaps a bit loud. Will be back!

Kujira
Responded on 8 December 2019

Thank you for your feedback MattiaD! Yes Fridays and Saturdays can be particularly loud in comparison to our weekdays, but were pleased you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to your return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a small restaurant with lots going on and we LOVED it! We weren’t entirely hungry so we just ordered starters and they were AMAZING! The service was quick and polite. They were attentive to our needs. I definitely recommend this place!

Kujira
Responded on 8 December 2019

Thank you for your review! We're so pleased that you loved it. Please pop by again sometime to try some of our other dishes. :)

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Ally
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience4

We’ve ordered Japanese hotpot for 2. It didn’t contain what we expected, just a few pieces of meat, the rest was lettuce, pepper and some onions. Paid 16 pounds for it!! Definitely doesn’t worth the price! Also, many dishes contained significant amount of vinegar (gyodza, sauce for hotpot) which was not pleasant. The service is good, but the quality (amount) of food vs price is poor. Bincho Yakitori just across the road is much more pleasant, tasty and worth the price. Left hungry, disappointed and lost a lot of money.

Kujira
Responded on 1 December 2019

Hi Ally, Firstly we would like to thank you for your feedback and we apologise that the hotpot was not up to your expectations. Due to short word count, we will reply with two messages: We are sad to hear that you left disappointed, especially as our hotpot usually receives good feedback. If we had known this, we would have been happy to help in some way to make up for the misunderstanding. We are not sure what you expected, but we can assure that what you received was a typical Shabu-Shabu.

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SallyM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday meal from start to finish
Thank you

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Happy Birthday SallyM! We love a birthday meal, see you next time.

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Kujira does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Kujira also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 777988.

Kujira is rated 4.7 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

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