February 1, 2014

“…we did marvel at the freshness of the 10-plus items we sampled… Equally as satisfying to us was the artistic and colorful presentation.” — Molly Snyder Read More


October 21, 2012

“The soft, dreamy, tan hues, the slicing and dicing of raw fish, the sipping of sake. I’m quickly reminded of how well a Japanese restaurant works in the grab-bag of neighborhood restaurants. The menu doesn’t duplicate the deluxe sushi and sashimi dinners served at Park’s 4-year-old Brookfield restaurant. Kanpai offers a pared-down Japanese menu, focusing mostly on small plates with a fusion kick…” — Ann Christenson Read More


November 16, 2012

“The Third Ward restaurant, which opened in the former Nanakusa space, made some changes to the room’s décor, but it’s still polished and modern. And so are the fusion small plates, meant to be shared. That’s the izakaya side of it. But Kanpai also has a full sushi menu, with a dizzying number of rolls (50, by my quick count)… While Kanpai’s small plates and rolls fit the bill of an izakaya, the food goes above and beyond the idea of mere snacks to have with a drink.” — Carol Deptolla Read More


September 5, 2012

“Expect the unexpected… The menu, both traditional and experimental, is excellent for those who savor Asian flavors. Kanpai is a stellar addition to the Third Ward’s dining scene. ” — Jeff Beutner Read More


Restaurant of the month – October 2012

“MILWAUKEE’S HISTORIC Third Ward has another trendy dining destination, the city’s first Japanese gastropub… The trendy nature of Kanpai begins with its name, which means “cheers,” and extends to its atmosphere and extensive menu.”



Kanpai Izakaya
408 E. Chicago Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone. 414-220-1155

Working Hours

11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm
4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Happy Hour

Our Happy Hour is offered
Mondays through Thursdays
4:30 – 6 pm
8:30 – 10 pm.