Serving family-style Japanese and Pan-Pacific inspired food and fun, Sushi Okalani offers traditional and American-style sushi, also Hawaiian, Japanese, and Thai food from the kitchen. The menu features soups, salads, tempura, stir-fry, curry dishes and fun specials. It also includes an extensive Sake list.
Plan ahead if there is a slight wait. It is worth the wait. Food was great! Cooked rolls we had were excellent. Everyone was friendly. I would recommend if you are looking for good food.
Great food great vibe
We loved the atmosphere and sushi was fresh. The rainbow roll especially delicious. We appreciated the helpful staff. Thank you!
Still the best sushi in Hood River
Still the best sushi spot in town, by far! They have an excellent system for take-out and COVID friendly ordering. The staff is always friendly and they are a must-have for sushi dinners or just a little comfort food. Eat at this restaurant!
The sushi never disappoints! Best sushi in Hood River
I make a point of going to Sushi Okalani every time I visit Hood River and it is always consistently good. Great sushi, friendly service, and a fun basement atmosphere. We were there last weekend and I was pleased the wait wasn't more than 10 minutes! Jackpot as this place can get pretty busy. I ordered sushi but my friends did order some things off the kitchen menu as well. It was all great!
More Misses Than Hits
Our last supper in Hood River was here which was right across the street from our hotel (Hood River Hotel). What an odd name. Kalani in Hawaii can be a surname or first name. Not sure what "Okalani" means. But, if you're in the mood for some Japanese food, this is one of two spots I've tried in the area. ATMOSPHERE: The restaurant is underground so don't expect any views, LOL. Décor was clean and simple. Because of our large party, we got seated in their "tatami room" which has a cutout in the floor for your legs to hang like a traditional sitting even though you're really sitting on the floor. MENU: Fusion of Japanese/Mexican/American apps, sashimi, "Hawaiian" pokē, sushi, noodles (no ramen), desserts. BEVERAGE: Momokawa Pearl Sake - $22.00 large This was a cold sake, cloudy in color, and sweet. Being a white wine drinker, I liked it but had to take it slow due to its potency. FOOD: Miso Soup - $2.50 I had a sip from my spouse's bowl which was extremely drab. Miso soup should be salty and bold with bits of tofu and seaweed. Nada. Tempura Shriimp - $9.50, 3 pcs. Definitely not frozen, they were fairly crispy, but the tempura sauce was weak in flavor from being too diluted with water. Yakisoba with Chicken - $11.50 My choice but because we were eating family-style, I didn't get enough of it (the main reason why I loathe family style). I always choose a good dish and everyone else whacks it up. Anyway, the sauce was a bit tart and tasted like it came out of a jar. That said, being a noodle fanatic, I still liked it even if it wasn't the best I've had. Dragon Maki Sushi - $8.50 The last time I had eel I didn't care for it, but someone at our table convinced me to try it again. Second time is a charm! There were no bones in it like my last experience and it was savory and sweet with a texture similar to butterfish. Sushi Platter Someone ordered a huge platter of 16 nigiri and 24 maki. I'm not a huge sushi fan so I had just a piece of California roll which was good. The fish looked very fresh, just like back home. Udon Avoid this as the broth was extremely uninteresting and bland. The al dente udon noodles were good but you need a good broth for the perfect marriage. SERVICE: The male server that assisted our side of the room was friendly and professional. OVERALL: I wasn't expecting exquisite Japanese cuisine in Hood River and neither should you.