Kauboi Grill and Sushi bar
Kauboi Grill and Sushi bar

Kauboi Grill and Sushi bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kauboigrillandsushi.com/
  • Phone: 8316610449x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open everyday 4:00 PM to LATE.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Matt Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have different rooms all with full service.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spreckles
  • Public Transit: Right down the street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot.
A word from Kauboi Grill and Sushi bar
At Kauboi Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar, our menu is inspired by seasonal organic ingredients and incorporates traditional Japanese cuisine.
We feature fish, chicken, and meat that are raised or harvested in a sustainable manner.
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Kauboi Grill and Sushi bar reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.8
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (2)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Lot's of choices
    kaboolie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    There are so many ways to go with this restaurant. Sushi, sliders, great fries (I would not get the fish flakes mixed in next time) wonderful salad and a good wine list with fun mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday Dinner in years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The restaurant I work for in Santa Cruz also owns Kauboi so I thought id try it out for my birthday. Overall great experience! I loved the set up of he restaurant, friendly staff and AMAZING food. My boyfriend suffers from Celiac disease (wheat allergy) and they were willing to suggest rolls he could eat and also even had gluten free soy sauce! We ordered a California love, Ritches Rainbow, Ivan the Great (without siracha regular siracha not gf) and ring of fire(comes with tempura so only for me). This is one of the first times my boyfriend has gotten to eat as much as I have at a sushi restaurant in years and couldn't thank you enough! He usually can only eat simple rolls and sashimi at other places.We Will defenitely be back here ASAP!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No sushi at a sushi bar?
    juicycookie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Kauboi has to be the worst sushi bar/restaurant I've ever been to. After we were seated the 1st thing we were told was half the menu items were not available. Then we wanted to order certain sushi but then told no prawns available. Then we wanted to order different sushi and told no rice available to make sushi. Then they tried to give us calamari as a comp but then came back to say no calamari left. Then they tried to comp a drink and it was the worst tasting drink I've ever had. It was a complete joke we couldn't believe it was happening. We had no choice to eat the only thing they had left because all other restaurants in the area were already closed. Aside from that the table next to us was waiting 2hrs for food that never came.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Management needed
    Laina
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We loved this restaurant from the time it opened, but no longer. They are obviously understaffed, which shows in how long it takes for food to come out. Our appetizer came (finally) with our main dishes. The bar was very slow. Because it used to be so good, this is terrible. Someone in ownership is cutting costs, and it shows. Laina
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, slow service
    paintknight
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food at Kauboi is absolutely fantastic. There is just about nothing on the menu is would disappoint. The issue we ran into was that the service was only ok. Friendly enough but the server we had seemed either new or something. On top of that, the restaurant was understaffed when we went so getting the check took forever and then once they took the cards, they ran them like 3 times (Charged, cancelled, charged again) and kept asking how much was to be split on the cards instead of just writing it down. This could have easily been just a one time thing and we will definitely go back; the food is just that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fun local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very much enjoy the vibe and our meals here, whether hanging in the restaurant or at the bar. Nice staff, good sushi. Would love to see some gyosa though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty healthy fun
    DGBl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Best spot for good food that works for those of us who have to count our carbs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stick with sushi
    divegal
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    They have done a good job remodeling the previous old pub. Cozy, quiet. Good SUSHI But The Kobe Sliders Undercooked And bland. Tempura so so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still working out the kinks
    dineNdish
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food at Kauboi is inventive and tasty, the cocktails are creative and the ambiance is recovering from its former life as a pub. But it needs to find its niche. If it's going after the $16 a roll sushi crowd, the service and attention to detail need to be impeccable. Our party of eight finally got the water pitcher from the station after despairing of refills. Two of us were charged for the complete meals, although neither of us received them, and by the time our server checked in, we just let it pass. It wasn't until I got home and put on my glasses that I realized they weren't forgotten on the bill. It might have saved us the second $16 sushi roll, since the birthday girl was still hungry after the first. Altogether not worth the price
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome sushi!
    FormerChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I have been wanting to try Kauboi since it opened - I am only sorry I took so long to get here! Loved everything about it - especially the sushi. The food is amazing - the service was friendly and the atmosphere is rustic and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 4 reviews are from the Kauboi Grill and Sushi bar reviews archive.
  • Good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great food, very empty on a weekday night, flexible chef and server made a great experience!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great, service not so much
    hulawahine05
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Amazing food and cocktails. Will go back for those definitely. Service was poor. Took a long time to order. Asked for water for the table twice and finally 2 of us got a glass. Never brought the rice that went with the dinners. Didn't offer to take the charge for missing items off of the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A slightly off night
    Laina
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We have been to Kauboi many times, both for lunch and for dinner. Love the combination of Japanese and Western foods. Chef is very talented. But this Saturday was an off night. The sashimi did not seem as pristine as usually and there were no specials, which they ordinarily have. But we like it enough to continue going there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Fresh and Delicious
    Mary
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Kauboi Grill was a great surprise. We enjoyed the drink menu and I chose a Pim's which I drank once years ago on a jaunt through the Yorkshire Dales. NICE The music was a variety of low key country. Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' was playing when we walked in. The music was not overwhelming. We went for an early meal and were the only ones there when we went in but the place steadily filled. There was an extensive sake menu. We started with the garlic edemame (my husband thought it had too much garlic, I loved it) We each had a different salad and they were crisp and fresh and unusual. We had a delicious shrimp tempura and a U2 Roll. Yum!! The decor is fun Western straight out of an old cowboy picture movie. We hope to go again soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate