Wabi Sabi
Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wabisabisushi.com/
  • Phone: 310-314-2229
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available on the street.
A word from Wabi Sabi
Wabi-Sabi exemplifies the young,trendy Abbot Kinney vibe. Modern architecture encompass this hip spot full of neighborhood regulars who find the fun,crowded atmosphere relaxing. Japanese in concept, fusion in flavor, one can choose from an extensive market fresh sushi list or indulge in our pan-asian fusion cuisine.
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Wabi Sabi reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)romantic (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Fun and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fun restaurant to have dinner for delicious Japanese food when on Abbot Kinney or eat at regularly if you live in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Compliments to the bartender
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great experience at Wabi Sabi - awesome drinks (the bartender made us a cucumber jalapeno martinis that was not on the menu and absolutely delicious), sashimi, appetizers and excellent service. The service was impeccable. We were sat down immediately and everyone from the waiter to individuals that cleared our table were very helpful. Only downside was our table was in the middle of the second room and the lighting seemed a bit brigher compared to the other two rooms. Also, prefer the sushi rice at Sugar Fish. Overall a great place for friends, groups, or date and looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Japanese
    ecdoodle
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    There are plenty of Japanese restaurants in LA, but I picked Wabi Sabi because we can walk there. The food is generally very good and the ambiance is hip and casual. It is a bit overpriced but all things considered, it's still a good dinning option for us who prefer not to drive to dinner after a long work day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Confused Service
    FromagerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was my first time here at Wabi Sabi, and I had really looked forward to the dinner. I found when speaking to the sushi chef, at the sushi bar, that he was either unable to hear what I was saying or just completely ignored my requests. On the flip side, when I ordered menu items from the server, she seamed overwhelmed and promptly forgot my order. For something as simple as a bowl of soup, I waited for 45 minutes. I regularly dine at high end sushi bars and am familiar with ordering some things from the chef and some from a server. Usually, they at least are communicating and the orders come out properly and in a timely manner. While I found the food tasty enough, the management of service was so poor that I will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi for Vegans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Love this spot. The Vegan Miso soup alone is reason to go. Miso eggplant, veggie rolls, delicious kale salad and oh the drinks! Wabi Sabi never disappoints. Go, dine, drink and have fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wabi Sabi Awesome!!!
    jayjrae
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The sushi, sake and service was awesome. The freshness of your food keeps us coming back!!! Over and over again!! Great food, service, sake... A Venice find!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sushi, Bad Service
    ilikefood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The hostess basically ignored us when we first came into the restaurant and it took us about 10 minutes to be seated even though the restaurant was fairly empty. Then our waiter took our drink order and appetizer order, but did not come back for a long time to take our dinner order. Might have just gotten bad luck with that one waiter, but didn't have a great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food great service
    eatwell
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The staff is great and the food is always great-love the atmosphere and its just a solid neighborhood restaurant-highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 268 reviews are from the Wabi Sabi reviews archive.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    foodisgood
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food is always good here, and the ambiance is great. Service can sometimes be slow, but not always. Can't go wrong with a meal here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi this side of Japan
    SushiBill
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I have travelled extensively in Japan and have fully enjoyed the best sushi Japan has to offer. Not until Wabi Sabi have I enjoyed comparable sushi in the US. Albacore was soft and delicious. Toro was very fresh as well. The Hakattsu (sp?) sake was fabulous. You must find this restaurant Nd enjoy a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great easy meal
    cjbtoonzVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is really good here and prices are moderate. Very attentive wait staff too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Local Favorite
    LATrio
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We've been dining at Wabi Sabi for years, but we usually go there for their excellent Happy Hour menu and our usual favorites (sushi, sweet potato fries, etc.). This time, however, everything we ordered was new to us (though they've all been on the regular menu for a long time). We had an amazing Dungeness crab salad with heirloom tomatoes, a pasta that was great, terrific sautéed spinach and a wild mushroom dish. Definitely going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brilliant as Always
    holidayeater
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The most gracious manager in all of Los Angeles! The food was excellent as always. Yellowtail with jalepeno sashima is the BEST in town!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wabi Sabi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The service was great, attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and dining was relaxed. Great for meeting up with friends... yummy cocktails.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    dkit54
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I love the food at Wabi Sabi, however the service is awful! It took over an hour to get our bill after we asked for it 4x!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Uncomfortable
    luv2dine505VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My friend and I ate dinner here and had a great time. Food was alright but not the best sushi I've had. That being said, as we were signing the check to leave a waitress hurriedly came over with sake and cups in her hand. She said that some other customers in the corner of the restaurant sent over drinks and food. We said if they could send it back because it was awkward and we obviously already ate and leaving. The waitress demanded that we stay and put the drinks down anyway. This continues to get more uncomfortable. She sets down silverware and finally the food comes out. She leaves the food and walks over to the guys. We gave the food to the people next to us and got out as fast as we could. Talk about POOR customer service...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad, but pretty unmemorable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    With as many options in the area, I do not foresee my fiancé and i coming back here again. We did not have a bad experience by any means, and the food was (meh) okay, but we're pretty confident that there's a sushi place nearby with much better food, especially considering the price. Items we tried: Chilli garlic edamame (slippery and hard to eat but yummy) Spicy salmon roll (too much rice and kinda boring) Japanese ceviche (wasn't bad, but pretty small) Soft shell crab roll (too much rice and little flavor) Yellow tail special (good flavor)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh so bad service
    FgSAMVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I am a regular at Wabi Sabi but must say the service on my recent visit was horrible. Everything was very, very slow. the bar is exceptionally slow and downright painful. i am concerned if it doesn't improve that it will eventually shutdown which would be a shame since the food is fairly good and consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Night Fun
    Venice
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We recently met a friend visiting from San Miguel de Allende at Wabi Sabi. She has been living in Central Mexico for a few years and mentioned she was really missing her favorite sushi restaurant in Los Angeles. We decided to take her to our favorite sushi restaurant and all of us were exceptionally pleased with our decision. Everything we ordered was delicious, the Friday night atmosphere was perfect and of course the entire Wabi team was amazing. This is a must try if you are in the Los Angeles area!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We had lots of different sushi. All was no more than mediocre. Don't even consider - especially in an area with so many good choices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A culinary delight
    Marsee3VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Thi place is a neighborhood gem. The food is very consistent and always fantastic. It has a great sushi bar. We prefer table service as it is more relaxing for us. The menu is oustanding. We ordered an eggplant dish that was the best we ever had. Can't wait to go back! Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a regular here. The sushi
    ShowbizLizVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I am a regular here. The sushi is consistently great. I also love their cocktails. The service is always great when I have a female server but only adequate with the guys. Why is that? Thanks for not blasting music so loud that no one can have a conversation (like way too many other places)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I always have a great time at Wabi Sabi. Great food and fun energetic ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fabulous sushi!
    1officediva2VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Absolutely fabulous sushi! We will be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Black Cod with the crispy potato and pan fried broccolini - out of this world! Shrimp Gyoza with carrot sauce. OMG. A definite plate licker! We had 2 orders of this!! Udon Soup - simply divine. This is such a Venice gem. Hands down, our most favorite sushi restaurant ever! Celebrated our 24th Wedding Anniversary here. It simply did not disappoint! We are very happy customers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Fun
    Pbandj
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Though it was a busy night, service was overall prompt and friendly. The Philly roll was our favorite--definitely a once-in-while treat. Our server was personable and the runners were very friendly. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Wabi-Sabi never fails to please us. Their food quality, preparation and service are always top notch. The hostess(or owner) always has a smile, checks on you and wants to make your experience a good one every time. Must haves:diver scallop salad beet salad,black cod,udon with lobster and shrimp, albacore tataki w/garlic ponzu and the caterpillar roll. Try the asian pear sake. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi on the West Side
    KatersonVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Wabi Sabi is undoubtably the best sushi West of the 405
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was new?
    ColdSakeplease
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was great. Service was the worst ever at Wabi-Sabi. I would go back and recommend with hesitation, but not the service I'm used to.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi is always fun!
    Claudette
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Great sushi, eggplant and mojito awesome. Only negative, portions were small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    Venicelady
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Always consistent and good. The tempura is crisp and not at all greasy and the sushi is fresh and delicious. We go here almost once a week!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can count on Wabi Sabi ....
    Dtown
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    consistently great food and service every time. Neighborhood winner. Love the early happy hour specials and kid-friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • out of town guests
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    We had a delicious meal. We arrived early (6:30p) and missed most of the crowded noisiness. The waiter was miffed when I asked him to stop calling us "guys." I find it unpleasant and it seems to be the greeting of the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, friendly and
    ToinetteVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Very good food, friendly and professional service. Nice atmosphere and decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable and super fresh sushi
    NatalieBVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Wabi-Sabi has been a neighborhood gem for years. It's always a reliable spot for great sushi in a relaxed environment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abdel
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Awesome place with great service. The combinations are extremely fresh with great flavors that don't come across as too overwhelming. They also have some great beers and an amazing lychee martini. We love sitting at the sushi bar seeing everything prepared fresh and their communal table option is a nice change of pace for the LA dining scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The food is amazing. My favorite dishes are the kale salad, the baked crab roll and the yellow tail with cilantro, jalapeno and a citrus mix. This is a great place to have some tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good find
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Fish is very fresh. Tempura is a little greasy and sauce is weird. The eggplant appetizer is very tasty. Good portion. Street parking stated on the website is impossible and valet is easy. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Get a reservation and they put the ten of us in our own little side room. It was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grear spot in Venice
    RBladerVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Wabi Sabi is a first rate Japanese Restaurant on Abbott Kinney that combines special dishes and excellent sushi. Their appetizers and salads are outstanding (especially the scallop salad and the seaweed salad). They always have specials that are really special. Some really good hot entrees too and an excellent list of cold sakis. And their special rolls are superb. Great scene too - lively but not too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic