Wasabi of Summerville
Wasabi of Summerville

Wasabi of Summerville

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://wasabiofsummerville.com/
  • Phone: 8438219292x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Wasabi of Summerville
Consistently voted "Best Sushi" and "Best Japanese" by Charleston City Paper and "Best Asian" and "Best Sushi" by Summerville Journal. Sushi, Steaks, and a time of your life. Wasabi offers the best Japanese dining experience in the heart of the historic Summerville, SC. Our Teppan “Hibachi” dining room features teppan grills at which our masterful chef cooks and performs for the entire table. The chef’s skills are in display while you enjoy the best Japanese food in town. We maintain close relationships with local farmers and purchase the freshest seafood available. Welcome to Wasabi. We look forward to serve you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Wasabi of Summerville reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)special occasion (12)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (2)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Our wait was very long.
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The manager gave our table a discount, which made the long wait a more bearable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor reservation service
    DeTom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Although we made reservations through open table, it took over one hour to get seated. Poorly managed around the bar which made it very difficult to get a drink while waiting. Once seated it was a fine experience. If the reservation service was better, we would go back....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • August Birthdays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Grandson, now 13; Grandpa now 74; Grandson, now 13, Daughter-in-law, now 43, and Grandma, now 68 all had a terrific birthday celebration at Wasabi's. The food was very very good and the atmosphere is perfect for family fun. We plan to do this again soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    luvie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The parking was horrible. I had to park across the street in the grass. In comparison to other Japanese restaurants in the area this would be the last on my list. Made a reservation the day before and still waited about an hour. The taste of the food was subpar. I ordered the Shrimp tempura which cost 7.25 and only received 3 shrimp. Another person in my party also ordered the shrimp tempura and they did not receive their until at least 10-15 mins after I received mine. They chef did not have enough food and had to request the server and bus boy to bring him more. Once he just went to the back and retrieved more food himself. My bill was wrong once I received it. All in all just a really bad experience. I will not be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food-be ready for "Sake Time"
    mammacheese
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food is terrific. The service was decent. The noise is crazy! But it was a fun evening for my son and me. We loved the Crab/Cheese Rangoons- they were fantastic. We ate at the grill side and it was very good. The 2 complaints I might have is- we sat with a group of 6 that were already seated and it seemed like the entire meal, they got all of the servers attention. I sat with an empty tea glass for over 10 minutes. He seemed to address them about everything and not even really look in our direction. The other complaint- the "sake time" song and loudness was funny at first, but by toast 28 we were kinda over it. Could not even hear to talk, sitting side by side. And for kids, not sure sending the right message, in a family type place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sons 17th Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We took my son and a few of his friends here for his birthday day dinner the food was really good I had sushi and they all had Hibachi. In regards to the food is they use Dark Meat chicken (my wife doesn;t like) so she always get the filet and besides how could you go wrong with Bacon Fried Rice. After reading some of the other reviews we were concerned since this wasn't an actual reservation for 4:30. We got there @ 4 just to be safe and were seated within 5 minutes. Our server was ok but like others said they disappear I think we only saw him 3-4 times the whole time. As for the cook he just ok and wasn't very entertaining like other times we have been there or other places.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beau
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had reservations and still had to wait for an hour to be seated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The only complaint would be our wait time to be served. Our reservation was an hour behind schedule.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome rest.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was my 3rd time to Wasabis and it was and is an awesome place to dine and I will be back again soon
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 38 reviews are from the Wasabi of Summerville reviews archive.
  • Wasabi does not take reservations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I made a reservation through Open Table for 630PM. When I arrived at 620PM, the hostess proceeded to move my name from the computer to their wait list. She said, "Since you reserved online, you don't know we have a 30 minute wait." Reserving online did nothing but let them know we were coming. Ridiculous! That's not a reservation. We received a table at 40 mins later at 7PM. We didn't see a waitress until 10mins later. We didn't see a chef until 750PM. So, 1 hour 20 mins after our reservation is when food prep was started.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun!
    kams
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had two birthdays at our table in our party of 7. The food was excellent. Our chef was not nearly as fun and personable as any I have had at this location or any other similar restaurant. That was the only concern the people in my party had, only because they were making comparisons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved it :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    the food was amazing and the chef very entertaining .. love it
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A note for Open Table
    JR1960
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First you need to remove Wasabi from your list. They do not take reservations! It is strictly call ahead but does not guarantee a seat. We had a fantastc dinner! We arrived early even though it was called for 5:30. We arrived @ 4:55 on aSaturday. I was pleased that we were seated by the sushi bar as asked within 10 minutes of arriving. Our waitress was fabulous and very attentive. Food came out fresh and hot! Refills of our drinks on the half mark. Upon ordering she even offered the early-bird pricing being it was a mothers day outing. I thought that very nice and a professional touch. I highly recommend early arrival and you can ask for seating in sushi bar area and order same as dinner hibatchi show. Excellent evening very friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First bad experience
    Disappointed2theextreme
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was rushed to be cooked, and was not appealing. It also tasted bland. The server took forever with everything! I sat at the table for a total of one hour and fifteen minutes and not once did I receive a refill on my drink! This experience was terrible and I was not satisfied!!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and show
    tnmc84
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was my first hibachi experience and it was amazing. The cook put on a great show. The waitress was great and the food was great. I usually sit on the sushi side however I had a large group with me. Just a great place and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kids Birthday
    Mari
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A great place to celebrate your 12 year old son's birthday when he is too old for Chuck E Cheese & too young for Hall's.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Really entertaining and fun. Great place to celebrate any special occasion. Great food!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waited WAY TO LONG
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Had reservation for 7:30, was seated at 735 and chef did not come to the table until 8:45.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food awesome. Service spotty.
    RyanH
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We've been to Wasabi many times and the experience is consistent. Great food; entertaining chef (usually), though it can take forever to get one at your table; and the waitservice is slow. If you're willing to deal with the service then this is a great place to go, especially with kids. This visit we sat at the table for almost 45 minutes waiting for a chef (were they understaffed?). Our server was polite, but very slow and not very attentive. My children didn't get drink refills until dinner was almost over and my wife and I *never* got refills despite the glasses being obviously empty. So that was annoying. However the chef was outstanding. My kids LOVED interacting with him and he prepared a great meal. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    monkey
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    They service was a little slow. I don't know if she was new but it was like we were forgotten about. The cook could of been a little more funny we were laughing at Mike the whole time that was across from us cooking. I love this place but will not be coming back if the service is not good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food & service were very
    Denice
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food & service were very good. The cook was entertaining. Wasabis is a fun place to go for a birthday!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had an amazing time with the staff my brother enjoyed his bday thanks so much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations Not Honored-Chaotic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    First let me say that the food and service from our server/chef was great. Everything else left much to be desired. We were seated 1 hour and 10 minutes after our reservation. The hostess inaccurately transferred the reservation from Open Table to a piece of paper from 6 people to 4. While waiting, the manager offered us appetizers and told us we were next however we were not. Once seated, another person, who I assume was management, approached us to ask how things were going. She then told us that they do not offer reservations, only call ahead seating. I asked twice while they participate with Open Table if they do not honor reservations however she did not have an answer. If you can deal with the wait and chaos, the food is great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reservation, what reservation?
    Chris
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    For a 7:45 reservation, my date and I showed up at 7:30. The line to check in was out the door. As I requested to check in, I was notified that they don't offer "reservations" but rather I had a "call ahead seating request." Finally got seated at 9:30... 1 hour 45 minutes after my supposed reservation. Waiter was nice. Chef very polite. Food was very good. Not great, but very good. Just no need to go through the effort to make a nice date night just to have to wait 2 hours for your table. Hostesses were working hard, I just dont' see why you would accept walk ins when you have a full roster of reservations set. I will not go back. There are too many very similar options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Asko
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Made reservations for 515 waited maybe 10 mins seated at table, chef didn't even get started cooking till after 6, I ordered chicken and shrimp my husband ordered filet and chicken by the time the chef got to our side of the table the other guests got double of what my portion was, charged for an extra drink as well....this was a birthday celebration for our daughter, needless to say very disappointed for overall experience we won't be back for a very long time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food always good and servers
    Daisymay
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Food always good and servers always fun and personable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best experience so far
    PenniV
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We had the pleasure of having Mark as our chef. I'd the hundreds of times we have eaten St this you're of establishment, without a doubt he was the best. As always, the filet mignon was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 18th Birthday Dinner
    Joe4go
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great good, the show left a little to be desired, service was about what you would expect on a busy Saturday night. Call first for reservation unless you want to wait 2 hours. All in all a good place to celebrate
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not best for a romantic occasion
    wierdo1
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Wasabi has excellent food and service but the atmosphere is very open which lends itself less to a romantic couple and more to a group setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Wasabi of Summerville
    PMarie14
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We usually go to Miyabi Japanese steak house and this was our first time here. It was a bit crowded for what we are used to but the overall experience was great! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    RGehlken
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Is always a fun experience! Chef was awesome and funny! Food always delish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • depends on hibachi chef
    llap
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The chef makes or breaks the "exceptional grade" for this restaurant. I invited my husband to join me for a second visit. After the wonderful first experience, left me disappointed. the first visit, our chef tossed the implements, juggled sauces, had a wide selection of jokes, and drew us in very quickly to a jovial and highly interactive meal. the second visit, our chef had great technique for hibachi grilling itself, but no juggling, the jokes were lame and repeated (Japanese ketchup instead of soy sauce). We still enjoyed the food, but the table nearby had the lively chef, and they kept exploding with laughter and applause, which made our lunch seem a little drab- delicious, but... I know each group has its own dynamics, still...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were seated with minimal
    Ashley
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We were seated with minimal waiting time since we had a reservation. The food was delicious. I was a little disappointed that I was not allowed to sub my soup for an extra salad instead. I'm just not a fan of that soup and every other hibachi restaurant I have been to has allowed this substitution. Minor inconvenience. But, Overall the food was great and so was the chef and staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There was more than enough
    howobin
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    There was more than enough food; we both had lunch for the next day and beyond. Chef was very entertaining and efficient. We will definitely go back with friends in the near future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations mean nothing
    IrishRogue
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Our party arrived at 5:30pm as was scheduled by our Open Table Reservation. We were finally seated at 6:15pm. Orders were taken in the interim. At 7:30pm I finally got fed up, as were all 8 people, 2 parties, and went to find someone in charge. At 8:00pm we were finally served. Management DID try to make amends with free drinks and a reduced bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great place. Lights
    Finedine
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Great food, great place. Lights were dim, romantic but laid back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    notcookingtonight
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Fun, entertaining, great food and an awesome chef and wait staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was GREAT as usual.
    dla1229
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    the food was GREAT as usual. We plan ahead, made a appt. We were there eariler and stil had to wait 40 minutes to be seated our chef was not having a good day. They did not do their usal tricks and delights for people. Other tables around us were having a great time. Our waitress messed up our order( they forgot a party in our group dinner) There were really long waits in bewteen the different serving of foods. It was made for a long night we had family from california visiting that we had been raving about this place and was very dissapointed
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated very quickly.
    MJBTD
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We were seated very quickly. Our initial server, Dillon or Devin, was excellent. The cook was entertaining. Before we finished eating one of the wait staff came wanting to box up our meals. I said I was not finished eating, nor was my companion. Both of us had seafood and did not want to carry it home. The wait staff person stood there holding a box open staring at us until we finished. We agreed we had never been so rushed in a restaurant. There was no offer of dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Kels17
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    My party had to wait almost 45 minutes even with opening a table. Once we got seated our waitress was awful, she was rude, she never filled up our drinks and out of the two hours we were there she was probably at the table 3 times. Our chef was pretty boring, not very exciting like the other chefs that were around. Everytime I have been to wasabi I have been pleased, but after this experience I will most likely never go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate