Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Howard Hughes Center

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$30 and under
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Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, the folks that make Japanese cuisine for all walks of life. Never tried sushi and Japanese cuisine? Visit Kabuki and we promise you"ll walk out hooked on our food. That’s what we do best; making non-believers into believers that Japanese cuisine is the new comfort food.

When you walk into a Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, you won’t be overwhelmed with Asian decor and soft slow music. What you will encounter is a fun, casual atmosphere with our friendly staff welcoming you through the doors.

Our food and beverages are passionately crafted by our R&D team who are dedicated to providing you the best in Japanese cuisine as well as spreading the culture of Japanese dining to our guests. The tireless efforts of Executive Corporate Chef Masa Kurihara are aimed to attain total satisfaction from you. They will be heart-broken if you feel otherwise. We look forward to serving you.
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MP
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The rice on my Sunkiss Roll was a bit hard which was disappointing. The seafood udon pasta was tasty. The yellowtail carpaccio was average.

S
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered several rolls to share and a salmon plate. All of the food was quite good. It came out quickly and fresh. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. Good times.

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Its not actually a review, but I want to know why our dining experience at that time did not earn points from OpenTable? Thanks.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and presentation. The waitress is excellent. Front entrance is ugly

OT
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It was just okay. Nothing to write home about.....

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ongoing construction takes time to navigate, but once your there (2nd level upstairs), a fine Pacific-Asian cuisine greets you warmly.

9
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It's been awhile but different from what I remember. I was dying for sushi and green tea ice cream. It was my birthday and I wanted to do something before heading to work that night. First off, the center is under construction and we walked in circles trying to find a way to get to the restaurant. I was kinda bummed because I used to enjoy taking a walk through the promenade at night. So we finally get inside the restaurant only to see that the reservations weren't really necessary. The lady at the counter never even bothered to check. We're seated, ordered our food from a very unenthusiastic waiter. Hubby said he was pleased with his fried California rolls. My spicy tuna roll was ok. Wasn't crazy about the calamari. Before we could order dessert the waiter brought the bill! I had higher hopes for tempura bananas and ice cream. Not bad. Just not great. The highlight of my night was the much needed Bloody Mary and watching hubby struggling to learn how to use chopsticks. Maybe the construction work took away from the crowd and ambience. I don't know, but their staff definitely could use some help with morale!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good aND the service was excellent. However, I've been spoiled by outstanding sushi so this is why I gave it an average rating. I've eaten at Midori and the sushi there is better for an all you can eat. But if you're bit trying to get too fancy then kabuki is good for you.

p
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good lunch. Good food at a very reasonable price. Nice service.
Nothing authentic whatsoever about the rolls and sushis, but it tastes good and some rolls are definitely creative!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The surrounding area is dark and all the business are drab.

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this chain. It's reliably delicious sushi in a relaxed atmosphere.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It has a great miso Black cod.

M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

1 spicy tuna roll
Took 1/2 hr to
Come to
Table. We asked about 4 times for
The roll. And In the end- no good.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Missed out on having several varieties of standard sushi fare. Plus the fish and avocados didn't taste so fresh

F
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I ordered black cod that came in a small portion. Group next to me ordered the same. I mentioned it to my sever, name not on check as I ate at the bar, he just shucked me off to deal with a manager. That is poor service. He couldn't wait to not have any responsibility with any issue with food. Tiffany the Manager on duty has good service recovery. Took it off my bill. Excellent. Zen, cook - drenched the unigi with a too sweet sauce. Way to much. Jimmy and Nick were good at the bar. At the bar, all the waiters reach over you when they are picking up sushi orders. Very disruptive.

L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. We only had one issue and it was when someone brought their dog in. It looked like the dog was snuck in. We left and I let the front staff know. I'm not sure how it was handled from there.

S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy my experiences here. It's our go-to Japanese comfort food spot and we always order the combination plates with teriyaki and tempura. This time my father noticed right away that the portion size had gotten smaller since our last visit (in December) - there was one less shrimp and the vegetables were cut smaller and one was eliminated. The amount of teriyaki beef had decreased also. This was a game changer and will keep us from visiting as often. We'd rather the price went up rather than the portions (and value) cut.

L
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

This is our go-to Sushi Restaurant! They have the best deals and they serve Brown Rice Sushi!
Much healthier than regular - less carbs!
I always order the Sashimi Salad...the dressing is phenomenal. We also ordered the dynamite too!

L
Los Angeles
179 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The sushi is always fresh, tastes great and well presented on the plates.

S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My go-to for Japanese-style comfort food. There is something on the menu to please everyone: there are options for those that don't eat raw fish, don't eat fish at all, don't eat meat, eat only meat, vegetarians, vegans, want to dine at the sushi bar, prefer a table, etc. and the prices are in line for the portions. Kabuki also has the right energy for an occasion as well as a casual night out.

K
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent location and great food!!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious dishes, very pleasant staff

F
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always consistent, the miso cod is excellent.

BP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been dining at Kabuki for a few years now, this location seems to be better than others to me. I love the great tasting food and the prompt service. I really enjoyed the Chilean sea bass for dinner and I loved the fried green tea ice cream for dessert. It's a trendy sushi restaurant, so the prices are a little expensive but they have a happy hour menu with decent choices. Overall I like this place and would recommend it to family and friends.

L
Los Angeles
179 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, the service was too. The restaurant was very accommodating in providing a booth for us.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I wanted a nice reasonable place for Japanese food for lunch for my birthday. My first time here. The location in the Howard Hughes Center was very convenient for me. The service was good ...I had a 1:30 pm reservation for lunch as I wanted to miss the main lunch time crowd. The menu was extensive and the food was excellent. My Tempura was crisp, Miso soup was delicious and the Terriaki beef and chicken was also very good. Nice portions for the price. My only complaint would be tables need to be cleaned better between sittings. I think mine was just brushed off and not really cleaned with a solution of any kind. At any rate for the food, price and location, I will definitely go back.

GL
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Near LAX we stop for food before going back to the airport and take the plain to India.
Service was slow!
Good food!

PE
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at this restaurant on several occasions. At each visit, the dining experience was superb! The cuisine is excellent and the service is attentive and personable. We love the quality at this restaurant!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

food was avarage. Service was slow. I did not know there was a fee for the hot green tea. They should have informed us.

OT
Cleveland
62 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I guess Kabuki is the appropriate name for this restaurant, as it is not what you would expect. Just average sushi that is somewhat offset by very good service.

r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated my moms birthday at Kabuki's. The food was awesome and plentiful, Definitely will return.

L
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had combination plates and sushi and sashimi salad. The selection of sushi warrants a comeback to try more! The specialty rolls had more than enough to share! The steak was tender and the sashimi salad was bountiful (could've used a bit more dressing). The tempura had many shrimp and vegetables. They had quite a selection of sake, but we chose our go to favorite beer tonight - Asahi Dry. Many tvs around for my husband to enjoy watching March Madness basketball. Food came out quickly too.
Service was plentiful = everyone helping each other.

S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I've been to this Kabuki location several times and the food and service has consistently been good. Once the orders have been placed our soup, edamame or other appetizers all arrive quickly. Entrees arrive at the right time and portions are a good value for the price. They offer the typical entrees and combo meals, sushi and noodles but have added more gourmet items and vegan dishes too. There's something to please everyone and for us it's become our go-to Japanese comfort food spot.

HD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was trying to find a great restaurant for my Mom's birthday on the way to The Forum. Kabuki was the perfect fit! The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or dinner out with friends and family.

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