About Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Irvine

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.

31 Fortune Drive
Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Adjacent to Edwards Cinemas at Irvine Spectrum Center

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 453-0724

Website:
http://www.kabukirestaurants.com/

Parking Details:
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Irvine is located inside Irvine Spectrum Center, adjacent to Edwards Cinemas. Parking is available via valet, lot or garage conveniently located next to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Mr. Masa Kurihara

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.6

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4.0

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3.6

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Authentic (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good Japanese food. Lots of sushi options, ramen, and traditional Japanese favorites. Nothing particularly outstanding, but good. The server seemed otherwise occupied and did not check often.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Kabuki has been a favorite of mine since it opened. Always something interesting on the menu and always delicious. Whether you're in the mood for a couple of small plates, several to share, or a full dinner, you will not be disappointed. Service has always been good. A table has always been ready if I made a reservation. I've recommended to all my friends and they've never been disappointed either. Great place, great food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Food is great. We love the sushi so we come here to celebrate our special occasion. It's just the service was slow... took a long time before server took our orders and get our bill. There were not a lot of customers there at that time. And most of all, no more free edamame?? 😉

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our server, Emi, did not manage our dinner very well. Soup and Salad came with our Entrée
and everything was delivered at the same time to our table. When we pointed that out
she stopped coming by our table. We had to flag down another server to get additional service
and our check. I appears some additional training is needed.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Went here with a big group. Had been recommended by one of the participants who was unable to attend. He was the only vegetarian in the group. As far as for meat eaters (meaning fish or other animal protein) it was a very underwhelming experience. The sushi was fairly expensive and not as high of quality as you would expect. There are definitely better sushi bars out there.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Had problem with reservation. Though we hv email confirmation of Open Table reservation, we were not in kabuki 's system. Since it was Saturday, the wait time was about 45 mins. After a lengthy emotional argument with manager, we were seated which took about the same wait time as for those who did not hv a reservation.
This is our first time making a kabuki reservation online at open table , very disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Portions were small for the price compared with other Japanese restaurants...especially the "beef ribs" in their combo meals...all bone and gristle and hardly any meat. Service was handled by multiple waiters each clueless as to what the others were doing and food-to-table was really poorly timed for a 4-top given the standard fare we ordered. Restaurant definitely caters to families attending the theater across the plaza and was unpleasantly loud. Would not recommend for anyone looking for good Japanese food in a relaxing setting.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 17, 2017

We had expected more since we have dined at the Kabuki in Pasadena many times. Almost impossible to get any service once seated. Our server went missing all night. 15 minutes to get water and tea. 20 minutes to get a beer. The food took forever to arrive and some of the meals came about 10 minutes apart until we flagged down one nice food runner who picked up our food up on the Sushi chef's counter. I could see it from where I was sitting and it had been there for a while. We were still missing 2 bowls of steamed rice which we finally received 5 minutes later. The whole situation was Very embarrassing as we were entertaining family from out of town.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Really nice dinner for the money. We got there during their Happy Hour Menu time so we saved a few bucks on a really decent dinner. All of the rolls/sushi were good. Also had a couple of the combination items which were all good, too. Plenty of food at a very reasonable price for sushi/Japanese food. And our waitress was great so no complaints at all.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Food was great. Busser was amazing and always kept my beverages full. Server was just okay.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Service was just okay and food was very overpriced. For the quality of food we got, it made it not worth coming into this restaurant. Will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

My girlfriends and I went here for lunch during restaurant week. The food was fine but service was average to below average. We made reservations so we were seated right now but didn't see a wait or until 15-20 mins at the booth. Then our 3 course meal that we ordered via restaurant week took 1.5 hours to come out. Going during a weekday is not the best if you are tight on time to dine. Casual place if you have lots of time to hang out. Food was average- can't say much because I just ordered via the pre-fix meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 7, 2017

My husband and I went for lunch during OC restaurant week. I was a little skeptical based on reviews of the ramen, but it seemed like a good deal (and it was). The garlic edamame was nicely seasoned and vibrantly garlicky. It was quite a generous portion, too. My husband's soy ramen was surprisingly delicious. It was packed full of roasted veggies, firm but silky noodles, and a rich broth with an addictive umami flavor. The tonkatsu pork was good - nothing special, but good with the cabbage salad and solid for what it is. All around, glad we went and would go back if we get hungry for cheap, nearby sushi or ramen. It's not the best for either of these, but certainly a decent value.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Best Dragon Roll I've had! The food was a lot better than expected and it wasn't too costly. Would definitely eat here again if I'm in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Melt in your mouth sushi! I am officially hooked.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Food was great and so was the service. Worth going

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Called kabuki to confirm our OpenTable reservn before going, and we're told they only take first come first served during weekends, no reservns, not even thru OpenTable. We still went. Good thing it wasn't crowded that night and my family was able to get a table right away. We had a nice dinner. Hopefully next time opentable will be in sync with the restaurant's reservn policy.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Very good sushimi, rolls are average, but nice too, service OK, the only bad thing - almost all our plates/dishes had been chipped, they need to take better care of their dishes and replace the chipped ones.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Bland sushi, overpriced, and our server was nowhere to be found most of our meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2016

The service and food are excellent, plus the location in the Irvine Spectrum is perfect for parking and going to the movies.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 17, 2016

The rice was overcooked and mushy on half of our order. When we notified the waitress she said that they discovered the issue and made a new batch, but never offered to redo our food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2016

The food is good- solid versions of each item. I had the ramen, which was flavorful but not memorable. The service is basic- take your order, bring the food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 26, 2016

We had linner (late lunch/early dinner) so maybe that is why service was a bit slow. The restaurant wasn't busy. However the sushi was delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 9, 2016

I did not like my first-time experience at Kabuki. I don't plan on coming back again. My sushi roll was tasteless. I shouldn't have ordered the Agedashi Tofu. It was chewy instead of crispy and soft inside. Service was just ok. The server never checked on us until we were finishing up our meal.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 6, 2016

Ordered one order of dessert n our server gave enough for my mom n i to share

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2016

I was looking for a new japanese restaurant to frequent. This is not that place. The food was average and the service was very slow.I can cross it off my list.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 8, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious. Our server was very attentive when she came around but she did so very infrequently. We were there for 90 minutes for what was a lunch hour. You would think that they would offer quick service for the lunch crowd that has to get back to work within an hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2015

I have visited Kabuki on two occasions recently for late lunch extended business meetings employees who are also located in this area. The menu is diverse and on these visits we've enjoyed selecting a variety of appetizer and entrée items. The luncheon menu is very reasonably priced, so the value in terms of food quality, service and setting is very good. On both occasions, our server was a young man, John, whose knowledge, courtesy and friendliness very positively contributed to our experience. I'll go back for another business luncheon, but I'm also looking forward to returning with my wife on a visit to the Spectrum.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2015

I like that I can order a la carte or a meal. The meals are too large for me. I have taken several friends and they all have loved it. I wish you could make reservations on Friday and Saturday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2015

Great time with high quality food. Andrew was great as always. Will definitely continue to return!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2015

Their Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura is always good with a beer.
Service was very good!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 28, 2015

It was a coworkers' birthday and the waitress gave her green tea ice cream with a wafer along with a lighted candle. Very nice!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2015

Amazing food, amazing service. My friend and I went into this restaurant to talk business and got a lot accomplished. Andrew was awesome! We will definitely be back soon. Cheers!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 9, 2015

No one in my group is sushi/sashimi eater, so I can't speak to that. But, the beef and chicken combo plates were delicious and the portions were generous. The tempura was good, unfortunately, they may have been using an older batch of oil. We noticed that the tempura itself had dark specks, which usually indicates that the frying oil had not been refreshed in a while.

The most frustrating part however, was that having made a reservation two days prior, when we arrived at the restaurant they could not find any record of it. First, we were helped by a young lady who seemed confused. Then, a young gentleman came by and couldn't find the reservation either. I promptly showed them the reservation confirmation through OpenTable. It didn't do any good because they had a number of large parties already seated. So, we had to sit outside where it was way too warm and humid. It didn't help that our waiter seemed a bit "distracted" also. I had to ask for a setup a number of times.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 8, 2015

I went there with my family for the first time in a Thursday night. The place was not busy and seemed quite. They took forever to take our order and ended up bringing our appetizer with the entree. The food quality and taste is below average. My kids thought it was one of the worse resturants that they have been to! Don't waste your money in this place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 5, 2015

The food was very good but they brought our main course before they brought the appetizers. They took the main courses back and when they brought them again, everything was hot and delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2015

My boyfriend LOVES sushi. I have NEVER tried it. At first I was worried if it was homophobic place, but everyone was so nice. I felt very welcomed and the food was perfect and speedy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2014

Surprisingly authentic food! I would definitely come back, it's a great location with great staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2014

Only had spicy edamame and assorted sushi pieces, but the fish was fresh & delicious. The wasabi had a nice kick too. It was amazing weather too, I'm sure that didn't hurt anything.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2014

Chose Kabuki for my wife's birthday dinner as she is a big Japanese food fan. When we arrived, I informed the hostess of my Open Table reservation. I even showed her my confirming email. She was unimpressed with that and said they don't accept reservations on weekends. They would, however, still be able to accommodate the 6 of us. The only panic point for me was that I had requested some Special Occasion attention on my Open Table entry for the birthday. Now I had to try to resurrect that despite the staff's apparent lack of interest in my reservation. Once we got past that start, things improved greatly. The food was very good and Amy, our server, was really great. By the time we were finished, all was forgiven and we would gladly return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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