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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.
Irvine, CA 92618
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.
Adjacent to Edwards Cinemas at Irvine Spectrum Center
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Mr. Masa Kurihara
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
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.
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?? 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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