Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Tempe

3.9
112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm,
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 350-9160
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Masa Kurihara
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McClintock
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I ordered takeout from Kabuki before and their food were good and decent service.
This time, I booked a reservation on Saturday at 6pm and all went well until the Friday before. I got a called from someone asking me to confirm my reservation and I responded "yes" that my guests and I will come. Then on Saturday morning, a man from Kabuki called and asked me to confirm my reservation! I told him that I already confimed yesterday so he said that he has checked my name and they will not called again. That afternoon around 2pm, a woman called me to confirm my reservation again. I said that I already confirmed twice so why is she calling me again? she told me that it was her job to call to confirm. I told her to not play game and leave me alone and hung up. If you want to try Kabuki, just go there. Don't reserve tables. The restaurant is not crowded but the staff is rude.

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LB
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Prefer to enjoy this restaurant for lunch than for dinner. Sushi is always fresh, spicy tuna rolls seemed a little "loose". Sashimi (Omakase) was good. Our server, Jose, seemed a little less trained than other servers we have had in the past, was lacking in attentive or expeditious behavior.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a lot of fun and good food!

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K
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The variety of dishes was great. We ordered edamame, few rolls, chicken Teriyaki, crab salad and gyoza as appetizers then entree s. We will return!

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SN
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

It's a 115 degrees today, the AC started acting up in this restaurant 3 days ago and when we arrived, no one warned us. After 45 minutes of sweating we told them we couldn't stay any longer. The manager on duty, made up some excuse and when I told him that we should have been forewarned when we walked in that the AC was out, he told me it wasn't out then. Of course it was out then, they were on the roof working on it from when it went out 2 days ago

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

This review is regarding my visit (07/20/18) at 7pm.

The hostess was extremely friendly and sat us down promptly. Immediately after taking our seats, my party and I felt very warm. Apparently we weren't the only ones because several people from the tables in our section were fanning themselves with their menus. Our hostess told us there was a slight issue with the AC and that they were working on it. No big deal. Or so I thought. It just seemed to get warmer and warmer.

We placed a pretty large order with a strategy. First the three apps, then the first round of sushi (four rolls), then the second round of sushi after that (another three rolls). Our server was amazing and he placed the order exactly the way we asked. Super attentive and friendly. Well, it was a good thought while it lasted because everything wound up coming to our very small table at the exact same time. Still, we're a creative bunch and we made it work. No big deal.

Now, here's where I really took issue. The fish on the rainbow roll I ordered wasn't cold. That really bothered me because I'm super picky about sushi and I kinda have this thing where I like raw fish to be cold. Then I tried the barbecue beef ribs. They were so bland. I then tried the dragon roll and was severely disappointed. The unagi tasted like butane and I couldn't continue eating it. The Alaskan roll was assembled lazily and it was literally falling apart when it came to my table. We had to use a spoon to pick up and piece because it couldn't hold its shape!

Now, I can forgive a lot of things but I have a big problem when the food I'm paying for isn't up to par. On every other occasion I've been to this location, the food was amazing. Tonight was just a fluke, I suppose. I'm not the only one in my party who thought so. It was super warm in their and the food was such a disappointment that we all decided to leave.

TL;DR
Restaurant was warm, raw fish not cold, food didn't taste the same, so we left for another restaurant.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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b
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi and excellent service! A terrific restaurant!

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food just don’t go there late at night when they’re getting ready to close… The waiters and waitresses want to get out of there and are very rude. They took the soy sauce off our table the menus for dessert menus and couldn’t wait to get the plates off even though we weren’t done… Very poor service but the food was great…

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sushi. Wonderful place.

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I made reservations at 9 PM for their last seating at 10 PM. When we got there, they did not have our reservations. The hostess told me that they do not check OpenTable at that time of night but that they think they could still seat us. Both hostesses were rude and had attitudes. Once seated, our server told us that last call for food orders and drink orders was 10:15 PM. How is it that a guest is supposed to decide in a matter of a few minutes all courses and drinks, especially when we’ve never even been there. So we scrambled, ordered double glasses of wine, appetizers, Salads and entrées. Everything came out at once except for the salads came after the entrées. We literally were there for 40 minutes. We felt rushed the entire time, did not feel like we enjoyed ourselves at all. And apparently this is how this restaurant runs all the time every night due to strict time limes on cleaning and shutting the kitchen down. I might suggest that they move their last seating time till 9:30 PM that way their customers have a better experience. We won’t be going back.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Will not eat there again. This is an honest review. Overpriced. The specials were Good. The shrim tempura was so small it was laughable

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SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Excellent poke bowls. Great value!

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Kabuki Tempe Marketplace. Great food, service, drinks, and atmosphere.

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IA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was great and tasted really good. The cocktails were good also. A bit pricey however great food and drinks. Well worth it.

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R
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always the food was GREAT. Although it can be a little on the loud side the quality of food at Kabuki never disappoints. Our favorite.

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B
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

food choices decrease. Request to serve better healthier meat quality

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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p
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

11/21/2017.

The front desk hostesses did not understand about open table process.

They tried to send me somewhere else to chat about the open table points.

The server and food was excellent. It was our daughters birthday and they didn’t mention anything .

Disappointed. We spent a lot of money .

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MC
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 3

Very bad service very expensive food

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited Kabuki while staying in the area on a business trip for a Sunday dinner with a friend. Fun atmosphere. Good sake selection - waiter made a great recommendation. Quickly filled up on small plate dishes (miso black cod was excellent) and rolled sushi. Service started out great but it took a while to find someone for the bill. Reasonable prices, will visit again when nearby.

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j
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service. Loved sitting outside and people watching while eating with friends. Sushi was very good and a wide variety.

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PH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and the sushi was very fresh and had great taste.

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H
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a wonderful time! The food was great and the service in the bar area was outstanding. It was a very memorable night.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food. It's pricey but you don't get gypped.

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just perfect. We will come back tomorrow ! Our last day in Arizona !!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent vegan options including a Tofu Steak main entree, spicy ramen soup and several vegan friendly rolls. Our server was a touch inattentive, and the atmosphere is a bit corporate, but we love eating at the chain restaurant.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The salmon teriyaki was awesome!

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Kabuki. Top notch, one of my favorites!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The 6 of us had an enjoyable experience. Sushi was good - and presentation was fun, wait staff was attentive.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was excellent, but the restaurant was dirty. The table was not properly cleaned before our seating. The walls were covered in grease and splatters. The glass partitions were also filthy and dusty. This really detracted from what would otherwise be a pleasant dining experience.

I will not recommend to anyone until I see that this location has been properly cleaned.

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M
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a young, hip place that would draw a new generation of such lovers. The plates (nigiri moriawase and sea food on hot stone grill) we had showed a new twist that deserves recognition. The wait staff, while genuinely polite and attentive, was young and not very knowledgeable with Japanese cuisine, especially sake. With a bit of staff training, this place could rise to the next level.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, great prices, but a tad noisy for me.. Might have just been the time of day.. Otherwise outstanding place for something other than just teriyaki chicken bowls.

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DT
Manitoba
33 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Kabuki did not honour my open table reservation, first not believing that I had one and then not believing that I had one at their branch, and then not believing the confirmation email that I showed them. Apparently they don't accept reservations on Friday and Saturdays.

They were very busy and the waitress asked me if I was done after I ate my appetizer. When I pointed out that my main had not yet arrived, but that I was supposed to get soup or salad, she rushed off and brought me soup shortly after the main arrived.

The food was sloppily made but tasted acceptable, although the raw fish was mushy in texture.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi is consistently fresh and well prepared. Nice bar selection, service was very good and food was served quickly.

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d
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Popped in for a quick dinner with a friend before going to the theatre. Ordered miso soup, the pork belly, and a California roll. I figured the soup would appear first, but the pork belly did instead. Large pieces that were moist and flavorful. It was served over raw onions (they didn't really cook on the hot plate) with cilantro and sliced jalepenos sprinkled on top. The California roll and miso soup were good as well. Good service, wait staff were friendly.

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KB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

For the price, I would have expected better food. While the menu offered a ton of options, the food did not match the decor. My fiancee's ramen broth looked like watered down soup. My Unagi Bowl took extra seasoning before I could eat it. I also requested no avocado as I am allergic to them. They put them in there anyway. My mom ordered the teriyaki chicken, which was apparently good. Sad that they offer so many options but really only nail the basic dishes.

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HB
Phoenix
59 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious Japanese food and wonderful service. Our waiter was really cute too!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. A great place for dates, Birthday celebrations ect. The food was amazing and fast. Service was great as well.

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