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Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Old Pasadena

46 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (50)
  • Good for Groups (46)
  • Fit for Foodies (42)
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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Japanese, Sushi
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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.
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Phone number
(626) 568-9310
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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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Cross street
De Lacey Avenue
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Parking details
Parking Structures. Street Parking. Universal Valet Parking Service for Old Pasadena District.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 46 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2017

Our server, Michael, rocked. He was so friendly, attentive, helpful, and flawless. We had a great time and really enjoyed the food, beer, cold & warm sake, and the ambiance. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the bathroom being weirdly, eerily underground (downstairs). It feels like it's about to turn into an "IT" (Stephen King) scene. I was looking for a red balloon. Anyway, also very reasonable pricing. Thank you.

vipVagabondbk (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

Best Happy Hour in Pasadena and the patio is dog friendly.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent place to eat and relax, great mothers day meal

vipVagabondbk (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2017

Best happy hour in Pasadena
The Chardonnay is great and so is the sushi

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

Service was poor. Quality of food ok not as a year ago . Lost the love for what it used to be my favorite place

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2017

I came in for late happy hour. Ordered 3 Philly Rolls w/ Masago and Avocado. Got neither. Waited 10 minutes for Soy Sauce. I would rather eat at Foothill, skip the "special" and get what I ordered.

Moving forward, that will be a better option for me. Too bad its not offered late at all Kabuki's. Oh well

OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
2.0  Dined on April 3, 2017

The sashimi plate was really good, the fish was really fresh. We've loved it. But the sushis (rolls) was fair.

JessicaR (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

We passed by the restaurant and noticed that it looked closed, which was unusual since we had reservations. There were employees inside but chairs turned upside down. As we looked for parking I called to ask them what time they closed. They told me that they closed early due to being short staffed. They closed at 9pm. We had reservations at 9:30pm. They typically close at 10:30pm, they said. No one contacted me to notify me of this -- unacceptable. We do not live in the area and were celebrating a special occasion. Strange that they closed early and stranger that they didn't contact me (and anyone else who might have had reservations) to let us know.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2017

This is a great location and the service was amazing. Food came out in a timely manner, and it was all delicious. It wasnt busy and the atmosphere felt private almost.

Chapis (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on December 19, 2016

I love this restaurant and most of the waiters have been amazing .... but sadly today was horrible, the waiter took our order looking away, slamming the sauces we had asked for and he NEVER came back to check on us!

vipchibimaru (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2016

Great front patio area for outdoor dining w dog. Appropriately radiant heaters facing downward--just enough to provide heat without burning your hair.
I had the soy ramen w grilled pork and boiled egg. Flavor was very good. I would probably not use the black pepper since it tends to settle at the bottom of the Bowl after slurping down the noodles. The pork was a bit too lean for my tastes--for ramen, I personally prefer the less healthy, more fatty pork belly, but that's just a personal thing. The service is actually very noteworthy. Extremely attentive hostess, waitress. Even though we were the only people outside, we never felt neglected. Okay, they were extremely courteous--a real plus!

vipLuvwokcano (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2016

I have to give thumbs up to kabuki. Family enjoy everything, amazed with the service, the ambiance and of course the food (Sushiiii !!!!).
Will be back, sooner than later.

vippasadenasb (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 19, 2016

It was a bit cold, but the food was ok, the service was friendly, and I would definitely go there again, but with a warner sweater

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

Service was decent but the food was just how I like it ;)

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

I went with a group of friends for my birthday. They were very friendly, as soon as I said I had a reservation they wished me a happy birthday. The food was AMAZING! I will definitely go back.

vipSandL (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2015

Just arrived in town on business, hit Open Table, found Kabuki, walked right in and it was perfect! Waiter Amando was superb, took great care of us, and we walked away very satisfied. Couldn't ask for anything more. Another reason to use Open Table!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2015

The Alaskan ROLL n triple A box always very yummy. Tried the sangria for the first time n definitely going back for it again

vipyoukendoit (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on May 19, 2015

Although Kabuki Japanese Restaurants are one of my favorite places to dine for Japanese food, the Old Town Pasadena location is lacking in food quality. If this location was my first experience with Kabuki Restaurants, I probably wouldn't bother trying other locations. I had ordered the Garlic Beef Yaki. The sliced garlic is usually cut thin and is cooked just enough to be brown and crispy but, not burnt. I asked for the beef to be cooked medium rare but, I was served medium well cooked meat and it was just thrown on the plate like a pile of beef. The presentation was very unappetizing. The Miso Marinated Cod was a watery marinade which made the fish taste bland. The only thing good about this restaurant are the servers, who were very pleasant, efficient and apologizing. The Hastings Ranch in East Pasadena location is how all Kabuki Japanese Restaurants should be.

Fggalang (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2015

Had dinner at their Pasadena Old town location, to celebrate my daughter's birthday. It was a tuesday and parking was easy, behind the building. Hosts were warm, greeting you, getting in. We even had our choice of seating. Ambience was wonderful, cozy, nice and quiet, modern interior. Food selection was great with colored pictured menu, helpful. Waiter was knowledgeable as well as helpful, food was wonderful, very presentable, tasty modest portions, as shown on the menu, excellent. Thumbs up !!! I'll bring back my family again, soon.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2015

We had the sangria which is the best in town. Food was excellent.