Permanently Closed - Wabi Venice

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540 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Wabi-Sabi exemplifies the Abbot Kinney vibe. Truly beautiful, modern architecture encompass this hip spot full of neighborhood regulars who find the fun atmosphere relaxing. Japanese in concept, fusion in flavor, one can choose from an extensive market fresh sushi list or indulge in our Pacific Rim cuisine. Fresh Fruit Dappled with Chili preserves paired with Big Eye Tuna is just one example of how Wabi Sabi is bringing you the best flavors that sushi has to offer. Wabi Brunch has quickly become the new favorite on the street!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Pacific Rim, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Monday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 11:00pm, 4pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm
Happy Hour: Daily: 4pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 314-2229
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Wabi’s Hanging gardens room and Peony room are perfect for any private event. We host baby showers, birthday parties, wedding planning events, and more. Call us today to find out how Wabi catering can turn your next function into an experience that will never be forgotten.
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Private party contact
Brent: (310) 314-2229
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Catering
Wabi can prepare signature Platters and Set ups for your next Private or cooperate event.
We can send a Sushi Chef to your location and create an evening your guests will never forget. Holiday parties and business gatherings alike
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free parking is available on the street.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to. So sad it burnt down the next day 😔

SK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great California Sushi. Nice Cocktails. A bit loud but fun for a night out.

ML
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our regular go-to's and neighborhood favorites. We're always well looked after and love the ambiance.

AR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Yummy spot. Service was good not great, but the food was terrific. Would come back.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good happy hour menu and great with kids early evening. Great food. We love this place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and interior.

NR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sterling is amazing and appreciated the stand out customer service.

M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Server was so nice , catered to our crazy whim's.
The Ambiance was fun and lively.
Food was delicious and I can't think of one bad thing.

GA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Mediocre, small portions, expensive food Indifferent service. 4 people $250 w/tip and then we went down street to eat since were still hungry

P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, excellent food!

CA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Not only is super extra expensive, but we found the dishes poor of quantity and flavor. The place has a beautiful design, but it was all ruined by the service, every 5 minutes we had the waitress asking if we were done or if we wanted something else. We were a group of old friends that wanted to enjoy great conversation for a couple of hours, not be disrupted all the time by a very bad mannered waitress. The quality of the served wine was terrible and too expensive.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the food to the drinks, everything was wonderful!! Our server, McKenzie, was OUTSTANDING!!! She was knowledgeable, attentive, and absolutely positive and cheerful!! She made our experience perfect. The Pinot Noir , California roll, short ribs, Japanese fried chicken, and miso cod were spectacular!!!

P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Japanese Restaurant I have been too from service to food to value for money

YL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Great tasting food, but unreasonably expensive. There were no good options of value here, you are paying for the scene.

Better sushi options all around.

L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like Wabi! I love the food and the scene. It is quite noisy though.

CK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I have been to wabi sabi many times however, this time was really bad. I do not know what it was about the resturant but I do not think I will be going back anytime soon. It is a great ambiance and amazing service however, the food was really off. For that price it needs to be on par every time however, it was gross. This is one of my favorite places and in a couple months i will return but I am going to need a break.

C
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot with cool music playing. Reminds me at the old days of 70s 80s. Menue has good variety. Quality of food was very good.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Horrible food

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was so fresh, melt in your mouth quality fish! Very pleased with the cocktails and the selection of unfiltered sakes. Overall amazing experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went with my sister and it was a great place to have a cute sister date! Lively enough but not overwhelming.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Felt like a nightclub. Not ideal for conversation but decent food. Definitely too expensive for quality and overall experience. Beautiful decor.

c
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at the restaurant I had a lovely time and would return again. The food is good the price point is good the atmosphere is great!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect! Amazing food, great atmosphere!

ML
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wabi was a treat . Great sashimi platter. One of the best I’ve had. Terrific service friendly and attentive. Seating wasn’t great as we were seated right behind the hostess. There aren’t many two tops as most couples sit at the sushi bar. Otherwise a memorable meal. Don’t forget to order the homemade mochi!

AF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was too loud inside. We had to yell our order so the server could hear us. Food was ok.

J
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and atmosphere and the food is consistently great. My favorites are the Miso Cod and the PB&J sushi roll.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was exceptional. Portions are smaller for price

BL
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wabi Sabi continues to hold the top spot on Abbot Kinney for beautiful food, fun and excellent service!

JG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thx for the yummy fun time. We had a great table and I he waiter was on his game.

j
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wabi Sabi's decor is really artistic and exotic! I loved the energy of the place. I requested a romantic table and didn't get it but we had so much fun we didn't care! The food is pricey but superb. We will be back!

OT
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I love their food. Their service needs help. I love their sushi menu and their cocktails are super yummy and always changing. I wish they would get a better service team that cared more about the patrons. I’ve eaten here over 10 times and I can’t ever remember a great night of service, which is too bad.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very loud music for a

LA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and awesome food! Coming back soon for sure

GM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice time dining with friends and would also reccomend the bar afterwards.

c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and our server was very knowledgeable and helpful. Service overall was quick and we felt very taken care of. The Japanese eggplant was one of my favorites. Will definitely be going back to try more of the menu!

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Best quality sushi. I would definitely reccomend

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 2ambience 1

Yes great good niggt witv friends

RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was great but what really did it for me was the amazing and attentive service we received.

AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Service is a little slow and seems like the bar can't keep up with the demand as often times (not just us, but even tables around us) drinks either took a long time to come or were just forgotten entirely. Would definitely go again, but just be prepared for a bit slower service.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Amazing ambiance and good strong cocktails. Our table was very wobbly and it was set in a slope, so it was uncomfortable.. Our appetizers were served before our cocktails, probably because the bartenders were really busy. Our appetizer plates weren’t cleared until after we had finished our last course which was also uncomfortable because our table was tiny. The chicken karaage was alright, it needed a lemon wedge or some kind of acid but it was moist. We also had two rolls which were not memorable. I think one has wagyu beef and the other was so bland that all I remember was the arugula served with it was fresh. I enjoyed eating the arugula better than the roll. Overall I’d go back for the cocktails. Maybe.

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