Wasabi of Summerville - Call Ahead Seating

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Consistently voted "Best Sushi" and "Best Japanese" by Charleston City Paper and "Best Asian" and "Best Sushi" by Summerville Journal. Sushi, Steaks, and a time of your life. Wasabi offers the best Japanese dining experience in the heart of the historic Summerville, SC. Our Teppan “Hibachi” dining room features teppan grills at which our masterful chef cooks and performs for the entire table. The chef’s skills are in display while you enjoy the best Japanese food in town. We maintain close relationships with local farmers and purchase the freshest seafood available. Welcome to Wasabi. We look forward to serve you. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A RESERVATION. We accept "CALL AHEAD SEATING" which will reduce your wait time.
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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a blast like always! So glad when we get Johnnie as our server!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The reservation was pointless. They took your name down when you got there just as if you were a walk in. Still had a 45 minute wait. Many customers complained about the same thing.

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R
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We waited over an hour, even with these so-called reservations.

Ordered a drink that didn’t come until the boxes came.

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We still waited an hour to be seated after the reservation time. It was better than walking in without the call ahead. Others waited 2 hours as walk-ins.

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CE
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived on time and were seated in 10 minutes. Friendly, professional staff and great food.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

You still have to wait even though you have a reservation.

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SD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for sushi. Patrick gave us great service and recommendations from the menu. Food was delicious. Drinks from the bar were perfect. It was a wonderful night!

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AV
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always good and quantity is more than enough. Service is generally good, they are just always very busy so it's understandable they are stretched a little at times. The cooks are always in good spirits and make the experience more lively. Overall, definitely reccomend, we come here regularly.

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Food, great. Wait time was outrageous, 1hr 44min to be seated, 30 min from finishing salad to waiting on cook. And how do you run out of ginger sauce? Fortunately my husband got up and got some from another cook. Wasabi should be thinking of updating, expanding and upgrading their chairs and all too.

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EL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waited over half hour from call ahead time (Sunday night, crowded). Service very slow. Chef was excellent and food was very good.

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SA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Made an online reservation the day before, but received message that they do call ahead seating. Called 2 hours before initial online reservation time, and was told we would be put at the top of the list when we got there. Waited 45 mins after reservation time. Hostess screamed names at the top of her lungs throughout night.. could probably use a paging system or some other way to assign tables that wasn’t so unsettling.
Asked server to please hold the bacon in the rice for our party of 3, she said to tell chef. We told the chef, he said ok.. ended up with bacon in all of our rice. I understand it was a mistake, but I don’t eat meat, so it was annoying to pick the bacon out. I ordered the vegetables.. chef forgot about the order until he was done with everything else and had started to clean the grill. He then saw the vegetables in the bowl and apologized and made them. Again, I understand a mistake, so it was fine
Just overall not a very good experience

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great service and experience. We just had a little bit of a wait despite having a restaurant. Will be going back.

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E
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so convenient! We walked right in and was seated at the sushi bar because we had call ahead. Not sure what would happen if we wanted habachi. The sushi was the best I've had in the area. I've been to several where the food was great but the service sucked, or the service was great but the food was terrible. I asked the sushi chef to be creative with my rolls and he certainly did a spectacular job nailing the flavors I love. Marcus was great at hearing what I wanted.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME! Had a great time. Very glad that we decided to visit there. We will definitely be visiting again. Food was great, service was great, price was decent.

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We made reservation because we knew it would be busy, It was also our wedding anniversary. The sad part is the our cook was new, it took us forever to get our food. We had a little girl at out table and he didn't do anything, no show, no jokes, no fire of any kind. The only show we got was from the other tables. We had to ask for sauce and after he filled our sauce dishes he said that was all he had. We had to get the waitress to get us sauce. We ordered a appetizer that came after we had our soup and salad. We love coming to Wasabi we just wasn't thrilled this time.

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TW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Waited even with reservations. Once sitted did see any servers for about 10 mins. Food took about 45-1 hour. Kids dishes did come out until almost 15-20 after adult meals. Salads were never brought out to us.

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike has been the best cook on numerous times. He doesnt drench the food in oil! The wait was over an hour from our open table time at the door. Definitely understaffed at times.

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HH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Will go back again soon. Saves a lot of waiting time using open table.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked up to the hostess station and we were seated right away. It was great!

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We waited over 2 hours after checking in with call ahead seating. The noise level was very high and the waiting area extremely chaotic! There is no way except screaming a parties name to let you know it's your turn to be seated. Our waitress was very polite, but we could barely hear what she was saying to us. The chef was funny and the food was good. Overall, I've had much better experiences at this same location. Maybe just a very busy night, but we don't plan on returning any time soon.

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ER
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The wait time was ridiculous even with call ahead setting. Got there at 5:15 and waited till about 6:10 before we got seated then the chef didnt come till about 7:15

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WP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We've passed this place a lot and it's always crowded, we've seen the reviews and decided it best to make reservations. We're glad we did. The wait can be long, but the experience was worth it.

The place was still crowded, but we got private seating and all we had to deal with was weaving through the crowd to get to our seats. The server was attentive and made suggestions that helped us with the order.

Overall, the food was excellent and we enjoyed the experience. That said, we'll be sure to only go when the crowds are light

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PH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time except for the table across from me was making to much noises customers was very loud, the other services was excellent!!

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R
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The reservation was set for 8:15. The family was there at 8 pm just to be on time. We did not get sto ages until 8:45 and they weren’t even busy. The sever was slow and forgot drink orders and did not bring drink refills unless we asked another server. The food and chef were awesome.... maybe it was just a bad night, sometimes things just don’t click and I’ll chalk it up to that.

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Didn't like the ambiance, didn't love my food, didn't love the service. Very loud. Indifferent, bored hostess. Server pestered us constantly; it was impossible to carry on a conversation with my guest. it's a one-plate meal; I don't understand why the undertrained server has to ask us half a dozen times if we need anything, yet doesn't notice that our water glasses are empty. Irritating! Food OK but quite salty, I went through a couple of glasses of water with more at home later. Doesn't really feel like a $30/person dinner, more like $10 takeout. Enormous quantities of rice dumped on my plate even though I said I didn't want so much rice. I'd have preferred more veggies over what looked like more than a quart of rice on my plate (seriously, my ordered food had to be split onto another dinner plate because there's so much rice piled up). The bacon in the fried rice seemed a bit gamey; if I ever return I'd ask for no bacon in my rice. Cook was competent. Definitely not the place to go if you want a quiet dinner with a friend. Loud drumming for a birthday group next to us as well. Better suited to a group/party vibe. Might be better on the sushi side instead of the grill side.

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SM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Portions were like a kids meal.

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o
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came to celebrate my fathers birthday. I appreciated the attention that all staff gave him. I loved the little pastry that you gave him with out anyone asking for it. I will be back.

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This has gone downhill over the past year.
Food quality has decreased with a lot of fat in meat including bacon in rice.
Chef quality was fair but could hardly hear him and the attendant as the place was the loudest I've ever heard...no one could talk in a conversation, all yelling.
Manager was Debbie downer yet again as a customer presented the restaurant her daughter's birthday very respectfully and better than what employees could do...and he talks to her afterwards in the middle of the place, doesn't even pull her aside quietly.
Yokoso is winning the battle, Wasabi...time to get back to what you used to be before we come back.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my Mother-In-laws Bday and our server was awesome from beginning to the end!!! Great Experience!!! We will return soon

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B
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

When I first arrived at the restraunt we had to wait several minutes before the hostess appeared at the front counter. After being seated we waited 45 minutes for our chef to arrive at our table just to be unimpressed by the lack of entertainment. There was no show and an unacceptable wait. This is a frequent dinner stop for me and my friends but I am concerned that the quality of service has declined.

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TW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Anniversary with my husband , the chief was really funny and kept all of us laughing the whole time . The waitress was amazing and on spot st everything. I will go back soon !

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GG
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and we throughly enjoyed our experience at Wasabi. We would recommend this restaurant to our friends and family. We are definitely coming back.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother to Wasabi in Summerville for her Birthday and the staff and service was awesome from beginning to end. My mother, family members and I really enjoy ourselves and looking forward to visiting again. Thanks for great service!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was great the service was excellent the food was tasty! The call ahead seating was a joke we still waited an hour ..

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sons (3 and turning 2) love the fire and show from the hibachi side. So we went to celebrate our younger sons second birthday. I think the chef saw he was toting around his stuffed Mickey and made the rice into a Mickey shape! The food was great, the service over the top, and we will definitely be back again. They even talked with my wife about the birthday celebration when they noticed that our 3 year old had some sensory issues (he likes the fire and noise, but it’s obvious it’s almost too much for him) to make sure that the celebration was easy to tolerate for our whole family. All in all a great experience at a great place!

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Wasabi is way too busy on Friday nights. The “reservation” I made on Open Table is NOT a reservation, but rather “call ahead seating”. Therefore, we had to wait 30mi. for a table and that was because I asked them to give us a table that was being occupied by bar overflow (people just sipping on their drinks, not ordering food, who couldn’t find a seat at the bar).
I would NOT recommend call ahead seating and I would not NOT recommend Wasabi on a Friday night.

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BR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I love the atmosphere and the different varieties of food that is offered. Definitely a spot we will be coming to again!

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef cooked great tonight

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OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is awesome

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KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good meal with plenty to bring home for another full meal! We were there with grandchildren and they really enjoyed the “show” and the food!

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