Great omakase experience. Good variety of sushi flavor profiles presented.
Very good food. No menu though, so omakase only. You have a choice of 2 different omakase courses. A shellfish heavy one or a sashimi one. We went with the sashimi. Delicious but I feel most of the fish would have been better without the sauce. The quality of the fish is so good, but some of them are just overpowered by the sauce they put on. I would suggest on the side for every dish if possible. But delicious, and a nice quiet place where you can actually have a conversation. Staff is very attentive and my water glass was never left empty for long. Which is always a big thing for me as I drink a lot of water.
The outside might not look so great but once you walk in you are transported to a Japanese garden. Sit at the sushi bar and let the plates roll in. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the Sake served and the plates prepared by the chef. The chef looks intimidating but once you see his smile you know he is happy watching patrons enjoy his creations. Not to be missed when you are in Hawaii.
Amazing food!!! Chef tasting was a great option. Each piece had a unique flavor. Looked forward to each new plate. Little worried about the “Trust Me”, but completely worth the “trust Me”. Will visit every time in town.
Sitting by sushi bar offers the best tasting menu at chef's discretion. Stop the excellent presentation anytime, when you feels it's enough.
This by far and away the best quality sushi anywhere in Hawaii. It’s omakase only and don’t even think you’re gonna get a California roll.
This is our 2nd time eating here in while on vacation and were very disappointed. The first time was absolutely amazing but the most recent time was very underwhelming. The cost is high which is to be expected for high quality fish but it was not warranted this time around. We chose the omakase and maybe the sushi chef was new from our first experience but insisted on placing a garnish on every piece of sushi that we received which ruined what would otherwise seem to be very fresh selection of fish. Our preference is to enjoy the natural flavor of the fish simply with wasabi. If you like a garnish or sauce on your sushi maybe you would have a better experience than we did. We will not be back.
Extremely disappointed, fake sushi!!! Had to stop the Omakase midpoint, so bad. Sushi rice was cheap medium grain, not short grain ...barely any vinegar flavor, dry and not worthy of sushi. Sasabune tries to hide this deficiency by serving it warm. Not even close to what's served at the original WLA joint. Totally overrated and truly not up to the hype, doesn't compare to best omakase sushi in Cali, each sushi fish had to be pasted or dunked with some kind of sauce. I guess they think locals and tourists are idiots. Atmosphere, interior a nightmare. TRUST ME, don't waste your time and money.
Cannot emphasize enough how good the omakase at this place is. Inventive, delicious and seemingly never ending with incredibly fresh ingredients and nigh-perfect execution. It does not disappoint on any level save for the decor. It's a little downtrodden looking, but the looks are absolutely deceptive.
Absolutely the best sushi I've ever had. Great sake list, first-rate service, and food to die for!
Eating at the sushi bar is a fun, one-of-a-kind experience! Always make a point of eating here when I’m in Honolulu and my expectations are always rewarded!
The best Sushi in Hawaii, no doubt trust them.
Insanely good sushi. Quite the experience!
Restaurant had an unpleasant smell when we walked in.
Wait staff didn’t speak English well enough.
Food was average and not worth the hefty price.
One in every 4 or 5 dishes was to our tastes otherwise we were just eating for the sake of it as it was made and already on our bill.
Went to Nobu the next night, sushi there is to die for!!!! Worth every cent. Much more logical to order what you like.
Sushi Sasabune is a good sushi restaurant. 4 or 5 stars if that's all I was considering. However, it's a below average when compared to similar omakase sushi restaurants.
I've done omakase before. These restaurants typically charge high prices for a curated high-end sushi experience. Each dish is carefully timed and presented to highlight it's unique qualities and to set up the next plate. Drinks are often recommended to complement certain plates.
As Sasabune the similarities end at the high prices. Yes, the sushi is generally high quality. You would never know it because EVERY PIECE is covered in sauce. Add to that the distracting noise of the restaurant and the fact that we never spoke with the chef. The two chefs prepared dishes assembly-line style while a waiter would deliver each dish to us. Not really the intimate omakase experience that I would expect at over $400 for a couple.
I actually found this restaurant looking at Opentable recommendations...and every single one was right. Completely exceeded my expectations. Sushi was so fresh, interesting, original, and beautiful. I wanted to keep eating but simply couldn't. The service was great, extremely accommodating and prompt. It was clear this is a spot that has a regular following as so many people greeted the chef by name. This restaurant would be the reason I to return to Honolulu. I'm still thinking about it a week later!
Wonderful date for our first anniversary, thank you!!
We have been coming here for years and return every time we visit. Quite simply, this is the best omakase in Hawaii. The preparations are exquisite and it is a religious experience to dine here. It is imperative that one be respectful of the surroundings by not speaking loudly and by following the suggestions of the sushi master. The decor is simple and fits the aesthetic of the food being the star. Finally, if you are looking to maintain a budget, this is not for you. Our omakase meal for two (with a very reasonably priced bottle of wine) typically runs $325 with tax/tip, and it is worth every single penny of that!
The Omakase selection was excellent. The octopus was absolutely memorable - I’ve never had octopus prepared so totally tender and delicious. The unagi and 1st course were also a memorably tasty experience as well.
By far, some of the best sushi you will find in Hawaii!
I stumbled upon Sushi Sasabune 9 years ago and have been comparing every sushi experience to this one since - none have come even close to this good. Now back so many years later and it's just as fabulous. None of the fish were "fishy," and the omakase variety was amazing.
Disappointing, we'd heard about the omakase style and was told just to tell them what we wanted to stop. But then when we did two more courses came out, so....
We have had great sushi all over the world but still think the omakase here is among our favorite. Creative sauces with fresh catches. Would like a little less sushi and more sashimi. Fun atmosphere and we think it’s worth the one hour drive each way from the north shore.
We had a great meal! The sushi was fantastic, the flavors so well balanced and nuanced. The price tag is a little shocking, but then when you consider the incredible service and the astounding variety and freshness of the ingredients, you realize that it is worth every penny
Incredible, seemingly never ending omakase. Most attentive, smart waiters I've seen in a long time.
Updated chef selections were all wonderful! The service is excellent without being intrusive. Alcohol is reasonably priced. An experience worth every penny!
The Omakase was delicious, sake wonderful and the service attentive. Thank you for the best sushi experience of my life!
One of my favorite restaurants in Oahu. High quality and variety of mindful delicacy's. A treat for the mind, body and soul.
Best sushi of my life. Omakase is the only way to go.
Excellent food, unique flavors but not gimmicky at all. Best sushi I've ever had by far.
it was very nice but too salty for asian
This takes sushi to new heights. You're pretty certain to find fresh fish in Hawaii, as we did on our first night in Honolulu. But it was very ordinary. Sasabune serves fish from all over but in very creative and delicious ways. We ate at the sushi bar and had omikase, or chef's choice, which was just fine. They don't serve soy sauce but if the fish should have some, the chef puts the correct amount on. They also spritz most of the fish with yuzu juice, just a bit. They did a great riff on "oysters Rockefeller", but with an Asian twist.
All in all, a great sushi lunch which pretty much had me full the rest of the day.
Just OK! I read many good reviews but my experience was unimpressive. People need to stop chasing the hype. There are plenty of good restaurants that offer better experience overall.
Love this place! We enjoy eating freshest sushi possible. Very creative and delicious!
My husband and I had both types of Omikase dinners so we could share plates. It was great as expected, I had been to the Sasabune in LA before and knew I was going to be getting great food and great service. The fish selections are delicious, well prepared, plated nicely, and the chefs are excited to be sharing these delicacies with you! While the tasting menu is pricey, it is something we only do on special occasions.
Great food and service! However, I wasn't a big fan of oysters. Prefer fish dishes.
Overall the best dining experience I've ever had. My wife and I chose the omakase dining experience and every plate was just stellar. The service was an A+ and each dish was described to us in detail. If you love sushi/sashimi this is one stop you don't want to miss.
After 12 years of coming here Im always blown away with how chef keeps being more and more creative. Always number one!!!
This is my favorite "special occasion" place for sushi.
Undoubtedly the best Sushi in the Western Hemisphere. I have been many times and the different flavors always amazes me.