Sushi Sasabune Hawaii

4.8
570 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
SUSHI SASABUNE was just voted "Best Restaurant Hawaii" and wins "Top Food Honors" by 2011/2012 Zagat’s survey magazine. But be advised, we do not offer California rolls, and the majority of our 'OMAKASE - leave it up to chef" style of sushi is not to be seasoned with soy sauce or wasabi. This should be new experience for you, and we assure you that you will enjoy. Each small plate is meant to compliment the previous, and prepare you for the next. You will experience Nigiri Sushi, and some crafted sushi in its purest form. A local food writer, after sharing a dinner in our restaurant described the style of sushi as "The fish and shellfish, is extremely fresh. There is no odor or aftertaste. It is so fresh that its taste is sweet, a characteristic have not experienced at other restaurants."
We serve our "OMAKASE" 50 people for per day and we closed when we sold out. Please make a call first for availability. Mahalo
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday; 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(808) 947-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Seiji Kumagawa
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Keeaumoku St.
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Parking details
Open-air (not covered) parking in rear behind the building. $1 per hour pre-paid parking
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Public transit
South King street and Keeaumoku street by bus.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 570 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic and unique sushi.

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EK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef's menu will not disappoint! Explanations of each dish convey a thoughtfulness for every taste in Chef's chosen order. The food was immaculate, delicous, and so fresh!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sasabune does not disappoint! Omakase menu is so good. The chef is the real deal. Be open minded and try new things. Let the chef take you on a sushi journey!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding location for high quality sushi. Omakase and a la carte options are available, but I highly recommend the omakase to get the full experience.

This is not a good choice for someone who is not an avid sushi eater, or who is not familiar with the concept of omakase. This restaurant is very formal in their presentation of the omakase experience, and they can be firm about exactly what is the right way to eat each specific dish. For some who are not interested in or familiar with omakase, I could easily see this coming across as pushy or judgmental (for example, it would be a bad idea to ask for a dish of soy sauce, if they wanted you to dip your sushi in soy sauce then they would have put it in front of you and told you to do it).

That being said, if you love sushi and enjoy the omakase experience, you can not afford to miss this restaurant. This ranks among the best sushi I have ever had.

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Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best sushi I’ve ever eaten. It’s a great place to take a group of friends, eat some great food and have some laughs. Outstanding.

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GB
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word.... amazing!

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TL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my favorite sushi place of all time. Not only is the sushi the freshest and unique but the experience is second to none!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On vacation with my family. We had our 11 month old son and even though they didn’t have a high chair they were very accommodating. Everything was delicious and the service was very good. It was definitely expensive but worth it for the experience.

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great sushi restaurant for weekend and special occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so friendly. They explained every course and how to best eat it. It was all delectable.

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KC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you're looking for a traditional Japanese style sushi this is not the place. No food menu, just drink menu. You eat what the chef makes. With that being said, this is one of the best "sushi" places we have ever ate at. They turn sushi not just into art but also cuisine. They fuse flavors together that you would never think of putting on a fish or sushi. They use local ingredients and local fish, which is amazing. They turn traditional sushi into a classy gourmet tasting that will leave you wanting more.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall just felt like a typical sushi experience not really omakase. No interaction with the chef and the “traditional” vs “Japanese” omakase felt very similar just different order

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VD
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food as always. We love it here!

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1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing experience. The food was fantastic. The service was excellent and the recommendations were on point. Im already looking forward to bringing friends so that they can share our experience. We're definitely coming back.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The omakase was amazing with all staff assisting everyone there! Very kind and easy. They asked that if my beer was low that they can refill my glass and they will of you allow them to. For the price and type of dinner occasion, it was great!

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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

For the Omakase, they put has sauce on every piece of fish. If I am going to pay that much for top quality fish, i want to taste the fish, not onions or salmon pate. We also think the oysters were off as they smelled funny and we were sick afterwards.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent sushi preparation and quality.

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1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. Very authentic japanese sushi

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Would recommend the service and omakaze experience if never been. Very attentive waiters and staff. A few spectacular courses but for the price I would expect an all spectacular dinner course. Maybe because we are very familiar with this type of dining food and style that we are more critical of the review. Have had better dishes. Not amazed. Had such big expectations.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first Omakase experience and it was awesome, will definitely be back soon.

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l
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was by far the best meal we had on our trip. I visited with my husband who eats sushi but is not a connoisseur and my daughter who definitely considers herself one. We had the omikasse . This was truly a dining experience. Each piece was amazing. My husband who we told how dinner would be survived was initially skeptical. He left dinner amazed at how good it was and how much he enjoyed it. We truly were spoiled.
Then only thing I would tell you that we were not told was you can limit how much you want. I could have stopped at 9- 10 rounds and they went 14. This was quite a lot of sushi and a hefty bill. But that said it was truly a dining experience.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Omakase was good but certainly not the best ever. I’ve paid half the price and gotten more food at a higher quality in San Diego.

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HV
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Tried this based on good reviews but my experience here was was below average. Decent service but very average food and not really omakase in the traditional sense. One visit here is enough for me.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For sushi lovers...innovative and fresh..we had omakase..highly recommend

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JE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, presentation!!! We love this place!!!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, and we had a great foodie experience!!! If your willing to try anything they give you this is the place to be. All the flavors worked very well together.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small cozy su

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and the service was also good.

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Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here previously in 2005. Yes I came back 13 years later bc I loved it that much. If you love sushi, order the omakase and treat yourself to a great meal that you will never forget.

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RY
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase is unbelievable! Staff was very attentive and each bite was memorable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good! Foods are just amazi g

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this sushi experience ! Omakase style is the way to go... just let the sushi chef do his thing. The fish is so fresh and the interesting tidbits of sauces/ garnish are very unique. It is pricey, but like no other. Can’t wait to return.

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LY
Hawaii
194 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as was the service. Was surprised to find that there was basically no ala carte menu. We were told we had to order either American or Japanese omakase.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Thank you for a great evening!

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NM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and fresh seafood as usual. This is my favorite sushi restaurant.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic sushi. Would have liked more time between pieces and less hovering to clear plates after each piece.

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1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For sushi lovers this is a awesome food experience! You must be open to trying anything. No California rolls here. The fish is very fresh...melts in your mouth. The preparation is unique and the flavors outstanding. Highly recommend

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great omakase experience. Good variety of sushi flavor profiles presented.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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