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About Sushi Sasabune Hawaii

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 sashimi, 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." So please join us and allow the chef to be your guide through today's freshest fish found at the market, and please relax, enjoy follow the chef's only

1417 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday; 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Keeaumoku St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 947-3800

Website:
http://sushisasabunehawaii.com/

Parking Details:
Open-air (not covered) parking in rear behind the building. $1 per hour pre-paid parking

Public Transit:
South King street and Keeaumoku street by bus.

Executive Chef:
Seiji Kumagawa

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine

Sushi Sasabune Hawaii Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for a Date (7)
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Authentic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

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 (London)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The best Sushi in Hawaii, no doubt trust them.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Insanely good sushi. Quite the experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful date for our first anniversary, thank you!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

By far, some of the best sushi you will find in Hawaii!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Incredible, seemingly never ending omakase. Most attentive, smart waiters I've seen in a long time.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Updated chef selections were all wonderful! The service is excellent without being intrusive. Alcohol is reasonably priced. An experience worth every penny!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The Omakase was delicious, sake wonderful and the service attentive. Thank you for the best sushi experience of my life!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Oahu. High quality and variety of mindful delicacy's. A treat for the mind, body and soul.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Best sushi of my life. Omakase is the only way to go.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food, unique flavors but not gimmicky at all. Best sushi I've ever had by far.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

it was very nice but too salty for asian

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Love this place! We enjoy eating freshest sushi possible. Very creative and delicious!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great food and service! However, I wasn't a big fan of oysters. Prefer fish dishes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 16, 2017

After 12 years of coming here Im always blown away with how chef keeps being more and more creative. Always number one!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 11, 2017

This is my favorite "special occasion" place for sushi.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Undoubtedly the best Sushi in the Western Hemisphere. I have been many times and the different flavors always amazes me.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Decent omakase but restaurant staff can be rude and condescending.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

This place never disappoints, hands down the best sushi I've ever had. My favorite.

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

My boyfriend and I went to Sasabune for our anniversary dinner. Neither of us have ever been before, so upon making reservations, we decided to go with omakase and sushi bar seating. Such a great decision! The chefs are so knowledgeable and passionate about their product and really took the time to answer any questions we (as Sasabune newbies) had. Okay so, about the food. I have to say Sasabune ruined sushi for me... the quality and taste of the dishes are top knotch. I don't think I will be able to go down to my normal spots to eat sushi and be satisfied. Sasabune has redefined my expectations of sushi and nothing else will suffice. The price is worth it and you will leave super full/satisfied. I would recommend this place for special occasions but Lord knows that if I was a balla, I'd be up in the spot every day.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This was my first time dining at sasabune. Upon arrival i was expecting more of a fine dining atmosphere, but was disappointed as the ambience felt more like a dive. We chose to have omakase, which was a mistake. I only liked about 75% of what was served and for the price of what ended up to be $130 per person i felt jaded. Sorry sasabune, this will be my first and last time dining here.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I was nervous coming here because I read the reviews and thought that if I made one tiny mistake I'd get kicked out. Not the case. Our waiter was really cool and friendly and told us when to use the wasabi. We felt comfortable enough asking him 'how do I eat this?' and he was pretty laid back. We even saw him take a couple group pictures for one table. I'm not too good with chopsticks but powered thru. All the bites were perfectly sized and fit in my mouth....one thing I was worried about because I didn't want to be THAT person who cuts up her sushi with a knife.

We made sure not to use our cell phones but did see other tables take pics of the food. The hubs and I finished all 13 courses no sweat. Maybe it was because we hiked all day and barely ate anything, but the 13 courses were not overwhelming. So, with the 13 courses and a bottle of wine, we spent close to $400; that's including the tip. Very $$$$ but a once in a lifetime meal.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Awesome as always! I have been to this restaurant over 300 times and it is spot on every time.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The sushi was one of the best. The staff was very knowledgeable. Learned about different names and families of fish.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Sasabune is one of the best sushi I've ever had in Hawaii, maybe the best.

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