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.
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!