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Sushi Sasabune Hawaii

4.6
525 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of operation


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

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 525 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeriN 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Sitting by sushi bar offers the best tasting menu at chef's discretion. Stop the excellent presentation anytime, when you feels it's enough.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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vipSamurai6 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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vipMarkF (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

The best Sushi in Hawaii, no doubt trust them.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Insanely good sushi. Quite the experience!

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LSHON (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 5, 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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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
2.0  Dined on January 4, 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.

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vipMugsy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 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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JessicaB (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful date for our first anniversary, thank you!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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PaulT (Hawaii)
5.0  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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