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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
Honolulu, HI 96814
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday; 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Open-air (not covered) parking in rear behind the building. $1 per hour pre-paid parking
South King street and Keeaumoku street by bus.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
Sushi Sasabune Hawaii Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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