127 Japanese Village Plz Mall, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.049122 -118.239811
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central LA, Civic Center / Little Tokyo
Love cooking your own foods? Then Shabu Shabu is the place for you. Identical to hot pot, you choose which meats and veggies go into your broth & the dipping sauces. Be prepared to wait on the weekends!
Good shabu place. You order your meat and cook it in hot water. The place has really good sauces to dip your meat and vegetables in. They do have a policy that you cannot use your phone since the location is small and they do want people I. And out quickly. The line does get long during lunch and dinner.
It's worth is everytime. – This place never stops to amazed me. It's long wait and the not so cleam bathroom can be a easy turn-off. But, the once you sit and start putting your condiments in in your boiling pot in front of you, everything is forgiven. The quality of meat and constant service at your meal satisfies you completely. it's worth it.
Good, but overrated – The wait here sucks! ive been here a few times and the wait was over an hour. But when you finally get sat they rush you through your meal. But the meat is pretty good quality and real thinly sliced. Ponzu sauce is good too. But the vegetable plate is pretty sucky and the peanut sauce is bland. If the wait were shorter this spot would be better. Its just not worth the wait.
Favorite restaurant in LA but brace yourself – It really is great food and a fun atmosphere but you have to get there early! It's a very unique experience: you have to eat quick or you will feel like they are rushing you, going in a party of more than two-three guarantees a REALLY long wait or you wont be seated together. BUT still, the food is worth it. The owner is interesting, he will not argue with you if you don't hear your name- he will just rush you out! I go there pretty often and he recognizes me but I still get the same service. This place isn't about customer service so really keep that in mind. 5 STARS.
Old Man is really rude – me and my co-worker signed in our names at 6:00, we have been waiting for 30 mins inside, the man never called our names. when we finally went to check that status, he stated he already called our names 20 mins ago. Now mind you he was raising his voice in front of the customers. as i went back to wait yet again, he escorted us out of the restaurant advising it was too full inside. We were sitting down in the waiting bench inside. So basicly he kicked us out!!! he must of been having a bad day to set him off, but he should not treat his customers so demeaning. I was a regular customer visiting almost 4xs a month. I WILL NEVER RETURN!!!
Great Food! – I went once and LOVED IT!! The restaurant was very clean and the service was great. The food was DELICIOUS! I would love to go back next time I get the chance.
Better Recommendation – The service. The cleanliness. The food. Especially the food. I personally think that Shabu ShabuYo is a whole lot better than Shabu SHabu house. The serivce is fast, breezy, and friendly. This place is wayy cleaner than ShabuShabu house and there's lovely background music and airconditioning. The prices are around the same and the meat used at Shabu Shabu yo is very good quality. It's Black ANgus Ribeye. They also have pork, various salads, salmon ShabuShabu, and even a vegetarian Shabu Shabu. There really is no wait and instead of being seated around a dirty table, filled with a lot of people, there are actually SEATS and TABLES. However, becasue of it's location [Next to Pinkberry, Ebisu, and 2ndStreet Jazz] it's commonly ignored. But those people don't know what they're missing out on. The overall restauraunt is very comfortable and leaves you with a full stomach, a happy mind, and a satisfied smile.
I WAITED 1.5 HOURS TO COOK MY OWN MEAL – SO I ALWAYS WALK BY THIS PLACE AND ITS ALWAYS BUSY SO I CHCKED IT OUT LAST WEEKENED. WAITED IN LINE FOR ABOUT 1.5 HOURS THEN WE WERE IN. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL YOU CAN ONLY ORDER ONE OF TWO ITEMS: 10 PIECES OF MEAT OR 15 PIECES OF MEAT. I WENT WITH THE BIGGER. THE FOOD IS GREAT AND SERVICE IS GOOD. IT WAS HOT IN THERE WHICH MADE ME FEEL A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE. THEY DONT HAVE AIR CONDITION. OTHER THAN THAT THIS PLACE IS SO GOOD. ID EAT THERE AGAIN FOR SURE A++
Yummy for your tummy – I have been coming here since I was a kid in the 90's. This is the best shabu shabu that there is. I have tried the one on citywalk ( just one of the choices on a japanese menu), hollywood and highland and the one in sherman oaks and I must tell you it is the ponzu sauce that keeps me coming back. (They now have bottles which they sell for $5.50 each) Normally order a large and have never had to wait more than an hour cause I am familiar with how the flow of traffic is there during the week vs weekends. My only complaint is that many of the customers expect something totally different and would know better if they read up on shabu shabu (as well as proper etiquette when eating it). So my complaint is really about the clientele, not the restaurant. The service tends to be better in the evening, but since my family and I are regulars we always manage to get great service. I live in the Chatsworth area and still manage to make time to get there at least twice a month, more if my schedule accomadates.
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