Wafu of Japan

(714) 641-7321 | View Website

320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA | Directions   92626

33.666309 -117.880950

Open Hours

Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm (Lunch);

Mon-Thur 5pm-9pm (Dinner);

Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm (Dinner)

Closed on Sunday

 
Sushi, Seafood, Food Delivery  more

More Tags: Casual Date Spot, Business Dining, Group Dining, Date Spot, Lunch Spot, Local Favorite

Price: $$

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Cash, Discover, Visa, American Express

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Wafu of Japan
Wafu of Japan
Wafu of Japan
Wafu of Japan
Menu
Edamame, Garlic Edamame, Cucumber & Seaweed (sunomono), Green Seaweed Salad, Gyo-za, Shrimp Only Tempura, Vegetables Only Tempura, Shrimp (3 Pieces) & Vegetables (4 Pieces) Tempura, Fried Calamari, Fried Oyster... more

Reviews for Wafu of Japan

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Super JOB! – I don't know if it's also the same chef cooking as the one in Top Chef this season, but at least I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should say that the food comes out in successions, at the perfect timing.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Dishonest Billing – I have been a fan of this sushi place for a long time but lately the quality of their food has deteriorated. Even worse is the fact that they have started cheating on their bill. Usually, because I have been a regular customer for years, I do not closely check each item on the bill but in the past few month during random screening of my final bill I caught them overchrging me by adding orders to my sushi selection. It is very disappointing to know that they have resorted to cheating. How many of you count your sushi orders when the bill comes especially when you are in a group? Caution! you need to. Don't be deceived by the smiling faces. I am never going back there again.

over a year ago

We admit that our sushi chef regrettably made a mistake on your bill on Wednesday night, but he did not do that intentionally.

He is not used to your order and he later told me that he was confused when he was asked by you if we had a yellowtail "belly".

He and I are honest people, I can promise you that we do not cheat.

We're both human, and frustratingly enough we are not perfect. He really regrets that he made this one small mistake.

We are really terribly sorry such thing has happened to you. Please understand we never ever want to deceive any of our customers. It would be such a sad thing to do that. We smile simply because we enjoy the company and the smiles in return of our customers.

Again, we sincerely apologize for the matter.

Hideto "Harry" Arimizu

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great cut rolls – My boss and I go to this place 2-3 times a week. We both love it. My favorite is the Samurai Burrito, Dragon Balls, and their soy beans are to die for! I don't know what they do differently, but they are great. The servers are extremely nice, and the chefs are great, too! I highly recommend this restraunt.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

COZY PLACE WITH TOP NOTCH SUSHI!!! – I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend for dinner around 5:30ish for the first time because it was close to me and had great reviews. I HIGHLY recommend this place. I've been to a number of sushi places in my life, and this one has some really really tasty food. The calamari sushi melted in my mouth. The Toro was the best ever. Tried the Samuri Burrito too...it was delicious...warning, it's rich! I love this place. If you like high quality fish with great service, you should give this place a shot. I can't imagine complaining about anything there, seriously! Yum!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Sushi Around!!!! Domo – This place "hands down" is about the best little place in the OC. Not only does it have excellent sushi and a good variety of Japanese items to choose from it's one hell of a cute ambiance. Service is excellent, Sushi Chefs prepare "Fresh" not premade rolls, sashimi, and sushi. I could go on and on about how great this place is but I won't. The salad I had with sesame dressing, perfect, the rolls I had, perfect, and lastly the salmon sushi, perfect. I can't wait to go back and try other things there. My biggest pet peeve is Chicken Teriyaki...too many places use dry chicken so I'm hoping this place does it right. We shall see. All I know is for now this place Rocks!!!!!!! Get there early for lunch. It was crowded on this day. I'm scheduling dinner with the wife soon. So we'll see ya soon Wafu. Domo

Master Chef, Stef Serafin

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Kanpai! Great place to be a regular! – My husband and I affectionately call Wafu "our favorite hole-in-the-wall sushi place" and when trying others in the area are always disappointed. The owner Harry welcomes us into the small non-pretentious restaurant like family. Hiro and Fuji (the 2 sushi chefs) are fabulous - they make delicious creations that are presented and sauced to perfection! In addition to the fresh and large portions of sushi/sashimi, our favorites are the dragonballs, spicy tuny jalepeno, hawaiian roll, and whatever they innovate for us!

If you're looking for an upscale trendy sushi restaurant with full bar, this definitely isn't it. BUT, if you're looking for a fun casual atmosphere with outstanding sushi, creative rolls, and great people...become a regular! Kanpai!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Domo Arigato Wafu – I wanted to try a new restaurant, so I looked for hole in the wall restaurant. I found Wafu Sushi and I read all of these great reviews. I have tried several sushi places and none come even close to #O&$Y's in Tustin. So I called my wife and told her we needed to go and find out if these reviews were really acurate. The reviews said that the parking lot is small. Yes it is especially if you drive a truck but we worked it out. Once inside we noticed that the place is small. Their is a sushi bar that seat about 10 and about 10-12 tables. We waited about 5-10 minutes and sat at the sushi bar. Thier is only 2 chefs behind the bar and it appears that they also prepare the sushi for the tables, therefore it took a little bit to place and get our order. "IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT". We had shrimp, tuna, halibut, salmon and yellow tail sushi. The salmon and the yellow tail were the best. We also had the spicy tuna guacamole (so-so) and the Samurai Burrito (no it's not wrapped in a tortilla). It comes wrapped in a soy sheet, which is good but we replaced it with a seaweed sheet. It was delicious. "A MUST HAVE" is the "Super California Roll", a California roll topped with Unagi and sweet sauce. Chef's Henry and Fuji did an awesome job. We are definetly going back and recommending Wafu to all my sushi loving friends. Arigato!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wafu of Japan, Costa Mesa – This is my first review of a restaurant on-line, and I am delighted to have the chance to review Wafu on Bristol in Costa Mesa. My boyfriend and I have been going to Wafu for YEARS! We started when the current owner purchased the restaurant...oh, about 10 years ago or more and have watched his patronage grow and grow and grow. We are locals - just a stone's throw to the restaurant.and we eat here whenever we can. We never eat at any other Japanese restaurants. Yes, it's a tad small; but unbelievably clean and charming. WeI wish they would expand their operation, but the owner says he is happy with the size of the place, and it's jam-packed booths and sushi bar are only a testament to the quality of food served here. Did I mention: IT'S CHEAP too?

Decor: Simple and functional, but conducive to stimulating the appetite.

Onto the service: Four-star for sure! The placed is staffed with native Japanese who are fluent in English and willing to accommodate your every request promptly and efficiently, never obtrusively. As soon as you open the front door and enter Wafu, they greet you as if you are a long-lost family member. And the owner is still very much hands on in this restaurant. That's a very good thing in the hospitality business!

A special note: Many "sushi" restaurants today are owned by Asians from every country expect Japan. They are not authentic! Quality is sacrificed to save pennies. Not so at Wafu of Japan!

Their FRIED OYSTERS are delicious and their SAMURAI BURRITO is tops, with it's delectable "secret sauce". Try it with some of their deliciouis sakes and premium beers from Japan. I often get the SUSHI SPECIAL - extremely reasonable for all the sushi you get.

It may be quaint and tiny, and it sure doesn't jump out at you as you pass the street, located in a tiny strip mall, but it's a well-kept Orange County secret. If you miss Wafu, you will miss a great dining experience!

Enjoy and good eating!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great sushi! – This is a little hole-in-the-wall sushi place that has great sushi. The sushi is bite-sized so you don't have to try to chew a huge piece like in so many other places. Best time for lunch is right when they open at 11:30; otherwise, the parking is difficult and you have to wait for a table. Service is normally very good and quick. The menu has a little of everything - all sushi, combo plates, and noodles. There are also daily lunch specials. I've never been there for dinner but highly recommend the lunch!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

best sushi in the world and CHEAP – this is the best sushi place ever when i first went there i thought o this place isnt going to be good it is jsut another hole in the wall lace later di i find otu best place ever i have probably been there 30 times

i go aobut 1 ortwice every week it is the best place ever who ever says it is not good is horrible at rating places to go

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