Oba Sushi Izakaya

★★★★★
South Pasadena locals mix it up with Japanese small plates, fresh fish specials and imaginative rolls at this congenial sushi spot.
  • 181 East Glenarm St

    Pasadena, CA 91105

    Map & Directions
  • 626-799-8543

About Oba Sushi Izakaya

Hours
Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner Mon-Sun 5:30pm - 10pm Happy Hour Mon - Fri 5:30pm - 7pm

Food

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Come here for their tolls. They have their house rolls in addition to the classic rolls . Their sweet shrimp is so fresh that the shrimp was still moving before it's served to you. The head is also deep fried for you to eat.

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★★★★★

Come here for their tolls. They have their house rolls in addition to the classic rolls . Their sweet shrimp is so fresh that the shrimp was still moving before it's served to you. The head is also deep fried for you to eat.

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It is a bit far for me, but my sister loves the place and their good combo and eil sushi. Super cool and friendly sushi place. The guy there has the best technique I have ever seen to make sushi. \r
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They also understand people like good sauces. So besides the traditional soy sauce, they leave the ever \r
so delicious ponzu sauce on the bar. They also leave jars of spicy mayo, ginger and wasabi so \r
you're not forced to keep asking for more. You have to try the Dynamite. SPICY or REGULAR.\r
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You can take the whole family to a dinner too.

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★★★★★

It is a bit far for me, but my sister loves the place and their good combo and eil sushi. Super cool and friendly sushi place. The guy there has the best technique I have ever seen to make sushi. \r
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They also understand people like good sauces. So besides the traditional soy sauce, they leave the ever \r
so delicious ponzu sauce on the bar. They also leave jars of spicy mayo, ginger and wasabi so \r
you're not forced to keep asking for more. You have to try the Dynamite. SPICY or REGULAR.\r
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You can take the whole family to a dinner too.

Pros: Excellent, no waiting time, always fresh food

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The sushi here is delicious. I want to say sushi is one of my favorite things, and this place is one of my favorite places to go to. I love coming here every time i go home

4
★★★★☆

The sushi here is delicious. I want to say sushi is one of my favorite things, and this place is one of my favorite places to go to. I love coming here every time i go home

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This place is exceptional, second only to Sushi Nozawa. As all you sushi connoisseurs know, that is a true honor. Chef Alfonso is a true artist; I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar and watch him work his magic. Ask Alfonso for recommendations; he will not disappoint. Unlike most sushi places that operate on a budget at the fish market, owner Kunche gives him carte blanche to pick the very best. The staff are also very friendly and inviting, and make you feel immediately at home.

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★★★★★

This place is exceptional, second only to Sushi Nozawa. As all you sushi connoisseurs know, that is a true honor. Chef Alfonso is a true artist; I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar and watch him work his magic. Ask Alfonso for recommendations; he will not disappoint. Unlike most sushi places that operate on a budget at the fish market, owner Kunche gives him carte blanche to pick the very best. The staff are also very friendly and inviting, and make you feel immediately at home.

Pros: service, food

Cons: location

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there is a 15% off coupon on the citysearch page, offer ends 11/28/08. Great incentive to try this place. You will not be disappointed!\r
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Location is in South Pasadena. Fair Oaks Ave/Glen Arm. \r
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The service at OBA was very friendly, waitress very knowledgeable regarding menu and recommendations, the restaurant has an area where you can watch sports and another area for a more quiet dinner. I have two small children, perfect environment to take kids. The restaurant decor is simple, clean, modern. This is no dump or ""hole in the wall"". Dress is casual. Great place to take friends that don't want to get dressed up. Perfect for all ages.\r
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I love the concept of ""pub"" or ""tapas"" like style, you can try a variety of food. Portions are fair. The food is very tender, full of flavor, high quality fish and freshness. \r
I had an Echigo beer, never had one, but was recommended. Delicious, smooth.\r
Things I tried... Miso soup: super chunky tofu, large portions of green onions/seaweed. Miso glazed cod: by far my favorite, tender, tender, tender, superb! Stuffed shiitake mushroom: pops with flavor, with slight crunchiness. Asian short rib: must have! The best special roll to try is the TNT roll. \r
I love that I live nearby. This has been my perfect friday/saturday dinner spot.

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★★★★★

there is a 15% off coupon on the citysearch page, offer ends 11/28/08. Great incentive to try this place. You will not be disappointed!\r
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Location is in South Pasadena. Fair Oaks Ave/Glen Arm. \r
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The service at OBA was very friendly, waitress very knowledgeable regarding menu and recommendations, the restaurant has an area where you can watch sports and another area for a more quiet dinner. I have two small children, perfect environment to take kids. The restaurant decor is simple, clean, modern. This is no dump or ""hole in the wall"". Dress is casual. Great place to take friends that don't want to get dressed up. Perfect for all ages.\r
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I love the concept of ""pub"" or ""tapas"" like style, you can try a variety of food. Portions are fair. The food is very tender, full of flavor, high quality fish and freshness. \r
I had an Echigo beer, never had one, but was recommended. Delicious, smooth.\r
Things I tried... Miso soup: super chunky tofu, large portions of green onions/seaweed. Miso glazed cod: by far my favorite, tender, tender, tender, superb! Stuffed shiitake mushroom: pops with flavor, with slight crunchiness. Asian short rib: must have! The best special roll to try is the TNT roll. \r
I love that I live nearby. This has been my perfect friday/saturday dinner spot.

Pros: Tons of variety, great beer selection, casual environment, no valet parking, coupon

Cons: Haven't had a bad experience

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Visited for the first time over the weekend. Kunche, the owner is super friendly and made us feel so welcomed. Loved the appetizers. Albacore w/ garlic and soy was my favorite! This is definetely a word of mouth place as they are in a plaza that I didn't even know existed - and I'm from the area. Although the main entrees weren't bad - I would definitely stick to the sushi & sashimi.

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★★★★☆

Visited for the first time over the weekend. Kunche, the owner is super friendly and made us feel so welcomed. Loved the appetizers. Albacore w/ garlic and soy was my favorite! This is definetely a word of mouth place as they are in a plaza that I didn't even know existed - and I'm from the area. Although the main entrees weren't bad - I would definitely stick to the sushi & sashimi.

Pros: friendly service

Cons: sushi is better than the entrees

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We were very pleased when Oba opened. We'd been looking for a new sushi restaurant since the decline of our favorite place. This is now our sushi place. I agree 100% with awabi's review. The only thing omitted was mention of the warm and friendly service. Eating here has turned into a weekly habit. Give it a try. You won't be sorry.

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★★★★★

We were very pleased when Oba opened. We'd been looking for a new sushi restaurant since the decline of our favorite place. This is now our sushi place. I agree 100% with awabi's review. The only thing omitted was mention of the warm and friendly service. Eating here has turned into a weekly habit. Give it a try. You won't be sorry.

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If you are looking for a place for fresh fish and sushi, this is the place. From their tuna, tempura, teriyaki to their california roll everything is prepared and served fresh. Their tempura is crunchy with not too much batter. Not like other places, where they have heavy and thick batter. Oba's quality and quantity is perfect! The izakaya is like a tapas appetizer portion kind of food, they have all sorts of variety and always something new and interesting to try. I have been there twice in one week. Not one disappointment yet. They also have my favorite beer, echigo, a traditional japanese beer which comes straight from japan. Try it. O my! all i can say is go try it out and you'll love it. I did and i love it. I am sure going back again and again and again!

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★★★★★

If you are looking for a place for fresh fish and sushi, this is the place. From their tuna, tempura, teriyaki to their california roll everything is prepared and served fresh. Their tempura is crunchy with not too much batter. Not like other places, where they have heavy and thick batter. Oba's quality and quantity is perfect! The izakaya is like a tapas appetizer portion kind of food, they have all sorts of variety and always something new and interesting to try. I have been there twice in one week. Not one disappointment yet. They also have my favorite beer, echigo, a traditional japanese beer which comes straight from japan. Try it. O my! all i can say is go try it out and you'll love it. I did and i love it. I am sure going back again and again and again!

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With its sleek maple surfaces and soothing sage and taupe palette, Oba transformed the site of a tired old Japanese restaurant into a brighter, more hip sushi bar and izakaya. The sushi, which can be consumed at a translucent bar in a…

 

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