Sushi Sasabune

★★★★★
  • 12400 Wilshire Blvd ,Ste 150

    Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Cross street: South Carmelina Avenue

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  • 310-820-3596

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Great sushi in my neighborhood. The fish is fresh and the staff is friendly. Not cheap, but not outrageous. I would recommend Sasabune to sushi fiends.

5
★★★★★

Great sushi in my neighborhood. The fish is fresh and the staff is friendly. Not cheap, but not outrageous. I would recommend Sasabune to sushi fiends.

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Just the best there is! Get the chef's menu. It is a truly a trip to Japan. So good and authentic. It is a meal you will not forget.

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★★★★★

Just the best there is! Get the chef's menu. It is a truly a trip to Japan. So good and authentic. It is a meal you will not forget.

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Just the best there is! Get the chef's menu. It is a truly a trip to Japan. So good and authentic. It is a meal you will not forget.

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★★★★★

Just the best there is! Get the chef's menu. It is a truly a trip to Japan. So good and authentic. It is a meal you will not forget.

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haha, i love to read reviews for places that have such divergent opinions. I can't understand how people would think this place is anything below 3 stars. The food is so unmistakably 5 star. I'm thinking they came here and were expecting california rolls.
This place is great for the sushi purist. They don't dabble in any un-sushi. So they do a great job with the fish. The fish is so fresh. When you smell it, there's no fishy smell. The fish melts in your mouth. Everything is exactly as it should be. I'm a pretty adventuresome person so I love the omakase. I don't do well with raw shrimp or sea urchin, but I can eat pretty much everything else.

5
★★★★★

haha, i love to read reviews for places that have such divergent opinions. I can't understand how people would think this place is anything below 3 stars. The food is so unmistakably 5 star. I'm thinking they came here and were expecting california rolls.
This place is great for the sushi purist. They don't dabble in any un-sushi. So they do a great job with the fish. The fish is so fresh. When you smell it, there's no fishy smell. The fish melts in your mouth. Everything is exactly as it should be. I'm a pretty adventuresome person so I love the omakase. I don't do well with raw shrimp or sea urchin, but I can eat pretty much everything else.

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The best place I ate in. sit at the sushi bar

3
★★★★★

The best place I ate in. sit at the sushi bar

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The best place I ate in. sit at the sushi bar

3
★★★★★

The best place I ate in. sit at the sushi bar

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Having fun at the bar with the Chefs is a great time. Buy them a beer and they will party with you all night long...

Over the past two years I have tasted myself thru their menu several times and it always reminds me why I come here - the food is great. It is real sushi, not the "politically correct" stuff. You get good portions, but it adds up, especially several Supporos later.

4
★★★★☆

Having fun at the bar with the Chefs is a great time. Buy them a beer and they will party with you all night long...

Over the past two years I have tasted myself thru their menu several times and it always reminds me why I come here - the food is great. It is real sushi, not the "politically correct" stuff. You get good portions, but it adds up, especially several Supporos later.

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They have the best salmon sushi I have ever tried. It is even better than the sushi I had in Tokyo. The place is never packed so reservations are not needed unless you want to sit at the sushi bar (requires you order the set menu). \r
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★★★★★

They have the best salmon sushi I have ever tried. It is even better than the sushi I had in Tokyo. The place is never packed so reservations are not needed unless you want to sit at the sushi bar (requires you order the set menu). \r
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They have the best salmon sushi I have ever tried. It is even better than the sushi I had in Tokyo. The place is never packed so reservations are not needed unless you want to sit at the sushi bar (requires you order the set menu). \r
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3
★★★★★

They have the best salmon sushi I have ever tried. It is even better than the sushi I had in Tokyo. The place is never packed so reservations are not needed unless you want to sit at the sushi bar (requires you order the set menu). \r
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My wife and I recently started to try out other sushi places than our regular one (Kiriko, that is) and try to find a place we like as much. Tonight we were hesitating between suzhi Zo and Sasabune. Both had good reviews as far as the

3
★★★★★

My wife and I recently started to try out other sushi places than our regular one (Kiriko, that is) and try to find a place we like as much. Tonight we were hesitating between suzhi Zo and Sasabune. Both had good reviews as far as the

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My wife and I recently started to try out other sushi places than our regular one (Kiriko, that is) and try to find a place we like as much. Tonight we were hesitating between suzhi Zo and Sasabune. Both had good reviews as far as the

3
★★★★★

My wife and I recently started to try out other sushi places than our regular one (Kiriko, that is) and try to find a place we like as much. Tonight we were hesitating between suzhi Zo and Sasabune. Both had good reviews as far as the

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Some of the best sushi that I've ever had. If you can make your way here, you won't regret it. Fresh fish never tasted so Good.

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★★★★☆

Some of the best sushi that I've ever had. If you can make your way here, you won't regret it. Fresh fish never tasted so Good.

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Went there with my boyfriend on a Friday night. I made reservation ahead. But still got a bad spot. Maybe it's just they are too popular so they are running out of nice spots. Each customer must order at least 4 items. Food is good, but it's not beyond my expectation. IAnd each came in a tiny portion, only 2pcs for each order. And there's nothing other than sushi on the menu which means my boyfriend and I have spend more than $50 on sushi and still feel starving. And the waiters are not friendly.

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★★☆☆☆

Went there with my boyfriend on a Friday night. I made reservation ahead. But still got a bad spot. Maybe it's just they are too popular so they are running out of nice spots. Each customer must order at least 4 items. Food is good, but it's not beyond my expectation. IAnd each came in a tiny portion, only 2pcs for each order. And there's nothing other than sushi on the menu which means my boyfriend and I have spend more than $50 on sushi and still feel starving. And the waiters are not friendly.

Pros: food is ok

Cons: overated, bad service, expensive

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I was impressed. This doesn't look like a great sushi place, but it surprised me. Best sushi I've had since Club Sushi in Hollywood

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★★★★★

I was impressed. This doesn't look like a great sushi place, but it surprised me. Best sushi I've had since Club Sushi in Hollywood

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Price

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Little Tokyo has the bomb sushi for realz...a great spot. Club Sushi is the best in Hollywood. It really depends on where you want to drive for good food.

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★★★★☆

Little Tokyo has the bomb sushi for realz...a great spot. Club Sushi is the best in Hollywood. It really depends on where you want to drive for good food.

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Sushi Sasabune is the best sushi restaurant ever! The fish is all super fresh. Nobi, the owner, wakes up before dawn to go to the fish market. In fact, one of the reasons that Sushi Sasabune is closed on the weekends is that the fish market is closed and Nobi only wants to serve the freshest, yummiest fish. Other sushi restaurant owners follow Nobi around the fish market, trying to figure out how he is able to select out the best fish. The albacore sashimi appetizer is amazing, and way better than another sushi restaurant a few blocks away that tries to copy it. I highly recommend the American omakase. The blue fin tuna and toro are amazing, as is the butterfish. The list goes on and on. If the scallop with yuzu paste is available (but not part of the omakase), make sure you get it! The same goes for the lobster! Sushi Sasabune certainly isn't cheap, but it is so worth it! My wife lived in Japan for 6 1/2 years, and she says that it is the best sushi she has had outside of Japan (and possibly even better than the sushi she had in Japan). I cannot recommend this place highly enough!

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★★★★★

Sushi Sasabune is the best sushi restaurant ever! The fish is all super fresh. Nobi, the owner, wakes up before dawn to go to the fish market. In fact, one of the reasons that Sushi Sasabune is closed on the weekends is that the fish market is closed and Nobi only wants to serve the freshest, yummiest fish. Other sushi restaurant owners follow Nobi around the fish market, trying to figure out how he is able to select out the best fish. The albacore sashimi appetizer is amazing, and way better than another sushi restaurant a few blocks away that tries to copy it. I highly recommend the American omakase. The blue fin tuna and toro are amazing, as is the butterfish. The list goes on and on. If the scallop with yuzu paste is available (but not part of the omakase), make sure you get it! The same goes for the lobster! Sushi Sasabune certainly isn't cheap, but it is so worth it! My wife lived in Japan for 6 1/2 years, and she says that it is the best sushi she has had outside of Japan (and possibly even better than the sushi she had in Japan). I cannot recommend this place highly enough!

Pros: Best sushi in town

Cons: None

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Hands down the best sushi in LA. This place knocks Nobu and Koi completely out of the game. Also, at $65 per person, an incredible value for the amount of food and the quality of the fish. I am completely baffled by the negative reviews on here. Clearly, some of those folks should stick to california rolls.

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★★★★★

Hands down the best sushi in LA. This place knocks Nobu and Koi completely out of the game. Also, at $65 per person, an incredible value for the amount of food and the quality of the fish. I am completely baffled by the negative reviews on here. Clearly, some of those folks should stick to california rolls.

Pros: value, quality and unique dishes

Cons: slightly lacking in ambiance

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The best sushi in town, hands down. It's not cheap, but it's totally worth it. When I had a larger disposable income I used to frequent it once a month. If you're a foodie, you'll love it. So the ambiance is not that of Nobu's, who needs it with food this good!

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★★★★★

The best sushi in town, hands down. It's not cheap, but it's totally worth it. When I had a larger disposable income I used to frequent it once a month. If you're a foodie, you'll love it. So the ambiance is not that of Nobu's, who needs it with food this good!

Pros: Freshest sushi

Cons: Price

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Went with a group of 7, and sat at a table for Omakase. There was a lot of interesting sushi/raw seafood that you can't get at a typical sushi place. Such as raw abalone (can't say I like it though). My favorite was the monk fish liver, chilled toro, spanish makeral. Our omakase included albacore sashimi, abalone, some shell seafood type of thing cut in slices(didn't catch what it was), small oyster, salmon roe, uni, yellowtail, salmon, toro, tuna, ell, monkfish liver, spanish makeral, makeral, snapper, halibut, and blue crab hand roll. We also ordered some miso soup, chilled toro, a few beer, and a couple lychee ice cream(highly recommended). The bill after tip and tax was $110/person. The omakase was a good experience to try different stuff. But if i go back next time, probably will just order a la carte, my favorite ones only. :)

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★★★★☆

Went with a group of 7, and sat at a table for Omakase. There was a lot of interesting sushi/raw seafood that you can't get at a typical sushi place. Such as raw abalone (can't say I like it though). My favorite was the monk fish liver, chilled toro, spanish makeral. Our omakase included albacore sashimi, abalone, some shell seafood type of thing cut in slices(didn't catch what it was), small oyster, salmon roe, uni, yellowtail, salmon, toro, tuna, ell, monkfish liver, spanish makeral, makeral, snapper, halibut, and blue crab hand roll. We also ordered some miso soup, chilled toro, a few beer, and a couple lychee ice cream(highly recommended). The bill after tip and tax was $110/person. The omakase was a good experience to try different stuff. But if i go back next time, probably will just order a la carte, my favorite ones only. :)

Pros: fresh seafood

Cons: Omakase can be pricey

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I can not get enough of Sasabune. Seating is prompt and the service is polite and attentive. The fish is fresh and the authentic sauces are delicous. Although I wouldn't recommend going here if you want fancy rolls- it is a must for a true sushi lover!

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★★★★★

I can not get enough of Sasabune. Seating is prompt and the service is polite and attentive. The fish is fresh and the authentic sauces are delicous. Although I wouldn't recommend going here if you want fancy rolls- it is a must for a true sushi lover!

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been going to sasabune for years and consider myself a sushi connoisseur. I've never written a review but when i read the review by jinx2life i felt compelled to stand up for arguably the best sushi joint in LA. to address his review directly - salmon sushi comes with a layer of kelp + sesame seeds to enhance the experience rather than to distract from any fishy-ness
they didn't mention the salmon roe cuz it's actually so good no words can do it justice & they would have had to eat their words. marinated in sake for at least a day, these delicious little eggs pop ever so refreshingly with every bite.
the warm rice crumbles cuz it's what makes it melt in my mouth & is not overpoweringly sweet & complements the fish besides it's sushi rice after & there's mirin in it
recommend the chef's special to taste the majority of fish they offer especially since they only serve what's best for the day
first - albacore sashimi plate
2nd - sushi o-toro (highest grade of toro) and chu-toro or sweet blue fin tuna (depending on season)
3rd - sushi yellowtail and salmon. yellowtail here is only the belly portion of the fish which guarantees good texture and flavor
4th - halibut followed by albacore sushi and kampachi (sometimes bonito)
there are a few different ones here on out and here you can request sushi or rolls (negitoro, ume shiso or salmon skin roll) and they finish with blue crab roll. ask for toro ice, butterfish too. just added chawanmushi and lobster stir fry and a clam miso soup to their menu
super good chawanmushi but i'm usually saving my stomach for the other good stuff.
if you still have room for dessert - love the black sesame ice cream AKA goma ice. not on the menu so ask for it. creamy consistency, nutty flavor, big in asia not so much here.
adventurous? - out of this world uni, mirugai (served with shiso leaf and yuzukoso)
make ressies!!! frequently go to matsuhisa, hiko, zo and etc...this is by far the most notable. seriously

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★★★★★

been going to sasabune for years and consider myself a sushi connoisseur. I've never written a review but when i read the review by jinx2life i felt compelled to stand up for arguably the best sushi joint in LA. to address his review directly - salmon sushi comes with a layer of kelp + sesame seeds to enhance the experience rather than to distract from any fishy-ness
they didn't mention the salmon roe cuz it's actually so good no words can do it justice & they would have had to eat their words. marinated in sake for at least a day, these delicious little eggs pop ever so refreshingly with every bite.
the warm rice crumbles cuz it's what makes it melt in my mouth & is not overpoweringly sweet & complements the fish besides it's sushi rice after & there's mirin in it
recommend the chef's special to taste the majority of fish they offer especially since they only serve what's best for the day
first - albacore sashimi plate
2nd - sushi o-toro (highest grade of toro) and chu-toro or sweet blue fin tuna (depending on season)
3rd - sushi yellowtail and salmon. yellowtail here is only the belly portion of the fish which guarantees good texture and flavor
4th - halibut followed by albacore sushi and kampachi (sometimes bonito)
there are a few different ones here on out and here you can request sushi or rolls (negitoro, ume shiso or salmon skin roll) and they finish with blue crab roll. ask for toro ice, butterfish too. just added chawanmushi and lobster stir fry and a clam miso soup to their menu
super good chawanmushi but i'm usually saving my stomach for the other good stuff.
if you still have room for dessert - love the black sesame ice cream AKA goma ice. not on the menu so ask for it. creamy consistency, nutty flavor, big in asia not so much here.
adventurous? - out of this world uni, mirugai (served with shiso leaf and yuzukoso)
make ressies!!! frequently go to matsuhisa, hiko, zo and etc...this is by far the most notable. seriously

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The servers were friendly enough. Our server explained the menu was sushi only, that most people get the Chef's choice, for which you pay minimum $65 per person, but you could also order a la carte. There is a minimum a la carte order of 4 sushis per person.
We decided to go with a la carte. Having been to a number of bad sushi restaurants, we wanted to make sure the place was quality before spending that kind of cash. The first bump in the road came as the waitress was about to turn in our order. She informed us that the sweet shrimp, (which generally comes as a sushi, but includes the heads of the shrimp fried and served with ponzu sauce) would be coming as sushi only, and there were no cooked heads with it. Because the price was similar if not more expensive than most sushi places I've eaten at, we passed on it and went instead with salmon roe.
The test for us at a sushi place is the salmon sushi. If the fish tastes at ALL fishy, or looks bad, why bother trying their more expensive counterparts? Our salmon and yellowtail sushi came out to us. The salmon came with sesame seeds and what looked like some sort of thin covering... maybe it was ginger? I couldn't figure it out, but usually when a sushi restaurant serves salmon with sesame seeds (which are very strong in flavor and from what I've seen, are used to mask bad fish), its bad sign. We both ate it.. the rice was so heavily sweetened and seasoned, we couldn't taste the fish. At ALL. Tried the yellowtail, similar experience. The rice by itself could be warmed and served with milk as oatmeal, it was so sweet.
On top of that, both of us had rice falling apart as we picked up the sushi to eat it. The manager came over after I asked for her, and explained that this was their style, their taste, and we should be using our chopsticks like spoons. HUH? Traditional like McDonalds? This place is horrible if you really like sushi. Better sushi at McDonalds, if they served it. Passpasspass.

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★☆☆☆☆

The servers were friendly enough. Our server explained the menu was sushi only, that most people get the Chef's choice, for which you pay minimum $65 per person, but you could also order a la carte. There is a minimum a la carte order of 4 sushis per person.
We decided to go with a la carte. Having been to a number of bad sushi restaurants, we wanted to make sure the place was quality before spending that kind of cash. The first bump in the road came as the waitress was about to turn in our order. She informed us that the sweet shrimp, (which generally comes as a sushi, but includes the heads of the shrimp fried and served with ponzu sauce) would be coming as sushi only, and there were no cooked heads with it. Because the price was similar if not more expensive than most sushi places I've eaten at, we passed on it and went instead with salmon roe.
The test for us at a sushi place is the salmon sushi. If the fish tastes at ALL fishy, or looks bad, why bother trying their more expensive counterparts? Our salmon and yellowtail sushi came out to us. The salmon came with sesame seeds and what looked like some sort of thin covering... maybe it was ginger? I couldn't figure it out, but usually when a sushi restaurant serves salmon with sesame seeds (which are very strong in flavor and from what I've seen, are used to mask bad fish), its bad sign. We both ate it.. the rice was so heavily sweetened and seasoned, we couldn't taste the fish. At ALL. Tried the yellowtail, similar experience. The rice by itself could be warmed and served with milk as oatmeal, it was so sweet.
On top of that, both of us had rice falling apart as we picked up the sushi to eat it. The manager came over after I asked for her, and explained that this was their style, their taste, and we should be using our chopsticks like spoons. HUH? Traditional like McDonalds? This place is horrible if you really like sushi. Better sushi at McDonalds, if they served it. Passpasspass.

Pros: Almost dark enough inside that you can't see the bad food you're about to eat.

Cons: So many it would take a whole other review to list them all.

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this place is seriously the best sushi i've ever eaten. EVER! i currently live in austin, tx and have been anticipating my move to los angeles so i can be reunited with this restaurant with which my roommate and i have fallen in love with. everything was perfect: the food was superb and the waitress who served us was so incredibly sweet, we went to and came back from our car to give her even more tip. though, truthfully the food is so good, i probably wouldnt have cared or even noticed if the service had been lousy.

a note to the reviewer below and anyone else who cares: though that encounter did seem very rude and uncalled for, generally you only ought to follow the host(ess) if they specifically ask you to. otherwise, you'll just be getting in their way of setting/cleaning up a table (especially on a busy night!). for the most part, though probably not applicable to that situation :P, they'll be doing everything they can to get everyone taken care of as soon as possible so please let them work! as a person who's worked in the restaurant industry for years, this has been one of my chief pet peeves

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★★★★★

this place is seriously the best sushi i've ever eaten. EVER! i currently live in austin, tx and have been anticipating my move to los angeles so i can be reunited with this restaurant with which my roommate and i have fallen in love with. everything was perfect: the food was superb and the waitress who served us was so incredibly sweet, we went to and came back from our car to give her even more tip. though, truthfully the food is so good, i probably wouldnt have cared or even noticed if the service had been lousy.

a note to the reviewer below and anyone else who cares: though that encounter did seem very rude and uncalled for, generally you only ought to follow the host(ess) if they specifically ask you to. otherwise, you'll just be getting in their way of setting/cleaning up a table (especially on a busy night!). for the most part, though probably not applicable to that situation :P, they'll be doing everything they can to get everyone taken care of as soon as possible so please let them work! as a person who's worked in the restaurant industry for years, this has been one of my chief pet peeves

Pros: everything!

Cons: not a single one

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I arrived only to be greeted by some guy who walked away after he asked how many were in our party (2), then he told us to stay where we were after we started to follow him (isn't that the usual protocol in restaurants? follow the person who typically greets and seats you? No, not here, apparently.) Finally he returned-but he was obviously busy with a phone call. Ten minutes later (and at this point ready to head to Taco Bell) he seated us.

Spare yourself, and go to the original. This guy clearly copies Nozawa. The first dish was strikingly similar, but not as good as Nozawa's baby tuna in ponzu. Sasabune uses albacore instead. The rest of the Omakase was similar but fair. Don't come here if you're hungry. I had the green iced tea-again, identical to Nozawa. I had the yellowtail, ditto, same thing. Here's the kicker, when they bring you the rolls they cut them in half, so you get 1/2 of a roll. The tune roll is repulsive and tasted like it had been sitting outside in the sun for 3 days. His fish doesn't seem as fresh as other sushi restaurants, and the rice is mediocre. The 1/2 of crabroll is a joke. I don't see the hype. I've been to Sasabune, and Zo, and still prefer to trek over to Studio City and sit in a janky strip mall with neon on the walls. The check was $144.00 fort two people who both ordered Omakase and had green iced tea. I don't recommend this place. You can spend the same amount of money and go to Nozawa and get superior sushi.

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★☆☆☆☆

I arrived only to be greeted by some guy who walked away after he asked how many were in our party (2), then he told us to stay where we were after we started to follow him (isn't that the usual protocol in restaurants? follow the person who typically greets and seats you? No, not here, apparently.) Finally he returned-but he was obviously busy with a phone call. Ten minutes later (and at this point ready to head to Taco Bell) he seated us.

Spare yourself, and go to the original. This guy clearly copies Nozawa. The first dish was strikingly similar, but not as good as Nozawa's baby tuna in ponzu. Sasabune uses albacore instead. The rest of the Omakase was similar but fair. Don't come here if you're hungry. I had the green iced tea-again, identical to Nozawa. I had the yellowtail, ditto, same thing. Here's the kicker, when they bring you the rolls they cut them in half, so you get 1/2 of a roll. The tune roll is repulsive and tasted like it had been sitting outside in the sun for 3 days. His fish doesn't seem as fresh as other sushi restaurants, and the rice is mediocre. The 1/2 of crabroll is a joke. I don't see the hype. I've been to Sasabune, and Zo, and still prefer to trek over to Studio City and sit in a janky strip mall with neon on the walls. The check was $144.00 fort two people who both ordered Omakase and had green iced tea. I don't recommend this place. You can spend the same amount of money and go to Nozawa and get superior sushi.

Pros: None

Cons: Too many to list

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My god i love their sushi. It's the melt in your mouth kind of sushi that is just out of this world... They used to be in a tiny little place on sawtelle, but have since moved to a bigger spot on wilshire, so no long waits anymore!

It's a little expensive, but worth EVERY PENNY. The rice is warm, the seaweed wrap is toasty, the crab fresh!! delicious!!

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★★★★★

My god i love their sushi. It's the melt in your mouth kind of sushi that is just out of this world... They used to be in a tiny little place on sawtelle, but have since moved to a bigger spot on wilshire, so no long waits anymore!

It's a little expensive, but worth EVERY PENNY. The rice is warm, the seaweed wrap is toasty, the crab fresh!! delicious!!

Pros: Delicious

Cons: can be pricey, but worth it!

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I thought the fish was NOT GOOD, they forced the omokase on me and several of the pieces of fish were unedible. and the atmosphere is dreary.

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought the fish was NOT GOOD, they forced the omokase on me and several of the pieces of fish were unedible. and the atmosphere is dreary.

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When we lived in Chicago, my husband and I had friends from Honolulu who knew Sasabune from Hawaii and from Los Angeles. We would go out for sushi in Chicago, and what tasted fine to me, never met their satisfaction. I never understood their point of view until we visited Sasabune on Wilshire for the first time. We had lunch during the week, and at first the place was empty, but it gradually filled as the noon hour wore on. Celebrities trickled in, and the staff was friendly to everyone. We sat at the bar for omakase, watching the chef deftly cutting and shaping little morsels. Once I took a bite, I understood what our Chicago friends meant. The sushi here is just of a different class--the freshness, the texture, the flavors--everything is perfect. It was one of the more expensive lunches we've enjoyed, but I would do it again in a second. Can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

When we lived in Chicago, my husband and I had friends from Honolulu who knew Sasabune from Hawaii and from Los Angeles. We would go out for sushi in Chicago, and what tasted fine to me, never met their satisfaction. I never understood their point of view until we visited Sasabune on Wilshire for the first time. We had lunch during the week, and at first the place was empty, but it gradually filled as the noon hour wore on. Celebrities trickled in, and the staff was friendly to everyone. We sat at the bar for omakase, watching the chef deftly cutting and shaping little morsels. Once I took a bite, I understood what our Chicago friends meant. The sushi here is just of a different class--the freshness, the texture, the flavors--everything is perfect. It was one of the more expensive lunches we've enjoyed, but I would do it again in a second. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Incredible sushi

Cons: Closed weekends

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The only place I've ever had better sushi was at the fish market in Tokyo. Admittedly, I'm not a profesional sushi critic, just an armchair fan, but that's my experience as a "civilian". Fish so fresh it melts in your mouth, warmed rice that (to me) enhances the flavor, and fresh (not fake?) wasabi. Omakase is good, but if you're in a party smaller than 4, go with a-la-carte and order your favorites. (sometimes I've gotten some items on the omakase that I wasn't thrilled with). Absolutely recommend: salmon sushi, albacore sashimi, chilled toro, and butterfish. Heaven, heaven, heaven....!

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★★★★★

The only place I've ever had better sushi was at the fish market in Tokyo. Admittedly, I'm not a profesional sushi critic, just an armchair fan, but that's my experience as a "civilian". Fish so fresh it melts in your mouth, warmed rice that (to me) enhances the flavor, and fresh (not fake?) wasabi. Omakase is good, but if you're in a party smaller than 4, go with a-la-carte and order your favorites. (sometimes I've gotten some items on the omakase that I wasn't thrilled with). Absolutely recommend: salmon sushi, albacore sashimi, chilled toro, and butterfish. Heaven, heaven, heaven....!

Pros: certain items on their menu make my eyes roll back into my head because they are so delicious

Cons: I'm not a trust-fund baby, so I can only eat here every once in a while :(

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I am very picky when it comes to sushi and sashimi. Sushi Sasabune really impresses me when it comes to freshness and quality of their ingredient. I am so in love with their toro, melts in your mouth! The fish is what's keeping me coming back.
However, I am not too happy with their rice. First of all, I am not a big fan of the warm rice, I still like it the traditional way. Second, they mix diff. sauces into the rice on many of their sushi. Sauces are delicious in a way, but the taste is too strong, makes it very difficult to taste the fish. Also, because many sushi have sauce mixed in the rice, the rice ball become very loosely packed.
I will not recommend the omasake because it is just sushi after sushi, and they charge based on what you had. I always order a la cart so I can be sure I am getting the sushi I like.
This place is definitely not a romantic dating place. It feels more like nice lunch spot in business district. It is a little pricey, normally cost me around $70/person w/o alcohol.
Although it seems like there is more con than pro, but I still keep going to Sushi Sasabune whenever I feel like having some good sushi.

2
★★★★☆

I am very picky when it comes to sushi and sashimi. Sushi Sasabune really impresses me when it comes to freshness and quality of their ingredient. I am so in love with their toro, melts in your mouth! The fish is what's keeping me coming back.
However, I am not too happy with their rice. First of all, I am not a big fan of the warm rice, I still like it the traditional way. Second, they mix diff. sauces into the rice on many of their sushi. Sauces are delicious in a way, but the taste is too strong, makes it very difficult to taste the fish. Also, because many sushi have sauce mixed in the rice, the rice ball become very loosely packed.
I will not recommend the omasake because it is just sushi after sushi, and they charge based on what you had. I always order a la cart so I can be sure I am getting the sushi I like.
This place is definitely not a romantic dating place. It feels more like nice lunch spot in business district. It is a little pricey, normally cost me around $70/person w/o alcohol.
Although it seems like there is more con than pro, but I still keep going to Sushi Sasabune whenever I feel like having some good sushi.

Pros: fresh ingredient

Cons: deco, price

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I keep coming back here and love it every time as the sushi is hands-down the best I have ever tasted. I even convinced my husband to come with me and sit at the sushi bar to try the chef's choice, and he is very conservative when it comes to sushi/fish, and he thought it was very good too.

2
★★★★★

I keep coming back here and love it every time as the sushi is hands-down the best I have ever tasted. I even convinced my husband to come with me and sit at the sushi bar to try the chef's choice, and he is very conservative when it comes to sushi/fish, and he thought it was very good too.

Pros: Best sushi ever

Cons: Decor is bland

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As is the case with othe Omakase service, it becomes assembly line which does detract from the service. 3 of us were there for
an 8:30 appointment and begged then to let us wait (at a table) for the 4th party who was to be be 10 minutes late. It's lucky he got there at 8:40 because they were about to tell us we had to start eating that very minute. Except for the pace, the omakase is superb. The sushi was superb, excellent quality fish and flavorings, although I have been to other omakases which were a bit more daring without Americanizing the fish. Service was kind of automatic but pleasant. It was a most enjoyable dinner.
Although I've been in nicer atmospheres, this restaurant does not deserve the ignominy of a 7 on decor as given in the Zagat.
It was a large room and had an exciting, vibrant feel. Parking was a breeze. What I can't get over the omakase service and this was no exception: if you want more sushi after the chef's tasting is over, they get wigged out, even though you are paying them more money.True, I have never tried this in a French tasting menu. I just didn't see the big deal over ordering more a la carte sushi than they offered. We all have different appetites. But this is the style: last piece and they say, "that's it."
I definitely would go back.

2
★★★★☆

As is the case with othe Omakase service, it becomes assembly line which does detract from the service. 3 of us were there for
an 8:30 appointment and begged then to let us wait (at a table) for the 4th party who was to be be 10 minutes late. It's lucky he got there at 8:40 because they were about to tell us we had to start eating that very minute. Except for the pace, the omakase is superb. The sushi was superb, excellent quality fish and flavorings, although I have been to other omakases which were a bit more daring without Americanizing the fish. Service was kind of automatic but pleasant. It was a most enjoyable dinner.
Although I've been in nicer atmospheres, this restaurant does not deserve the ignominy of a 7 on decor as given in the Zagat.
It was a large room and had an exciting, vibrant feel. Parking was a breeze. What I can't get over the omakase service and this was no exception: if you want more sushi after the chef's tasting is over, they get wigged out, even though you are paying them more money.True, I have never tried this in a French tasting menu. I just didn't see the big deal over ordering more a la carte sushi than they offered. We all have different appetites. But this is the style: last piece and they say, "that's it."
I definitely would go back.

Pros: Sushi, decor fun, parking easy

Cons: service rushed,

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although the ambience is not the best... you will never chew, smell, or be disappointed in the consistency, the texture the taste of this sushi. this is truly the way raw fish should be prepared, we have eaten at the best restaurants in the world, and never ever ever have we found a place like this! The chef is THE most dilligent, hard working man... he is there night after night after choosing the freshest fish in the morning. And we mean early morning. He will run out of fish at nite so that the fish does not SIT there waiting for you to eat it tomorrow. you will not be disappointed

2
★★★★★

although the ambience is not the best... you will never chew, smell, or be disappointed in the consistency, the texture the taste of this sushi. this is truly the way raw fish should be prepared, we have eaten at the best restaurants in the world, and never ever ever have we found a place like this! The chef is THE most dilligent, hard working man... he is there night after night after choosing the freshest fish in the morning. And we mean early morning. He will run out of fish at nite so that the fish does not SIT there waiting for you to eat it tomorrow. you will not be disappointed

Pros: the freshest fish ever

Cons: they serve too fast

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I went in on a Tuesday night, 6pm, and it wasn't crowded at all. The atmosphere is nice but doesn't have an authentic japanese feel. I sat at the sushi bar and ordered the chef's special (there are two versions -- the japanese and american ones). I am not a huge sushi connoisseur but I liked the quality of the fish, taste, and the warm rice was a nice addition. However, in terms of tastiness, I wasn't a huge fan of the Japanese chef's special as the raw squid, shrimp, salmon eggs, and sea urchin, are definitely acquired tastes. Overall the chef was friendly and so were the serving staff.

The major complaint I have is that I was slightly surprised by the bill. I only ordered one japanese and one american chef's special (water, no dessert, no appetizers, etc) and the bill came up to almost $190 after tax/tip! I only ate what the chef's gave me and I didn't order any "extras" at the end of the course. This was slightly surprising given that my friends and citysearch say that it'll be around $50/person. Anyway, besides that, the food was good but I'm not sure I'll come back b/c of the value.

1
★★★☆☆

I went in on a Tuesday night, 6pm, and it wasn't crowded at all. The atmosphere is nice but doesn't have an authentic japanese feel. I sat at the sushi bar and ordered the chef's special (there are two versions -- the japanese and american ones). I am not a huge sushi connoisseur but I liked the quality of the fish, taste, and the warm rice was a nice addition. However, in terms of tastiness, I wasn't a huge fan of the Japanese chef's special as the raw squid, shrimp, salmon eggs, and sea urchin, are definitely acquired tastes. Overall the chef was friendly and so were the serving staff.

The major complaint I have is that I was slightly surprised by the bill. I only ordered one japanese and one american chef's special (water, no dessert, no appetizers, etc) and the bill came up to almost $190 after tax/tip! I only ate what the chef's gave me and I didn't order any "extras" at the end of the course. This was slightly surprising given that my friends and citysearch say that it'll be around $50/person. Anyway, besides that, the food was good but I'm not sure I'll come back b/c of the value.

Pros: fresh fish, exotic, large selection, good seating (on weekdays)

Cons: price, parking

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Granted when I went there I did not have the Omakase. I went there for Valentine's Day with my girlfriend and we ordered off the menu instead. I am willing to try Sasabune again and to have the omakase this time. The sushi was good but not great. Another thing that you must realize before trying this place out. Their style of sushi is made with "warm rice" as opposed to room temperature or slighly cooler rice that you get everywhere else. Not that it is bad but just different. Like I said, I'll have to go back and try the chefs menu before I give a final review.

1
★★★☆☆

Granted when I went there I did not have the Omakase. I went there for Valentine's Day with my girlfriend and we ordered off the menu instead. I am willing to try Sasabune again and to have the omakase this time. The sushi was good but not great. Another thing that you must realize before trying this place out. Their style of sushi is made with "warm rice" as opposed to room temperature or slighly cooler rice that you get everywhere else. Not that it is bad but just different. Like I said, I'll have to go back and try the chefs menu before I give a final review.

Pros: good sushi, large sushi bar, fresh fish

Cons: you're almost forced to get the chef's menu

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I took a friend there for his birthday a couple months ago. When we sat down we were almost forced into ordering the "chef's special" but since he had never been there before, he wanted to order off the menu. It's annoying that on a week night they still almost force you to get the "chef's choice" - it's good but pricey.

The sushi was really good. The bill for both of us was almost $100 with tip but it was his birthday!

I've been going to Sasabune since I first moved to LA almost 10 years ago. The atmosphere could definitely use work but it's stil the best sushi I've had in LA, especially the salmon. Melts in your mouth!

2
★★★★★

I took a friend there for his birthday a couple months ago. When we sat down we were almost forced into ordering the "chef's special" but since he had never been there before, he wanted to order off the menu. It's annoying that on a week night they still almost force you to get the "chef's choice" - it's good but pricey.

The sushi was really good. The bill for both of us was almost $100 with tip but it was his birthday!

I've been going to Sasabune since I first moved to LA almost 10 years ago. The atmosphere could definitely use work but it's stil the best sushi I've had in LA, especially the salmon. Melts in your mouth!

Pros: Amazing sushi.

Cons: Atmosphere needs work. Expensive.

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The best quality fish in Los Angeles. While the setting and the service leaves something to be desired, the food is absolutely fantastic every time. I have been dining at Sushi Sasabune for over 3 year's and preffered the old (hidden house on the corner) location on Sawtelle to the new (office building) location which is un impressive and poorly decorated, but that doesn't stop people from keeping the place totally packed and reservations a MUST. The wait staff will try to push you to the Omakase (Chef's Special), but after a few tries, I prefer to order off the menu and I am always made to feel bad for doing so as if I am insulting the chef. But none the less, if you enjoy great Traditional style (No fufu rolls or California Fusions) sushi, then look no further than Sushi Sasabune.

2
★★★★★

The best quality fish in Los Angeles. While the setting and the service leaves something to be desired, the food is absolutely fantastic every time. I have been dining at Sushi Sasabune for over 3 year's and preffered the old (hidden house on the corner) location on Sawtelle to the new (office building) location which is un impressive and poorly decorated, but that doesn't stop people from keeping the place totally packed and reservations a MUST. The wait staff will try to push you to the Omakase (Chef's Special), but after a few tries, I prefer to order off the menu and I am always made to feel bad for doing so as if I am insulting the chef. But none the less, if you enjoy great Traditional style (No fufu rolls or California Fusions) sushi, then look no further than Sushi Sasabune.

Pros: Sushi, Sushi, Sushi, The food is what it's all about!

Cons: Parking, No Bar, Location, Ambiance

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I think Sasabune is the best sushi, but that is mere opinion. You decide yourself if you like it. However, if you are a food-o-phile and you throw away excessive amounts of money every year just to experience the ?art? that underlies a cuisine, if food goes beyond flavor and presentation -- if knowing the sources of ingredients and analyzing a chef's reasoning during preparation each individual dish turns your crank -- then Sasabune is the sushi place for you. This place is one of a few that approaches sushi as a creative and expressionistic opportunity rather than merely as a craft of making tasty food. I am talking about the way Sasabune picks ingredients, treats and prepares each item, and focuses almost entirely on creating a wild and dazzling experience for your tastebuds.

If you are not busy analyzing every bite with an equally fanatic sushi friend, the Master Nobu will gladly discuss his sushi philosophy with you if business is slow. In addition to the fish being fresher at lunch, the ability to talk with a true sushi master makes lunch the absolute best time to eat here. You might find out why Nobu "relaxes" his sweet shimp for a day before serving them. Or you might find out why he serves his rice both in a fluffy and warm ball rather than as a cold and firm ball one usually finds elsewhere. Or you might discover why he serves the dishes in the order he does for the chef special, or just how special their thin and crispy nori is, or that the wasabi here is hand grated fresh every morning...Nobu's attention to detail is endless and you need to be really ?into? sushi to fully appreciate how much of a philosophy there is behind Sasabune sushi.

As a side note, those upset by Sasabune being closed on the weekend, that's simply because the fishermen don't work the weekends and Nobu won't serve fish less than a few hours old. Sasabune has never been open on the weekends; it's not a sign of their success, it is a sign of dedication to their cuisine.

2
★★★★★

I think Sasabune is the best sushi, but that is mere opinion. You decide yourself if you like it. However, if you are a food-o-phile and you throw away excessive amounts of money every year just to experience the ?art? that underlies a cuisine, if food goes beyond flavor and presentation -- if knowing the sources of ingredients and analyzing a chef's reasoning during preparation each individual dish turns your crank -- then Sasabune is the sushi place for you. This place is one of a few that approaches sushi as a creative and expressionistic opportunity rather than merely as a craft of making tasty food. I am talking about the way Sasabune picks ingredients, treats and prepares each item, and focuses almost entirely on creating a wild and dazzling experience for your tastebuds.

If you are not busy analyzing every bite with an equally fanatic sushi friend, the Master Nobu will gladly discuss his sushi philosophy with you if business is slow. In addition to the fish being fresher at lunch, the ability to talk with a true sushi master makes lunch the absolute best time to eat here. You might find out why Nobu "relaxes" his sweet shimp for a day before serving them. Or you might find out why he serves his rice both in a fluffy and warm ball rather than as a cold and firm ball one usually finds elsewhere. Or you might discover why he serves the dishes in the order he does for the chef special, or just how special their thin and crispy nori is, or that the wasabi here is hand grated fresh every morning...Nobu's attention to detail is endless and you need to be really ?into? sushi to fully appreciate how much of a philosophy there is behind Sasabune sushi.

As a side note, those upset by Sasabune being closed on the weekend, that's simply because the fishermen don't work the weekends and Nobu won't serve fish less than a few hours old. Sasabune has never been open on the weekends; it's not a sign of their success, it is a sign of dedication to their cuisine.

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The sushi here is amazing and the service is good too! What more can you ask for. It doesn't look incredibly high-end and parking could be tricky, but after you leave you'll swear you'll come back. I have been to dozens of sushi restaurants and this place is definitely up there. The sushi is fresh and the servers tell you how it should be eaten... and compared to other omakase style restaurants, it's very affordable. A definite must for sushi-goers.

2
★★★★★

The sushi here is amazing and the service is good too! What more can you ask for. It doesn't look incredibly high-end and parking could be tricky, but after you leave you'll swear you'll come back. I have been to dozens of sushi restaurants and this place is definitely up there. The sushi is fresh and the servers tell you how it should be eaten... and compared to other omakase style restaurants, it's very affordable. A definite must for sushi-goers.

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If you are looking for a well prepared sushi with some of the freshest fishes, then Sasabune might be the place that you are looking for! Try the Omakase (Reservation is a MUST: $60/person), though a bit expensive is totally worth it! The rice could be a little dry though for sushi that the fish may fall from the rice, but after you eat the fish, you'll forget about the problem with the rice (which is not much at all). Anyway, I highly2 recommend Sasabune! I tried Matsuhisa's Omakase before (at around $150/person, the quality of the fish was not even close to that of Sasabune's)

2
★★★★★

If you are looking for a well prepared sushi with some of the freshest fishes, then Sasabune might be the place that you are looking for! Try the Omakase (Reservation is a MUST: $60/person), though a bit expensive is totally worth it! The rice could be a little dry though for sushi that the fish may fall from the rice, but after you eat the fish, you'll forget about the problem with the rice (which is not much at all). Anyway, I highly2 recommend Sasabune! I tried Matsuhisa's Omakase before (at around $150/person, the quality of the fish was not even close to that of Sasabune's)

Pros: FRESH FISH!!! Talented sushi chefs, friendly service

Cons: Space for sushi bar is limited, must make reservation!

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We went here for dinner because the rating was a 9.8. I would give this place a 10. We sat down to a very fresh omakase with great quality and variety. Our chef was very personable and made delicious selections, but first he checked to see if there was anything we couldn't eat, or if there was anything we really enjoyed. If you go, be open minded and trust your chef. It's really too bad this place is closed on the weekends.

2
★★★★★

We went here for dinner because the rating was a 9.8. I would give this place a 10. We sat down to a very fresh omakase with great quality and variety. Our chef was very personable and made delicious selections, but first he checked to see if there was anything we couldn't eat, or if there was anything we really enjoyed. If you go, be open minded and trust your chef. It's really too bad this place is closed on the weekends.

Pros: FRESH fish, great selection, great service

Cons: Not open on weekends

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i've been to numerous sushi spots in LA, and nothing compares to sushi sasabune! the fish is soo fresh and yummy.. their omakase is always great and very filling.. even fish that you might not normally eat tastes wonderful at sasabune.. a must try restaurant for sushi lovers!

2
★★★★★

i've been to numerous sushi spots in LA, and nothing compares to sushi sasabune! the fish is soo fresh and yummy.. their omakase is always great and very filling.. even fish that you might not normally eat tastes wonderful at sasabune.. a must try restaurant for sushi lovers!

Pros: fresh fish, a lot of seating

Cons: not opened on weekends

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If you want fresh and the highest quality fish this is the place for you.
The sauces are amazing also.

2
★★★★★

If you want fresh and the highest quality fish this is the place for you.
The sauces are amazing also.

Pros: Fresh Fish

Cons: Parking can be tricky

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You can't lose if you go here, except for some cash. This is my favorite sushi restaurant hands down. I love the sauces the sushi comes with. Everything is great. The bill for two of us was $180. I would eat there more often, but need to pay rent. New comers might be turned off by the "trust me" service at the bar, you don't order, they give you what they want, but try it. There is nothing super exotic like blowfish or urchin. Just great sushi.

2
★★★★★

You can't lose if you go here, except for some cash. This is my favorite sushi restaurant hands down. I love the sauces the sushi comes with. Everything is great. The bill for two of us was $180. I would eat there more often, but need to pay rent. New comers might be turned off by the "trust me" service at the bar, you don't order, they give you what they want, but try it. There is nothing super exotic like blowfish or urchin. Just great sushi.

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Just came back from dinner at Sasabune. It was packed but we made reservations so we were seated promptly. We sat at the sushi bar and had the chef special. It was pretty good. The one thing I didn't understand was the wasabi, which was creamy?!?! The service was ok, I guess it was because it was so busy. So busy that one of the busboy took our little plates too fast and spilled some ponzu sauce on my shirt. I really wanted to complain, but since I used to be a waiter when I was in college, I didn't complain but told the busboy to give me some extra hot napkins instead. Other than that, food was pretty good, but the mochi ice cream was not authentic. I will go again, but maybe not on a Friday night.

2
★★★★☆

Just came back from dinner at Sasabune. It was packed but we made reservations so we were seated promptly. We sat at the sushi bar and had the chef special. It was pretty good. The one thing I didn't understand was the wasabi, which was creamy?!?! The service was ok, I guess it was because it was so busy. So busy that one of the busboy took our little plates too fast and spilled some ponzu sauce on my shirt. I really wanted to complain, but since I used to be a waiter when I was in college, I didn't complain but told the busboy to give me some extra hot napkins instead. Other than that, food was pretty good, but the mochi ice cream was not authentic. I will go again, but maybe not on a Friday night.

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If you are a sushi lover, this is The Place. The sushi is so fresh, it melts in your mouth. Satisfaction guaranteed.

2
★★★★★

If you are a sushi lover, this is The Place. The sushi is so fresh, it melts in your mouth. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Pros: Fresh sushi, warm rice, delicious sauce.

Cons: Far from my place.

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I've been a loyal customer of Sushi Sasabune ever since they were in the little house in Sawtelle. Sasabune does not serve California roll nor spicy tuna roll. So if you're expecting the "usual" rolls that you are accustomed to, then Sasabune is not the right place for you.

Sasabune is open only from Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. They are closed on weekends. This is in itself is an indication that Sasabune is a good sushi place. They're doing so well that they are closed on weekends when other Japanese/Sushi establishments are open. The chef only serves the best and freshest fish every single day. Therefore, since the fish market is closed on weekends, then the restaurant is closed on weekends. The chef does not buy fresh fish and store them in his freezer for the weekend.

The servers would normally ask you if you want the Chef's Special, "Omakase". I would highly recommend the Chef's special. Of course, you always have the option of asking for their list. There are two kinds of Chef's special: Japense Omakase and they have the regular (American version) Omakase. The Japanese Omakase is a little bit more in cost but you get more selections such as uni, oysters and sweet shrimp.

The rice is served warm "Edo style". This allows you to taste the flavor of the rice instead of being served cold rice. Since the rice is warm, it has a tendency to break up a little bit. The proportion of rice:fish is done well since the fish is always a lot bigger than the rice. You are in the wrong sushi place if your sushi has a substantial amount of rice in comparison to the size of your fish.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Sasabune to everyone. Don't forget (for non aficionados) that sushi was not made to use just with your chopsticks. Have fun, relax and use your fingers!

2
★★★★★

I've been a loyal customer of Sushi Sasabune ever since they were in the little house in Sawtelle. Sasabune does not serve California roll nor spicy tuna roll. So if you're expecting the "usual" rolls that you are accustomed to, then Sasabune is not the right place for you.

Sasabune is open only from Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. They are closed on weekends. This is in itself is an indication that Sasabune is a good sushi place. They're doing so well that they are closed on weekends when other Japanese/Sushi establishments are open. The chef only serves the best and freshest fish every single day. Therefore, since the fish market is closed on weekends, then the restaurant is closed on weekends. The chef does not buy fresh fish and store them in his freezer for the weekend.

The servers would normally ask you if you want the Chef's Special, "Omakase". I would highly recommend the Chef's special. Of course, you always have the option of asking for their list. There are two kinds of Chef's special: Japense Omakase and they have the regular (American version) Omakase. The Japanese Omakase is a little bit more in cost but you get more selections such as uni, oysters and sweet shrimp.

The rice is served warm "Edo style". This allows you to taste the flavor of the rice instead of being served cold rice. Since the rice is warm, it has a tendency to break up a little bit. The proportion of rice:fish is done well since the fish is always a lot bigger than the rice. You are in the wrong sushi place if your sushi has a substantial amount of rice in comparison to the size of your fish.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Sasabune to everyone. Don't forget (for non aficionados) that sushi was not made to use just with your chopsticks. Have fun, relax and use your fingers!

Pros: Freshness of Fish, new location, parking

Cons: People who have Americanized taste for sushi

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so i went today for dinner w/my mom to sasabune. i loved it soo much! the fish all melted in my mouth and i just cannot wait for my next visit. mmm yum!! and our waitress was so sweet.

2
★★★★★

so i went today for dinner w/my mom to sasabune. i loved it soo much! the fish all melted in my mouth and i just cannot wait for my next visit. mmm yum!! and our waitress was so sweet.

Pros: butterfish sushi, salmon skin roll, scallop

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Wow. Well you are in the minority. To say that Sasabune is not in the top ten sushi restaurants in Los Angeles is absolutely crazy. Moreso, I have read reviews of people who say, "if you know anything about sushi" and then proceed to knock Sasabune. Well, they are obviously from a rival restaurant or have lost the ablilty to taste. But to each their own. The only question is, if you really dont like Sasabune, then what do you like? Asanebo, Nishimura and Kazu are all fantastic spots but a bit overpriced. If you feel like you can get the quality of all those sushi joints plus the price of Sasabune then please, dont be offended by my review and let me know what places you go to? Till then...believe me, Im not holding my breath

2
★★★★★

Wow. Well you are in the minority. To say that Sasabune is not in the top ten sushi restaurants in Los Angeles is absolutely crazy. Moreso, I have read reviews of people who say, "if you know anything about sushi" and then proceed to knock Sasabune. Well, they are obviously from a rival restaurant or have lost the ablilty to taste. But to each their own. The only question is, if you really dont like Sasabune, then what do you like? Asanebo, Nishimura and Kazu are all fantastic spots but a bit overpriced. If you feel like you can get the quality of all those sushi joints plus the price of Sasabune then please, dont be offended by my review and let me know what places you go to? Till then...believe me, Im not holding my breath

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This place serves up the best sushi anywhere. This statement was made by a celebrity I met while waiting outside. In her travels throughout the world, she has never encountered a better sushi house -- even compared to Tokyo!

Sasabune used to be in a small house on Sawtelle, but moved in 2005/06 to an upscale location on Wilshire. The new place doesn't give the warm, hole-in-the-wall feel of its predecessor, but its heavenly food hasn't changed. Everyone I know dreams about the next visit (spend at least $50 a person).

There is no tempura or teriyaki (no California rolls) -- just the best Omakase ("Chef's Special") style sushi/sashimi around. All fish is purchased every morning and anything left at the end-of-day is engulfed by the staff, guaranteeing freshness. Even the rice rolled with the sushi is specially prepared, warm and delicious -- same with the ginger and wasabi.

2
★★★★★

This place serves up the best sushi anywhere. This statement was made by a celebrity I met while waiting outside. In her travels throughout the world, she has never encountered a better sushi house -- even compared to Tokyo!

Sasabune used to be in a small house on Sawtelle, but moved in 2005/06 to an upscale location on Wilshire. The new place doesn't give the warm, hole-in-the-wall feel of its predecessor, but its heavenly food hasn't changed. Everyone I know dreams about the next visit (spend at least $50 a person).

There is no tempura or teriyaki (no California rolls) -- just the best Omakase ("Chef's Special") style sushi/sashimi around. All fish is purchased every morning and anything left at the end-of-day is engulfed by the staff, guaranteeing freshness. Even the rice rolled with the sushi is specially prepared, warm and delicious -- same with the ginger and wasabi.

Pros: Melts in your mouth, Omakase-style, Well worth expense

Cons: Not open weekends

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We had reservation at 6:30pm, but we arrived early and have no problem seating in early since it's not much people. This new location is much nicer and bigger than the old one. All the sushi and sashimi were great; from the albocore, toro, yellowtail, halibut, eel, tuna, salmon, giant clam, monk fish liver, oyster, salmon egg, uni, to egg custer ... yet are all very fresh. Except at the end, we order extra toro and sweet egg, the toro isn't as good as the previous one we had; and the egg is so cold that it tastes like it just get out of freezer. It is a very nice experience, but it is not as good as Matsuhisa.

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★★★★☆

We had reservation at 6:30pm, but we arrived early and have no problem seating in early since it's not much people. This new location is much nicer and bigger than the old one. All the sushi and sashimi were great; from the albocore, toro, yellowtail, halibut, eel, tuna, salmon, giant clam, monk fish liver, oyster, salmon egg, uni, to egg custer ... yet are all very fresh. Except at the end, we order extra toro and sweet egg, the toro isn't as good as the previous one we had; and the egg is so cold that it tastes like it just get out of freezer. It is a very nice experience, but it is not as good as Matsuhisa.

Pros: sushi, freshness, good parking

Cons: not detailed enough

 

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