Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 485 Alisal Rd 285

    Solvang, CA 93463

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  • 805-693-8289

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In California I can count on one hand the suburb quality of food and Kabuki's is one of them. To me, each bite is an exqusite experience and though we live 90 miles away, we plan our trip in such a way to stop by Kabuki's for lunch. It is a small town atmosphere and charming small torn service with world class food. Kabiki's has become to us, the sushi restautrant by which we measure all others.

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★★★★★

In California I can count on one hand the suburb quality of food and Kabuki's is one of them. To me, each bite is an exqusite experience and though we live 90 miles away, we plan our trip in such a way to stop by Kabuki's for lunch. It is a small town atmosphere and charming small torn service with world class food. Kabiki's has become to us, the sushi restautrant by which we measure all others.

Pros: World Class Sushi

Cons: Small town but charming service

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First of all I have mixed thoughts, the food is well presented, one of the waitresess was excellent, but the food was mediocre, the wait is far beyond necessity and the atmosphere is nasty. I had one waitress (younger latina) acknowledge us and advise us it would be 10 - 15 minutes or so before we could be seated, very friendy, then the other nasty (older latina) which we could barely understand, yell at the other for making us wait. ???? (Party of 8) We were lucky enough to have the younger nice one take care of our table, routinely check on us but on 1 occasion we needed something and asked the older lady and was told YOU ARE NOT MY TABLE WHERE IS YOUR WAITRESS SHE CAN'T DO HER JOB I CAN'T HELP YOU. Horrible!!! it was 1 thing and we just forgot to ask the other gal when she was there. Then there is the food, some of the fish tasted old or as though it had previous freezer burn but for the most part most of it was pretty good for the price but the wait was ridiculous, the kitchen items came out farely quick (20 minutes) but we ate all hot items and waited another 45 minutes for our sushi. I might go there for lunch or a late dinner but never again at 5:30, we didn't leave until 8:15 or so by the time the nasty waitress brought our bill. OH THAT'S THE LAST THING, our nice waitress who seemed to have to help ALL of the tables doesn't even get the tip, per the nasty waitress everything is split, with a large smile across her face.

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all I have mixed thoughts, the food is well presented, one of the waitresess was excellent, but the food was mediocre, the wait is far beyond necessity and the atmosphere is nasty. I had one waitress (younger latina) acknowledge us and advise us it would be 10 - 15 minutes or so before we could be seated, very friendy, then the other nasty (older latina) which we could barely understand, yell at the other for making us wait. ???? (Party of 8) We were lucky enough to have the younger nice one take care of our table, routinely check on us but on 1 occasion we needed something and asked the older lady and was told YOU ARE NOT MY TABLE WHERE IS YOUR WAITRESS SHE CAN'T DO HER JOB I CAN'T HELP YOU. Horrible!!! it was 1 thing and we just forgot to ask the other gal when she was there. Then there is the food, some of the fish tasted old or as though it had previous freezer burn but for the most part most of it was pretty good for the price but the wait was ridiculous, the kitchen items came out farely quick (20 minutes) but we ate all hot items and waited another 45 minutes for our sushi. I might go there for lunch or a late dinner but never again at 5:30, we didn't leave until 8:15 or so by the time the nasty waitress brought our bill. OH THAT'S THE LAST THING, our nice waitress who seemed to have to help ALL of the tables doesn't even get the tip, per the nasty waitress everything is split, with a large smile across her face.

Pros: One of the waitresess and the price

Cons: The other waitress, since they seem to only have two, and the wait

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First off all, none of the servers even looked our way as we waited for our table, not even a cursoy glance as they cleaned their empty tables. Secondly they served all soft drinks in dixie cups, and provide paper plates for side dishes, rather wasteful But the crowning turd on this establishment was by far the defensive, uptight, downright mind-spinning reaction of the proprietress. After waiting 35 minutes I questioned where our sushi was. She was downright surly, and quite a beast of human being, spewing such nonsense as "this is not a fast food restaurant", and "it's not uncommon to have to wait over 30 minutes for a sushi order". What???

After escorting my wife and 2 small daughters from this disreputable establishment, the hulking, froth-spewing excuse for a human proprietress proceeded to '86' my family from the restaurant.

kind of funny...

But really, avoid this place. There are much better dining options within Solvang.

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★☆☆☆☆

First off all, none of the servers even looked our way as we waited for our table, not even a cursoy glance as they cleaned their empty tables. Secondly they served all soft drinks in dixie cups, and provide paper plates for side dishes, rather wasteful But the crowning turd on this establishment was by far the defensive, uptight, downright mind-spinning reaction of the proprietress. After waiting 35 minutes I questioned where our sushi was. She was downright surly, and quite a beast of human being, spewing such nonsense as "this is not a fast food restaurant", and "it's not uncommon to have to wait over 30 minutes for a sushi order". What???

After escorting my wife and 2 small daughters from this disreputable establishment, the hulking, froth-spewing excuse for a human proprietress proceeded to '86' my family from the restaurant.

kind of funny...

But really, avoid this place. There are much better dining options within Solvang.

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If you are looking for great tasting Japaneses cuisine, this is the restaurant for you. A nice break from all the Dutch styles and tastes of Solvang. Relaxing, fresh and taste food at good prices.

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★★★★☆

If you are looking for great tasting Japaneses cuisine, this is the restaurant for you. A nice break from all the Dutch styles and tastes of Solvang. Relaxing, fresh and taste food at good prices.

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Over the years I have eaten at scores of Japanese restaurants. Kabuki is a challenge to review, because it offers good fare (especially its sweet raw shrimp), but its service is routinely bad, and the chefs sometimes confuse orders. I ate at Kabuki perhaps 15 times before I stopped visiting. I was sent wrong orders, given ice cream with freezer frost, left unattended for 45 minutes by my server on one occasion, and overcharged for sake. One of the worst things about Kabuki is that the restaurant only has about three long-playing albums so if you return there, you will hear the same songs played endlessly. Additionally, sometimes the restaurant closes without prior notice, so when you show up for lunch or dinner, the doors are locked.

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★★☆☆☆

Over the years I have eaten at scores of Japanese restaurants. Kabuki is a challenge to review, because it offers good fare (especially its sweet raw shrimp), but its service is routinely bad, and the chefs sometimes confuse orders. I ate at Kabuki perhaps 15 times before I stopped visiting. I was sent wrong orders, given ice cream with freezer frost, left unattended for 45 minutes by my server on one occasion, and overcharged for sake. One of the worst things about Kabuki is that the restaurant only has about three long-playing albums so if you return there, you will hear the same songs played endlessly. Additionally, sometimes the restaurant closes without prior notice, so when you show up for lunch or dinner, the doors are locked.

Pros: Affordable, good range of cut rolls

Cons: Terrible service, order errors, nasty chef, repeatedly playing music

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Deep in the touristy yet quaint Scandinavian-themed town of Solvang is this clean and tidy sushi bar and Japanese eatery. Paying homage to the restaurant's name, several Kabuki masks line the walls of the small space and elegant orchids…

 

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