Shaab Japanese Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 77 N Raymond Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91103

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  • 626-683-1150

About Shaab Japanese Restaurant

Hours
Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm

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I've been her a dozen times now. The fish is fresh. There isn't much combination selection which is a downside. Go during lunch hours because the prices are much cheaper for the same amount of food. Dinner is a little too costly for the amount that they serve. The service is pretty bad there. But, it's still worth a visit.

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★★★★☆

I've been her a dozen times now. The fish is fresh. There isn't much combination selection which is a downside. Go during lunch hours because the prices are much cheaper for the same amount of food. Dinner is a little too costly for the amount that they serve. The service is pretty bad there. But, it's still worth a visit.

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We have been a long time customer and seen this place from the start. They have improved the service by adding more staffs and it reflects in the speed. They offer many choices for shabu shabu which is an added value.

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★★★★★

We have been a long time customer and seen this place from the start. They have improved the service by adding more staffs and it reflects in the speed. They offer many choices for shabu shabu which is an added value.

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$85 for one order of seafood shabu shabu and a lot of teeny tiny sushi for 2 ppl that we waited close to 40 minutes for. We weren't even full at the end of the meal. The sushi was mediocre at best.

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★☆☆☆☆

$85 for one order of seafood shabu shabu and a lot of teeny tiny sushi for 2 ppl that we waited close to 40 minutes for. We weren't even full at the end of the meal. The sushi was mediocre at best.

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I have been to this restaurant on a few occasions for the shabu-shabu, and have enjoyed it every time. When you go there, be sure to call in advance and request to be seated at the counter so that you have your own cooking ware to prepare your food in. My friends requested the spicy miso, but I requested the regular dashi. Our meal included a plate of finely sliced meat, tofu, shiitake, napa cabbage, and rice noodles. We also received a bowl of rice and two different dipping sauces. One sauce was shoyu (soy sauce) based while the second sauce was a type of peanut sauce. Both sauces were good, but I liked the shoyu one slightly better.

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★★★★☆

I have been to this restaurant on a few occasions for the shabu-shabu, and have enjoyed it every time. When you go there, be sure to call in advance and request to be seated at the counter so that you have your own cooking ware to prepare your food in. My friends requested the spicy miso, but I requested the regular dashi. Our meal included a plate of finely sliced meat, tofu, shiitake, napa cabbage, and rice noodles. We also received a bowl of rice and two different dipping sauces. One sauce was shoyu (soy sauce) based while the second sauce was a type of peanut sauce. Both sauces were good, but I liked the shoyu one slightly better.

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This place is always crowded. The food is great and very reasonably priced. I don't think they have enough wait staff...or they aren't trained well. They forget things and it takes a long time to get your check. Other than the service, it was great.

4
★★★★☆

This place is always crowded. The food is great and very reasonably priced. I don't think they have enough wait staff...or they aren't trained well. They forget things and it takes a long time to get your check. Other than the service, it was great.

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I hardly use the phrase, "I am never coming to this place again", but I believe Shaab Restaurant deserves this honor in spades. The service was awful! Seating was slow, service was slower, and they gave us the check before they even finished giving us the food. My Shabu Shabu came out in several courses (Shabu Shabu is NOT supposed to come out in courses!), and the wait was not worth it. Truly an awful Experience.

Next time I'll just poke my eye with a chopstick and get it over with.

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★☆☆☆☆

I hardly use the phrase, "I am never coming to this place again", but I believe Shaab Restaurant deserves this honor in spades. The service was awful! Seating was slow, service was slower, and they gave us the check before they even finished giving us the food. My Shabu Shabu came out in several courses (Shabu Shabu is NOT supposed to come out in courses!), and the wait was not worth it. Truly an awful Experience.

Next time I'll just poke my eye with a chopstick and get it over with.

Pros: price (kinda)

Cons: HORRIBLE SERVICE!

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Shaab is a local favorite with my family since it is one of the few authentic Japanese restaurants this side of town. Prices for lunch are extremely reasonable and a personal favorite is the shabu shabu (only served for lunch on Saturdays, throughout the week for dinner)

However, my last visit was very disappointing - it took 30 minutes to get our food, our rice was served cold, and we had to repeatedly ask for water (which came in dirty glasses). In addition, the waitress lacked serving skills, reaching across us to set the table and serving our trays upside down.

If you manage to get to the resturant early or when there are few patrons, Shaab is well worth the visit. Otherwise, be prepared to stand out in the street for your table, as there is no waiting area inside.

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★★★★☆

Shaab is a local favorite with my family since it is one of the few authentic Japanese restaurants this side of town. Prices for lunch are extremely reasonable and a personal favorite is the shabu shabu (only served for lunch on Saturdays, throughout the week for dinner)

However, my last visit was very disappointing - it took 30 minutes to get our food, our rice was served cold, and we had to repeatedly ask for water (which came in dirty glasses). In addition, the waitress lacked serving skills, reaching across us to set the table and serving our trays upside down.

If you manage to get to the resturant early or when there are few patrons, Shaab is well worth the visit. Otherwise, be prepared to stand out in the street for your table, as there is no waiting area inside.

Pros: inexpensive, parking

Cons: slow staff, no waiting area

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My wife and I have eaten at Shaab about three dozen times in the past couple of years. I'm not sure about the other reviewers, but we've never had a bad experience with not-fresh sushi. The specials are great, the food is moderately priced and the sushi is excellent.

The downside is slow service. I recommend getting seat at the sushi bar where there is no wait for the food. Plus, the sushi chefs are very personable - make sure to offer them some of your beer!

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★★★★☆

My wife and I have eaten at Shaab about three dozen times in the past couple of years. I'm not sure about the other reviewers, but we've never had a bad experience with not-fresh sushi. The specials are great, the food is moderately priced and the sushi is excellent.

The downside is slow service. I recommend getting seat at the sushi bar where there is no wait for the food. Plus, the sushi chefs are very personable - make sure to offer them some of your beer!

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the specials are always amzing and the food is inexpensive. although their service has gotten faster over the years, it still isn't speedy if you're going in for a quick lunch break.

2
★★★★☆

the specials are always amzing and the food is inexpensive. although their service has gotten faster over the years, it still isn't speedy if you're going in for a quick lunch break.

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the food was decent, so was the price. however, don't expect some fancy food or utensils. you really get what you paid for. perhaps because it is in the old pasadena and that it is japanese food the quality cannot be better for the price u pay. it was ok.

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★★★☆☆

the food was decent, so was the price. however, don't expect some fancy food or utensils. you really get what you paid for. perhaps because it is in the old pasadena and that it is japanese food the quality cannot be better for the price u pay. it was ok.

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The service can be slow, but the food makes up for it. A great place to have lunch before shopping in O
Old Town, or taking a best friend for dinner and saki. I've tried most of the Shabu Shabu places in Los Angeles, and this is by far my favorite.

2
★★★★☆

The service can be slow, but the food makes up for it. A great place to have lunch before shopping in O
Old Town, or taking a best friend for dinner and saki. I've tried most of the Shabu Shabu places in Los Angeles, and this is by far my favorite.

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This is the best kept secret in Pasadena! Shaab offers great quality food at reasonable prices. I love their Wed lunch special spicy tuna don and their Thur lunch special salmon salad. Their presentation of the food is wonderful. We go there at least 3 times a week. - jl

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★★★★★

This is the best kept secret in Pasadena! Shaab offers great quality food at reasonable prices. I love their Wed lunch special spicy tuna don and their Thur lunch special salmon salad. Their presentation of the food is wonderful. We go there at least 3 times a week. - jl

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The lunch menu offers a great selection of authentic Japanese cuisine. The food is delicious and of very high quality, the portions are plentiful, and it's all reasonably priced with most dishes coming in around $6.95. Of all the Japanese restaurants in Old Town, Pasadena, you can't beat Shaab's value and quality.

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★★★★☆

The lunch menu offers a great selection of authentic Japanese cuisine. The food is delicious and of very high quality, the portions are plentiful, and it's all reasonably priced with most dishes coming in around $6.95. Of all the Japanese restaurants in Old Town, Pasadena, you can't beat Shaab's value and quality.

Pros: Inexpensive, High Quality, Big Portions

Cons: Limited Seating, Slow Service

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Had a meal of unfresh fish and bad service. Over priced and a little scary to get bad sushi. Do not think I will be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had a meal of unfresh fish and bad service. Over priced and a little scary to get bad sushi. Do not think I will be back.

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We sent back some VERY unfresh sushi -and the waitress gave us a hard time about taking it off our bill-one of the other waitresses even came to our table and told us we were wrong.
The rest of the food is mediocre- if you want good shabu shabu try japan town-- its 10 minutes away.

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★☆☆☆☆

We sent back some VERY unfresh sushi -and the waitress gave us a hard time about taking it off our bill-one of the other waitresses even came to our table and told us we were wrong.
The rest of the food is mediocre- if you want good shabu shabu try japan town-- its 10 minutes away.

Pros: old town location

Cons: worst service ever, bad food

 

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