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1919 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704-1141
+1 510-848-9228
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon 11:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Showing 12: English reviews
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68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I don't know much about Japanese food and I'm not always crazy about Asian cuisines, but this was fun. The specialty is like fondue--dipping vegetables, meats, other options in boiling pot above an in-table flame. Very healthful foods, simple and easy to cook. Menu also includes tempura, sushi and a limited number of other Japanese entrees. Waitstaff was very friendly... More 

Thank Transatlantic2012
Vittorio Veneto, Italy
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258 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I love this place is cheap and fun. I love the taste of the meat on shabu shabu. Rolls are not perfect but is a good place for an everyday eating .

Thank fabioborsoi
Marietta, Ohio
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing! Our waitress worked her butt off and made sure any questions we had we answered. The sushi was great! And you get a good portion of food for a decent price! I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

Thank liv211
Texas Hill Country
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Trendy Restaurant! A great experience! Delicious food! We had a large party, from retiree, to toddler, and the food and the atmosphere was enjoyed by all! Tame or Super Hot and Spicy, you absolutely cannot go wrong here! Want Noodles? They got all the noodles, and every type!

Thank PickyPickyEater
San Francisco, California
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528 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

“Swish, swish” is what shabu, shabu means translated to English from Japanese. This is a very healthy and delicious way to share a meal with friends cooking tabletop. A pot of broth boils in front of diners and platters of meat, vegetables, and noodles arrive. Everyone dips and swishes using chopsticks. Several sauces and mustards are delivered. Our party of... More 

Thank StarLady99
San Francisco, California
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217 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2015

We chose food from the small plates menu and ordered ala carte not AYCE. Some of the dishes were excellent including the soft shell crab, the seaweed salad, the fried onions. The rest was mediocre at best -- shumai, fried oysters, unagi sushi roll and the miso soup. The sushi roll had very little unagi ( eel) in it, the... More 

Thank SFGAL8
Berkeley, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 December 2013

We would not recommend this place at all. We've tried to visit a few times, always thinking perhaps they hire poor waiters for cheap -- which sometimes happens around here in California. However, this is not the case, it's the greed of the owners who try to take advantage of the All you can eat situation AYCE -- and give... More 

Thank MarianaFerreira2013
Saint Andrews, Canada
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283 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2013

Ha dthe chance of having a business lunch here during a recent visit to Berkley, CA. Overall it was average but good Japanese food.

Thank Kevin A
Clayton, California
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240 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2012

We went for the Shabu Shabu but were disappointed with it-the slices of meat were way too thin and thus they had almost no flavor. Veggies were good but overall the dish was disappointing. We also ordered several rolls and they were excellent. Had the crunchy shrimp roll, the ZAbu special roll and a tuna avocado roll, all were fresh,... More 

Thank Tamara T
Albany, CA
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

Don't think about ordering what's on the menu out front. Sashimi? I think not. Sushi? Only rolls. Response to why the menu is different? Uh...the manager is in China. 'Nuff said.

Thank rlrAlbany

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Sushi, Asian, Japanese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1919 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704-1141
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-848-9228

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?