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Kai Sushi Shabu-Shabu

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738 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
+1 805-560-8777
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 23:30
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hubby and I went for lunch after watching the car show at State St. As usual I ordered the Bento box lunch special, the rice is terrible! I love Japanese sticky rice, but they served a rice that tasted "old" and the color was not "as white as the usual Japanese rice". It was a little tough too. It ruined... More 

Thank Wilma B
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had the most wonderful meal at Kai last night. The sushi was superb, the tempura shrimp and vegetable was light and perfectly cooked. We had the beef curry as well and that was tasty and delicious. A most enjoyable meal.

Thank Christine M
SW London
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95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Decided to give this place a try after having walked past it a number of times. Was a little empty (always a worry for me) but, to be fair we were early. It soon filled up as the evening progressed. Server was polite, attentive and keen and the food when it came out was very nice. So far, the nicest... More 

Thank R1der
Andover, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We came in hungry for dinner after a movie, our criterion of choice being "the first nice place we found" while walking down State Street. Kai Sushi Shabu-Shabu is indeed a nice place, with a pleasant, unfussy interior, attentive and friendly waitstaff, a sizeable menu, and a clean bathroom dedicated to its patrons and accessed by a key. Perhaps we... More 

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
Sacramento, California
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246 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went for Shabu shabu and sushi. The beef is excellent quality and the sushi are all good. It's nice and quiet and the service was excellent. Friendly staff. It's right across from Pase Nuevo, so it's very convenient. Will go back again when in Santa Barbara.

Thank veronicaindonesia
Copenhagen, Denmark
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97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We went on the 1st of January and had a nice share of some sushi. Didn't have a lot, but as we're adventurous we tried the deep fried roll with a sesame creamy sauce with it. Not sure I'll have to try that again - there's something about warm sushi that does not work for me. It was a big... More 

Thank LisPetersson
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

It was just great watching the chef prepare the food in front of us. ThE menu was interesting although a bit difficult to understand.

Thank Veronique C
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We were lucky enough to find this little gem of a sushi bar while walking through Paseo Nuevo. There is a nice little patio out back which we were seated in, it was very private. The decor was nothing special, but the Maki was top notch. We ordered a lot of food, as we were tired from driving the PCH... More 

Thank DamnRodgers
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

We tripped upon this restaurant and decided to go for lunch. We appreciated the lower lunch prices and the fresh sushi but as other reviewers have mentioned we did leave hungry.

Thank SheilaH19
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

We ate here once for lunch and once for dinner. The lunch was fantastic, had a cold ramen salad. I ordered 2 rolls for dinner and it was too much food, I would have been better off just getting one. The fish was very fresh and tender.

Thank Lisa K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
13:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 10:30
13:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 738 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-560-8777

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