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320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
+1 714-641-7321
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: Welcome to Wafu of Japan, where Costa Mesa dines for the freshest sushi...
Welcome to Wafu of Japan, where Costa Mesa dines for the freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine. Wafu of Japan was founded in 1999 by sushi chef Hideto "Harry" Arimizu. We offer a variety of Japanese sushi and hot plates that are not only traditional but also modern and unique. Our menu is quite diverse. You will find a large selection of specialty sushi rolls and sashimi using the freshest fish, noodles, rice dishes, soups and salads. Be sure to order some of our customer favorites, like Dragon Balls, Melty Hand Roll, Beef Noodle Soup, Poki Salad and Spicy Tuna Bowl. Pair your delicious meal with a glass of wine or beer from our bar. By bringing our creativity and passion onto our plates, we strive to satisfy each and every customer that comes through our doors. We have a quiet, comfortable and clean environment in our restaurant as well as staff that is attentive to your needs. At Wafu, we eagerly await to serve you.
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic Sushi

We loved it and thought it some of the best sushi we have ever had. Plus the price was so unbelievablly inexpensive for the quality of the sushi. A real winner for the sushi lover and we will be back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
gigi788540
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Henderson, Nevada
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Henderson, Nevada
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We loved it and thought it some of the best sushi we have ever had. Plus the price was so unbelievablly inexpensive for the quality of the sushi. A real winner for the sushi lover and we will be back.

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit, Gigi! Can't wait to serve you again. Take care and best wishes, Harry - Owner More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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217 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

OK -- I had mostly the sushi so not sure if the other items are as good EXCEPT: Goyza! OMG -- this maybe the best Goyza I've had and I eat a LOT of this. In fact, I judge my Japanese restaurants on the quality of the goyza. They make theirs IN HOUSE FRESH and it's amazing. The dumplings are... More 

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Best gyoza you've ever had? Now, that's what we like to hear! Seriously, though -- it sounds like we really impressed you. Thanks for the kind words, and we can't wait to see you again! Take care, Harry - Owner More 

Torrance, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Having grown up in the South Bay area, I have been fortunate enough to eat at a lot of great Japanese restaurants. For the longest time I thought I had been to the best Japanese places in town, however, that changed about four years ago when I went to Wafu with a co-worker. Harry and his team do a great... More 

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Hi, Rich! It's great to hear from you -- thank you for taking the time to share such kind words about our place. It sounds like you've sampled plenty of excellent Japanese cuisine in your life, and I'm thrilled ours stands out. I'll see you soon for more of your favorites! Take care, Harry - Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is small but has a great selection of both traditional and contemporary sushi at decent prices - Try the Samurai Burrito - but remember it is big!

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Thanks for making us a part of your trip to Costa Mesa! It sounds like you enjoyed sampling our sushi menu, which is great. I hope to welcome you back the next time you travel from the Windy City! Best, Harry - Owner More 

Bangkok
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We did try many times to find this restaurant due to their location is a bit difficult. However, the effort was proven to be well worth. The sushi was fresh and well made. The service and recommendations were professional. We had a few sushi ie Uni , squid , wild salmon , hamaji, sweet egg, sweet jumbo shrimp. In particular,... More 

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

I'm so glad you found us! I know it's a bit tricky at first, so I appreciate you making the effort to visit. It sounds like you sampled a nice variety of our menu, which is excellent. I can't wait to welcome you in for many more of your sushi favorites! Take care, Harry - Owner More 

Laguna Hills, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fresh. Authentic. Be prepared to wait, but it is totally worth it. Good place for small company up to 6 persons.

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Hi, Vladimir! I'm so glad you enjoy our fresh and flavorful sushi dishes. We can get quite busy, so we appreciate you waiting. We'll see you soon for more of your favorites! Best, Harry - Owner More 

Newport Beach, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I never liked sushi until I ate here at "Harry's" The regulars all it "Harry's, that's the owners name. It is a small (I wish he would expand) place. It was voted best in the OC and rightfully so. I am hesitant to give him a good review cause now I will never get a seat. Please only go on... More 

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

The best sushi in the world? Wow! A review doesn't get any better than this. Thanks for taking the time to share such lovely feedback! I hope to see you back in soon -- we'll have a table with your name on it! Take care, Harry - Owner More 

San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

When you stop in and find the place packed you know that it's a true sushi restaurant that needs your attention. From the simple service to the great patio seating on a warm summer night, this is the place to stop in and order some hand rolls and house specials.

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

What a great review -- thank you for sharing your kind words! I'm so glad that you enjoyed our house rolls and specials. I hope to see you soon for more of your favorites! Best, Harry - Owner More 

Tustin, California
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150 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

Tucked away in a cramped strip mall near a busy intersection, Wafu of Japan is not what you might imagine it to be. Owned by sushi chef Hideto Arimizu, this compact restaurant offers an interesting take on the standard sushi bar. While the surprisingly extensive menu includes a variety of hot entrees (such as teriyaki, tempura, curry, pork cutlet, sesame... More 

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

A review doesn't get much better than this -- thank you for sharing all of these details! It sounds like you've sampled a lot of our house favorites, which is wonderful. The next time you're craving some of our sushi, don't hesitate to stop by. Take care, Harry - Owner More 

Irvine ca
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101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

We almost didn't want to tell everyone about this great place. You must try the Dragon Balls and Sushi Burrito. Amazing!

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Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Thanks for deciding to shout us out, Erica! It sounds like you have your tried and true favorites picked, which is great. I hope to see you back in soon! Until then, Harry - Owner More 

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Additional Information about Wafu of Japan

Address: 320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone Number: +1 714-641-7321
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 714-641-7321

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Description

Welcome to Wafu of Japan, where Costa Mesa dines for the freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine. Wafu of Japan was founded in 1999 by sushi chef Hideto "Harry" Arimizu. We offer a variety of Japanese sushi and hot plates that are not only traditional but also modern and unique. Our menu is quite diverse. You will find a large selection of specialty sushi rolls and sashimi using the freshest fish, noodles, rice dishes, soups and salads. Be sure to order some of our customer favorites, like Dragon Balls, Melty Hand Roll, Beef Noodle Soup, Poki Salad and Spicy Tuna Bowl. Pair your delicious meal with a glass of wine or beer from our bar. By bringing our creativity and passion onto our plates, we strive to satisfy each and every customer that comes through our doors. We have a quiet, comfortable and clean environment in our restaurant as well as staff that is attentive to your needs. At Wafu, we eagerly await to serve you.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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