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Wafu of Japan

320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
+1 714-641-7321
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Ranked #19 of 417 restaurants in Costa Mesa
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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.
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Bangkok
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
1 review
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
1 helpful vote 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 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 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
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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

Escondido, California
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
437 helpful votes 437 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

An unassuming restaurant located in a small strip mall, Wafu Of Japan was recommended by close friends who live in the area. Wafu served up some of the best and freshest sushi I've had in a while. Although the sushi rolls were on the small side, they were prepared with an inordinately small amount of rice. If you happen to... More

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Irvine, CA
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

I have been to Wafu about a dozen times over the years. We have done omakase (Chef's choice) many times and have never been disappointed. Even jaded sushi veterans that I have brought to Wafu leave satistifed. the only negative points are that Wafu is on the expensive side and the waitresses are not particularly attentive. Sit at the sushi... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011 via mobile

Great rolls for sushi beginners,too Great service.

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Charlotte
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

I never expected such a wonderful experience, tucked as it is between a Subway and a Nail Shoppe in Costa Mesa. But Wafu of Japan is a delightful, sweet little (and it is little) sushi restaurant as good as you could find anywhere. I had a special appetizer (Ankimo - monkfish), a rice-free "Sexy Roll" (they have many special rolls... More

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