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418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1016
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6:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 am - 10:30 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Shabu Shabu in LA

Kagaya was deemed my favorite restaurant of 2013. I've always been a hot pot kind-of-gal, but my parents love traditional shabu-shabu, so I took them here for an early Christmas treat. Kagaya delivered the most amazing shabu-shabu experience I've ever had in my life. This place blows every hot pot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2014
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, California
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15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Shabu Shabu is an interesting way to spend an evening. The food at Kagaya is very fresh, plentiful and expensive. We had the basic beef dinner which included 3 very good appetizers, the equivalent of 6 drinks, i.e., two wines and four beers and the bill came to over $350.00 for four people. It is very crowded on weekends and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Kagaya was deemed my favorite restaurant of 2013. I've always been a hot pot kind-of-gal, but my parents love traditional shabu-shabu, so I took them here for an early Christmas treat. Kagaya delivered the most amazing shabu-shabu experience I've ever had in my life. This place blows every hot pot and shabu-shabu joint in the LA area out of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

1)MASA San has opened this joint since 1996. 2)Victor is is sous chef since 1996. 3)The Team focused on authentic Japanese Kaiseki. 4)Three appetizers, shabu and one dessert. 5)Simple yet elegant. One of the must go in Downtown LA

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This is the best Shabu Shabu in town! It's closed on Monday. They also have freshest seafood shabu and fresh crab, although it's a little harder to manage, but it's worth the trouble. They also have dishes off the menu you should ask for. I love their beef sashimi too.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I have not been back for few years and is always been one of my favorite shabu shabu place. Is still good as ever as I remebered it. The quality is been consistent. Is not the cheapest shabu shabu but is so worth it. The apps & dessert always changes...The place is so small that you always need reservation.

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Walnut, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

For those that is serious about having the best beef & fresh seafood, this place is very hard to beat. Their menu consist of Beef (usda prime rib) at $47.00,, Seafood (alaskan king crab, oyster & clam) at $63.00 and Mix Shabu Shabu A at $56.00 (usda prime rib & seafood), Mix Shabu Shabu B (wagyu beef & seafood) $97.00.,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I am a huge shabu shabu lover, and have tried it all over L.A. My husband has a good friend from Japan who lives here now, so I asked him the best place and he directed me here. He was so right! The quality of the beef was impressive and it was the best peanut sauce I had ever had.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

The food is not as good as a few years ago, and the price went up too, but... It's still excellent and I would recommend it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Great service and food. My friend and I were seated at the bar and it's a whole new experience when you can get a bar seat. It's the best tasting shabu-shabu I have had so far. We did not go for the wagyu but the regular beef was just as good. I recommend the banana cream and the apple crisp... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

Shabu Shabu like no other. I never even had anything like Kagaya in Tokyo. Every course finishes off with a zosui (rice porridge) made from the left-over broth of the shabu-shabu. It is simply amazing. And reasonably priced too! Highly recommended. Make sure to make reservations pretty far in advance.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (213) 617-1016

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:30 pm

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