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Shabusen Restaurant

1726 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3209 (Japantown)
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Ranked #1,955 of 4,858 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Japantown
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Neighborhood: Japantown
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12 reviews from our community

58% Recommend
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were staying at the Hotel Tomo, so considered Mums Shabu Shabu there, but it was crowded and noisy, so we walked the block to this restaurant. It was very enjoyable--a comfortable noise level, the food came quickly and was of fine quality. I would go back.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Went with my sister in law here and she got the veggie shabu shabu, and they gave her a pot of water to cook it in. Unimpressed. I got the chicken sukiyaki and it was really good. The sauce was great, the chicken and veggies cooked fast and had caramellized by the time I got to my last bowl. Also,... More

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Athens, Greece
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We had a decent anfd rich dinner with a shabu-shabu with chicken and seafood self-prepared in an induction skillet. We enjoyed the taste but we regret to say that the addition of the billewas totally wrong,50% higher than expected. We immediately asked to correct it nad that was done with no grudge. But stillthis sour impression remains.

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Reno, Nevada
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277 reviews 277 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stopped in for lunch during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The staff was very nice and helpful. It was our first time for shabu shabu and we found it fun. We had the chicken and beef. We tried the spicy broth and regular broth. While we were full after our meal I do agree with other reviewers that they are stingy... More

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The meat er good, and the service excelent, is a very familiar ambience We tried two diferent meat quality and them all excelent

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Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Our first experience with shabu shabu, so take this review with a grain of salt. The four of us ordered two orders, both with the bonito base, which we found sorely lacking in flavor. The server brought us some miso paste and red pepper flakes, which greatly improved the flavor of the broth. We found the scallops appetizer, kimchee, and... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This restaurant was very busy - specialized in Shabu Shabu however a few things to note: you get a pot with steaming water, not broth, so what you get in the end is just sangy water - not soup. They were stingy on the veggies. I just found it rather flavorless... which is what you'd expect from thinly sliced boiled... More

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San Francisco, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Shabusen Restaurant serves up some of the best shabu shabu in San Francisco. Shabusen, located on the Peace Plaza in Japantown, is an authentic Japanese (-American) restaurant serving shabu shabu as well as sukiyaki. The shabu shabu menu is limited but delicious. It's either chicken, beef, shrimp plus the accompanying vegetables. We shared the both beef and shrimp between three... More

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San Francisco, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

Meat was OK but Shabu shabu dipping souce( Miso and ponzu taste) was not so good.

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