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Oba Izakaya

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Pasadena, CA
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
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Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Good sushi but the rest of the meal, not so good. The grilled calamari was so rubbery I had trouble chewing it and only ate 1 bite. The friendly and cheerful waitress came by several times saying our sushi would be out in another minute but the wait was 45 minutes! The sushi was fresh and very good and worth... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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134 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We've been here several times with friends and always found it to be an okay dinner. But when we went on our own recently, we had less than a good experience. We made a reservation and arrived early in the evening, before the big crowds came in. We ordered beverages and I made the mistake of not saying that I... More 

Thank Paul9876
South Pasadena, California
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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Great sushi with seasoned chefs but lots of entitled kids and oblivious parents in the place! Sushi is great but you have lots of parents who feel the place is free game for the kids! I can't stand when parents seat their kids at a sushi bar and let them order tempura this and that and allow then to play... More 

Thank Peppy H
Pasadena, California
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128 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you are looking for sushi in Pasadena, Oba sushi is nothing fancy from the front. It's located in a mini mall with another restaurant and exercise studio. This place has the best sushi at good prices. They even go out of their way to accommodate a friend of mine who is allergic to gluten. The ritchie rich roll is... More 

Thank tmboc
Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

One of the better sushi place in Pasadena, but I will much rather drive to Little Tokyo or the West side. Oba does cater to families, so you often have to put up with the distraction of noise from kids around you! I thought one should not have to be subjected to that, when you are doling out more than... More 

Thank joideviv
Shanghai, China
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Great service, great food!!! My husband and I have been going here since they opened 3 years ago, and sooooo glad it has remained (unlike some other restaurants in its vicinity). It is very family friendly (we have two children). The manager, servers and bussers are extremely friendly. It is conveniently located near the end of the 110 freeway and... More 

Thank SummerDrake
Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

This has become my favorite 'treat' restaurant for mother-daughter lunches with my mom. They have a great inexpensive lunch special menu, but my favorites are the specialty rolls. They have the best rainbow rolls I've found - it's a standard, but this one melts in your mouth. The Paradise Roll has become my new favorite, I wasn't sure about a... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Sacramento, California
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100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

I have been eating here since it opened. We followed Kunchi, the manager, from Sushi of Naples. She runs amazing restaurants. She knows her sushi, sake and especially service. I love the restaurants design. Tables are far enough away from each other that you don't feel like you can reach over and take some sushi from the next table! I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2008

They have a very good plum sake, very smooth.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2008

This is not a bad joint. We tried it for the first time last weekend, after reading a few reviews on CitySearch. The quality of the fish is not as good as Yoshida's, but it's not so crowded yet that there is a wait, and it's still pretty quiet. The sushi bar is small, and doesn't seat many people, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
11:30 am - 2:15 pm
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pasadena, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena

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