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“Not Tokyo, but not Oklahoma either”

Kai Sushi Shabu-Shabu
Ranked #299 of 531 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Japanese
Restaurant details
Bethesda, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not Tokyo, but not Oklahoma either”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

The food was well enough prepared and presented, but not at the level of a number of other Santa Barbara eateries or Japanese restaurants in many other places. Advantages: speed and price.

Visited December 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Laguna Beach, California
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Japanese”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

We stumbled across this restaurant and had a great meal for dinner, and then went back for lunch. Very good sushi, great ramen (had the Kai special), great service.

Visited December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Super!”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Excellent sushi available here - reasonably priced and very fresh food speedily and expertly made. Just on State Street so in the middle of all the action.

Visited August 2012
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San Juan Capistrano, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fun with Shabu-Shabu”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

The sushi is fresh and the atmosphere lively. That being said, the real fun comes with is the shabu-shabu presentation and taste experience!

Visited July 2012
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London
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great lunch bento set”
Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and tried the Bento set. The food was excellent and service was attentive. Would definitely recommend coming here for lunch.

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