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Shabu Shabu House Restaurant

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127 Japanese Village Plz Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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(213) 680-3890
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Shabu Shabu House Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA
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Best

This place never stops to amazed me. It's long wait and the not so cleam bathroom can be a easy turn-off. But, the once you sit and start putting your condiments in in your boil...

Worst

This place isn't that great. Nothing special, don't know why people wait for this place. After eating this place, it made Ka Ga Ya super heavenly to go to. Pros: asian peopl...

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/12/2014

Good shabu place. You order your meat and cook it in hot water. The place has really good sauces to dip your meat and vegetables in. They do have a policy that you cannot use your phone since the location is small and they do want people I. And out quickly. The line does get long during lunch and dinner. more

It's worth is everytime. 3/6/2010

This place never stops to amazed me. It's long wait and the not so cleam bathroom can be a easy turn-off. But, the once you sit and start putting your condiments in in your boiling pot in front of you, everything is forgiven. The quality of meat and constant service at your meal satisfies you completely. it's worth it. Pros: Quality Cons: The wait more

Good, but overrated 12/15/2009

The wait here sucks! ive been here a few times and the wait was over an hour. But when you finally get sat they rush you through your meal. But the meat is pretty good quality and real thinly sliced. Ponzu sauce is good too. But the vegetable plate is pretty sucky and the peanut sauce is bland. If the wait were shorter this spot would be better. Its just not worth the wait. Pros: Good quality meat Cons: The wait!! & No cell phones? more

i have never been here 7/13/2009

could be good. Pros: like i said, i haven't tried it yet Cons: well, ditto. more

Favorite restaurant in LA but brace yourself 7/7/2009

It really is great food and a fun atmosphere but you have to get there early! It's a very unique experience: you have to eat quick or you will feel like they are rushing you, going in a party of more than two-three guarantees a REALLY long wait or you wont be seated together. BUT still, the food is worth it. The owner is interesting, he will not argue with you if you don't hear your name- he will just rush you out! I go there pretty often and he recognizes me but I still get the same service. This place isn't about customer service so really keep that in mind. 5 STARS. Pros: Tasty food, cool atmosphere Cons: Long wait more

Old Man is really rude 7/1/2009

me and my co-worker signed in our names at 6:00, we have been waiting for 30 mins inside, the man never called our names. when we finally went to check that status, he stated he already called our names 20 mins ago. Now mind you he was raising his voice in front of the customers. as i went back to wait yet again, he escorted us out of the restaurant advising it was too full inside. We were sitting down in the waiting bench inside. So basicly he kicked us out!!! he must of been having a bad day to set him off, but he should not treat his customers so demeaning. I was a regular customer visiting almost 4xs a month. I WILL NEVER RETURN!!! Pros: meat is fresh Cons: the old man who calls out names is REALLY RUDE!! more

Great Food! 4/24/2009

I went once and LOVED IT!! The restaurant was very clean and the service was great. The food was DELICIOUS! I would love to go back next time I get the chance. Pros: Amazing food Cons: It can get really busy more

Better Recommendation 4/24/2009

The service. The cleanliness. The food. Especially the food. I personally think that Shabu ShabuYo is a whole lot better than Shabu SHabu house. The serivce is fast, breezy, and friendly. This place is wayy cleaner than ShabuShabu house and there's lovely background music and airconditioning. The prices are around the same and the meat used at Shabu Shabu yo is very good quality. It's Black ANgus Ribeye. They also have pork, various salads, salmon ShabuShabu, and even a vegetarian Shabu Shabu. There really is no wait and instead of being seated around a dirty table, filled with a lot of people, there are actually SEATS and TABLES. However, becasue of it's location [Next to Pinkberry, Ebisu, and 2ndStreet Jazz] it's commonly ignored. But those people don't know what they're missing out on. The overall restauraunt is very comfortable and leaves you with a full stomach, a happy mind, and a satisfied smile. Pros: Seats, Tables, AC, greatservice, quality beef, no waits Cons: It's in a pretty obscure location. more

I WAITED 1.5 HOURS TO COOK MY OWN MEAL 11/19/2008

SO I ALWAYS WALK BY THIS PLACE AND ITS ALWAYS BUSY SO I CHCKED IT OUT LAST WEEKENED. WAITED IN LINE FOR ABOUT 1.5 HOURS THEN WE WERE IN. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL YOU CAN ONLY ORDER ONE OF TWO ITEMS: 10 PIECES OF MEAT OR 15 PIECES OF MEAT. I WENT WITH THE BIGGER. THE FOOD IS GREAT AND SERVICE IS GOOD. IT WAS HOT IN THERE WHICH MADE ME FEEL A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE. THEY DONT HAVE AIR CONDITION. OTHER THAN THAT THIS PLACE IS SO GOOD. ID EAT THERE AGAIN FOR SURE A++ Pros: THE BEAT IS GREAT Cons: NO AIR CONDITION, LONG WAITS more

Yummy for your tummy 8/14/2008

I have been coming here since I was a kid in the 90's. This is the best shabu shabu that there is. I have tried the one on citywalk ( just one of the choices on a japanese menu), hollywood and highland and the one in sherman oaks and I must tell you it is the ponzu sauce that keeps me coming back. (They now have bottles which they sell for $5.50 each) Normally order a large and have never had to wait more than an hour cause I am familiar with how the flow of traffic is there during the week vs weekends. My only complaint is that many of the customers expect something totally different and would know better if they read up on shabu shabu (as well as proper etiquette when eating it). So my complaint is really about the clientele, not the restaurant. The service tends to be better in the evening, but since my family and I are regulars we always manage to get great service. I live in the Chatsworth area and still manage to make time to get there at least twice a month, more if my schedule accomadates. Pros: It is the best shabu shabu in the greater los angeles area Cons: the wait more

not as good as you think 6/11/2008

This place isn't that great. Nothing special, don't know why people wait for this place. After eating this place, it made Ka Ga Ya super heavenly to go to. Pros: asian people Cons: food wasn't that good more

Hands down the BEST Shabu Shabu in the Los Angeles Metro! 5/22/2008

I've been going to this restaurant for nearly a decade and it remains as my favorite place for Shabu Shabu. I've been to countless Japanese restaurants serving Shabu Shabu around LA, Orange and San Bernardino counties and nothing comes even close. Pros: Best Shabu Shabu in town! Cons: 30 to an hour's wait time--but oh-so worth it. more

Terrible service! 4/20/2008

They serve a small portion of vegetables compared to other places and a medium size order will not be enough for a man or a woman with a big appetite. more

amazinggggggg 2/6/2008

delicious delicous delicous and highly addictive!!! Pros: delicious food, relatively healthy, japanese beer, fast service Cons: the wait! more

Addictive and Delicious Shabu Shabu 1/5/2008

This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. They only serve one thing -- raw beef slices with a plate of raw vegetables that you boil in your own personal hotpot, dip in delicious sauces, and eat with rice. The beef is perfectly marbled and delicious. There are only two sauces -- ponzu and peanut -- but both are just scrumptious. There are also ""accessories"" you can throw into your hotpot or sauce bowl to liven up the flavors, including crushed garlic, pureed daikon, green onions, and hot chili oil. The guy in the apron is more than happy to offer suggestions on how to eat your food. Everyone has their own variations; some people throw everything into the hotpot and make a ""soup""; some people like to combine the sauces; others like to dip the meat slices in the hotpot one by one. If you want to eat quickly, arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the restaurant opens and put your name on the list. Otherwise, expect to wait 45-90 minutes. (Although it's definitely worth the wait.) Also, to save money, go during lunchtime, where they serve the exact same food (and exact same portion sizes) for about 60% of the dinner price. Some are put off by the rushed service (they scoop up your plate and give you the check the moment you remove the last morsel from your plate), but the food is worth it. Pros: validated parking Cons: long lines more

High Quality - Must Try 12/27/2007

The wait is long so put your name down ahead of time, but it's worth it. There are only 2 options on menu, the small size or the larger size plate of meat, and that's it. From there you sit and enjoy. Ask for lean meat if you are watching your weight. Also, it is a tiny place and the boiling water bowls get hot, so wear a tshirt and prepare to sweat. Pros: Everything except for the wait Cons: The wait more

Stll on top. 12/7/2007

I have a vice - restaurants. I love great food to a fault (since I'm not exactly a high roller). I've been coming here for years, as my taste has matured and my dining budget has gone up, and still nothing has ever held a candle to Shabu Shabu House - for price or mouthgasmness. The wait? It's long, but I'd wait twice as long - there is a reason for it. Just be careful if you have an addictive personality because it's that good. more

BEST SHABU SHABU 10/9/2007

i have been coming here for about a year now and haven't found any better shabu shabu spots in LA. although the wait may seem long it's definitely worth the wait. it's best to go during lunch time because the prices are cheaper. the menu includes, beef, vegetables, beer and iced coffee (which i normally get). i'll add the red chili and chili oil directly to the meat, then i'll season the broth with garlic, both types of onions, red chili, and some soy sauce. i only use the ponzu sauce to which i add garlic, green onions and, the red chilli. after i finish cooking the meat i'll drop it in the ponzu for a few seconds to soak up some extra flavor. and when i'm done w/ all the meat and rice i'll add the extra ponzu sauce to the broth mix it for a bit then ask for an extra bowl and drink the broth. THIS PLACE IS THE BEST, GO HERE FIRST BEFORE YOU TRY ANY OTHER SHABU SHABU HOUSE. it's so good i'm planning on buying a shabu shabu hotpot one day Pros: BEST SHABU SHABU HOUSE IN LA Cons: long wait, don't go in a group larger than 3 more

GUIDELINES FOR SHABU 9/4/2007

ALTHOUGH ASIAN STUDENTS FROM UCLA AND USC LIKE TO BRING THEIR ENTIRE FRAT IT IS NOT PROPER SHABU ETIQUITE TO COME WITH A PARTY OF MORE THAN 4 AND EVEN FOUR IS REALLY PUSHING IT. THE FOOD IS GOOD BUT DONT TALK AND HURRY THE HELL UP AND KEEP THE ROTATION MOVING. DONT BRING KIDS AND DONT TAKE YOUR SWEET TIME. IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE THEN COME ON MONDAYS. Pros: ASAHI BEER Cons: VERY LONG WAIT more

Long Wait for the Best Shabu 9/9/2006

The wait is long, the decor is plain, and the menu selection is minimal ranging from beef to more beef. However, Shabu Shabu House offers the best shabu in LA. This place offers a really good quality shabu beef that cooks within seconds in the hotpot of boiling water and amazing ponzu sauce. You can order the beef as lean or extra lean cuts. You have a choice of large and extra large order of beef. If your still not full then you can order extra vegetable and extra order of beef to satisfy your appetite. If your looking for a value experience then go during lunch since the price is cheaper. Pros: Great Shabu Cons: Long wait more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Outside, it's chaos: Whether for lunch or for dinner, throngs of people line up at this landmark neighborhood eatery, often sited as the first shabu-shabu restaurant in all of...

  • 3/24/2008 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Civic Center / Little Tokyo, Central LA

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