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Kai Sushi Shabu-Shabu

738 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
+1 805-560-8777
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good36%
  • Average28%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible12%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (7 reviews)
“shabu shabu” (8 reviews)
“beef” (5 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
$$ - $$$
738 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

After being seated at a rickety back patio table next to a group of teenage guys who talked about pooping and then wanting to smoke on the patio. Gross. Should have known better when we walked in and a big guy sat at a table...More

Thank Mismel2kl
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Hubby and I went for lunch after watching the car show at State St. As usual I ordered the Bento box lunch special, the rice is terrible! I love Japanese sticky rice, but they served a rice that tasted "old" and the color was not...More

Thank Wilma B
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We had the most wonderful meal at Kai last night. The sushi was superb, the tempura shrimp and vegetable was light and perfectly cooked. We had the beef curry as well and that was tasty and delicious. A most enjoyable meal.

Thank Christine M
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Decided to give this place a try after having walked past it a number of times. Was a little empty (always a worry for me) but, to be fair we were early. It soon filled up as the evening progressed. Server was polite, attentive and...More

Thank R1der
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We came in hungry for dinner after a movie, our criterion of choice being "the first nice place we found" while walking down State Street. Kai Sushi Shabu-Shabu is indeed a nice place, with a pleasant, unfussy interior, attentive and friendly waitstaff, a sizeable menu,...More

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We went for Shabu shabu and sushi. The beef is excellent quality and the sushi are all good. It's nice and quiet and the service was excellent. Friendly staff. It's right across from Pase Nuevo, so it's very convenient. Will go back again when in...More

Thank veronicaindonesia
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went on the 1st of January and had a nice share of some sushi. Didn't have a lot, but as we're adventurous we tried the deep fried roll with a sesame creamy sauce with it. Not sure I'll have to try that again -...More

Thank LisPetersson
Reviewed 18 September 2016

It was just great watching the chef prepare the food in front of us. ThE menu was interesting although a bit difficult to understand.

Thank Veronique C
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We were lucky enough to find this little gem of a sushi bar while walking through Paseo Nuevo. There is a nice little patio out back which we were seated in, it was very private. The decor was nothing special, but the Maki was top...More

Thank DamnRodgers
Reviewed 3 March 2016

We tripped upon this restaurant and decided to go for lunch. We appreciated the lower lunch prices and the fresh sushi but as other reviewers have mentioned we did leave hungry.

Thank SheilaH19
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 am
1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 738 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3330
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-560-8777
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