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418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209
+1 213-617-1016
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun 06:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 06:00 - 22:30
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New York
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

came on a sunday so no wait time, sat at the bar and my friend and i shared a beef and seafood order. the three apps that came before where great, the tongue was a standout for me. the beef was very good but the seafood platter was a bit on the skimpy side. but still we where pretty full... More 

Thank kasumiga
1 review
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The food was delicious as anticipated, but the service we received was appalling. I have never felt so blatantly discriminated against in a restaurant. It was painfully obvious that the staff had judged us by our (cursed) child-like looks, and assumed we would not tip. We were not worthy of their usual 5-star service. So my boyfriend and l look... More 

Thank Isabella M
Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

This isn't your typical Shabu Shabu. You do need reservations but the atmosphere is very chill with Jazz music and a friendly staff. They have a variety of meat choices. Wagyu. Seafood. Regular beef. All great choices. When you order Shabu Shabu they bring out small starters. Which I've never experienced at any other Shabu restaurant. This time they brought... More 

Thank juwanuno
Los Angeles, California
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

Shabu Shabu is an interesting way to spend an evening. The food at Kagaya is very fresh, plentiful and expensive. We had the basic beef dinner which included 3 very good appetizers, the equivalent of 6 drinks, i.e., two wines and four beers and the bill came to over $350.00 for four people. It is very crowded on weekends and... More 

Thank Dessertarian44
Los Angeles, CA
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Kagaya was deemed my favorite restaurant of 2013. I've always been a hot pot kind-of-gal, but my parents love traditional shabu-shabu, so I took them here for an early Christmas treat. Kagaya delivered the most amazing shabu-shabu experience I've ever had in my life. This place blows every hot pot and shabu-shabu joint in the LA area out of the... More 

Thank Ivy W
Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

1)MASA San has opened this joint since 1996. 2)Victor is is sous chef since 1996. 3)The Team focused on authentic Japanese Kaiseki. 4)Three appetizers, shabu and one dessert. 5)Simple yet elegant. One of the must go in Downtown LA

Thank bestfoodintown365
Bangkok, Thailand
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148 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2014

This is the best Shabu Shabu in town! It's closed on Monday. They also have freshest seafood shabu and fresh crab, although it's a little harder to manage, but it's worth the trouble. They also have dishes off the menu you should ask for. I love their beef sashimi too.

Thank ChiranujB
Irvine, California
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166 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

I have not been back for few years and is always been one of my favorite shabu shabu place. Is still good as ever as I remebered it. The quality is been consistent. Is not the cheapest shabu shabu but is so worth it. The apps & dessert always changes...The place is so small that you always need reservation.

Thank WineConn
Walnut, California
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

For those that is serious about having the best beef & fresh seafood, this place is very hard to beat. Their menu consist of Beef (usda prime rib) at $47.00,, Seafood (alaskan king crab, oyster & clam) at $63.00 and Mix Shabu Shabu A at $56.00 (usda prime rib & seafood), Mix Shabu Shabu B (wagyu beef & seafood) $97.00.,... More 

2 Thank Tony S
Los Angeles, California
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142 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2012

I am a huge shabu shabu lover, and have tried it all over L.A. My husband has a good friend from Japan who lives here now, so I asked him the best place and he directed me here. He was so right! The quality of the beef was impressive and it was the best peanut sauce I had ever had.... More 

1 Thank L2Connelly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Japanese, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
06:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-617-1016

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