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Shabusen Restaurant

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1726 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3209
+1 415-440-0466
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Perth, Australia
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

A very wet and cold winters day, which was perfect for such a cosey , clean and beautiful place, so reminiscent of anywhere in Japan. Loved the place even before we ate. The cold Sapporo and hot sake excellent. All the veggies and pork and beef high quality. The Tiger Prawns excellent, very plump. As a special touch my dipping... More 

Thank David U
York, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I'm a massive fan of Chinese hotpot and shabu shabu so this was on my list of restaurants to go to. I really liked that you could pick all you can eat and the meat available is top quality. They bring an initial selection for you as well as some mixed vegetables. My favourites were the beef and the shiitake... More 

Thank YzzyBella
Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We were trying to find a do place to eat hot pot in Japantown. We didn't have reservations, so we had to wait for about 30 minutes at Shabusen. We ordered the all you can eat. $35 per adult and just an FYI..everyone in your party has to order the all you can eat. Totally worth it! We each had... More 

Thank Angie I
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Great food and experience. Staff were very attentive, friendly and welcoming. Food was fresh and very tasty!

1 Thank SaffaTraveller2
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

The title says it all; Thoroughly enjoyable. The head chef came out often to ensure that we had what we wanted. Good value all you can eat.

1 Thank okielondon
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359 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

I've eaten Japanese food many times both in Asia and the USA, though never before shabu-shabu. A recent meal here did nothing to make me a devotee. It focused on thin sliced kobe beef, a wagon load of cabbage, a couple of tofu pieces, some mushrooms and thin cooking broth in which to dunk these ingredients. I came away feeling... More 

Thank Taughboyne
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

This place is fantastic! It is so authentic you swear that you're in Japan! I love Shabu-Shabu and this was terrific! Great staff, cold Asahi Super Dry and absolutely delicious Shabu-Shabu! If you like truly authentic Japanese food, don't miss this place.

Thank Bob C
Santa Rosa, California
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77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

I go there at least four times a year and it never disappoints me. The personnel are friendly and efficient. You have a choice of Sukiyaki or Shabu shabu. Two of us had Shabu Shabu and two other people had Sukiyaki and we were all happy.

Thank Kimi D
Loma Linda, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

I took my dad here for his first shabu shabu experience. It was a complete accident, since I was trying to take him to another place, and they were too crowded. Well, I'm glad they were. The shabu (we ordered kobe beef and praws in spicy miso broth) was delicious, the place was clean and roomy (the original place we... More 

Thank JJM2013
Chino Hills, California
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

The waitress is absent minded, and often you have to ask for her to delivered all the missing ingredients. they do not have anything for your Ponzu sauce except garlic ( forget about the green orion) and the sesame sauce is plain.. The meat is decent marble color but really "thin" ..There is many choices in the area. I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1726 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115-3209
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Japantown
  • Neighbourhood: Japantown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-440-0466

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?