Shabu Shabu Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

627 156th Ave SE, Bellevue
(425) 502-9489

Recent Reviews

Megan L.

Discovered this restaurant last year and have been coming here frequently. Hands down the best Shabu Shabu around. Although it's not AYCE, it's high-quality, consistent, and definitely worth a try. During the Covid shutdown I tried the Spicy Karaage lunch set (takeout) for the first time and it was ~$12 for a large portion of karaage, lettuce w/ cherry tomatoes, potato salad, rice, miso soup, and pickled vegetables. Their spicy karaage is crispy, juicy, flavorful and has a kick to it. The potato salad is my bf's favorite potato salad. We tried the regular karaage and sweet & vinegar karaage as well but spicy karaage is the winner. Sometimes we order the set when we're dining-in now because the price and portion is too good to pass up!For shabu shabu, my go-to is the pork belly with sukiyaki broth. They give plenty of vegetables (napa cabbage, tofu, shiitake, enoki, mizuna, green onion, sliced bell peppers), udon, a bowl of rice (unlimited), and two sauces: sesame (so good) & ponzu. The thinly sliced pork belly is delicious and the vegetables soaking up the broth makes it very tasty. The sukiyaki broth itself is not too salty, has a hint of sweetness to it.Overall, the food is 5/5. Would recommend the pork belly & choice rib-eye shabu shabu with sukiyaki broth, spicy karaage set, crispy rice with spicy tuna, and their $1 draft beer special Tuesday to Thursday. The service is 5/5, always great and attentive. Highly recommend this to anyone!

Kate H.

My boyfriend has been wanting to go to a Japanese restaurant in weeks now so we decided to go here after our trip from Marysville. It was a good thing that we did. The moment we entered the restaurant we were ask to sanitize and was greeted by this amazing lady with awesome customer service. She asked us if it was our first time. I had shabu shabu several times in the past but never in Washington, It was my boyfriends first time. Our awesome server which was the same lady who greeted us happily explained the concept to my boyfriend. We ordered Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna and Chicken Karaage for our appetizer. I like their Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna their Chicken Karaage was okay my boyfriend enjoyed it a lot. My boyfriend had the Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki I got the Rib Eye Beef Shabu Shabu with Tradional Dashi. We both love the Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki. The Sukiyaki flavor on the broth was really good it came with 2 eggs on the side. The Ribeye Shabu Shabu you can choose Traditional-Dashi, Sukiyaki and Spicy Miso. It comes with two dipping sauce, Ponzu and Sesame Nut. I got the Traditional Dashi so my boyfriend can compare the difference between the two and get to experience it. We end up asking sukiyaki because it has more flavor. The service was really good and we were told that the have a happy hour on certain days I think one of the day was Tuesday where the draft beers are $1. We will definitely come back.

Jesse Mariano

Love this place. Ive been there a few times to dine in and done take out as well. GREAT HAPPY HOUR!! The dollar drafts along with their amazing appetizers make it worth coming here on their own. Definitely recommend their crispy rice and mushroom dynamite. Their authentic Japanese Shabu Shabu is what I love the most. I have been to a lot of the Chinese hot pot spots in Bellevue but the hot pot they serve here is just fresher and higher quality. The quality of the meat is great, always melts in your mouth. I actually feel good after eating here. The wagyu is definitely worth it. Service has always been good even when super busy. Definitely my hot pot destination of choice.

Jesse M.

Love this place. Ive been there a few times to dine in and done take out as well. GREAT HAPPY HOUR!! The dollar drafts along with their amazing appetizers make it worth coming here on their own. Definitely recommend their crispy rice and mushroom dynamite. Their authentic Japanese Shabu Shabu is what I love the most. I have been to a lot of the Chinese hot pot spots in Bellevue but the hot pot they serve here is just fresher and higher quality. The quality of the meat is great, always melts in your mouth. I actually feel good after eating here. The wagyu is definitely worth it. Service has always been good even when super busy. Definitely my hot pot destination of choice

Philip S.

First time trying the whole Shabu Shabu concept. I absolutely loved it. The waiter that took care of us was super friendly, polite and respectful. The meal its self was super delicious, light and healthy. I plan on bring my family here in the near future. Highly recommend!

Andrea O.

I'll start by saying that I was leaning towards a 4*, but decided to go with gut feeling and stay at 3*. Overall it was a good dinner, service was fast and courteous and the food was good. Good but not excellent or memorable. Let's start with the katsu curry. Surprisingly it was made with tonkatsu (pork) and not chicken, and the pork was thick. Both good signs. The taste was good, but the curry itself tasted a bit like a premade one. The tonkatsu was a bit dry. Overall ok, but not delicious. The sukiyaki was ok according to my wife, she scored it 4 out of 5, I tasted her meat in my Shabu Shabu and it was good indeed. The American Wagyu Shabu Shabu was good, but below my expectations, eating the meat was not an extraordinary experience, it was kind of normal. It did not separate itself from the cheaper sukiyaki meat. The Sapporo draft beer was awesome and refreshing. The portions were humongous, so much so that I did not have space for dessert, unheard of, I always get dessert. That was really a pity because I had my eyes on the crème brûlé or the green tea tiramisù. Maybe if I got them they might have skewed this review to a 4*. I might be back.

Michael K.

Authentic, delicious Shabu Shabu. Nicely decorated, clean restaurant with great service.

Andrew L.

Love this place! The Chefs are amazing and the waitress is super nice and informative on how to eat if you are first timers. Highly recommend!

Annie W.

So happy they're open for dine-in! I'm able to get my shabu fix service and the food quality is always superb! I love their kombu dashi broth which is just dried kelp and their sukiyaki broth with egg for dipping sauce. Always get both broth so you can dip your meat/udon in sukiyaki and your veggies in the kombu broth.

Frank D.

We discovered Shabu Shabu Kyoto by accident/wanting to have Japanese takeout. We also were hoping to avoid disappointing takeout as we had experienced from other Japanese restaurants. Thankfully, Shabu Shabu is a hit. In the past 6-8 weeks, we have ordered at least 6 times. The Spicy Tuna on crispy rice is both delicious and unique. We also enjoy the poke along with the spicy and vinegar chicken. There were issues with two of our orders. 1. The restaurant forgot to put the fish in the poke . 2. One order was an hour late. Not sure what the driver had going on . Kudos to Shabu Shabu and Grubhub for taking care of both incidents with courteous and fast customer service. Rating four stars based on how much we enjoy the food and the customer service mentioned in the previous sentence.

Brandon U.

*OPEN FOR DINE-IN and TAKEOUT DURING COVID* (as of 6/2020)Please support this great restaurant during the time of COVID! Great service and food offered by an older legit Japanese couple . Spacious seating and well-priced slices of meat for shabu shabu or sukiyaki. Here are some of the highlights:1) Prompt service 2) Spacious seating with an electric hot plate at each table seating.3) Quality meats and vegetables for shabu shabu or sukiyaki.4) Other non-hot pot dishes are very tasty and authentic.I have been coming to this restaurant for over a year now and I am never disappointed in the quality of food nor the service. The severs are very friendly and are very prompt in refilling water and rice and helping tend to foam in the pots. The different slices of meat for the shabu shabu (hot water with dipping sauces) or sukiyaki (vegetables and meat cooked in savory broth) are top quality, and include top sirloin rib eye, wagyu, and salmon. I recommend getting the sukiyaki with the rib eye. If getting the sukiyaki, don't forget to dip the meat into the raw egg which you can crack then whisk in a separate bowl. Rice is unlimited. So is the tea. And once the pot boils, reduce the heat to 2/5 setting. Have fun and enjoy this great eatery!

Judy M.

Pre corona I used to go here for a well priced lunch

Hiromi Nakamura

ShabuShabu Kyoto is my favorite restaurant! So healthy and testy!

Tricia P.

Came here with a party of 3 people and the overall price was very decent for 3 Shabu Shabu meals and an appetizer. Staff appeared very nice, soft spoken, and highly attentive. For appetizers, I got spicy chicken kara-age which was good, it came with a sauce that tasted sweet/tangy. I got the pork Shabu Shabu which came with a variety of dishes such as rice, veggies, noodles, thin pork slices, two sauces, and of course the infamous hot pot. Although I was really full, the dish was very flavorful and light. I recommend coming here, especially during their lunch time! Parking: Decent, might vary depending on day/time Cleanliness: Good. Looked very clean when you walk in!

Ms. A.

THIS IS UNDER $14 lunch TO GO AT SHABU SHABU KYOTO!! Our CEO of the company is providing us a lunch for us every week and we chose Shabu Shabu Kyoto restaurant at this time! I enjoyed everything and this is very good price for lunch and karaage bento cane with rice, miso soup and sugimito tea separately. I highly recommend this restaurant for lunch because I was satisfied with their portion and price!

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Shabu Shabu Kyoto Japanese Restaurant

627 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 502-9489