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13 Soulful Shabu-Shabu Restaurants in Los Angeles

Swish through Japanese hotpot paradise

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Shabu-shabu, which literally means “swish-swish,” begins with raw meat, seafood, and vegetables dipped into boiling broth before being further dipped into a punchy sauce of ponzu or goma (sesame).

Japanese hot pot has been tearing across LA in recent years. From Koreatown’s all-you-can-eat scene to the old school spots swishing away in the South Bay and Little Tokyo and the high-end joints that wouldn’t be out of place in Japan. Here now are the 13 essential shabu-shabu restaurants in Los Angeles.

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1. King Shabu Shabu

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903 N Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 798-9136
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This South Bay shabu-shabu house affords diners their very own pots heated through induction burners. Meat quality is excellent, and they even have prime A5 wagyu for anyone looking to burn a hole in their wallet. Veggies, sauces, and sides are top notch as well. Spice hounds can ask for the super-spicy habanero oil for the dipping sauces.

2. Mo-Mo-Paradise

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21641 S Western Ave Unit A
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 781-3052
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This newer shabu shabu house in South Bay offers a unique AYCE setup. Start with a traditional, sukiyaki, kimchi, or even tonkotsu soup base, then offers all the meat, seafood, and veggies for just under $30 a person. The only catch is that diners have to finish their meals within 90 minutes. Considering there’s virtually no waiting time for food once the table is seated, this usually isn’t hard to do. During lunch, there’s a meat plate limit of two per person, though the buffet is still unlimited.

3. Shabu Hyang

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3807 Wilshire Blvd #120
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 384-5464
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Choose between all-you-can-eat or “regular” depending on your appetite, then sit back and swish-swish or assemble your own spring rolls using the parade of proteins and vegetables. Save room for porridge to close out the meal, it’s $2 extra but an essential part of any Koreatown shabu-shabu experience.

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4. Shin-Sen-Gumi Shabu-Shabu

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1695 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 532-0728
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One of LA’s more elder statesman shabu-shabu houses, this small restaurant in Gardena prepares some of the most elemental Japanese hotpot in town. There’s a variety of premium meats while insiders know to order some rice at the end to make a delicious porridge from the remaining broth. This is purist shabu-shabu at its finest.

5. Bon Shabu

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601 S Ardmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 318-5004

This newer Koreatown all-you-can-eat restaurant isn’t quite as grand as Shabuya, but the meat quality is more than respectable and the available buffet bar has everything one would want from a shabu-shabu feast. Prices are modest too, hovering around $20 for lunch and a bit more for dinner. The only drawback is that they have split hotpots instead of individual ones, which means there might be broth sharing involved.

6. Shabuya Los Angeles

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1925 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 318-5635
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Truly one of the busiest shabu shabu restaurants in the city, this all-you-can-eat extragavanza costs a modest price and offers a slew of meats from thinly sliced wagyu and short rib to pork belly and even jidori chicken. Choose between a number of broths, from basic dashi or slightly sweetened sukiyaki to an intense, spicy Chinese-style “huo guo.” The best part is the huge buffet bar that allows diners to load up on veggies, sauces, and even seafood. Expect to wait during prime dining hours.

Meat selections at Shabuya
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7. Yojié Japanese Fondue

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501 W Olympic Blvd #102
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 988-8808
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This budding shabu-shabu chain serves a variety of quality meats, such as prime rib and wagyu beef, plus seafood, pork, chicken, and vegetables in minimalist spaces. Prices are mid-range, but the quality of the ingredients is very high. For a more staid, relaxed experience than an AYCE restaurant, Yojié offers a more refined shabu-shabu dinner or lunch in the heart of Downtown.

8. Joon Shabu Shabu

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220 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 484-8525
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With individual hotpots and reasonable serving prices around $15 to 20, Joon is a viable alternative in a sleek space in Glendale. They’ve even got seafood, chicken, and vegetarian shabu-shabu servings for anyone looking to have something other that beef.

9. Shabu-Shabu House

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127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3890
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Arguably the pinnacle of shabu-shabu in Los Angeles, and one of the first places to specialize in serving the dish in the city, Shabu-Shabu House packs in crowds every day for lunch and dinner. What’s the secret? Excellent quality meat sliced to order, along with some of the best dipping sauces in town. Other than that, the environs are spartan and the place is built for a turn-and-burn operation.

10. Kagaya

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418 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1016

This longtime Little Tokyo shabu-shabu house was a reliable alternative to the crowded confines of Shabu-Shabu House. The prices are sky high here, making it a good business dinner or expense account experience. The dinners start with prime beef, but also serve king crab legs, clams, oysters, and more for a more well-rounded shabu-shabu experience. If money is no option, Kagaya should be the first pick for shabu-shabu in LA.

11. Osawa

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77 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 683-1150
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Though Osawa has an expansive menu of sushi and other Japanese fare, the shabu-shabu is one of the best reasons to belly up the counter at this Pasadena restaurant. Prices are fairly high, with ribeye servings starting in the mid $20s and going all the way up to an $86 portion of wagyu beef from Japan. Still, for the austere, purist form of shabu-shabu, this is one of the best in LA.

12. California Hot Pot

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555 W Main St A
Alhambra, CA 91801
(424) 644-7060
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The crowd here knows how to swish-swish and most opt for the most “premium” proteins because life’s too short for mystery meat. Choose from eight preset hot pot offerings, like the Malibu with pork belly and beef tenderloin or the Keto-friendly Hollywood Protein with baby spinach, lamb shoulder, and USDA Prime beef. An array of sauces, including sesame, garlic, ponzu, and black bean, are located next to the cash register.

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13. Oseyo Shabu Shabu

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2879 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 844-0150
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Located on a quieter stretch of Colorado, Oseyo attracts a mostly local crowd with a smattering of Caltech and PCC students. Grab a seat in the sleek dining room and cozy up to four different kinds of broth (kobu seaweed, spicy miso, sukiyaki, or tomato) and twice as many protein combinations. Australian lamb is a standout, as is the “Yongenton silky pork” imported from Japan.

Oseyo Shabu Shabu
Oseyo Shabu Shabu
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1. King Shabu Shabu

903 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

This South Bay shabu-shabu house affords diners their very own pots heated through induction burners. Meat quality is excellent, and they even have prime A5 wagyu for anyone looking to burn a hole in their wallet. Veggies, sauces, and sides are top notch as well. Spice hounds can ask for the super-spicy habanero oil for the dipping sauces.

903 N Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

2. Mo-Mo-Paradise

21641 S Western Ave Unit A, Torrance, CA 90501

This newer shabu shabu house in South Bay offers a unique AYCE setup. Start with a traditional, sukiyaki, kimchi, or even tonkotsu soup base, then offers all the meat, seafood, and veggies for just under $30 a person. The only catch is that diners have to finish their meals within 90 minutes. Considering there’s virtually no waiting time for food once the table is seated, this usually isn’t hard to do. During lunch, there’s a meat plate limit of two per person, though the buffet is still unlimited.

21641 S Western Ave Unit A
Torrance, CA 90501

3. Shabu Hyang

3807 Wilshire Blvd #120, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Shabu Hyang
Shabu Hyang
Shabu Hyang [Official Photo]

Choose between all-you-can-eat or “regular” depending on your appetite, then sit back and swish-swish or assemble your own spring rolls using the parade of proteins and vegetables. Save room for porridge to close out the meal, it’s $2 extra but an essential part of any Koreatown shabu-shabu experience.

3807 Wilshire Blvd #120
Los Angeles, CA 90010

4. Shin-Sen-Gumi Shabu-Shabu

1695 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248

One of LA’s more elder statesman shabu-shabu houses, this small restaurant in Gardena prepares some of the most elemental Japanese hotpot in town. There’s a variety of premium meats while insiders know to order some rice at the end to make a delicious porridge from the remaining broth. This is purist shabu-shabu at its finest.

1695 Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248

5. Bon Shabu

601 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

This newer Koreatown all-you-can-eat restaurant isn’t quite as grand as Shabuya, but the meat quality is more than respectable and the available buffet bar has everything one would want from a shabu-shabu feast. Prices are modest too, hovering around $20 for lunch and a bit more for dinner. The only drawback is that they have split hotpots instead of individual ones, which means there might be broth sharing involved.

601 S Ardmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

6. Shabuya Los Angeles

1925 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Meat selections at Shabuya
Matthew Kang

Truly one of the busiest shabu shabu restaurants in the city, this all-you-can-eat extragavanza costs a modest price and offers a slew of meats from thinly sliced wagyu and short rib to pork belly and even jidori chicken. Choose between a number of broths, from basic dashi or slightly sweetened sukiyaki to an intense, spicy Chinese-style “huo guo.” The best part is the huge buffet bar that allows diners to load up on veggies, sauces, and even seafood. Expect to wait during prime dining hours.

1925 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

7. Yojié Japanese Fondue

501 W Olympic Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This budding shabu-shabu chain serves a variety of quality meats, such as prime rib and wagyu beef, plus seafood, pork, chicken, and vegetables in minimalist spaces. Prices are mid-range, but the quality of the ingredients is very high. For a more staid, relaxed experience than an AYCE restaurant, Yojié offers a more refined shabu-shabu dinner or lunch in the heart of Downtown.

501 W Olympic Blvd #102
Los Angeles, CA 90015

8. Joon Shabu Shabu

220 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

With individual hotpots and reasonable serving prices around $15 to 20, Joon is a viable alternative in a sleek space in Glendale. They’ve even got seafood, chicken, and vegetarian shabu-shabu servings for anyone looking to have something other that beef.

220 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205

9. Shabu-Shabu House

127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Arguably the pinnacle of shabu-shabu in Los Angeles, and one of the first places to specialize in serving the dish in the city, Shabu-Shabu House packs in crowds every day for lunch and dinner. What’s the secret? Excellent quality meat sliced to order, along with some of the best dipping sauces in town. Other than that, the environs are spartan and the place is built for a turn-and-burn operation.

127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10. Kagaya

418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This longtime Little Tokyo shabu-shabu house was a reliable alternative to the crowded confines of Shabu-Shabu House. The prices are sky high here, making it a good business dinner or expense account experience. The dinners start with prime beef, but also serve king crab legs, clams, oysters, and more for a more well-rounded shabu-shabu experience. If money is no option, Kagaya should be the first pick for shabu-shabu in LA.

418 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

11. Osawa

77 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Though Osawa has an expansive menu of sushi and other Japanese fare, the shabu-shabu is one of the best reasons to belly up the counter at this Pasadena restaurant. Prices are fairly high, with ribeye servings starting in the mid $20s and going all the way up to an $86 portion of wagyu beef from Japan. Still, for the austere, purist form of shabu-shabu, this is one of the best in LA.

77 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

12. California Hot Pot

555 W Main St A, Alhambra, CA 91801
California Hot Pot
California Hot Pot
Julie P./Yelp

The crowd here knows how to swish-swish and most opt for the most “premium” proteins because life’s too short for mystery meat. Choose from eight preset hot pot offerings, like the Malibu with pork belly and beef tenderloin or the Keto-friendly Hollywood Protein with baby spinach, lamb shoulder, and USDA Prime beef. An array of sauces, including sesame, garlic, ponzu, and black bean, are located next to the cash register.

555 W Main St A
Alhambra, CA 91801

13. Oseyo Shabu Shabu

2879 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Oseyo Shabu Shabu
Oseyo Shabu Shabu
Dean C./Yelp

Located on a quieter stretch of Colorado, Oseyo attracts a mostly local crowd with a smattering of Caltech and PCC students. Grab a seat in the sleek dining room and cozy up to four different kinds of broth (kobu seaweed, spicy miso, sukiyaki, or tomato) and twice as many protein combinations. Australian lamb is a standout, as is the “Yongenton silky pork” imported from Japan.

2879 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

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