EAT: Kabuki: Tempe Arizona

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Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Tempe Marketplace, photo courtesy of

I love sushi and I love this place. After arriving around 7:30pm, our server promptly arrived for our drink order. We ordered a bottle of the plum wine it was delicious. For an appetizer we ordered the seafood salad, which was a generous heaping of crab, tons of baby scallops and shrimp over a bed of mixed greens with a ginger dressing, cucumber and carrots, as well as the yellowtail & maguro sushi, the eel, crab and avocado roll & the fried california roll served on eel sauce. Every dish was very fresh and tasty. The last roll melted in my mouth, their California rolls have a crab mix inside, which was my only complaint, except when its deep-fried.  the free serving of edamame was a nice start too!

The first time we tried kabuki was on my sister’s birthday in July. She had a group of 15 and they were very accommodating, even dressed and presented our own cake brought into the restaurant for her. For a big group, they did a phenomenal job, even with all the split checks “Oye vei” just the thought. Oh yeah speaking of head effecting, we all had a popper that makes a bang when you pull the string and at the blow of the candles we pulled the strings. even with all the loud pops and the stares, the servers, managers and busers were so nice, not saying a word or frowning on it.  (but don’t try this unless you’re ready for the repercussions). ENJOY and make sure, that if you don’t want a big ‘o roll to eat, order the cut rolls as the hand rolls are always very big.

The best part about eating at Kabuki is the nice walk around the Tempe Marketplace. It’s a strip mall-turned outdoor entertainment haven for tourist, but its people watching at its best. The only problem about the T.M.p. is that it’s located in an awkward area, with one way in and one way out, and the traffic in & out sucks, while at times the parking is worse, but get over it, enjoy the company you’re with and get your Kabuki on!

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant located in the Tempe Marketplace
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

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