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Wafu of Japan

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320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7946
+1 714-641-7321
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Boston, Massachusetts
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156 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice casual restaurant. We really enjoyed the lunch combinations and the salmon teriyaki.The crunchy roll is excellent as well.

Thank Hans V
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

You know the feeling when the meal is over and you're full and you wish you could go back to being hungry so you can start all over again. That's Wafu for ya. Also the waitress was wonderful. If you're there on a weekend make sure you put yourself on the waiting list.

Thank Envil_danke
Basel, Switzerland
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

The restaurant is reasonably small with tables and a sushi bar. It is operated as a family business. It offers amazing innovative sushi. The sushi itself is of course as can be expected adapted to the US market but the influence of the original Japanese style can be found in the perfect presentation. The sashimi dishes are especially good! For... More 

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Hemet, CA
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112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

It's small and got a little stuffy (could have used some AC), but the flavor of our meal was excellent & we would definitely return. It was delicious. Everything from the hot miso soup, salad with a dressing full of flavor, sushi, & baked salmon was so good. All four adults and my toddler really enjoyed the experience. Thanks for... More 

Thank SereneEcho
Costa Mesa, California
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

We've often gone to Wafu's for sushi as it's a good local place, but for the last few months the service has been terrible. We waited 15 minutes for a table. A couple got seated after us and ordered and got their food and drinks before anyone even approached out table. We had to flag someone down to get our... More 

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Stockton, California
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

I was staying at a hotel accross the street from this restaurant and based on where it was located one might get the impression it was an iffy restaurant. I did a Japanese Restaurant search and this place came up with a 4.8 rating so I thought I'd give it a try. I ordered to go and went back to... More 

Thank Mark L
Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review, Mark! We can't wait to serve you next time. :) Safe travels and best wishes, Harry - Owner More 

Henderson, Nevada
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

We loved it and thought it some of the best sushi we have ever had. Plus the price was so unbelievablly inexpensive for the quality of the sushi. A real winner for the sushi lover and we will be back.

Thank gigi788540
Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit, Gigi! Can't wait to serve you again. Take care and best wishes, Harry - Owner More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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286 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015

OK -- I had mostly the sushi so not sure if the other items are as good EXCEPT: Goyza! OMG -- this maybe the best Goyza I've had and I eat a LOT of this. In fact, I judge my Japanese restaurants on the quality of the goyza. They make theirs IN HOUSE FRESH and it's amazing. The dumplings are... More 

Thank SJM-Weasel
Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Best gyoza you've ever had? Now, that's what we like to hear! Seriously, though -- it sounds like we really impressed you. Thanks for the kind words, and we can't wait to see you again! Take care, Harry - Owner More 

Torrance, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

Having grown up in the South Bay area, I have been fortunate enough to eat at a lot of great Japanese restaurants. For the longest time I thought I had been to the best Japanese places in town, however, that changed about four years ago when I went to Wafu with a co-worker. Harry and his team do a great... More 

Thank Rich M
Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Hi, Rich! It's great to hear from you -- thank you for taking the time to share such kind words about our place. It sounds like you've sampled plenty of excellent Japanese cuisine in your life, and I'm thrilled ours stands out. I'll see you soon for more of your favorites! Take care, Harry - Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

This place is small but has a great selection of both traditional and contemporary sushi at decent prices - Try the Samurai Burrito - but remember it is big!

Thank ChiTraveler59
Harry A, Owner at Wafu of Japan, responded to this review

Thanks for making us a part of your trip to Costa Mesa! It sounds like you enjoyed sampling our sushi menu, which is great. I hope to welcome you back the next time you travel from the Windy City! Best, Harry - Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Bristol St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7946
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 714-641-7321
Welcome to Wafu of Japan, where Costa Mesa dines for the freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine.

Wafu of Japan was founded in 1999 by sushi chef Hideto "Harry" Arimizu. We offer a variety of Japanese sushi and hot plates that are not only traditional but also modern and unique.

Our menu is quite diverse. You will find a large selection of specialty sushi rolls and sashimi using the freshest fish, noodles, rice dishes, soups and salads. Be sure to order some of our customer favorites, like Dragon Balls, Melty Hand Roll, Beef Noodle Soup, Poki Salad and Spicy Tuna Bowl. Pair your delicious meal with a glass of wine or beer from our bar.

By bringing our creativity and passion onto our plates, we strive to satisfy each and every customer that comes through our doors. We have a quiet, comfortable and clean environment in our restaurant as well as staff that is attentive to your needs. At Wafu, we eagerly await to serve you.

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