Conveyor belt sushi bar.
This was the first place I ever tried sushi (back in elementary school). I remember coming here on weekends with my dad, and thinking the items were too pretty not to try! To this day, I still visit and enjoy their food.
There is almost always a line, but it moves fast. Service is good and the location is great (off the freeway and right near the South Coast Plaza shopping center). It’s always a treat to eat here! 🙂
Everybody who has introduced me to Kaiten Sushi Bar always gives me this disclosure, “It’s a rotating sushi bar type restaurant but with that being said, it’s still pretty good.” So there you go, there’s your disclosure and be ready to be amazed.
First of all, how does rotating sushi work? When you sit down, you can grab a pen and the list of sushi. Put down your seat number (it should be right in front of you) at the top of the list and pick your selections of what you want (if you want it extra fresh or if the item you want is not on the rotating belt). Or you can make your selections from the belt and pick whatever you want. The pricing depends on what plate the food is on. The wall will show you each pricing and it ranges from 0.99-$6.00 I believe. Keep your eyes out for the chalkboard specials because they have daily specials that are stealer prices!
I love the rotating type of sushi restaurants because I enjoy seeing my food before I make the final decision and I also like how they consist of smaller portions/small bites – so you don’t have to order an entire roll. I’ve been to a few other different rotating type sushi places but nothing compares to Kaiten. The quality, price, selections, and customer service brings me back every single time.
Great conveyor belt sushi place with reasonable prices, especially if you order off the specials written up on the wall. I really liked that you have the option of ordering in case something that you want is not coming around. Also if you do place an order, it comes by very quickly. My only complaint would be that it is a but small so it can get pretty crowded.
This place gets pretty crowded at dinner time and parking can be difficult even though there’s plenty of spaces. I had to park near the Wells Fargo if you’re familiar with the area.
The food is affordable for the type of fish you can get. They have otoro, fatty tuna, monkfish, uní, halibut, etc. The quality of the fish was good for the price. Some pieces were not extremely fresh, but still decent quality.
The service is a little lacking, mainly because it’s revolving sushi so the waitstaff doesn’t come around too often.
I highly recommend the handroll specials. The day I went the spider handroll and salmon skill roll were discounted and very worth it!
Would come again if the wait is not too long!
If it’s your first time coming and you notice there is hella salmon sashimi don’t fret! There’s a paper menu and you can order from there. Just get the sheet and write down the number of how many orders you want of that item. Then fold it in half, long ways, and then put it inside a clear cup on the revolving belt. You’ll see the cup every 15-20 plates that pass. Also, Make sure to write your seat number on the top right of the sheet. Once you do the sushi chefs take it out and make your rolls/order. Then look for a white cup with your seat number on the belt and your sushi will be on top!
Kaiten is the best place to have quick and fast sushi and hand rolls. I honestly go here for the hand rolls. They have specials on it every day!! I usually get the salmon skin HR. It’s my fave! I tried the soft shell crab HR today and it was yummy! Only thing was that there was more avocado than actual crab.
Their sushi is good. I don’t eat sushi often so I don’t really have high standards when it comes to sushi. I always get the Volcano and Las Vegas. Did you know you can get half order of sushi? Just wrote 1/2 on the paper instead of 1.
Keep in mind that this place is fairly small so you might have to wait. You are also sitting pretty close to people. If it’s your first time, you order by writing on the white paper with all their food on it. Then you put it on the revolving white cup, NOT the numbered ones. Your table number should be right in front of you. After, you wait and look out for your sushi to come out. It would be sitting on top of cup with your table number. Be careful not to take other people’s order!!! Enjoy!
This revolving sushi spot is rare, but worth a visit. It’s a tiny shop with only bar/table top seating and a few booths. Despite the mainstream style of revolving sushi, the vibe of the place is very authentic. It’s always packed! I came at an off-early dinner time and it was still at least a 30 minute wait. So definitely avoid this place if you have a big group — this place is good for maybe 2-3.
Depending on where you sit, it may be hard for you to actually experience the revolving sushi style of ordering, since all the “good” orders may be snatched up before they reach you. But not worries! You can always fill out a form and check off what you’d like to order.
I had some of their salmon and tuna nigiri, which were both very fresh. The pieces of fish were huge and the salmon was so creamy! I also had a salmon skin hand roll — bomb! A little oily, but that’s normal.
Will definitely be back! They also have happy hour (bogo sake or beer) from 3-7pm.
This is my favorite revolving sushi spot in socal! I haven’t tried any other place that is better than this one. I love how they have hand roll deals everyday. It makes me want to go there everyday just for that.
This place has such good quality fish for such a reasonable price. It has gotten a lot more popular over the years but that hasn’t stopped me from coming here. The wait time is not too bad but there are times where it gets pretty bad but I really do not mind waiting.
If you are ever in the area you should try this place out, you will not be disappointed.
Probably my favorite revolving sushi restaurant in SoCal. With that said, going to a revolving sushi place one should expect the quality to be relative to the price you pay. I generally enjoy the food here and the daily rotation of specials they have. I usually pig out on the handrolls they have here since they discount that daily.
My favorites is usually the lobster handroll, spicy tuna handroll, crab sushi, and tamago.
Overall I’d say it’s great bang for the buck.
Best little sushi bar in Costa Mesa.
We found this conveyor sushi belt bar about 3 months ago and now still manage to make this our bi-weekly local spot.
They have a decent selection of hand rolls and unbelievable prices ($2.25 on select rolls). The hand rolls are not the highest of quality, however at that price, it really doesn’t matter because it does the job and you get full.
This is an excellent little sushi bar to bring your wife, but if you’re looking to “ball out” and impress a date, I would recommend to look elsewhere. The closer you sit towards the back, the dirtier and old the place looks.
But if you’re like me and enjoy quality sushi at a reasonable price, go here and you won’t be dissappointed. The line can get pretty long so I would get there early!