Shaburi, CA

“Shabu-Shabu is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, where both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and usually served with dipping sauces, but it is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round.”  – Wikipedia

171 Jackson St
San Jose, CA 95112-5108
District: Japantown
Attire: Casual
Parking: Street
Price: $10-$15 per entree


Located in San Jose’s Japantown, this nice, low-key restaurant is quickly becoming my favorite. I’ve been here twice: once with my boyfriend for vday, and the second time we took my parents here for an anniversary lunch. I like sitting at the bar counter because each person gets to use their own pot. Don’t forget to mention Yelp when eating here — free edamame appetizer =)


I ordered the Kobe Style Beef Shabu Shabu (regular size shown above). I’ve tried the traditional Seaweed water broth and Spicy Miso broth — both were good.


All shabu shabu meals come with a serving of veggies and rice. The veggie plate comes with udon noodles, tofu, mushroom, lettuce and carrots. You also get two kinds of dipping sauces – sesame and shoyu.


Shabu Shabu pot with Spicy miso broth.

My boyfriend likes to put in all the veggies except for the noodles, which he saves for last. After finishing the bowl of rice, he puts some broth and adds the noodles to make a little udon noodle soup. Yum!

I highly recommend shabu shabu style but if that’s not your thing, they also serve Donburi – rice bowls with various meat selections.. But give shabu shabu a try! It’s great comfort food, especially now that the weather is getting cooler. =)

2 Responses to “Shaburi, CA”
  1. Stephen Wang says:

    I’m in New York right now but I’m going home to San Jose in less than two weeks. YES. I never go to shaburi because Gombei is right next store. I went to shabu shabu many times but this place looks even better! Perfect winter food!! I can’t wait to give this place a try!

  2. Michelle says:

    hi! I randomly saw your link on the yelp website for Shaburi.
    I’m one of the waitresses there so I was interested to see what people wrote about the place.
    THank you for posting the beautiful pictures and loving our place 🙂
    See you again!!

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