Shabu-Ya Restaurant

Harvard Square

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In a Nutshell

  • Traditional Japanese cuisine
  • Interactive hot pot cooking
  • Sushi bar
  • Quirky, modern atmosphere

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Promotional value expires May 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid for alcohol. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with any other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Shabu-Ya serves healthy and flavorful Asian dishes in a fun, modern atmosphere. Diners embark on a culinary cross-country jaunt with appetizers like savory seafood pancakes with scallop, squid, and shrimp ($12.95), or sautéed beef tongue ($7.95) for the bold delicacy-seeker. The main course sports traditional shabu-shabu, or hot pot cooking, a glue-free do-it-yourself approach to entrees that lets diners cook pieces of thin-sliced meat, seafood, and vegetables in their choice of broth. Swish and swirl slices of Black Angus rib eye steak ($15.95), garden-fresh veggies ($11.95), or surfs and turfs ($19.95) in savory broth, or upgrade to other flavors for an additional charge. Those preferring to have chef-cooked food can sample kitchen entrees like chili-marinated pork bulgoki ($14.95), or skip cooking altogether and sample sushi bar delicacies.

Shabu-Ya's cheerful interior puts diners in the middle of a pot of shabu-shabu without the discomfort of broth-induced scalding. Pull up an ultrafuturistic, mod-style stool at the sushi bar, or relax on a brightly colored lounge couch beneath bubble-like light fixtures.


76% of Urbanspooners recommend Shabu-Ya. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.

  • It has a funky retro vibe, good music, and a prompt and attentive service. – Monique S., Yelp
  • It's so fun to build your own delicious soup at then reward yourself by eating every last drop! – Natalie D., Yelp

Shabu-Ya Restaurant

Continuing an age-old Japanese culinary tradition, Shabu-Ya specializes in shabu-shabu, or hot pot––a modern take on the steaming soups historically eaten by Genghis Khan and his armies. The café's sleekly modern interior is designed to evoke the colors and shapes of this signature dish, from vegetable-green couches to round hanging lights that recall bubbles in boiling broth. Meals can begin with seaweed-encircled sushi while diners decide which meats and veggies to simmer in a choice of shabu-shabu broths such as Korean kimchi and vegetarian mushroom. Kitchen specials also offer Black Angus rib eye or chili-marinated pork bulgoki to build hearty hot pots, and are flavorful ways to change up an all-mayonnaise diet.

Customer Reviews

all-around wonderful experience! Great 4th of july night.
Amanda · July 5, 2013
Definitely will go back
Ashley · June 13, 2013
We enjoyed it very much.
Star L. · June 13, 2013
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    Harvard Square

    57 JFK St.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

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