Shobosho

4.6
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748 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Asian
At Shōbōsho we blend smoke, steam, and fire. The ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori is combined with the finesse, skill & texture of all that is raw, cured, pickled and fermented.

From a specially-commissioned cooking line consisting of a wood oven, hydraulic grill, rotisserie and customised yakitori pit, the element of fire speaks through simply seasoned, seared meats and vegetables.

The menu covers raw to cooked, with yakitori, noodles, dumplings, bao, robata grilled and spit roasted meats.

Our bar and kitchen operates all day. From lunch, to snacks with afternoon sakes, and right into the night.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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JH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Surprisingly outstanding Japanese in the heart of the CDB. Food was delicious! Drinks were amazing

CA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What can I say... the food is amazing! Every dish is unique and full of flavour!

HW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We went to shobosho with quite high expectations. We decided to have the chefs menu to try a variety of their dishes. I felt that the majority of the dishes were quite average and nothing stood out. There was a particular Japanese Greek salad that was quite bad that we couldn't finish. The two couples either side of us that also were given this salad and it seemed like they could finish it either. The teriyaki chicken was quite nice but we were only given the quarter. Considering the price of the meal, I felt that they could have considered the half. Perhaps the menu is better during other months but I didn't feel like it was anything amazing

S
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyable food and surroundings.

AD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another excellent meal at Shobosho - delicious flavours, diverse and interesting variety of food, wines that cimplimented the food. Spot on service.

SB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Firstly many thanks to the person on the door who was able to calmly change our reservation to enable us to have a chair with a back.
Food choices and drinks were extensive and delicious and knowledgeable staff ensured ease of ordering.
A wonderful food and cultural experience.

RL
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat at the bar and had a fantastic night. Excellent food coupled with great service. Highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Never fails to impress

S
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Unfortunately after all the hype we were slightly dissapointed with the food. The raw tuna was great and definitely worth trying but unfortunately the rest of the food was extremely mediocre. Our pork cutlets were over cooked that we barely touched them. The restaurant was beautiful and the ambience was great. Very busy for an 8pm sitting so vibe was great but unfortunately attension to detail got a bit lost due to it being busy. Hopefully we can try you again and it was just a busy 'off' night

AT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very interesting Japanese food. Lots of different flavours and textures. Great staff.
Highly recommend. We had the fixed menu.

A
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious food and good service. The only drawback is that if there are only 2 of you then you are sat at the bar, which doesn't make for a relaxing experience.

DM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, excellent experience and very knowledgeable staff!
Overall great restaurant - it was our second time & we would happily come back again!

PT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Anniversary meal with the wife. Ordered the Wagyu tartare and raw tuna which were outstanding...tuna was a highlight of the night. Followed with the half chicken...again top draw with the bread to mop up the juices...liquid gold...garfish was next...told on arrival that it was boned from head to tail and we found at least a dozen bones which was the only negative of the night...apart from the bones the Gar was ripper...finished with an ice cream sandwich and a apricot cheesecake which were ok...would have liked more SA wine choice by the glass but apart from that really enjoyed the evening...still one of my favourite restaurants around

AH
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Service slow and inattentive. The lack of ventilation for an open kitchen was appalling. We had to shower and wash our hair after leaving as the smoke across the restaurant was so bad, it stung your eyes and impacted the entire experience. Food was okay but not worth enduring the uncomfortable restaurant environment. Definitely would not return.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and drinks list. We were seated at the kitchen, which I like, but it was extremely smokey at times - that was the only downfall really. Yummy food, with a good balance of different sized dishes. Great food to share. Would definitely dine again.

SG
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was great but we were sat at the bar in front of the open fire, on a 40 degree day it was unbearable and really ruined the experience. Asked to move but all other tables were taken.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A friend’s birthday dinner, it was delicious!

MA
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Certainly value for money with the $50 pp feed me menu, wine prices ridiculously over the top. As I’m also in the industry I know the markup. Well greedy!
I should’ve expected when corkage was advised at $40.
Very first course Of beef tartare came with a rather disgusting curly hair in it. Chef sent out an extra dish but when it was time to pay no further mention.
That pretty much ruined it for me, from then on everything was under the microscope.
Such great expectation but sorry failed to wow me.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I love shobosho - great good great service. but can’t say it caters well for vegetarians

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff, great wine and amazing food! Will be back again

SC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first visit but definitely not my last. Enjoyed every minute and look forward to sharing my experience with friends and family. Excellent in every respect.

SV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The place looks good and the food was good. Unfortunately I do not think it is a good value for money place. The food was not outstanding and we really did not like that even when we booked with more than a month in advance we were seated in the bar.

JE
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food on a hot night. If you don’t like seats without a back (we don’t) you better ask for a booth but they only seat four. Terrific. Isn’t though.

SC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food incredible atmosphere- we sat at the bar where the whole kitchen is open so we could watch everyone preparing our food. Very cool place

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable night at Shobosho. The staff were friendly and most helpful, accommodating us at a different table when it was available. The food was very different and delicious as were the drinks.

JO
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very good food. High noise level but high energy as well. We sat at kitchen counter and really enjoyed the watch as well as the banter

KW
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alwas such a fabulous place for dinner. Food is outstanding! Great service too!

RX
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, especially sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen work. Great service, excellent flavours, will not be disappointed at all!

MJ
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual absolutely amazing food!!! Staff were great

KM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Adelaide. The staff are awesome. Food is delicious.

A
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic menu, with dishes that are beautifully balanced, and with subtle depths of flavours and textures. The wine list was excellent, and the music playlist was a perfect selection of the best 80s Australian music. Even being on a shared table, with basic stools was much better than expected - due to the quality of the food. Service was attentive and knowledgable.

SM
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful, clean, modern Japanese food. Thoroughly enjoyed absolutely everything we ate.

SK
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time my friends had been there and they can’t wait to go again.

DS
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. From the moment we walked in the ambience, the smell, the service, the food- awesome! Food was amazing, everything so tasty. Best experience we’ve had in a long time.

k
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Terrific food let down by slow and inattentive service

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Shobosho never disappoints - after 5 visits the food is still spectacular, customer service is always on point and in fact would have to be some of the most attentive going around and everyone we take raves about how good this place is.

A
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was excellent, will definitely be back!!

SP
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We were very disappointed that they do not serve coffee.

LJ
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic. Best dinner we have had in a long time. Great service . So friendly.

LC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve had in a while. Tasty, well thought out just all round delicious.