Our Story


We first opened our doors in the winter of 2009. The first of our kind in Midtown Sacramento, we provide traditional Japanese-style hot pot, serving only the finest ingredients, quality meat, fresh seafood, and vegetables. Our broths and sauces are house-made and made daily. Because of our Midtown location, we're in close proximity to local markets, which provide access to fresh ingredients daily.

Shabu Japanese Fondue is a place for simplicity. Good food, good sake, and good service. Shabu-shabu is meant to be eaten slowly, allowing friends and family to get together to cook together. Come join us and see what simplicity tastes like.

John Voong


John Voong started working in the restaurant industry at an early age. He worked for a number of years at Osaka Sushi in Elk Grove and Woodland, starting out as a busboy and quickly promoted to server, chef, then general manager.

John possesses an enormous joy in sharing his love for food with others. With an entrepreneurial mindset and love for Japanese cuisine, John is committed to bringing a fresh, healthy, and interactive dining experience to Midtown Sacramento. He feels Midtown is a great place to introduce this new food adventure because "a place like this doesn't exist in Sacramento." John emphasized, "I feel like Sacramentans are ready for something new."

John is accredited for developing most of the dishes on the menu. He is focused on continuing to offer superior service and sublime dishes for the enjoyment of his patrons.





News & Reviews


At Shabu Japanese Fondue, we take pride in providing quality service and an experience worth talking about. See what's been said about Sacramento's new food adventure and dining destination.

“It is an experience and the final result is really worth it [...] If you want a change from traditional dining go to Shabu Japanese Fondue. You will really enjoy the experience and your meal.”

Sacramento City Guide Examiner

January 14, 2011

“Overall, the experience was pleasant, the food was healthful, the bill was reasonable. [...] Go with a group of friends and keep the meat and sake flowing. Kampai!”

Midtown Monthly

November 8, 2010

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“The future looks bright for a restaurateur who was young enough to embrace the challenge and smart enough to bet on something different, entertaining, simple and, with a mere swish here and swish there, delicious.”

Sacramento Bee

March 14, 2010

“The meal is gloriously simple, delicious and—yes—entertaining. [...] If you’re looking for a creative spot for a first date or a refreshing change from traditional dining, visit Shabu Japanese Fondue.”

Sacramento Magazine

February 17, 2010

“The prices are amazingly reasonable for something so inventive... so tasty...such quality...and the portions....well, go hungry but take your time and savor the melding of remarkable flavors.”

Sacramento City Guide Examiner

January 15, 2010

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“Like so many fun activities, shabu-shabu is a team sport. Perhaps that’s why the word is repeated. It can be done alone—and, of course, that guarantees a meal with someone you love—but it’s merrier with more.”


January 14, 2010

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“My meal was warm, fresh, simple but complex, of high quality ingredients and heartfelt. My favorite components were the enoki mushrooms, the goma and the understated broth. This is not a dashing type of dining experience, so make sure you have time to enjoy and let the broth boil.”

SubMerge Magazine

January 4, 2010

“In the Chinese culture, cooking with hot broth at the table is called hot pot. In French and Swiss cooking, it is called fondue. In Japanese, it's shabu-shabu.”

Sacramento Business Journal

December 11, 2009

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“Downtown Sacramento has so many popular sushi destinations — Mikuni, Nishiki, Sakura, Zen. [...] John Voong, owner of Shabu Japanese Fondue, believes Sacramentans are hungry for change.”

Sacramento Press

December 5, 2009

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We're always looking for individuals who have what it takes to grow with us and share in our success. We strive to be the very best that we can be.

At Shabu Japanese Fondue, employees learn a new culture and join a great group of people who enjoy themselves and take pride in where and whom they work for. In a fun and fast paced environment, there is always a challenge and an opportunity to be well rewarded.

If you're interested in being part of the team, drop by during our regular business hours to turn in an application.

Download the application form (PDF)




Come In



1730 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(Corner of 16th and R Street)

Contact Us

Phone: 916-444-6688
Email: info@shabujapanesefondue.com


Walk-ins welcome. Reservations recommended. For parties of 6 or more, please call for availability.


Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm to 10pm

Happy Hour

Monday to Thursday 5pm to 6:30pm
(15% off your entire bill)

Parking Information

Metered street parking available. Parking garage on R Street between 15th and 16th streets.