Seasons of Japan

3831 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606


  • Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Seasons of Japan is a Japanese restaurant in Irvine. It offers the usual Japanese bag of tricks we Americans decided we like most about Japanese cuisine: teriyaki, hibachi, sushi rolls, sashimi and tempura. But then there are these sauce dispensers that squirt what looks and tastes like sweetened mayonnaise. There are two variations of it: a regular one and another that is adulterated with what must be Sriracha to be spicy. There’s a sign on the spigots that says the sauces go well with shrimp. The sign is right. The hibachi-griddled shrimp, the tempura, but especially the shrimp served with a so-called Bang Bang Salad—which has the prawns lightly fried in a thin shimmer of batter, then served on top of greens as though they were croutons.

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  • Seasons of Japan in Irvine Not Closing...Yet
    Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    A few weeks ago I posted that Seasons of Japan in Irvine, which opened in the summer, looked like it was closing for good. As it turns out, it is not closing...yet...even if it wants to. Last week, it posted a sign that said: "Due t...

  • Is Seasons of Japan in Irvine Closing After Less Than Six Months?
    Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    On Seasons of Japan's corporate website, the Irvine address of this Georgia-based chain still bears the word "Now Open" in red and with an exclamation point. It debuted earlier this summer. Our middling review of it published in the...

  • Seasons of Japan: East Meets South
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    There are thousands of Japanese fast-casual chains akin to Seasons of Japan across the U.S., but only nine are actually called "Seasons of Japan." All but the one that just opened in Irvine are located east of the Mississippi, most ...

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