WaBa Grill

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WaBa Grill
IndustryFood & Beverages
Founded2006; 18 years ago (2006)
  • Kyle Lee
  • Brian Ham
  • Eric Lee
HeadquartersSouthern California
Number of locations

WaBa Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise that offers healthy rice bowls, plates and salads that are low calorie, low carb, and high in protein.[1] The company was established in 2006 by Kyle Lee, Brian Ham and Eric Lee in Southern California, and as of 2021 has over 200 units across California and Arizona.[2] It is best known for serving an array of healthy options made with the highest quality ingredients like fresh, never frozen chicken, marinated ribeye steak, wild-caught salmon, plant-based steak,[3][4] organic tofu and jumbo shrimp, all grilled over an open fire.[5]

Waba Grill has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing American franchises and has been ranked among the nation’s top 500 franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.[6] The company has also been listed as a leading fast-casual[7] restaurant by several other media outlets like Fast Casual, Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN),[8] Restaurant Business, QSR[9] and others.[10]


WaBa Grill was founded in 2006 on the principle that healthy food made with fresh, quality ingredients should be delicious and accessible to all.[11] The highlighting feature of this restaurant chain is that all the dishes served are made using fresh ingredients over a flame grill. No microwaves, no frying, no artificial additives.[12]

Today, WaBa Grill is one of the nation’s leading healthy rice bowl chains with over 200 restaurants across California and Arizona.[13] The nutritious WaBa bowls are available for takeout, delivery and curbside pickup. People can also place orders for always-low-cost delivery via the WaBa Rewards App and the company website.[14]

WaBa Grill continues its expansion throughout the western U.S. with existing franchisees and new franchise partners looking to diversify their portfolios with a healthy fast casual brand on the rise.[15][16]

Products and services

WaBa Grill offers a wide range of healthy meal options including rice bowls, plates, and salads featuring bold Asian-inspired flavors at grab-and-go speed. These options are made-to-order and use fresh vegetables, healthy grains and high-quality proteins including fresh, never frozen, chicken, ribeye steak, wild-caught salmon, jumbo shrimp, and organic tofu. Guests may customize their meal with a variety of vegan[17] sauces including WaBa Grill’s signature WaBa Sauce, Sweet Chili and Garlic Serrano.[18]

In the media



  1. "WaBa Grill - Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding". Crunchbase. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  2. "WaBa Grill to Move HQ to OC". www.ocbj.com. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  3. "WaBa Grill Now Serving Plant-Based Steak at All Locations". VEGWORLD Magazine. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  4. "WaBa Grill Launches Plant-based Steak in Approx 200 Restaurants Across California and Arizona". vegconomist - the vegan business magazine. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  5. "WaBa Grill Franchise Corp. | Better Business Bureau® Profile". www.bbb.org. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  6. "WaBa Grill Announces Its Best Sales Quarter in Company History | RestaurantNews.com". restaurantnews.com. 16 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  7. "Waba Grill reports highest sales in company history". www.fastcasual.com. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  8. "WaBa Grill's quest to have the fastest service time in the restaurant industry". Nation's Restaurant News. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  9. "WaBa Grill Opens New Orange County Store". QSR magazine. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  10. Group, Service Management. "Rapidly growing fast-casual chain WaBa Grill taps SMG to measure customer experience and uncover actionable insights". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  11. "WaBa Grill Names Andrew Kim President & CEO". Hospitality Technology. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  12. "WaBa Grill Partners with Mobivity to Expand the Quick Service Restaurant's Digital Engagement with Customers |". restauranttechnologynews.com. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  13. Reporter, RACHAEL M. GUSTUSONStaff. "Waba Grill: A healthy and delicious place to eat". Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  14. "WaBa Grill partners with Mobivity to boost customer engagement". www.verdictfoodservice.com. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  15. "Waba Grill flares up sales with digital drive-thru menus". www.qsrweb.com. 16 August 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  16. "WaBa Grill Franchise Information". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  17. "WaBa Grill Now Serves Vegan Steak". VegOut. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  18. "WaBa Grill Names Kim as President, CEO | Los Angeles Business Journal". labusinessjournal.com. Retrieved 24 October 2021.

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