Japanese Restaurants in Casa de Oro-Mount Helix

$22 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks for Two or More People at Dolphins Restaurant

Dolphins Restaurant

Chula Vista

Seafood is the main star at this marina-adjacent restaurant, with elegant offerings like grilled filets and seafood enchiladas

$40 $22

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Sushi and Drinks for Two or Four at Infuzon (Up to 43% Off)

Infuzon Restaurant & Lounge

San Diego

The wine lounge’s made-to-order sushi and fresh sashimi are served alongside creative sake-infused cocktails

$30 $17

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$20 for $35 Worth of Sushi and Asian Food at Fugu’s Sushi and Wok

Fugu's Sushi and Wok

Village

Asian-inspired menu features sushi hand rolls, bento boxes, and favorites such as kung pao beef and szechwan spicy chicken

$35 $20

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine or Meal for Two at Rocking Tanuki (Up to 51% Off)

Rocking Tanuki

Mission Valley West

Inventive rolls spiced with cilantro, peppers, chipotle, and savory sauces served alongside katsudon, udon, ramen, and curry rice

$20 $11

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Japanese Food and Drinks for Two or Four or More at Masuo's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Masuo's Restaurant

Solana Beach

Chef Masuo Sato and his staff craft deliciously inventive sushi dishes

$40 $21

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Sushi and Japanese Food at Sushi Yama (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Yama

Central Escondido

Traditional sushi and hot entrees with modern twists including Southwest-inspired rolls and tempura platters

$40 $20

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Sushi & Japanese Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Nozomi (Up to 47% Off)

Nozomi

Carlsbad

Three-story restaurant serves Japanese fusion cuisine including panko oysters, teriyaki chicken, and inventive sushi rolls

$35 $20

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Thai and Japanese Cuisine at Rice Temptation (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Rice Temptation

San Clemente

Menu includes ramen, California Roll, teriyaki bowl,Thai food, and sushi

$20 $12

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Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Drinks at Tsunami Sushi (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Tsunami Sushi

Huntington Beach

Knife-twirling chefs cook teppan cuisine on tableside grills as seafood gurus roll up sushi and sashimi at an eatery with valet parking

$32 $17

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Because their art has a small and edible canvas, sushi chefs must specialize in precision. They pick tiny yet often intense ingredients, packaging them neatly together for the best visual and flavorful presentation. At Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill, the challenge of their task is doubled—they wield spicy add-ons whose heat must balance the crispness of the seafood. The spicy lobster roll, for example, tops its mix of lobster, cucumber, and avocado with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce. There's also the sushi burrito, one of several fusion appetizers that wraps shrimp tempura and crab in soy paper, primed for dipping in house salsa.

Stuffed jalapeños, sushi tostadas, and rolls with habanero sauce bespeak the restaurant's fascination with the southwest. Still, there are classic Japanese dishes to be had. Entrees of chicken katsu and miso-glazed Chilean sea bass make for filling dinners, whereas bento box and teriyaki bowl lunch specials satisfy afternoon cravings. Hand rolls package eel and salmon skin inside seaweed shaped like a cone hat, which the staff imports directly from mermaid parties.

2986 Jamacha Rd
El Cajon,
CA
US

Understated and simple decor accent the walls at Arigato Japanese Restaurant?all the better to contrast with the artistry of its chef's sushi. Seated beneath the glow of paper lamps, diners savor elegantly plated sashimi and whimsical specialties such as the Dragon roll. The chef also fashions fresh produce, microgreens, and flavorful sauces into vegetarian rolls, perfect for those whose favorite fish is a cucumber. Noodle bowls and entr?es such as teriyaki steak fill out the rest of the menu, and rounds of beer and sake complete the dining experience.

5575 Baltimore Dr.
La Mesa,
CA
US

A cozy Asian eatery, Teriyaki Grill serves up all-natural cuisine without unexpected extras such as MSG and unappetizing additives. Step up to the counter to order spicy teriyaki chicken nestled in a boxed bento ($7.50) or bowl ($5.99), or put hand shovels to work by digging into a juicy teriyaki burger and fries ($5.99). The seared tuna salad keeps meals just shy of raw ($9), and a classic barbecue-pork banh mi sandwich swaddles barbecue pork, jalapeño, sour carrots, and white radish in a crispy baguette for stomach snuggling ($3.50, $6 for a foot long). Sip on potables such as sweet Vietnamese iced coffee ($1.99) and Japanese soda ($1.99) to prep mouths for a main sweet-tooth event of mochi ice cream ($2.99 for three).

380 3rd Ave
Chula Vista,
CA
US

A simple broth characterizes shio ramen, the variety that fills most bowls here. Its distinguishing characteristic is the tangy-sweet taste of ginger. For even more kick, opt for the spicy ramen.

305 Palomar St
Chula Vista,
CA
US

Adhering to the balanced energies of Feng Shui, the dining room at Iron Wok Asian Bistro is captivating in its blend of romance, whimsy, and chic décor. A giant fish tank and strings of hanging lights illuminate the dining room, casting a warm glow over the full-sized trees and brick walls that surround the dining room’s booths.

Chefs mirror this balanced approach with their cooking, blending together the artistry of presentation with the classic recipes culled from numerous Southeast Asian cuisines. They use only spices imported from Asia, adding a subtle zing to dishes such as their honey-glazed shrimp tossed with walnuts. Chefs even roll together a selection of sushi, and specially prepare a full menu of vegetarian dishes for those who abstain from meat. Their dessert menu incorporates traditional Asian flavors to create dishes such as their mochi or green tea ice cream and fried bananas with coconut pineapple ice cream.

4191 Camino De La Plz
San Diego,
CA
US

Named for a Japanese raccoon-dog celebrated in myth for its roguish trickster image, Rocking Tanuki serves feasts of ocean-fresh nigiri and maki, tender katsu cutlets, and umami noodle soups and rice dishes. At the open sushi bar, chefs create inventive rolls such as an albacore and serrano-pepper Pancho Villa or a deep-fried California roll. Diners delicately munch on morsels of tuna and smoked salmon nigiri or show off chopstick skills as they pick up the pieces of tempura, chicken, and beef intermixed with udon and ramen. Deep crimson wallpaper, fluttering paper scrolls, and warm light from glowing paper lanterns unite to create a relaxing ambiance.

6110 Friars Road
San Diego,
CA
US