Japanese Restaurants in Costa Mesa


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Multitudes of sushi, sashimi, and sake selections grace candlelit tables in Sushi Zen Bistro's spacious Triangle Square lounge. Eager diners and Jungian analysts will adore an appetizer of Jalapeño's Dream ($9.95), a piquant fried pepper stuffed with crab, spicy tuna, avocado, and cream cheese, wrapping taste buds in spice and an odd sensation of weightlessness. Choose a robust recipe such as the yaki beef, thinly sliced rib eye marinated in teriyaki sauce ($14.95) or dive into rice-laden sushi and sashimi delicacies. Savory selections include the baby lobster roll (cut roll, $11.95; hand roll, $9.95) with avocado and cucumber wrapped in soy paper, and the baked halibut roll (cut roll, $12.95; hand roll, $7.95) packed with crab, avocado, and asparagus. More particular palates can curb carbs with rice-free rolls ($9.95), soy-paper snuggled and filled with a tasty medley of flavorful ingredients, or keep voracities vegetarian with fish-free options such as the veggie Zen roll (cut roll, $9.95; hand roll, $7.95), loaded with yam tempura, avocado, cucumber, fried jalapeño, and gobo, a Japanese root vegetable. Innovative cocktails ($7.95), red and white wine ($6.95–$9.95), beer ($4.50–$8.95), and more than a dozen varieties of sake ($3–$17.95) complement chopstick choices and make for lavish beginnings to evenings at the movies, dancing dates, or the courting of a comely kraken.

1870 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa,
CA
US

Haven’t you had enough fast food? Wouldn’t it be nice to slow it down for a change and eat right? The intimate setting is a perfect option for a romantic night out with that special someone. An extensive appetizer menu will get your meal started, and with options including the savory garlic edamame and the mildly sweet eclipse shrimp, your taste buds will be fired up when it is time for the main entrées. Cooked options include the Dancing Porky (spicy marinated pork) and Bulgoki (Korean marinated beef), but don’t forget about the complete collection of sushi options. For an extra kick of originality, ask about the black rice substitution for an even healthier alternative.

16051 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

When you’ve got a name as bold as Sushi on Fire, it’s do or die to make your restaurant the absolute best. Luckily, this Huntington Beach restaurant manages to wear its name without being pretentious or overbearing. Their sushi truly is on fire. Their secret? They don’t settle for anything less than perfection whether it’s with their chefs, staff, or food. They’re committed to using only the freshest ingredients, prepared by masters of the craft, and served lightning-fast for your culinary enjoyment. In addition to conventional sushi, they also serve an assortment of grilled sushi that provides a fresh new outlook on this traditional Japanese dish.

301 Main Street
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

Hashigo sushi provides a lovely and fresh experience to Huntington Beach, California. In the form of authentic Japanese cuisine, Hashigo Sushi creates beautiful, delicate, and innovative combinations of flavors. Their menu specializes in sushi, but also includes traditional bento boxes, noodles, salads (salmon skin salad?!), and tempura. There are multiple daily specials for both sushi rolls and drinks. The drink menu at Hashigo Sushi includes beer and house-made cocktails. Enjoy a late night snack at Hashigo Sushi—a few sushi rolls to share and a pitcher or two of draft beer to go around.

18685 Main St
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

Diners take the reins and forge their own meals at Ka Shabu, an upscale Asian-style fondue joint in downtown Huntington Beach. Premium meats such as Kobe and Angus beef, chicken, salmon, and shrimp simmer in pots according to Ka Shabu's cooking guide before guests fish out the morsels and dip them in customizable sauces alongside fresh veggies, udon and rice noodles, and steamed white or brown rice. Even though all the meal-preparing power and palm-reading information lies in patrons' hands, Ka Shabu's friendly attendants always wait nearby to assist with any questions. Inside the eatery, wood-accented tables and chairs surround a grand open kitchen and a bar that serves up martinis and flavor-infused sakes.

301 Main St
Huntington Beach,
CA
US

Where should Californians go for great food? Yamas Teriyaki is the answer! Serving Korean, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, Yamas Teriyaki offers a delicious range of dishes. Generous portions and plentiful flavors make this restaurant special. Open late every day of the week, the ambience is casual and fun with outdoor seating available in favorable weather. Try the combo meals, and don’t leave out the traditional and original recipe sushi rolls. The Chicken, Beef and Veggie Plate is smothered is a savory sauce and perfectly cut for your eating pleasure. Frequent guests might find great deals on rolls from time to time, and they will also benefit from the happiness that comes with the perfect bite of sushi. Takeout is available for those recovering from the food coma they experienced after eating too much Japanese food the previous evening.

19077 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach,
CA
US