Japanese Restaurants in Imperial Beach

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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

Following the success of their flagship restaurant in Oceanside, Love Boat Sushi expanded into Fashion Valley, San Marcos and onto Rancho Bernardo Road in 2009. At Love Boat, the fish is fresh and the ambiance buoyant with energy, with friendly sushi chefs adding to the high spirits. Diners looking to go big should order their eponymous Love Boat sushi dish, a plate overloaded with California rolls, tempura, spicy tuna, steak and chicken teriyaki and plenty of sushi and sashimi. Other local favorite rolls include the Hotty Hotty, Chef’s Specialty and Albacore Delight. For around $10, lunchers tend to opt for the quick-service combos, complete with sushi, tempura or teriyaki, with soup and salad on the side.

11611 Rancho Bernardo Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

Hanging lanterns spotlight the sushi bar at Yummy Sushi, causing the chefs' knives to glimmer as they slice fresh fish before an audience of captivated diners. Servers whisk the colorful plates of tempura, baked, and traditional rolls into the dining room, along with steaming bowls of udon, platters of teriyaki or tempura entrees, and glasses of sake, wine, and beer. Booths and tables line up along the dining room's walls, where a tropical mural transports guests into a serene junglescape and ancient-looking pottery pieces bask atop illuminated shelves. In the center of the room, palmed plants flank fish tanks housing colorful fish that have sworn to the chefs that they taste horrible.

11835 Carmel Mountain Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

Watami Sushi can be found in a large shopping complex off of Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Some of San Diego’s finest sushi is served up in this humble restaurant and loyal patrons rave about the value and large portions, since Watami serves up a bevy of delectable sushi rolls on elongated white platters. One of the highlights here is their extensive selection of creative rolls, with standouts such the Volcano Roll, stuffed with salmon, crab, avocado, cream cheese, topped with red Snapper and baked in their house-made spicy sauce. With freshly prepared ingredients and speedy service, Watami Sushi has become known amongst locals as the go-to spot for these Japanese favorites.

9978 Scripps Ranch Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

At Tony's Sushi, guests feast on delicate plates of Japanese cuisine, ranging from sashimi and nigiri to steaming servings of chicken katsu curry and udon soup. The chefs concoct inventive rolls, such as the tempura shrimp Manager roll and the fried calamari and spicy tuna Alaska roll, to complement an array of classics. They stray from the conventional with oven-baked rolls, which they stuff with yellowtail, salmon, or crab and dare to omit adding the traditional requirement for oven-baked cuisine—pie crust.

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

Diners at Nara Sushi sample not only handmade maki and sashimi, but also fried katsu, crispy tempura, and flavorful Korean noodle dishes. Like an artwork meticulously rendered with eel sauce, each maki roll is both aesthetically pleasing and delicious, with slivers of tender salmon and tuna, creamy avocado, and notes of crunchy tempura and cucumber. Feasts kick off with appetizers of grilled white tuna or battered seafood butteryaki, which nicely set the stage for main dishes of beef and egg bibimbop.

895 4th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US