Japanese Restaurants in La Jolla

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

Infuzon Restaurant & Lounge

San Diego

$30 $17

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

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

Fugu's Sushi and Wok

Village

$35 $20

(169)

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

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

Rocking Tanuki

Mission Valley West

$20 $11

(147)

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

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

Dolphins Restaurant

Chula Vista

$40 $22

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

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

Sushi Yama

Central Escondido

$40 $20

(161)

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

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

Nozomi

Carlsbad

$35 $20

(290)

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

$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi or Hibachi for Two at Arashi Teppan Steak & Sushi

Arashi Teppan Steak & Sushi

Murrieta

$40 $22

(75)

Stir-fried meats, rice, and seafood alongside elegantly plated rolls drizzled with sauces as flavorful as they are colorful

Sushi, Sashimi, and Udon Noodles at City Sushi and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

City Sushi and Grill

Cherry Valley

$10 $5

Sushi restaurant artfully presents dishes, such as fresh sashimi, tempura, and tuna rolls, on white plates accented with flowers and sauce

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

Tsunami Sushi

Huntington Beach

$32 $17

(280)

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

Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 32% Off)

Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill

Corona

$25 $17

Draft beers compliment specialty rolls, teriyaki dishes & udon noodles in this lively eatery with widescreen TVs, DJed music & free WiFi

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Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach boasts a carnival of eating and drinking establishments, but locals in the know gravitate to PB Mika Sushi for fresh fish with a casual, friendly ambiance. For nearly a decade, amiable owner Asako Fujio has helmed this authentic sushi joint that seats 44 patrons. Fresh fish at supremely reasonable prices is the theme here, and it’s a good one. Diners enjoy yellowtail sashimi, oysters, octopus, uni and a variety of rolls, but simple and decadent. The Caterpillar Roll features eel, cucumber, crab and avocado with eel sauce, while the chef’s special Ryan Roll is a tantalizing beauty – spicy tuna, cucumber, albacore, avocado and ponzu sauce. The casual feel comes in the form of sake bombs, sports on flatscreens and savvy sushi masters enlivening the scene with their fun, upturned banter.

1154 Garnet Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

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.

2689 Via De La Valle
Del Mar,
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 Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

More than 15 HD televisions illuminate the bustling interior of State St. Grill, located steps from San Diego State University. Though its burgers, such as the bacon-topped Hall of Flame and the pineapple teriyaki, satisfy traditional sports-bar cravings, its impressive lineup of sushi and sashimi dominates the menu. Many rolls are served in unconventional ways, such as the sushi burrito, one uncut roll of shrimp tempura and spicy crab wrapped in soy paper, or the lollipop roll whose pieces are served on sticks. SDSU games make regular appearances, allowing guests to cheer on the Aztecs as they sip on hot sake, cold beer, or room-temperature air.

5131 College Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

The experienced chefs at Wonderful Sushi handcraft a large variety of sashimi combinations, nigiri, and maki rolls, as well as a smattering of hot entrees doused in teriyaki or sesame sauce. The white tuna roll is a customer favorite, filled with spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado and then topped with tender white tuna and special sauce. There are even some hot sushi rolls available, including the deep-fried tempura california roll. Diners can cheer on the chefs with foam fingers while sitting at the sushi bar, or they can grab a glass of wine, Japanese beer, or sake for a relaxing hour on the outdoor patio.

1288 University Ave
San Diego,
CA
US