Japanese Restaurants in Bayside

Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Shinkou Sushi (Up to 49% Off)

Shinkou Sushi

Laguna Hills

Sushi dinners appease taste buds with heaps of tempura, salad, miso soup & array of sushi paired with sips of sake & beer

$31.50 $18

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Sushi for Two or Four at Yen Sushi & Sake Bar (Up to 45% Off)

Yen Sushi & Sake Bar

Belmont Shore

Ample sushi menu pairs king crab, tuna, and salmon with Japanese beer and wine and more than 20 sakes

$40 $22

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$17 for $30 Worth of Japanese Barbecue at Gyu-Kaku Cerritos

Gyu-Kaku

ABC

Award-winning Japanese barbecue restaurant seats guests at grill-equipped tables, where diners barbecue high-grade meats and vegetables

$30 $17

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Japanese-Fusion Cuisine at Atun Sushi & Yakitori (43% Off). Two Options Available.

Atun Sushi & Yakitori

Cal Heights - Bixby Knolls - Los Cerritos

Chefs create traditional sushi and sashimi, grilled yakitori, izakaya plates, and Japanese fusion dishes

$30 $17

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Fondue and Drinks at Tokyo Shabu Shabu

Tokyo Shabu Shabu

Multiple Locations

DIY cooking experience combines pot of broth with fresh, preservative-free food, including thin-sliced meat, seafood and veggies

$30 $15

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

Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill

Corona

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

$25 $17

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Japanese Food at Ten Shabu (Up to 41% Off)

Ten Shabu

West Covina

Guests dunk Angus rib eye, pork, or lamb in special hot broth and enjoy it over a bed of rice, vegetables, and udon or vermicelli noodles

$40 $24

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Pigging out is not often encouraged, but it's a welcome and apt approach to eating Balboa Barbie-Q's Big Pig sandwich. Starting with hearty heaps of pulled pork and hot links, the sandwich then takes on four slices of bacon and a flood of BBQ sauce. Like all of Balboa Barbie-Q's meats - including ribs, chicken, and brisket - the Big Pig's pork and hot links are slow-smoked daily in a custom-made smoker. From there, the meats fill sandwiches or team up with house-made sides like potato salad and slaw on a platter. And due to the freshly made dishes, the tangy aroma of BBQ sauce wafts throughout Balboa Barbie-Q, encouraging patrons to chow down in bayside eatery's indoor and outdoor dining areas, which offer stunning views of Newport Harbor, the Pacific Ocean, and poker-playing seals.

600 E Bay Ave
Newport Beach,
CA
US

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

After spending more than 20 years in the fine-dining industry, the duo behind Roll It Sushi & Teriyaki saw a need in the market for tasty sushi that is both affordable and fresh. Today, their eatery features 17 classic and specialty rolls along with a fun build-your-own sushi roll station. There, clients can choose from two wraps, nine veggies, and either eight cooked meats or four types of raw fish. In addition to sushi, the restaurant offers teriyaki-style bowls, plates, and sandwiches.

4221 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Ten Asian Bistro offers a sophisticated dining experience in an Asian setting, rich with colors and ambiance, a bridge entry with waterfalls and ponds and an energy that enlighten the senses.

4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Make lunch or dinner into a fun foodmersible with submarine-shaped appetizer rolls such as the seared ahi tuna variation with mango, mint, avocado, and wasabi-ginger soy sauce ($7), or yam-tempura-coated fish sticks ($7). Meat goes best with meat, which explains why bold dishes like the rau ram salad with chicken, cabbage, green mango, and apple ($11) and the braised anise shortrib ($22) stand out so well. Quietly confident plates such as the tofu with eggplant, mushrooms, and Thai basil ($12) or the lemongrass jalapeno wok (tofu, $13) are equally delicious, but are more susceptible to noogies.

6000 Scholarship
Irvine,
CA
US

Bluefin: A User's Guide

Japanese-European Fusion | Award-Winning Cuisine | Upscale Sushi Bar | Imported Drinks | Tasting Menu

Sample Menu

  • Sushi: Bluefin roll with king-crab tempura topped with albacore tuna
  • Entree: US Kobe strip-loin steak
  • Drink: imported Sapporo beer

Where to Sit: To get a view of the sushi maestros in action, request a seat at the sushi counter.



Inside Tips

  • Chef Takashi Abe watches diners during their meals to gauge their preferences, and sometimes makes suggestions that are passed along via the server. Gayot suggests taking him up on those recommendations. If you do, "then you are in for a rare treat."
  • Not sure where to start? Consider ordering one of the two omakase options on the dinner menu. These feature chef-chosen selections of certain menu items, including sushi.
  • Don’t be ashamed of just sticking with water. Besides importing sake and beer from Japan, Bluefin also brings in bottles of still and sparkling Antipodes water from what's billed as New Zealand's highest quality aquifer.

Vocab Lesson

  • Amuse-bouche: a small, complimentary dish served before the first course.
  • Kampachi: also known as Almaco jack, this relative of yellowtail and amberjack has firm flesh that strongly resembles tuna, making it a popular choice for sushi.
  • Omakase: chef-selected multicourse dinner, typically focusing on sushi. The word can be approximately translated as "I trust you"—a sign of confidence in the chef's craft.
  • Ponzu: a thin, citrusy sauce usually containing mirin, rice vinegar, and bonito flakes; it may also be mixed with soy sauce.
  • Sashimi: sliced raw fish or meat that, unlike sushi, is not served with rice.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Wasa Sushi at the Market Place (13124 Jamboree Road, Irvine) serves fish so fresh that, according to the Orange County Register, "[it] tastes like it was just snatched from the sea."

7952 East Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach,
CA
US