Japanese Restaurants in Oceanside

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Whether you’re in the mood for Japanese specialties or Korean barbecue, Aria Sushi & BBQ offers flavors from both regions on its expansive menu. Taste soft tofu soup, spicy ramen noodles, bulgogi, bibimbap and other Korean specialties. Alternatively, Aria’s chefs can create specialty rolls for a tempting sushi dinner. Fresh rolls range from the Sumo, in which tuna and spicy crab are draped with white tuna, to the Spider Rainbow, whose soft-shell crab and four-fish blend refract into 56 shades of light.

3744 Mission Ave
Oceanside,
CA
US

A Japanese-owned-and-operated dining destination, Hyuga Sushi combines time-honored sushi techniques with the freshest seafood available to create both classic and creative Japanese fare. The sushi menu includes a full net of specialty rolls such as the Samurai ($9.50), a hunger-slaying combination of fresh crab, avocado, cucumber, and yamagobo topped with mackerel and ginger, or the Felix ($12.50), a fun-loving concoction of crab, avocado, and shrimp tempura, topped with smoked salmon and spicy mayo, kept in line by the more reclusive Oscar roll. A selection of skillfully sliced sushi-bar entrees ($12.95–$20.95) further sates unbaked yens, and the equally tempting lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of nonsushi dishes ($6.50–$14.50). Hyuga's intermingling of tradition and modernity is further exemplified in its décor, which marries traditional Japanese design with iconic American photographs, including a young Marlon Brando long before he developed his voracious appetite for tempura-battered furniture.

844 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos,
CA
US

Sport Sushi showcases seafood and rice in myriad combinations under the glow of six mounted flat-screen TVs that broadcast sports games. Spicy yellowtail hand rolls, stacks of nigiri, and salmon rolls fill the menu, which also boasts specialties including tiradito, a dish that pairs thinly sliced raw fish with spicy citric olive oil, and cabo tataki sashimi, seared tuna with spicy garlic and cilantro ponzu sauce. Parties can settle down at tables or perch themselves at the sushi bar where they can watch the chef’s agile hands through glass panels or simply stare lovingly at their own reflections.

3440 Del Lago Blvd
Escondido,
CA
US

Poway Sushi Lounge celebrates the grand economy of flavor that can be packed into a singular, satisfying chomp. Starting appetites simmer under the spell of chipotle-baked mussels ($6) and agedashi tofu that's flash-fried before a soothing bonito bath ($5), bracing the palate for the dynamic rolls ahead. Handmade sushi rolls cater themselves to all hankerings with refreshing bites of spicy crab in the Red Dragon rolls ($12) and Tsunami rolls that unite shrimp, crab, avocado, and asparagus layered in Cajun-seared albacore and roasted garlic ($14). A diverse nigiri and sashimi menu focuses on individual ingredients, while the kitchen's selection of entrees ushers in classic plates of sesame chicken ($12) and charred salmon with asparagus and baby spinach ($14).

13132 Poway Hills Dr
Poway,
CA
US

25521 Muirlands Blvd
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Riptide places diners in an exciting eating environment complete with teppanyaki shows and a menu of freshly prepared sushi and Japanese dishes. Watch as teppanyaki chefs master flame, knife, and grill while preparing dishes such as red snapper, a 10 oz. fillet ripped right from the wild, dressed up in fresh herbs and served with baby broccoli ($22.50). Indulge your stomach's request for delicates by selecting from a lengthy sushi menu, which includes more than 15 specialty rolls—wind your mouth around the lobster roll, an assembly of avocado, cucumber, crab meat, and lobster topped by a scrumptious cream sauce ($15). Keep your chewers in shape with shrimp- and crab-stuffed wontons ($10.95), fire-roasted artichoke ($9.95), and kung pao calamari ($9.95), or customize your culinary experience by opting for Riptide's combo, which offers guests their choice of a main course, a sushi roll, and a side dish ($12.95 for lunch; $19.95 for dinner).

27741 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo,
CA
US