Given the quality of San Diego sushi, you’d think Japan were right next door rather than an ocean away. That ocean gives rise not only to San Diego beaches but also some of the fresh seafood that’s sliced into sashimi or rolled into maki. The best Japanese restaurants in San Diego include Sushi Ota, where the unassuming look belies the mastery of renowned Chef Yukito Ota, who gets first pick of the daily catches. If you’re seeking a slice of nightlife in Old Town San Diego to go with your meal, head to Harney Sushi. A DJ spins late into the night at this trendy restaurant, where sustainable ingredients feature in rolls like the Rastatori—shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese topped with ahi poke.

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