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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Harmony Cuisine 2B1 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (222)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kearny Mesa
About the restaurant
OpenTable Diners' Choice 2022 and 2023!
Come dine in our modern and relaxing atmosphere, where we serve traditional sushi and unique fusion dishes created by our chef, Mickey Ninomiya who developed and sharpened his skills at various restaurants including Sushi Ota over 12 years with his passion and dedication under Master Chef Mr. Ota till just recently. With Chef Mickey, we have created new dishes and serve traditional dishes for our guests.
Enjoy particularly selected sakes, wines, and unique cocktails that pair exquisitely with our fine dishes.
In addition to traditional sushi, unique Omakase and hot and cold Japanese appetizers, our menu includes pastas, homemade desserts, and other regional fusion dishes to cater to a wide range of guests.
We are also proud to offer premium A5 Miyazaki Wagyu dishes.
Please let us serve you our traditional and creative dishes so that you can enjoy "To Become One (2B1)" with us in Harmony!
Top review
JenMvip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Amazingly fresh fish and the dishes are fantastic! We will be back
A photo of Shimbashi Izakaya restaurant
4.7
4.7 (947)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Shimbashi's theme is based on the Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant. We offer a multi-faceted menu that can be used as a pairing with sake for the light eater or sophisticated dinner entrées served in the Japanese tradition. Our menu changes with the season making each dining experience a new adventure.
Top review
GeraldSvip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Our favorite Japanese restaurant in town! Tonight, as always, terrific food and thoughtful service
A photo of Temaki Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (18)
$30 and under
Japanese
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Translating to “hand roll,” Temaki Bar celebrates the tradition that all perfect hand rolls should be eaten within seconds of the chef passing them across the counter — while the rice is still warm and the fish, fresh and chilled.

Delivery and in-person to-go orders are now available!

Temaki Bar does not take reservations. We encourage guests to put their name on the online waitlist up to an hour prior to their expected arrival. The online waitlist can be accessed via our website,
temakibarsushi.com, or on OpenTable. Parties larger than 4 guests cannot be guaranteed to be seated together.

EAT HERE || LIVE FOREVER
Top review
CorinnaC
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
The appetizers, rolls & drinks were incredible! All 5 of us were beyond happy with the flavors and freshness. Other than one super chill guy, the servers seemed either unhappy to be at work or indifferent to customer service. Maybe having a bad day? Not sure. They are the only reason for the 4/5. It was otherwise a fantastic experience, great ambience. Would highly recommend checking it out.
A photo of Mo-Mo-Paradise - Mira Mesa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (211)
$30 and under
Japanese
Mira Mesa
About the restaurant
Since its first restaurant opening in 1993, Mo-Mo-Paradise has expanded its presence to over 20 cities throughout Asia with plans to expand further throughout the rest of the world. Currently, Mo-Mo-Paradise can be found in Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Our Mo-Mo-Paradise brand focuses on traditional Japanese “hot pot” with a modern twist. We offer a wide variety of quality international and local meats and vegetables that is cooked shabu-shabu or sukiyaki style at your table. Throughout Asia, Mo-Mo-Paradise has established a strong fan base due to our focus on fresh and varietal selections that are unmatched compared to other establishments. Our goal is to bring you the same quality and selections currently not offered at western shabu-shabu restaurants.
Top review
JanS
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
The service is what stood out. As for the food, the quality of meat was outstanding. The sides, sauces and broth were just average
A photo of Nobu San Diego restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3620)
$50 and over
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
World renowned for its award winning "New Style" Japanese cuisine, Nobu continues to offer savvy diners across the globe a culinary adventure. Our San Diego location is yet another canvas for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to display his legendary dishes, such as the Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. The restaurant which is nestled in the perennially hip and centrally located Hard Rock Hotel also features unique creations by Executive Chef David Meade who has honed his skill at Nobu locations in Miami and New York. Nobu San Diego delivers equally on food, impeccable service and ambiance that is sophisticated yet lively.
Top review
CAMI
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Excellent venue and the food was amazing! Definitely would recommend.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego restaurant
4.5
4.5 (248)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
WCDCvip
Dined 6 days ago
We had a nice lunch yesterday. The service was great and the food was tasty.
A photo of Craft Bar Kamon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (132)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
"Taisho Roman craft cocktail bar in the heart of East Village San Diego that reflects the period in Japan when traditionalism and modernism first converged. We are committed to offer the unique and best craft cocktails!
**To make a reservation for a party of 6 or more, please contact us through email at info@barkamon.com
Please refrain from booking multiple tables as we most likely won't be able to accommodate to seat together.

**Please be aware that table or bar seating selection is just a request and it is not a confirmation. We will try our best to accommodate but due to limited seating availability, you may be seated to a different section from what you have requested at the reservation.
Top review
Addie
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
What an incredible experience. The bartenders were so knowledgeable and true experts at their craft. The cocktails were exquisite and unique, truly one of a kind. Will definitely be back!
A photo of Lumi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (611)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown
About the restaurant
Featuring world-renowned celebrity chef Akira Back, Lumi is an energetic and upscale rooftop experience serving innovative Japanese fare and sushi accompanied by handcrafted libations in a vividly unique atmosphere.
Top review
KaterynaS
Dined 1 day ago
Was there for the first time, the atmosphere is great, especially if you’re fan of rooftops and Japanese food. Bar only will be open from 11:00PM, so make a plan if you want to have some food as well. Tuna is outstanding, service is good, we asked waitress to turn off the top heat lamp and she did. I would def recommend this vibrant place!
A photo of Benihana - San Diego, CA restaurant
4.1
4.1 (7043)
$30 and under
Japanese
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Best chef so far! Clean and precise with mild humor not over the top and food was cooked to perfection
A photo of Benihana - Carlsbad, CA restaurant
4.2
4.2 (3608)
$30 and under
Japanese
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Welcome to Benihana, a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
We thoroughly enjoyed our time. The service was wonderful, and the chef was engaging. The food was tasty. However, the location could benefit from some updates. The worn carpeting and walls/doors detract from the overall experience. The pic at the end is always a nice touch!
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