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A sashimi course at Kinme Omakase.
James Tran

Where to Eat Sushi Right Now in San Diego

Excellent sushi is one of our city’s strong suits

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A sashimi course at Kinme Omakase.
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Of all the types of cuisines offered around town, San Diego's sushi game is particularly strong. From splurge-worthy destinations for omakase to solid neighborhood spots, our city is blessed with some spectacular showcases for fresh seafood. While most of these sushi spots are practitioners of the classic and reverent style of sushi, there’s also a couple entries that veer off the traditional path, because sushi can be fun, too.

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Wrench And The Rodent

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Chef Davin Waite, who also runs several other restaurants in Oceanside, got his start in sushi and has developed a fervent following for his irreverent yet sincere approach to the cuisine, bringing together local seafood and creative sauces in unexpected flavor combinations. If you're going to take a turn from the traditional, do it here.

Kaito Sushi

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While Kaito might not offer the largest array of fish, you can be sure that the day's fresh selection will be prepared impeccably by Tokyo-trained Kazuo Morita, one of the undisputed sushi kings of San Diego. If his delicate version of saltwater eel, or anago, is available, don't miss it.

Looking through the plate-glass window at diners inside Kaito Sushi. Kaito Sushi

Ken Sushi Workshop

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North County sushi lovers swear by this spot owned by another alum of Sushi Ota. It’s known to be pricey, as one can expect from a sushi shop that features luxurious bites like Japanese wagyu beef nigiri and tuna belly topped with truffle and sea urchin.

Himitsu

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With just eights seats at the sushi bar, as well as a handful of outdoor tables, this La Jolla spot offers an intimate dining experience in the hands of chef Mitsu Aihara, who spent 16 years at the revered Sushi Ota. Aihara does traditional sushi and offers an elegant omakase menu, but also features trendy dishes like the rib-eye katsu sando, a sandwich stuffed with a breaded steak and ginger-dressed cabbage.

A photo of himitsu food. Haley Hill

Hidden Fish

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One of the Convoy area’s best options for sushi, Hidden Fish’s 12-seat sushi bar offers a 90-minute, 18-piece omakase dining experience from executive chef John Hong that features a rotating selection of fish from Japan’s Toyosu Fish Market.

A photo of sushi on a plate. Hidden Fish

There is one restaurant in San Diego where guests can enjoy enthralling Edomae omakase while taking in the work of ‘90s hip-hop artists ranging from Tupac to Snoop Dogg. That place would be at chef TJ’s sushi bar where the world-traveling cook prepares the 200-year-old style of sushi for delighted diners.

Sushi Ota

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For over a quarter-century, owner Yukito Ota showcased his tremendous sushi skills at his eponymous and unassuming strip mall spot. Ota, who trained many of the city’s best sushi makers, has retired and entrusted the restaurant to one of his longtime chefs who is still serving standout sushi.

Sushi Ota sign and storefront. Sushi Ota

A bit off the beaten path, Kokomo is a quiet temple to the art of Japanese Kappo cuisine where the restaurant’s minimal decor puts the spotlight directly on the plates of fish. Chef Akio Ishito is classically minded, sporting traditional Japanese elevated wood sandals while behind the bar.

The sushi bar insided Kokoro. Kokoro

Ichifuji Sushi

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Opened by two veteran itamae, alums of acclaimed spots like Soichi Sushi and Taka Sushi, this Linda Vista restaurant has a sleek, 10-seat sushi bar as well as a more relaxed, dog-friendly patio. Ichifuji rotates its menu every season, offering two versions of omakase including one that is more nigiri-focused.

A sashimi course.
A sashimi course at Ichifuji.
Candice Woo

Soichi Sushi

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Veteran sushi master Soichi Kadoya presides over this warm and welcoming family-run restaurant. There are a few tables, but the best seats are at the sushi bar, where Kadoya puts together customized and creative omakase menus that includes sashimi, nigiri, and seasonal appetizers. The Michelin-starred restaurant also offers an impressive array of sake.

A piece of nigiri sushi on a place at Soichi. Michael Ly

Komatsuya

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The omakase menu at this low-key restaurant in Mission Hills includes sushi and sashimi but also a good number of cooked dishes featuring meat and seafood. Also notable is its all-vegetarian omakase offering as well as a la carte dishes designed to pair with beer, sake, and natural wine.

Saiko Sushi

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With another well-established location in Coronado, this North Park favorite prides itself on an unparalleled sake program and a menu from executive chef and co-owner Anthony Pascale based on whole, locally-sourced fish paired with housemade ingredients.

The sign and storefront of Saiko Sushi North Park. Saiko Sushi

Sushi Tadokoro

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This intimate Old Town restaurant spotlights chef Takeaki Tadokoro as one of the best local practitioners of traditional Edomae style sushi, specializing in pristine sashimi and nigiri. Sushi adventurers swear by the Michelin-starred kitchen’s preparations of ankimo, or monkfish liver, and shirako, or cod sperm.

The exterior of Sushi Tadokoro. Sushi Tadokoro

Hane Sushi

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Yet another vet of Sushi Ota is behind this Bankers Hill restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner in a spacious and modern setting. Adept at faithful and fresh nigiri sushi and sashimi, Hane is also known for its creative license with off-menu specialties and rolls that range from the Fish and Chips Roll to the Pizza Roll.

Kinme Omakase

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This luxe and elegant offshoot of Azuki Sushi is designed to showcase the elegance and seasonality of kaiseki cuisine in concert with traditional Edomae sushi. The immersive omakase experience, created for 10 diners per seating, is enhanced by a beverage menu of premium sake and natural wine.

The 10-seat sushi bar.
The 10-seat sushi bar.
Kimberly Motos

Azuki Sushi

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One of the best dining options in Bankers Hill, Azuki is the local sushi bar that every neighborhood deserves. The modern lounge provides an intimate and friendly setting for food that's fresh and unfussy.

Shino Sushi + Kappo

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Another disciple of Sushi Ota runs this small sushi bar near the train tracks on the edge of Little Italy. The ‘kappo’ in the restaurant’s name refers to skill not just in cutting fish and making sushi but also a mastery of other cooking techniques, from grilling and steaming to frying and simmering, all part of a well-balanced omakase menu.

Sushi Gaga

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This intimate 10-seat sushi bar, part of Beshock Ramen’s complex in the East Village that also holds a cocktail bar and Japanese cafe, offers an 18-course omakase menu studded with luxe ingredients like caviar, truffles, lobster, and wagyu. Most notable is its sake selection, curated by co-owner and sake sommelier Ayaka Ito, who hand-chooses premium bottles to pair with each couse.

The 10-seat sushi bar.
The 10-seat sushi bar.
Kimberly Motos

Taka Sushi

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This longtime Gaslamp staple is one of the downtown area’s sushi standouts and has been a launching pad for many of the area’s best sushi chefs. Consistently solid, with attentive service, the restaurant offers sushi, sashimi, and basic rolls along with handful of entrees ranging from baked black cod to salmon teryaki.

The sushi chefs at Taka Suhi. Taka Sushi

Wrench And The Rodent

Chef Davin Waite, who also runs several other restaurants in Oceanside, got his start in sushi and has developed a fervent following for his irreverent yet sincere approach to the cuisine, bringing together local seafood and creative sauces in unexpected flavor combinations. If you're going to take a turn from the traditional, do it here.

Kaito Sushi

While Kaito might not offer the largest array of fish, you can be sure that the day's fresh selection will be prepared impeccably by Tokyo-trained Kazuo Morita, one of the undisputed sushi kings of San Diego. If his delicate version of saltwater eel, or anago, is available, don't miss it.

Looking through the plate-glass window at diners inside Kaito Sushi. Kaito Sushi

Ken Sushi Workshop

North County sushi lovers swear by this spot owned by another alum of Sushi Ota. It’s known to be pricey, as one can expect from a sushi shop that features luxurious bites like Japanese wagyu beef nigiri and tuna belly topped with truffle and sea urchin.

Himitsu

With just eights seats at the sushi bar, as well as a handful of outdoor tables, this La Jolla spot offers an intimate dining experience in the hands of chef Mitsu Aihara, who spent 16 years at the revered Sushi Ota. Aihara does traditional sushi and offers an elegant omakase menu, but also features trendy dishes like the rib-eye katsu sando, a sandwich stuffed with a breaded steak and ginger-dressed cabbage.

A photo of himitsu food. Haley Hill

Hidden Fish

One of the Convoy area’s best options for sushi, Hidden Fish’s 12-seat sushi bar offers a 90-minute, 18-piece omakase dining experience from executive chef John Hong that features a rotating selection of fish from Japan’s Toyosu Fish Market.

A photo of sushi on a plate. Hidden Fish

Matoi

There is one restaurant in San Diego where guests can enjoy enthralling Edomae omakase while taking in the work of ‘90s hip-hop artists ranging from Tupac to Snoop Dogg. That place would be at chef TJ’s sushi bar where the world-traveling cook prepares the 200-year-old style of sushi for delighted diners.

Sushi Ota

For over a quarter-century, owner Yukito Ota showcased his tremendous sushi skills at his eponymous and unassuming strip mall spot. Ota, who trained many of the city’s best sushi makers, has retired and entrusted the restaurant to one of his longtime chefs who is still serving standout sushi.

Sushi Ota sign and storefront. Sushi Ota

Kokoro

A bit off the beaten path, Kokomo is a quiet temple to the art of Japanese Kappo cuisine where the restaurant’s minimal decor puts the spotlight directly on the plates of fish. Chef Akio Ishito is classically minded, sporting traditional Japanese elevated wood sandals while behind the bar.

The sushi bar insided Kokoro. Kokoro

Ichifuji Sushi

Opened by two veteran itamae, alums of acclaimed spots like Soichi Sushi and Taka Sushi, this Linda Vista restaurant has a sleek, 10-seat sushi bar as well as a more relaxed, dog-friendly patio. Ichifuji rotates its menu every season, offering two versions of omakase including one that is more nigiri-focused.

A sashimi course.
A sashimi course at Ichifuji.
Candice Woo

Soichi Sushi

Veteran sushi master Soichi Kadoya presides over this warm and welcoming family-run restaurant. There are a few tables, but the best seats are at the sushi bar, where Kadoya puts together customized and creative omakase menus that includes sashimi, nigiri, and seasonal appetizers. The Michelin-starred restaurant also offers an impressive array of sake.

A piece of nigiri sushi on a place at Soichi. Michael Ly

Komatsuya

The omakase menu at this low-key restaurant in Mission Hills includes sushi and sashimi but also a good number of cooked dishes featuring meat and seafood. Also notable is its all-vegetarian omakase offering as well as a la carte dishes designed to pair with beer, sake, and natural wine.

Saiko Sushi

With another well-established location in Coronado, this North Park favorite prides itself on an unparalleled sake program and a menu from executive chef and co-owner Anthony Pascale based on whole, locally-sourced fish paired with housemade ingredients.

The sign and storefront of Saiko Sushi North Park. Saiko Sushi

Sushi Tadokoro

This intimate Old Town restaurant spotlights chef Takeaki Tadokoro as one of the best local practitioners of traditional Edomae style sushi, specializing in pristine sashimi and nigiri. Sushi adventurers swear by the Michelin-starred kitchen’s preparations of ankimo, or monkfish liver, and shirako, or cod sperm.

The exterior of Sushi Tadokoro. Sushi Tadokoro

Hane Sushi

Yet another vet of Sushi Ota is behind this Bankers Hill restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner in a spacious and modern setting. Adept at faithful and fresh nigiri sushi and sashimi, Hane is also known for its creative license with off-menu specialties and rolls that range from the Fish and Chips Roll to the Pizza Roll.

Kinme Omakase

This luxe and elegant offshoot of Azuki Sushi is designed to showcase the elegance and seasonality of kaiseki cuisine in concert with traditional Edomae sushi. The immersive omakase experience, created for 10 diners per seating, is enhanced by a beverage menu of premium sake and natural wine.

The 10-seat sushi bar.
The 10-seat sushi bar.
Kimberly Motos

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Azuki Sushi

One of the best dining options in Bankers Hill, Azuki is the local sushi bar that every neighborhood deserves. The modern lounge provides an intimate and friendly setting for food that's fresh and unfussy.

Shino Sushi + Kappo

Another disciple of Sushi Ota runs this small sushi bar near the train tracks on the edge of Little Italy. The ‘kappo’ in the restaurant’s name refers to skill not just in cutting fish and making sushi but also a mastery of other cooking techniques, from grilling and steaming to frying and simmering, all part of a well-balanced omakase menu.

Sushi Gaga

This intimate 10-seat sushi bar, part of Beshock Ramen’s complex in the East Village that also holds a cocktail bar and Japanese cafe, offers an 18-course omakase menu studded with luxe ingredients like caviar, truffles, lobster, and wagyu. Most notable is its sake selection, curated by co-owner and sake sommelier Ayaka Ito, who hand-chooses premium bottles to pair with each couse.

The 10-seat sushi bar.
The 10-seat sushi bar.
Kimberly Motos

Taka Sushi

This longtime Gaslamp staple is one of the downtown area’s sushi standouts and has been a launching pad for many of the area’s best sushi chefs. Consistently solid, with attentive service, the restaurant offers sushi, sashimi, and basic rolls along with handful of entrees ranging from baked black cod to salmon teryaki.

The sushi chefs at Taka Suhi. Taka Sushi

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