Looking for the best sushi in town? We were, and we got our answers from combining “Best Sushi of San Diego” lists and comments on the internet by people who have tried these restaurants and food writers. We also compared them to online city voting lists and online magazines. Can we trust this new list that we have? We think its a good bet. We looked at how often a restaurant is mentioned to substantiate it’s position in the market. We think that even if a restaurant has a forced presence on the web by virtue of it’s online marketing efforts that public opinion still levels the playing field. Here is where we are at:
1 Harney Sushi
Located in Oldtown San Diego off Harney street, The award winning Harney Sushi is the place for super fresh sushi with a late night dj-styled music club atmosphere. The sushi is very creative with inventive yet delicious combinations. They also have a location in Oceanside off Mission Ave in the north San Diego area. To learn more about Harney Sushi click here.
2 Sushi Ota
Also an award winning Japanese restaurant, Sushi Ota, always gets high praise and is featured atop of most lists. It is recommended that you make reservations if you want to sit at the bar as this place is usually busy. You will find Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach off of Mission Bay Drive near the I-5 and Bunker Hill street.
Yet another award winning restaurant for Japanese fusion cuisine with legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa. This one is located downtown in the Gaslamp district off of 5th Avenue in the Hard Rock Hotel. The Black Cod is signature so be sure to give it a try. Prices are on the high end because of the celebrity of Nobu so be sure that you are well funded. To learn more about Nobu click here.
4 Roppongi Restaurant
Located off of Prospect street in La Jolla, Roppongi is an Asian fusion restaurant bursting with flavors from Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and India. This is a great place for ordering tapas to try and share flavors with friends. They have a huge menu so plan on coming back to sample more. To learn more about Roppongi restaurant click here.
5 Hive Sushi Lounge
The Hive Sushi Lounge is located in the East Village downtown off of C Street near City College. The place is roomy with a lounge that you walk downstairs for. The music is hip-hop, but not too loud. The menu is described as a mix of both Japanese and American, however, most agree that the sushi is very good. Apparently they also have good monkey balls. They even have sushi classes there for groups or birthday parties. To learn more about Hive Sushi Lounge click here.
6 Hane Sushi
Hane is very popular sushi place for lunch by the Banker’s Hill area west of Balboa Park. The sushi chefs are friendly and fast using fresh ingredients. This restaurant is by the same owner Yukito Ota of Sushi Ota of Pacific Beach. Prices are reasonable and the are open for lunch till 2pm. THen they close and reopen for diner from 5pm to 10pm, Tuesday through Friday. The are not open for lunch on the weekend and they are closed on Mondays.
7 Zenbu Sushi
Talk about fresh. The owner Matt Rimel owns the boats that catch the fish for his own restaurants. Zenbu has two locations. The first property is in La Jolla off Fay Avenue and the new second property is in Cardiff By the Sea off of San Elijo Avenue. While they are known for good sushi it is also a great seafood and steak house using local grass feed beef and local seafood companies. To learn more about Zenbu Sushi click here.
8 Dragon’s Den
This a modern restaurant is located downtown on 10th street near Petco Park. While being an elegant place it has monitors on the walls like an upscale sports lounge. This appropriate because it is a baseball throw away from the Padres stadium. They have many signature sushi rolls that are fun to try and can only be had at the Dragon’s Den. They even allow you to pour your own beer. To learn more about Dragon’s Den click here.
9 Ra Sushi
There are RA Sushi restaurants in nine states and California has 5, one being in downtown San Diego off of Broadway. Also an Asian fusion club like restaurant, RA is fun and appeals to the younger crowd. Not too price and top notch quality. They have a variety of signature sushi rolls to choose from.
10 Sushi Deli
A lot of people like Sushi Deli because it’s really inexpensive compared to most. They have three locations now as of this writing. One Downtown, one in Hillcrest and a new one in Clairemont. Be prepared to stand in line as all three of these places will be packed, but well worth it. They started a s a sandwich and sushi place but they now only concentrate on sushi.
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