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Café Japengo

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
University City, San Diego
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  • Matt H.
    "Get the truffle fries and hawaiian rolls."(3 Tips)
    Sara R.
    ":-) Try the oyster trio, beef skewers and Hawaiian roll!"(2 Tips)
    Nancy S.
    "Try the protein roll amazing!"(2 Tips)
    Toni M.
    "Fifty-fifty roll is amazing and the chicken rolls too!"(4 Tips)
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  • Abdullh O.
    Abdullh OthmanMarch 20, 2016
    Welcoming is soo nice and friendly
  • Lena H.
    Lena HavilandFebruary 2, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Best sushi spot ever! 50/50 roll is unreal.
  • Susan K.
    Susan KingDecember 20, 2015
    Excellent sushi but pricey & service can be hit-or-miss. They tend to provide better service of you buy drinks😏
  • Flytrybe
    FlytrybeDecember 19, 2015
    Average sushi. High price. Overall meh.. But then comes the desert! The best banana tempura ever.
  • Brett V.
    Brett VenkerJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing happy hour. Cheap great sushi. Go and you won't regret it
  • TheDL
    TheDLFebruary 7, 2015
    Not mind-blowing (apart from their pricing) but I'd recommend the Carne Asada and Protein rolls.
  • Sara R.
    Sara RosenthalFebruary 1, 2015
    Happy Hour all day Saturdays! :-) Try the oyster trio, beef skewers and Hawaiian roll!
  • Muddy
    MuddyJanuary 16, 2015
    Great place for sushi and sashimi! Try the eel roll and the soft shell crab roll!
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 26, 2014
    Get the raw oyster trio for $5, each with a different dressing. Delicious!
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 9, 2014
    Try the fried calamari!
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 8, 2014
    Romantic sushi restaurant
  • @SocialSweet S.
    @SocialSweet SpotJune 8, 2014
    The crunchy sushi was really delicious and I added salmon on top for $4 more. The bartender was really friendly and helpful. Wine was great. Really great experience all around.
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The sushi here is great. The best roll is the dragon roll, although you can't go wrong with the pizza roll or rainbow roll either.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CampanellaDecember 22, 2013
    Diver scallops, miso butter fish, short ribs, all delicious! Excellent choice
  • By The Sea R.
    Gotta try the carne asada roll
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TarziaAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    CLOSED SUNDAYS!!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BarronJuly 26, 2013
    For Newbies checking in they no longer offer spring rolls and you get stuck with fries...
  • Jon R.
    Jon RosebaughJuly 12, 2013
    Get the banana tempura for dessert!
  • Luis A.
    Luis AutriqueJuly 11, 2013
    Server claimed they no longer offer the chicken spring rolls, and did not honor the check-in special.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RamirezJuly 11, 2013
    HH is great for food, and there beer on tap is solid.
  • Jenna G.
    Jenna GatlinJune 29, 2013
    Amazing calamari!!!
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CarpenterApril 21, 2013
    Red dragon and truffle roll absolutely delicious, albacore tuna perfectly seared!
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky CDecember 29, 2012
    Curry dusted calamari was delicious. Star dish for the main was the miso butterfish.
  • Angie R.
    Angie RobertDecember 9, 2012
    Check in here for complimentary spring rolls.
  • William D.
    William DaroffOctober 17, 2012
    4sq Newbie free appetizer of chicken spring rolls - not transferable for non-meat eaters :(
  • Maggie C.
    Maggie ClarkeOctober 9, 2012
    If you've got a date with a special someone, they can have flowers delivered to the table. Oh, and the shrimp tempura roll with a soy wrapper is amazing.
  • M T.
    M TSeptember 26, 2012
    Sunday night they have "Tengu Sushi Club" at the sushi bar, great frequent diner program. It's a fun promotion, I won a $150 gift card twice already!
  • Erin A.
    Erin AnnJuly 31, 2012
    Very expensive. Food is not that impressive (compared to our usual Japanese fusion AYC in Vegas). Plus they have chicken Katsu on their menu and doesn't know know Katsu sauce is. Weird.
  • M T.
    M TJuly 19, 2012
    get to Happy Hour early! It gets really busy. The patio is great for a fun outdoor evening.
  • Estrella S.
    Estrella SevillaApril 19, 2012
    Awesome carne asada sushi roll!
  • The Penguin
    The PenguinApril 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fire roasted oysters are incredible! You'll want to have multiple orders!!
  • Toni M.
    Toni McMahonApril 10, 2012
    Fifty-fifty roll is amazing and the chicken rolls too!
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin W.March 10, 2012
    Truffle fries & Hawaiian roll.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TarziaFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Mal John at Sushi Bar is the bomb.
  • La Jolla Blue Book
    La Jolla Blue BookFebruary 10, 2012
    Café Japengo’s menu incorporates Asian, French and Mediterranean influences for a truly unique experience. Signature dishes, Vietnamese Pork, 10-Ingredient Fried Rice, and Scottish Ponzu Salmon. Read more
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TarziaJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunday sushi bar is the best! Buy a tshirt a wear it each Sunday to spin the sushi wheel for great prizes! Meljon is an awesome sushi chef!
  • Leo N.
    Leo NajjarDecember 15, 2011
    Best sushi in SD.- Super small portions :(- Ladies love this place ;)
  • Ray E.
    Ray ElkinsNovember 21, 2011
    All hype...
  • La Jolla Blue Book
    La Jolla Blue BookOctober 22, 2011
    Love the Fried Bananas for dessert!
  • Amber H.
    Amber HallSeptember 20, 2011
    Too Expensive, rolls aren't impressive, not to mention the small selection. Miso soup was ok but this costal sushi joint named "best sushi in CA" doesn't hold a candle to my hometown Blue Sushi in NE
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SeegerAugust 30, 2011
    Try the protein roll amazing!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SerMarch 19, 2011
    Go for the Summer Roll if you're here. Got to ask the sushi chef for it cuz it's not on the menu.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CMarch 11, 2011
    Fantastic sushi bar!
  • Maa H.
    Maa HJanuary 29, 2011
    Sit at the bar and ask the chef to make you an omakisay...
  • Rich C.
    Rich ClowJanuary 21, 2011
    Tootsie Roll is awesome! If you like a spider roll, this is a great change of pace.
  • M T.
    M TJanuary 6, 2011
    Freshest sushi in town. Try the tempura banana dessert with coconut gelato! 21st Anniversary party coming up on feb 19th 2011. $35 per person all you can eat and dance!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HilerDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the truffle fries and hawaiian rolls. Happy hour is the bomb.
  • Julie D.
    Julie DalfornoNovember 1, 2010
    Try the new pad thai nooodles with shrimp on the 2 for $21 menu. Yum!
  • Hyatt L.
    Hyatt La JollaOctober 9, 2010
    For more Special offers Read more
  • Theresa C.
    Theresa ChristensenOctober 4, 2010
    Cafe Japengo has awesome happy hour specials every day in the bar and patio. You have to try the calamari and chicken spring rolls! Yum!
  • Gregg C.
    Gregg CantorMay 23, 2010
    Visit Japengo for the freshest sushi Read more
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DMarch 26, 2010
    Must try- pizza roll and truffle fries
  • Cliff C.
    Cliff C.March 13, 2010
    Get char siu duck salad
  • Kristin D.
    Kristin DePlatchettMarch 10, 2010
    one of the best places for lunch meetings in the la jolla/UTC area Read more
  • stacy c.
    stacy cromidasOctober 27, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    enjoy the yellow tail collar as an appetizer
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