Cafe Japengo

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant · University City
8960 University Center Ln (at Lebon Dr), San Diego, CA 92122, United States
Closed until 4:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 4:30 PM–9:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 4:30 PM–10:30 PM
  • Sat
    • 4:30 PM–9:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • What you need to know
    "Get the raw oyster trio for $5, each with a different dressing."(2 Tips)
    Matt H.
    "Get the truffle fries and hawaiian rolls."(3 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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  • sushi
  • seafood
  • happy hour
  • oyster trio
  • protein roll
  • calamari
  • tempura
  • truffle fries
  • outdoor seating
  • pizza rolls
  • desserts
  • chicken rolls
  • diver scallops
  • yellowtail
  • good service
  • short ribs
  • sashimi
  • fish
  • soft shell crab rolls
  • beef skewers
  • Brett V.

    Amazing happy hour. Cheap great sushi. Go and you won't regret it

    Brett Venker · July 26
  • TheDL

    Not mind-blowing (apart from their pricing) but I'd recommend the Carne Asada and Protein rolls.

    TheDL · February 7
  • Sara R.

    Happy Hour all day Saturdays! :-) Try the oyster trio, beef skewers and Hawaiian roll!

    Sara Rosenthal · February 1
  • Muddy

    Great place for sushi and sashimi! Try the eel roll and the soft shell crab roll!

    Muddy · January 16
  • Muddy

    Get the raw oyster trio for $5, each with a different dressing. Delicious!

    Muddy · August 26, 2014
  • Muddy

    Try the fried calamari!

    Muddy · August 9, 2014
  • Muddy

    Romantic sushi restaurant

    Muddy · August 8, 2014
  • @SocialSweet S.

    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.

    @SocialSweet Spot · June 8, 2014
  • Moe D.

    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.

    Moe Dexler · February 6, 2014
  • Michael C.

    Diver scallops, miso butter fish, short ribs, all delicious! Excellent choice

    Michael Campanella · December 22, 2013
  • By The Sea R.

    Gotta try the carne asada roll

  • Jeff T.


    Jeff Tarzia · August 7, 2013
  • Jennifer B.

    For Newbies checking in they no longer offer spring rolls and you get stuck with fries...

    Jennifer Barron · July 26, 2013
  • Jon R.

    Get the banana tempura for dessert!

    Jon Rosebaugh · July 12, 2013
  • Luis A.

    Server claimed they no longer offer the chicken spring rolls, and did not honor the check-in special.

    Luis Autrique · July 11, 2013
  • Eric R.

    HH is great for food, and there beer on tap is solid.

    Eric Ramirez · July 11, 2013
  • Jenna G.

    Amazing calamari!!!

    Jenna G · June 29, 2013
  • Kelly C.

    Red dragon and truffle roll absolutely delicious, albacore tuna perfectly seared!

    Kelly Carpenter · April 21, 2013
  • Vicky C.

    Curry dusted calamari was delicious. Star dish for the main was the miso butterfish.

    Vicky C · December 29, 2012
  • Angie R.

    Check in here for complimentary spring rolls.

    Angie Robert · December 9, 2012
  • William D.

    4sq Newbie free appetizer of chicken spring rolls - not transferable for non-meat eaters :(

    William Daroff · October 17, 2012
  • Maggie C.

    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.

    Maggie Clarke · October 9, 2012
  • M T.

    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!

    M T · September 26, 2012
  • Erin A.

    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.

    Erin Ann · July 31, 2012
  • M T.

    get to Happy Hour early! It gets really busy. The patio is great for a fun outdoor evening.

    M T · July 19, 2012
  • Estrella S.

    Awesome carne asada sushi roll!

    Estrella Sevilla · April 19, 2012
  • Chris M.

    Fire roasted oysters are incredible! You'll want to have multiple orders!!

    Chris Millet · April 19, 2012
  • Toni M.

    Fifty-fifty roll is amazing and the chicken rolls too!

    Toni McMahon · April 10, 2012
  • Kristin W.

    Truffle fries & Hawaiian roll.

    Kristin W. · March 10, 2012
  • Jeff T.

    Mal John at Sushi Bar is the bomb.

    Jeff Tarzia · February 20, 2012
  • La Jolla Blue Book

    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

    La Jolla Blue Book · February 10, 2012
  • Amanda T.

    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!

    Amanda Tarzia · January 4, 2012
  • Leo N.

    Best sushi in SD.- Super small portions :(- Ladies love this place ;)

    Leo Najjar · December 15, 2011
  • Ray E.

    All hype...

    Ray Elkins · November 21, 2011
  • La Jolla Blue Book

    Love the Fried Bananas for dessert!

    La Jolla Blue Book · October 22, 2011
  • Amber H.

    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

    Amber Hall · September 20, 2011
  • Nancy S.

    Try the protein roll amazing!

    Nancy Seeger · August 30, 2011
  • Jason S.

    Go for the Summer Roll if you're here. Got to ask the sushi chef for it cuz it's not on the menu.

    Jason Ser · March 19, 2011
  • Sean C.

    Fantastic sushi bar!

    Sean C · March 11, 2011
  • Maa H.

    Sit at the bar and ask the chef to make you an omakisay...

    Maa H · January 29, 2011
  • Rich C.

    Tootsie Roll is awesome! If you like a spider roll, this is a great change of pace.

    Rich Clow · January 21, 2011
  • M T.

    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!

    M T · January 6, 2011
  • Matt H.

    Get the truffle fries and hawaiian rolls. Happy hour is the bomb.

    Matt Hiler · December 4, 2010
  • Julie D.

    Try the new pad thai nooodles with shrimp on the 2 for $21 menu. Yum!

    Julie Dalforno · November 1, 2010
  • Hyatt L.

    For more Special offers Read more

    Hyatt La Jolla · October 9, 2010
  • Theresa C.

    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!

    Theresa Christensen · October 4, 2010
  • Gregg C.

    Visit Japengo for the freshest sushi Read more

    Gregg Cantor · May 23, 2010
  • Jessica D.

    Must try- pizza roll and truffle fries

    Jessica D · March 26, 2010
  • Cliff C.

    Get char siu duck salad

    Cliff C. · March 13, 2010
  • Kristin D.

    one of the best places for lunch meetings in the la jolla/UTC area Read more

    Kristin DePlatchett · March 10, 2010

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