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Izakaya Sakura

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Kearny Mesa, San Diego
  • Fred R.
    "One of the best chirashi bowls in San Diego"(5 Tips)
    Kimberly Q.
    "So good and really authentic."(2 Tips)
    Sarah C.
    "Their sushi is the best...real Japanese."(3 Tips)
    Joe L.
    "Still one of my favorite izakayas."(2 Tips)
25 Tips and reviews
  • Japanese food
  • chawanmushi
  • authentic
  • chirashi
  • hidden gem
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  • Ti W.
    Ti WuSeptember 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sakura means cherry blossom, and this restaurant is like its name: authentically Japanese, and beautifully tasty. Recently they have a new signage, so it's much easier to find this hidden gem!
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    So good and really authentic. You can tell they put a lot of love and care into their food. I always get salmon rice balls, harami beef yakitori and chicken karaage! Yum!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMarch 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Uni pasta isn't that great, plus they cook it and the texture is almost like eggs...
  • Moo J.
    Moo JuFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Their chirashi can make a grown man cry.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Nathan Coulon, chef of True Food Kitchen, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Curry & rice w/ deep fried shrimp. Read more
  • joonspoon
    joonspoonMarch 28, 2014
    No sushi after 830
  • Vivian Y.
    Vivian YuenAugust 29, 2013
    If you like rolls, this is not the place for you.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LinJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Still one of my favorite izakayas. Try the miso sea bass and the aji sashimi
  • Jay B.
    Jay BJune 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep in mind that there are NO FREE sodas refills.
  • Fred R.
    Fred RodolfoFebruary 23, 2013
    One of the best chirashi bowls in San Diego can be found at this izakaya. Perfect for those observing the "No Meat Fridays" restriction during the Lenten season.
  • Fermin C.
    Fermin C.December 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Do you love uni (aka sea urchin)? Try the Uni Ikura Don or Uni Pasta.
  • Ni N.
    Ni NiOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Today is DIY sukiyaki!
  • A P.
    A PolgarMarch 6, 2012
    No sign on the front, in same complex as pancake house
  • Moo J.
    Moo JuJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chirashi, Chirashi, Chirashi. Period.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJanuary 20, 2012
    There are no signs whatsoever indicating that this is Izakaya Sakura, so look for a small restaurant bunch of black awnings!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChengJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Their sushi is the best...real Japanese. No rolls!
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TilburyJanuary 23, 2011
    Crab fried rice is amazing.
  • San Diego Reader
    San Diego ReaderNovember 3, 2010
    Izakaya Sakura reviewed in the Reader this week! Read more
  • Michelle
    MichelleJuly 13, 2010
    Usually full of Japanese peeps, so you know it's good. Get the miso-marinated black cod for sure. No sign outside, just look to the left of the military recruiting place for the neon "open" sign.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChengJuly 1, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try their cold ramen. Has chicken, cucumbers, eggs. Yum!
  • Jeff
    JeffApril 8, 2010
    Be adventurous and try the chawanmushi, you'l love it. Read more
  • Jeff
    JeffApril 8, 2010
    Order Tako Wasabi, it goes great with cold beer.
  • C M.
    C MaNovember 29, 2009
    must eat: Agedashi Mochi or deep fried rice cake.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TsaiOctober 27, 2009
    great beer and yakimono
  • Sato I.
    Sato IGAJanuary 20
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