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Sushi Ota

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Pacific Beach, San Diego
  • Michelle A.
    "By NYC standards, the omakase here is a bargain."(7 Tips)
    "This is where you go for the best sushi in San Diego"(4 Tips)
    Kate K.
    "Sashimi lovers must try the sea urchin and o toro."(4 Tips)
    Natalie M.
    "Best sashimi in SD and the most authentic I've had in the US."(16 Tips)
112 Tips and reviews
  • sushi
  • sashimi
  • authentic
  • o toro
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 8, 2014
    Helmed by a venerable sushi master (request a seat in owner Ota-san's section of the sushi bar), the restaurant is unassuming, low-key and unquestionably authentic. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.December 15, 2012
    Amazing sushi. By NYC standards, the omakase here is a bargain. The fish is super fresh. A 5 course omakase costs 2 of us $88! The same meal would've cost $400 easily in NYC.
  • Bernadette B.
    Bernadette BaumDecember 28, 2012
    The best sushi in America (29 out of 30 in Zagat) in the most unassuming location. Fab service and the freshest, most buttery melt-in-mouth fish. Book ahead of time, and go often!
  • Djordje G.
    Djordje GrkovicAugust 21, 2014
    The uni is as fresh and delicious as can be. Came back here a 2nd time, and they still exceeded my expectations. Everything from the udon, to the nigiri, to the rolls was fresh and flavorful.
  • Garrett J.
    Garrett JohnsonMarch 15, 2013
    Get the Ota A.. I promise you will not be discouraged. It is a little piece of heaven. Go hungry, leave happy :))) attached is a picture of the masterpiece
  • Matt N.
    Matt NOctober 12, 2014
    The sushi is really fresh here. Some of the rolls aren't rolled tight enough so be prepared for a few to fall apart. Delicious nonetheless.
  • Esther Y.
    Esther YNovember 3, 2015
    Best sushi in SD. Omakase at the bar is the way to go. The uni (from SD, not Santa Barbara) is sooooo good!!! Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Kate K.
    Kate K.July 20, 2013
    The name is well earned in Japan too. Sashimi lovers must try the sea urchin and o toro. Caterpillar roll (unagi & crab meat) topping with California avocado is satisfying.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MiyakeSeptember 2, 2012
    Best sashimi in SD and the most authentic I've had in the US. Ask to sit at the counter - the sushi chefs are so friendly.I felt like I was back home in Japan!
  • Nathalie E.
    Nathalie ElyseNovember 7, 2012
    Sashimi and Ota B all the way! Love Ota it is in my top 3 along with Katsuya and Nobu. Also check out Hane. Same owners or chefs as Ota...something like that.
  • Grady B.
    Grady BlumenthalMarch 4, 2011
    Arguably the best sushi in all of socal. At a place like this you don't do the ordering. Sit at the sushi bar and let the chef do the ordering for you! Not for the faint of heart: no cali rolls here!
  • Carter G.
    Carter GibsonJanuary 17, 2013
    Helmed by a venerable sushi master (request a seat in owner Ota-san's section of the sushi bar), the restaurant is unassuming, low-key and unquestionably authentic.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AuApril 2, 2013
    Must try the sweet shrimp. The nerves are still twitching but it is worth the show. They can bake it or put it in a soup after you are done.
  • Em E.
    Em Emiko 😛March 14, 2013
    Hands down the best sashimi I have ever had. Uni is extremely fresh and delicious. O Toro is to die for and Salmon is just heavenly. Amazing!
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 9, 2015
    Very authentic, more straightforward sushi. A bit expensive. It's a good sushi in SD. Sushi seems better in OC and LA than SD.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonDecember 29, 2014
    Incredibly fresh sushi. The yellowtail belly sashimi and the salmon tempura crunch roll were both amazing.
  • Flora W.
    Flora WongDecember 30, 2014
    Most fresh sashimi ever had. Get the deluxe chirashi! I recommend to make reservation or expect to eat at 9pm.
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.December 15, 2012
    Make sure you make reservations for the sushi bar and get the omakase. The owner was our sushi chef and he was so friendly.
  • Bernie Z.
    Business lunch with John and Damien. We ordered soft shell crab, rainbow jalapeño, spicy tuna, soft shell crab hand roll, and uni. Yummmmmmmy!!!
  • Trevor G.
    Trevor GerzenOctober 8, 2015
    The highest quality I've had in San Diego. It's not all about covering everything in mayonnaise and filling rice with imitation crab. It's about the fish here.
  • Sierra S.
    Sierra SmithJanuary 4, 2012
    Best sashimi ever. Diego roll is amazing. Sashimi combo was the best fish I've ever eaten. Come early this place is packed! AMAZING!
  • Kaitlin K.
    Kaitlin KushDecember 31, 2013
    Very delicious seaweed salad, very basic sushi maki choices, tempura was a little soggy, but the sweet potato was the best
  • Kristen F.
    Kristen FerrettiAugust 16, 2015
    Amazing fresh sushi. Sushi combo A was a perfect portion and came with miso soup 👌🏼
  • Alejandro P.
    Alejandro PortelaJune 12, 2015
    Get yellowtail nigiri Uni nigiri , o toro nigiri and a negitoro handroll.l
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowAugust 17, 2011
    High quality sushi, a little bit on the steep side. Great place for an intimate dinner with someone near and dear to you.
  • K13y
    K13yApril 14
    NOT recently opened... been here for YEARS!!! Best quality in Dago. Tiny and hard to find, but open late and worth the $$
  • Perriann H.
    Perriann HodgesMarch 13, 2015
    Chefs choice. If you do anything else, you are not experiencing it correctly. You will thank me later.
  • Teresa Y.
    Teresa YaoJune 19, 2015
    Sashimi platter chefs choice is the way to go.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 16, 2014
    Try the Caterpillar Roll - Eel, crab, cucumber and avocado
  • Nick M.
    Some of the most memorable rolls I've had anywhere in the country
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJune 28, 2015
    Live Amaebi! Get it while in season!
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiangJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The go to Sushi Bar in SD! Must get their specials & ever fresh uni!
  • Benson B.
    Benson BleierFebruary 29
    The Nigiri sampler was super fresh and high quality
  • Michael H.
    Michael HorynDecember 4, 2013
    The best sushi I have ever had, hands down. On a total other level!
  • Moo J.
    Moo JuJuly 6, 2013
    Don't say "Ota Sashimi" at an airport, because it's the bomb!
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 13, 2014
    Very good authentic sushi in SD. It's a bit expensive...
  • Haley W.
    Haley WehnerAugust 10, 2015
    Salmon crunch roll SO good! Great service.
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GogicMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is divine. Get your uni fix; its worth the steep price! Best edible aphrodisiac.
  • Andy B.
    Andy BermanJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You need to sit with mr. Ota. He is amazing. Reservations far in advance.
  • James S.
    James Smith Jr.May 31, 2013
    Get the crunchy salmon roll and green salad! To die for!
  • ashish r.
    Very average food! Really surprised with the rating here! The rolls are too big for a single mouthful and one will end up messing the plate!
  • Ken P.
    Ken PaoJuly 14
    Get the Ota B! Really good value and a ton of food!
  • M
    MJanuary 31, 2011
    If you come here you better do omakase at the sushi bar. Most authentic sushi in San Diego.
  • Alexei P.
    Alexei PolyakovApril 26, 2013
    the best sea urchins i've ever tried. yum!
  • Moo J.
    Moo JuJune 19, 2013
    Salmon Belly-fest! Worth every penny.
  • Danvin R.
    Danvin RuangchanFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Omakase. Do it! Worth every penny.
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandersDecember 20, 2013
    The best and freshest sushi in San Diego.
  • April H.
    April HillerDecember 29, 2012
    First of all, the menu prices on foursquare are WAY lower than they actually are. I ordered an $18 sashimi salad and it came with (drum roll) 5 small, thin pieces of sashimi. That's it. Total rip-off
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Salmon Belly, Double Tuna And Caterpillar Rolll
  • Xime A.
    Xime AnglsSeptember 23, 2014
    Amazing fatty tuna, shouldn't be missed #gluttonymyfavoritesin
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