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Sushi Ota

Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Pacific Beach, San Diego
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  • The Japanese food at Sushi Ota is a can't miss
  • Michelle A.
    "By NYC standards, the omakase here is a bargain."(7 Tips)
    COLLEEN R.
    "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)
    Carlos C.
    "Gotta try the Yellowtail belly nigiri, awesome as everything else."(9 Tips)
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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]
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CarretoDecember 19, 2016
    Gotta try the Yellowtail belly nigiri, awesome as everything else.
  • 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!
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonDecember 29, 2014
    Incredibly fresh sushi. The yellowtail belly sashimi and the salmon tempura crunch roll were both amazing.
  • Flora M.
    Flora MorrowDecember 30, 2014
    Most fresh sashimi ever had. Get the deluxe chirashi! I recommend to make reservation or expect to eat at 9pm.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraMarch 29, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • K13y
    K13yApril 14, 2016
    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.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiangJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The go to Sushi Bar in SD! Must get their specials & ever fresh uni!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 16, 2014
    Try the Caterpillar Roll - Eel, crab, cucumber and avocado
  • 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.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeOctober 27, 2016
    Deluxe chirashi is worth every penny!
  • Moo J.
    Moo JuJuly 6, 2013
    Don't say "Ota Sashimi" at an airport, because it's the bomb!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BermanJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You need to sit with mr. Ota. He is amazing. Reservations far in advance.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HorynDecember 4, 2013
    The best sushi I have ever had, hands down. On a total other level!
  • Teresa
    TeresaJune 19, 2015
    Sashimi platter chefs choice is the way to go.
  • Nick M.
    Nick ManderfieldJanuary 28, 2016
    Some of the most memorable rolls I've had anywhere in the country
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IAugust 13, 2014
    Very good authentic sushi in SD. It's a bit expensive...
  • James S.
    James Smith Jr.May 31, 2013
    Get the crunchy salmon roll and green salad! To die for!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJune 28, 2015
    Live Amaebi! Get it while in season!
  • M
    MJanuary 31, 2011
    If you come here you better do omakase at the sushi bar. Most authentic sushi in San Diego.
  • Benson B.
    Benson BleierFebruary 29, 2016
    The Nigiri sampler was super fresh and high quality
  • Haley W.
    Haley WehnerAugust 10, 2015
    Salmon crunch roll SO good! Great service.
  • 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.
  • ashish r.
    ashish rastogiJuly 4, 2016
    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!
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Salmon Belly, Double Tuna And Caterpillar Rolll
  • 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
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SandersDecember 20, 2013
    The best and freshest sushi in San Diego.
  • Ken P.
    Ken PaoJuly 14, 2016
    Get the Ota B! Really good value and a ton of food!
  • ✈Tom S.
    ✈Tom Spano®June 10, 2012
    Come at 9:30 and you can see the Sea World fireworks!
  • Dr Joan W R.
    This is the BEST outside of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. See you soon Ota-San. Joan W Rayner MD PhD
  • Xime A.
    Xime AnglsSeptember 23, 2014
    Amazing fatty tuna, shouldn't be missed #gluttonymyfavoritesin
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GogicJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're into mackerel, get the battera and swoon!!
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.November 28, 2010
    super super fresh fish found here. definitely try the nigiri
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KD3 weeks ago
    Hole in the wall sushi thats really good
  • Ivy N.
    Ivy NguyenDecember 22, 2011
    good fresh sashimi & a pretty decent lunch special. too bad they didn't honor foursquare's amex check in special
  • Piko
    PikoMarch 30, 2013
    The O Toro and the sea urchin made me cry a little
  • Jose A V.
    Jose A Valencia-CMay 17, 2015
    Octopus sashimi - delicious !
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YenJuly 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best sashimi ever! Ota B is delicious
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezMay 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Double Tuna, Diego And Unagi Rolls
  • Derek
    DerekMarch 2, 2015
    Be daring. The best dishes are out of the ordinary.
  • Crystal T.
    Crystal TaylorOctober 23, 2012
    Make a reservation before hand!
  • ken g.
    ken geeMay 27, 2013
    Salmon dynamite is the bomb, get it?
  • Traci S.
    Traci SohnDecember 15, 2013
    Sit at the sushi bar! Kaz is the man!
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HuangAugust 2, 2013
    The plum ice cream is delicious.
  • Bert L.
    Bert LeviJuly 7, 2011
    Try the salmon sashimi but request pieces from the belly. It's the most tender part of the fish
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon ChinSeptember 8, 2016
    Salmon and uni are phenomenal.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AhnNovember 16, 2011
    Best toro and salmon belly south of LA!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 16, 2014
    Try the Double Double Tuna Roll
  • Soy
    SoyMay 6, 2012
    Try the Uni - Sweet and ftesh
  • Tischa C.
    Tischa CulverMarch 7, 2015
    The spicy salmon was so mushy
  • flying f.
    flying felizApril 24, 2015
    Try the Nigiri (via @Foodspotting)
  • Anthony M.
    Chirashi is a huge portion and very affordable at $20
  • Gabriella L.
    Gabriella LlanetaJuly 28, 2015
    The yellowtail hamachi roll
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezAugust 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Spicy Tuna On Fried Eggplant
  • Scott W.
    Scott WaiteJanuary 27, 2011
    Love the spicy tuna here! Their menu is located here: http://sushiota.menutoeat.com/ Read more
  • Marcel M.
    Marcel MeierJuly 25, 2013
    Best sushi i ever had!
  • Yacine B.
    Yacine BaroudiAugust 10, 2011
    Forget the sweet shrimp! "Golden eye" is the new toro. Ask for it
  • Aung T.
    Aung Than ToeNovember 27, 2014
    One of the best sushi place in town !!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 16, 2014
    Try the Anago Nigiri
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BengeDecember 29, 2015
    The fish is so fresh!
  • PRgal
    PRgalAugust 28, 2011
    Best, most fresh sushi and I love sushi!
  • Tyler T.
    Tyler TremellingAugust 25, 2014
    Sooooooo good..!! Wow.!
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeJune 13
    San Diego's most popular place for sushi!
  • Henry E.
    Henry EspinosaJuly 23, 2012
    The sushi was outstanding!
  • Krista L.
    Krista LundgrenNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like spicy, get the Diego roll
  • Hien L.
    Hien LyOctober 17, 2015
    Fresh delicious fishy.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Paul McCabe, chef of T Cooks, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Omakase. Read more
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 16, 2014
    Try the Tamago
  • Tania B.
    Tania BaezJuly 12, 2012
    Try the Miso Soup - #sushi
  • Eri R.
    Eri RiriMay 11, 2011
    Where to get the best sushi in San Diego
  • liat
    liatOctober 30, 2009
    Sit at the bar. Ask for Ota-san or Atsushi-son. Let them do their thang.
  • Billy R.
    Billy RovzarSeptember 22, 2013
    :) Fffffffff
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauFebruary 16, 2014
    Try the Osusume Sushi
  • flying f.
    flying felizApril 25, 2015
    Uni is big!
  • Peggy G.
    Peggy GartinSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth whatever you have to pay.
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YJanuary 16, 2012
    Try the Chirashi
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YJanuary 16, 2012
    Try the Honeymoon Oyster
  • Alex C.
    Alex CastanedaFebruary 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Muy buena calidad de sushi, lo mejor en San Diego
  • Armando A.
    Armando AndradeDecember 26, 2014
    "El mejor" lugar de Sushi en San Diego. Eso si, no es barato.
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