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Cafe Japengo

The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
858 450 3355
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Ranked #80 of 1,262 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Eclectic
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: La Jolla Village
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English first
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Not only is the sushi delicious and creative but there is more!! Truffle Fries!! These are the best I have ever Ever had. Make sure they are served Hot. The aoli dipping sauce is fantastic with the fries.

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San Diego, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

...and make sure your food and drinks meet your expectations. We have lived in San Diego since 2000 and have periodically dined at Japengo's since. Japengo is a good place to go for business lunch/dinners or a casual dinner with friends or a significant when you are in the mood for good sushi and Asian fusion type food.

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Escondido, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

All interaction with staff was positive, upbeat and professional. They know their stuff, and well they should. Started with toddies in the bar area. (Not the most comfortable seats on the planet but doable.) The fried calamari we ordered with our drinks (and water -by request (good job!)) was wonderful. Tender little squidlettes, light tempura flash fried, delectable - with... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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312 reviews 312 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My wife and I had a nice lunch at the Café Japengo. Staci, our server, took good care of us and was helpful, friendly and courteous. My wife had a glass of wine and I had a draft Sapporo beer. I decided on the Short Rib Bao Bun Sliders and she had the Seared Ahi Salad. The presentation on both... More 

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Kilgore, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great service from a friendly and enthusiastic waitress with great knowledge of the menu. Interesting dishes and specialty cocktails. Decent variety on wines by the glass. Nice casual atmosphere

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Palm Desert
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79 reviews 79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It has been many years since I've been here. Interesting the mixed reviews. Maybe they don't do so well when lots of people. This place was the place to be on Friday nights. It got loud. But this time I'm here on a Tuesday night. Busy but not crazy busy. Our sushi chef was Jerry the executive chef here. He's... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is definitely a a very high quality sushi. Extremely creative chiefs. There are many off menu rolls available if you just ask your waiter or waitress. This place is not cheap by any means. We have been there several times and enjoy it each time. Great for special occasions. Been there for lunch with my co-workers several times as... More 

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Albany, OR
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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We ate here at the request of our grandsons graduation celebration. He wanted sushi. There were 10 of us...half sushi eaters and half not. The sushi eaters were satisfied but not overly so. The rest had a stir fry dish and tempura appetizer. Both were lacking in just about every respect. The decor was nice and service attentive.

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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I thought the sushi was mediocre and the sushi menu quite limited. It was so dark in Japengo II was unable to read about half of the menu. The rap music was so loud I couldn't hear myself think. The menu only explains half of the rolls and I had to ask what was in it when the roll did... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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279 reviews 279 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I ate here this week while in La Jolla for business. The place was fairly empty except for the bar area and I sat at the sushi bar where I experienced excellent service and very good sushi. I also ordered some fire roasted oysters off of the menu . These were recommended by my server. They were good but very... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Japengo

Address: The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 858 450 3355
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
Cuisine: Asian, Eclectic

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