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Cafe Japengo

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International, Sushi, Asian
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The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (La Jolla Village)
858 450 3355
Today
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Succulent

The food was delicious and the staff was welcoming and gracious. Watching the chef prepare the sushi was entertaining and they made it look so easy. When asked, the waiter gave excellent recommendations on drinks and food. Fantastic restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Toni M
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  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

The food was delicious and the staff was welcoming and gracious. Watching the chef prepare the sushi was entertaining and they made it look so easy. When asked, the waiter gave excellent recommendations on drinks and food. Fantastic restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I ate there for a business lunch. I'd heard it was spectacular. I'm not sure why but what I ate was just average sushi at very expensive prices. The room is big and noisy and COLD. SoThere is much better sushi in La Jolla.

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Guaymas,Sonora
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The sushi is good as well as the hot and sour tomatillo soup. Also ask for the roasted shishito peppers.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the creative menu and delightful service and ambience. The prices are also quite a bit more palatable than the two restaurants next door. Highly recommended!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great food. The whole fish dish (varies) is a favorite. But, the garlic mashed potatoes (side dish - special order?) is the best anywhere. The only downside is that the music is for the 21-30 crowd.

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Dallas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Seated right away. Had appetizer that were great. Order shrimp and Scallops and they were fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I used to live in San Diego and occasionally come out here for work. Whenever I do I make a stop at Japengos. I always sit at the bar. The service is excellent. The bartenders make an effort to know you. Sushi is awesome. Seaweed salad rocks. Beer selection rocks. Atmosphere is cool and the big mask with the Pinocchio... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I loved this restaurant! It is Asian with a flair and more of a fusion restaurant than a straight Asian play. The food was prepared with beautiful presentation and the veggie sushi was phenomenal, as was the tofu cashew stir fry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Been here for dinner and HH. Dinner is a little more priced than HH so be prepared. The food is delicious and the service was really good. Happy Hour: Ordered a few dishes from the HH menu and I was not disappointed. It seemed larger portions than a typical HH. Food: Crunchy Roll Grilled Beef Yakitori Curry Dusted Calamari Shishito... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Excellent food- very fresh, good selection and excellent presentation. The salmon burger was good and the calamari salad was great too. That said - 40 minutes to get a salad ?!

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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: International, Sushi, Asian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
    (La Jolla Village)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: 858 450 3355

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: International, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?