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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
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Fusion joint.

If you're looking for Japanese food, you may be disappointed. Their sushi is good, but typical of sushi restaurants aimed at "novice" sushi seekers, or as I refer to as "non-Japanese" clients. Their food is good, but it is a fusion of Japanese styled and California dishes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Haciender
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for Japanese food, you may be disappointed. Their sushi is good, but typical of sushi restaurants aimed at "novice" sushi seekers, or as I refer to as "non-Japanese" clients. Their food is good, but it is a fusion of Japanese styled and California dishes.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Excellent food. Great location - easy parking and super staff. All the way around excellent. I highly recommend.

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Its a fantastic restaurant - my first time (and last) eating sea urchin - but the rest of the meal was wonderful. Pricey - but good

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Happy hour is all night on Saturdays. Good drinks and apps with friendly service. Great place to nosh after getting off the golf course.

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Liked the dragon roll, salmon roe with quail egg, hand roll, caterpillar roll, spicy tuna. Took a while to take our order, a little slow bringing out appetizers. Our group was there during happy hour, the restaurant was pretty empty, but the food took about 20 min to arrive, probably because of the large order and all the rolls being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We jaded New Yorkers were suitably impressed by our dinner here. Very large portions, and everything was great. Had fire roasted Fanny Bay oysters to start., and a big plate of shishito peppers. All the sushi was first rate, loved the protein roll with no rice. The restaurant was pretty empty on a Saturday night at 8:30 and not sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

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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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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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
  • 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?