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Takao Japanese Restaurant

425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
949.498.7111
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Ranked #37 of 180 restaurants in San Clemente
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
San Clemente, California
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of our favorite Sushi restaurants in our hometown, San Clemente, we are always satisfied with our meals. One of our favorites, Tataki Sashimi (lightly seared albacore with thinly sliced cucumber), has a secret sauce to die for! We're never dissatisfied with any choice off the menu and often try new sushi and sashimi for variety. Still, we always start... More

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San Clemente, California
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It seems like I have been here a lot in the last month. I really enjoy trying new things at the sushi bar. I loved the Halibut Sashimi, Uni, and the sauce on the albacore sushi. Everyone at the restaurant is very friendly and I think for sushi the value is good. Also the hand roll from the yellowtail belly... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Gave a good portion for the price and the fish was fresh and service good. Also there was good side dishes that went with the sushi

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Delray Beach, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I just moved to San Clemente from Florida and read all the reviews to find a good sushi restaurant here. This is sad if it is the best in town. I ordered the tuna tataki roll. They seared the tuna and smothered it in "tataki sauce" which overwhelmed the roll to the point you could not even taste the other... More

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Diamond Bar, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Taka-O restaurant is a great, affordable, and amazing Sushi dining experience in San Clemente, CA. I've eaten here quite a few times, and every time it has been enjoyable and pleasant experience. The specials are really what set Taka-O apart from other restaurants, and you can always be sure the fish is fresh! They are busy at times [a good... More

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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I brought a few of my colleagues to partake in the sushi that put sushi in my crawl. It was the place I went to every week I was home in California. My favorite chef is gone now.the quality is still fine. The fish is fresh, the chefs were attentive. Tataki sashimi which was the wife's favorites still great. The... More

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Canada
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This review is based on two different bento box lunches; we did not try the sushi and will not be back to chance it. First, the chef is most certainly NOT Japan-trained and probably not even Japanese. Second, if you know true Japanese food this place is NOT for you. The first course is Miso Soup, not hot but only... More

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a tiny restaraunt, so get a reservation or get there early. The food was very fresh, and as far as sushi goes, a good value for the money. Staff was knowledgable and made good recommendations.

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Sun City, Arizona
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Although the night was cold, cold, cold the atmosphere inside was warm, welcoming and so friendly. My wife and I are not highly skilled sushi fans but do love it. From the hot wet towels to start to the prompt service we had a great evening. The octopus sashimi was perhaps the best we've ever had.

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Chino Hills, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This was a quiet restaurant that had wooden booths. The booth made it semi-private and the dinner specials were of great value. We went there for our 36th Wedding anniversary.

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