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425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
949.498.7111
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Karaoke and god sushi

We go for the karaoke, but enjoy the draft beer selection and the hand rolls are very good. They recently upgraded the karaoke system.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
bparmelee
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San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Clemente, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We go for the karaoke, but enjoy the draft beer selection and the hand rolls are very good. They recently upgraded the karaoke system.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

So my wife and I went. We were really stoked to go. Lots of people told us we had to try it. So we went. !! We walk in and no host not even a bell or ANYONE!!! Keep in mind the restaurant is nearly empty. We waited for 15 minutes till I had enough and walked to the back... More 

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CENTRAL POINT
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We enjoyed this restaurant several years ago when traveling. We almost did not go again because of a 3.5 rating on Yelp. We had the early bird special and it was very good. The sushi was excellent. The service was also excellent. We were happy that we gave them another opportunity. We would return but we are moving on.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This place is the "Cheers" of sushi bars. The owner, Roger is an outgoing, gregarious guy, that will remember your name. The sushi chefs are outstanding, we sat with Nao, and the food is excellent. A really casual place that has two sushi bars and another part with just nice tables. Reasonable prices, the freshest sushi and sashimi, can be... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I stumbled across an Excellent place for sushi here in San Clemente...Takao!! Fresh, good quality sushi at a fair price is definitely the way to my heart. The "lunch happy hour" is the BEST deal I have come across in a while! I especially enjoy their hand rolls in seaweed...I highly recommend the Tataki (everyone's is different theirs is stellar),... More 

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Atlanta
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Had a nice, quiet, casual dinner, sat at the sushi bar. The Oh No Roll is quite tasty. Also had a baked dish with scallops and shrimp that was very good. Service was good, the sushi masters were friendly and full of conversation ! Next time I am visiting San Clemente, I will go back.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Some of the best sushi, created by premier sushi carvers, in a great casual atmosphere. Not to be missed, Friday and Saturday nights are a hoot.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you are a Sushi lover and are in the San Clemente area, look no further, this is your place. Let's start with the "Hummingbird" to die for, and then "The Kitchen Sink" is delicious, salmon, eel, tuna tataki, yellow tail, garlic edamame, I can go on forever, if they don't have it on the menu, they can make it... More 

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San Clemente, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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95 reviews 95 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949.498.7111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?