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Takao Japanese Restaurant

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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Japanese food with sushi and dinner entrees.

Call ahead for reservations. Very limited parking. Street parking is available. Offer sushi at their bar or at the dining room table. Can accommodate large groups. Some customers can be noisy and is not an intimate location. But we like coming here often. I like their shrimp tempura... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 13, 2015
windiveski
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San Clemente, California
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Guangzhou, China
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172 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My friend raves about this place so I feel bad to not write a better review. Perhaps I have been spoiled with access to better Japanese food living in Asia the past 4 years, the food here just didn't do it for me. The quality of fish was ok, the flavors was kinda bland, and the overall taste lacks the... More 

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Thank Minnie Y
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Beautiful dining area with nice ambiance and delicious food...Service is awesome, friendly staff..I had sushi with Saki...it was too good...thumbs up to this place...

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Thank Mohit_parmar
San Clemente, California
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124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Call ahead for reservations. Very limited parking. Street parking is available. Offer sushi at their bar or at the dining room table. Can accommodate large groups. Some customers can be noisy and is not an intimate location. But we like coming here often. I like their shrimp tempura combination dinners.

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Thank windiveski
CA
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Love this place! Its so fun and so good! Eat in the bar! Enjoy some fresh sushi and some sake and then head into the karaoke bar and sing your heart out!

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Thank BriA143
Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful dining area, food was okay, parking limited. Waitress was too personable. I expected more from the food appearance and taste.

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Thank BennettDavis
San Clemente, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Thank bparmelee
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Ryan M
CENTRAL POINT
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Thank Alvin W
Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Michael V
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

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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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: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?