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425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
949.498.7111
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    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
Most recent review
Best Sushi in the friendliest atmosphere

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
Michael V
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Laguna Niguel, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Laguna Niguel, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
81 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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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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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: Asian, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, 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?