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1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431
831-469-4477
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Saturday
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 21
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Popular Sushi Restaurant, Large Pieces

Pretty straightforward selection of super fresh sushi, sashimi, and rolls. Nigiri pieces were giant! Everything tasted delicious. Very good teriyaki and unfiltered cold sake. Super popular place on a Friday night with many college students and local families in attendance. Parking in the area is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Santa Cruz, CA
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I'm not a huge fan of Japanese food, so anyone reading this should keep that in mind. I went with other people who do like it. I found the tempura to be pretty tasteless. I ordered some vegetarian rolls, not being an eater of sushi, and they still tasted incredibly fishy. Overwhelmingly so, to the point where I could not... More 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Only sharing this review not because I want to bash the restaurant, but more to set expectations. We had a group of nine before a show at the Civic (David Sedaris) and it was kids and adults. Our orders were taken at a good pace but after that things went sideways and it stayed sideways (all-the-while our poor waitress was... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Try this place. Unique rolls without having alot of the creamy mayo goop that I don't like.service was efficient even though the place was pretty full. Two of us shared three rolls and were full. They add macadamia nuts to the rainbow roll and that was fun and really worked.

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Newcastle
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Pretty straightforward selection of super fresh sushi, sashimi, and rolls. Nigiri pieces were giant! Everything tasted delicious. Very good teriyaki and unfiltered cold sake. Super popular place on a Friday night with many college students and local families in attendance. Parking in the area is horrible so leave early. We were late due to parking and almost lost our reservation.

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Fremont, California
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786 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We went to this nicely decorated Shogun Japanese Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz area for lunch Service was good. They have a full sushi bar. We opted however to have their bento lunch special which included miso soup, salad, and for my 2 mains chose chicken teriyaki and tuna sashimi. This is a delightful Japanese restaurant to go to in... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had a nice dinner here yesterday. I had the salmon shioyaki which was very good and the presentation was on a sizzling iron platter with the salmon on top of grilling onions. It was so simple and excellent in quality. My companion had a bento box dinner with teriyaki and california roll which was very nice. I preferred mine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really nice staff. Excellent Sushi. Try the Santa Cruz roll if you like spicy. Quick service. Perfect if you're looking for local flavor and love sushi

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Santa Cruz, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We went here on a Saturday night in the summer - around 8:30, so tail end of the rush. Portions were large, but somewhat pricey compared to other sushi places in town. Fish was less fresh than elsewhere. The big problem was the service: glacially slow. My bento box took 45 minutes to come out, which was 10 minutes longer... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Obviously this place has a great location right on Pacific Ave. The service was okay. The food was good but I've definitely had better for a lot cheaper.

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Los Gatos, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We love going to Shogun! excellent food all round, and a wide variety of choice. good beer selection with the Japanese food. food impeccable. Service is generally very good when we go although some of the young wait-staff are not so knowledgeable but they are happy to get the answers. Pricing is good for the quality food. We go here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-469-4477

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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