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Shogun Japanese Restaurant

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1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431
831-469-4477
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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So, I thought I'd already reviewed Shogun, but I seem not to have. This is my go to place for sushi in Santa Cruz. Everything I have had, even when randomly choosing from the menu, is mouth wateringly delicious. The udon is the best I have ever had anywhere. There is so much flavor in everything... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2015
Jason K
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

So, I thought I'd already reviewed Shogun, but I seem not to have. This is my go to place for sushi in Santa Cruz. Everything I have had, even when randomly choosing from the menu, is mouth wateringly delicious. The udon is the best I have ever had anywhere. There is so much flavor in everything that you get, that... More 

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Thank Jason K
Santa Cruz, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Fresh food, nice staff, and attention to detail. We love to dine here and this is also the favorite place of several of our friends.

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Thank Lynn F
Crewe, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We ate here recently on our trip to Santa Cruz - it was my not my favourite meal. The food was hit and miss and the service really wasn't very good - the company made up for it - but I can't rate that on here!

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Thank psknight
Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is our favorite sushi restaurant, and the competition is stiff in Santa Cruz. They also have great bento boxes, appetizers (their Ocean Salad is far and away the best around), udon noodles, and other Japanese dishes. Always great food, a nice vibe, relaxing decor and good service.

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Thank Len B
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105 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Every time I visit Santa Cruz, about twice a year for the last 15 years, my daughter and I go to Shogun. I've had sushi and other Japanese dishes all over the world, and this place rates number one. The portions are amazing! Mino, the skilled owner, and his entire staff are gracious, attentive, patient and helpful. We like to... More 

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Thank Pam B
Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Loved the Unagi! All the nigiri sushi was much larger than I expected, and very fresh. Rolls were inventive and different compared to what I'm used to. We got one that I had an aversion to one of the spices used, but my wife loved it. I guess they get a by on that one ;-)

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Thank D-Rock78759
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

My family and I have been going here for about 10 year now. Since I was a little boy, still absolutely the best sushi I have ever had. I get the same thing everytime and it never gets boring. I come here for my birthday every year and dont intend to stop this tradition. The food is amazing, the service,... More 

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Thank Alex B
Minnesota
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We found this place while scouting for dinner one night and we liked it so much we went back for lunch a few days later. Most of us had sushi though my wife had tempura. The sushi was very good - nigiri portions were the largest I had ever seen. So large in fact that I thought the rice amount... More 

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Thank avman67
Ontario, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The restaurant appeared to be a hole in the wall but it definetly didn't taste like one. The staff was very polite, and efficient. The food served was simply delicious. The Sushi was excellent. Manicured and fresh from the sea. We visited there twice during our stay.

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Thank onevactionioner
Santa Cruz, CA
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53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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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, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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