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979 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2125
858-481-0032
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 1
    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
Good Food, Lots of it, Not so great for kids

You can have your food served to your table or have it prepared Benihana style right in front of you. The prawns, chicken and beef portions are rather small, but are offset by cooked mushrooms, bean sprouts, and rice. There are only 2 sauce offerings, and the bowls are too shallow to really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Pebble Beach, California
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  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
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Pebble Beach, California
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189 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

You can have your food served to your table or have it prepared Benihana style right in front of you. The prawns, chicken and beef portions are rather small, but are offset by cooked mushrooms, bean sprouts, and rice. There are only 2 sauce offerings, and the bowls are too shallow to really dip. Kids will not find a lot... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

if you enjoy outstanding Sushi this is the place for you. Sit at the right corner bar and speak to the sushi chef to find out the specialties of the day. Toro, hamachi, uni, and above all the Hamachi Kama were all fantastic.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Samurai has been a Solana Beach icon, i've been going the the Samurai for 30 years! You'll find it behind Vons off of Lomas Santa Fe (east Side of freeway), strange location but when you get there, you'll find parking (no valet!), sushi bar, restaurant and teppan grill..great for large parties, families or couples. The authentic decor with bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

Wow doesn't begin to explain our experience tonight here. Excellent service and sushi that literally melted in our mouths. From the pickled cucumber amuse bouche to kick off the meal to the spicy tuna and rainbow rolls as our mains. We flew in yesterday from Alberta and are only here for 5 days - yet we're planning on making a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The people are very nice and welcoming. Unfortunately, that is where it ends. The sashimi platters are obnoxiously expensive and you receive the 'chefs choice' which includes 3 samples of fish eggs, and literally 1 piece that is egg omelette. Seriously? Egg omelette sashimi? The sesame chicken is really, really salty chicken teriyaki with sesame on top. Awful. Go anywhere... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is one of the oldest sushi places in San Diego . Our sushi chef has been there for 30 years!!!!The reason is its one of the best . This place looks the part and delivers top quality food. Great selections to please all in your party . Happy hour daily. 5 to 630 . Special menu for both food... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We go to Samurai quite often. The happy hour in the bar is excellent, with cut price appetizers and drinks until 6.30pm. Erik, behind the bar, remembers each guest's preferences (it is quite impressive) and creates a pleasant atmosphere. I'm not comfortable to sit in a bar alone but make an exception here. Samurai makes great sushi/sashimi etc, but the... More 

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Frisco, Texas, United States
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great local restaurant. Great food, atmosphere and service. Located in a shopping center on the southeast corner of Lomas Santa Fe Road and I-5. If you are not familiar with styles of Japanese food the waitstaff will gladly explain the dishes. And to top it all an appropriate wine list and great cocktails.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We have been dining at the Samurai for over 20 years and after visiting again this week, I was impressed - again- at the consistency. The same people still work there. The visuals and design are as they have always been (and work) and even though it has gone to another generation in the family (though I'm sure dad is... More 

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Bristol, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

A group of us booked a table here having not met up for a long time. The ambiance was good and the Teppanyaki was a great choice, adding to the celebratory atmosphere. Soup & salad were good appetisers and there was such a wide choice of main dishes, rice and vegetables that all of the party were well catered for.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 979 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2125
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solana Beach
  • Phone Number: 858-481-0032

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?