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979 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2125
858-481-0032
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    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
Date night spot we look forward to every time we visit CA!

We first visited this place with a large group about 5 years ago and sat at one of their Teppanyaki tables, which are in a room that is separate from the main dining room and sushi bar. We had such a nice time that my husband and I decided to return later that week for happy hour. It was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2015
marshaka23
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We first visited this place with a large group about 5 years ago and sat at one of their Teppanyaki tables, which are in a room that is separate from the main dining room and sushi bar. We had such a nice time that my husband and I decided to return later that week for happy hour. It was a... More 

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Thank marshaka23
San Francisco, California
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135 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here with hubby. We ordered the garlic edamame, shrimp tempura, gyoza, and fresh sushi. Everything we ordered was excellent. Our waitress, Jen, did an excellent job of providing top notch service. Definitely a must if you're looking for some good Japanese food.

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Thank NcogNito1
San Diego, CA
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131 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Great casual restaurant in a strip mall. Entree dishes are plentiful and flavorful. Sushi rolls are good and very fresh. The beef sukiyaki is my favorite and my husband's favorite is the chicken teriyaki. The calamari appetizer also is very good. Service is always professional and very good too.

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Thank BParent
Pebble Beach, California
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207 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 414 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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Thank TiredWorldTraveler
Incline Village, Nevada
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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Thank Peter B
San Diego, California
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93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 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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Thank SDSunshineKKelly
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank Mustang Sally M
Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Thank Lesley_Elizabeth_W
San Diego, California
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99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

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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Thank Russ V
San Diego
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195 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 483 helpful votes
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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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, Asian

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?