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Honda YA Japanese Restaurant

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556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780-4308
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5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent flavor not a sushi house

I was looking for a different restaurant and said what is a Honda Ya. Being American thinking it was a bike shop. I saw some people go in and then looked it up on Trip Advisor.....almost all 5s. I have to try this. I ordered the seafood hot pot and sake. Both were winners. Service 5... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Encinitas, California
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Encinitas, California
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for a different restaurant and said what is a Honda Ya. Being American thinking it was a bike shop. I saw some people go in and then looked it up on Trip Advisor.....almost all 5s. I have to try this. I ordered the seafood hot pot and sake. Both were winners. Service 5 star....food 6 star. I... More 

Thank Sailing_Sweetie
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

First time visiting this restaurant... it was fantastic!! The Asahi beer on tap was perfect with our meal and all the food came out quickly and tasted great! HIGHLY recommend it

Thank deanvalens
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This takes me back to Kyoto. The food is authentic, the staff is good, and I love the ambiance. It's a little pricey, but totally worth it.

Thank skylinrcr01
So Cal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is what Japanese food should be. Many other places say Japanese, but they're not. Honda YA has been around quite awhile. Honestly, have never tried the ones closer to me in LA, but this one in Tustin is legit. Takoyaki was yum, and there's plenty of stuff to try on the menu, so you can come back again and... More 

Thank d l
Tustin, California
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Honda-Ya, located in the Old Town section of Tustin, is part of a small chain of izakaya (Japanese pub) style restaurants in Southern California. Being of Japanese descent, I can say with confidence that what separates Honda-Ya from many other Japanese restaurants is the authenticity of their menu offerings. As further evidence, you’ll immediately notice that about 75-85% of their... More 

Thank BruinDan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

The best Japanese food I have ever tasted. We tried many items and all were well presented and delicious. Wait staff very print with order. The restaurant was small and there was a wait of about 30 minutes but well worth it.

Thank Karen H
Florence, Italy
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This restaurant is a favorite with my friends and family. It is always packed, so get there early to put your name down for a table. The quail eggs, asparagus and heart yakitori are some of my favorites, though everything I've tried here is delicious. Honda-ya has some of the best Japanese food I've tried outside of Japan.

Thank World_Traveler_Lizzy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I've eaten here a few times.The food is quite good, and unlike most other Japanese restaurants in OC. Unfortunately, the service is poor. Never friendly. We have been ignored each time, after waiting outside a long time too. No greeting. And no apology for taking others in front of us, who came after us. Had nothing to do with reservations.... More 

Thank hil23
Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

There were four of us and no reservations. So this is how it works: You show up at the door and find the hanging clip-board. You sign in the name that you want the fellow to call, and you list the number of folks in your party ... you also indicate whether you would be willing to sit in the... More 

Thank Fatbird1
United States
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Located in Old Town Tustin, a true authentic Sushi joint. Fish is always fresh, and there is plenty of other Japanese food options besides Sushi on the menu. Tatami mats, tables or Sushi bar for dining.

Thank portugaltravellove

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780-4308
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: 714-832-0081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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