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Sushi Ota

4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4920 (Pacific Beach)
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Ranked #30 of 3,982 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $100
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
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266 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Naples, Italy
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I drove by the location twice looking for it. VERY unassuming, and I mean that as a sincere compliment. The sushi was excellent. The atmosphere was perfect. It isn't pretentious and uppity. Just kind, friendly people who want to make sure you are happy being there. I'm going to go again and again. What a nice, refreshing feel. Almost like... More

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Lake Villa, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

My husband and I had our son visiting UC San Diego and wanted to go out for some great sushi. We found this restaurant on the recommended places by students (when their parents are paying!) so we gave it a try. When we saw it was in a tiny strip-mall, we almost didn't go in but are SO glad we... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

OK, so I've been in Japan enough times that I have certain opinions about sushi and sashimi. It's all about selecting the best fish and presenting it nicely, plus some atmosphere. It's not about strange fusion California rolls, or tourist-friendly tempura, or trendy clientele, or post-ironic service. Sushi Ota is in a prosaic strip mall, but inside it's Japan. The... More

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Vancouver, Bc
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We were really impressed and came twice during our week in SD. Must must reserve, busy at lunch and busier at dinner. Our favourite was the double double tuna roll. Not cheap but it is worth it. You'd never think such a place could be found next to a 7-11

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Top Contributor
257 reviews 257 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Once you are get past the fact that this restaurant is located in a strip center next to 7-11, you'll soon find an oasis of sushi! The place has become even more popular, so plan on making a reservation if you want to eat here. I wanted to try something other than sushi and ended up getting the steamed fish.... More

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Anything you order will be of the highest quality, but we go for the sashimi. Octopus, salmon, maguro, and all of the featured sashimi is going to be amazing! Shrimp moving on the plate made the tourists sitting next to us squirm a bit, and the sea urchin is not my favorite, but my husband loves it. The service is... More

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This place needs a reservation- for lunch or dinner. Everything here is fresh. On Mondays they have special rolls and sashimi. I love coming here to get the Diego Roll with fresh chopped jalepenos and the Salmon Crunch roll.

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San Diego, CA
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great food, consistent. Reservation required and often need to make well in advance. Tucked away gem that many have found.

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Mazatlan, Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This japanese restaurant has not the best location, just near a gas station but as soon you are approaching the place you can tell that is a very popular restaurant in town, we were on our summer vacation and we made a reservation which I recommend but talking about the food is just great, the seafood is fresh and the... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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152 reviews 152 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is not where you eat if you are hungry. We ordered some take-out and by the price of the food I thought it would satisfy our hunger. When we arrived at the hotel and i looked what was there I was shocked. Although the sushi was tasty there wasn't enough for one let alone two. After eating the sushi... More

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