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Sushi Ota

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4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4920
858-270-5670
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 254
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very Nice!

Had a nice lunch with my grandson. Lots of choices, fresh, fresh sushi, very good. Service was very efficient and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Pamela H
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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355 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a nice lunch with my grandson. Lots of choices, fresh, fresh sushi, very good. Service was very efficient and friendly.

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San Diego, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Local review-This is a favorite local spot and has phenomenal quality sushi. We had the green salad, seaweed salad, salmon sashimi, spicy tuna roll and salmon roll. Excellent service refilling our green tea and consistently checking on us. Go here. You will not be disappointed. Make a reservation!!

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San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Sushi Ota serves some of the best sushi to be had in San Diego . BUT it is always crowded, you HAVE TO HAVE RESERVATIONS TO GET IN. The place is cramped and therefore the service can be slow. I prefer theSushi bar but good luck to get there without explicit reservations and even there the seating is tight.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very fresh sushi with lots of options. If you want to go on weekends, you'll wait a long time. It's not inexpensive.

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Best sushi in SD by miles. So fresh. Consisently good. Sashimi is amazing, you can tell they take pride in their craft. A must go if in the area. Unassuming location might throw you off at first but the overall quality is superb.

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San Diego
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sushi Ota is a small sushi restaurant with lots of Japanese customers. That already says it all. Their sushi is VERY good and we order ahead for pick up. There is always a line and the parking situation is not very good . If you want to have a nice authentic sushi dinner you have to get there 15-20 minutes... More 

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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sushi Ota is hidden away in an office building that is sandwiched between car dealerships. The location has absolutely no curb appeal so the restaurant's success and longevity must be based upon the food. In the 1980's when Japan was riding a financial tidal wave and California was awash with Japanese money, it wasn't unusual to find this restaurant packed... More 

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It seems that over the years the quality of the food at Sushi Ota has declined. I have been coming to the restaurant for a long time. I would make the trip despite the long drive, because it was truly good sushi - well, no more. I would put it now in the average category. Now there are many more... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Delicious. Fresh. Great service. Now i can see why there was a line out the door before it even opened for dinner. Within 5 minutes of opening every table was full, but the service was spot on. The sushi was obviously very fresh and perfectly prepared!

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Mankato, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

While visiting San Diego a friend wanted to do sushi to celebrate his birthday. I am not a sushi or seafood lover but agreed to join. Sushi Ota is located in a rundown strip mall next to a Seven 11, but the quality of the food and service were shockingly good. We made a reservation for 5:30 and were lucky... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: 858-270-5670

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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