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Kiyo's Japanese Restaurant

531 F St, San Diego, CA 92101-6308 (Downtown)
619-238-1726
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Ranked #1,123 of 4,067 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Good for: Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Kansas City, MO
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I am back in San Diego Aug 30, 2014 and headed to get some excellent Japanese food from Kiyo's. Unfortunately, the restaurant has now closed. I will miss this gem of the Gas Light District.

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Kansas City, MO
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Kiyo's has very authentic and very good Japanese foods. Lunch prices are very reasonable. The other restaurants in the Gas Lamp districts are quite pricey. Kiyo's is reasonable.

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Olney, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We have been going to Kiyos restaurant since the 90's. Although we live on the East Coast we have family in San Diego and come out often. We always make a point of going to eat at Kiyos. Kiyo usually goes to the fish market twice/day to select the freshest fish he can find. We always sit at the sushi... More

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Not horribly expensive and the food is great. Service is wonderful. Nice ambiance--quiet, no TVs. Terrific place to go with a group of friends as it's quiet enough that you can actually converse (imagine that--eating and conversing rather than watching TV). The sushi is delicious and there are other choices for the non-sushi eaters. Portions are large. Conveniently located close... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

After reading everyone's reviews I was expecting something a little better than what I received. I didn't order anything extra special... the edamame came out ice cold. The spicy tuna roll was just like any other and the hand roll I had was average as well. The part that was really annoying was that I asked for my bill and... More

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

I live right down the street. It is by far the most authentic Japanese restaurant I've ever been to in America. The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and the food is great! The table right by the window is very romantic; great for a date!

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Cherry Valley, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

But really nice employees. We were celebrating a bachelorette party and they were very accommodating and helpful. It wasn't my favorite sushi ever, but I didn't think it was awful.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2010

I was almost offput by the mixed reviews of Kiyo's despite the four star overall review. I'm glad I wasn't swayed. A tiny hole in the wall that you'd blink if you missed, with a charming, almost outdated feel, Kiyo's has a relaxed but authentic atmosphere. Other reviews mention slow service - they're absolutely right. Service definitely is not their... More

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San Diego, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

Love the sushi here and love the staff. SO friendly! The place itself is well-worn and -- well, frankly, woefully run-down... but they know their fish. And things are very reasonably priced. Try the soft shell crab roll.

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Arlington, TX
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

This place had decent sushi, although the group I was with wasn't very adventurous (CA Rolls, etc) What I did have was very good. The place wasn't very full, but the service was still slow for some reason.

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