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Zensei Sushi

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30th and Upas, San Diego, CA 92104
Today
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Good for:
Reservations
Takeout

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Absolutely love this place

We have been to Zensei Sushi every time we visited San Diego over the last years and enjoy it every time again. The Sushi is creative, excellently prepared and absolutely delicious. Their home brew is great and service has every time been outstanding. This time we went once and immediately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
SFLeonce
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Munich, Germany
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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Munich, Germany
Top Contributor
224 reviews 224 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We have been to Zensei Sushi every time we visited San Diego over the last years and enjoy it every time again. The Sushi is creative, excellently prepared and absolutely delicious. Their home brew is great and service has every time been outstanding. This time we went once and immediately ordered food for the next day as take-out as we... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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420 reviews 420 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A few friends went for sushi and were very disappointed. All of the great proclamations of this place, you can clearly read on the front of the menu (not sure what year it was proclaimed as such a hot spot) One of the best places in America!/!!. Are you kidding?. The expectations were set high, what was delivered was quite... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Love the dim romantic atmosphere. Nice view of the busy new North Park area. The sushi is always good. Not a huge beer selection but that's okay, after you can go across the street for that.

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Bremen, Germany
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

atmosphere and service okay, but no good sushi. especially bad tasting sushi rice and salmon. it was my first and last visit at this place.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Sushi here is fresh and creative - I really love the 30th and Upas roll. The staff is friendly and just a little bit quirky. It's a great place for a few drinks and a snack or dinner. I've eaten sushi all over the world and Zensei is still one of my favorites.

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San Diego, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The service here is a little weird. When we went on a slow Monday night when two other tables were occupied, the sushi chef took our orders (we were sitting at a table) because they were understaffed. There were two servers, one sushi chef (nice guy), three occupied tables. Plus, it was awkward to give our order to the sushi... More 

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San Diego
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Awesome plate specials, great happy hour! the You-We rolls are always a treat, you give the chef an ingredient you like and they whip up a surprise treat on the spot.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

I got a vegetarian roll but it was a little fishy as if not very fresh or stored badly. The service was fine and the atmosphere was approachable.

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California
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

This neighborhood sushi bar is worth a visit. The extensive menu has creative rolls with something for everyone. The fish is fresh, the staff is friendly and the sake and beer are ice cold. What are you waiting for? Try it early evening or late afternoon to avoid the rush.

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Richmond, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

zensei sushi is a small sushi place near north park in san diego; intimate, playing good music and serving good sushi. the menu was extensive, the waitress very sweet and working to please. my husband was trying to stay on a vegan diet(really impossible in a sushi place) but the chef was working w/him on his dishes to achieve the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30th and Upas, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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