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Zensei Sushi

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30th and Upas, San Diego, CA 92104
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Romantic atmosphere

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
Bill Q
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'm a vegetarian who always bailed out of going to sushi restaurants. But Zensei completely changed all that. Hands down the best sushi place I've been to. Every time we go, we're surprised with new creations. Zensei has become my go-to restaurant for the last 3 years.

Thank PKTravelReview
San Diego, CA
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209 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I have been passing this place for years. Finally decided to try it for dinner on a Friday night. Very disappointing. Food was just OK. Staff is very friendly, but service is incredibly slow. My husband ordered tempura and got it in about 10-15 min. My son's sushi came about 15 min after that, my "California" roll came 15 min... More 

Thank SDTravelMom
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Happy hour prices are awesome, and the food is always fresh and promptly prepared and served. We generally order the entire happy hour choice list!

Thank Darrell92104
Munich, Germany
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290 reviews
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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 

Thank SFLeonce
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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588 reviews
383 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 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 

Thank Mike P
San Diego, California
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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.

Thank Bill Q
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.

Thank plic42
New Orleans, Louisiana
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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.

Thank saltinet
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Nao H
San Diego
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Japanese, Sushi


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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