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Nobu

$$$$
Downtown
Japanese, Sushi, Contemporary
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207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (L Street)
Gaslamp
+1 619-814-4124
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dessert - my favorite

The homemade donuts were amazing. I also enjoyed the Miso Sea Bass. Atmosphere was loud and happening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
tootallmom
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Lakeland, Florida
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The food was (as usual) terrifice. My favorite dish is the miso-glazed black cod but the lobster dishes at this location were great as well.

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Lakeland, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The homemade donuts were amazing. I also enjoyed the Miso Sea Bass. Atmosphere was loud and happening.

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Orange County, Ca.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Overall, I was very disappointed in Nobu...I spent $120 for my wife an I and she barely ate anything. Nothing we ordered was "special" or deserving of the lofty prices. The waitress, while pleasant, was trying to "help" me decide what to order. Had I listened to her, I would have spent over $200 probably. I really wanted it to... More 

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Riverbank Ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My first time to Nobu and I will definitely return! Awesome food and service! Will have to save up because it is pricey but well worth it!

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Troy, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

By far one of the best sushi experiences we had. The Miso cod is Awesome! Huge portions and delicious! The sashimi was so fresh it was jumping off the plate lol! I would suggest getting there early since the place gets really packed and crowded as the evening goes on. Service was attentive and knowledgeable, Definately recommend!! Great meal experience!

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Washington, DC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Had high expectations for Nobu... and perhaps that was where the problem was... the dishes were well designed, but oversalted and over dressed. I believe there's a delicate balance but Nobu went overboard... sorry to say if I were in the neighborhood again I'd go for fish tacos.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Nobu is well known for its extraordinary mix of Japanese food with Peruvian touches. Its a brand with top restaurants worldwide and the quality of food and service @ Nobu San Diego is no exception. Its located @ Gaslamp Quarter with a great atmosphere. One of my top choices in San Diego!

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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81 reviews 81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Nice to be back. The food is delicious, Service is good, ambience is nice. Better experience than last time.

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Michigan USA
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128 reviews 128 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Nobu has sashimi and other dishes that are just like what is served in Tokyo. So this is not what one finds in many of the 'Americanized' Japanese restaurants. It's the real stuff. Also expensive but as often happens, one gets what one pays for. They also have the usual collection of tempuras and the like, but for a taste... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Food was very good - but expected more for the price of the chef's menu. Asked for nigiri & tempura to be included, but got no tempura and more sashimi than nigiri, so we left quite hungry considering the bill. Maybe would try another Japanese place first before returning.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
    (L Street)
  • Public Transportation: Gaslamp
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-814-4124

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 60
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?