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“Absolutely delicious.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Japengo

Cafe Japengo
The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
858 450 3355
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Ranked #79 of 1,261 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Asian, Eclectic
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: La Jolla Village
Houston
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217 reviews 217 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Absolutely delicious.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Visited Cafe Japengo for dinner on a whim. What a great decision it turned out to be. Place was pretty cool in terms of atmosphere, not incredible, but cool & comfortable. The service was very good from start to end as well...then the food. Oh my, everything we had at our table was absolutely incredibly delicious. We all sampled each others dishes & nothing let us down. I would GLADLY visit again. Fantastic food!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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39 reviews 39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“One of the best places for Sushi and Japanese food in San Diego”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

I go to Japengo often. It is one of the most reliable sushi and Japanese restaurants in San Diego. Everything is fresh and well prepared. There are creative tasty dishes for those that do not want Sushi and the Sushi is fantastic- fresh, clean and creative. Service is top notch as well. Great modern atmosphere. Go!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Morgan Hill, CA
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Sushi Chef and Manager Jerry was fantastic. Great conversationalist and local guy - worked there for a long time which tells me a lot about management. Loved this place. Food super fresh and delish.

Visited February 2013
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Good Sushi - Not kid friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We were staying across the way at the Hyatt so I thought we would try it. Large portions, great food but a little inflexible. We arrived a few minutes early (we had made a reservation through Open table) and couldn't be seated until our exact time. Having a 2 and 4 year old is like herding cats. Then we ordered. My 4 year old loves Miso so I ordered her a bowl. It would have helpful to know a few things about the bowl - additional ingredients, to say the least she struggled. The two year old had rice from the kids menu. First it was served hot, not a good thing. It was the most complex kids rice dish I have ever seen. Don't misunderstand the place has great food and sushi - it's just not kid friendly.

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food pounding music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant has a wide variety of sushi and Asian entrees. The food and service was wonderful, the decor interesting. However throughout our meal the music was pounding, and difficult to hold a conversation .

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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