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“The best, or one of the best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sushi Ota

Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4920 (Pacific Beach)
858-270-5670
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Ranked #5 of 3,683 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $100
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
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Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
San Diego
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The best, or one of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I have eaten at a jillion sushi restaurants here and in Japan. This is, without a doubt, the best or one of the best sushi restaurants I've enjoyed. My tape measure is a Chirashi bowl. I base my judgement on the ability of the sushi chef to place a harmonious sampling of his most fresh offerings within the context of the Chirashi bowl. Sushi Ota's Chirashi bowl always makes my eyes roll back in my head with ecstasy. This doesn't happen at many restaurants. The fish has to be at it's peak without a fishy odor. It's texture needs to be firm and not mushy. The uni and ikura has to offer a bright and fresh contrast. The rice needs to be seasoned properly. It also needs to be cool, but still freshly cooked so that its texture has not started to harden. If you can do this, then it's likely that you are preparing other sushi with the same care.

  • 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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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
“yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

A well deserved rating everything was fresh and delicious! Uni!!! the bomb! The yellowtail, halibut and the tuna was fabulous. I got a seat right away on Thursday night, at the sushi bar but I was solo so this helped.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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california
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“our favorite sushi in SD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

we've been here a number of times, it is our favorite sushi restaurant in town. never disappointed with anything on the menu, and service is reasonably good even when the place is full, as it often is.

Visited December 2012
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boston,ma
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51 restaurant reviews
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“Good sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Went for early lunch since I read everywhere that it gets very crowded. Got there as soon as they opened and we were able to sit at the bar. Sushi was fresh and tasty, well prepared by the friendly sushi chef. They are located in a small strip mall but are definitely worth seeking out. The place filled up quickly but service remained quick and efficient.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Delicious Japanese fare--consider take-out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Terrific food will always draw a crowd even if it's a little pricey. At least that was the case when I visited Sushi Ota in December. I didn't want to wait 30 minutes for a table so I decided to take out. Service was fast and friendly. I will definitely go back, hopefully sometime when it's not quite as busy, and even then I will make a reservation.

TIP: Sushi Ota is in a small strip mall located on the corner of Mission Bay Blvd and Bunker Hill St. Parking can be difficult in the very small lot serving a number of businesses. You can park behind the building--enter off of Bunker Hill St. There's a stairway from the parking lot up to the restaurant.

Visited December 2012
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