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Shogun Japanese Restaurant

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1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431
+1 831-469-4477
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA
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200 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, this is not my go-to sushi place in Santa Cruz generally, but a friend suggested it and we give it a try last week. Shogun was terrific, with amazing food, pleasant service and appropriate prices. We started out with a generous glass of Chardonnay and a Japanese beer, and ordered their Shogun Peppers which are a battered jalapeno pepper... More 

Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Went there with a friend and ordered a couple of dishes with some Japanese beer. Service was excellent and we enjoyed some quite different sushi.

Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Always fresh, always delicious. I've been going here for 15+ years and never had a bad meal. My favorites are the Nancy Roll, Fisherman's roll, shrimp tempura roll... wow, too many to name! I also love the dinner boxes when I'm really hungry and for a bit extra you can add to them and have a customize meal. My husband... More 

Thank allykatd
Nevada city, CA
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48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Every time I visit SC I always make it a point to eat here. Well here and a few other places that i just "HAVE" to eat when visiting. Great selection of rolls, apps, and other saki. Also vegan friendly. I got the Spider, Philadelphia, and a veg roll. All were excellent.

Thank finallyavacation29
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

We were really excited to visit this restaurant. It had great reviews and based on that, we had our hopes up for some great Japanese food. We ordered one of the sushi roll specials, and to be fair, this was excellent. But the excellence sadly stopped there. The agedashi tofu was stuck together and gooey - I know it's supposed... More 

Thank Sophia G
Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

This is the best place for sushi and Japanese food in the area without a doubt. A must try is the downtown we roll and de la Viega roll. Must try they are nice and delicious

Thank nicobellic10
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163 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

The place was really busy on Friday night, which was a good thing. We waited outside for about 30 minutes and 2 spot became available at the sushi bar. The sushi chef were friendly and showed us their art to make sushi. The food was delicious, we started with the seaweed and poke salad and had few other pieces of... More 

Thank Luciano A
Monterey, California
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

I really, really, really miss this place. We lived over nine years in Santa Cruz and tried all sushi place in all of Santa Cruz County, and nobody does a Chirashi Bowl like Shogun. ALL OTHER SUSHI RESTAURANTS' PLEASE TAKE NOTE. I even attached a photo. If you need to...go visit them and see for yourself. Shogun is beautifully located... More 

Thank Orostudio
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Well, it take 13 years. I'm coming to Santa Cruz several time a year since 2002. And I was used to go and eat great Japanese food in this place everytime i was in town. Sometimes even, for lunch and also dinner. Everything was great, service, atmosphere, food.... BUT there must have been a shift at some point.... In 2015,... More 

Thank ejzegreat
San Jose, California
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251 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is not a great sushi restaurant. The flavors are off and the rice was under cooked. A roll with tobiko had heaps of it inside which was far too much and quite gross. It should be on the outside for texture. I wouldn't go back and don't recommend it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-469-4477

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?