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Shogun Japanese Restaurant

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1123 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431
831-469-4477
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Saturday
Closed
Hours:
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, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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

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Thank nicobellic10
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143 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Monterey, California
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank ejzegreat
San Jose, California
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229 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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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Thank Atalanta8
Santa Cruz, California
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116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

So, I thought I'd already reviewed Shogun, but I seem not to have. This is my go to place for sushi in Santa Cruz. Everything I have had, even when randomly choosing from the menu, is mouth wateringly delicious. The udon is the best I have ever had anywhere. There is so much flavor in everything that you get, that... More 

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Thank Jason K
Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Fresh food, nice staff, and attention to detail. We love to dine here and this is also the favorite place of several of our friends.

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Thank Lynn F
Crewe, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We ate here recently on our trip to Santa Cruz - it was my not my favourite meal. The food was hit and miss and the service really wasn't very good - the company made up for it - but I can't rate that on here!

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Thank psknight
Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is our favorite sushi restaurant, and the competition is stiff in Santa Cruz. They also have great bento boxes, appetizers (their Ocean Salad is far and away the best around), udon noodles, and other Japanese dishes. Always great food, a nice vibe, relaxing decor and good service.

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Thank Len B
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105 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Every time I visit Santa Cruz, about twice a year for the last 15 years, my daughter and I go to Shogun. I've had sushi and other Japanese dishes all over the world, and this place rates number one. The portions are amazing! Mino, the skilled owner, and his entire staff are gracious, attentive, patient and helpful. We like to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
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: 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?