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Honda YA Japanese Restaurant

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556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780-4308
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love Honda-Ya!! After spending three weeks in Japan earlier this summer, I was desperate to find real Japanese food in Orange County! Everyone else in OC serves California Rolls and teriyaki, and calls it Japanese food. But Honda-Ya serves food that they actually eat in Japan!! The dishes are authentic and delicious! From the ramen to the skewers to... More 

Thank Ryan M
Hudson, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Had a great time enjoying my first yakitori experience. The only reason I will not rate it a 5 is because I saw some kind of large bug running along the floor. I am sure these are to be found in all restaurants though. There was a short wait when we arrived, but once seated, our food came very quickly.... More 

Thank Anne A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

It's best to arrive right when they open because they do not take reservations and they do have long lines and wait times frequently. Very good Japanese food and sushi. They have a couple tables where families or groups can sit on the floor and eat at low tables. Fun experience! Had the Teriyaki salmon and rice and it was... More 

Thank euscarol
Irvine, California
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

We put our name down and waited - it was worth it, don't let this scare you off. Great prices for excellent food and drinks. We had the potstickers, which are the best I've ever had, some yakitori sticks which were cooked to perfection, a roast pork dish with spinach which was amazing, the fried squid was only okay, luckily... More 

Thank sandram972016
Irvine, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

The doors open at 5:30 and there's ALWAYS a long line waiting. That alone should tell you how popular this place is. The food is great and service is good. The only complain i have is that their air conditioner at times acts up and it can get pretty warm in there. But totally worth it and will definitely go... More 

Thank Mbr232
Tustin, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

My Living Doll & I decide to try this place & they were the only place open at midnight on a Saturday night. There was a good crowd out. Enjoyed the atmosphere & Good Tasty Japanese food.

Thank roujjarose
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

We came Friday night early evening and had to wait 30 minutes, we were lucky and got a table seating on the tatami . We ordered mixed tempura, different skewers, salmon rice balls and a California roll, everything was tasty and the service was good too. We really felt like we were in Japan with no jet lag. When we... More 

Thank Claude D
Long Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

I was looking for a different restaurant and said what is a Honda Ya. Being American thinking it was a bike shop. I saw some people go in and then looked it up on Trip Advisor.....almost all 5s. I have to try this. I ordered the seafood hot pot and sake. Both were winners. Service 5 star....food 6 star. I... More 

Thank Sailing_Sweetie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2015

First time visiting this restaurant... it was fantastic!! The Asahi beer on tap was perfect with our meal and all the food came out quickly and tasted great! HIGHLY recommend it

Thank deanvalens
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2015

This takes me back to Kyoto. The food is authentic, the staff is good, and I love the ambiance. It's a little pricey, but totally worth it.

Thank skylinrcr01

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780-4308
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: 714-832-0081

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