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“Excellent Japanese Food”
Review of Kitayama

Ranked #251 of 503 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Newport Beach, California, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Japanese Food”
Reviewed October 13, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very authentic Japanese spot - lunch specials are great and the service is good too.
By far the best California roll ever - and the sushi is always fresh.
If you are going for lunch, definitely make a reservation or get there EARLY! There is ALWAYS a wait ... very busy spot.

Visited September 2013
Thank DorindaFerg
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
South Pole
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156 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Nice ambiance; less exciting food”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

It's a pleasant place overall: the booths are cozy and quiet, the service is quick. It's a pity the food is good – but not supreme. It feels like all the sharp and pungent flavors of Japan got diluted in the bland-ish palate of the OC. The fish and seafood were high quality and fresh, but several more complex dishes we ordered – salads, starters and tempura – were a bit on the flavorless side.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank xamhayana
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Newport Coast
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2013

ugh! this place was awful! We arrived a bit before our other friends arrived so we went to the bar to get a drink and wait. there were only about 5 other people in the bar, the bartender totally ignored us for about 10 minutes so we decided to take our table and hope to get a drink there. still had to wait a while for a simple glass of wine and a beer - our friends arrived and we finally had get up to find a waitress to serve us. all four of our dinners arrived at different times - about 4 to 5 minutes apart - and none looked appetizing. there was some kind of "at table" cooking going on at the table behind us so we were frequently smothered in smoke - felt like we were eating in a kitchen and we all smelled like cooking food - yuck. the waitress never came back to see if we needed anything; our water ran dry; empty plates sat fallow; we had to get up again and ask for a check and then the check/credit card sat again for about 20 minutes. we were finally on the road home and shaking our heads at how terrible this place was when my friend got a call (she gave her number for the reservation) and the restaurant had charged another table's bill to our card so we had to go back and check out again. DO NOT GO HERE - IT IS TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Fairwind12
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California, USA
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92 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Food nothing special”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Had lunch here and found the food to be only mediocre.
Service was good - The waiter came along to ask how the food was and was surprised when I told him it didn't meet expectations. He did ask if I wanted meal replaced. Wasn't bad, just not very tasty.

Visited October 2012
Thank whitewingsUsa
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Newport Beach, California
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336 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“top sushi place”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Located a bit out of the way off freeway. Very fresh sushi but has great warm food menu. Service great. Highly recommended for top flight sushi

Visited January 2012
Thank beentheretooo
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