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“Best Sushi in San Diego!!!!!”
Review of Azuki Sushi Lounge

Azuki Sushi Lounge
Ranked #444 of 4,933 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Sushi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Juniper
Reviewed May 17, 2013

I eat here at least once or twice a month and find the sushi, sashimi and Japanese cuisine to be the best in San Diego. Parking can be a bit difficult in this Banker´s Hill location. I would also recommend making a reservation at the sushi bar and put yourself in the hands of the very capable sushi chefs (who are Japanese). Also check out the chalk board for daily specials flown in from Japan such as the highest grade of belly tuna which melts in your mouth. One dish to always try is a fresh oyster on the half shell served with caviar and uni and is the utmost in decadence. They also have fresh Pacific oysters on the half shell. The dungeness crab soup with clams is very tasty and filling. All of the fish is of the highest quality. Even the cooked dishes such as the unagi or the spider roll are made to perfection. They do not serve liquors but have an excellent selection of sakes, sushi friendly wines from Alsace and beers. In addition, they have shochu, the sweet potato spirit to sip on after or during the meal. Remember to reserve the sushi bar or front room as the back room is not as fun or part of the experience. The service is fantastic. This is so much better than Hane Sushi up the street!!!! I will return as often as possible to this sushi and sashimi heaven in Banker´s Hill. One note is perfection such as this does not come cheap.

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Thank pensando42
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Went with a group of 4 and sat on the back patio, which is a much better environment than the traditional restaurant seating in the front. We didn't feel like perusing the menu so we asked our waitress if she could just have the chef make a variety of stuff and we'd tell her when to stop. I'm really glad we did that as the restaurant did an amazing job fulfilling our request.

Everything was incredible. Highlights included: spicy tuna on crispy rice, seared tuna carpaccio with jalapeno and ponzu sauce, fried soft shell crab with ponzu sauce, a tofu pallete cleanser with salmon roe and ponzu jelly (I don't even like tofu), three rolls on the menu that are unique to Azuki (the On the Border roll that was spicy and had jalapeno, a roll with crab and shrimp that had a very thinly slice lemon on top - perhaps the most unique and best sushi roll I've ever had, and a roll with raw, thinly slice Kobe beef with a little drop of a great sweet, smoky BBQ sauce), black miso cod with spinach, baked salmon with shiitake risotto, and a lemon custard dessert with berries. Also, we had some traditional nigiri and sashimi as well.

Our waitress did a fantastic job explaining everything.

We were on a business trip, but we saw some other young professionals (assuming local) there as well.

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Thank skline2
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

hidden gem! try the "on the border" roll.. it's the best sushi roll i have ever had
Great place, great service!

Thank Enrico2309
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

this is a good sushi place with a small garden in the back. it is modern and they are very creative with their rolls and the appetizers; the fish is fresh, I don't think it is better than Ota, but it is a good date place especially if you are into sushi that's less traditional. it is (fairly) expensive too

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Thank nadezhda3
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Hane is closed on Mondays so took a chance. Reading other reviews, I thought it might be overly expensive or I would be subject to bad service. Had reservations at the sushi counter. Chairs were a bit cramped. There were about 4 sushi chefs. They seemed to be focused on filling other orders but when we interrputed and asked for certain sushi, the chef was very attentive. Service for water and drinks seemed a bit slow. Anyways, the service was not as bad as I have read, and the price was, well expected. Some of the sushi was incredibly fresh and good, such as the toro and the unagi. Hamachi was not bad either. For the same price and for a better atmosphere and decor, I would still pick Restaurant Hane up the street, but this is not a ad second in the same area.

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Thank DT808
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