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“Ota-This-World Sushi”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sushi Ota

Sushi Ota
Ranked #4 of 4,717 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $100
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Ota-This-World Sushi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

Being a sushi aficionado from that first and foremost sushi-addicted city, L.A., I can vouch without reservation that former L.A. Chef Ota's offerings here need take no back seat to any other bi-coastal city's finest sushi outposts.

Tried to book a second night in a row right there and then at our first extraordinary fish fest here, but as local fans know, reserved seating at Ota is a premium San Diego dining bid.

It's a small joint obscurely tucked away at one end of a busy intersection strip mall, but you'll get parking and possibly, even walk-in seating, if you come at or close to opening time.

Bar seating is limited (there's also table seating in a separate area with standard menu fare) but imperative to enjoy an ongoing show of the skillful construction of visually-arresting edible masterpieces before you.

Treat your sushi chef to a nip of Sapporo to enhance the bonhomie between you and stimulate his creativity to greater heights on behalf of your dazzled eyes and enchanted palate. And have no doubt about it, the skill, creativity and freshness of fare is nonpareil here.

The best part of this deal? Sushi Ota's pricing, in comparison to larger cities, is a great deal!

So if you gotta have sushi, get Ota's sushi!

  • Visited December 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best Japanese Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

This restaurant has the best Japanese food in town. The quality of the ingredients, the taste and the presentation are excellent. The waiters are nice and helpful, the atmosphere is authentically Japanese.
In order to eat here you need to make a reservation, sometimes way ahead. This restaurant is a bit pricey, but it is worth it.

Visited May 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Delicious Sushi With Beautiful Presentations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Before I even came to San Diego, my aunt made reservations (2 weeks ahead) at Sushi Ota, saying that I had to try this place. That's how popular this place is in San Diego. And deservedly so.
The menu offers a variety of rolls and appetizers, like any other sushi restaurant. However, I was impressed by the quality of the sushi, the taste, and the presentation. We were a group of four, so we ordered miso soup as appetizers and 4 kinds of sushi rolls (including Diego and Snow Crab California rolls). Just fantastic! They also have platters that offer several kinds of sushi: One of us tried the Ota Special A and loved it. Add to all that an impeccable presentation, a great and efficient service and you end up having an amazing experience.
One thing I noticed upon entering the restaurant is the number of chefs working at the same time. I think it was around 7 or 8. Very efficient and smart idea in order to accommodate as many customers in one night.
I highly recommend trying Sushi Ota and you definitely need to reserve in advance. Oh and by the way, don't forget to try out their desserts which are equally delicious.

  • Visited March 2014
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“common sense”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

Just look around you! 6-8 Japanese sushi chefs. About 30% of the clientele are Japanese. Theres 's a reason they come here. It should be the same reason we all come here. QUALITY!

  • Visited May 2014
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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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“Best Sushi in San Diego”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

Every time I visit San Diego, I go to Sushi Ota. Awesome Sushi and Japanese food that never fail.
Love this place!

Visited March 2014
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