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Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar
Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blueoceanrobatasushi.com
  • Phone: (760) 434-4959
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Daily: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Dinner
    Daily: 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Yakitori
  • Executive Chef: James Pyo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carlsbad Village Dr & Grand Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on the weekends
A word from Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar
Dive into Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar to experience the delectable flavors of the ocean mixed with the heat of the robata grill. Our menu features signature sushi rolls and mouthwatering robata skewers that will leave you wanting more. Blue Ocean also features a full bar to enjoy specialty cocktails and the always exciting sake bombs. We invite you to come in and swim against the tide. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was outstanding. The bacon wrapped scallops were by far the best I have ever had. I made my wife try one (and she doesn't like scallops) and she is now a fan of scallops. I could order those for the entire meal and be completely satisfied."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place is great, the sushi is quality and pretty much anything that comes off the grill is good. Rolls are good sized and have lots of flavor."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were immediately impressed by the futuristic ambience. We also recognized some movie stars, but that's STILL not the reason that we can hardly wait to come back, (despite making the trek from Silicon Valley)! Anyway, to get properly over ourselves, we "need" to say that that the drinks and sushi/sashimi were the best we've ever had!!! We happily over-ate and were thrilled rather than remorseful. One of the sushi chefs. also gave us some fabulous tastes of super-fresh fish. AND, finally, we had a dessert that was off-the-chart in deliciousness: a dark-chocolate torte, with toasted nuts, coconut sorbet and so much more. WOW, it was terrific!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Love this place. Went for my husband's birthday with a group of friends. It was really noisy, but for our purpose, that was fine. The food was excellent and the service was stellar. We loved what our server recommended and had a great time. Get the warm cashew salad. It's amazing!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The quality of their sushi is excellent. They are one of the few places that offer toro and blue fin tuna- which is hard to find. They offer unique rolls (like the tango mango) in addition to making traditional ones. I've also tried pretty much all the robata meats and they are all great. My favs are the lamb chops, wagyu meatballs, and sculpin. Nice wine & saki offerings as well. I haven't tried any of the other main entrees as I like to eat just the sushi & robata."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Lots of energy (very noisy), great vibe and decor. The food was good (not great). The robata dishes were good and interesting. The sushi, while good quality wasnt our favorite. We are sushi snobs so if we were dying for amazing sushi we wouldn't go here but it definitely satisfied the our sushi craving while offering a more vibrant and versatile menu than your local sushi restaurant. The staff was very nice (especially Marissa) and the service was very good. The restaurant is fairly new and definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Third time going to this newer restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. Food has been excellent every time - we love the Robata grill. The first time it was almost midnight and we were the only people there. The next two times it has been jumping, with a potential for wait times."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Live Uni, live scallops, ohhhh ya! Sashimi list is pretty awesome. Abalone, Giant Clam, Toro, Live Uni, Live Scallops, you crave it, they have it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Eggplant dish & wasabi roll are a must!! Great addition to Carlsbad night scene."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The place is nicely decorated, the food and service very good, but it's SOOOOO noisy! However go anyway, it's a fun experience, especially the robata grill--little skewers of meat and vegetables grilled over hot coals. The pork belly is fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Lots to love about this place-beautiful dining room, fun cocktails, good scene & we had some great food. Our robata selections (tomatoes, black cod & meatballs) were fantastic-especially the black cod. The sushi was also really good although it was clearly pre-made as it came out within moments & the rice had that "been sitting there for an hr" texture. We were there at 5 pm so I assume they were just ensuring the kitchen didn't get behind. What bothered me, however, was that they list "crab" on the menu & it's actually krab. I asked our server-so it's real crab correct? And she informed me that it wasn't-nor could we upgrade to real crab for an additional cost. Disappointing for a restaurant that clearly prides themselves on their kitchen"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Could not have asked for a better place to eat last Friday. Service was great and food was perfect. French kiss albacore dish and pork belly, will get us back real soon. Kudos!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "If you love contemporary interior design and delish sushi, this place is for you."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food here is great but if you want to hear your table mates, come for lunch! We were surprised that the lunch menu does not feature any Robata items and wish the website said so - but some of our favorites from the kitchen were available (peppers and eggplant) and the sushi rolls were wonderful. My wife had the chicken wraps - which turned out to be enough for everyone to share and then some! If you come for dinner- the Robata is wonderful but be prepared for one of the loudest restaurants you will ever visit. (But the noise isn't enough to keep us away - it just isn't a place we would choose if we wanted a place to converse). Lunch is quiet and it is a great place for friends to get together."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was fantasic! Service was good but the servers kept bringing items that we did not order. I guess a little confusion when doling out food orders. Need to incorporate some art on the walls from local artist. A little color would be good. Just some suggestions for improvements. My wife and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary and had a great time. We will be back to dine again. By the way, the green tea sunday was awesome!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "THE GOOD! The food was good and seemed fresh. The service was also good. THE BAD! The noise level was very loud and it was hard to understand our server. The tables are so close together it was difficult for the servers to go between them and when they did their bottom would be in someones face ,you hear everyone sitting next to you conversation. liked the food but don't know if its worth the noise. not a place for conversation."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The service was great. Brooke was our server and she was awesome. I tell everyone I know that likes sushi to go Blue Ocean Robata."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Every time here like it here more. Tried new things and all were great!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Fish was fresh with beautiful presentation. Oysters were tiny, but sweet and fresh. Scallops were beautifully presented. 3 course with Miso Cod was delicious. Robata skewers were okay, flat iron was better than the meatballs. A for Sushi, B for Robata Services was wonderful, Andrew was friendly, fast and made great suggestions. A+ Hostess was VERY NICE, but seated us after an 8 minute wait. Would have preferred they had our table ready right away for Mother's Day since it was special occasion. We mentioned we were driving from LA in Res. B+ Best seats in the house are the booth tables along the back wall or long tables for big groups. Bar area is pretty noisy, the area near restrooms is quieter. Nice music, ambiance and decor. A "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a neighborhood gem. Very nice easy to order menu without being overwhelmed by too many options. Sushi fantastic but service lacking in friendliness and warmth."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time at the restaurant for Mother's Day lunch...food was very good as well as service.Had chicken teriyaki/salmon/white tuna/green tea sundae..highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We made reservations for 8pm arrived early 7:45 and were seated within 5 mins. Service was excellent Brooke was very attentitive and friendly. The sushi was so fresh and tender melted I. Your mouth. Not our first visit and we will be back !!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Having tried many of the Sushi spots in north county we have found Blue Ocean to be the best and more importantly they have an excellent kitchen on Robata Bar serving up not seen in other sushi restaurants. It's crowed so get a reservation and it is noisy. also appears to have an active bar happening."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Wow, Quail eggs lightly grilled over open flame, teriyaki egg plant, chopped real wasabi, Tuna belly, Nigori sake and a super cool chef cooking right in front of us. What more could you want? The owner greeted us as we walked in dressed like we were in Monaco and proceeded to engage in conversation about the menu while the hostess graciously waited to seat us. Oh, don't forget the sweet and salty butterscotch pudding!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Food is fabulous, both the robata and sushi are top notch - really creative upscale menu. The bar is also really cool, it's a great new "hot spot" for the Village. Make sure you make a reservation, gets packed and the wait can be long."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Could not have been more surprised to find this restaurant just on the outskirts of downtown Carlsbad. Bar has some excellent unique cocktails. Everything we ordered for dinner was outstanding. Extremely fresh and delicious sashimi. Did not get to try the Robata but sat in front of the chefs and everything looked terrific. Can't wait to go back. Only downside was the noise level. Nothing in the room absorbed the sound but still food and drink was well worth the effort!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I absolutely LOVE this place. Fantastic Sushi, and everything Robata Grilled is over-the-top Delicious! It's a fun place to eat- really " lively"... And loud. Not really a place for a quiet romantic dinner. I loved every single bite! The Carpaccio was my favorite!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Would not go again because of noise level was so loud!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The cusine was very innovative. Loved the mussels with linguisa sausage in a wonderful sauce. The Black Cod on top of greens and "crunchy rice" was world class. The sides are also innovative, and healthy besides. I can't wait to return and work my way through the menu!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I made a reservation here for my Fiancé's birthday. First time we have had a chance to enjoy this new hot spot. We got seated about 40 minutes AFTER our reservation, which I thought was a little rediculious. But I didn't let that bother me. We weren't in a hurry. Went to the bar for a while and drank while waiting. I got a hibiscus martini that Kim suggested and it was really good! Once we did get seated the service was fast and super friendly, the food was amazing! Very tasty and unique. We all had a great time and we will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The sushi was very good. The noise drove my partner and I out! It was crawling with children...who appeared to be unattended. I won't be back anytime soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Decided to spend celebrating my 50th with my wife here. I made reservations and noted the special occasion and requested a nicer table. We arrived a few mins before our reservation & were greeted by 3 young girls who all seemed like they were being trained as hostesses and all looked confused. Obviously, A manager was there helping them and they seemed to be struggling to find us our reserved table. After a mins, they took us to what I thought would be our table, but instead, they tried seating us at the sushi bar. We refused it. After another few mins, they directed us to a table in the bar area (vs. the main dining area). I'd hardly call that a special or quiet table. Food was good but overall, we were disappointed. We will not return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food, service, and decor are all delightful. The acoustics, unfortunately, almost ruined the experience. To be fair, it could have been the unruly children sitting nearby, or the obnoxiously loud group of ladies sitting near the bar. The tables could not have been any closer together. I am eager to return and try again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "4 stars because while the food was quite tasty, the service was a bit off. We ordered edamame as soon as we got there as we were starving. Later, two of us ordered sushi rolls while the third person ordered a bento box. After awhile, one of the sushi rolls was brought out, but no edamame. The the second sushi roll, at which point I asked about the edamame. Awkwardly, the person waiting for her bento box had to wait several minutes after all other food was on the table before her food came. I feel like the order you serve food in should not be that difficult. When you order something as an appetizer well before you place your main meal order, it should be brought out first and all main courses at the same time."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went on a double date night with another couple, and we shared everything we ordered. It was all fantastic. We started with the warm cashew salad, which was more like cashew lettuce cups. It was outstanding. We also had the caramelized eggplant, which was unique and delicious. And we had four fantastic sushi rolls. The service was excellent... in fact almost too good. Everything we ordered came within 5 minutes of each other, so our table was very full. Next time -- and there will certainly be a next time for us -- I would space out our ordering and get the apps first, then place our sushi order."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were invited to a Venom Vodka event. The place look very classy and intimate. The food was simply amazing. My favorite is the salmon sashimi. Like nothing I've tasted before! Also loved the unique presentations and the glow bowl. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I took a friend for his birthday. The facility is small, which would have been fine except there were too many tables crammed into the space. I felt as if we were dining with people seated at the surrounding tables. Speaking of tables, they are SMALL, which doesn't bode well if you order several sushi plates. You can fit two sushi plates on the table if you are careful about where your beverages are located. The food was mediocre. Because of the cramped space, the noise level is high. I will, however, say the server (Brooke) was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "and the service was great as well. Our waitress did a fab job at advising us and the food was inventive and delicious. But the noise at 6:30 pm on a Saturday night was out of control. Seriously, when it is that noisy just cut the piped in music because it isn't needed. That said, I would definitely go back...early afternoon....on a weekday."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Found this spot in magazine ad - thank goodness we made reservations. Very busy and trendy spot. Great food and service. Tables were a bit close together but the noise level prevented hearing other's conversations."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Hi met a long time friend from out of town at Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi in downtown Carlsbad last week. I was pleasantly surprised by the exterior landscaping, the interior of the restaurant as well as the service and food. I would highly recommend this restaurant. My only comment would be for the servers to let the customers know that the ice tea comes in a bottle and can definitely be shared ($6.00)."
    Dined on 3/21/2014