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

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blueoceanrobatasushi.com/
  • Phone: 7604344959x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Daily: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Bar
    Daily: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (24)hot spot (21)vibrant bar scene (20)special occasion (13)good for groups (13)great for lunch (7)romantic (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Awesome
    Kyuss
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Terra was out server and Chris was out host. They were both awesome. You could not ask for better service. I always look foreword to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasn't even open!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Restaurant was closed on Friday lunchtime. No notification on door or website. Even allowed me to reserve a table online. This is usually my favorite sushi place to eat at. Very disappointed since I'm not very local and drove 1/2hr to get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and more...
    Nank
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love the fresh fish here! It's delicious and the presentation is beautiful. The staff is friendly and attentive. We are definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi
    GiovanniVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This place is trendy while delivering great sushi and Japanese dishes. The rolls were especially appealing because it was the first time that I've eaten at a sushi place that offered quinoa or brown rice instead of white rice! I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and lively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Knowledgable wait staff., very helpful Hostess a bit unfriendly
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very solid, but loud
    StirFry
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Not sure if I caught BOR on an especially boisterous night but my biggest takeaway was how really loud it was. Not in any way that affected my experience super negatively, but was distracting in a few instances. You know, the 'turn your head' kind of loud people. But that being said, the food was tremendous, service was great and definitely will be back again. Our reservation was at 730 and at around 830, the noise level quieted down. So next time, a later reservation and we'll be good to go. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Kyuss
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Every time I go here I am more and more impressed. Marissa the server and Chris the Manager are the best. I can't wait till the next time. I tell all my friends about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!!
    DloveVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Awesome, neighborhood spot for sushi lovers. I consider myself a sushi foodie and this was some of the best sushi I have had in a long time. Must try The French Kiss and the Albacore Delight. The black cod robata was also super tasty. I can't wait to visit Carlsbad again so I eat at Blue Ocean!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super food and experience
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was our first time here and it was fabulous!! We sat at the Robata Grill and it was fun talking to the "grill chef". The pork belly was amazing, as well as the sushi rolls and the duck. We are anxious to come back and try many more things on the menu. We will bring our daughter and son-in-law, who are foodies also. My husband brought me here for my birthday dinner and with our dessert I was presented with a sparkling birthday candle!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best scallops I've ever had
    Greg
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Erikad1228
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Japanese food…EVER!
    GwenVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Newest Fav
    Laura
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi & Grilled Meats!
    AJ82
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe--fun spot
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sevv
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sashimi list
    Hop760VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lore
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Eggplant dish & wasabi roll are a must!! Great addition to Carlsbad night scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nickname
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi - but it's krab not crab
    lleighnVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleased.
    thejudge68
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Heart Blue Ocean
    LuckyLittleMustardseed
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    If you love contemporary interior design and delish sushi, this place is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch is much quieter than dinner!
    RobMVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Apres Surf!
    Kapes
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • blue ocean
    potter
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar reviews archive.
  • Awesome
    Kyuss
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Third time here
    Suze
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Every time here like it here more. Tried new things and all were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and presentation
    CaliforniaLoveVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific Sushi average service
    Amacooker
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb service/food/ambience
    prosie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi excellent
    Jule
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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 !!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    unique rolls, good cocktails. a tiny bit cramped for space. well worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi/robata in area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Complex perfection
    Yummzy
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New favorite sushi spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place go in Carlsbad
    Foodistheword
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously Loud
    LuckyJVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go again because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Would not go again because of noise level was so loud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Ocean: pallet dazzler!
    bluOceanfan
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delish! And worth returning to!
    KC760
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.