Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant
Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant

Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluefinfusion.com/
  • Phone: 8586770558
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For all catering inquiries, please contact the Catering Manager at 858-395-8873. We do offsite deliveries to your business for a fast and easy dining experience without having to use your lunch break time.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private backroom that may be reserved to accommodate any occasion ranging from small intimate wedding rehearsals, to a large business presentation, and even casual mixers. Our backroom has the capacity to accommodate as many as 40 people for private dining and 60 if hosting a mixer. For further questions, please contact our marketing manager.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel 8583958873
  • Entertainment: We have a special late night happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00PM to 11:30PM. Late night happy hour begins at 9:00PM on Thursday with a live DJ spinning your favorite songs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Genesse
  • Public Transit: Multiple public transportation stops located within and around UTC are available walking distance from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: It is recommended to come early to ensure adequate time to find parking prior to your reservation, especially during our peak hours of business between 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
A word from Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant
Welcome to Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant, where great food, friendly service and atmosphere is always paramount. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are committed to ensuring a memorable experience. We feature only fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality that cannot be beat. Join us at Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant, one of the finest new restaurants in the prestigious city of La Jolla.
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Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)great for lunch (7)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)fit for foodies (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great for lunch
    DaveinCali
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Loved the sushi here. A lot of really interesting rolls packed full of fish. Only complaint was that the "Ex-Girlfriend Roll" had too much crab and not enough tuna. Sashimi was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Upscale and good only in looks and the location. Food was mediocre
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    aureliel
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been going to Bluefin Fusion for a while. I usually go with my girlfriends for Happy Hour. This time we went with family and friends, we were a group of 10. Servers were great, service was fast and we all got out food at the same time. We like how open it is and that it doesn't get to loud even where there is a lot of people!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service
    Sally
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Not sure why I keep coming back, but service here is always bad. Had lunch here and 45 min had passed and the one roll we ordered never showed up. Our server was never around to check on us and when we finally waved her down asking about the roll she said it was coming. We wanted to cancel the roll and she had to check if we could since they may be making it...obviously they forgot and she told them to cancel it. The bill also still had the roll listed even though we canceled it. The food is decent and the lunch specials are good, however, service is horrible. Skip Bluefin and go elsewhere for sushi.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but lacking in service..
    JasmineO
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went for lunch to celebrate completion of a project. We've been before and had always had a good experience. Unfortunately the service was very slow this day. We arrived at noon and did not leave until 1:40pm. We ordered tiramisu for dessert, based on the description and picture on the menu. It came looking completely different, more like cheesecake. On top of that, when we put the fork through it, it was very firm. After, after tasting it, it was that texture because it was old. I understand they don't make dessert on the premises, but they should not serve if older than a few days. This tasted terrrible, freezer burn, and old. We reqeusted that it be taken off the bill. They happily obliged.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were here for a group gathering
    Natsuko
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The research lab I work for had a gathering to celebrate couple of successes we had. I understand that as a big group, it is hard to get people to order and get things started. Our server, Bomi, was very attentive and patient with us. We will definitely consider Bluefin Sushi for our next event. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour
    realtorcannon
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I enjoy meeting group of friends here. Ambiance is nice and food is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great business lunch
    BusinessUTC
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This restaurant is a great location in UTC. The ambiance and food are both of great quality. I left appreciating this choice to dine with my client.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only ok place open at 9pm Sun
    mangiaVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    All the restaurants at the hotel were closed so we had to drive here. Not easy to find; not part of the mall. Food was ok. Hubby had no complaints about his Bento Box with Teriyaki Chicken and California Roll. Salmon Skin Salad would've been great if all the skins were crispy, but some of them stuck together and didn't get crisped to begin with, other pieces got drowned in the dressing and resoggified.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 33 reviews are from the Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • sarahVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Love the variety of no rice rolls - very flexible when it came to paying the bill. The server was always smiling which was real nice :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tons of Delicious Rolls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The assortment of rolls is simply astounding...and all of them I've tried have been amazingly good. Great place for a team lunch or dinner outing where sharing food is fun. Some colleagues found this place after 9 p.m. on a weekday, and it was still hopping with dining traffic long after they got there. The only downside was the service. Took a while to get served, part of our order was misunderstood, and it took forever to get our check, but the food was outstanding...so all forgivable since we weren't in a rush. Overall, a good place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The noise level was a little loud and hard to hear each other at times. The start of service was wonderful but once the food was brought out & we were asked the quick is everything tasting ok? The wonderful service ended. No plates were cleared we had to flag the server down for our check. This was frustrating considering we were on our lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprisingly good
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    When you see the entrance you will anticipate a small unattractive place, but it is quite surprising. The inside is attractive and large. The food is quite good and inexpensive for lunch. Good for business lunch. Wait staff is pleasant. All in all, a good place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden UTC Sushi
    KellyL
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It took us a while to find this restaurant, which is in the same parking lot as the UTC mall, and it looks small from the outside, but once inside it is great! It is much larger than expected, great decor and ambiance, and awesome food. And since we went for Valentines Day they gave us complimentary chocolate covered strawberries <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only one good roll
    PrincetonVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I was looking for a casual place, for dinner by myself as I was on a business trip, traveling alone. Conveniently located, walking distance from the Marriott La Jolla, I chose this place. The albacore role was really good, the Torrey Pine role was ok, but the other 2 I tried where very mediocre (rock shrimp tempura and golden tiger roll) at best. I will not come back here.
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  • Great food, great value and
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Great food, great value and service! Took my boss and a new employee there for a business lunch and both were impressed with the amount of food you get in the Bento Box combination. This is the only place I know that lets you create your own Bento Box and we loved it
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good option
    ScottHinsd
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Enjoyed the food quality and the great looking waitresses..Good place to go for lunch or dinner. I would recommend the shashimi.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner!
    Chels
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The restaurant was absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. There were many choices on the menus and a wide variety of different sushi rolls. That was most important to me considering, that's why I came in there! For sushi! I can't remember the names of my rolls. There were so many different names! But I enjoyed both of them. We only drank water but I'm sure the drinks would have been delicious. Our server was nice and quick. He made sure we were taken care of. My boyfriend and I have never been there but We would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant~
    FusionEater
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Usually the service is the best part about this restaurant (I usually sit at the sushi bar) but tonight they were super busy, and it took a long time to get our checks. However, everything else was amazing as usual.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for all protein meals
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Been eating clean healthy all protein lately, so had the ahi steak with the whole grain mustard, the ahi poke, and the protein roll. All were delicious and very flavorful, will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good for non-authentic Japanese
    CloudCVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    rolls & sashimi are fresh and pretty good. If I wanted hard core authentic Japanese food, I would not go there. but for a regular Japanese style food, it's quite good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Place
    Nomad
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I loved the food. Too bad they dont have any tables by the window, or a great scenary outside that woudlve gone well along with the great taste of the food. exgirlfriend roll is highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a fancy setting, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Not a fancy setting, but the extensive menu offers lots of choices and all the dishes we ordered were very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely friendly and A+ sushi
    LaJollans
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Our sushi chef Daniel was outstanding! Very friendly, fresh sushi, generous portions and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't return there...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Great desserts. Very LOUD ! Can't hold a conversation. Music too loud, Sushi chefs too loud, everyone is talking over the music, so the guests were loud too. The waitress forgot everything. Appetizers came out after the rolls instead of the other way around. The Sake was good but they didn't make that. And it wasn't cheap either and the rolls weren't that great. I've had way better in little whole in the walls sushi places for much cheaper. You don't even get wasabi or ginger with your rolls, we had to ask for that too along with spoons for the desserts and napkins, etc., etc. Even the waitress has to keep saying "What?" to us because it was so loud. And I had to pay extra for tea that was horrible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    MomsBirthday
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Everything was great! My only concern was that it didn't seem they got my online table reservation, but seats were available at it wasn't an issue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Since Cafe Japengo is around the corner, there is no reason to go back. Fish was alright. Service was haphazard. I would go back in a crunch... but probably not.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Bluefin had great sushi. We ended up getting 3 different rolls (all of which were fresh and delicious), iced green tea and ended the meal with green tea ice cream. The food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not bad sushi for a mall-based
    MJF3VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Not bad sushi for a mall-based restaurant. Certainly not my favorite in town, but competently prepared, and reasonably priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for our double date
    jewelhunter
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Great atmosphere for what we were seeking as we double dated for dinner before a movie at the Arclight. We gave ourselves two hours and we drank great wine and Japanese beer and grazed on great food...sushi and Japanese dishes. We would most certainly go back and recommended it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome sushi. Really some
    RonnieB
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    Awesome sushi. Really some of the best in the UTC Area. Always very fresh, and the sushi chefs don't skimp. It gets CRAZY busy at lunch.. if you need to be in and out in a hurry, I'd recommend getting there at 11:30 when they open, or else it'll end up taking over an hour to get in and out, more so if you have a group. We went at 12:30p, and it took my wife and I 1.25 hrs to get 1 roll and edamame. Insanity. Despite all that, I still love this place, and will continie to go. I'll just plan it a little better when I go for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Mochi
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    It's ok if you just want to find a restaurant to sit down and eat without any expectation! We are ok with the food but not the service. The lady that served our table was very nice and attentive but the one who delivered the food to our table was poor. She dropped two pieces of food from the plate while she was placing the plate on our table, she just said sorry and then walked away. She did not come back to clean up the mess or exchange the food!:(
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Probably some
    NoelleB
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Great food. Probably some of the best sushi we've had in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as normal :(
    keepnSDclassy
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    The staff seemed to be a bit discombobulated which is not normal for this restaurant. Food is normally very good but today they seemed to be a bit sloppy and the rolls were not made as well. Wish I could have given them a better review.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    My first visit to Bluefin and it definitely will not be my last! The sushi was fresh and fabulous... loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good consistent food
    Pegala
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    in UTC with good fresh sushi. wide variety of choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Should Catch Up With Food
    Nikita1569VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We really loved the food here! Great apps, rolls and drinks. The sushi is very fresh and the rolls are varied and inventive. Service was disappointing. We ordered appetizers and a bunch of rolls at a small table for 2. They brought all the food out together so there was no room on the table. Should have brought apps, then then rolls one by one. It made for an overwhelming, frustrating dinner that felt very rushed. Hopefully the service will improve.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We discovered Bluefin Fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We discovered Bluefin Fusion Japanese because we were looking for a restaurant convenient to ArcLight Cinema at UTC. It was terrific, offering a wide selection of classic Japanese cuisine with some creative twists. We particularly enjoyed the opportunity to create our own Bento box. We look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly, appetizers are coming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Sadly, appetizers are coming AFTER entrées... but overall very good !
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great rolls and the birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    Great rolls and the birthday cake they provided was excellent. Enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic