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Cafe Japengo
Cafe Japengo
  • Address:
    8960 University Center Lane
    San Diego, CA 92122
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Asian
    Price: $31 to $50

Cafe Japengo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafejapengo.com
  • Email: jolla.cafejapengo@hyatt.com
  • Phone: (858) 450-3355
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday through Friday 11 am to 2 pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

    Happy Hour:
    Monday though Friday: 4:30pm-7:00 pm
    Saturday: 4:30 pm-CL

    Sushi Hour at the Sushi bar
    Monday through Saturday: 4:30pm-5:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Jerry Warner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: catering available up to 40 people, selection of Pacific Rim cuisine and Sushi, drop off in the La Jolla area or pick up available
  • Private Party Facilities: Up to 50 guests .
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie Kelly-Bee (858) 450-3355
  • Special Events & Promotions: Book your special event, holiday party or business lunch or dinner.
    Family style and prix fixe menus available. Sushi classes scheduled monthly. For inquires email: Jamie.Kelly-Bee@hyatt.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Village
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated Hotel parking and street parking are also available.
A word from Cafe Japengo
Located at the Golden Triangle, Café Japengo is renowned for both fabulous Sushi and incredible fusion creations that combine Japanese and Western flavors. The energetic atmosphere and the trendy clientele make it make it a 'must' when visiting San Diego. Gluten free menu available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I was suspicious about the quality of the food here as it is associated with a hotel...not usually a good sign. However, every dish that my husband and I ordered was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went when it was very busy and they were not expecting the crowd. Our assistant server, Ariel, was amazing, taking care of us during all if the gaps in service!! Food was good."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This place used to be GREAT. Its gone down hill. We went for lunch, and not only is it the same price as dinner, but it just was not great. The server was very nice but we asked for light rice and clearly the kitchen didn't listen. I hate to see a great restaurant deteriorate."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Calamari was awesome. Vietmanese Pork noodle dish was extra salty and heavy. Needs less sauce. I didn't try it but I heard the salmon burgers are tasty. The sushi looked good - I'll have to come back during happy hour to try them out!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My guest and I both ordered the Duck salad which was fantastic. In fact, every time I go to Japengo's that is what I order. The salad itself has dried cranberries, glazed pecans, asian pears along with the mixed greens with a light dressing The duck breast is amazing with wonderful Asian flavors. It's a winner every time."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Cafe Jaengo is always a good time. The sushi is as fresh as it gets, custom unique rolls, great service big drinks and a fair price for what you get."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times. Good ambience, interesting food, but the service has gone down hill."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Everything was going ok. No service from wait staff until all three of us were seated so I sat there w/o attention for 10 minutes. At the end, I asked the wait person to be sure the respective fried rice dishes were indeed separate as I had added chili paste to mine. Indeed my companion got mine with the chili paste so.... makes me wonder about quality assurance."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great dining experience. This was my first time there andI drive from the LA area. It was worth it. I'll definitely come back! Ieven took pictures of the food- it was beautifully presented!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "These guys have all the ingredients to be a hot spot. But they just don't deliver. Food is bland, boring and uninspired - too bad because it's a nice facility. Big business after work crowd"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I met two clients for a business meeting and quickly found Japengo meeting my expectations. By request, I was seated in a quiet area of the restaurant. We ordered a variety of sushi and everything was extremely fresh. The waitress was on point and considerate. Overall this restaurant will not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I have been to Japengo's several times in the past, generally its busy and a bit snobby. This time it was a rainy day and the place was empty…they welcomed us without the usual "do you have a reservation" when the place is empty. I had the sushi and it was surprisingly good, my friend had a tofu dish and loved it."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "good sushi. service varies depending on the server; some are wonderful."
    Dined on 4/30/2013
  • "the sushi is very good. the service can be great but sometimes not as good during lunch. a bit expensive."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Excellent spot for sushi lovers. Very friendly staff, very nice and clean establishment. Great place for travelers who don't want to go far but eat somewhere else other than the hotel. Highly recommended! The next time I come to San Diego, I will stop by again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This spot is just straight awesome and it does not disappoint. We walked in almost 10 minutes before our reservation and we were sat immediately. The server was friendly, nice, and helped recommend dishes. The overall atmosphere, ambiance, and the sushi makes this place a GEM in San Diego. It's my favorite spot in San Diego by far and If you have not been here yet you're missing out. Keep doing what you do and don't change a thing Cafe Japengo!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great to celebrate at one of our favorite restaurants, Cafe Japengo. James at the sushi bar was excellent at preparing a selection of sashimi, followed by various nigiri sushi. Outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The only reason I gave a poor review for service was due to the hostess, very unfriendly and a bit snob, our waitress was excelente ... Needs a big eye opening on the hostess though, very put off right of the bet."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was good, but not worth how expensive it was. If you just want sushi, it is not terribly over priced and the rolls are pretty good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went the other night and everything was really good. But there was some serious sticker shock. I didn't feel that food was any better then any other sushi restaurant. Really good but not worth paying 3x the average restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great place to eat for Sushi! Everyone is very friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Food is always delicious and never let's you down. Always fresh with best ingredients. Service is excellent and executive chef Jerry is the best! Don't miss this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Impressive place for client meeting or to make a date feel special. The Mushoo Duck with dim sum taco shells was fabulous. You'll spend $60 to $80 for a nice lunch with appetizer and three rolls or so. but the quality was well worth it. Poke salad out of this world."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "A great dining experience. Food was terrific and service was prompt. Definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Sushi was delicious as were the entrees. Are all the servers, bright & capable grad students? ; ) Thanks for such a nice evening!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Wonderful experience. Great server. The miso soup is heaven in a large bowl and is a meal onto itself with Asian noodles and lots of yummy ingredients that are uncommon and delicious. The California rolls were fresh and delectable. They served me a fabulous birthday dessert that had incredible chocolate cake (not too rich, just right) served warm, warm fudge, and creamy homemade ice cream served in a crunchy sweet bowl-- exploding with flavors and wonderful texture... an outstanding crowning touch on a lovely evening with friends. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Very well done and friendly atmosphere. Food was well presented."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I selected Cafe Japengo for it's varity in food and interior design. I was looking for casual elegance with Great food and good drinks. I wasn't looking for over the top formal and stuffy, I wanted relaxing, very nice, good atmosphere. Japengo filled my bill to the tee. I was very pleased and will visit agsin. Thank you for the experience."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I always bring my out of town guests here and this time I celebrated a college friend's graduation. As usual the food was great and the manager was very courteous and attentive. I will definitely return,"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Terrific sushi,sashimi and interesting preparations of cooked fish."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "While some of us where extremely happy with our menu selections, others were not. Also, took a longer than usual time to receive our food. Even the appetizers, which were edamme and potstickers."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "It was my first time to Cafe Japengo. I liked the freshness, and variety of the vegetables and all of the flavors of the sushi, and fried rice. Great atmosphere, too."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Very nice sushi spot in La Jolla UTC. Modern and sleek. Good menu. Excellent service. Touch of class. Pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "It's a very average restaurant, at least for my taste. I didn't try the sushi which might be better."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Took my family to dinner on Saturday night after Thanksgiving. The restaurant appeared to be at about 40% occupancy. The wait between ordering a drink or some sushi and receiving it was interminable. We ordered appetizers, sushi and my daughter ordered short ribs. My husband and son ordered 2 drinks about halfway through the meal and it took - wait for it....10 minutes to get them. We had a view of the bar - again - no one there. While I really like the ambiance here, I can not recommend - service too inconsistent. NOBU here we come...."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Food was good, but not great. Looks and feels like a Japanese style PF Chang's."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "The experience here was OK. the signature cocktails I had were horrible, they didn't have the correct liquor and their substitutes were terrible. The food was good, nothing special and some of the sushi was not extremely fresh which is what we are use to. The place on a Saturday night was totally dead. The waitress we had was great! Overall, I was underwhelmed for the price and don't need to return."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I was a little disappointed this visit. The food used to be much better and the service was horrible. It took an hour to get a waitress to take our drink order."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "I love their happy hour and full menu! The fish is fresh, innovative food, and I tried some of my friend's drink - something mule. That was my new discovery, I LOVED the ginger beer, it's so light and refreshing!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Had dinner here with a group of 6 friends before the theater on a week night. The restaurant was hopping and fun, but it took 45 minutes for our sushi appetizers to come out. The entrees came out late too and we had to scarf it to make it to the show. Our waitress was overwhelmed the large groups. Expensive for mediocre Chinese food."
    Dined on 11/14/2013