Nobu San Diego
Nobu San Diego

Nobu San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://noburestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 6198144124x
  • Hours of Operation:

    DINING ROOM:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:45pm

    BAR & LOUNGE open daily at 5pm offering Happy Hour until 7pm in addition to the full menu. On Fridays, enjoy Happy Hour all night from 5pm to 10pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Fusion / Eclectic, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: David Meade
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For the ultimate catering experience for any occasion, from holiday parties to family dinners, weddings to private jets, Nobu San Diego can make your event a one-of-a-kind experience. Please contact the Special Events department at 877.465.2095 or by e-mail at sandiego.events@noburestaurants.com for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Nobu San Diego's private room seats up to 30 guests for sit-down dinner and up to 45 people for a cocktail reception. For larger parties, partial dining room and hotel banquet room may be available. Minimum fee and/or set menu applies for most occasions. Please contact the Special Events department at 877.465.2095 or by e-mail at sandiego.events@noburestaurants.com for further information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: L Street
  • Public Transit: Gaslamp
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Hard Rock Hotel offers valet parking for guests with reservations (must be made by 4:30pm the day of).
A word from Nobu San Diego
World renowned for its award winning "New Style" Japanese cuisine, Nobu continues to offer savvy diners across the globe a culinary adventure. Our San Diego location is yet another canvas for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to display his legendary dishes, such as the Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno.

The restaurant which is nestled in the perennially hip and centrally located Hard Rock Hotel also features unique creations by Executive Chef David Meade who has honed his skill at Nobus in Miami and New York. Nobu San Diego delivers equally on food, impeccable service and ambiance that is sophisticated yet lively.
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Nobu San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)fit for foodies (69)hot spot (45)good for groups (32)romantic (28)vibrant bar scene (26)neighborhood gem (18)late-night find (14)great for lunch (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • outstanding
    Jennifernyc
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Yellowtail jalapeño roll was out of this world. Definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    TatoAlcaraz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent Food and service, good bar, fair prices, all together excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nobu is a great place for delicious food and atmosphere. I enjoyed the sushi and the fried Alaskan Ling Crab leg dish. The cocktails were also quite tasty. I highly recommend Nobu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    tbone
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing food! we ordered 4 dishes, ate family style and loved them all. i've never tasted anything as good. The sashimi was fresh and the sauces that were availible were one of a kind. I would go back for a specile occasion for sure, a lil to pricey for an everyday place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large Group Dining
    WeddingParty
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As a part of a 20+ sized group, I was surprised at how smoothly the staff handled our reservation! We made a reservation for separate tables (groups of 6 and 7) on Open Table just an hour ahead of time, and when we all arrived, the host (possibly owner?) allowed us to push tables together and combine the group! Our wedding party was rowdy and spirited, but the staff handled us well. Overall, great food; fast and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow
    CedarCliff
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    No wonder in the Nobu is Howard Stern's favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fresh seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The sushi we ordered was so fresh they melt in the mouth! It's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious!
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    first time at Nobu and thought it was amazing…the food was phenomenal and the service fantastic…our server was friendly, knowledgeable and ready to make recommendations…pricey but worth it…definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great EBITDA Business, 2 expensive
    Manolo
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A little expensive for the portions of food and the ingredients of them. I guess they are having wonderfull financials results, the waiter's service and the quantiyt of food per dish, appears to me to generate a great deal of EBITDA. The night before we had dinner @ Donovan's and experienced a better dinner at a more fancy place with nice service place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceed Expectations
    wine4meVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were at Nobu's for my Mother-in-law birthday and they really exceed our expectations. I tried the Oma Kase and it was a great way of knowing their kitchen: Awesome! For desert they brought a pie, chocolates and a candle for the birthday girl, she was really happy! Great service, awesome food... what else can you expect?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • *****
    rickmzfoodlover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food is alway amazing at Nobu. Service is excellent. Been to Vegas and San Diego locations many times and it never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Never disappointed
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Visiting San Diego and meet with friend over dinner. Love it so much, I went back the second night!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • YesBu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As long as you prepare yourself for a pricey meal, Nobu SD doesn't disappoint and the food holds it own to its brighter NY and LA brothers, although the ambiance is def more cas SoCal. Service was outstanding and quite knowledgable. The food is the star though. Led by the Waygu Flaumbet. A pricey must-have. The sushi/sashimi are wonderfully done (Toro especially) and the other "special" plates are worth the adventure. The server provided great guidance. One of my best meals on a 9-day business trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nobu
    GIROVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always a great place for a special occasion, everything we ordered was delicious. The 2 things i don't really like is the super small serving sizes and it is extremely expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    FrankW
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Not much to say, other than if you're looking for Japanese in San Diego this is the place. I'm not much for sushi, but the tempura is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid Comic-Con weekend
    viyer
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've worked Comic-Con for over 20 years. When Nobu opened at the entryway to gaslamp district, I could not have been happier! It used to be a great place to escape from the con crowd. However, the last three years have gotten progressively worse. While the food remains stellar, the restaurant is completely understaffed and the staff is frantic. My second meal there, a server spilled an entire glass of prosecco on my VIP publisher guest. She did apologized profusely and the manager came over to ask if a drycleaning bill was required - it was comic-con - he was wearing jeans. I understand that accidents happen, but I would think the restaurant would have at least comped the glass of wine spilled.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comic Con Oasis
    Shodo13VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nobu is an oasis of calm and great sushi in the heart of San Diego. Great place to bring clients and relax. There isn't a more convenient location for either Convention Center or PetCo Park to be found. Great service and wonderful menu. Not cheap but you get what you pay for right?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent!
    FrankW
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Ate there 3 times with various groups during Comic Con, wasn't disappointed in any way! I hate to have to say "highly recommended", as the Nobu name should mean something to you if you're a fan of Japanese!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    FrankW
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Doesn't remind me of Japan, as I couldn't afford to eat in a similar place in Tokyo, but it's nice to have a reasonable place to go for fresh tempura that really knows how to cook it. Now if I could just find a real sukiyaki restaurant in the US I'd be so happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOBU feedback
    MikeyC
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was generally very good but pricey. service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over rated, over priced bad service
    sushiman
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Omakase was a joke not to mention a rip off for what you get. I have been to Nobu in LA, NY, London and more, and I really have to say this one really sucks. Unfortunately getting a real sushi experience not to mention a real Omakase experience in San Diego is just not possible and yes I know sushi, lived and worked in Tokyo and have been to some of the best in the US. There are multiple places in LA, for example Sushi Sushi or Q, in Ohau Sushi Sasabune, and believe it or not in Denver Sushi Den, they actually fly their fish in every day from the markets in Japan. I really wish there was a real authentic sushi bar in San Diego and yes I already know about sushi Ota, its good and yes I already know about Hahne on 5th and Olive it SUCKS
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  • Richard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great flavored food. Ate at the Sushi bar. All the food was fresh and you could actually taste all the subtle flavors
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't get it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Took the family to Nobu for two milestone birthdays. The food was good but not great. The portions were miniscule and the prices astronomical. After telling the reservationist, the hostess and one of the waiters that we were celebrating two birthdays, at the end of the meal nothing was done or mentioned about it. I then asked the waiter if he knew that we were celebrating two birthdays, he answered with a surly, "I know!" I asked what they do for birthdays and he answered, "That depends on what you order for dessert." We ordered the cheesecake and the strawberry horchata malasada. The malasadas were dense, greasy donut holes, The cheesecake was 3/4" by 3". After spending $300 on dinner we all left hungry and went to In-N-Out! Never again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nobuwasawesome
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    excellent service + excellent food = perfect birthday dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - service not so
    CharlestonJoeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food did not disappoint - same quality as expected from Nobu. The San Diego service crew seems particularly green. Very difficult to get seated. Table service very slow. When the sushi course finally came out, our waiter told us "last call in the kitchen".
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What I expected
    SueJ
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I am definitely not a regular diner at Japanese restaurants but was confident I would find plenty in the menu that I would eat (not a fan of sashimi or anything raw apart from oysters). However, I ordered without any problem, I was not blown away by anything that I ate that night and was very underwhelmed by the experience. It was tremendously expensive for what we had also; so left knowing that we would not repeat the experience. Service was reasonable.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Paying for the name
    HerbeeseVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful dishes on the menu... I don't mind spending, but this place is a fortune. Lamb chops great, but $48 for 4. Also, sushi is subpar. Stick with the specialties.
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  • Good not great
    RegularPatron
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Overall decent experience at Nobu. Specialty drinks were outstanding. Staff was attentive. Edamame with truffle salt was excellent. Had several of the specialty sushi rolls and while good... nothing that special. Perhaps there's other items on the menu more pleasing.
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous
    bobfaircloth
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We dined at Nobu San Diego on the 4th of July and had a lovely view of the fireworks from our table. This just added to the fantastic dining experience. We have eaten here several times and on this occasion chose three "main courses" which were served separately over an appropriate period of time: Tempura King Crab, Miso Black Cod and Grilled Lobster with Pepper Jalapeno sauce. All were 5 star scrumptious, which is what we have come to expect from Nobu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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  • NoBoooooooooooooooooo !!!
    deliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    STAY AWAY FROM HERE PEOPLE !!! My girl and I decided to go with Nobu because we've eaten in Nobu NY, LA, MALIBU, VEGAS AND MIAMI with pretty much a good experience every time until Nobu San Diego. The service wasn't horrible but the food was WHACK the sashimi was small pieces of fish half the size we are used to in all the other Nobus. The crispy rice was decent but someone should tell them its only rice and they should give a portion bigger than a table spoon of rice. The sashimi salad was seared tuna and salty lettuce (VERY SALTY). Bottom line is this place sucked hairy balls and stay away from this place. Go To SUSHI OTA !!!
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  • Great service amazing dining.
    ngot8r
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great experience the food was fabulous withe the exception of the rock shrimp....tasteless! Hamachi, wagyu, cocktails, dessert, toro all top notch along with very helpful and friendly staff
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food - Mixed Service
    30thAnniversary
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Nobu's food was once again, fabulous. But we showed up on time for our dinner reservation and were made to wait at the bar for 15 minutes - with little appreciation that this was lame. Our waitress was first class. But one of the table bus persons was a bit grabby of our plates and made me feel rushed. Was very happy that our waitress noted we were celebrating both my birthday and our 39th wedding anniversary.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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  • First time
    Luv2DineVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This out first time going to Nobu in SD. The waiter was excellent in explaining the different vegan options for us! We will definitely be back when we are in town again!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NTanaka
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food, but the noise level was DEAFENINGLY loud.
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  • Fantastic everything!
    GiGi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wow - the best sushi ever! Great service too! Waiter recommendations were divine! Presentation of food was beautiful! What more can I say but thanks for such a memorable night!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Nobu never disappoints when it comes to flavors and unique tastes. I do think the prices are a little high given all of the competition with restaurants today. My husband and I spent $300, so we cannot afford to go more than once a year. However, it is considered a treat.
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  • Delicious
    DburnVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A must visit when in San Diego for true authentic japanese food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Priced
    MeWantSushi4Dinner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The folks that work there are great, awesome service, however the prices are to high for the quality. Other sushi places in town are better for less $$$. Noisy and parking is an issue. I will not be returning.
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  • Really wonderful sushi, but $$$$
    JaimiVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband and I went early on a Friday night and it was exceptionally quiet. Maybe they get busy later? Either way, the sushi was fantastic, but I am just not so sure the price was worth it. If we are going to spend $150, I want to feel like I ate something. Worth going, but just be warned its $$$$!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • qbeta
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    For an expensive restaurant, this resembled more the interior of a California Pizza Kitchen. The cod was good; the tempura not much better than fast food. The ambience was more fast food scene than an expensive restaurant; the service was almost non-existent. I would not recommend this to anyone expecting the usual courteous elegance of a good Japanese restaurant. The wines by the glass was horrible - no-name expensive plonk.
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