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Nobu San Diego
Nobu San Diego

Nobu San Diego Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://noburestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (619) 814-4124
  • Hours of Operation:
    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: Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Sushi
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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?"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was generally very good but pricey. service was excellent"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great flavored food. Ate at the Sushi bar. All the food was fresh and you could actually taste all the subtle flavors"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "excellent service + excellent food = perfect birthday dinner"
    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"."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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 !!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great food, but the noise level was DEAFENINGLY loud."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A must visit when in San Diego for true authentic japanese food."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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 $$$. Noisy and parking is an issue. I will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I went early on a Friday night and it was exceptionally quiet. Maybe they get busy later? Either way, the sushi was fantastic, but I am just not so sure the price was worth it. If we are going to spend $150, I want to feel like I ate something. Worth going, but just be warned its $$$$!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "For an expensive restaurant, this resembled more the interior of a California Pizza Kitchen. The cod was good; the tempura not much better than fast food. The ambience was more fast food scene than an expensive restaurant; the service was almost non-existent. I would not recommend this to anyone expecting the usual courteous elegance of a good Japanese restaurant. The wines by the glass was horrible - no-name expensive plonk."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Trust your server... they know what is best! Our server designed a 7-course meal for us and we couldn't have been more pleased. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Wow. This place left me nearly speechless. The black cod is absolutely amazing. Everything else we had was wonderful and beautifully presented. Staff recommendations were spot on. Had an injured knee and the staff went out of their way to make me comfortable. Great cocktails."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Exquisite. Perfection. Best restaurant in San Diego. Absolutely spectacular every time. Ask servers for their recommendations. These chefs create culinary dreams!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Always something new and delicious ! The Rock Shrimp is one of our all-time favorites"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I had an amazing experience at Nobu! We went for a birthday and it was perfect--Jessica G and Mike are the best and definitely made the night special with a personalized dessert, complete with a birthday candle. The food was AMAZING, though a bit on the $$$$ side. I would recommend the arctic char and the chilean sea bass with black bean sauce. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "All seafood dishes were outstanding and very fresh. Only disappointment was the overly salty beef."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This is not my first visit to your restaurant. I must say your Mother's Day menu was fabulous."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "we asked the waiter to have the chef put together a combination of sushi, sashimi and rolls. Presentation and taste was excellent! Highly recommend you try it out!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food is good as always. I have eaten in a few of this restaurants' locations. But the service and the concept are not good. Someone needs to rewrite and reorganize the menu. Would it be so hard to give every item or at least every category a few words? What does"New style sushi " even mean? categories are written in nobu language only. Not Japanese, not fusion, only nobulanguage. I am in the food/wine business. I like to know what the components are, how/if it is cooked, and what accompanies that Seabass for instance. "New style sushi " above "komomoto oysters" says nothing but "pretentious". Second problem with the restaurant : Waiters should always wait to clear plates until EVERYONE is finished. Period. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I think it was the hype, the food was good, but I've had better. The fish was super fresh....the toro was prob the best thing!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We dined here for a bachelor party (8 guys) and the experience couldn't have been better. After ordering sake and beers, our server was kind enough to offer his selections from the menu. For a large group this was a perfect idea. Even though it's a a bit pricey, the server was mindful of our budget. Once we gave him the green light, the food started coming, and it never seemed to stop - Sashimi Tacos, Yellowtail/Jalapeno Sashimi, Rock Shrimp Tempura, Salmon Tataki, Beef w/Asparagus and Japanese mushrooms, Blackened Cod Lettuce Cups, and a variety of Sushi Rolls and Nigiri to top it all off. Everything was delicious, and one dish after the next, we continued to be overwhelmed by how good everything was. I'd go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The power went out 15 minutes after we were seated. Drinks had already arrived, we had ordered a series of dishes, and then darkness. The staff, when asked, did bring the cold appetizers we had requested, but after an hour of no action we had to leave to find real dinner, so no real review possible."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is a place where my family and I come to spoil ourselves. The bar is raised high and we are never disappointed. The food is amazing the atmosphere is welcoming and the location is prime. Every dish has a signature taste that u will not get anywhere else. We often order the same dish more than once just to experience the 'wow' factor all over again. The staff is knowledgeable about the dishes and always suggests something new for us to try. I always recommend Nobu San Diego to friends and vacationers."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We keep coming back to this place. It never lets us down."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The location of this restaurant was very convenient to get to but the food was very excellent. A little pricy but the ingredients were very fresh and tasty. I would recommend the Salted Chocolate Caramel as a dessert. It was the best part to end our dinner experience at this wonderful restaurant. Also the staff was very warm, knowledgeable, and very helpful when we had questions."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Terrific meal. Black cod not quite up to standards at other Nobus. Sushi was excellent but not sublime. But still generally wonderful."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Have eaten many times at Nobu in Dallas. Found the same dishes at this location to be disappointing. Perhaps it was just an off night."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had heard about Nobu for years. So glad I finally had a chance to experience it. I wasn't disappointed. Everything was delicious, waiter was very helpful with suggestions. Of course we over ordered because there were so many things we wanted to try. It was worth it, but always hate to leave delicious food on the table."
    Dined on 3/29/2014