Japengo's never disappoints. Went for an office lunch and the food was yummy as usual. This is a place we rely on and it's met our expectations 100% of the time for all of the many, many times we've been there over the years. Excellent in every way, always. If they ever close we'll be heartbroken.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
The various sushi rolls were
The various sushi rolls were very good as expected. Server also recommended a reasonably priced saki to try which was outstanding. Overall experience was an 8 out of 10 with the value and slightlt slow service preventing a more perfect experience. Would recommend for special occassions
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Try Something New
Clean, crisp food presentation. Enjoy dinner at the sushi bar. The food was divine! Try the Fifty Fifty and Red Dragon Roll!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We mainly stuck to sushi as
We mainly stuck to sushi as we were pretty tired after a long day of air travel. The sushi was outstanding and our server was friendly, efficient and knowledgable. The menu is quite extensive for those with more energy.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sushi Bar is great. The roll
Sushi Bar is great. The roll election is varied , not too many fried things-lots of light, ponzu-y rolls . They have most every thing one could want. Good martinis, good cserver, friendly chefs that have stayed for some time; stability in staff a good sign!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Best Sushi place in SD!!!
Highly recommend this restaurant, the food is of the highest quality and the service is phenomenal absolutely love the ambiance! If you are ever in SD make sure you stop and check it out, especially if you are a sushi lover like myself. Every person and group that I have take here have always returned and rave about it to this day.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food and great service.
Good food and great service. The food is not cheap but if you get a chance to visit during Happy Hours, you can get good food/sushi for good price
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tuesday night is a great time
Tuesday night is a great time to go - low key, not that crowded and the service is excellent.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best sushi in town. Expensive,
Best sushi in town. Expensive, you will not pay less than $40pp but worth the splurge. My favorite roll is the red dragon, crunchy and sweet. The salmon sashimi is uber fresh.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious. The
The food was delicious. The smoked salmon sashimi and yellow tail sahimi were incredible. The fried rice and protein role were good. The server was very nice.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
the sushi was delicious, the the waitstaff was on point. my husband and I were there to celebrate our anniversary. Very casual and lots of kids (which made me think of my kids on my romantic anniversary dinner. the layout is a bit off, but after a drink the all the energetic noise went away. I would eat sushi here again.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Coworker and I took a client
Coworker and I took a client to lunch. Good and location are great. Only issue was that our service was lacking. We sat outside for lunch and the bartender was both the bartender and our waiter which meant I had to walk back inside to get the refills we were promised 10 min later. But I will be back and just hope that this was a one off.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Chinese and Japanese
Good Chinese and Japanese food located directly across from our hotel. Excellent service by our waitress.
5/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Jolla "Rolls"
Great presentation and wonderfully fresh. Best rolls I've found in quite a while.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food! The spicy seaweed salad is a gem.
Outstanding service! Knowledgeable staff with good recommendations. Rachel was attentive at the right time and allowed us space to leisurely savor the food.
Would definitely return for more.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, slowish service
the food is great. sushi is very fresh and not overpriced. the duck dish was great also. the fried rice was bountiful and delicious. the service was indeed slower; I think they just need more servers per tables, or the kitchen's slammed, or something. Anyway, I enjoyed this place.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I used to live in San Diego and when I moved away I was sad to leave Japengo! Thrilled to eat there again as its always been and still is one of my favorite restaurants!
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, nice location
Honestly, I can say only positive things about Japengo. The restaurant located very close to highway, but still facing the little quiet street. Service people were friendly and professional. Food was tasty. I also loved the decorations and our cozy booth. It's a bit pricey but really good choice for special occasions.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Potstickers need a makeover,
Potstickers need a makeover, they were bland and mushy and too heavy for the shell. Oysters were wonderful. Banana desert was amazing. Service was excellent.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the Truffle Nori Fries as an appetizer. Overpriced what it was worth. As a main course we had the Vietnamese Pork and the Miso Butterfish. Both dishes were excellent and well worth what we paid for it. Server, food runner and busboy provided a great service. Efficiently and very friendly!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our meal, food and service was good. Hostess was dressed like she was going to the fair and did not give good attention to guests. I think she was having some personal problems, and we had to hear about that also. We enjoyed everything else and would come back again. I hope she will not be there to seat us next time.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi bar is the place to be! e chefs are excellent creative and fod quality is seriously top notch. Not a bunch of "gimmick rolls' as the quality of the seafood need not be smothered in cream cheeses or mayo stuff. -cheers
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great meal!
Cafe Japengo has been a favorite of my wife and I for years. Excellent sushi with attentive service at the sushi bar. Chef Jerry Warner makes it all look so easy.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing -- Japengo is consistently
Amazing -- Japengo is consistently great. We had an awesome lunch and the truffle fries are our staple. Also enjoyed a "special eel roll" that was delicious!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food and service!
Food was amazing - the Truffle Nori French Fries were the best flavored Truffle fries I have sampled. The Grilled Beef Yakitori was excellent in flavor and presentation as well.
Stopped by for Happy Hour and had 2 drinks and 3 appetizers for $35 plus tip - what an unexpected value in price!
The staff was attentive, friendly and good with making recommendations.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice. Wait staff a little
Very nice. Wait staff a little slow but wonderful food
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, enormous portions
This restaurant is a great place to take a group. The food is wonderfully prepared and incredibly savory. I had the duck and my wife had the tofu. We were both raving. However, the portions are very large. Neither of us could finish our entrees (the appetizer was also very large). I would recommends splitting entrees family style amongst those who attend with you.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
After all this years
On one of my visits to San Diego we went to Japengo, that was almost 10 years ago and we loved it!
So this time we decide to go back and very glad we did... the service was excellent and the food very good, especially the sushi rolls.
And if you have "room for dessert" try the sampler. Delicious!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food; Slow Service
The sushi was fantastic - really enjoyed it. This is not my first time here! However, we arrived early before the dinner crowd, and yet we had to wait quite a while before our sushi arrived. The server even warned us that we should get our order in before it gets crowded, which we did, and we still had to wait quite a while.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most tender sashimi!
Excellent sushi, unique rolls (try the Pizza Rolls yum), artistic food presentations, if you are looking for a WOW filled evening, this is the place!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi, sashimi, sake...I like the basics here at Japengo. Take (or tag along with) a big group here and you can go over the top with fancy fusion meals, great wine and deserts, but if it's just two to four out for good food I say stick to the awesome sushi. Self parking is a pain, unless you get lucky on the street before pulling into the complex. This is a popular spot, with lots of corporate accounts arriving at lunch and dinner. Arrive early and get you name in - even with a reservation - then wait for the rest of your group in the bar.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food & Service The best
One of the best option in La Jolla Golden Triangle area. Ambience, food and service the best
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Appetizers excellent. Entrees
Appetizers excellent. Entrees just ok. Prok very very tough.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Better than I thought
We ended up eating here because we were staying at the Hyatt. At 1st I wasn't going to eat here because of the price and limited menu but I was surprised how delicious the food is. I shared Nori Truffle fries, Carne Asada sushi and Miso Butterfish with my daughter and we both loved it. We had our own dessert (I had banana tempura and she had lime cheese egg rolls) and we loved that also. It was a bit pricey but worth it.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious sushi! Loved everything we ordered. Absolutely will go back.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been here many times over the years. This meal was by far the best. Could be slowish & disorganized in the past. Good service, excellent food, great sushi. What a pleasure.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
fresh, fresh, fresh.
Some of the freshest and best sushi I've had in a long time. I've come to Japengo's a few times now and they have been fantastic always coming up with great new sushi rolls. can't wait to come back again.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very tasteful meal, wonderful service! We'll be back.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great people....
Love dining at Cafe Japengo. Food is always the best, staff is awesome, sushi bar is outstanding!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very impressed with the flavors of the food. I was ready to keep ordering since everything taste so good. We ordered the calamari and edamame as an appetizer and then I ordered the BBQ Tofu for my entree and the edemame was pretty standard but the calarmai and BBQ Tofu was delicious and such a unique taste I was ready to order something more. I highly recommend this place.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always wanted to go to this restaurant, but given the high price, have postponed many times. However, I got the deal of Restaurant Week and need to say that I now understand its price. The food was great! For sure will consider it more times in special occasions (unfortunately, can't make it too often :). I highly recommend going there if you are looking for good food in a nice environment!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
good place for a leisurely dinner
The food is always great here, But the service does take a little time.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall experience great
Wonderful service and food- always the right choice for local sushi.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Happy Hour!
I have been coming to Japengo for years, and now, I have another reason to keep on coming-their generous happy hour! The summer roll is fab-fresh salmon and lime on top of a spicy grilled shrimp and broccoli roll. Now, it is only 1/2 price on Fridays! In fact, everyday there is a different 1/2 price entree in addition to the daily happy hour specials, which are now full size for the same small price! Try the calamari too. It was such a hit at our table that we had to get a couple of orders. Service here is really good. We had to wait awhile for our sushi, but we were told it took longer in advance. It was well worth the wait. After all these years, Japengo is still a hot spot and I will definitely be coming back!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience!
Enjoyable Saturday evening with family that flew in to celebrate my birthday. Cafe Japengo has remained high on our list of eateries for some time due to great sushi (quality and preparation) thanks to chef, Jerry Warner. The only notable was waiter whose personality was "off."
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been eating at Japengo for over twenty years and it is still excellent. Great sushi and the wok dishes are the best. I have also always enjoyed the Duck and the calimari. Recommend it highly.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a friend in from New York who is a foodie and eats in some of the top restaurants in NYC. She said it was the bet Sushi she had ever had and wanted to go back the next night.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go to spot
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!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM