Roppongi
Roppongi

Roppongi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.roppongiusa.com/
  • Phone: 858-551-5252x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:30pm

    Tapas in the Covered Patio, Bar & Lounge Area only
    First Come, First Served Basis, no reservations.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Alfie Szeprethy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Roppongi Catering, contact Ron or Jason @ (858)551-5252 or mgr@roppongiusa.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Large parties of 15 or more are offered pre-set dining options.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason Melville 8585515252x
  • Special Events: Pre-set menu options available for parties of 12 or more.
    Private parties can be accommodated in one of the following spaces:
    The Buddha Room (maximum of 32 seated)
    The Covered Patio (maximum of 60 seated)
    Firepit Patio (maximum of 40 seated/ 80 cocktail-style)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fay
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and complimentary parking available underground PM only
    Valet located on Fay Street Thurs-Sat
A word from Roppongi
Located on Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla, it’s obvious why Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar was named a “World’s Top Restaurant” by Zagat Survey and is a recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” Roppongi’s bold menu invites guests to share dishes and try a mélange of flavors in a relaxed, upscale and intimate setting in one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods.
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Roppongi reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)great for outdoor dining (37)special occasion (37)romantic (32)good for groups (32)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (14)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (7)late-night find (7)notable wine list (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Very good service Food so so for $$
    MarkAndKarri
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had Dinner at Roppongi on Saturday night and the service was excellent but the food was wanting more for the price. We started with the Pot Stickers and Tom Kha soup they where very tasty & unique. My wife had the Albacore Tuna with pasta which she did not like. She prefers flaky type fish. I tried some of her meal and thought the fish was very good but the over all dish was missing something. I had the Lamb Chops and was good but a little too much char from the grill marks. The Manager did offer us a free Coffee and Deserts as we stated the food was so so. And the Tahiti Banana and Ice cream was Excellent. If we did not have the Desert I would of gave the food a 2 but the desert pushed my rating to a 3.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Consistently great!
    WendyT
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love this Cohn family restaurant for its cozy ambiance, great service, unique and delicious menu! We also used our Passport dining card to save on an entree! This restaurant is my daughter's favorite place to eat in San Diego - perfect for a family dinner or when friends come to town and want great California cuisine!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Crab stack outstanding
    AceOne
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was great as always. Crab stack was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was Delightful!
    PJDine
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Was in town for a long weekend getaway and had a great experience. Good attention by the staff, attentive but not hovering and the food and ambiance met our expectations. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than the last time
    BFBSDVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Formerly we were fairly regular customers but we had stopped dining at Roppongi when they changed their Tapas menu and the quality dipped. Recently we went back and the quality has ratcheted up. I'd give it 4 stars instead of three except they continue to serve potato chips with the chicken satay and not only do they look cheap on the plate but they don't go with the dish. Formerly they served some very thin string-like potatoes which were much better. We had 5 different tapas and enjoyed them but the pot stickers were the least successful and not really pot stickers -- more like standard dumplings. At happy hour in the bar area, the tapas are half-price and a good deal...otherwise the value proposition isn't that great.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, "meh" service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've always loved the food at Roppongi, so we were excited to bring my parents and in-laws for a special family dinner. Our server started off great, very patient and helpful, but after our food came, we hardly saw him again. My father asked several times for a tea refill, but never got it, and we had to go up to the hostess station to ask for our bill, and again to pay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely Enjoyable
    webefine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    we went there with another couple for a Simi Wine Dinner. The head chief paired each dish with a Simi Wine and introduced each course to explain it. It is amazing how the wines enhanced the food and visa versa. We have been to Roppongi many times, always enjoyable but this was fantastic!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DJ Thursday
    MtbikejohnVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We've eaten at Roppongi many times. This was the first time sitting outside. It happened to be Thursday, DJ night, happy hour drink prices all night. We all enjoyed the hip music, the DJ made it extra fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    SallyMac
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We usually suggest Roppongi to friends for a casual birthday celebration because of the special "messy sundae", as well as the chance to experience so many different dishes with the extensive and superb appetizer menu. Out of towners always like it as well for the inventive menu. It is almost invariably satisfactory.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Scorched soy sauce was the cooking theme, the food lacked flavor of its own. Had to send back spoiled crab (which they graciously dot not charge for). Sushi below average freshness. Seated promptly, service was attentive but the kitchen was very, very slow.
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  • 122kathymac
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good and lots of fun to share. We sat in the bar and it was fun fun and lively. The food was served quickly. However , we ordered a bottle of wine and that didn't come until we were finished with the meal. We asked our server twice after we ordered the wine, another server once, the busboy and the manager . After finishing our food we stopped the server again and again mentioned the wine and the fact it had never come. He didn't apologize just brought the wine ,that we no longer wanted.
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  • Excellent food
    lovethePlace
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We highly recommend this place for the delicious food, the wonderful atmosphere on the patio, and the service was excellent. The table settings are formal, but you can go from casual dress to formal and feel comfortable here. We ate at several local restaurants while visiting La Jolla and this was the most delicious food by far! The place is also a great nightlife spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service - It has been better
    sddiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Extremely poor service - no waiter at the table for 25 mins. We had to make 3 different requests for a waiter. Rude and un-interested hostess and manager. There was no courtesy apology or even a walk by the table trying to explain the situation. We have been here many times before and have never had such a terrible experience. We would like to file this away as an "off night" and will give this place another shot. The food was great - as always.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and fun
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The menu challenged us to experience new flavors. The waitstaff was very helpful in guiding us to new food selections we could be comfortable experiencing. This is obviously one of La Jolla's shining dining venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown La Jolla gem
    pickydiner
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Tapas were great for sharing. Interesting flavors. Service good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    There were four of us for dinner, first time here, but no one enjoyed their meal. The server said one of the dishes was very spicy so my friend ordered something else that ended up being very spicy. I had the lamb chops which were tiny, tough and fatty. The server never came by to check on how we liked our meals, so no one complained.
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  • Paul
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Scallops were cold & tuff. In general portions were small and un imaginative.
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  • Sushi / Sashimi at its Best
    live2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have enjoyed Roppongi many times on visits to La La Jolla as never come that we don't find a night to eat there. Their specialty rolls are outstanding, and we really enjoyed their tapas additions (the calamari [not fried!] was fabulous and were the onion rings and papadums). Everything they do they do well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent quality over the years
    Millvalleymom
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We eat here when we visit my daughter at UCSD. Great place to take a group and share small plates, sliders and rolls. Favorite this time was miso eggplant but all quite good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid sushi joint
    HulkBusterMarkI
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Good - Great food, fantastic ambiance, relatively quieter than other sushi places, prompt and courteous wait staff. The Bad - Sushi prices were little more expensive than other places, only found street parking until the server told me there was an underground garage after we sat down. I chose this place to have a business dinner with my consultant and while the meeting went well, I realized that we were starting to look like many of the couples enjoying a romantic evening so this place is great if you want to take your significant other out for a nice evening (the lights auto-dimmed as the sun went down so it emulated a candle-lit environment). It would be also good for graduation/celebration parties.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambiance. The best part are the tapas. Highly recommend.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Consistently good!!
    WendyT
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Varied menu with something for everyone! Great service and enjoyable ambiance! Love it every time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tough evening out!
    disappointedgirl
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The centerpiece in the dining room is glass spheres of many colors. Said spheres are sorely in need of a bath! The service was glacial rather than slow. It took 3 requests for our table to be provided with steak knives. We were eating steak and lamb chops! The 'computer' couldn't figure out the bill. At around 8 p.m. the lights were dimmed drastically. It was difficult to see the fat on my lamb chop! Sammy is known for his fine staff training and excellent service in his restaurants. He needs to spend more time at Roppongi!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional service!
    Ozfoodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had casually mentioned this when booking. The staff were amazing. Everyone went out of their way to make this a memorable night. The food was great, the ambience good but the service was exceptional. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4atreat
    4atreat
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I just love this place. The service is attentive with a short wait for a glass of wine before ordering a meal. The tapas menu is just delightful. There is something for every palette. I adore the crab stack, the tofu wrap, the french fries and the beet salad. There are plenty of options. In addition, the seating is very comfortable. The bar area has generous booths, the dining room has a gracious atmosphere and the outdoor area is always a joy. The desserts are real desserts and can be shared; they are more than ample. Make a reservation. Sip, eat and enjoy conversation in a sophisticated comfortable environment..........
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roppongi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was excellent except this was the 1st time the Crab Stack was bland :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fusion Favourite
    LenM
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is a favourite spot of ours in La Jolla, CA and it did not disappoint on this occasion. Asian Fusion is the theme and it really works here. Their happy hour (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) is very popular. Drinks and tapas are half price. We booked a table for 7:00 p.m. and ordered from the regular menu. Our server was courteous and helpful and readily agreed to split an entree of lamb chops. That and a crab stack salad from their tapas menu made a delicious meal for two. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious
    SDFoodLover
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a great time at Roppongi. Food was delicious, service was great, drinks were perfect. Try the Tofu lettuce wraps and hummus.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 727 reviews are from the Roppongi reviews archive.
  • A fresh and inviting place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Roppongi never fails to impress. Friendly, smiling service (Melissa was so great with our kids during easter brunch!), lengthy menu with many interesting choices - especially among the tapas. An old standby that we will return to again and again.....there is a reason this restaurant is still around after many years.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite !
    4atreat
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I recommend this restaurant to all friends and visitors. This is my go-to place when I have company. Enjoy the ambiance, the service and of course the food............Have fun !
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This restaurant is a must for sushi as well as other fare! I haven't tried their Sunday brunch yet, but will do so soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for groups
    ansuiren
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Our table was little too close to the other group. dishes were "American-Japanese". We enjoyed but some of the member expected more Japanese like dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were pleased to revisit
    RonnieVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We were pleased to revisit this restaurant after having been there nearly 10 years ago. It was much calmer on this weeknight so we had a much more enjoyable experience. The Asian fusion cuisine was great, and we enjoyed several appetizers and two great seafood dishes -- a scallops platter and a mahi mahi -- that were both wonderful. Coconut gelato was the perfect ending treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, outstanding service
    goodfood4ever
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We came here for the fusion tapas. Fabulous food, generous servings. Jessica was an excellent server - attentive, professional and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roppongi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was very good. The service was a little questionable at times. The waiter actually put my used knife on the table after appetizers, indicating that I could keep it for the main course. When he returned with the entrees, I had to give it back to him and ask for a new knife. Surroundings were very nice and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better this time
    jjel
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We were at Roppongi during the summer and the service was terrible. This time the service was excellent. The food was good to very good. Appetizers were ok but main courses very tasty. Dessert was fun-6 little ice cream cones that were just enough to end the meal with something sweet.
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  • Tapas, Sushi and Dinner
    DonDon
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A definite each and every time in LaJolla at least once if not multiple times. NEVER disappointed; always great service and great food. Try the Keifer cheese; will have nothing life it anywhere else! Desk people a bit arrogrant and taken with themselves; but, waitstaff and food far outweighs them!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    c8bell
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Yummy food, outstanding service. Don't miss the Tahitian Bananas dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had outstanding food and service. The menu was unusual, challenging, and just an overall fun experience. There was not a weak spot from start to finish. There was just the two of us. It would have been even better with more to share the many interesting dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We had a nice quiet booth consistent with our request. Food was good as was the service. A nice evening for a celebration of my wife's birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.