Shimbashi Izakaya
Shimbashi Izakaya

Shimbashi Izakaya

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shimbashiizakaya.com/
  • Phone: 8585230479x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri:11:30am-2:00pm, Sat&Sun:12:00pm-3:00pm

    Dinner: Mon-Fri:4:00pm-10:00pm, Sat&Sun:3:00pm-10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Mon - Fri:4:00pm-6:00pm, Sat&Sun:12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Shabu-shabu, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let Shimbashi Be Your Chef - Fresh sushi made right in front of you!

    If you're looking for a unique way to cater your next event, let us come to you. Shimbashi offers delicious, elegant party trays and on-site catering for business functions and private parties. Shimbashi’s chef will prepare fresh, high-quality sushi in front of your guests, bringing a unique flair of entertainment to your occasion.

    To start planning your event menu, please contact us at 858-523-0479.
  • Special Events: SHIMBASHI Izakaya is available for your special occasion, business meetings or private parties. We can tailor make a menu to fit your budget; relax and enjoy fresh sushi and sake, inside or on our ocean-view patio.

    Please call Hideko Edwards at 858-523-0479 to discuss your needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Paseos De Las Flores
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Self-Parking Validation (2 Hours). Valet parking is also available.
A word from Shimbashi Izakaya
Shimbashi's theme is based on the Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant. We offer a multi-faceted menu that can be used as a pairing with sake for the light eater or sophisticated dinner entrées served in the Japanese tradition. Our menu changes with the season making each dining experience a new adventure.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Shimbashi Izakaya reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)scenic view (22)fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (12)romantic (11)special occasion (10)good for groups (6)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • SDRW
    Seegarz
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Nice venue. Somewhat pricey. Loved the appetizer. Would come again for happy hour
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and views
    LilCheney
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    In addition to having very authentic Japanese food, there are amazing views from the patio of Shimbashi of the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar. I would recommend both the nigiri as well as some exotic maki (rolls).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oishi!
    LuckyJVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Every single thing we ordered was over the top delicious! Kind of pricey- but well with it! The Ceviche was unbelievably good! I'm going back again soon just for that alone!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    After moving us twice, we end up with a table with a view of the propane tanks, instead of the sunset.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall great experience
    ChuckInSanDiego
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food: Excellent Service: Perfect Ambiance: Very romantic Cleanliness: Excellent This is my favorite Japanese restaurant. I've never been disappointed. The sushi is always fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ordered a tuna and California sushi roll. The tuna and crab were both ground up, which is never done in a Japanese restaurant. The rolls are usually served with pieces of fish in them, NOT mashed. We also ordered a piece of Cod. I almost swallowed a bone, and as I looked at the fish again, there were large bones sticking out of the fish. The server removed the fish. Service is very fast, almost like they wanted to turn the table quickly. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent sushi
    MplsCVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fresh sashimi, grilled halibut, and other Japanese delights
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Japanese food
    MplsCVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great selection of Japanese appetizers and sushi; especially enjoyed the spicy calamari. It was rich and delicate without overdoing the breading. The seaweed salad was a trio of seaweed; perfectly brined and tasty. The sashimi was superbly fresh with lightly pickled ginger slices. We had multiple courses, and everything was excellent. Next time, we will order slower to better time the arrival of one course after the next (instead of multiple plates arriving simultaneously). Nice selection of sake, wine and beer, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Beautiful patio and view, good and friendly service, sushi was good with very high prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More than great sushi
    sbfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The sushi is excellent, yet diners must try the grilled food -- it's terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing sushi and great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were visiting from Los Angeles and found this gem on Open Table. Best sushi ever! A little pricey, however. Loved it so much, we went back the next evening!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Japanese food
    Eckstig
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is a great find for foodies. We had about a dozen of the entrees from beef tongue to ramen and they were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas type servings.
    hoofmark
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Authentic Japanese food well prepared, good variety, fresh, service can be excellent or just good, have been here many times and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A wonderful traditional bar food restaurant with a nice view. Great small plates, as well as sushi and lovely service. Special events too from time to time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 130 reviews are from the Shimbashi Izakaya reviews archive.
  • wait parson
    ansuirenVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    It was great environment, ingredients, the all the dishes are just great. Unfortunately a waitress is not friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my favorites
    mjchoi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The view and the food are amazing. The wait staff are extremely friendly. We always come with our little girl and I always feel she is welcome.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood place
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent food and service. Very traditional Japanese food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Transport yourself somewhere between the US and Japan. Fusion of traditional Japanese izakaya atmosphere with a touch of West Coast hip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable great selection
    hoofmark
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We eat here often and enjoy the food and selection of dishes. Have recommended it to Japanese friends from Tokyo and they too like it. Not your bento box place or cheap food sushi this is good modern day Japanese in a small in type atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • True Japanese Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Very good food, friendly staff - I feel like I have been transported back into Japan
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic, a bit expensive.
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Authentic Japanese food in Del Mar. Great monkfish liver. Uni porridge w/salmon roe also good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sensational Sushi Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Brought friends here from Boulder Colorado upon my recommendation . They said this is perhpas the best sushi they have eaten anywhere in the world.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    pedro
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    They do just about everything right. I would recommend taking a little window cleaner to the windows behind the sushi bar.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Lance999
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Everything seemed indicative of the area, high prices, barely there service, disappointing food. We are from Vancouver BC so our expectations may be skewed as while certain places may me pricy, there is usually value for your money. As for the food here, the beef tataki wasn't just seared but over cooked, the tuna was stronger tasting than the price point would allude to and the rice on the rolls was way over cooked and of low grade. Some thing's I would expect from a budget sushi place or pre-made at a grocery. We both felt that the concept behind the specialty rolls was missed as well, the flavours were not balanced, adding ingredients for the sake of it rather than because they went well together. Fantastic sunset views on the patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Freshest Fresh Fish / sashimi
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We started with the Tuna Galore which is awesome, first time ever served live amaebi which was the bomb, the soft shell crab was to die for, everything was just exceptional Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very unique menu. Everything we ordered was delicious & the service is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Fresh
    Jaay
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    First time trying this place and was pleasantly surprised. Sushi was amazing (freshness taste and overall presentation) and our service was equally as good. Sushi chef was animated and joked around with us even tho we had never been there. We wee treated like regulars and plan to become one as we plan to come back time and time again. Great first impression, I recommend the del mar roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    UncleDude
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for valentines day on a date with my girl. She loves the strawberry lemonade cocktail here. Had their five course valentines special for $58. It was perfect if you planned on hanging out for a while to talk, drink(couple to a few) and eat the food. Their food hasn't disappointed us but the waitress helping us that night seemed like she had a long day and just wanted to leave already. Besides that, I'm willing to take the 40 minute drive to eat the food here again and again. The fried Karaage, love it. The portions for the Vday Special was good for the two of us because it didn't make us full so we had room to drink a couple to a few drinks without feeling overwhelmed on the stomach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    Jenelle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food here at Shimbashi was delicious (oishii-katta!), even surprising for a Valentine's night prix fixe menu. Having lived in Japan, I could taste the authentic flavors and it was worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knockout
    yumyuminsd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went here for Valentine's Day. The place was perfect! View of the ocean in Del Mar, service was good and friendly, and the food was fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great experience.
    Chuck
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall a great experience. You can't go wrong at this restaurant. I have never been disappointed. I recommend sitting on the patio. There are many heaters for cool nights. It's especially romantic when the fog rolls in.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    JjnycVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    great little sushi bar and a pretty outdoor seating area. good food and not ridiculously priced but service is really slow
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Japanese experience
    justSomeoneVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    While the sushi is excellent this is more than just sushi. Just browsing the menu takes a while to get oriented, there are so many wonderful dishes, it make take a while to find a favorite Or just go Omakase.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    sashaBVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Loved the seaweed salad and the cod was soft as butter. Didn't order raw, but will give it a try next time. No nonsense decor and a small patio for outdoor dining. staff is efficient and friendly. Will definitely return to try more things on the menu. Good sake list, limited wine list and not a beer drinker so can't comment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This is my go to place for quality fresh sushi and japanese fare when I have guests in town. It is consistent and typically the food impresses them. This visit was no exception. The service can be a bit sketchy, snooty, I don't know - weird. We ordered seared beef, yellow tail collar, sashimi, rolls, and lychee sorbet (flipping awesome). I had tea and they had beer. I've had sake there and eaten the hot pot, ginko nuts, kinpira, etc. the food is always good, the service is always weird.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    MikeDVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Range of food was amazing. Great sushi and many different small plates. We took another couple who were not experienced with the menu. We ordered several small plates, a variety of sushi and several rolls. All were great. We love uni and theirs was the best. We ate outdoors. Thanks to the heaters we were comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese Sushi Counter and Sake Bar
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Shimbashi has a suburb sake list and sushi counter. We had the holiday special box. It was amazing. Everything cooked to perfection. Be sure to order rice or noodle dish with entree or you may be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sashimi salad was out of this world
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    We stopped in for a quick lunch the other day and had amazing service and delicious food. I had the sashimi salad which was loaded with fresh fish and very tasty, and my co workers had the lunch specials and loved it. We will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio and service
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Great ambience and service. Unfortunately we came early, 4:30, and may have been served fish left over from lunch. It had a scent to it which should not have been there. My friend thought about sending it back but decided not to. Unfortunately he was queasy for a full day afterwards. I've eaten there before for lunch and it was very good. It's a beautiful place so I'm thinking it may have been a mistake on the chef's part in serving questionable sushi.
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  • 15 at 15th
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Went for the monthly celebration at the Del Mar Plaza, o 15th Street. Onthe 15th of the month, you get a $15 special. We got two sushi rolls for $15. Good deal, gorgeous ocean view, perfect climate for patio dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.