Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill

4.5
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199 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Here at Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill we are committed to providing our customers with an excellent dining experience. Each dish on our menu is prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill is unique with its classic Japanese design, fused with a modern bistro look combined with earth tones and lighting to create a visual atmosphere one can't forget!
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Specials

Happy Hour

Over 40 items to choose from including sake, starters and sushi. All dishes are created using the highest quality products available so that you can enjoy without the guilt!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 14, 2019

Ends: January 15, 2118

Availability: Sun 11:00AM-6:30PM
Mon-Tue 11:00AM-10:00PM
Wed-Thu 2:30PM-6:30PM
Fri-Sat 2:30PM-5:30PM

What 199 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.3
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4.3
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banbu is the rockstar of sushi! Try the lemon cilantro roll or the seared jalapeño ahi roll you won’t be disappointed. For a bonus try the sweet chili prawns on the appetizer menu. Favorites Yummm!

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great times. Keep it up Banbu!

PB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Unfortunately the food was not good! We ordered some sushi and a special jalapeño hamachi roll, it was $23.50 and it was horrible, no taste and it didn’t have fresh shrimp, it looked like a fried fish stick in the middle. Waited 15 minutes for the sushi and then we cancelled the order because we didn’t want to wait any longer. $5 each for a bowl of rice. $5 for a Diet Coke and then there we were charged for something we didn’t order. Had to wait another 10 minutes to get the charge taken off and to get the new check. We won’t be going back!

M
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The kitchen has alot of work to do to get back to the level of food they use to serve. The fish was chewy and raw, after we sent it back, they did not heat up the side dish. The salad was served to another person on the table came not only 3 minutes after the main course had been already served but without the dressing and after about 6 minutes trying to flag down a waiter, we were told "ups they forgot"

T
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The waitress charged us regular price for items that should have been the happy hour rate, when i tried to explain it she was not understanding, sent an email to the establishment with no response.

RB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is good and the service is great!

KC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Been coming here for years and still love it.

OG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

One of the best places in La Mesa, extensive menu, but inconsistent. Servers are very nice, but seem to busy, our table was left unattended for long periods of time. The Service was good, just not enough attention.

RJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite date night spots

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was so understanding when we showed up a little late to our reservation. The food was amazing and the ambiance was so nice! I definitely recommend this place to everyone. their happy hour was also on point!

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and times. We love Banbu! Sit on the patio it’s the best!

LN
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was dinner before Homecoming dance. It was great!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I have never seen a miso soup at 6$ or sushi rolls 25$, that's crazy. Ford was tasty but the value is not there.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We recently went there for our first time. The recommendation was only luke warm so expectations we not high. Perhaps it was where we were sitting but it was not a relaxing experience at all and we waited an extra long time for some routine orders. I wouldn’t go back and it’s a shame because it’s walking distance from my home. Sorry Banbu I wanted to like you....

JP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughters' birthday. Everything was outstanding. The food, service & atmosphere was all very nice. I had the Tangerine Chicken and the Jalapeno Poppers and the presentation and flavor was very good.
One suggestion would be to ring the outside of the dish with a few tangerine slices or Mandarin oranges. I think that would really set it off.

Thanks, Jeff

V
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!!!! One of our absolute favorite restaurants. It is amazing all around!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

As someone who rarely craves sushi, I usually go months between investigating or asking around about friends’ go-to sushi spots. Needless to say, the craving hit recently and Banbu came up in conversation more than twice when asking around.

Excited to try, I made an 8:00PM reservation for two on a Thursday night. We got to the restaurant a few minutes early and was told the previous party was still seated (“they’ve settled, but are STILL seated” said with a weird compassionate-annoyed tone). Never saw a party leave (as they had us sit right by the door), but we’re finally seated around 8:15.

Service was lackluster. We saw our waitress the bare minimum when dealing with a table (not a comment on her- she was very sweet, knowledgeable about the menu, but may have been overwhelmed with other parties and tables). We were trying to settle our bill- card was ready in the holder, but waited about 10 minutes before *different* server who was walking by took it for us.

Food was good! The specialty roll list is insane and expansive! We definitely ate our fill and enjoyed what we ordered.

Not sure we’ll be back- but thanks for the memories!

GP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outside seating was enjoyable; vegetation screens the traffic. Our table took advantage of the broad menu with both sushi and entree selections, including tempura and noodle dishes. Sushi selection include sashimi, nigiri, and nearly 100 roll selections, some with a Baja flare.

JB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Expensive for value, but unique. Adults and kids enjoy. Very friendly and competent staff.

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our families go to spot. They are so great with the kids. Thanks Banbu.

CH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Unfortunately the worst service I have ever had there. Had to waive the waitress down for each order. Waited 30+ mins for our drinks after asking 3 times for them. Not a busy day in the restaurant and unacceptable service.

E
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

When we’re in La Mesa this is our go to sushi place. Great food and staff. Give it a try!

GC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

it was crap on top of crap on top of a mountain of crap.

P
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience. Showed up on time for the reservation and there was no table available. So we were seated outside next to a Bush filled with bees. So moved once again and then told that there were no seats together to accommodate our party. Awful communication between hostess and server. Poorly handled. No management in sight. No one apologized for the inconvenience. Huge disappointment.

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food perfect as always. Thank you Banbu for always making our family dinner night great!

f
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was pitiful. Waited 10 min before anyone came by. Then when I asked if she was our server she said no and kept going. After that we had 3 different servers. Water was empty for 30 minutes at a time. Busser walked past at least a dozen times and never cleared a plate or glass. Never brought water nothing. None of the servers cleared any plate or dish from the table. Food is pretty good but WAY over priced. Ugh !

JG
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for groups!! Food is always amazing! Awesome Happy Hours deals.

A
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food and great place to dine. Great Choices

AM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Felt it was a bit overpriced though. Will return for special occasion. Food was a little slow to come out, but the server did come tell us the food was a little delayed, so that was great. We were not just sitting and wondering. They had some good vegan options as well. Overall a great experience.

m
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location for a meal before catching the trolley to an event at SDSU.

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect as always! Thanks to Banbu! We happy!!😋😀

F
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With some new menu choices and new wine our party of 5 had a tasty lunch. We come here often and love the patio dining. The fish is very fresh and our server was very attentive. Overall great dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Banbu! My boyfriend likes sushi but I don’t. Banbu has plenty of delicious options for both of us. Our server was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is perfect for date night.

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banbu is one of my GO TO sushi places. I'm extremely picky and like HIGH quality sushi and this place never disappoints ! I definitely recommend it

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Good service and delicious food.

OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Banbu!

TC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

4 rolls, two drinks 150$..nothing special we ordered compared to other sushi restaurants. Flies all
Over the outdoor patio

n
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Your feel transported out of the little industrial retail strip to a tropical feeling atmosphere. Good was excellent, a bit pricey but portions are big. Our server Tiffany was a delight!

BC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. We had the Banbu room for my birthday and our server was wonderful!

OT
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great place to go to for sushi.