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Wed, 5/23
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Cafe Japengo

4.6
1068 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Business Meals
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Located at the Golden Triangle, Café Japengo is renowned for both fabulous Sushi and incredible fusion creations that combine Japanese and Western flavors. The energetic atmosphere and the trendy clientele make it make it a 'must' when visiting San Diego. Gluten free menu available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Hours of Operation: Lunch:
Monday through Friday 11 am to 2 pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

Happy Hour:
Monday though Friday: 4:30pm-7:00 pm
Saturday: 4:30 pm-CL

Sushi Hour at the Sushi bar
Monday through Saturday: 4:30pm-5:30 pm
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Phone number
(858) 450-3355
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jerry Warner
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Catering
catering available up to 40 people, selection of Pacific Rim cuisine and Sushi, drop off in the La Jolla area or pick up available
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Cross street
La Jolla Village
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Parking details
Validated Hotel parking and street parking are also available.
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Special events & promotions
Book your special event, holiday party or business lunch or dinner.
Family style and prix fixe menus available. Sushi classes scheduled monthly. For inquires email: Jamie.Kelly-Bee@hyatt.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Fri 12:30PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 1:30PM 5:30PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:00PM
Sat 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1068 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had been to, and enjoyed, Japengo 10 years ago. We decided to revisit the place on a recent date night. The atmosphere was very fun and boisterous. And the servers were very gracious and fun. The food.....was, meh. I've had way better sushi and I'm sure that I paid less for it.

Also, the parking is difficult. I doubt we'll go back.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Have never been disappointed. The food is fresh and delicious. The service is good.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Good service! Excellent sushi! Good variety. Love the seaweed salad. Fine rolls.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Simply delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

A Wonderful place to go. Everything was great, service, food and drink. Go!!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food whether going for sushi or the traditional menu. The chefs do an excellent job with both traditional and creative dishes.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Not the type of sushi place we had planned for. It was much better! Quiet environment that allowed my group to enjoy each other's company as if we were the only people in there. The staff was very attentive and made us feel welcomed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Solomon was amazing. My wife and I had the Omasake and it was more than amazing. Javier was great as well. Very friendly and was very attentive even though it was picking up in business. Overall I loved the decor and the feel of the place. So far my top sushi spot in San Diego that pushed sabuku sushi to number 2.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fresh, delicious cuisine, friendly and attentive servers, great view of the kitchen happenings as well for those looking to be entertained.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Cafe Japengo always delivers on the quality of their food. However, the service on my recent visit was very slow and our server was not attentive. This was especially during a business lunch when we had limited time to work with.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Located in an enclave of restaurants near the Hyatt this place had a good ambiance. Server was friendly and attentive. Food was very mediocre. Had a roll, a main, and an app. Perhaps we didn’t order the right things but not great. Cocktails pretty good but pricey. Again really liked the service but wish the food was equally good.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great food that was artistically prepared. Very nice professional and prompt service which combined with the food to make an excellent evening.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Our only go to place for Sushi in San Diego!
Excellent restaurant, food & service.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Always great food and great service. I moved away and the quality was still top notch like it was 10 years ago. Cafe Japengo is a sure thing. And you can actually have a conversation during lunch rush. Each booth is very private and I was very comfortable. They were also very accommodating to my 2 year old as well. You don’t see a lot of kids there but if you plan to bring your child it is not frowned upon. Great game cperience. I will be back sooner.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Our server was fabulous. Service was VERY slow, but the staff was super attentive and friendly. The food was very good quality and we were all very happy with the variety and quality of the menu items. The lunch was a special occasion, made more special by the wonderful attention of our waiter.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The food was great and our waiters selection of sake was perfect

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great happy hour at the bar! We always enjoy our meal at CJ

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The service was awesome, food on point, and just a really great experience. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Jen at reception is lovely
Karen has rocked it for years
Love us some Solomon and Pai at the sushi bar

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Overall we really like this place HOWEVER, 3 out of 4 visits our food was ready and we watched it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes while it got cold. In each instance the server kinda diapered for some reason or was just standing around visiting with other servers. On one occasion I went over and got the food myself, and yes, It was cold and needed to be sent back.
Although all of the servers have been very nice, several of them have failed in one important area (being a server).
The food is always prepared well but the service is a bit lacking in some areas.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

They sat us near the kitchen despite the entire restaurant being empty, the food was sub par, the kitchen was crazy loud and the service was terrible (wait staff actually asked my kids to make sure they put any trash from their straws at the edge of the table so he wouldn’t have to collect the trash from multiple places on the table)

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was fantastic but service was mediocre at best

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Delicious, fresh ingredients, desserts to kill for.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Sashimi sampler was awesome!! Oysters and clams were great too!!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Fresh and tesy cooking. Nice for people that like raw fishes!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Good sashimi ! Definitely worth a visit. I was there with my team on a business dinner.
I’d also recommend it for a date and everyday dining.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Excellent restaraunt. We started with the curry crusted calamari, then she had the Japengo rice, I had the Vietnamese pork, and we shared the mochi balls for desert. Everything was excellent!!! Our server, Edie, couldn’t have been better. Also the restaurant is set up really nice, with the tables arranged so your not right up against the next one.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

My husband and I met here 28 years ago * we decided to go for lunch as we were in the area!!!
Had the Curry Calamari Salad and Spider Roll * 'too die for'!!!!! Evan our waiter delightful!!!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Always good. Manager Melissa always makes the experience amazing!

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Service was sub-par. Our waiter was very impatient to take our order. We ordered appetizers which arrived with our dinner. In addition, they forgot one of the appetizers. Service was very slow and poor.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was great. Service, food and ambiance were excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Love it, everytime... great happy hour too... thank you for being so awesome

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

A great place for colorful rolls. Sashimi is also creatively done.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

This restaurant is meant for old white people. All the rolls are just crab and rice. Have your rich white dad take you here.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Unlike last time, this time I got my favorite server, Stacie, who is attentive but not intrusive, warm and friendly. She has been with this restaurant for years. The food, as always, was just great.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our sushi chef, Soloman, was outstanding as he always is. Request him when at the sushi bar as he is the best! They are all goid but Soloman is king!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was excellent and the quality was top notch. My wife is a picky eater and she enjoyed all the dishes.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent! Presentation and flavor.

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

I am a regular at this restaurant and I have written glowing reviews on this restaurant in the past but this week I had a business lunch there and the service was horrible! My appointment was a no-show and, instead of drinking my beverage and leaving I decided to stay and have lunch. My server vanished for extended periods of time, never inquiring if he could bring me more than my beverage while I waited. I had to flag him down to get an initial order in and again to order an appetizer entree, then my meals were not plated in a timely way, and it took forever to get my check. Extremely disappointing! I do have a couple of favorite servers and favorite locations to sit -- but in the future, the servers will take priority.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Date: Saturday January 27. Tried calling many, many times and no one answered the phone (between 715 and 745). Get there in less than 20 minutes and it was not busy so there was absolutely no excuse for not answering their phones. There were two hostesses that checked me in. I was told it would be 15 minutes which was fair since we were 15 minutes early. At about 20 minutes, I noticed more and more people coming in and getting seated. I walked up to the check in podium and the two hostesses were talking about something. I kid you not- they both looked me straight in the eye and WALKED AWAY. As I am standing there, one of the ladies (brunette) was fixing the place setting on a table next to the podium and she again, looked right at me and didn't do a thing. I left and then went back a few minutes later and told her that I wanted to be assured that we had not been forgotten. Finally, a few minutes later, we were seated. A male waiter came over and it was obvious that he was in a foul mood. By that time, any happiness that I had was gone. So thank you to the waiter and two hostesses for ruining my evening. I hire hundreds and hundreds of employees in my line of work and I always tell them that life is too short. Do something that makes you happy. To the General Manager of Japengo, please pass on this advice to those 3 employees.

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