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About Cafe Japengo
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.
San Diego, CA 92122
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation: Lunch:
Monday through Friday 11 am to 2 pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm
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
La Jolla Village
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
catering available up to 40 people, selection of Pacific Rim cuisine and Sushi, drop off in the La Jolla area or pick up available
Validated Hotel parking and street parking are also available.
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
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
Cafe Japengo Ratings and Reviews
I’ve been coming to Japengo ‘s since I was 19...it was the first place I ever had sushi (lucky me!). It was the best then and it is still the best today!
We just celebrated my twin boys 18th birthday here and the food was amazing, as always. My boys loved it as much as I did. Japengo’s has somehow managed to stay “current” for the past 25 years, which is very impressive, especially in San Diego’s cut throat, foodie culture.
What a change from the Japengo of before. It’s not even barely a Japanese restaurant anymore as many cuisines from Asia are now represented on their menu and none of it was good.
It was not the delicious experience because of the quality of the food, its preparation, the taste- none of it was good. For example one of the dishes we ordered was beef yakitori. I frequently go to Japan and have been there at least 30 times and this was unrecognizable. It was a tenderized piece of meat that had been compressed in some kind of a form so each piece was identical to the next. it was not genuine and had flavor enhancers or something in it that was nothing like an actual real piece of meat.
I will never go back; the waiter had no idea about half the things as he was new and obviously no one bothered to spend the time to train him properly so it was not his fault that the management didn’t bother with sufficient training for their personnel.
I felt that that was indicative of everything else that has happened to this beautiful restaurant that looks like a Japanese restaurant but it’s not. what shame.
I visited Cafe Japengo several times during my business trip to San Diego and simply loved it. The food is absolutely delicious, with the calamari appetizer and sushi selections being stand outs. Everyone in both groups I dined with thoroughly enjoyed their meals and I heard the same from other conference attendees. The service was also excellent!
My wife and I have been dining here for many years, for business parties, special occasions and anytime we wanted premium sushi but after this last visit, we decided never again. Good luck in the future.
PROS: Location, ambiance, decor, sushi quality and staff
CONS: Very expensive, empty (Ghost town) on a Saturday night and the worse thing of it all, you're forced to pay an extra 3% on the bill for the minimum wage increase. Very bad idea.
I come to Cafe Japengo all the time for their HH, which runs from 4-7pm, everyday. It's crowded to be sure to get there early.
They have the best HH menu, it's the same food as in the main dining room, and same portion size, but it's 1/2 off. Great beers on tap for $5.
It's a real full meal, you won't leave hungry.
Went for dinner before heading to a play because we've enjoyed this restaurant since 1997. The dishes are creative and delicious Asian fusion. OpenTable has space for comment in your reservation so I wrote that it was our 28th wedding anniversary, but apparently they don't read the comments since no one even mentioned it while we were there. Perhaps because it was a same day reservation?
We had a booth, but they keep the lights so low that we had to hold up our menus in the light from the door to read them. The wooden table felt a bit sticky which was a little off putting.
Finally the waiter kept coming over too often to try and clear the table. We resorted to lingering with hands over dishes and glasses to prevent him from taking things before we were done.
Food and dessert was great, but service and ambiance could be improved.
Food was pretty good. The service however was extremely slow. We are the type to take our time to enjoy our dinner and experience but even with that we found ourselves clock watching after awhile. Drinks took 15 min to get, food over 30 minutes. Server rarely came around to check on us.
I ordered the multi-ingredient fried rice main course which was hot and plentiful, but in which were some shrimp that had been around for a while - not pleasant. My dining partner ordered the seared scallops which were inedible. They were soggy, and probably had been frozen, thawed and refrozen. Very disappointing, especially at $35! The vegetables on which the scallops sat had absolutely no flavor. For a restaurant that features a number of seafood items on its menu, the quality of the seafood we were served was extraordinarily poor. Would not recommend, and probably won't return.
It is regrettable that Japengo is surviving on their early reputation. The variety of available raw fish is very sparse, very limited and while it meets the standard of "fresh", it lacked the taste and texture of fresh caught and delivered.
Surimi is automatically served in Spider Rolls and other Rolls unless the customer asks in advance for real Crab.
The Tempora arrived with each item including the Shrimp
Service was attentive, professional ,timely and unobtrusive throughout our dining. HUZZA!
One of my favorite dining places when visiting San Diego. Creative and expertly prepared food. Service was efficient, professional, and friendly - and the recommendations were spot on. Convenient parking below, easily accessible from the interstate, comfortable ambiance. Highly recommend Cafe Japengo for business meals ... Qualcomm is just up the road!
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