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Cafe Japengo

4.5
1053 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Bar Seating
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 1053 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 16 hours ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful service and food in a beautiful space

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Everything was amazing! Thank you!!

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Nice variety of fresh sushi. Wasabi was perfectly spiced, plenty of soy served with appropriate dishes.
Tea pot weighs about 7 lbs...seriously. Looks cool. They could serve better tea...yet, it wasn't bad.
Good selection of wine and soft drinks.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

The food and the service were both notably good. The only weird part was the music— unless you consider The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and The Doobie Brothers appropriate for sushi...

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Been to Cafe Japengo many times in the past but it has definitely slipped downhill. Appetizer was just ok. Our main courses had either too much sauce or not enough. Very inconsistent. It was New Years Eve and the place was empty at 7:45pm, so our service was very good. There was nothing special about being New Years Eve in the restaurant - was just like any other day. Definitely a far cry from the prominence it once had. Probably won't return any time soon. Just way too many other options in the area to choose from.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food and service. Very creative menu.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Was my choice for NYE 2017 dinner and it did not disappoint. Been there before and will return I'm sure.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Chicken was over cooked did not taste fresh. It was the wok prepared chicken. It tasted as though it was recooked. Japengo used to have a higher quality food. Very small amount of Butterfish.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

We like the food and price is mid range but service is bad. I wanted a refill of my water and tried to get the attention of at least 3 servers who walked past our table but i was unsuccessful. This is not the first time that this happened. After they served our main course, nobody came back to check check on us

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We were stayed at the Hyatt and looked up best sushi in the area and it just so happened to be across the complex. We weren’t disappointed... as we entered we watched the sushi chefs preparing rolls in front of us. We were introduced to James our waiter who did not steer us wrong with edamame, carne asada sushi rolls and crispy rice sushi treats!!! My daughter said her fried rice was amazing and my son had the shrimp and scallops- we all said it was incredible! The food and staff were terrific! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Good solid sushi in a fun environment with good service.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

I have done at Japengo many times in the last 3 years. This could have been an off night but food was only average on this occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

My girlfriend loved the whiskey smash cocktail. We’d definitely go back for more.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

The summer roll is by far my favorite. Always great food and great service.

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