Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and Lounge

4.6
243 reviews
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Full Moon Sushi and Kitchen Bar specializes in the freshest exotic fish from around the world, our kitchen is internationally influenced tapas style. The ambiance is earthy sheikh and perfect for any occasion.

Reservations do not guarantee a dining room table. Parties may be sat at a high-top table, in the lounge, or sushi bar.

Happy Hour is Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm-6:30pm!

For parties 8+ please call to make reservation. Parties of 6 or larger are subject to a $15 per person cancellation or no-show fee if less than 24 hours notice is given.
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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got a recommendation from a friend - who is now a Great friend! I had never heard of this restaurant before but I will never forget it. Four of us dined on a Friday night. It was busy but not crowded or rushed. Service was so pleasant and efficient. The food - oh the food. I have had sushi that was very very good but this beat them all. The fish is so fresh and succulent that it just melts in your mouth. One thing I liked about the menu that most places don't do, is they have full descriptions on all the food items so you aren't guessing in the dark. We ordered more food than usual and was not disappointed in any of it. The house sake was Way upgraded from other places - and now I'm dying to try the 'good stuff' because of it.
I don't live close but will definitely make time to go again. Fabulous.

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LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't heard of Full Moon prior to booking but the reviews were good and we wanted to eat near the Balboa Theater. This place exceeded our expectations. Cool decor, friendly staff - our waiter didnt scold me for asking for a straw!), over the top delicious food. My *one* complaint...being a vertically challenged person, the booth side of the booth seats were not comfortable. I actually asked for a booster seat, phone book, etc - no luck. I had to sit with my legs tucked under me, which made the 2 hour dinner pretty uncomfortable. Perhaps adding a couple more layers of batting inside the cushions would do the trick.

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MB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jarius our waiter always makes our visits to Full Moon memorable. If the food is good, which it is at the Full Moon, and the service/waiter is exceptional, which it is with Jarius,, the result is a winning combination.

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AS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Good!!! Yummy in tummy!!!! Me want more!!!

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KT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is good but really pricy. If you Don’t have a budget it’s worth trying

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LW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We sat at the end of the bar, which wasn't the most pleasant place to sit because the servers come through regularly and it's distracting. We ordered the peach sake bottle and it was really nice. Not sweet and definitely had the peach flavor. Our server was friendly and attentive, but her check-ins felt more clumsy than casual. The food was excellent. Great sushi rolls and we ordered the peppers to start and they were fantastic! The bussers were way too quick to take your plate away. It was really upsetting to have someone swipe your plate while being mid-bite with your last piece of sushi. Overall, I would recommend this place to a friend to enjoy the food and ambiance. To the management, work with your staff to better enhance the customer experience.

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S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Outstanding sushi! Super fresh fish, excellent presentation.
Delicious! Exceeded our expectations. Can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place. Service was very good initially, waned toward the end. Definitely will go back.

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t
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our dinner at the Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar was just an okay experience. The restaurant is trendy and that’s fine. Service was very good and our server was attentive and willing to talk us through their menu if we needed help. Their food was good but nothing to rave about. My husband had the crispy rice with spicy tuna and the tempura roll. Nowhere in the description of the crispy rice/tuna dish say that it was nigiri sushi style. It leads you to believe that its a bowl. His tempura roll was fine but something you can get anywhere. I ordered the Tsukimi Chirashi. Taste wise it was fine. I love Saba and found that in the dish but was surprised to find it since most people don’t like the fishy taste of Saba. This is the first time that I have seen the fish in a Chirashi dish cut in chunks and it looks like it’s done this way to make everything fit into the serving container. All sushi restaurants that I’ve been to always slice their fish with care and the presentation is just so. Not in this case and I couldn’t get past that. Was the fish fresh? I would like to think so but again, my fish pieces were cut into small chunks and I felt like I got more tamago than fish in the dish.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, service, and ambiance. I will be back often.

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OT
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great sushi! A little pricey for my budget but great for those special occasions.

Place is smaller and noisy for a romantic dinner and bench seats against the wall are a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise great experience.

Server was friendly and informative. I’d go back if ever visiting DTSD.

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JP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent food. Friendly excellent service!!! Great sushi!

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TB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner/chef took care of us. We asked him to select our dishes. It was amazing. Everything was fresh, delicious and tasty. Thank you chef! Sincerely, Lee and Tammy

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QW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

All the food is good. Ordered sashimi. Menu shows 35, but bill is $85, asked waitress, she said it’s chef’s special sashimi, it would be nice to know the price before ordering it since it was not listed on the menu.

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R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! I recently went with friends and had a few of their creative appetizers and awesome sushi rolls!

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WB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The sushi was very good but the portion size for Nagiri was tiny very skimpy. I recommend if in the area go to Old Town and Harney’s

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic sushi with very creative and tasty rolls. Service was fabulous. I'm going back when I come back to San Diego.

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i
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was amazing! We sat at the sushi bar and the chef was super nice and when we had time he would ask if we needed anything - he was super busy. The service could have been better. We stayed here for about 3.5 hours, mainly because the waitress either forgot what we ordered or never came around to take our order nor to see if we wanted to order anything else. Luckily, the sushi was the best tasting sushi we've ever had. We were just disappointed on the overall service.

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is fantastic, very friendly staff and extremely well-timed service. We ordered several courses and they came at a good pace. The food is delicious and the ambiance is lovely. Will definitely be back.

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with a neat vibe. Service was excellent. We will be back.

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IS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try it. You will not be disappointed. Omakase FTW

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, customer service was great , nice environment,2nd time coming back and meet all the expectations just like the forts time ,great place worth the 1 hr. Drive

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was great! Food was delicious and service was awesome. Most definitely going to return.

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Z
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern decor, awesome sushi (the chef had some unique presentations)

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi! I ordered full moon sushi and I was just speechless. It tasted so fresh I would def go back there! It just became my favorite sushi spot! My fiancé ordered California and shrimp tempura also very delicious and tasty. Great alcohol selection as well. Tokyo mule was delicious.

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AG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and decor, excellent service, extensive menu of delicious food. We ordered sake sashimi, a Blue Moon roll (without sauce), and the filet mignon followed up with mango and chocolate mochi. Everything was excellent.

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MT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Sushi was fair to average nothing to make me want to come back

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the service was great! Staff is very friendly and offers recommendations. Try the “Third Quarter Roll” you wont be disappointed. We enjoyed the restaurant so much we went back two nights later for dinner again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel all the time for work, and this is now probably one of my top favorite places. I’ll definitely be coming back here. Food was amazing -eclipse roll did not disappoint- and the service was impeccable. Also, I never had Mochi before and now I’m in love! Thanks for a great dining experience!

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully knowledgeable staff. Found was outstanding, and was brought out quickly. Seemed like a fairly busy place.

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Jared/Jarod was outstanding, we’ve been fortunate have been served by several other times, and I would recommend requesting his station when being seated.

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LA
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Worst service we’ve ever had anywhere. Our server ruined our entire evening

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FP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and ambiance. The wine could be better. The Pinot wasn’t great. The food was very fresh and very flavorful.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection of fresh fish. You can’t find these fish else where. We love Kurodai, Gindara and Madai.

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great for an out-of-town foodie! We enjoyed the sushi and the peach ski. The staff was excellent, helpful and accommodating. Thanks for making my San Diego visit complete!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration! Perfect evening

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LY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi. Very fresh and different flavors. We loved the ambiance. Very vibrant and the Halloween decorations were real cool. They has a personal menu printed out for my daughter with her name and a happy birthday message on it which was a great personal touch. I would definitely go back with friends and family. We were also pleasantly surprised of the reasonable prices, affordable bill.

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TN
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Average food. Overpriced. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The company we were with were amazing.

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TK
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine but overpriced. Seating was uncomfortable with tables very close together and two larger round tables (not for seating) blocking the path purposely for some reason—that required guests, servers and bussers to maneuver between and around the table while carrying food/belongings in an already crowded space—strange.

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