Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and Lounge

4.6
198 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Sushi
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 233-3711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sung Kim
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Catering
We offer catering please contact Alicia@fullmoonsd.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway or E St
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Parking details
Valet across the Street from Restaurant with LAZ
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Public transit
5th and Broadway
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Entertainment
The ambiance is lively and full of energy. Sit at the Sushi Bar to be wowed by the quick hands of our talented Sushi Chefs. Many Sake options and a nice variety of Schochu cocktails.
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Special events & promotions
Happy hour Tues- Thursday 5-6:30
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 198 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an incredible dining experience. Great service. Delicious food.

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Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Habíamos reservado a través de la página y se demoraron 30 minutos en darnos la mesa. Sin embargo, nuestra mesera nos dio una porción de Edamame por la espera. Pedimos vino, un trago y cerveza para empezar. Se demoraron mucho en traernos los tragos y veíamos que estaban en el bar listos hace un buen tiempo. Le pedimos a un mesero si nos podía dar lo que habíamos pedido y él con muy mala actitud puso algunos vasos en la mesa. Luego llegó nuestra mesera, nos pidió perdón por lo que había pasado y nos regaló otra cerveza más. Luego pedimos sushi y un plato de arroz con salmón. El arroz estaba frío y los sushis ricos, pero nada del otro mundo. El ambiente era entretenido, nuestra mesera simpática, pero no volvería a ir.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

To start off the food was good. We enjoyed everything that we purchased on the menu. It was loud but I did not expect for it to be quite. It was a lot of groups in restaurant and had the perfect seating for conversations.

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BB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good, diverse menu with fast attentive service. Stands out in the area of tourist traps.

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TJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok. Started with oyster app. Only 4 oysters for $22, but they were fabulous...wished there were more. For $22, should be at least 6. . First sushi roll I liked most, other 2 were ok at best. Wife preferred other 2 rolls. Overall, decent dinner, but a lot of other places to try. It was an early dinner and as we left we saw the restaurant next door was having $1 oysters for happy hour, so I'd have done that had I known beforehand.

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ND
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience for 3 guests who joined my wife and me. We had a table reservation, and were were greeted at front door in a friendly manner, and promptly and professionally escorted to a lovely table. Jennie was our server - professional, kind, knowledgeable, efficient and patient with our group, members of which ordered different items at different times! Service, food, and sake choice were awesome! Thanks - we’ll be back!

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k
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best sushi I have eaten outside of Japan. Very original menu.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly fresh sashimi! Excellent service with an an easy going attitude and classy ambiance! If I lived in San Diego, I’d definitely be a regular! The wild king salmon and bluefin tuna sashimi/nigiri were a couple faves! Also, the seared albacore with crispy onions and the miso cod were stand outs!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Order was incorrectly delivered and had to wait for things like ginger and water to be replenished

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DT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the most outstanding Sushi Restaurant in San Diego. Limiting these chefs under the term 'Sushi' is a disservice. Very creative menu and my only regret is my wallet wouldn't let me try each and every one of their creations. Even the 'simple' things.....I order a 2nd round of their seaweed salad....like no other I've ever experienced. Simply outstanding

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DF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing everything. We had the Spicy Tuna Crispy Rise, Third Quarter, Half Moon, Spicy Tuna Roll, Waning Gibbous, Eclipse, Shrimp Tempura Roll and edamame. The Kurasawa Nigori Sake is the smoothest I've ever had and for a much sweeter sake the Coconut Sake they have is also good. Highly recommend the eclipse, third quarter, waning gibbous and half moon. The others were also exceptional in that they have very good cuts of fish throughout their menu.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner, just my daughter and me. The prices were a little high. Our appetizers we superior to our specialty rolls. In the back corner was a couple with a chihuahua type dog that kept barking and begging for food. Super annoying but I’m sure the employees were between a rock and a hard place. Everyone cries service animal nowadays even when it clearly wasn’t!

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1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

My husband and I are visiting San Diego and chose this restaurant based on good reviews. It was a Tuesday night and it was packed- I guess because the food is so good. However, it took us an hour and a half to get all of our food. I was served both of my rolls and my husband was sitting waiting for his for over an hour. Not a great experience.

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Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi I've ever had! The yellowtail carpaccio was fresh and delicious. Our server was outstanding and recommended rolls that matched our tastes.

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Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service. Best sushi ever!!

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TT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and atmosphere. Will definitely be back again!(:

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ED
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and so was our waitress. Can’t wait to go back!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing!! Sushi rolls were creative but on the expensive side (~$20 per). All in all loved the experience!

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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would have liked a full bar

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1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Meeting a good friend I have not seen in a long time.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. We chose this place last minute for a nice dinner. They were able to accommodate no questions asked. The service was outstanding as well as the food. We were pleasantly surprised and left extremely satisfied. We would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a surprise to find such an energetic location, Amazing food & amazing server!!

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ND
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fantastic repast at Full Moon, and a wonderful evening to boot! Our group totaled 7, and, with a wide variety of orders (starters, small plates, sushi, cooked entrees, adult as well as nonalcoholic beverages), EVERYONE was more than pleased. Jairus, a truly amazing server and great human being, never missed a beat; was professional, informative, friendly and efficient; and was a joy to watch orchestrate the parade of beautifully prepared and delicious items we ordered. I know for certain: We will all be back ... SOON! Thanks, Jairus and Full Moon team!

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Boise
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW - this place is just flat out amazing. The service was exceptional and the sushi is a grand slam home run! I’ve enjoyed some phenomenal sushi in many of America’s West Coast cities - San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Portland - but tonight was some of the BEST I’ve ever had!!! It was off the charts good! Presentation was a sight to behold as well!!!

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C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a little early for our reservations, they greeted us and sat us right away. All staff was friendly and the food was great.

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great ambience, great service. Really enjoyed it.😁

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JP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously some of the best sushi we’ve ever had, and we eat sushi a lot! HIGHLY recommend this plaice, with a big thumbs up on the full moon roll. We will definitely go back.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

VERY expensive for what they served. Food decoration is good but hit and miss. Some are fresh some are ok. Not recommended.

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SW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went in after my son’s graduation in UCSD. This is the 2nd time I dine here, foods is excellent, service is great, a bit on the expensive side though. But u won’t regret if u come for an occasion. Try different rolls from the menu would be something u want to do & u do not know what to do for a new adventure!!!

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AF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite sushi spots in San Diego - ambiance is unlike any other sushi spot I've been to. The grilled oysters are amazing, a must-try! Quality of the fish is top-notch, I also recommend the fatty tuna nigiri and the Eclipse roll!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a dinner with my wife

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GC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, one of the best Sushi I have ever had. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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ND
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb Full Moon experience!! Yolanda called us around 45 minutes before our reservation to ascertain our preferred seating ... WOW! Upon arrival, she welcomed us and escorted the 4 of us to a lovely table. Ariel, our principal server, was professional, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. She took our request to "be in and out in just over an hour" (because of showtime a few blocks away) in complete stride. She and the Full Moon team provided us with superb, efficient service in spite of our multiple orders ... and we never felt rushed. Jairus, who has served us previously, stopped by and welcomed us by name. Every item we ordered was truly exceptional. We were so enjoying ourselves that Ariel, very professionally, reminded us of our timeline at the one hour point, and we had no trouble getting to the theatre in time. Thank you, Full Moon team! We'll be back!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi restaurant in all of San Diego!!! Amazing quality sushi bursting with all kinds of amazing flavors!

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I found this place on Yelp and was hoping to have a nice dinner for a friend's birthday. Sushi is her absolute favorite food and she was looking forward to getting some quality sushi. The food was great but I will never go back to this place because the service was atrocious. We couldn't get our waiter's attention and the wait staff was honestly very rude. I do not recommend this restaurant. You can easily find another sushi place in San Diego and hopefully they will have better service than this hole.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing grilled oysters. The black cod was wonderful and the rolls too.

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Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated at the exact time of our reservation even though the restaurant seemed full. Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed two chef’s special sushi rolls, one with lobster which was outstanding, and the other with
Tempers shrimp which was very tasty. In addition we ordered sashimi from their “exotic” fish list which was unusual and very fresh and delicious. We would definitely recommend Full Moon and return again when in San Diego.

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SC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Full moon was great. Our server Ariel was very attentive and nice. We tried 5-6 things off the menu and everything we had was really good but our favorite was the spicy tuna and crispy rice! The place is very cute and trendy and they take reservations! Great sushi place in downtown

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. The waiter couldn’t even pretend we existed. Threw our checks on the table - didn’t bother handing them. Drinks didn’t come out until the food came out.

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