Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and Lounge

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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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R
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing sushi creations and loved my Lychee martini. Service was a touch slow, but I think it was just our waiter.

VT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but small portions for the price. Atmosphere was nice.

RT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We showed up about five minutes from our reservation time. We were seated within a minute. Our waitress was well attended. I ordered a Tokyo Mule. Great beverage! We ordered three different sushi rolls. All good! What we noticed comparing to the many other sushi places we been to, their rolls were filling but felt lighter. We are not sure how to describe it. Just get some yourself. If you are planning to take your infant here for weekend dinner, I would advise not to. I am a father to one. Since it was my birthday, they gave me a big scoop of cookie and cream ice cream. Thank you.

GF
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The specialty sushi was very tasty. Regular rolls were also good, although were not rolled tight. We also had the grilled salmon and that was very good and tasty.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love full moon sushi!!! Best sushi in San Diego! It is always sooo fresh and just phenomenal! I can’t say enough good things about it

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We were party of 8 and they put us in a small table in the corner. Food wasn’t authentic Japanese. Miso soup was salty, oyster was too sweet, sashimi was very thinly sliced it’s ridiculous. We ordered a lot more and it was just average, nothing special.

m
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I usually don’t post anything especially if it’s negative but this place really needs to step up with service. We informed our server and the manager that we were in a 1 hour time crunch because we had to get to a comedy show on time. There were only 4 of us and the people who sat after us (they were 4 people too) got their food first. Then 2 out of 4 of our sushi rolls were never put in but my husband had paid the full bill at this time. So they had to void the sale to remove the 2 rolls we never got which took another 15 min. We barely made it to the show on time. The food was mediocre at best. It was overpriced with the amount of food you were getting. I don’t think we will be coming back

JS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by the entire staff, quality and creative plates! Love this place and the staff make it special.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was very slow — it took at least 15 minutes to get our drinks. But it was some of the bests sushi we have ever had!

PL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is pretty good, but it does locate at the end of the downtown area where is a less desirable area to hang out, but overall we had great time and the food was excellent!

PL
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I just dined at FMS for the first time based on positive reviews and we really enjoyed the experience. Nice contemporary, fun venue with excellent service and we liked every dish we ordered.

B
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our food was incredible, but for putting that our reservation was for a special occasion (my husband's 40th birthday!), we were seated at a coffee table in the front of the restaurant and the table came below our knees! One of my friends is over 6'2", this was ridiculous. We were holding our plates in our hands to eat. The food was very good, the service was awkward and the seating was outright absurd. There were tables available in the back of the restaurant, and we were sitting at a couch and two ottomans without backs. We didn't even have a window to look out onto the Gaslamp night life. So very strange for such a nice and pricey place. This place was recommended and we chose it for our special occasion, but left feeling less than special since we were seated at the kids table in the corner! I don't care if it's chic, it was tacky, and how do you eat sushi seated like that? I would have rather sat on the floor.

S
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a craving for sushi and this was the spot I chose. My husband and I love contemporary/modern vibes so the reviews sounded right up our alley. We loved it. Loved the mood, loved the food. Every sushi roll we tried was delicious. Made a reservation, and we were in and out in an hour. Would definitely go back. The only thing I’d say is that it wouldn’t be a great spot for a big party. It’s not a huge space and didn’t look like it could accommodate a big group.

P
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing uni I have ever had! Sashimi cuts were really fresh, robata was delicious and rolls were also delicious. We also had top notch service!

M
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The sushi wasn’t as great as previous reviews had led us to believe and it was very pricey for what we got.

a
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow, but the food was great ! Sake, beer and wine only ( so bar menu is limited) . Sushi was very fresh . I would go again !

OT
San Joaquin
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! Fantastic. Get the salmon tartare and be sure to order sashimi/nigiri off specialty fish menu. Relaxing comfortable setting, great service and fantastic sushi!!!!

L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I thought the food was very good but the service was lacking in that the two of us who ordered Sushi received and had consumed 5 different orders BEFORE our other three guests ever received the Salmon dinners they ordered. NOT COOL! Serve all together unless it is an appetizer - and, bring a complimentary item if the kitchen or server screws up on ordering properly so that items can be plated at the same time.

R
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS sushi and the peach saki was also tasty!

E
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time but the staff kept us informed of the delay and even gave us a complimentary appetizer. The rotating fresh sushi menu was very good and the sushi rice was seasoned well.

E
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Location 10/10
Service 10/10
Price 8/10
Food 6/10

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi and very good service. Expensive but worth it

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for making my son’s birthday dinner special! We will be back!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the presentation, good service, and ambience.

OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Full Moon before a Friday Night show at Broadway San Diego. We sat at the sushi bar (our preference) and were treated to a wonderful dinner of sushi. Luckily it was sockeye salmon season, and our sockeye nigiri was killer. The thin sliced blue fin tuna on ice with build your own component (thin sliced Serrano peppers, wasabi based spread, micro greens etc was superb. The Blue Moon roll was rock solid too! Definitely recommend this place, and it’s only a few blocks to the Civic Center theater on 3rd!

C
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Husband and I loved, loved, LOVED their specialty rolls! We were looking for something refreshing for dinner, and Full Moon hit the spot! The ambiance was great - we called ahead of time to request a table for 2, since we noticed they offered lounge/bar seating as well, bit we wanted a bit more privacy. Our server was really helpful, and all of our dishes came out in great time! Definitely will be recommending to friends/family, and returning in the near future!

MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin is the best sushi chef. We appreciate his creative sashimi arrangements. This is the best sushi/sashimi in San Diego!

Thank you for such a high quality sashimi and for Kevin’s
well thought and artfully crafted sashimi preparation.

z
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. We had the "set menu" sushi special that they're apparently known for and it was phenomenal. This is definitely expensive for sushi, but worth it. The dessert - mochi - was great! I love when places serve that. It's my favorite Japanese dessert. The staff were all so friendly, and not at all pretentious (even though they probably have every right to be with the high quality sushi they're serving!) I really appreciated that our server didn't pressure us to order more than we could handle and let us take our time in deciding and ordering more food later on. Can't wait to be back in San Diego to eat here again!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant! The menu was huge and everything sounded so delicious. We were really impressed with the creativity in the rolls and the presentation of every dish was impeccable. We could t have been happier with everything we ordered as each meal was unique and delicious. Phenomenal sake list. We can’t wait to visit again!

NL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was on point. Food was great. Exotic menu and skewers are where it’s at!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Woo! You shouldn’t make people lengthen their reviews!

TW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

SV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi is very fresh!

BB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi with a beautiful presentation. Just loved this place. If you’re looking for sushi in the Gaslamp District this is the place to head. I will be returning for more in the near future!

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Really good, high quality sashimi. The rolls we had were good, not fantastic. There's no full bar, but the drinks we had were very good. We were not disappointed, but not overly impressed. We'd come here again if just getting sashimi.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Way overpriced sushi that was just okay. I've had so much better for half of the price at many other sushi establishments. The seasoning they put on the rolls overpowers the beautiful flavors of the fish. The ambiance was nice but that was all it had going for them. It was my Birthday dinner and I was so disappointed. We left hungry and preferred our appetizers we had at the comedy show.

KB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Awkward seating arrangements (either low tables with mismatched seating heights or small tables with high stools), meh atmosphere. Prices high, but food very good and service friendly.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Christina was extremely knowledgeable, helped us make informed choices, and made sure that our meal was well paced. The food itself was incredible. It was beautifully presented, fresh, and delicious. The exotic fish selections were particularly interesting.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The hostess, Erin, was very nice. They accommodated us even though we were 30 minutes late. The food was really very good and the menu had interesting creations as well as classics. Ample selection of sake. Good service. It was not a quiet setting but we were able to converse normally. A good finding.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Full moon roll was so good for Japanese too!

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