Discover the Best Sushi in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

San Diego is a city on the Pacific Coast, and it has an unmistakable beachy vibe, attracting surfers, sunbathers, and swimmers year-round. People come to San Diego to experience the ocean, whether they spend time in the seaside neighborhood of Pacific Beach or head to explore the rugged terrain and beautiful views of Point Loma. Thus, it's not surprising diners can find great seafood meals there--whether it's the casual seafood joints of sunset cliffs or the five-star steak and lobster restaurants of cosmopolitan Downtown. Diners who love sushi can find no shortage of great sushi options there. There are tons of eateries serving up unforgettable, fresh Japanese meals. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Travelers should check out this list to see the spots for the best sushi in San Diego, then book a table for a meal that is enjoyable, impressive, and delicious.

Restaurants:Himitsu, Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar, Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Japanese
Neighborhoods:La Jolla, North Park, Oceanside

Himitsu

$$$$·Sushi·
La Jolla
437 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Located in La Jolla, Himitsu calls itself a bistro. The name means secret, and this fits because you have to know about Himitsu in order to find it. The restaurant consists of a tiRead more
96% recommended
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Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar

$$$$·Japanese·
North Park
153 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Sushi anchors the menu at Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar San Diego, located in Coronado and considered one of the spots for the best Sushi in San Diego. However, while there is an extensRead more
90% recommended
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Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

$$$$·Sushi·
Oceanside
741 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Its name might not let on what the restaurant is actually all about, but Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub is a sushi restaurant that focuses on local fisherman and growers when makiRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in North San Diego

Shimbashi Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Del Mar
474 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Shimbashi Izakaya is an izakaya that is in Del Mar, and diners say it has some of the best sushi in San Diego. While the restaurant has excellent sushi, they are also well known foRead more
89% recommended
Outdoor Dining in San Diego

Saiko Sushi

$$$$·Sushi·
Coronado
272 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Saiko is a restaurant that people primarily go to for the sake list. The list has several different categories of sake for those interested in trying what different sakes taste likRead more
94% recommended
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Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and Lounge

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown / Gaslamp
357 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
Located in San Diego's Historic Gaslamp District is Full Moon Sushi Kitchen Bar and Lounge. Full Moon has a festive lounge-like atmosphere with a large sushi bar in the center of iRead more
88% recommended
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Nobu San Diego

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,804 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Also located in the Gaslamp District is Nobu San Diego. Like Nobu locations all over the world, Nobu San Diego offers an upscale fine dining sushi experience with a classy atmospheRead more
85% recommended
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Bang Bang

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown / Gaslamp
354 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
Diners who want to combine eating sushi and dancing should head to Bang Bang, a combination sushi restaurant and night club. Situated in the Gaslamp, Bang Bang serves up a classic Read more
82% recommended
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Cannonball

$$$$·Sushi·
Mission Bay
305 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
For sushi with a view, there's Cannonball, a rooftop sushi spot with unbeatable views of the ocean. (In fact, Cannonball is San Diego's largest ocean top rooftop!) The menu at CannRead more
89% recommended
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Gyu-Kaku - San Diego, CA

$$$$·Japanese·
Scripps Ranch
995 reviews
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
At Gyu-Kaku San Diego, diners can cook various meats and vegetables at a grill in the middle of their table. For those with a hankering for sushi, Gyu-Kaku offers other Japanese opRead more
91% recommended
Best Service in San Diego

Benihana - San Diego

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission Valley
4,086 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
Benihana is a worldwide chain for sushi and steak (as well as hibachi). The location in San Diego offers up an extensive sushi menu, which diners can enjoy alongside their companioRead more
93% recommended
Kid Friendly in San Diego
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Benihana - Carlsbad

$$$$·Japanese·
Carlsbad
2,007 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
The Carlsbad location of Benihana offers diners the option to eat hibachi menu items at communal teppanyaki tables or to order a la carte in the lounge area. For diners who want suRead more
Good for Groups in North San Diego

Banbu Sushi Bar & Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
La Mesa
217 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
For the best sushi in La Mesa, diners head to Banbu Sushi Bar and Grill. This restaurant has beautiful outdoor dining options with firepits, so head here on a nice night, no matterRead more
93% recommended
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King's Fish House - Mission Valley

$$$$·Seafood·
Mission Valley
883 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Mission Valley's most popular sushi option is King's Fish House, a seafood restaurant that has cooked fish classics in addition to sushi. Diners can order grilled seafood and meat Read more
97% recommended

Cloak + Petal

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
Little Italy
536 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasion
Cloak + Petal calls itself a place of “intimacy and companionship.” This restaurant offers spaces for diners to gather together at long communal tables, or to find a private nook tRead more
84% recommended
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JRDN Restaurant

$$$$·Californian·
Pacific Beach
1,612 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
JRDN is a beloved spot in Pacific Beach for sushi. The rolls at JRDN are innovative and unique. Find options like the lobster roll (featuring tempura fried spicy lobster), and the Read more
91% recommended
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The Fish Market - San Diego

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / Gaslamp
2,342 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Fish Market San Diego is a town classic. They are known for serving fresh fish caught daily, as well as a refreshing sushi menu that pairs well with the Southern California sunshinRead more
87% recommended
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Seasalt - Del Mar

$$$$·Seafood·
Del Mar
805 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Another spot in Del Mar serving some of the best sushi in San Diego is Del Mar. This restaurant is an Italian cafe and sushi bar combined, so pair a delicious plate of pasta with sRead more
92% recommended
Scenic View in North San Diego

Roy's - La Jolla - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
University City/Golden Triangle
1,381 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Roy's is a high-end Hawaiian fusion restaurant in the heart of the La Jolla business district. For a tropical escape with outstanding beachy drinks and sushi that reminds diners thRead more
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