Nobu San Diego

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World renowned for its award winning "New Style" Japanese cuisine, Nobu continues to offer savvy diners across the globe a culinary adventure. Our San Diego location is yet another canvas for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to display his legendary dishes, such as the Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno.

The restaurant which is nestled in the perennially hip and centrally located Hard Rock Hotel also features unique creations by Executive Chef David Meade who has honed his skill at Nobu locations in Miami and New York. Nobu San Diego delivers equally on food, impeccable service and ambiance that is sophisticated yet lively.
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EM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Nobu in Malibu is 100 times sexier

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

LJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We forgot how good Nobu can be. We really enjoyed our dinner and our waiter was great. The Toro and Unagi were fresh and we loved the Crab Tacos. Thanks for the recommendation!

L
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent attentive service and delicious food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I just got engaged and celebrated here at Nobu. It was our first time and they did not disappoint. The food was delicious and service was excellent. They were helpful and cheerful for us in our celebration. We are definitely going back.

T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nobu can be on the pricey side but the food and experience is always amazing.

HL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was first rate. We had mainly sashimi and all was fresh and delicious. Keep in mind prices are per piece, not for the conventional order that contains two pieces, which add up to just a couple dollars more than what you probably pay at your less upscale neighborhood place. Even the more affordable entries on the sake selection are excellent.

Not a flagship item, but the chocolate creme brûlée with the coffee foam is an amazing dessert.

GT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience . Great service and fabulous food!!!

CB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dining can be challenging, we are two years into the Omakase at Nobu with many more dancing the horizon.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife (who is vegan) and I dined here on Valentine’s Day. The service, food, and presentation did not disappoint. Despite arriving late (our fault), the staff was very accommodating and did not feel rushed. I opted for the Valentine’s omakase which was amazing. The chef offered to create a vegan omakase to match each dish I ordered...which my wife absolutely loved.

We have dined at various Nobu restaurants around the world and the San Diego location has been stellar.

d
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was amazing but the service was ridiculously poor. Not what the experience should have anywhere let alone when you pay nearly $1000 for 8 people

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time enjoying a meal at a Nobu restaurant. The food and service were really extraordinary. Our server Brian was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, from recommendations on both food and sake.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food and probably some of the best sushi I’ve had outside of Japan. Our waiter was great for the most part but we had to ask for certain things multiple times which was frustrating at this price point.

Food is very expensive and the portions are extremely small. We spent over 300 dollars and stopped for tacos on the way home.

If you’re willing to spend 500-600 for a date this is a great spot... if you aren’t I’d recommend stopping here for an appetizer and getting dinner somewhere else.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The sushi rolls were way too small for the price!! The appetizers and waiter were fantastic though.

JM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year when I come to San Diego, me and my team dine at Nobu. The food is delicious and the service is superb.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This place should’t have the name Nobu!
I ve been in another locations but It was the worst experience!
3 differents servers, missing food - I left without eat what I ve ordered!

F
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced sushi, you’re paying for the trendy experience.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The side of brussel sprouts didn’t taste that good. And not crispy. I have had a lot better at other restaurants. However, our other food, especially the scallops with brussel sprouts was very good. It was VERY loud. Bad acoustics in the space.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food / waiter was excellent

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Zoals gewoonlijk zeer goed eten maar niet gezellig

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MK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Foid was outstanding albeit expensive. Will go again

LK
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Amazing menu for restaurant week .

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. We always go to Nobu for Restaurant week

NS
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was out of this world. Service amazing. Cocktails great. Price was over the top expensive. Tables WAY too close together and very loud. No privacy at all.

PB
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great premium tasting menu and wines by the glass. Restaurant is crowded and noisy.

WE
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great evening out for my wife's birthday. Service was impeccable and the food was great. Really enjoyed the vibe and ambiance of the restaurant. It's all it is made out to be. Great night out.

SS
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We first visited Nobu in New York in 2008 and were blown away. Since then we’ve been to Nobu in Cape Town, which didn’t quite live up to our initial experience - and now Nobu San Diego. Beautiful restaurant and delicious, don’t get me wrong, but we were completely underwhelmed. It’s not as special as it could be - Nobu now seems like a pretty good overpriced Japanese restaurant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place good food and good service

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, great service and excellent food!

GK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Thanks.

H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We’re big sushi lovers, and we in general we’re not impressed with the quality/quantity and overall value...choices are minimal. The cuts of the rolls and sashimi of an entire dish is equivalent to a single piece/cut from any other sushi spot. It’s literally laughable or perhaps cry-able what they serve and the prices. If you squinted you’re eyes you wouldn’t be able to find the food it’s so minuscule. The restaurant feels like a hotel restaurant, not real invested in clientele because they figure they’re from out of town and won’t become a regular. It was a waste of a special birthday dinner, NOBU never again.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true dining experience!! Pricy, so definitely a special occasion restaurant. The yellowtail jalapeño shared plate is a must have!

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toro Tartar絶品です。

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MM
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the omakase, Nobu's tasting menu, with half or our party ordering the signature omakase and the other half of us ordering the San Diego omakase. All of them were absolutely delicious; however, the wagyu beef was to die for! And the sake and the desserts were fantastic! All elements were delivered in a well-paced fashion and the portion sizes were perfect for a tasting menu. I cannot wait to get back to San Diego to enjoy this incredible dining experience again!

QB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding overall. Quality food tied to exceptional service. The staff work so hard, likely motivated by the Nobu philosophy of sharing tips.

S
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Good food and service but minuscule portions and VERY high prices.

e
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food but loud and service was missing and never there to help.

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