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About Nobu San Diego

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.

207 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Sushi

Hours of Operation:

DINING ROOM:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

NOBU LOUNGE opens daily at 5pm with full menu.

Cross Street:
L Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 814-4124

Website:
http://www.noburestaurants.com/san-diego/experience/

Catering:
For the ultimate catering experience for any occasion, from holiday parties to family dinners, weddings to private jets, Nobu San Diego can make your event a one-of-a-kind experience. Please contact the restaurant at 619.814.4124 or by e-mail at sandiego.events@noburestaurants.com for further information.

Parking Details:
Hard Rock Hotel offers valet parking for guests with reservations (must be made by 4:30pm the day of). Ace Parking structure is also across the street on 6th Ave and L st.

Public Transit:
Gaslamp

Executive Chef:
David Meade

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Celebrate the holiday in style at Nobu San Diego!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Celebrate the holidays in style at Nobu San Diego!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Ring in the New Year Nobu-Style!

Nobu San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (36)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Business Meals (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fun (14)
Romantic (13)
Healthy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
People Watching (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
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Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Insanely delicious. Incredible variety on the menu which allowed us to try things for the first time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My daughter and I had dinner at Nobu before going to The Nutcracker. Our waiter was excellent & helped us make some excellent choices. He was also very mindful of our time. The food was excellent, beautifully presented & very creative. Very expensive but fun for a special evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Over priced, better sushi elsewhere, don't go

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Were were there on Thursday evening, at 6 ans it wasn’t busy at all. Our shef was Superstar! He made fantastic sashimi variety and was knowledgeable about the food. I was fortunate to try plenty different Sushi Bars, and as delicious as it was, it was definitely not worth it.
My friend and I = $620

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Romantic, Organic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Really just not very good in terms of good service or ambiance. Very disappointing. More like a tourist trap than fine dining but priced like a michellen 3 star restaurant. Sushi was flavorless and was obviously not fresh— we went on a Tuesday granted not the best night for fresh fish but this was really just bad on all counts. Nothing special and if the sushi is $16 a piece it better be something grand. Stay away. You might as well go to bubba gumps.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service is absolutely incredible. Every time I eat there, I'm astounded by how well they treat us. The food, sushi, drinks are outstanding as well!! Love it!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic! Super friendly, informative and fun!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nobu is always good in terms of food quality, this location might be less iconic than some of the others (Malibu for example) but the food quality and service is sensational. Also, the specials only available at this location are really impressive, the locally sourced Lobster Tempura is excellent and great value.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Best sushi !
Great Ambiance
Great staff

Congrats !!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. It lived up to the hype attached to the name and then some. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food and a terrific choice of beverages.
I think we went as much for experiencing “Nobu” as anything else.
But, akin to French Laundry, are you really getting “value”?

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is amazing. Every dish we had was excellent. But the prices are very high - which we knew going in. For the prices, the ambience should be better. It feels like a high end kitchen. I’ve been to the one in Dubai & it’s a nicer feel. Otherwise, I’d highly recommend this to anyone.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

EN LO GENERAL ESTUVO TODO MUY BIEN. MUY RICA LA COMIDA, EL SERVICIO DE PRIMERA Y EL AMBIENTE UNICO!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Muy buena comida, atención y ambiente.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Meh. I love Japanese food and traditions but this experience was very limited and felt very "franchised", which I guess it is now. No Chef's choice, no sake flights, no originality, no particular focus. Food coming out in the wrong order. My $1,200 for three people would've been better spent at so many other Japanese restaurants in the US.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing as always

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is really good but I was surprised by the atmosphere. Lots of younger kids runnng around climbing into other booths and under the tables. For the prices, I didn’t expect such a noisy, family friendly environment.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome !!!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Disappointing. I have been there before. Overall service meciocre. Food so so. Could and should do better. Too noisy

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vip
 (México)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Every Nobu restaurant has outstanding food, the rock shrimp are superb and the jalapeño sashimi are excellent too

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

the hostess sit us in the corner, and not at the window seat as we requested even though we were the first customers. The food was good but overpriced

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Bad acoustics. Table next to us hammering shots of saki and over the top loud/drunk. Management did not intervene. Asked waitperson to intercede.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent service and good quality food cocktails were perfect.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Just great.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Restaurant was too loud. Couldn’t hear my date talk.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Absolutely outstanding food, interesting menu, great service!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great friendly knowledgeable service and great food to match

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had an amazing dinner. Everything was so delicious and we loved the service!!

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall good experience...food, service and location were all good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was impeccable. Everything we ate was an experience because we are first time with this style of dining and we loved it. I even tried the cold sake and enjoyed it immensely. The decor and ambiance are fitting to the food so it just feels natural and easy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Viaje a san Diego

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Went there with hubby for dinner because have read rave reviews and the great rating sold me on it. Alas, I was disappointed by the experience. It's not that it was bad. No, it was so ordinary, that it was totally not worth the money and time spent. I guess it's because of the name and the location, but we have been to far more expensive restaurants where the food quality and meal presentation were way superior. Busy, crowded, feels like a bistro and not an expensive place.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food and the service were top notch. Everything was delicious and perfectly timed.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wait staff were robots with zero emotion. Our orders were misplaced & never came out or came out wrong & late. Manager tried to do the right thing & provided free Desert & a few other entree items but that doesn’t make up for terrible service on a special birthday occasion.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always awesome food and service!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

What else can you say? The food was excellent as always, the service was very attentive, and the ambiance was great.
The only issue is that you have to leave the restaurant and walk down the hall in the Hard Rock lobby to find the rest rooms.
A small inconvenience, don’t let it spoil an otherwise great experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The waitress that worked with us was very nice. She made some nice recommendations. Apart from the Japanese Snapper, we did not like any of the food. The fries that came with the "fish and chips" were awful. The second you finish your drink someone comes to take it away. Felt more like fast food than a good dinner restaurant.

Were given a booth for six people though it was only two of us and there were plenty of small tables available.

I think if someone pays for these prices they deserve a comfortable chair and not feel like sitting in a staff canteen.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I loved Nobu; I had been wanting to eat at one of the locations for a while. The San Diego location was lovely. The wait staff was attentive but a little snooty, which was somewhat unappealing. They definitely push the higher priced items. That being said, my husband and I made good choices and our bill was average for our date nights. I recommend Nobu for special occasions or date night but it’s rather loud so you won’t be able to hear everyone if you have a large group.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent high Quality authentic Japanese Food, Sushi prepared just in sight with the best possible ingredients at their best temperature. One of the very best Sushi experiences I ever had.
Service very attentive, but did not serve water voluntarily, as often in the US tried to clear the table as soon as the guests declared not to order anything else although the Restaurant was not fully booked.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a staple when I come to San Diego. Will often make reservations for multiple nights if I am going to be there for over a week. The miso cod is my favorite!

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