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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us at Nobu San Diego for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day Dinner. Featuring Valentine’s Day couple’s tasting menu, specialty cocktails and one-of-a-kind dessert.

Nobu San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (37)
Special Occasion (35)
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Good for a Date (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Business Meals (16)
Authentic (15)
Romantic (14)
Fun (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (11)
People Watching (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Cozy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Expensive, but worth it! Don’t miss the passion fruit sake for dessert.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

It was way overpriced for the hype and the food it offered. Sushi was meh at best...Would not go again or recommend.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was delicious! Waiter had great recommendations & was very helpful with menu entree descriptions. We visit Nobu every time we are out in San Diego & are very happy with customer service and food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Disappointed.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

As always, the food was excellent. The yellowtail with jalapenos is always a favorite, delicate fish with a spice kick to it. The soft shell crab roll is the best in town by far and the sashimi is always excellent. The bento box dessert is worth the visit on its own

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was amazing! Everything had tastes that were attentive and vibrant to the palate. The service was amazing also!

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Nobu is a beautiful place and their food fare is insanely unique. If you enjoy sushi, sashimi or interesting Japanese dishes, this is the place to be. This is an upscale place, so expect to receive your check accordingly. But it is so worth it, even if you only make it here once!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food. The Miso cod is amazing. Great cocktails. Serve was very quick.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Way over priced and way too stingy on portions. This is French food meets Sushi type of restaurant where you pay for the art of the food and presentation and not to have a meal. Needless to say left there hungry after paying $250+ for 4 people :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and terrific cocktails.

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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food!

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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our first visit to this Nobu, but we have had the pleasure of dinning many times in other Nobu restaurants and rate all of them among our favourites.

We were as always very happy with the food, although presentation on some dishes could be improved

The design and layout of the restaurant contributed to the noise level being too high and not pleasant. In other Nobu restaurants it can be high level too but as an energetic and buzzing background noise, but this was unfortunately not so.

However still a 5

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Vacation dining with friends

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Never has a NOBU location nickel and dimed me before like this one- they take the liberty of bringing you sides of say rice for every entree when you don’t even ask or want it and then have the audacity to charge 5.00 for each cup of it- French fries 16.00! Crazy for 8 fries! 1 person drinking regular ICED TEA- 16.00! Not Long Island iced tea - regular iced tea! Side of some rocoto sauce again tack on another 2.00, cucumber on a piece of sushi add another .50- this was beyond ridiculous- not to mention our food was horribly cold and it took forever for the servers to even bring out the entrees and refill the $16.00 iced tea. 300.00 for what we got is so beyond ridiculous- LA, Malibu, London, Miami, even New York locations never do this- ever! Will never go back! Ever!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I was underwhelmed with the food, especially for the price.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Expensive, but you already knew that. What’s more important is that everything I ordered was absolutely delicious. Service was also on point.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Incredible Japanese/Peruvian fusion restaurant. Every dish was prepared perfectly. Amazing flavors and beautiful presentation of food. Loved Nobu and am looking forward to trying Nobu at other locations!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great experience. Came back for a 2nd time to celebrate birthday. Food is outstanding. Service and experience we received from Greg was OUTSTANDING!! Ask for him if he is around. Thanks for a great experience!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

A bit over price for the amount and quality

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Top notch service. The food incredible. Thanks for a special evening

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is by far the most casual Nobu I’ve dined and very fitting for their San Diego location. The food is the same high quality ad their other locations. Very friendly service. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely come back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing! Nobu never disappoints. The food is heavenly. Try the lobster tempura it is a San Diego Nobu special. The device is always good. It’s a gem.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very slow service. Restaurant was not exceedingly busy, yet food took a long time and drinks had to be asked for multiple times. Food mostly good. A few items, lamb chops for example, were extraordinary, a few just ok. Hefty price tag. Felt like we were paying mostly for the name, rather than the experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing as always

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