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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

Nobu San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (32)
Special Occasion (27)
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Authentic (14)
Business Meals (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Romantic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (10)
Healthy (10)
Good for Groups (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Casual (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Spicy (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect service

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·Dined 7 days ago

We got this restaurant recommended and left it disappointed. The food is great Japanese stuff but not outstanding in any way if you know Asian cuisine. It was very noisy and we were surrounded by business people who wanted to impress their clients. The prices are high and the value that we got were eating from usual cheap one-time-use Bamboo chopsticks and our bowls for the starter soup were plastic...really? For a high price I expect a high standard. The quality of the fish was very good but that should be a given thing for their prices, right? Their staff is really friendly and they did their very best.

Sorry Nobu.

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·Dined 7 days ago

We had a great dinner but we sat at Sushi Bar- the servers hovered over us EVERY minute. Taking plates before done, glasses before done. It was like they were trying to have quick turnover so they get more tips or something. It didnt work and have never been bugged like that before. We will eat at a table next time for sure and we hope they leave us be and let us eat at our leisure not theirs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed our first visit to Nobu. The food was really tasty and creative and the ambiance was great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very nosie and Table was small for the dishes. Food was good, but would not do a special date there as it is difficult to talk.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great service, black cod amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food. Not as great of a deal anymore. They got rid of the happy hour menu. Wouldn’t recommend for business meetings. Too expensive!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 7, 2018

For the Nobu name expectations are high. The food was just ok.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing food choices and unique creations. Thoroughly enjoyable meal and we were well taken care of. Attentive, helpful and enthusiastic service. Really enjoyed our meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Sorry but I just didn't think the food was very special. Only one out or our many dishes was stellar. The sushi nigiri was just average. There are a lot of sushi places with better quality sushi than here - especially for the price. It was very expensive and I would have happily paid that price for a stellar meal but I didn't feel that the quality of the food matched the price. It was a very nice looking restaurant with lounge type seating but also very loud.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

I loved it!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food and service was on piont Left there very happy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Celebrated our Anniversary

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our waiter got changed and never explained anything on the menu.

The next waiter was very good tried to sell alot of the extras but WAY to much for NOT much food

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went out for nice family dinner. Had to order lots of items and cost was very high.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was ok but the prices were over the top. 4 of us spent over $600 to fill up without being uncomfortable. There were a few dishes that were fantastic, but for $600, they should have all be exceptional. We will not eat there again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Can’t go wrong with the food! Outstanding! Did not particularly like that the entrance was inside of a hotel. Other than that it was great!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We are huge Nobu fans! This time we were again blown away by the service and quality and taste of the dishes we chose. Server was knowledgable and helped us decide what to eat and drink. It was an anniversary dinner and they surprised us with a small dessert!
Highly recommend!

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·Dined on January 29, 2018

I went for restaurant week and dinner was truly amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted fresher fish. Definitely recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant week

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was top notch. I’m not sure if our server was new. We were there for restaurant week and inquired as to what was included with the assorted sushi platter. His response was “it has some cut up sushi and a roll”. We ultimately didn’t go with the mystery platter and were very pleased with all 4 courses. The food couldn’t be better.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great presentation and great food! My husband enjoyed the sake experience recommended by the server. He was awesome! I think he’s name is Matt!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Disappointed. My wife and I dined here this weekend and the service was far below expectation for a meal at more than 100 dollars per person. The food was average compared to similar high end Japanese restaurants but the service was particularly disappointing. We arrived on time for our reservation at 9:45 on a Friday and by 10:15 we had been seated and received our drinks and ordered appetizers. Our first course arrived at 10:30 and our waiter told us it was last call for food so we had to order all of our food. Well enough but then four dishes arrived about 10 minutes later and jammed onto our table. Our waiter left and handed us to someone else as it was clear they were closing down the restaurant. I felt even worse for the people who arrived after us for their reservation at 10. They had all of their food delivered at one time and the check soon after. Why take reservations at these times if you expect people to eat and leave in an hour. There are many other high quality and service Japanese restaurants in the area, I recommend you look elsewhere.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

So of course I go to Nobu during restaurant week. It was busy! Very busy! I made a later reservation thinking that the crowd may have died down, nope. The servers were nice, but it seemed as though we were rushed. Rushed to order. Rushed in between entres. I’m not happy about that.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great! Food was outstanding!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent food and great service. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Staff is always amazing and accommodating
Food is always spectacular

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

we went there for the SD restaurant week but they never gave us the menu so we ordered on the regular one. It was very good but twice expensive as we would have expected.

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 (London)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Delicious food! Black cod is the best! I really enjoyed. Will come back definitely!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Restaurant week menu
Course 1 & 2 very tasty but tiny portions
Course 3 great
Very knowledgeable server and service was just right!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food as always. For some reason our server was not the best and did not check up on us or make sure everything was okay. Overall, always a great choice for unique sushi!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great menu and restaurant. Everything we ordered - we enjoyed. I️ recommend trying the black cod and seasoned edamame. Ate one night in the dining areas and another night at the bar and had a great experience both times. Loved the energy of everyone working at the restaurant too A+++.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We were really disappointed. You always hear about Nobu being a hot spot with great food, but the food was just slightly above your standard Japanese restaurant/sushi joint, the ambiance left a lot to be desired, and the value was quite poor. I can understand charging an arm and a leg if the food is extraordinary or the experience is truly unique, but Nobu provided neither incredible food nor an exceptional experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Restaurant week menu. Nothing amazing or special.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I went for SDRW and the food was great! We ordered a few other items (starters and some sides) but everything was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

My husband’s birthday and restaurant week. Food is good but Portion was very small. More like sampler menu. We ordered extra steak but still hungry after dinner. No special treat for birthday request. Food came out all at the same table me. Finished eating in 20 mins.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Marcus was our sushi chef. He knows what is best and how to make it. He is open to making the food taste to fit one's palate. We'll return as often as we can.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always love Nobu! Service and food impeccable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Love the service, the food, and all

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Catching up with friends at the cabi Convention

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