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Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar

82 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi, located in Carlsbad, California, serves Japanese cuisine with a focus on robata and fresh, handmade sushi for lunch and dinner. Each dish is made to order with the finest and freshest ingredients available. Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi has a full bar which is known for its specialty cocktails.

Start out with an order of caramelized eggplant or crispy soft shell crab served with jalapeno slaw at Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi. Choose from dinner items like the caterpillar roll or the heart attack roll. If you�re not in the mood for sushi, try the pork belly robata or the five-spice duck tacos.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary Asian, Sushi, Yakitori
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Hours of operation
Daily: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Daily: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Phone number
(760) 434-4959
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Pyo
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Cross street
Carlsbad Village Dr & Grand Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking is available on the weekends
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kyuss (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2014

Terra was out server and Chris was out host. They were both awesome. You could not ask for better service. I always look foreword to my next visit.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on September 12, 2014

Restaurant was closed on Friday lunchtime. No notification on door or website. Even allowed me to reserve a table online. This is usually my favorite sushi place to eat at. Very disappointed since I'm not very local and drove 1/2hr to get there.

Nank (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2014

We love the fresh fish here! It's delicious and the presentation is beautiful. The staff is friendly and attentive. We are definitely going back!

vipGiovanni (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

This place is trendy while delivering great sushi and Japanese dishes. The rolls were especially appealing because it was the first time that I've eaten at a sushi place that offered quinoa or brown rice instead of white rice! I will definitely be going back.

Lulu (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2014

Knowledgable wait staff., very helpful
Hostess a bit unfriendly

StirFry (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 8, 2014

Not sure if I caught BOR on an especially boisterous night but my biggest takeaway was how really loud it was. Not in any way that affected my experience super negatively, but was distracting in a few instances. You know, the 'turn your head' kind of loud people. But that being said, the food was tremendous, service was great and definitely will be back again. Our reservation was at 730 and at around 830, the noise level quieted down. So next time, a later reservation and we'll be good to go. Thanks!

Kyuss (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2014

Every time I go here I am more and more impressed. Marissa the server and Chris the Manager are the best. I can't wait till the next time. I tell all my friends about this place.

vipDlove (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2014

Awesome, neighborhood spot for sushi lovers. I consider myself a sushi foodie and this was some of the best sushi I have had in a long time. Must try The French Kiss and the Albacore Delight. The black cod robata was also super tasty. I can't wait to visit Carlsbad again so I eat at Blue Ocean!

Peggy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2014

This was our first time here and it was fabulous!! We sat at the Robata Grill and it was fun talking to the "grill chef". The pork belly was amazing, as well as the sushi rolls and the duck. We are anxious to come back and try many more things on the menu. We will bring our daughter and son-in-law, who are foodies also.

My husband brought me here for my birthday dinner and with our dessert I was presented with a sparkling birthday candle!!

Greg (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

The food was outstanding. The bacon wrapped scallops were by far the best I have ever had. I made my wife try one (and she doesn't like scallops) and she is now a fan of scallops. I could order those for the entire meal and be completely satisfied.

vipErikad1228 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

This place is great, the sushi is quality and pretty much anything that comes off the grill is good. Rolls are good sized and have lots of flavor.

vipGwen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2014

We were immediately impressed by the futuristic ambience. We also recognized some movie stars, but that's STILL not the reason that we can hardly wait to come back, (despite making the trek from Silicon Valley)! Anyway, to get properly over ourselves, we "need" to say that that the drinks and sushi/sashimi were the best we've ever had!!! We happily over-ate and were thrilled rather than remorseful. One of the sushi chefs. also gave us some fabulous tastes of super-fresh fish. AND, finally, we had a dessert that was off-the-chart in deliciousness: a dark-chocolate torte, with toasted nuts, coconut sorbet and so much more. WOW, it was terrific!

Laura (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

Love this place. Went for my husband's birthday with a group of friends. It was really noisy, but for our purpose, that was fine. The food was excellent and the service was stellar. We loved what our server recommended and had a great time. Get the warm cashew salad. It's amazing!

AJ82 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2014

The quality of their sushi is excellent. They are one of the few places that offer toro and blue fin tuna- which is hard to find. They offer unique rolls (like the tango mango) in addition to making traditional ones. I've also tried pretty much all the robata meats and they are all great. My favs are the lamb chops, wagyu meatballs, and sculpin. Nice wine & saki offerings as well. I haven't tried any of the other main entrees as I like to eat just the sushi & robata.

vipLove2eatout (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

Lots of energy (very noisy), great vibe and decor. The food was good (not great). The robata dishes were good and interesting. The sushi, while good quality wasnt our favorite. We are sushi snobs so if we were dying for amazing sushi we wouldn't go here but it definitely satisfied the our sushi craving while offering a more vibrant and versatile menu than your local sushi restaurant. The staff was very nice (especially Marissa) and the service was very good. The restaurant is fairly new and definitely worth a visit.

sevv (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

Third time going to this newer restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. Food has been excellent every time - we love the Robata grill. The first time it was almost midnight and we were the only people there. The next two times it has been jumping, with a potential for wait times.

vipHop760 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2014

Live Uni, live scallops, ohhhh ya! Sashimi list is pretty awesome. Abalone, Giant Clam, Toro, Live Uni, Live Scallops, you crave it, they have it.

lore (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2014

Eggplant dish & wasabi roll are a must!! Great addition to Carlsbad night scene.

Nickname (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

The place is nicely decorated, the food and service very good, but it's SOOOOO noisy! However go anyway, it's a fun experience, especially the robata grill--little skewers of meat and vegetables grilled over hot coals. The pork belly is fabulous!

viplleighn (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

Lots to love about this place-beautiful dining room, fun cocktails, good scene & we had some great food. Our robata selections (tomatoes, black cod & meatballs) were fantastic-especially the black cod. The sushi was also really good although it was clearly pre-made as it came out within moments & the rice had that "been sitting there for an hr" texture. We were there at 5 pm so I assume they were just ensuring the kitchen didn't get behind. What bothered me, however, was that they list "crab" on the menu & it's actually krab. I asked our server-so it's real crab correct? And she informed me that it wasn't-nor could we upgrade to real crab for an additional cost. Disappointing for a restaurant that clearly prides themselves on their kitchen