Cloak + Petal

4.5
290 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese Speciality
Our concept for Cloak & Petal was drawn from the implementations of the words themselves. Cloak alludes to the ideas of secrecy and a social sphere below the levels of ordinary life. Petal implies a gathering of friends and families, similar to the Japanese tradition of "hanami", where people gather under the blooming cherry blossoms for food, drinks, and companionship. This "cloak" takes you underground to an abandoned Tokyo subway, a stratum of society all its own, an artist's dream. As you cross the threshold of the space, you enter into a lounge meant to make you feel as though you are seated outside, similar to a waiting platform. A trellis of draping vines and teardrop lights suspends from the ceiling, creating a more intimate feel. Beyond the concrete arches, you are met with high ceilings and cherry blossoms, the epitome of "petal" itself. The intimacy of this space is the gathering of friends and families among drinks and food.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese Speciality, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(619) 501-5505
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dominic Valenzuela
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Cross street
Grape St.
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Parking details
Valet starts at 5:00 PM all along India Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 290 People Are Saying
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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Could have been better: Seated approximately 15 mins after reservation time - @ a table that was open when arrived - 10 mins prior to reservation.
While the restaurant atmosphere looked nice, only one of us got to see it, as the table was in a corner, facing a wall and the seat facing the wall was consistently bumped into by servers and guests.

Requests for additional items (spices, etc) weren’t all fulfilled.
Notice of special occasion was disregarded.

What was good: staff was friendly, prices were reasonable.

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SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Came here for my birthday this past weekend. Made a reservation for 8 at 7pm and didn’t get seated till 8pm. When we ordered our drinks it took about 30min to receive them and our food took even longer. Service sucked but the food was good and the set up was amazing. Loved the cherry blossom tree. I will def give it a second chance!!

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RG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and not the last. Food was amazing, the braised pork belly was the favorite along with the 30th and University roll. 90's hip hop music playing while we ate made it an even better experience.

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B
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here and I absolutely loved it. Great food, great ambiance. A++ Also love the art work and the hip hop play list. Definitely coming back. If you like Sushi give this place a try.

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r
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic time, amazing drinks and overall lovely evening

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A
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Pretty underwhelmed by this place - reservation was not honored until 25 min later, bartender could not get our simple order right at all. The sushi is really basic, nothing unique, and overpriced.

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AB
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Made reservations for a bachelorette party for 5 people on a Friday night. Even with reservations we still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. No offer of a round of drinks, or apps or a thing for the seating issue. The hostess was very nice but it’s just not a great way to start a dining experience. Our server, again was nice enough, but didn’t seem to want to be there. The food comes out as it’s finished which is fine as a concept, but sushi doesn’t take that long to prepare so I’m not sure why there was a 25 minute gap from when we got one roll to the next roll. And after the whole wait the sushi itself is just meh. Far from the best. I wouldn’t go back for food. Maybe drinks, but I’d definitely recommend having dinner elsewhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall nice place, mix of people but if going later in the evening should dress up.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Like the cherry blossom tree and roasted green tea crème brulee.

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DH
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Terrible slow service. Nice waiter though.

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DP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was abysmal. We didn’t get what we ordered. Told them but didn’t want to wait another hour for the right food so ate what was served. Young drunk crowd two tables away standing on seats and singing & dancing. Unfortunately we will not return or recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Our server was very knowledgeable and also gave us some great suggestions on places to go after. Food was delicious!

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DS
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food presentation was beautiful and the sushi & sashimi was very fresh. I like it much better this time than my first visit, when the service was extremely poor. The wait staff was responsive and helpful. The options are somewhat limited, but certainaly a great addition to the Little Italy restaurant scene

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great!!! Would definitely come again! One thing that was wrong was the service, very bad ):

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T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I like this spot. Our waitress was really great. Had good recommendations and service. The food is Asian fusion and delicious. Love that they have a late night menu.
However, the bar service was terrible and even at the table the drinks took forever. Completely not the waitress’ fault. I’d say if you are heading to Cloak & Petal skip getting a drink at the bar and get a table.

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MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

It was VERY frustrating getting seated!!! We had reservations, showed up on time, and the hosts were very dry, no eye contact, brushed us off and had very vague communication about what was going on with our table, and was NOT friendly at all. The hosts are the FIRST impression of the restaurant and we were mere seconds away from leaving altogether because they were so dry, unorganized, rude and unfriendly, please do much better when it comes to your hosts!!

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SF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food great, seating was bad we were shuved in the back not cool for first tome customers

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O
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I was really excited to go this restaurant with some of my girlfriends on a Friday night since I'd been eyeing this place for a while, but I have to say in all honesty my whole experience was ok. I had made a reservation for 8:30, and when we arrived they were a little backed up which I completely understand and had no problem waiting the 5-10 minutes they said it would take to seat us. Well, we weren't even seated till 9:00. Not sure why it took that long, but even when were killing time at the bar, the bartender and service took forever as well. This definietly made us a little cranky. The food was good and presented beautifully so I give two thumbs up for that, but I just wished we were seated a little closer to our reservation time.

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great decor and hip hop music playing. Would highly recommend

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Made reservations for 9:30pm - got seated at 10:15pm

Was very frustrating - the reason you make reservations is so you don’t have to wait.

Took a while to settle in after the mood changed from waiting so long.

Definitely outside the spectrum of acceptable service.

Besides that, service was good and food was great!

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C
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The worst service ever. 35 minutes late being seated then took 20 minutes to be served a water. First apps came out an hour after being seated and that was before the drinks even did.

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SS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Newer place so waited 45 minutes after our reservation time to get seated. It's the new hot spot so expect to be loud and busy. Food is okay.

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OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waited much too long for drinks. Food was tasty.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Expensive and not very well executed Japanese-inspired small plates. The glazed Brussels sprouts were mushy and flavorless, the sushi was totally standard and generic, the Wagyu tartare was over-seasoned, and the yellowtail collar needed more char. The only really good dish we had was the tako kimchi.

Terrible, cheesy room design. Good cocktails, though.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Wobbly table at first but we were able to move

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

In light of my Uncle’s belated birthday, I brought him out to have a nice meal. The A5 Wagyu Tartare with the egg yolk was so delicious, and we tried our best to now chew on the meat but to let it melt, and it melted well! The crab cheese coroque was so good, fair to say I did not like crab before that experience. Now I am changed! From the chicken karaage to the tako kimchi, everything was great!!!

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F
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall wonderful experience. The staff checked on us throughout the evening and food was hot, fast, and delicious. I really dig this place!

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M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cloak & Petal! This place never dissappoints. From the food to the atmosphere, it’s sure to impress.

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T
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great but service was horrible. Husband and I each orders appetizers and entrees. I ordered first. Waiter was about to walk away with out taking his order but then I said something so then he waited and took husbands order. My husbands app came out first. I thought they were staggering apps so we could share. Then his entree came out yet my app didn’t come out. 3 different people apologized. Waiter took my app plate and took my chopsticks. I had to tell him that I was still waiting for my entree and his face looked clueless. When our bill came out we thought we might get some kind of discount but nope. Full charge on everything. Hubby wants to ban it. I might still come back since food was good but getting order of plates out that wrong was horrible.

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Had a lot of expectations about this place, unfortunately had a bad time. Made a reservation but we had to wait 1 hour for our table. Food came quick once seated but they forgot one order and had to ask several times for it. Had like 3 or 4 different servers.

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was so excited to celebrate my birthday at this restaurant. I made a reservation hoping we would get a decent table. When we got there I was told to wait closer to my reservation time which is totally fine with me since we were about 10mins early. We go back up and just remind them that we were there she said we would have to wait about 15 to 20 Mins because they were so busy.... so we waited. It was literally 1 hour after hour reservation when we finally got seated. Horrible table right by the door. I was very upset. Honestly it just ruined my whole experience. I didn’t even eat. I was just over it. I don’t understand what’s the point making reservations at this place. Please be prepared to wait! And eat something small so you aren’t starving. 😔😒

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MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The place is amassing, the food was very good ! but they have to work and improvement the service, be prepare to be patient with serving time, they send you the food separately if you want to share at the center, that´s the correct place.

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TK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We made reservations for 2 through open table to celebrate our 10 year anniversary . The whole time we felt like we were in the middle of an SNL hipster restaurant sketch. From the elaborate, over-priced drinks, to the tiny night stand sized table with cushions serving as chairs, the experience was entertaining to say the least. The food and sake were good, portions were small but the tiny table them seem regular sized. The final act was the dessert that we waited several minutes for, that got first delivered to the table next to us, that proudly exclaimed HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And all the kind servers made sure to say that to us as we left, laughing all the way to the pizza place.

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l
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. Amazing food! Sat at the sushi bar and so glad we did. Got to watch all the food being sent out. Only problem was that we couldn’t eat anymore. We stuffed ourself and had no regrets!

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ER
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attention to detail runs rampant here. From the atmosphere to the service and food, everything is produced with love and it shows!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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CB
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at Cloak & Petal and I have yet to be disappointed. Lively scene, unique drinks, and delicious food. Had the high kick cocktail, garlic edamame, hamachi jalapeño and wagyu tartare. Everything was delicious. Looking forward to my next visit.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great first experience here! My friend and I were so impressed by the excellent service from everyone we encountered. Our bartender, I think his name was Anthony, went out of his way to make our dinner great. We ordered about 10 dishes and they were all delicious.
I’ve already recommended it to multiple people.
Thanks!

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San Diego
159 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal so much! The sushi rolls were quite unique and delicious. We started with their soups - sweet corn and a special sea bass soup - both were excellent and beautiful to look at! We especially enjoyed the beef in lettuce cups - quite tasty!

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r
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a happening place to be on Friday night. Modern, sophisticated, colorful decor. Everything we ordered on the menu was delicious. Don’t miss the duck with beet purée, the miso glazed black cod, garlic edamame, hamachi jalapeño, 5th & Laurel roll, 30th & University roll, & La Jolla & Parkway roll. Cocktails and desserts were delicious too. My only regret is not taking pictures of EVERYTHING we ate! Presentation matched the taste at a high level. Simply delicious!!! Service was excellent too! Already planning my next visit very soon!

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