Cloak + Petal

4.5
192 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese Speciality
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
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 Dining
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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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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dominic Valenzuela
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
192 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
19%
Good
10%
Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great location in the Little Italy section of downtime San Diego. We went around 6:00 pm on a Tuesday so wasn’t busy. Service, food, everything was fantastic!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had a romantic celebration dinner here and it was perfect. From their version of the Jack Rose cocktail to lettuce wraps with melt in your mouth ribeye to sushi with the freshest, most tasty seaweed wrap ever, it was a wonderful experience. Server was very attentive, super friendly, but not intrusive. Atmosphere was upbeat vibe with music and art to match. I recommend a reservation for the booth with a view of the cherry blossom bar for a special date/occasion, but one can walk in and sit at the bar with no reservation. We expected a pricey bill given our anniversary splurge, but some of the appetizers were under $10 and we were pleasantly surprised the bill was less than we thought. Go! We've already been back for a friend's birthday.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The selection of original cocktails was great. I got the Nick and Nori which was fantastic. Two of us shared 5 plates: seaweed salad (very good), shishito peppers (I got the one in ten that kills your mouth but otherwise were great), abalone ( flavorful and cooked just right), edamame (can't go wrong there), and pork belly (a little over-cooked but still very flavorful. The server was on top of everything. I'll be back!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Overall fine dining experience.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Leave the soy sauce on the table!! It’s ridiculous to have to wait to eat my next roll because I gotta get a server to pour more soy sauce.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The restaurant is Japanese-ish... a kind of fusion (though there were lots of Japanese foods, including sushi and sashimi... there wasn't a Japanese person in sight!).
But the Dinner menu was filled with uncommon delicacies (including Abalone!.. not available around here for a long time. It wasn't our favorite dish (Mushrooms and Seabass were!) but it was fun to be able to have it again (should have been pounded more to soften it).
The food was really delicious and the servers were delightful and unpretentious. It's a pricey meal, so probably best for Special Occasions (it was my husband's birthday and they provided a lovely Birthday dessert on the house). Very interesting cocktail concoctions, too.
Overall, a terrific experience.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Hip & yummy

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Super cool atmosphere and great drinks!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Vibe is awesome, the customer service was awesome and the drinks were strong and delicious what more can you ask for.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing food, great service, not cheap.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was a little overpriced but great atmosphere and service

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was mediocre and definitely not the best Japanese food in Sd but cool ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food here is awesome—have not had a bad selection yet. Fun atmosphere and great addition to downtown scene.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Fun creative designed space would lead you to believe the food is not the main draw, however we were pleasantly surprised to find the Japanese cuisine was equally creative and quite good

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The unique blend of classic Japanese with a few European styling, created a overall wonderful effect. The dishes were delightful, light, but decadent.... a great first visit. We’ll work our way through the menu on our 2nd, 3rd and 4th visits... soon!

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

There are hits and misses here. The service was outstanding (attentive) and lousy (poor pacing) at the same time. Fun cocktails, but there are more than a few with absinthe and star anise, so if you don't like licorice, your "specialty" choices will be limited. "Share plates" is the concept. There is absolutely no pacing of the meal. If you order a bunch of stuff, it comes out as it is ready. My advice, order a few things, eat those, then order a few more to create your own "courses". Our roasted shishito peppers -- an appetizer -- was one of the last things to arrive. The fish was fresh and delicious. The sushi rice was not the right consistency and fell apart. That said, everyone is friendly. They provided a free dessert when they learned we were celebrating our birthdays. They check back with you often and your cocktails never get too low. I'd go back but I'd take more control of the meal's pacing and stick with sashimi.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We love Cloak and Petal. Carla and Manaya and T are always there to look after us.
Great cocktails too

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The food and cocktails were absolutely delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Had a wonderful server who went above and beyond to bring us our sushi and offer recommendations. We LOVED the food; lovely ambience and great vibes. This has quickly become one of my favorite places. I recommend the pork belly and belly plate!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Wonderful food. Exceptional service. Reasonable prices. Great value.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Food was good. Not much of a menu for children. We got sat in a weird booth behind the bar where the service was occurring for the Bar. Pretty expensive for 2 adults and a picky 15 year old.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Father's Day

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

When asked, I let the restaurant know we were celebrating a birthday, but this was not acknowledged when we were there for dinner. The food was excellent, and was pretty to look at. The dishes are meant for sharing, so if you're with someone who prefers to have their own plate, this would not be the place for them. Service was excellent, and quick.

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

A great way to waste $100 getting hipster sushi from folks who know little or nothing about Japanese fare. AVOID AT ALL COST.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

My husband and I were excited to try Cloak & Petal. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine and four different dishes to share. ALL the dishes were on our table within 15 minutes. There was no attempt to space things out.

Waiter never came back to check on our wine. My husband took care of all the pouring.

We dressed up for dinner. The website said smart casual. People at the bar were in flip flops and tank tops.

Just was a miss. We were done in an hour and left hungry. We went elsewhere to finish our evening.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Good food, but....
too many servers, hard to figure out who was doing what.
Food not served at a leisurely pace. Felt everything was too fast paced.
Music TOO LOUD, if you are dining with more than one person, forget about having a conversation.
We get that they are going for a hip vibe, but even my 19 and 22 year old sons thought that music was too loud for a restaurant.
Overall, felt the wh9le experience came off as they were trying too hard.
And, it was no bargain for what you get - 4 people with 3 cocktails and food (no wine, coffee, or dessert) bill over $225.00.
With so many choices in San Diego, doubt we will return.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The front of house has a what appears to be a lovely space. With 2 indoor cherry-blossoming “trees”.

However we sat in the back, over flow, cage-aesthetic room. Not by choice. And it felt like a punishment.

The restaurant is LOUD, the sake selection is over priced and unimpressive.

The food was good, the beef tongue was meh.

I would suggest going at lunch and sitting at the bar, at the front of the house.

Actually, spare yourself. Drive to encinitas and enjoy amazing sushi at Kaito Sushi. It’s LEGIT.

This place is all hype.

3/10

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

was a very bad experience and food was subpar. It seems like the try to over reinvent the food and flavors.
Example: baby corn with mushrooms and gravy.eeew

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Took 10 minutes for a server to acknowledge us after we were seated, and then, only after I flagged them down. One dish came out within 10 minutes of our order. Then, 45 minutes later, every table around us had received great volumes of food but we had been abandoned. No food, no table touches by our waitress. Finally she came by and I pointed out that we had not received any of the other food we had ordered. Then, they hurried the food out. It was, however, mediocre at best. Portions were so small, rather than order more food, we left and had to get a second meal elsewhere. They were nice enough to comp the sushi that had taken 45 minutes plus to be prepared.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great Waitress I believe her name Was Becka. Really Cool place and the Food is Super Fresh and very Creative. We will be back soon. Midweek is Best as not too busy.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Love the food and service!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I wanted to try this since we love Japanese food and the restaurant bills itself as "new Japanese". Let's just say we had a few years on most of the other patrons (but as good or better palates, I'll bet) but the music was awful, very trendy and LOUD.
We tried a sashimi plate on the nightly menu -- pretty ordinary but definitely fresh. Our favorites were the cooked plates. One was a nightly special of baby corn in pesto sauce. Many folks can't stand canned baby corn, which this was, but the garlic and pesto sauce was very good on the corn. We also had a wagyu steak with ponzu ginger sauce along with Japanese mushrooms in garlic butter sauce. They were our favorites.
They have a nice cocktail selection as well as a good saki list so traditionalists could find something they like as well as those who don't like raw fish. I'd recommend this to friends as long as they turn down (or change selections) the music.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Good quality food and drinks. Portion to price was pretty obnoxious for any fine dining restaurant. Seems you pay for the fish by the gram... they didn’t seem to have their happy hour figured out yet. For some reason our waitress would not serve us ashi beer unless we moved to the back where they separated happy hour.. even after I offered to pay full price. It was pretty ridiculous that they could not accommodate or wrap their heads around a simple request. Especially when Average bill for 2 is about 100. So think they can work a bit less on explaining the art and practice the hospitality factors of the exact industry they are running a business in.
But over all was a cool place.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Had an excellent time! Great service, excellent food, & beautiful ambience.

It's just me, but not a big fan of f*** being plastered on the wall of a classy restaurant. I'm probably an outlier though.

Highly recommend Cloak & Petal

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was awesome and ambiance was lively. Service was great as well. Will be back

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Not sure we are the target audience (my wife and I are in our 50s), but we love this place. The menu is Japanese inspired, but I am not enough of an authority to call it authentic. They are really attentive to details: fresh ingredients creatively prepared, attentive staff. We had the Wagyu roll, shishito poppers, japanese mushroom saute and rainbow roll. I also had the Wagyu Zabutan, which is accompanied by a different mushroom saute topped with an egg yolk. So rich!

We also like the ambiance: eclectic artwork featuring 90s era hip-hop artists, a back room with couches as well as a long banquet table headed by a "throne," music that millennials seem to enjoy. My favorite feature is the cherry blossom tree hovering over the bar in the middle of the restaurant. The leaves are individually folded pieces of paper.

The location is in Little Italy, so parking is a challenge. Also, the restaurant is not open for lunch, only dinner (and happy hour).

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Best sushi in town hands down. Great vibe and atmosphere. Reasonably priced drinks.

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2018

For the Food, they have good quality ingredientes but there is nothing exceptional on the final dish, so prices are not justified at all.
The ambiance and restaurant design is not great either.
Service is a little pushy, feels like they want you to leave fast.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Unreal food!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Loved this restaurant! Fave was duck breast and sauté mushroom- both had delicious savory sauces..drooollll.

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