Himitsu

4.8
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$31 to $50
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A sushi bar and Japanese bistro. Inspired by the sushi bars in Tokyo. Himitsu introduces Japanese culture, design, and hospitality to San Diego.

Our 8 person sushi bar and 20 person patio is located in a discrete corner of La Jolla, a setting well suited to our name, which translate to "Secret" in Japanese.

Chef Mitsu Aihara presents a menu of traditional sushi and nigiri, along with Japanese style tapas using the high quality products and ingredients.
What 426 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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IP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the relaxed feel of this little cozy place. I arrived earlier then i was supposed to, but the wait wasn’t long and they accommodated us even before the reservation time. The best part is the food, the sushi was super fresh, the waitress was very nice and knowledgeable with suggestions. I would definitely return to try out more dishes.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very delicious! Their Omakase had a great combo of sushi and sashimi. Would love to go there again!

BD
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both exceptional!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and all the people are nice

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi bar!

KJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Ota alum doing inventive, flavorful cuisine in a very cool space

OT
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place. The quality is outstanding. They use real wasabi. Not that crazy hot green colored horseradish.

G
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the very best sushi restaurants in San Diego.

L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second visit, it won't be the last one, though. This Japanese restaurant is a gem in La Jolla!
The sushi master is exactly that: a MASTER!
Everything was perfect, like the first time. We love Himitsu!

VC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! We went to the bar. All was fresh, delicate, superb! Just want to go back again and again....

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual!!

BH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful little restaurant in La Jolla. I travel here for business and would put this near the top in San Diego area for sushi (other is Sushi Ota). The chef was fantastic. Took a personal interest in explaining everything he was servicing and it was absolutely delicious. The vibe in the room was cozy and friendly, I would definitely return.

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding ! We sat at the sushi bar and the chefs recommendations were fantastic.

CC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Good sushi but somewhat limited roll selections and wine by the glass. For the price should have nicer ambience but it’s cozy. Only complaint is that when you order they tend to bring a lot of it out at once. If I order appetizer and rolls and something hot in a particular order I don’t expect it all to be served at once. It’s rushed and doesn’t give a dining experience to eat your appetizer, main course - hot and cold food at same time.

Other than that, it’s decent high quality seafood.

GG
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Food is very good. Prices are high.

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great healthy lunch!

NM
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent izakaya style Japanese restaurant. Delicious and interesting dishes. Extremely fresh and well prepared sushi. Only one small criticism: Less wasabi in the wasabi caesar salad! Everything else was perfect,,,

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall excellent experience. Incredible food. The service was not exactly on-point, but otherwise we were pleased.

MA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sashimi... great service. Very nice, quaint place, away from the touristy heart of La Jolla. Really enjoyed our NYE meal....

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

YB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Sushi is made with love. I love their ceramics and Japanese tableware

M
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good sushi great fresh and creative but lots of repetition

MW
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Local vibe. Great quality.

f
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The portions were small and not worth the price. Would not recommend

k
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese sushi’s house in town !

SW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional sushi and service. Himitsu does not disappoint!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!!! Sat with mitsu and had a blast. Do omakase!!!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service distracted, not as good as in the past.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service sitting at the sushi bar.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent newer Japanese restaurant. Fish is extremely fresh. There is only a handful of quality sushi restaurants in San Diego and this is absolutely on that very short list.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Very good service. Staff was really accommodating

LJ
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this place!
The quality and presentation are top notch!
The sushi chefs are all extremely talented and very communicative and informative so you know the details of the ingredients.
I can’t wait to go back again and again. 🍣

CC
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, especially at the sushi bar

AH
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic sashimi, freindly staff. This is my favorite thing to do in La Jolla!

k
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi spot in San Diego! I would highly recommend Himitsu to anyone who enjoys quality sushi.

SM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant experience. Service was excellent and the food outstanding. The restaurant is very small but cozy. I’d go back anytime.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

KY
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very welcoming setting and the food was delicious. I want to go back every week if I could afford you.

K
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Went there for my son's birthday and let the host know ahead of time for a little surprise celebration. Service was slow and inattentive. And no special treat for the birthday boy. Food was good, but overall very disappointing.