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.
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4.9
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4.8
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4.7
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vipAramB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fresh and authentic. I love the bar in particular.

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Kevtricky
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our table (at the bar) was directly over the sink. The lights were quite bright. The service was pretty slow. One of the things I ordered wasn’t delivered to us. Good thing is they have gluten free tempura. I thought this was gonna be way cooler.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The king crab tempura was outstanding! All other sushi was exceptional. Love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in San Diego

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FedericoL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I loved the food. A little overpriced but it was definitely worth it. Can't wait to be back.

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vip1966mg
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Himitsu is the best. Best fish. Best preparation. Best chefs. Best atmosphere.
Don’t go. It’s tiny and we don’t want to share.

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gtmutiny
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Himitsu was mind-blowingly good. One of the best sushi experiences we've had including ones at Michelin-star restaurants in New York and Tokyo.

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ElizabethA
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our go-to sushi spot. Getting a seat at the bar is the best bc the chefs really take care of you, but the ladies who wait on the porch tables are always on point. Great place, great service and best sushi in San Diego area.

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vipSandyc
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience sitting at the sushi bar watching the chef prepare our selections. The fish is always super fresh and the service is spot on!
Thank you!

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IvanPM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBrendaD
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and all the people are nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi bar!

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
25 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.

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

Among the very best sushi restaurants in San Diego.

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vipLuis
San Francisco
18 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!

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ValeriaC
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....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual!!

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BradH
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.

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AnneR
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.

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vipChristopherC
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.

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

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

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vipsushifan
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great healthy lunch!

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NancyM
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,,,

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MikeA
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....

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Himitsu is reliably outstanding. The omakase is always changing but consistently unique and truly delectable. Presentation is artful, service is professional but never stuffy. They are aways so friendly and welcoming. Every time I leave I swear it’s the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Love how you can specifically reserve at the sushi bar on Open Table (highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar, ordering omakase, and getting a great bottle of sake—a winning formula we have tested a number of times!)

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vipYaraB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Good sushi great fresh and creative but lots of repetition

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

Amazing place. Local vibe. Great quality.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has excellent service very friendly and professional staff and extremely good food!

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frenchiefoodie
Edmonton
1 review