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Lumi, San Diego, CA

Lumi

4.5
4.5
595 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Featuring world-renowned celebrity chef Akira Back, Lumi is an energetic and upscale rooftop experience serving innovative Japanese fare and sushi accompanied by handcrafted libations in a vividly unique atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:30 am
  • Phone number
    (619) 329-5864
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Akira Back
  • Private party facilities
    Lumi’s private dining room, The Grand Pacific Room, located on the 3rd level, offers a unique and creative environment without compromising design or functionality. Sophisticated yet highly imaginative, accommodating functions ranging from innovative and edgy to conservative and classic.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (619) 955-5750
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    J St.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • $900 Minimum - Premier Fire Pit Table

    $25.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Ring in 2024 with our full dinner menu plus Chef's celebratory features! Join us at one of our premier fire pit tables with spectacular views of the Gaslamp. This table is perfect for groups of 6 to 15, please make note there is a 2hr maximum stay for this table. $900 minimum spend which does not include tax or service charge. $25 per person deposit that will be applied towards your final food & beverage bill. Deposits are fully refundable if your reservation is canceled before December 28th.
    $900 Minimum - Premier Fire Pit Table Photo
  • Late Night Cocktails Only Reservation

    Multiple dates available
    Come join us on the roof top for cocktails. This reservation is only for beverage service and no items from our kitchen can be ordered at this time of the night. This reservation does not guarantee that you will get a table but will get up on the roof.
  • $700 Minimum - Premier High Top Marble Table

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our highly sought after high top marble table in the center of all the action, close the the DJ so you can be part of the party. This table is perfect for groups as intimate as 6 persons or as large as 12. Our premier marble high top table come with a $700 food and beverage minimum which does not include tax and service charge.
    $700 Minimum - Premier High Top Marble Table Photo

What 595 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Japanese

595 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and service! Thank you Ziya for sending over some welcome shots, it made our date night so special. The drinks were delicious, the food was phenomenal and the service was incredible. Loved the atmosphere, although I wish we were sat under a heater just because it was a chillier night. 100 out of 10!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrible service at lumi. Server mixed up the shrimp and cauliflower tempura bowls and gave a friend who’s allergic to shellfish the shrimp one and said that it’s cauliflower. Manager barely even apologised it’s like they don’t know how to treat their customers. Terrible service and not expected from a restaurant of this level.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for the Mother’s Day event, it was great. Loved the glass of champagne at the entrance. Food and service were fantastic as always, and the spa slippers table was a fun addition.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing experience. Food was excellent and service was even better.

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  5. GregM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very high quality food for a the price. Loved the patio dining and the service was exceptionally attentive and friendly. The drinks were also creative and delicious.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best sushi I've had! Hands down order the pizza! It's amazing!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The portions of the entrees are laughable. For $38 you get a small plate equivalent to an appetizer portion. While Peruvian fusion is all the rage and delicious, it need not be so expensive. We had a sushi roll for $38 that was good, but not worthy of the price. We were hungry when we left, but could not afford to eat more at Lumi. Rooftop dining is awesome, just pay for your overpriced cocktail and enjoy the views, then get a real meal elsewhere.

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  8. GinoP

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Arden, our server the last few visits I have made to the restaurant is fantastic! The quality of service rivals with the food quality and freshness. Thank you!

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  9. MomTAZM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overpriced and underwhelming - the short ribs were so spicy 2/4 of us didn’t want to eat them. Sushi pieces were small for price. $400 dinner for 4 and several left hungry.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome experience! Our waiter gave us free champagne to celebrate my best friend’s bachelorette!! We had a great time and all the food was amazing

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the employees were really nice. We had a great meal.

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  12. DonnaG

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boy am I glad I didn't listen to the other reviewers. I don't know what was off the night you were there but Lumi is amazing! The food is terrific, the service is impeccable and the vibe is just off the charts! We came for a late dinner after our flight was delayed, and they couldn't have been more welcoming! Pearl and Lucas were stand outs. The atmosphere was fun and chill, great music. We sat outside and we were more than warm with the heaters going (we took out jackets off!!!) We ordered the special Box which had 9 types of Sashimi, beautifully presented in dry ice, a bit of flair and absolutely delicious. It's a fair price too, $50 per person, and each person got 9 pieces. It was one of the yummiest sashimi plates I've ever eaten! The sashimi pizza is definitely a not miss and we had the Surf and turf roll which was the perfect ending to the meal. We were satisfied but not over stuffed. (The menu looked so good that we could have easily ordered a bunch of other things!!!) The cocktails were beautiful and delicious, you MUST try the slushie!!!! We didn't have dessert, they have 2 options but honestly the roll was a good instead of dessert compromise. I would come back here in a heartbeat and I hope that my review jumps the ranking up to where it deserves to be! I only wish we had places like this in the SF Bay area!!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    On time to reservation. Seated 20 minutes later. Food was good. Overall, okay experience.

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  14. Tossboy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were given the best seating option on the rooftop. Food was great and service was top-notch too. Definitely will be coming back!

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  15. djs0404

    Minneapolis

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food and ambiance! Highly recommend!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Too loud for conversation. Could not really talk table of 6.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Second time eating at Lumi. The Yellowtail Serrano was a great starter. Cocktails were good but weak on liquor for their price. Rolls were good but not full of flavor like we expected; the exception was the Crispy Cream with the smoky salmon skin (delicious). They were out of Unagi, so I guess stock is something to worry about here. Otoro nigiri is decadent and delicious, perfect amount of rice. We were sat at one of the low top tables around the perimeter, which is a cool vibe until you try to eat. The tables suck because there’s nowhere for your legs to go. The waiter was on autopilot explaining every menu option whether we wanted it or not. He even re-explained my wife’s drink to her when she re-ordered the same drink again, which threw us both off.

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  18. Tash

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fabulous dinner at LUMI on Saturday hosting a work colleague. The DJ played good music and they had heaters going in case you were cold. The staff were all so attentive and kind, and Bailey gave us great feedback on menu items we wanted to try. Five stars ! Will be coming back again soon !

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  19. Tona

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible highly recommend the charred yellowtail.

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  20. Momma123

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The sushi is extremely fresh and worth the trip, though like everything in San Diego, very expensive ($12/2 nigiri as an example). We were seated next to a table with male regulars, based on interactions with our female server who took at least one photo with them. They kept her busy and after at least 10 min, we had to ask another server to ask her to come over because she hadn’t acknowledged us or taken our drink orders (even though we were less than a foot away). The noise level was high (like nightclub level), especially because we were in the center and near the DJ and the bar. Great atmosphere but hard to hold a conversation. I think if we had a table back in the area by the kitchen, the service and noise level would have been better. I would come back but be more specific on the reservation about asking for one of the back tables.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and experience was incredible. Truly an amazing experience. I cannot wait to go back! A must visit. Excellent service aswell. Highly recommend.

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  22. ErinB

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic, everything we ate was delicious and the recommendations from our server were great. We were there for dinner on a bachelorette trip and he was very nice to the bride. Unfortunately the rest of the service was not great. Forgotten items - we ordered two bottles of sake initially and only ever got one. Very late items - he even asked one of our party if they still wanted their food or not because it was so late we had finished everything else and her food was not the only roll we still waiting on. He did remove the items from the bill which was very appreciated but for the quality or food and the price better quality service was expected.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Special Lumi roll was not that special. Dishes were overpriced.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to celebrate my sisters bachelorette! Service and food was amazing!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. More lounge than standard restaurant with high tops and lower lounge tables. Sushi was incredible.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing rooftop restaurant. The ambiance is incredible and nice menu.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a special night and our server Jose did an amazing job adding to the experience. Thank you!!

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  28. AlejandroH

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice olace. Very good food. The Latte was great. Ham benny very good

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  29. Reagan

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Don’t be afraid of the mystery box if you’re at all intrigued and have an open mind. The combination of flavors were incredible and the fish was so fresh. Service was kind of slow but they were thorough and knowledgable. The DJ played house music which can be a lullaby depending on how you react to sake. Sake flights were really great :)

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  30. DebbiD

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our dinner at Lumi. The menu is a bit complex (in a good way) and our server Bailey provided the perfect assist to help us navigate it. The covered rooftop setting also provides a great ambiance.

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  31. chadbb

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was absolutely wonderful, the food is out of bounds.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for a business meal, and the food and service was fantastic. Five stars.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Danielle was a fantastic waitress and bartender. Cocktails are great, sushi was very good

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  34. angelp

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a nice place on the rooftop downtown Dan Diego.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff at Lumi was kind, attentive, and had great energy. We had a big party of 9 but Emma our server was sweet, patient, and gave us great recommendations from the menu.

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  36. Eileen

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mentioned birthday celebration, but no dessert was offered. Other than that, everything was great!

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  37. ParisaK

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Per my request we got a table on the roof top which was the right way to experience Lumi for us. Food presentation was beautiful as mentioned in other reviews. My boyfriend tried two of the rolls (lumi special and another one that I can’t recall). He said they’re just ok. I’m a fan of eggplant and enjoyed my eggplant appetizer as well the octopus cubes. Beef skewers were a bit chewier than we wanted them to be. We both loved our entires: salmon and pork belly were prepared with unique flavors and cooked perfectly. Their mezcal cocktail was tasty. I ended up having two. It’s obviously on the pricier end and we knew that going into it. Overall, the creativeness of the chef made for a memorable date night. Thank you

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First of all Joseph, our server was the best part of the experience! He chose most of our items and was super fun and charismatic! Food was divine! Highly recommend the seasbass serrano roll and the branzino! Love Love Loved the lavender expresso martini. Suggest a jacket if your not directly by a heater. Will definitely come back!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second experience there & it was great. Food, service & ambience was great.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We did the omakase experience and the food was ok, none of the plates were spectacular, it was 6 course meal plus dessert (one mochi cut in two pieces), very poor presentation and plain flavor, for that price we expected at least great food and good service.

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FAQs

Lumi offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 329-5864.

Lumi is rated 4.5 stars by 595 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Lumi

366 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    J St.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:30 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Akira Back
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 329-5864
  • Private party facilities
    Lumi’s private dining room, The Grand Pacific Room, located on the 3rd level, offers a unique and creative environment without compromising design or functionality. Sophisticated yet highly imaginative, accommodating functions ranging from innovative and edgy to conservative and classic.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (619) 955-5750
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