Shimbashi Izakaya

4.6
335 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Scenic View
  • Authentic
Shimbashi's theme is based on the Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant. We offer a multi-faceted menu that can be used as a pairing with sake for the light eater or sophisticated dinner entrées served in the Japanese tradition. Our menu changes with the season making each dining experience a new adventure.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Shabu-shabu
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon-Fri:11:30am-2:00pm, Sat&Sun:12:00pm-3:00pm

Dinner: Mon-Fri:4:00pm-10:00pm, Sat&Sun:3:00pm-10:00pm

Happy Hour: Mon - Fri:4:00pm-6:00pm, Sat&Sun:12:00pm-6:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 523-0479
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Shimbashi’s catering service offers delicious & elegant party sushi/entree trays. You can mix and match to create a delectable arrangement for your guests. Our party trays also make fantastic gifts!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Paseos De Las Flores
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Parking details
Free Self-Parking Validation (2 Hours). Valet parking is also available.
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Public transit
Del Mar is serviced by MTS bus, routes 101 and 308 throughout the year.
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Special events & promotions
SHIMBASHI Izakaya is available for your special occasion, business meetings or private parties. We can tailor make a menu to fit your budget; relax and enjoy fresh sushi and sake, inside or on our ocean-view patio.

Please call 858-523-0479 to discuss your needs.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 335 People Are Saying
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4.6
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food is very authentic and delicious, as if we are in a Izakaya in Japan, but with beautiful ocean view.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food wonderful service and what a view!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We sat outside and had a beautiful sunset. Super nice folks that run this upscale restaurant. The fish was super fresh and beyond expectations regarding special varieties. We will return when visiting Del Mar again.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Food was amazing

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Great sashimi and oyster shooters. The specialty cut rolls were average.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great quality food

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Wonderful, authentic food. Halibut Nigiri is just amazing.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent sushi in a wonderful seaside deck environment...

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Everything was delicious! Will always come here when I am in the mood for sushi! Small chilled glasses for beer 👍🏻

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was good.

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Horrible service and warm, gross food

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Love it here!!! Best authentic sushi in San Diego!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Very nice, enjoyable sushi restaurant by the coast.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great, but service was spotty. When the owner got involved, it was better.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Mediocre food. Somethings were pretty good (tuna tartare) others not good at all (uni, calamari salad)

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Great experience! The sushi was delicious and the service was great. They were very accommodating about giving us separate checks too.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

food is very good...

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was way too expensive. We used to come here quite frequently about five years ago, and it was a little pricey then. It is way overboard now. I think the flavor of the food is quite good, but not for the price that it’s marked up. We bought two beers and one sushi roll, and decided that we were just going to have appetizers there. The bill was $55. Two beers and one TINY sushi roll, and it was $55! I was blown away. I’m Lucky enough to live near convoy street, so I will save me Asian food cravings for there.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

As a “chronic” Shimbashi customer...sometimes once a week for the past 10+ years...I am amazed by the high level of food quality and service...highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This is Japanese small plate dining at it's best. So many choices and every one is excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always great food at Shimbashi Izakaya. I make a special effort to get to Del Mar and eat here whenever I am in San Diego. Absolutely superb Sushi. The staff are friendly and the food is innovative.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fantastic as usual! Best sushi and sashimi around!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant with an extensive and interesting menu and excellent service. We will definitely be going back.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Very good food. Also good service. Prices on the high side. But overall very good. Tip calculator (ex 18%, 20%) is NOT correct as it is based on total bill which includes tax. Why should we pay tip on tax.?

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2018

No special offer for our anniversary. We expected something since we selected the dinner place through open table.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

I’ve never had anything less than an amazing time at Shimbashi. The food is so fresh I can practically feel the ocean from it. A personal favorite to me and my entire family

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I like the small plates concept and the service was good. Generally the food was good as well, except our tempura shrimp was under cooked and cold.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

This is our favorite Japanese restaurant in SD. Authentic Japanese foods, interesting menu, gives me feel I am back in Japan. Friendly atmosphere, always remembers us. Good wait staff.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

I love Shimbashi Izakaya - without being a local their friendly service makes you feel that way
I came for my husband's birthday - he prefers the sushi bar and it was pleasant to find a spot
the sushi so fresh ..... the ambiance fun but respectful .... so looking forward to going back.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Hate to say it other than view and service was just not very good. Food was bland and very small portions. And the price is ridiculous. I guess you pay for the location. Would never return and would tell anyone there are many better sushi places out there.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We return frequently for great authentic Japanese treats at an informal oceanside bistro

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Incredible sushi! We sat at the bar and were treated by Ike, who was fun, knowledgeable, and chatty. He steered us in the right direction with fresh catches (snapper belly was a new bite for me) and was engaging in the right ways. Sake was delicious, fish was incredibly fresh, and the atmosphere was unpretentious in an otherwise sceney neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

We went with our three kids under 10 at 5pm on a weekday while visiting San Diego, and they were very accommodating! Lovely view, great food and awesome service. We had three servings of the mackarel...it was that good! The hot sake and hamachi carpaccio were also particularly noteworthy, although everything we had was good.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Took my wife here late night for the first time and I might say the sushi was fresh and the service was top notch. I might add the best sushi in town!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Wonderful Japanese food. Feeling is almost Japan Izakaya.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Favorite sushi place!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

My favorite Japanese restaurant in North County! Authentic, fresh, delicious and unique dishes. Run by Japanese. Highly recommended!!

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a lovely meal. We tried a three different specialty rolls (great), a sushi platter (great), ginger beef (so so) and dumplings (very good).

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

The food and service were spectacular. I’ve been here twice recently, once with my wife and again with the kids. Both visits were very positive.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Live the outside seating. Great selection of sake. Hot food available. Not just sushi.

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