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Shimbashi Izakaya

4.7
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455 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 455 people are saying
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CatherineM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and ambiance perfect

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vipNate
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best if the best of sushi. Can’t say enough about how awesome the food and service is here?

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vip2foodlovers
San Diego
95 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The sushi was terrific. We hadn’t had sushi at a restaurant for over six months and it didn't disappoint. The cod was especially delicious. We had three orders.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s cool that I can take my puppy with me.:)

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WorldTraveler
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

There are many other restaurants that provide much better food for the price. The primary draw here was the restaurant's close proximity to the beach. In retrospect, next time we will likely get dinner elsewhere and come to this location for a glass of wine on the upper level.

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Shelly
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Quality experience and food never disappoints!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time here - they never disappoint

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vipRobertB
Yosemite
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate fish and service! Very enjoyable!

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Stefanie
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite sushi places. Always enjoy eating there. Our go-to place when we have friends in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. There was a lot of outside seating. All of the tables filled up around 7pm for the dinner rush. We were seated by the bus which wasn’t terrible, but a different table would have been nice. The sushi rolls were great, the servers were attentive, and the drinks were tasty. I would dine here again!
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CC2020
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service was great, food was fresh, drinks were delicious, roof top view of the sunset and ocean was beautiful.

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vipVSteve
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been there many times, NEVER been disappointed with a dish. We always try to get something different, and their menu cooperates. We really appreciate the photos on the menu - much easier to order once we see what it will look like.

Service is always good - and they work hard to accommodate our requests. We look forward to a return!

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vipShannonO
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great experience! Great ambience, great views, amazing food and top level service. My girlfriend and I think of ourselves as semi pro sushi enthusiasts. With that being said, this place far exceeded both of our expectations. Don’t miss this opportunity !

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Patty
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location, great sushi, great service. Highly recommend.

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vipGreggS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there and I cannot wait to get back. YUM! The Gyoza was handmade and awesome, sushi very fresh and the shrimp and crab fired rice is addictive! Love this place!

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Dream
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Wait staff was abrupt and rude.

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Stefanie
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Super fresh fish, love the sashimi. Great service, friendly staff. My go to sushi place.

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HarryS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good and very reasonable
But we’re rushed out within 1 hr 20 min after ordering $170 for two with two table. Though our time limit was 1hr 30 min simply because the other customers arrived and waited on their feet.

The one Japanese woman server was horribly rude and the other was stressed though one new Japanese server was nice.
The first two were with a kind of attitude when we spoke in Japanese and if Japanese people lose the politeness in their language, their speech become very obnoxious and rude.

I thought perhaps the restaurant was busy and the servers were stressed but not really. Actually we saw one server was hugging with the well known customers when they arrived in front of us.

Really hugging during COVID-19 pandemic? It’s amazing.

We decide to talk in English next time.

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JenniferD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this place to everyone. Their lunch special was all worth it for the price we pay. We also had a complimentary cake for my daughter’s bday. Our waiter was very nice & accommodating to our request. We also didn’t feel rush when we eat like some of the waiter I’ve encountered.

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vipJohn
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was a nice place with good food and great views

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DanS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time. The patio was very comfortable. The food was great as always. The sushi chefs are awesome. The server was very attentive and right on time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting, food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great sushi and service, just a little pricey. Will definitely go back!

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ThomasI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot during Covid-19. 2nd floor patio overlooking ocean.
Lots of umbrellas so great for sunsets.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could go on and on about the amazingly delicious and quality of sushi and how I would always suggest because it’s never disappointed. It’s a place when someone asks you were to go... you’re confidence to say this is my go to and they won’t be disappointed.The ambience is incredible and I want to mention how unbelievable and accommodating everyone working there was… During difficult times with reservations hard to come by wherever you go, I was running late and due to the circumstances they showed nothing but sincere professionalism and made the experience even better seemingly effort to let me sit back relax and enjoy another great experience, but I think that’s just what to expect with an amazing group working on every aspect to make it only the best because they truly love the passion behind the experience for everyone.

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vipDavidR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi. Very fresh. Toro was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food & drinks. Perfection!

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Shelly
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would hate to give our secret away, but this place is awesome. We recently moved to Del Mar and came across this gem. My husband and I have been twice in the last month and the experience gets better each time. The food is amazing with many choices, the service is wonderful and in pandemic times is really safe. The outdoor patio is perfect for social distancing with waitstaff wearing gloves and masks. We can’t wait to go back for date night again in two weeks. Drunken Whale sake is our favorite!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi in a beautiful setting.

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vipClemmie11
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here before, always consistent. Have become addicted to sitting at bar and chatting with the chefs.

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vipEdPhill
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We requested the nigiri omakase. In addition, I thought I read on the open table or yelp! page there was a sake pairing. There is not. But a staff member was kind enough to offer sake by the glass in a traditional pour (glass in a box, where the sake pour over flows the glass). With a pleasant description of the traditional method of drinking the sake.

All the sake choices were phenomenal and I enjoyed them immensely.

The nigiri was excellent quality with items not often prepared in most sushi bars today. Toro, ika (squid) and mirugai (geoduck clam), very fresh uni (sea urchin) also served was salmon, black cod, sea bream, ama ebi (spot prawn, here), negi toro hand roll, unagi and I requested a Saba-gari-Shiso hand roll to finish.

The sushi is served one piece per person and starts at $45/pp and goes up depending on how much you request in addition.

This ended being pretty pricey for a party of four; but all in all I felt it was worth it.

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vipAnneW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all sat at the sushi bar, ordered an assortment of main dishes and appetizers and each one was exactly what we had hoped for: Excellent presentation, and high-quality ingredients. Service was perfectly attentive but not overly so. Chefs were a great mix of friendly and professional.
We all enjoyed our evening & will definitely return.

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vipAW619
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration! They were very

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alisag
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ate on the heated patio; there was intermittent very light drizzle, but it was not a problem and we were quite warm. We love the variety of small plates. The small scallops were particularly luscious. Topped off the evening with the mango mochi - delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Service was terrible. Very selective to serve customers
Food was not worthy the money at all. Over salty or over sour.
Been to Tokyo many times but this is not how authentic should be. Won’t go back.

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RalphS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for Japanese mains and sushi. Great service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Too much wasabi in all the sushi

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Sara
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've been to another local place called Kinoyume and I prefer it over this place, distance-wise, food-wise, and the price is cheaper too. I also believe the ambiance is just as comparable. If you want to talk to the sushi chefs, or just be around a social and kind environment, then this is the place as the service is super polite. As an awkward college student, I however can't say that I thrive in this environment.

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vipKalel
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was tolerable. We ordered clam soup and the size of the clams were deplorable. We went during Valentine's day and instead of ordering the Valentine's special ($110+ for two people, including wagyu beef, which we didn't want), we asked for Omakase. We were given a plate of assorted sashimi for $90/two people. It was probably worth $30-40 of fish. This was a very disappointing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

For the first time in my life I had to send back a sushi roll. My girlfriend and I both took a bite of a roll and the fish tasted rancid. Scallop dish was small and overcooked. Bill was over $130 and we really didn’t eat much. Won’t be back

FAQs

Shimbashi Izakaya offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 523-0479.

Shimbashi Izakaya is rated 4.7 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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