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Open terrace, sushi bar, sake bar & dining tables. - Shimbashi Izakaya, Del Mar, CA

Shimbashi Izakaya

4.6
4.6
714 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 523-0479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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!

  • Private party facilities

    SHIMBASHI Izakaya is available for your special occasion, business meetings, private parties or wedding receptions. Indoor for intimate dining experience or outdoor patio for the fantastic pacific ocean view. We can tailor a menu to fit your budget.

  • Private party contact

    Yoko Schnadig, Manager: (858) 523-0479

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Cross street

    15th street and Camino Del Mar

  • Parking details

    Self-Parking in Del Mar plaza parking garage (1 Hour free). Valet parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Del Mar is serviced by MTS bus, routes 101 and 308 throughout the year.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Mon - Thu: 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Closed On: Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25th & Jan 1st

Drinks

  • Sapporo Draft Beer$4.00

    • Asashi Draft Beer$4.50

      • Sapporo Light$4.00

        Bottle

        • Hot Sake$6.00

          • Shochikubai Nigori Sake$12.00

            • Otokoyama (Junmai Ginjo)

              • Glass$13.00
              • Carafe$24.00
            • House Wine

              Red or White

              • Glass$6.00
              • Bottle$22.00

            Signature Cocktails

            • Shimbashi Sunrise$6.00

              Shochu, orange juice, and grenadine

              • Del Mar Beach$6.00

                Shochu, calpico, soda, and Blue Curacao

                • Ginger Sake cocktail$6.00

                  Fresh ginger with sake and soda

                  • Lychee Martini$6.00

                    Lychee juice and shochu

                    • Cape Codder$6.00

                      Shochu and cranberry juice

                      Rolls & Hand Rolls

                      • Spicy Tuna Roll

                        Spicy Tuna with mayo, and cucumber

                        • Rolls$6.00
                        • Hand Rolls$4.00
                      • Spicy Salmon Roll

                        Spicy Salmon with mayo, and cucumber

                        • Rolls$6.00
                        • Hand Rolls$4.00
                      • Spicy Yellowtail Roll

                        Spicy Yellowtail with mayo, and cucumber

                        • Rolls$6.00
                        • Hand Rolls$4.00
                      • Spicy Albacore Roll

                        Spicy Albacore with mayo, and cucumber

                        • Rolls$6.00
                        • Hand Rolls$4.00
                      • Salmon Skin Roll

                        Grilled salmon skin, gobo carrot, cucumber, sprouts topped with bonito flakes

                        • Rolls$6.00
                        • Hand Rolls$4.00
                      • Philly Roll

                        Salmon, cucumber, and cream cheese

                        • Rolls$6.00
                        • Hand Rolls$4.00

                      Appetizer

                      • Mix Seaweed Salad$5.00

                        • Tsukune Chicken Meatballs$4.00

                          • Chicken Karaage$5.00

                            • House Green Salad$4.00

                              • Gobo French Fries$4.00

                                • Ikageso$5.00

                                  • Grilled Salmon Skin Salad$6.00

                                    • Baked Mussels

                                      • 2pc$4.00
                                    • Edamame$3.00

                                      • Garlic Edamame$4.00

                                        • Miso Soup$3.00

                                          • French Fries$4.00

                                            • Kurobuta Sausage$4.00

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                                              Last updated: May 18, 2022

                                              What 714 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                              4.6
                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.7Food
                                              • 4.4Service
                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                              • 4.3Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. SM

                                                SMSTattendees

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                the food was great, and the happy hour menu is amazing

                                              2. VC

                                                VisitingfromCA

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Best sushi in town! Nice location, parking a bit tough, but we’ll worth it!

                                              3. E

                                                Evelyn

                                                San Diego

                                                9 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                overall4food5service2ambience2

                                                Host and servers seemed in a hurry and never made eye contact. Squeezed you into small tables between larger parties. Never asked if you were doing okay or needed anything else (?); Did not ask if we wanted outdoor or indoor seating. We were seated indoor, but I saw some tables outside and I requested outside on my reservation. Sushi rolls were very good, so was Calamari Salad, but it was a bit drenched in dressing so made Calamari soggy. A little more hospitality would go a long way.

                                              4. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                overall3food5service1ambience3

                                                Service was very disappointing. Had to ask for water refills, and drinks multiple times. Never received our appetizer. Noodle dish for my son took one hour to receive even though we were the first to sit down when they opened at 5pm and I even ordered it before our main course and sushi. Unprofessional staff. All the servers looked like they were all in a rush and stressed out. I did not see anyone servers smiling. The food was amazing but unfortunately the service there could be improved.

                                              5. SS

                                                SolanaSuzy

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The food here was exquisitely presented and prepared! The staff was polite, quiet and extremely efficient.

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely Mother’s Day brunch. Fabulous food on a charming terrace with the sea breeze blowing gently. Perfect.

                                              7. WS

                                                WilliamS

                                                San Diego

                                                19 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                19 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Beautiful setting, very friendly service, and an extensive menu of well crafted Japanese dishes (ranging from sushi to grilled dishes). And also an excellent sake selection to boot!

                                              8. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Las Vegas

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                The food was delicious and the service was friendly. We tried a lot of different dishes and they were all really good. Especially liked the shrimp and crab fried rice, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, and gyoza. The fish in assorted sushi was very fresh. Tempura batter was very crisp and tasty.

                                              9. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                27 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                27 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!

                                              10. ET

                                                ETorres

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent food and drinks. Superb customer service!

                                              11. LM

                                                LM13

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing as always!! I am obsessed with the La Fresca roll! Everyone who works there is so friendly, funny and cool! High quality sushi for sure!!

                                              12. MH

                                                MichaelH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fresh & high quality food, great and attentive service.

                                              13. BZ

                                                BZ92007

                                                San Diego

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The sushi bar is our favorite. As busy as the chefs get with orders from the tables and take-out, they always have an eye out for those of us sitting in front of them. Besides the daily specials, the chefs will often offer suggestions based on what they have watched us order. We will be back again, soon.

                                              14. RN

                                                RajN

                                                San Diego

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                Good food, great atmosphere, friendly staff. Price is comparable to what you find in the area.

                                              15. MF

                                                MitchellF

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                Been going for years and in the last year good quality has gone downhill. Menu not as good as before.

                                              16. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                Sushi was very good, patio was lovely. Service was good but slow. They seemed to be understaffed.

                                              17. AN

                                                ANightout

                                                San Diego

                                                30 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                30 reviews

                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                overall3food4service1ambience4

                                                This review is mostly about the service that was pretty bad, but the food was good. After being seated immediately, we were ignored for a full 20 minutes before anyone even asked us if we wanted a drink, and we had no water on the table. We then ordered, and our appetizers were brought to us still with no drinks. I inquired as to their whereabouts and still we waited another 10 minutes for those. So that is about 45 minutes to just get a drink even though we had already received our appetizers. The place was not full, and other tables got lots of attention so I figured we got a waitress who was uninterested in us as we were just 2 people.

                                              18. KC

                                                KeefeC

                                                Charlotte

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                One of our dishes was missed and we had a very small table. The live shrimp was very fresh, food quality was quite good

                                              19. SF

                                                SusanF

                                                San Diego

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Lovely staff and amazing refined food -

                                              20. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Las Vegas

                                                3 reviews

                                                1.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                Slow service and it was late at night. They took almost a hour after the app came out to ask what we want for are main course and then told us before the main course even came out if there’s anything else we wanted the kitchen was closing. The sushi roll was mainly all rice and cucumber only a couple of the pieces had shrimp and crab and very small amount of the fish in the roll. Should have stuck with the best sushi ota but thought I’d give this place a try again but they disappointed.

                                              21. IL

                                                IreneL

                                                Las Vegas

                                                33 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                33 reviews

                                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                Food was good but we were seated inside And the next six people table was 1 inch away from us so could not have any privacy. Waited for 30 min to get assistance although we showed on time for our reservation. I would not recommend inside dining unless you want to sit by the sushi bar.

                                              22. WM

                                                WendyM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food! Chilly night but we wanted to sit outside to see the ocean and they had warm heaters so it was perfect!

                                              23. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Seattle

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food and wonderful service

                                              24. BZ

                                                BZ92007

                                                San Diego

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Frequent guest. Always excellent, off the menu or daily specials.

                                              25. 2

                                                2foodlovers

                                                San Diego

                                                108 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                108 reviews

                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                Our lunch was outstanding except for our server. He was new and needed some more training. The Chefs were all terrific and friendly as always. I just wish they were closer so we could go more often.

                                              26. RP

                                                RoseP

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Hands down the best sushi place in San Diego. Worth every $$! Great service easy parking and best of all, amazing sushi!

                                              27. JC

                                                JeffC

                                                Washington DC

                                                9 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food, service, and location are great. We will definitely return.

                                              28. M

                                                Marsha

                                                Los Angeles

                                                3 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                overall3food5service5ambience5

                                                Happy to have found this really Japanese food. Loved my cod and the spinach and mixed mushrooms. Also my husband’s chicken meatballs were quite good. Ginger chicken breast was quite dry and Chewey though. Disappointing that the have no brown rice. Prices were ok but don’t order the mineral water. Too expensive.

                                              29. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                Just not great sushi and bad value for the money. The sushi chefs are not particularly skilled, but they are charging very high prices for the fish. I understand they are in Delmar but the actual food is very amateurish.

                                              30. LG

                                                LisaG

                                                Orange County

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                Amazingly fresh and delicious sushi. Tempura was the BEST I have ever had!

                                              31. s

                                                sher

                                                San Diego

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                1.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                We had not been to Shimbashi since before the pandemic. I brought my family from out of town to celebrate all of us being together. The food was good but not amazing… The ambiance was okay since it was Del Mar plaza, but the heat lamps took 10 minutes to light up and the table and chairs were moist from the mist…and not bothered to be wiped down for us again… All of that would have been acceptable, however our waiter was extremely unkind, rushed, agitated and plain rude. We understand there is a shortage of staff and we accommodate that everywhere we go! However she should have started our service by saying they are short staffed and for us to be patient…instead she was literally barking orders at us! And at an average of $50 per person we were not there to be served in a cafeteria, we had come to celebrate in what we thought would be our special gathering place. It was the worst service we have ever received, especially that the Japanese pride themselves on their hospitality and calm elegance. This was a completely opposite experience! We do not recommend shimbashi izakaya if this is the service that will continue to be the norm!

                                              32. KZ

                                                KevinZ

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Excellent experience from the lunch menu. Good food and service.

                                              33. CG

                                                CrystalG

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                overall5food4service3ambience4

                                                It is a quaint intimate setting. Great for date nights. I wish the bar seating was open, but overall the ambiance was great.

                                              34. D

                                                Dori

                                                San Diego

                                                34 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                34 reviews

                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food is very authentic, fresh, and good quality. The service is always pleasant and it is our favorite Japanese restaurant here.

                                              35. N

                                                Nattie

                                                San Diego

                                                27 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                27 reviews

                                                Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                Was craving some sushi & was in Del Mar and found this place. Incredible! The pricing is so reasonable, the menu is huge, the food is delicious & the service was on point. Will be back!

                                              36. JD

                                                JohnD

                                                Denver

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                Don’t bother less then ok The food was just OK the service was terrible The waitress forgot about our drinks brought our food out different times if you want bad sushi check it out

                                              37. DF

                                                DrFred

                                                Baltimore

                                                74 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                74 reviews

                                                Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                Outstanding variety of delicious specialties-we return often!

                                              38. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Best place in San Diego for sushi by far

                                              39. CD

                                                ChrysD

                                                San Diego

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fantastic if you’re outdoors! Indoors can be a bit loud. The food is always amazing. Service when it’s busy can be a bit slow, but authentic Japanese food should be an experience and not something you do if you expect to be in and out on a schedule.

                                              40. A

                                                Aliash

                                                San Diego

                                                43 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                43 reviews

                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                The food was excellent, and the staff was great for the most part. But it is clear they staff was super busy, as a result the service was not as good. But over all this was a nice experience.

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                              • Physical distancing

                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                • Extra space between tables
                                              • Protective equipment

                                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                              • Screening

                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                              FAQs

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

                                              Shimbashi Izakaya is rated 4.6 stars by 714 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                              Google Map for Shimbashi Izakaya

                                              1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 201 Del Mar, CA 92014

                                              Additional information

                                              • Cross street

                                                15th street and Camino Del Mar

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Del Mar

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                Japanese, Sushi, Izakaya

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking details

                                                Self-Parking in Del Mar plaza parking garage (1 Hour free). Valet parking is also available.

                                              • Public transit

                                                Del Mar is serviced by MTS bus, routes 101 and 308 throughout the year.

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Additional

                                                Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                              • Phone number

                                                (858) 523-0479

                                              • 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!

                                              • Private party facilities

                                                SHIMBASHI Izakaya is available for your special occasion, business meetings, private parties or wedding receptions. Indoor for intimate dining experience or outdoor patio for the fantastic pacific ocean view. We can tailor a menu to fit your budget.

                                              • Private party contact

                                                Yoko Schnadig, Manager: (858) 523-0479

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