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About Shimbashi Izakaya

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.

1555 Camino Del Mar Suite 201
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Shabu-shabu

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

Cross Street:
Paseos De Las Flores

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 523-0479

Website:
http://www.shimbashiizakaya.com/

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!

Parking Details:
Free Self-Parking Validation (2 Hours). Valet parking is also available.

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

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

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.

Specials

Happy Hour

Mondays - Fridays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Specials

Happy Hour

Mondays - Fridays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Details

Join us on Happy Hour and enjoy a selection of discounted beer, sake, wine, $5 cocktails, appetizers and sushi rolls/hand rolls!. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Aug 20, 2017 - Dec 20, 2017 on Mondays - Fridays from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

Shimbashi Izakaya Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.3

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4.3

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3.9

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good for a Date (7)
Casual (5)
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Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 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).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very good food. Consistently good. Loved the lobster salmon roll. Great squid legs (karaage).

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

sushi was "ok" had better. small portions that seemed over priced. suspect paying heavily for location. won't go back nor recommend to others. Boto is much better.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a fantastic experience here! The food and service are top notch!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This is our favorite place to eat in San Diego. Authentic Japanese food and setting. Great evening sunsets, good wait staff, and excellent menu choices. Good drinks both Japanese craft beers and saki.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Tapas, Spicy, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The location is great. The sushi rolls were ok nothing special. The service was extemely fast. I felt rushed. No time to relax and have a conversation, the entire dinner experience was 30 minutes for 3 people.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had three different sushi rolls and one of them we had to return because it was very fishy but the other two were delicious. They were very nice and didn't charge us for the one we returned and the service was wonderful. We will definitely come back. Sunset would be perfect at this place!!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Perfect night of dining which included salmon skin salad, shrimp shumai, tofu miso soup and a lemon albacore roll, pure deliciousness. Oh and a carafe of yummy chilled sake 😋 Will come back again and again!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Service was very poor. I have been to this restaurant previously and service was much better. I have no interest in going back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Wonderful location and menu. Much to choose from between appetizers, sushi rolls, shared plates, etc. Sushi rolls are more classic - that is not overly large so it is a little pricey. But the flavors are amazing and it allows you to take a piece in a single bite without stuffing your face. Appetizers are a great assortment and there is nothing we didn't love.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good outdoor seating option with a nice ocean view. We sampled a number of dishes, both sushi and others, and every one was delicious! You can order a sake sampler if you want to try/compare a few. A bit pricey, but we had fun. Loud party of 8 next to us was the only down side.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

While the service could be more attentive and knowledgeable it couldn't be more warm. Food was excellent and the location is breathtaking. It's a must do for me when visiting friends in San Diego County.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The sushi was okay. But the small plates were very authentic and tasty. A little bit overpriced.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our favorite Japanese restaurant in SD. Authentic regional dishes or tapas type entres. Excellent sushi. Good service and beautiful sunsets. We eat here often

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Majority of our group loved their food. Unfortunately one of our family members ordered something on the menu they were out of which made her second choice satiating but not overly enjoyable. Hope that helps.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We absolutely loved this place. We sat at the sushi bar. It was authentic Japanese and a lot of fun. The crowd was lively but our chefs made all of the difference. The quality of the fish was outstanding as well. I'll definitely be coming back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 15, 2017

great meal as always. We continue to return to the restaurant because of the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Three of us sat outside for dinner on a Saturday night. Friendly and attentive service, mostly delicious food, great sunset. The "mostly" qualifier is because it was tough to distinguish a couple of the sashimi selections by flavor. The fish might have pre-sliced and put into a refrigerated area prior to the night's opening. But it was fresh and even appealing to the person in our group with limited sashimi experience. We also had pork shumai, vegetable tempura, and hamachi kamma. All excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Went in to try the restaurant for their Sake Bar and just loved the experience. Good list of Sake and other drinks and the servers are very nice and courteous. Besides the amazing Sake collection, the food is also great. Being a vegetarian, I thought there would be nothing for me at an authentic sushi place, but to my surprise there were quite a few options for both appetizers and main-course and they tasted pretty good as well. The fried tofu was really amazing - very soft and fresh inside and well crispy outside.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 7, 2017

authentic Japanese sushi and other goodies--all made fresh on site

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Took visitors from Japan and they were very impressed!

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food quality was good, most items priced accordingly. Went in for dinner at 9, and had to have everything ordered by 920. They did last call on us at 915. Server was nice but come on why take a 9 pm reservation and at you close at 10. Just take 8 pm as your last an you should be out by 10 if that's your goal.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 20, 2017

スタッフがフレンドリーな日本人ばかりで、とても居心地良く滞在させて頂きました。
霧がかかっていたため、目の前に見えるはずの海が一切見れなかったのが残念ですが、レストラン評価には関係ありません。

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Bland food, boring old ambience, overpriced

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love love love this place. Fish is so fresh. Sochu cocktails are so much fun. Had their eel... and it's the best eel I'd ever had. Highly recommend to any sushi lovers

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Sadly, did not live up to expectations. Hard to find quality Japanese food outside of Japan. This did not measure up

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The best sushi in North County!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2017

One of the best Sushi's in North County, we will definitely come back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This is our favorite Japanese restaurant. Authentic reminds me of my many trips to Japan. Food is generally excellent and their specials are always a treat. Bring all our Asian friends here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Waterfront, Authentic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Very disappointing. Although in excellent location, hardly any view. Tiny dishes and terribly overpriced. Food was average or below average; not at the level of the cost. Service was good but will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

This was our first experience at Shimbashi Izakaya. The meal was outstanding! They offer an extensive selection of sake as well. We stayed with the sushi and sashimi and shared the Chef's Choice Sashimi and the Assorted Sushi Platter. The fish was very fresh and nicely presented. We did enjoy one additional roll - La Fresca Roll. The cilantro added a great flavor to the spicy tuna and avocado. The table next to us was enjoying soft shell crab and the udon miso broth. Both also looked excellent.
We will definitely return the next time we are in the San Diego area.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2017

WAY overpriced for just OK sushi... the place was empty. Sushi rolls are not as big as you would expect for the price.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We lived in Tokyo for 10 years so are very picky about our Japanese food. This place is fantastic! Wish we lived here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 24, 2017

What a disappointment! Figuring we were in Del Mar and that every place was great we were in the mood for sushi and tried here. First course (carpaccio platter) was fishy all around and it was down hill from there. Nothing tasted fresh. Don't waste your money.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 24, 2017

It was great. Reminded me of being in Okinawa. Definitely will return!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great Japanese Food! Fresh ingredients and very creative and authentic.
You can enjoy the wonderful view with nice service.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Tapas, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Shimbashi Izakaya was my son's first choice as a place to have his family celebration for his 15th birthday so we booked for our 2 teens, my husband and myself. We ordered a variety of dishes that we shared and everything was beautifully presented and tasted fantastic. It was a sunny evening so dining on the balcony with ocean views was as added treat. Service was prompt and friendly and we had a wonderful family dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Sushi chef Ike is amazing and the sushi was all excellent. We ordered a $120 bottle of saki, after talking to the waitress. There was also a bottle for $170, but it was not the same saki and she knew we didn't want that one. When we finished the saki, we asked for a carafe of the same saki we were drinking, it was listed on the menu. She said they didn't have a carafe, but we could get a half bottle. So we said okay to the half bottle. The bottle was smaller then the first, so we had no reason to question what we were getting. When we received our bill we were charged $170 for the second bottle of saki. I said that we did not order that saki, she wouldn't budge, she said that is what I brought you. Even the sushi chef was shocked. Unfortunately we will not be going back there. That was not right. Bad business.

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