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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

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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 (9)
Good for a Date (6)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Authentic Japanese with an extensive menu

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We've had Shabu Shabu and the amount of vegetables were way smaller than the picture on the menu. Other than that, it was very tasty and the waitress was very friendly

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Service was good and food was tasty, but definitely overpriced. There's a "Del Mar Markup" on the menu. If you're looking to splurge, it's a nice date option (especially on the patio).

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Service was good and very friendly. Not fancy or high end but a fun place to eat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Beautiful view so try to visit during daylight. Either way evenings on the patio is romantic too w/ the quietness & lanterns. Good date spot.

Food isn't memorable. High end prices but not particularly good eats. Still good, just nothing unique.

Service is kind but too sparse. Would have liked a bit more attentiveness, would have ordered more but no one was around.

Overall a cute quiet spot in Del Mar.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Authentic but pricey for pub food.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2017

There are expensive restaurants where the high prices are acceptable because the food and service are above average. Then there are overpriced restaurants where you feel ripped off when you leave. Unfortunately, Shimbashi Izakaya is the latter. The food, beverages and service were mediocre and the prices were outrageous. The sake prices in particular were ridiculous with the least expensive small (very small) carafe at $25. We will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2017

I've eaten sushi in over 20 countries. Their sushi is the best I have had outside Tokyo. Absolutely fabulous tasting food. Worth the drive from San Diego to Del Mar

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Great sushi and abiance. Staff was so amazing!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2016

They seem to provide authentic Japanese foods. Probably expensive. I went there in a happy hour.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Excellent meal. Fresh creative beautifully plated

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Had a fabulous work lunch here. Lots of vegan/veggie options!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Always great and engaging staff. Love this place!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Phenomenal. I highly recommend the Go Go Roll... will not disappoint.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Whenever we visit our home away from home this place is one of our first stops. They never disappoint. The food and service are consistent and represent the best of Japanese Bar Food.
You will not regret going there.

Tags: Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Food and fish quality was great. They charge $15 for their gluten free Japanese rice beer that is $8 at other sushi restaurants. Felt pretty ripped off by that.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Location good.Quality of Food wasn't all that for he price your paying. Expected it to be better

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Enjoyed the quiet Sunday at this restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Consistently great, friendly staff, wide variety of rolls, grilled meats, and drinks!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Very nice restaurant. Good food good service. Should have visited before

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Our waitress worked very hard, but I think they were short-staffed! We had to ask for our appetizer to be brought out and it didn't arrive till after we had finished our main course. The food was unremarkable with the exception of the tuna poke which was great! I think that the outdoor seating area was fun, but it was so crowded with tables that I had to push into other diners "spaces" just to scrunch through.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Excellent Japanese restaurant and super such plus other interesting dishes. Wonderful service and atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Both guests had the runs from suspect sushi.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Overall it was great but I had made a reservation and there were empty tables outside but she did not want to seat is here as "they were reserved". The app never gave me a chance to request a table outside; otherwise I would have done so. We ended up siting outside and missing a nice evening out.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Everything about it was good for us. We thought the food itself was very tasty , the service was very good and it was a pleasant change to eat Japanese food outside. The portions weren't too big, just right for us.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Not great food. It was fine, but nothing special. Beautiful view.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 22, 2016

We had a great experience dining at Shimbashi Izakaya. The food is excellent and they have wide selection of authentic Japanese dishes. The restaurant is located in Del Mar, with beautiful views and ambiance. The service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 19, 2016

It turned out to be a really warm Sunday when we had our dinner there. The sun was really strong and it was hot hot hot but we really wanted to sit on the patio and enjoy the scenery. When we arrived there was only one or maybe two tables occupied and a few sun umbrellas placed around the patio. We were shown to a 2-person table and as we weren't getting any shade at all we asked the server if she could move any of the many umbrellas standing around shading empty tables to give us some relief instead but she just apologized and said no. Ok, fine, we stayed where we were and had our food. However as more patrons arrived and many whom wanted to sit outdoors but complained about the sun and asked the servers to move or adjust the umbrellas and the servers did. Finally after about an hour of baking under the hot sun we finally had some partial shade thanks to other diners.
Other than that the service was good. Very prompt, they were all very friendly and we got our orders pretty fast. We do think the price is on the high side as the food was good but not amazing and even though most of our orders were made during the special hour (therefore lower prices) and we had the email for 20% discount, it still came up to about $100. Definitely wouldn't eat there at normal prices.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 12, 2016

Great food. Very slow service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Good selection of liquor, Tasty foods, scenic ocean view

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2016

My wife and I had a dinner at sushi counter.
Sushi quality was excellent like Japan Ginza level.
They also have great selection of Japanese sake (Daiginjyo, Ginjyo..) which were perfect much with sushi.
I strongly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on May 30, 2016

We sat down for an early dinner and the sun was beaming over the outdoor courtyard. Asahi Beer in hand overlooking the ocean and very fresh sashimi and carpaccio was just perfect.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 25, 2016

The sushi counter at Shimbashi Izakaya was a fun, delicious experience. I am told that it is authentic to the sushi counters in Japan but I have never been. I can tell you that I would recommend the sushi counter to anyone who is looking to laugh and meet new interesting people.
The food was great. I had sushi but also tried a breaded pork, sake and soup. All were high quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2016

It was our first time at Shimbashi Izakaya. We chose this restaurant based on good reviews and our experience in summary was not good at all. The restaurant has a small pretty patio, and orientation of tables makes their service and going in and out for customers difficult.

Taking our order took long but having what we order took way longer than we expect. Our waitress tried to deliver us three times wrong orders which were for other tables and everytime we repeated our order. Meanwhile for the table behind us she was handing over plates to a guest instead of serving to them.

When we got our foods, our waitress even didn't check everything is OK before leaving; instead I had to wait a bit and asked for chopsticks. I was expecting a good quality sushi, what we got a terrible quality fish both for roll and nigiri. Beef tongue we ordered came after 15 minutes we finished our first two order. It should be a tender meat, but what we ate was something else, was not tender at all. Overall the food is pretty pricy here in terms of quality and amounts. When we asked the check we saw extra charged item, Edamame. I asked it to be removed, and we got no excuse or sorry words. We got a terrible service, poor quality food at a pretty high price. I would suggest you to stay away this restaurant because they have to learn first restaurant management before asking these high prices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Food was excellent! Enjoy a late evening birthday party for my sister. Outside seating was great with all heat lamps.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Good Japanese food but not outstanding. Great for special occasion with good view of the ocean. More on the expensive side.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2016

It was really delicious and everyone was so friendly, but it was quite pricey...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2016

This restaurant is overrated on yelp. The sushi is mediocre and the rest of the food were blunt. It was my first time and would be the last. Pricey but doesn't match the taste of the food. The only thing that is nice is the outside sitting - nothing else.

I was really disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Great outdoor ambiance with heaters and lights. Sushi was fresh and flavorful. Service was quick. Seaweed salad was not my favorite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 4, 2016

This is a nice Japanese restaurant/bar right in Downtown Del Mar where you can dine on the patio on nice evenings or sit at their kitschy bar inside. Friendly staff, good food. Will visit again :)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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