Shimbashi Izakaya

4.5
549 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.

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
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
What 549 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The quality of fish is not good, especially considering how much they charge for them.

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RobynW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

This restaurant is good, but not great. I had made a reservation and we were the first to arrive when they opened for the day. Our table was in the sun and when we asked to move, they said no because all of the tables were reserved. Literally the place was empty. They wanted us in the corner because we had a child (who unbeknownst to them is very good at dining out). The food itself was tasty but not the best sushi ever for being so expensive. I think there are definitely better places we could’ve chosen for my husbands birthday dinner, which they did not even mention even though I had it on the reservation.

So I don’t recommend this place if you have other choices.

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Charlie
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Top quality fish and spot-on classic preparations make this a must try.

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kronkri
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

the server was clueless and clearly didn't know how to help customers, maybe this was his first job
The food we had was quite good, pricey but good

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vipNbnbnb
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Grilled and small plates were good. Sushi wasn’t the best. The uni did not seem fresh and the negitoro was not very fatty. Everything else was great though. Loved the grilled riceball.

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vipWelldone
San Diego
79 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Blinding sun was irritating while trying to enjoy a meal. The service was a little slow, but extremely friendly. The food was really good. We hit the place on a recent post COVID-19 come back so I suspect they are still getting up to speed. We plan to go back and see if the experience is improved. The food was terrific but they sure could use some dinner hour shading.

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vipNicholleS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We’ve eaten here several times so we’re familiar with the food but 4 rolls for 110$ yikes it’s getting too pricey for what you can get elsewhere

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vipBillF
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This restaurant again provided a consistent good meal. . even though we ordered a variety of dishes. The new awning is a nice improvement to their outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was delicious, but the menu should be corrected, nobody told me that there was ham in a potato salad.
The staff was exceptionally rude.

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vipSelllhi
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We noticed the many good reviews on Opentable and gave Simbashi a try for dinner. When we arrived, they couldn’t find our reservation despite multiple text and email confirmations we had received. After we were seated, the first thing our waiter told us that we’ll have to be out of there in 90 minutes. Needless to say, that didn’t sit well with us. The food we ordered (all Sushi rolls) was merely okay. The rolls were mostly bland and not one of them was anything special, despite prices in the $20 range.

It’s puzzling how this place gets such good reviews. We definitely won’t be back, specially since there are several good Sushi restaurants nearby. Lesson learned!

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SeanB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ocean view while eating great sushi

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday for our 10 year old daughter

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Karleequist
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really nice sushi, very fresh and well cut. The udon was delicious and the shrimp shumai was the best we have ever tasted.

The wait staff was attentive and efficient. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic traditional dishes cooked and plated to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Slow service to begin with and then got rushed through the meal

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love!

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BrigitteB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too on hurry to close the food service at 8.30 pm

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great, but server forgot to bring requested items on 2 different occasions. Ambiance is nice here and the menu is much improved from the last time I was here. Will come back again

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vipClemmie11
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish great patio great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food! A bit pricey, but delicious!

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fc72
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This did NOT disappoint. First time here and the service was excellent as was the food. The only area of improvement was the outside tables are quite close together and felt 'crowded' by the proximity with the tables behind us in terms of having a little social distance and hearing other conversations while we were trying to have conversation. Would definitely eat there again and recommend.

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ShereeT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a great spot for a yummy meal, with a great view. The 'celebration roll' is my personal fave, but everything is always fresh, and tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great view!

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AbeF
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Inside dinning still closed which wasn’t an issue. Hostess told us we had to eat and be out in 90 minutes which felt odd as it was a birthday dinner. Also told we couldn’t move the seats around our table as it would affect the 6 foot rule which is odd as we only wanted to move the chairs, not the table. Get takeout if you want to eat here.

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Brunch
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came for Mother’s Day because they have designated Gluten Free items. The wait staff was was very helpful and they were very quick to clear our plates. All the rolls we had were delicious and one person at our table ordered the Mother’s Day Prix Fix meal which was very nice and came with a Mother’s Day Rose. We also ordered the Sake Sampler which was a nice addition to our delicious meal. It was a little hard to find because the plaza has multiple levels and the restaurant is tucked away on its own little terrace, best found from the far North Stairway.

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SDFoodie
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing high quality sushi!! Excellent menu

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CHRISTIANR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, everything was amazing. The staff is very friendly, the food is authentic, and the drinks were perfect. I’ll definitely be coming back.

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vipSDDiner
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love this place. Attentive service, great ingredients well and creatively prepared. Sake menu almost overwhelming. Patio is such a perfect place on a nice day.

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Delmartian
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ike at the sushi bar. Awesome rolls and specials!

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vipsmartfox
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch or dinner, this place is consistently excellent. For lunch, I like the menu’s versatility. Today, it was: agedashi tofu, chutoro and Wagyu beef nigiri, tonkatsu and deep
Impact oyster shooter with uni, ikura and quail egg. Drink of choice today: some excellent beers from Japan.

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CWCa
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great authentic Japanese food. A bit pricy for the amount of food. Right next to the beach so one can watch the sunset. Get there early, a bit noisy because of the traffic and out door dinning.

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The side dishes are out of this world! Small plates that are amazing. However, strangely, the sushi dishes are simply average. Not bad in any way, but not as good as some of the ultra premium sushi restaurants. If I go again, I will stick with the many excellent side dishes, and not get sushi.

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eatLAOC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour menu/price is legit! This is our 2nd time here. First was a birthday dinner and the regular menu is also great with fair prices for the good quality food!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had the most horrible experience at shinbashi.

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JordanT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and view. Sushi was fresh and of high quality.

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Alexandra
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant! Our new favorite. The bartender/Sake sommelier came to our table and helped us pick amazing sake to match the food and it was perfect!

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vipRuslanF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Sushi places in North County San Diego

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ShellyG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love there food!! And Great service very friendly and helpful. Great patio seating

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Upon arrival hostess and waitress both told us we had 90 minutes to be in and out. This is hardly the first thing you want to hear for a birthday celebration. Service was horrible and staff were cold at best.

FAQs

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

Shimbashi Izakaya is rated 4.5 stars by 549 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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