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Glass Box Asian Coastal Inspired Kitchen + Bar, San Diego, CA

Glass Box Asian Coastal Inspired Kitchen + Bar

4.7
4.7
88 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
A transparent authentic cultural experience of Asian infused cuisine, continuously redefining “fresh”.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Asian, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (858) 289-4800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    Ethan Yang

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel Valley

  • Cross street

    El Camino Real/Del Mar Highlands Rd. Inside Sky Deck Del Mar Highlands

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Innovative

  • San Diego

    Sushi

  • North San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • North San Diego

    Innovative

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the sushi and sashimi! Everything was so fresh and delicious. The oysters looked amazing though I did not leave enough room to try them. Ethan and his staff were awesome. I will definitely be back to try more of the menu! Yum!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was beautiful. The servers were very friendly, helpful, and fast. I went with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday and the food was amazing. 10/10 would recommend
  3. DW

    DavidW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere....very friendly staff as well.
  4. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the entire experience: food, staff, ambiance, drink selection. Came to celebrate a birthday and they ensured it was a memorable meal. The fish was very fresh, Chef Ethan had wonderful, unique recommendations, & my boyfriend commented that the drink menu was the most extensive he has seen at a sushi restaurant. Everyone around us at the bar was friendly and appeared to be enjoying their meal as much as we did. A must try- we will be back and are recommending to all of our friends.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great place. Very very good vibes
  6. d

    docmani

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved sitting in the glass box. I don't think we would have like the ambiance as much if we hadn't. We were excited to try the Bluefin Toro Uni Roll, but the presentation wasn't like we saw in other pictures, it was bit sloppy how it was presented and the taste was only O-K, which was disappointing given it was a $45 roll. Aside from that, loved the Rosarito Roll and the Chow Fun that we had.
  7. W

    Woodey

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We love our sushi. It was average IMO. The roles were cafeteria grade at best. Not sure we have sushi chefs in the back. Nice ambience, nice service... A bit proud with $.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday, the food Ana service was excellent.
  9. SC

    ScottC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and a fun place to be. We enjoyed ourselves.
  10. KJ

    KaitlynJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was no better than what is offered on a cruise ship buffet. Spent 75 dollars per person to be served unappetizing, poorly plated and oddly tasting dishes. The dessert wasn’t even made in house- just a slice of store bought cake. It was the most disappointing waste of 200 dollars.
  11. LW

    LorraineW

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tasty and not the usual fare. Eye appealing, too.
  12. KK

    KerriK

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent sushi and service, will be back for sure.
  13. SK

    SteveK

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was outstanding from Bee. Good menu variety and options. Definitely a repeat place
  14. K

    angelaK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Ethan always makes sure everyone feels included and at home. the food presentation is always beautiful and tastes so fresh and clean. I love how how I can get 10 star sushi here but at the same time get some delicious Chinese food and don't get me started on the delicious cocktails they have.
  15. TR

    TRP9

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Quality and presentation excellent but location in this upscale food court is not to our comfort level.
  16. LN

    LynneN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. All of the food we ordered was good such as the Sashimi Salad, Mushroom Medley, Zen Wings, Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Oysters, Double Tuna Roll, Kampachi, Maguro Carpaccio, Seafood Stir Fried Rice Noodle. The flavors coating of the Zen wings was good but that was it, it needed some seasoning or something because the wings itself was bland.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great!
  18. L

    Lisette

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fresh and amazing taste. Service was superb.
  19. PZ

    PhyllisZ

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Glass Box? Who knew what we were in for? Every Restaurant Week we try someplace new. The food was exceptionally good. We ate inside the “glass box” to cut down the music/noise. Inside was a counter and small white tables. No tablecloths or flowers. On Restaurant Week our 3-course meal was $45, a very good deal.
  20. P

    Pianogirl

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time to this restaurant. The food was very good and fresh and the staff was friendly and very helpful. The restaurant is pretty cool looking and has a very modern vibe. We didn't really like all the music coming from the main part of the center. Everything else was good.
  21. GB

    GwenB

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great value during restaurant week, but service was slow. Waiters & waitresses were cordial.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    In general horrible experience - food took way too long; service was bad, and dare to ask for a 20% tip? Won’t not go again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    I’m so sorry, I rarely leave bad reviews, and maybe this was just a hiccup in our experience as we visited for the restaurant week menu. My partner and I both got the 3-course menu ($45 each, good price) and 1 drink each (1 cocktail at $17 and one glass of Sancerre at $17). Fall salad: 7.5/10, this was my favorite thing we ate Mackerel sashimi: 2/10, but I also am not the biggest fan of mackerel. It was plated nicely! Soy shrimp: 6/10, not much flavor Salmon with vegetables: 5/10, pretty overcooked Matcha cake: 6/10, would have been better had it been defrosted more - it was a bit hard & icy The biggest issue I had though is that whatever we ate, it kept us up at night. We were sleeping from around 10:30pm - 1:30am, and we both randomly woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. I have a feeling it was caffeine in the matcha cake, but that’s on me for not asking if it had caffeine. My partner’s stomach also felt a bit off. It cost us each around $78 total.
  24. UJ

    UliJ

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great energy in the sky deck
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved trying this place for restaurant week!
  27. CS

    CarolinaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! My group of friends tried the restaurant week menu and everything we tried was delicious. The staff was super friendly, and attentive. Will definitely be coming back to this location.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner was lovely. Food came fast. Our waiter was great, and all the flavours reminded me of foods I’d had in Singapore years ago. Will definitely be back!
  29. AW

    AmeliaW

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I really wanted to love this place, but was so disappointed. My boyfriend and I came ready to order a ton of sushi and leave very full. After the poke nacho appetizer we each ordered two hand rolls. The hand rolls came out about 1-2 minutes after we ordered them, which flagged to us that they were not made fresh. The handrolls decent at best… but expensive! That kind of turned us off of the whole experience and we ended up leaving shortly after. So disappointing.
  30. m

    michaelb

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding menu. Terrific ambiance. Excellent sake selection. Great service….ask for Fern. Not to be missed!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had wonderful experience at Glassbox! The chefs specials were wonderful and service was phenomenal. This place never disappoints. Tends to be busy so I'd suggest booking a reservation. Can't wait to be back!
  32. c

    cyndiq

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has become our favorite sushi restaurant. Go early in the week when less crowded. They have an outstanding and unique menu with chef’s specials every time we have visited. So much more than just sushi rolls. Tuna carpaccio crave -worthy. Duck delicious. So many items I look forward to trying. Excellent service. Nice air-conditioned location which is important to me during these hot days when all restaurants are open-air. Reservations required for weekends.
  33. TS

    TimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in San Diego - the staff and food were excellent.
  34. MS

    MargieS

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service. Never disappoints!!!!
  35. K

    Kgotti

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was amazing. The poke nachos were a favorite. The Salmon collar was also delicious and different. Both specials we ordered of sashimi were excellent quality. Everything was fresh and the service was exceptional.
  36. LW

    LucyW

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, interesting and unusual menu, well executed. Staff very obliging and helpful. Excellent sized portions!
  37. TS

    TiffanyS

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great atmosphere. It's a bit loud after 9pm, but very lively.
  38. ST

    SanjeevT

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Was a great meal with fantastic service. The quality was great and the service attentive and timely.
  39. c

    cyndiq

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was outstanding. Second time we visited and both experiences were great. Highly recommend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fresh sushi, we had lunch,prices are goo.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Glass Box Asian Coastal Inspired Kitchen + Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 289-4800.

Glass Box Asian Coastal Inspired Kitchen + Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Glass Box Asian Coastal Inspired Kitchen + Bar

3790 Townsgate Dr, San Diego, CA 92130-2547

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    El Camino Real/Del Mar Highlands Rd. Inside Sky Deck Del Mar Highlands

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Asian, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander

  • Executive chef

    Ethan Yang

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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