Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Welcome to Saiko Sake and Sushi Bar. Our space is beautiful and contemporary with exposed ceilings, local artwork and a striking mural. Enjoy sunsets and all of the action on University Avenue from our outdoor patio. In North Park we are very serious about sake, and we select only premium sakes from regional breweries in Japan to complement our progressive Japanese menu of appetizers and sushi. Our wild caught local fish is FRESH and hand-picked daily by the Chef.
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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service by Steve. Great good and ambience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has the best sushi! Melt in your mouth!

FF
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish was super fresh. Love that Happy Hour is EVERYDAY and ends at 6:30pm!

d
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi ever! Huge thanks to Christal for her most excellent sushi!

NM
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Saiko Sushi!! It is put go to place for birthdays and family dinners. The fish is amazing and don’t miss out on The Dirty Rice! Explore the sake flights;they don’t disappoint. You just have to go try it! Words can’t convey the hospitality and great sushi service.

d
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in San Diego! Always an enjoyable experience to sit at the sushi bar and get to know the sushi chef. Tonight Giancarlo exceeded all expectations with his "chef's creation". Thank you!

a
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal and wonderful service. The best omikase I’ve had. Rolls are great and the sake list is tremendous. Have fun!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Saiko Salmon Nigiri is what keeps me coming back, it's the best salmon I've ever had!

a
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omikase with Oscar tonight. The food was excellent incredible fantastic mind blowing etc. our wonderful friends Ron and Devora joined in the culinary hedonism that is Omikase

TM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome sushi bar sake flight was also very good according to my wife

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivan was a fantastic server, very informative and excited to explain specials and general menu items. Kristina is an excellent sushi chef and made the whole meal wonderful, will definitely return and try other recommended items!

PS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had 2 different servers while there & one was great while the other (a girl with glasses & reddish hair) was not great. She treated us like we were an inconvenience when we tried to order. The other server was prompt but not as attentive which left us with this server more times than not. They did not have a hostess so the servers were also seating guests which took them away from the tables. It look over 2.5 hours for dinner. Beer special was good, sushi was fine, but the star was the garlic edamame.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

A bit slow to get out food, bit loved coming in early to miss the crowds!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enthusiastic staff gave great recommendations. Try the sake flights to see what you like. Eel sauce ice cream was incredible and unexpected. Noisy but still managed to have conversation. Will definitely go back!

K
London
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saiko is a funky neighborhood favorite with delicious food, a humongous sake menu, and friendly knowledgeable service. All the traditional sushi items are on the menu if you want them, but go for the more creative and unexpected twists on classics.

S
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious and excellent knowledgeable service

NM
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG. Saiko Sushi is always on point. We come here for most special occasions and they are so gracious to even meet an allergy issue. Absolutely love the sake menu! my fav is Mystery. Try the rainbow roll and saikoroll. You can’t go wrong with any roll. Oh and Tokyo Dirty Rice.. a must!

JB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went here on a date night and overall everything was great: ambiance, service, lighting, etc, but the actual sushi was pretty bland and uninspiring, not horrible, and for the price it was a great value but if you're looking for exceptional sushi look elsewhere.

a
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Anthony's staff is talented and very attentive. We had a great time and the Saikorama roll is our favorite. Thanks for the amazing food

NM
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! They have the most amazing sake selection and the food is awesome.. We celebrated our sons graduation from college. The rainbow roll is to die for and you must try the Dirty Tokyo rice! They’re so helpful making some adjustments as well to help with a food allergy. This is THE BEST sushi spot in San Diego.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from out of town and absolutely love the fresh sushi at Saiko Sushi!

o
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday dinner for our daughter on this latest trip to Saiko Sushi and it was a five star experience, as always. Our waiter, Chris, recognized us and greeted us warmly. He also suggested a great option for sake, which we really enjoyed. The food was delicious and came out quickly. We had Veggie Tempura app and Roboto, Dear John, Veggie, and California rolls. All the dinner rolls were fresh and so yummy! We also ordered the seasonal spring roll dessert and it was PHENOMENAL!! This is our favorite and “go-to” sushi joint in San Diego and we are never let down. We bring our kids often and the waiters are very helpful and knowledgeable about all the rolls. They help the kids explore and expand their tastes. The service is always above par and we have never had a meal we didn’t absolutely love!

O
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

great food + service but very very noisy which was a bit disapointing

j
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very reasonable prices for good quality sushi with friendly chefs and servers.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner with my husband and a friend. Sushi quality was amazing, and sake selection was great. Our server was helpful in advising us on which sake flights to try. Would definitely recommend and will return when back in the SD area.

VB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a must if you like fresh sushi & variety of sakes. The raw salmon & runs were exquisite & so fresh. Loved the calamari & spicy garlic aioli dip. Ask for one of the specials! We've been 2x to this restaurant & found out outstanding both times. Very attentive staff. We're from Vancouver, Canada (city of great sushi) & we loved it here. Even our 10 year old grandson gives it the thumbs up for a second time.

l
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We finally made it to Saiko Sake without our kids...but, the greeter gal was unpleasant. Arrived on a Saturday night at 6pm with more than half of the tables empty. First greeting was do you have a reservation instead of Hello and welcome... Then, we were offered at the sushi bar only...Anyway, we ended up with a manager waiting on us whom we finally shared our comments. He was pleasant and understood...and ended up taking care of us at the end. We spend $10-20k a month and a good amount of that on dining as we do not cook... So, I hope that others aren't turned off by the same idiot staff whom doesn't see the value of accommodating clients with empty tables. Rest of the staff was great...but we'll have to think on if we'll be heading back there. Luke Kensen, north park

d
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ruby is a fantastic Sushi Chef..very talented! We always love going to Saiko Sushi!

g
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The waiter and food was awesome, but the male sushi chef didn't know much about new items on the menu saying "the owner wants us to push these items." That doesn't help explain the items and just makes the sushi chef look incompetent.

RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun dinner spot with sake flights and interesting sushi options that were very enjoyable. Servers where great too.

DH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My girlfriend and I feel that this place is so good that we've stopped going out to other places so we can save our money and blow it all at Saiko. Their sushi always blows our mind and we have never been disappointed.

I
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ivan was a great server! He took our dining experience to the next level. He was knowledgeable about the menu, passionate about what Saiko served, and really funny. Thank you!

a
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff are amazing. Do not pass up an opportunity to eat here.

a
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Best sushi in town.

A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was quite good. Some dishes took way longer than they should have as it was still early and not that busy

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was GREAT we had the best customer service I’ve ever seen.Ivan was a wonderful server

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I normally do not post bad reviews but we had an exceptionally bad experience. Our server forgot to order our appetizers (miso soups + kimchi), so we received them after the main sushi rolls arrived. I had to ask for hot water with lemon 3 times - it came 30 minutes after placing the order. Everything just seemed disorganized and we felt like an afterthought even though we were right in the middle of the restaurant. My sashimi was great, but all of us agreed that as a whole, the food was subpar and lacking in overall seasoning - especially the Shishito peppers.
This is unfortunate since 2 of us had previously dined at the location in Coronado and really enjoyed it.

OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was delicious and the service from Chris was top-notch! Fresh, fresh fish on all the dishes we tried. Very flavorful preparation.

C
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I was referred here for sushi by a fish wholesaler in San Diego (Catalina Offshore Products) I was not impressed with the quality and preparation of the food. The tempura was soggy and mushy-the nigiri was small and looked like it was not fresh and the roll I ordered was not what I had asked for

a
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience

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