Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

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$30 and under
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Sushi
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Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub in Oceanside, CA is located at 1815 South Coast Highway. Executive Chef Davin Waite, founder of The Fish Joint and Café Japengo veteran, is conjuring up a menu relying on the highest quality, chef-selected fish and produce. Ingredients are carefully chosen, grown, or made from scratch. Offerings include Loch Duart and Mt. Cook salmon with a caper tapenade, a ceviche flight that changes daily, and the freshest, most exciting specialty items from Catalina Offshore Products, Specialty Produce, local fishermen, divers and growers.
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BO
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always GREAT but this time fabulous!!!! Thanks for making such wonderful food. Its do good!!!

OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative flavors in the sauces. We had mainly sushi. It was tasty, but next time I would be more drawn to the other dishes out of the kitchen.

JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and food! Ill deff be back for another meal sometime soon.

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New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as well as the value and service! Although the place appeared a little rustic, it added to the ambience of the entire place and certainly did not take away the excellent sashimi and nigiri style of good. Excellent and would recommend to others visiting.

EO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been going here since they opened and the food is consistently inventive and well-prepared. The flavor is always amazing from the traditional to the creative options. The service has always been informative and friendly. This particular night, it seemed our server was doing double duty as the hostess and appeared spread quite thin. Also, we decided to celebrate a birthday here this visit since we love it so much and informed them on our reservation, however, it appears they don't do anything special for birthdays which is disappointing given the quality of the food and service. So, I don't recommend for special occasions, just regular dinners out.

TL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best and most unique sushi I’ve had in the states. The chefs commitment to community and sustainable food is amazing! We tried some locally caught rock fish (caught by the chef and his son) it was great!

MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always interesting and delightful dish preparation. Fresh fish , wonderful taste

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. This place has ruined all other Sushi restaurants for me. Fresh locally caught fish. Creative sauces and great parings with vegetables and fruits. If you like Sushi don't miss this spot.

d
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here to experience sushi nirvana! Davin and Loren will treat you right!

SD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite sushi spot. Fish is always fresh and nice, mellow beachy vibe.

DD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

No a/c on a very hot night made it a bit uncomfortable but the outstanding food made the heat more tolerable.

F
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully crafted plates, creative food and all of it tasted wonderful.

MC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is nothing short of amazing. Had guests here from Walla Walla, Washington. Guests raves about the place and the food. I highly recommend it.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there,will definitely be back on a weekly basis.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Had vegan options for me that we're delicious and fantastic absolutely fresh fish for the others

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding food! We order the omakase (chef’s choice) every time and are never disappointed. Oysters were excellent, as were the desserts.

LN
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chef does an amazing job with quality and creativity.
Outstanding seafood in a casual, small and intimate, non-pretentious space.

CG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the rolls, unique and tasty.

I
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Some good stuff on the menu but the sushi is simply trying too hard to be different. Once we scraped the sauce off our roll, it was much, much better. Try the Yaegaki sake - it's a SoCal produced sake made by an all woman operation - very legit - very, very legit. The samna (mackerel?) in smoked sauce was a rather small example of mackerel, but quite good. The decor and atmosphere is what I'd call Brooklyn/SoCal with a cool vibe. If we go again, it would probably be for snacks with some Yaegaki sake rather than a full meal.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best freshest sashimi ever! Very surprised to find this place. Casual atmosphere. Not traditional Japanese but exception seafood and very creative. Flavors were delicate and well-balanced.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was good, and food was amazing! Inside was a little louder/ busy but we chose to sit outside and it was quiet, relaxing, and great. My only tip is for them to expand their alcohol list for those of use who cant drink beer or wine. I will definitely go back for another dinner!

DD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there by recommendation from a friend. My wife has a severe food allergy and we are not able to go out very much because of it. The whole staff was very understanding and knowledgeable about allergies. We had a great experience and the food was excellent.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This is one of my favorite sushi spots in North County. I was very disappointed in our meal. The owners were not there and the food suffered. Both my son and I ordered the chefs choice and it was not up to the normal standards. I also had a guest from out of town and he was dissatisfied with the sashimi he ordered. I will go back again but the owner and his brother need to be behind the sushi bar.

JS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome fresh sushi in a great space. The Clash poster helps tie the room together. Scooby Snacks forever.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Over priced for quality and taste. Way too noisy, and the sushi was drenched in sauce

WB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Food was outrageous and service was great!

Y
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very yummy and unique dishes.

I
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We expected a waiting time since it was busy, but it was a very long wait. Food was delicious and server was nice

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! We love the fresh fish and creativity of the sushi chefs!!! Everything was stellar!!! Highly recommend!!

SJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef's Special is a MUST!!!! This is a culinary adventure worth taking. Every plate is a fun, delicious surprise! My allergies to wheat and dairy are honored here. Vegan options available and delicious as well. The price is extremely reasonable for the quality and artistry! The hospitality is knowledgeable, genuine and happy to be working there. Everyone has got to check it out!

GM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super creative, delicious sushi/sashimi based menu with the same attention to detail on their cooked items. The restaurant is kind of boho funky, but the staff is very nice and attentive, and the food
is unique and consistently excellent. We've been here multiple times and always enjoy. Try the daily specials for some stuff you won't get anywhere else. Highly recommended.

TG
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exotic food served by exotic people. A fabulous experience.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. The food, place, service, and the name all go together as an integrated whole extremely well. Wine and drinks not so much, but taken individually, they’re okay, too. Talking just about the food, a must go, even if you have to travel far to get there (in a Michelin guide definition of worthiness).

Advancing the state of the art in dining. That’s what I thought of throughout the meal. Great “neta” (ingredients) prepared in absolutely unique innovative ways. It’s not any country’s way of traditional cooking. Borrows styles from everywhere, but changes it up. In a Simon Cowell talk, “this isn’t Karaoke like everyone else does. You made it your own.” Even the miso-soup is unique and delicious with ginger infused.

Amazing stuff.

Very casual setting and eclectic (consistent with the food). If the parents want to have a great dining experience that advances the idea of great food, with the kids after Legoland, this is THE place to go.

IR
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the concept of using every part of the fish. This is the first location in SoCal where grilled mackerel have been served. Very Japanese style! The dishes have thought and heart.

RJ
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Best sushi in north county. Fresh beautiful seafood

BR
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Words do not suffice; menu descriptions fail to prepare you for the items that are set before you. Artistic excellence!
Big Ron

DO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If you are looking for something unique with a towny feel you will love this place. The sushi chefs are amazing and do not disappoint. If you can, sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with the guys and ask them to fix you something unique. This is by far my son's favorite place to grab sushi.

SZ
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply AMAZING! I can’t wait to go back. The fish was fresh, creatively prepared and delicious. The service was excellent and the servers were the appropriate level of friendly. I highly recommend a visit.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really unique sushi. The scallop carpaccio was amazing. Super friendly hostess and wait staff. Eclectic punk vibe.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We will definitely return.

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