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Sushi Ota

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Pacific Beach
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4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4920
+1 858-270-5670
17:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 22:30
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San Diego, California
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's sushi and then there's Sushi Ota. All San Diego sushi connoisseurs know and love Sushi Ota. This amazingly unassuming little restaurant is a true gem and must visit when passing through San Diego. Just check out any credible national review and discover what so many sushi experts know first hand. For fear of never finding an empty seat (Sushi... More 

Thank Todd M
Minneapolis, MN
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1,557 reviews
830 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 658 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I'm a sushi aficionado so was anxious to try this place. Service was excellent. We were seated at a small 2 person table but after ordering a nice bottle of sake, some beer and quite a bit of sushi they moved us over to a more private 4 person table. The miso seabass appetizer was good but not great. The... More 

1 Thank lucycan
San Jose, CA
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I had heard of Sushi Ota even before moving to San Diego from expats from Japan. Having had omakase before at different top tier Japanese restaurants, Sushi Ota is right up there with the best. My husband booked sushi counter space for us and requested the owner, Mr. Ota. He explained each dish and how they were prepared and whether... More 

Thank TomboTrio
Chicago, Illinois
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280 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I stopped here while visiting San Diego on the recommendation of a friend. I sat alone at the sushi bar and it appeared that the two women next to me and I had our own private sushi chef! Everyone was terrific and beautifully prepared, as only the Japanese know how to do. There were a number of unusual offerings that... More 

Thank lulupearl
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Sushi Ota is a hidden gem of San Diego in the sushi world. This traditional restaurant has a great energy and attracts SD locals who enjoy authentic sushi. There is a variety of rolls and sashimi- all delicious and incredibly fresh. We loved the heat of the Diego Roll which was topped with Serrano peppers and the fried oysters. The... More 

Thank Carrieaemm
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I ordered the chef nigiri (12 pcs). I was impressed by the delicate sushi. Must try if you have chance.

Thank Irene H
Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We came here late one evening with a small group. We ordered several of the regular menu items as well as some of the nightly specials. All were Delicious. The service was spot on too. Their tuna sashimi was AMAZING. Highly recommend it!

Thank Beccall13
Chino Hills, California
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Came here on on a Saturday night after reading the yelp reviews. First thing we were asked is if we had reservations. We didnt. They suggested we wait 10 mins to see if any cancellations. Got lucky and got a table not long afterwards. We both ordered the $30 sushi set menu along with a calamari salad and two salmon... More 

Thank Thomas E
San Diego
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Awesome, fresh and out of this world! A little pricey, so be prepared. Quality is top notch, so you get what you pay for. Great service and nice atmosphere.

Thank terry m
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

It is a bit on the pricey side, so don't expect any great bargains, but the food is terrific and worth the splurge from time to time. Everything is excellent, especially the sushi and sashimi, and although I am not generally a big fan of the sushi rolls, they are very good here. I get to San Diego a few... More 

Thank Doug L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$100
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109-4920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-270-5670

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?