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“Wonderful”
Review of Taka Restaurant

Taka Restaurant
Ranked #128 of 4,933 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Reviewed 7 February 2014

The Gaslight District in San Diego is a bit of foodie heaven; it can also be described as a sports-bar hell. Stepping into this tranquil spot for an hour of fresh sashimi served by people who seem to truly care about what they are serving is a great gift in this area of the city, mostly known for bars that service the needs of a young crowd eager to get wasted and hook up. The sashimi was wonderful. The sake suggestion was more than I would have expected. The toro was a blissful slice of wonder. Unless I'm mistaken, the wasabi was freshly grated, as opposed to the all-to-frequent reconstituted paste served in lesser sushi bars. Desserts are another matter. Does Japanese cuisine embrace sweet desserts? Does infusing brulee with green tea make it Japanese? Might it be better to just simply say, "Sorry, we are a no-dessert sushi bar"?

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Thank Hans50
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This is a small, authentic sushi restaurant staffed by experienced Japanese chefs. If you do not have reservations then you might have a long wait. If you sit outside then your orders might take a while, If you want the real experience, sit at the sushi counter so you can order directly from the chefs. This is not a bargain restaurant. You pay what you get for and in this case it's probably one of the top places to eat sushi in San Diego. I ate there three times in one week on a recent visit to the area. Some of the other out-of-town visitors were also coming night after night. What does that tell you?

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

The sushi are quite delicious although we found the rolls to be on the small side. A bit pricey but very nice overall. Thumbs up.

Thank aperel
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

My husband and I had dinner here one night while in the gas lamp district - we were waiting at the door when they opened. We seated outside and it was a nice night to watch the foot traffic. The food was excellent. The black cod appetizer top notch, the Hamachi and rolls were also top notch. I almost always order the seaweed salad and I'll say this wasn't my favorite, but the four different types of seaweed were interesting to try.
The worst part though was our server. We were consistently forgotten, our food was slow to come and came in bits and pieces. Sushi rolls before appetizers. We would sit forever and wonder if certain things were ever going to come or not. She never once came to ask how anything was, if she could top up drinks or just to let us know that certain things were backed up but would be coming eventually. Honestly, some of the worst service we'd ever experienced. Which is too bad because the food was really great, but the whole dinner was ruined by the weird delivery of the food and the lack of anyone caring whether we were there or not.

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Thank SHossy
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I spent 5 days in San Diego and ate here 3 times. Spectacular. The sushi is amazing and authentic. A great ambience. You do need to step out and call for staff but thats what happens in Japan. You can sit at the sushi bar a long time without the chef intruding.. so you need to just sing out. Its the japanese way.

Awesome food.

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