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“friendly, unpretentious, tasty, reasonable”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ichiban

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Ichiban
Ranked #2,253 of 4,724 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
San Diego, California
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158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“friendly, unpretentious, tasty, reasonable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were delighted to find this popular spot on University, in Hillcrest, within walking distance of our new residence. Run by several Japanese ladies, the restaurant is informal (order at the counter and pay in advance) and authentically Japanese, and the prices are reasonable. The samurai bento is a bargain; the ramen is good, too.

  • Visited June 2014
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Ogden, Utah
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Sushi at it's best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Ichiban is an excellent Sushi bar is San Diego. We have gone here for years and always enjoy the fresh Sushi. The place isn't much to look at from the outside, but you will find excellent food. The prices are very reasonable. Weekends are pretty busy so it is best to get there a little early. Enjoy!

  • Visited March 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
“Fresh and Great Value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

This unsuspecting restaurant is a really fabulous find. The food is fresh, the service is fast, and always with big smiles.
They have amazing lunch deals, I had a whole 8 piece rainbow roll for just $5.95!!
Their shrimp tempura roll is delicious too.
My favorite is the sashimi salad, it has the yummiest peanut ginger sauce dressing that I have ever tasted!
The two of us had a feast - all for under $20. My boyfriend is a very fussy eater and only likes to eat at very nice restaurants. He loves this place. The food is so fresh and good quality. We love it!

  • Visited October 2012
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Los Angeles, CA
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A sushi staple for San Diego”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2012

I have been going to this place for years and years. I never miss it whenever in San Diego. It's right on University Avenue (just west of Park) and you can usually snag a good seat out on the sidewalk, so there's lots of people watching opportunity. The sushi is really good, and the combos (with sushi, rolls, miso soup, and other goodies) are a great value. The counter folks are very friendly and take good care of you. Definitely one of my dedicated San Diego stops.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Jackulas
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“Great cheap food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012 via mobile

I love the tonkatsu and the ginger chicken. The sushi isn't bad either but there's only a small selection of it bt it's a tiny restaurant. For your money, it's a very good deal. One of my favorite quick meals in San Diego!

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