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Cafe Japengo

1038 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Located at the Golden Triangle, Café Japengo is renowned for both fabulous Sushi and incredible fusion creations that combine Japanese and Western flavors. The energetic atmosphere and the trendy clientele make it make it a 'must' when visiting San Diego. Gluten free menu available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Asian, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Hours of Operation: Lunch:
Monday through Friday 11 am to 2 pm

Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

Happy Hour:
Monday though Friday: 4:30pm-7:00 pm
Saturday: 4:30 pm-CL

Sushi Hour at the Sushi bar
Monday through Saturday: 4:30pm-5:30 pm
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Phone number
(858) 450-3355
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jerry Warner
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catering available up to 40 people, selection of Pacific Rim cuisine and Sushi, drop off in the La Jolla area or pick up available
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Cross street
La Jolla Village
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Parking details
Validated Hotel parking and street parking are also available.
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Book your special event, holiday party or business lunch or dinner.
Family style and prix fixe menus available. Sushi classes scheduled monthly. For inquires email:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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Sat 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1038 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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desertdiner1 (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Service was sub-par. Our waiter was very impatient to take our order. We ordered appetizers which arrived with our dinner. In addition, they forgot one of the appetizers. Service was very slow and poor.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Everything was great. Service, food and ambiance were excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Love it, everytime... great happy hour too... thank you for being so awesome

NCFoodie (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

A great place for colorful rolls. Sashimi is also creatively done.

zachg (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

This restaurant is meant for old white people. All the rolls are just crab and rice. Have your rich white dad take you here.

vipHighonSanDiego (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Unlike last time, this time I got my favorite server, Stacie, who is attentive but not intrusive, warm and friendly. She has been with this restaurant for years. The food, as always, was just great.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Our sushi chef, Soloman, was outstanding as he always is. Request him when at the sushi bar as he is the best! They are all goid but Soloman is king!

vipPeter720 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was excellent and the quality was top notch. My wife is a picky eater and she enjoyed all the dishes.

vipPamToo (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent! Presentation and flavor.

vipHighonSanDiego (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

I am a regular at this restaurant and I have written glowing reviews on this restaurant in the past but this week I had a business lunch there and the service was horrible! My appointment was a no-show and, instead of drinking my beverage and leaving I decided to stay and have lunch. My server vanished for extended periods of time, never inquiring if he could bring me more than my beverage while I waited. I had to flag him down to get an initial order in and again to order an appetizer entree, then my meals were not plated in a timely way, and it took forever to get my check. Extremely disappointing! I do have a couple of favorite servers and favorite locations to sit -- but in the future, the servers will take priority.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Date: Saturday January 27. Tried calling many, many times and no one answered the phone (between 715 and 745). Get there in less than 20 minutes and it was not busy so there was absolutely no excuse for not answering their phones. There were two hostesses that checked me in. I was told it would be 15 minutes which was fair since we were 15 minutes early. At about 20 minutes, I noticed more and more people coming in and getting seated. I walked up to the check in podium and the two hostesses were talking about something. I kid you not- they both looked me straight in the eye and WALKED AWAY. As I am standing there, one of the ladies (brunette) was fixing the place setting on a table next to the podium and she again, looked right at me and didn't do a thing. I left and then went back a few minutes later and told her that I wanted to be assured that we had not been forgotten. Finally, a few minutes later, we were seated. A male waiter came over and it was obvious that he was in a foul mood. By that time, any happiness that I had was gone. So thank you to the waiter and two hostesses for ruining my evening. I hire hundreds and hundreds of employees in my line of work and I always tell them that life is too short. Do something that makes you happy. To the General Manager of Japengo, please pass on this advice to those 3 employees.

vipKarooky (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Everything was amazing! Thank you!!

vipGloria (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Nice variety of fresh sushi. Wasabi was perfectly spiced, plenty of soy served with appropriate dishes.
Tea pot weighs about 7 lbs...seriously. Looks cool. They could serve better tea...yet, it wasn't bad.
Good selection of wine and soft drinks.

bougie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

The food and the service were both notably good. The only weird part was the music— unless you consider The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and The Doobie Brothers appropriate for sushi...

Nevio (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Been to Cafe Japengo many times in the past but it has definitely slipped downhill. Appetizer was just ok. Our main courses had either too much sauce or not enough. Very inconsistent. It was New Years Eve and the place was empty at 7:45pm, so our service was very good. There was nothing special about being New Years Eve in the restaurant - was just like any other day. Definitely a far cry from the prominence it once had. Probably won't return any time soon. Just way too many other options in the area to choose from.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food and service. Very creative menu.

MGA92057 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Was my choice for NYE 2017 dinner and it did not disappoint. Been there before and will return I'm sure.

viplorraine (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Chicken was over cooked did not taste fresh. It was the wok prepared chicken. It tasted as though it was recooked. Japengo used to have a higher quality food. Very small amount of Butterfish.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

We like the food and price is mid range but service is bad. I wanted a refill of my water and tried to get the attention of at least 3 servers who walked past our table but i was unsuccessful. This is not the first time that this happened. After they served our main course, nobody came back to check check on us

OpenTable Diner (Key West)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

We were stayed at the Hyatt and looked up best sushi in the area and it just so happened to be across the complex. We weren’t disappointed... as we entered we watched the sushi chefs preparing rolls in front of us. We were introduced to James our waiter who did not steer us wrong with edamame, carne asada sushi rolls and crispy rice sushi treats!!! My daughter said her fried rice was amazing and my son had the shrimp and scallops- we all said it was incredible! The food and staff were terrific! Highly recommend!

vipyeesh (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Good solid sushi in a fun environment with good service.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

I have done at Japengo many times in the last 3 years. This could have been an off night but food was only average on this occasion.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

My girlfriend loved the whiskey smash cocktail. We’d definitely go back for more.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

The summer roll is by far my favorite. Always great food and great service.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

The Calamari was out of this world!

vipMarCosta (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

I’ve been coming to Japengo ‘s since I was was the first place I ever had sushi (lucky me!). It was the best then and it is still the best today!
We just celebrated my twin boys 18th birthday here and the food was amazing, as always. My boys loved it as much as I did. Japengo’s has somehow managed to stay “current” for the past 25 years, which is very impressive, especially in San Diego’s cut throat, foodie culture.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

We had sushi. I was fresh and tasted good. It had been a long time since we ate there. Watch out for the additional 3% protest tax that they charge to pay for the minimum wage increase

HDone (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was great, service was great. Check was not great... charged 4$ for 1 added gyoza appetizer so we could share( server offered this, did not say we would be charged) and also a 3% extra charge to bill to"cover the cost of increased wages"???? What? Isn't that illegal? You don't just add charges without letting people know first. That's just bad business.
I used to love this place. Not anymore .

vipPowder (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

There’s no question that everything a Sushi experience should be is spot on at Japengo. A bit pricey but when the quality of fish and the fine level of service is considered then it’s worth the expense. If you sit at the sushi bar as we did request Brian for a top notch presentation

DWKK (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Always consistent quality with menu. Sushi is fresh and well presented. Other menu items are fantastic.