About Cafe Japengo
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.
San Diego, CA 92122
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
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
La Jolla Village
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
catering available up to 40 people, selection of Pacific Rim cuisine and Sushi, drop off in the La Jolla area or pick up available
Validated Hotel parking and street parking are also available.
Private Party Facilities:
Up to 50 guests .
Private Party Contact:
Jamie Kelly-Bee: (858) 450-3355
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
Special Events & Promotions:
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: Jamie.Kelly-Bee@hyatt.com
Cafe Japengo Ratings and Reviews
Our waitress Melissa is the BEST ❤ I hav ...
Our waitress Melissa is the BEST ❤ I have a Shellfish allergy of all things to aquire! :( and Melissa was careful and attentive to make sure everything that was brought to our table didn't compromise it. Everything was super delicious! Thank you!
The Braised Short Ribs are my favorite. ...
The Braised Short Ribs are my favorite. Short Ribs at a sushi bar? That's the best thing about this restaurant. We have fish as appetizer and feast on the meat!
We live in OC but when we stay over in Diego, this is our go to place.
Sushi bar is always busy. Fish fresh and tasty. Our waitress (Jessie) was excellent and knowledgeable.
New Years goodies were handed out and made for a great start of the evening.
This is our second time going to cafe ja ...
This is our second time going to cafe japengo. The first time the service was less than good. Melissa was our waitress this time and she was unbelievable. She was upbeat, new the ins and outs of the menu and recommended amazing rolls. Will only go back if we have her!
Always fresh sushi! Love their caterpil ...
Always fresh sushi! Love their caterpillar & rainbow rolls. Nice wines by the glass & drinks.
Some waiters are a bit stand-off-ish but we had one of the bartenders wait on us & she was knowledgeable & personable. Ambiance is nice.
This is one of the best restaurants in S ...
This is one of the best restaurants in San Diego. The sushi is excellent and their other choices are just as good. San Diego has many great sea food restaurants; Japango provides an excellent alternative. Only thing less than stellar is parking.
Wow - this place has gone downhill. I s ...
Wow - this place has gone downhill. I should have known when only 1/3 of the restaurant was full on a Saturday night. We had the hot and sour soup (just okay), a sushi roll (average) and a butterfish entree (that the server recommended). I literally took 2 bites of and stopped because it was too fishy (which says a lot since I love sashimi). The quality of the food doesn't compare to the high prices. It's too bad. I used to like this place.
I felt throughout the meal, we were bein ...
I felt throughout the meal, we were being rushed. Even though the rest of the restaurant was barely half filled, our section and waiter was intent on reserving his section for a "large party" which did not even arrive until after we were served our meal. I guess, the waiters attempt at speeding us along worked. By the way, the "large group" was only a group of 8.
Came at a Friday night, welcomed at the ...
Came at a Friday night, welcomed at the front.
Had to ask to be seated on a more lighted area.
Server was great, highly motivated besides her rasped voice.
Had some sushi, made ready when ordered.
And the food was fantastic.
Went for a last minute "date" night out. ...
Went for a last minute "date" night out. We got there early, (7pm), so the happy hour crowd was still there, and they were fairly boisterous, but not annoying. We both liked the music they were playing- current but not hip-hop, and thought it added to the atmosphere.
Our waiter was just okay; not super attentive- but in all fairness, we were ordering a couple of things at a time (sushi, salad, etc)so we did keep him hopping.
We had cocktails- I had the Japengo pear margarita, which I really liked, and my husband had a regular margarita; they were huge, and we were both happy with our choices.
The food was mostly good and fresh including the sushi we ordered. I would not order any roll involving fried shrimp ever again, as the tempura batter was thick and gooey- not at all what I expected (which would be a light batter with panko), but otherwise everything was tasty.
We will definitely go there again, especially when it's a 1000 point choice!
Wrote privately to the restaurant after ...
Wrote privately to the restaurant after an unfortunate food poisoning to both myself and my dinner companion on August 19th.....I would have expected an immediate response from Cafe Japengo, especially for a regular customer of 20+ years....but no response now 6 days later, so perhaps a public review will elicit a response and, more importantly, remediation for whatever caused the food poisoning
Menu has changed. We have been eating he ...
Menu has changed. We have been eating here since it opened. Curry calamari was best in San Diego; now a pale image of what it once was. Tough and lacking in sweetness. Rolls and sushi are OK but not exceptional. We will not be back anytime soon.
Cafe Japengo is a top spot for lunch. T ...
Cafe Japengo is a top spot for lunch. The crowd is buzzing and the food is consistently good. At dinner time the restaurant tends to be a lot less crowded. The acoustics aren't great though so the restaurant is noisy even with only a few people. Waitress wasn't helpful at all in estimating amount of food needed for the table/ sushi so we ended up with a lot of extra.
Cafe Japengo is a classic. They are stil ...
Cafe Japengo is a classic. They are still around for a reason and that has to be the sushi. It is really good. The menu items other than sushi are also excellent, so for me, what keeps people coming back is the food.
The ambiance is also great. But it is not the first time that the staff ruins our dinner.
The hostesses make it as hard to get a seat at a booth as hard as getting a front row ticket to a concert and the waiters are rude and condescending. We almost feel we don't want to come back so as not to get that kind of service again.
It is too bad because we have been customers since the early 90"s. So nearly two decades.
We hadn't been to Cafe Japengo for a lon ...
We hadn't been to Cafe Japengo for a long time and went spur of the moment. Not only was our meal excellent, but the service from Alex was superb. We started with a sushi roll and the Shishito peppers; I had the Char Siu Duck Breast and my husband had the butterfish. My duck was perfectly cooked (medium rare) and tender, and the accompanying vegetables were terrific. It was such a large portion that I brought almost half of the duck and vegetables home. It was served with steamed buns, and Alex gave us extras to go with the leftovers. I'd order that again anytime!
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