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.
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: 8584503355x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), 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
japengo has wonderful decor and a wonder ...
japengo has wonderful decor and a wonderful ambiance. very rich looking. service and operations impeccable. butterfish was its usual excellence in freshness, taste and presentation. rainbow roll good. japengo green salad was a very large portion and nice presentation.
Outstanding - why not busier?
We've never had a bad experience here. After work on Friday we decided to head over for an early meal. Arrived at 5:45, place was very quiet - mainly people at the sushi bar & at the bar for happy hour. OK, it's early. But when we left at about 7:15, the place was still very quiet. No idea why. The food was excellent, service was great. Try it - you won't be disappointed
Great salads and fresh sushi. Order the ...
Great salads and fresh sushi. Order the salmon sandwich protein style. It is excellent!
Did not disappoint
We haven't been here is a while so it was nice to return. As we remembered the food was outstanding and the service was stellar. Good atmosphere and overall a great time was had by all. We'll be back sooner the next time.
Outstanding food, ambiance and service! ...
Outstanding food, ambiance and service! The Miso fish was among the best I have ever had.
Wonderful place to dine. Food was super ...
Wonderful place to dine. Food was super and service was more than excellent. Will definitely be back soon.
Excellent service, tasty food, great drinks! Japanese fusion food - fantastic rolls
We visit at least once a month. I love t ...
We visit at least once a month. I love the environment, ambiance & chill house music. The happy hour is awesome!
Great food and service
It's our always shushi place to go to. Delicious food, and service s great.
Great food Not so great hostess
Great food Not so great hostess
Table Service Good, Kitchen not so much
Our waitress was excellent and attentive, however the kitchen was EXTREMELY slow in preparing our two sushi rolls. One was brought to our table and was fine. The other one arrived 10 minutes later and contained an ingredient that we had specifically told our waitress that my husband was allergic to. I'm pretty sure our waitress had told the kitchen about the potentially lethal allergy...good thing SHE caught it when she brought it to the table and explained it's contents. She took it back. A substitute without the offending ingredient arrived another 15 minutes after that. I was disappointed as I love this restaurant!
Our server Melissa is the BEST!! We chos ...
Our server Melissa is the BEST!! We chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Cafe Japango because Melissa works there. We knew our night will be wonderful and the food will be great is she was our server. Sure enough, Melissa made our night wonderful with her superb service. Thank you Melissa!!
First time to visit
I had a dinner with my co-workers and clients. My boss recommended me to have a reservation because there are lots of good stuff. This is correct. We all enjoyed everything. thank you!
We have been going to Japengo's now for ...
We have been going to Japengo's now for 25 years, it is the best sushi in San Diego hands-down, when ordering sushi always ask for lite on the rice. The Hawaiian roll, and the 50-50 role is amazing. My wife always gets the crunchy roll with extra eel sauce, it will blow your mind. The curry dusted calamari over a bed of seaweed and long noodles will shoot you to Venus. If you like fried rice you have to indulge your self in there "10 ingredient fried rice" if you're a hater their food will turn you into a lover, I guarantee it
Wise venue for a Birthday!
We enjoyed celebrating a good friend's birthday party at the sushi bar. Mark, the sushi chef, was artful in his ability to prepare "vegetarian" options. Wonderful dessert options too!
Excellent food, dining room is a little boring.
Service was excellent, I think her name was Melissa. food was D'Lish so good to know that has not changed since none of us had been here for over 15 years (we guessed) It used to be the happening place to be. We wanted sushi and that was the perfect half way point. The dining area is just a little boring. The portion size was very good, we couldn't even finish the food we did order. Calamari has a good curry flavor that I loved but not everyone else did. It too is a large portion. Overall very happy we went. They do know how make a good Martini and had a good enough wine selection for my one wine snob friend to be happy!
Not the hopping place it used to be
The sushi is always great but the menu & decor is tired. I love the dark atmosphere but am not enamored with the snooty hostesses & scowling wait staff. The parking is NOT convenient & the valet (even with validation) is still quite pricey! I love to pay for valet service when the wait for my car is so LONG I could have walked home quicker! Their time may be coming to its end...
Good food . Service was sketchy . Either ...
Good food . Service was sketchy . Either our waiter was too busy , too distracted or just did not want to be there
really nice Japanese restaurant
excellent japanese restaurant, try the shishito peppers and the hand cut rolls, everything delicious
Dinner at Cafe Japengo while visiting La Jolla
The first time I had dinner at Cafe Japengo many years ago (>10 yrs), I was so impressed with the quality of food and the artistic presentation. This visit left me with a different impression where the food was good but not exquisite. I am not if there was a change of management or chef or both.
This is always our lunch stop when we visit San Diego and we gladly order the Chef’s Choice sashimi. Each time we have been rewarded with creative and tasty combinations!
Food was excellent, service lagged a bit but the servers were very friendly.
Asked for vegetable roll not on menu
We dined with friends who are vegetarians. We asked for three veggie rolls...none on the menu. They came up with delicious, beautiful rolls that we all consumed with gusto. I wouldn't have thought to do this, but now I will. We also ordered some of our favorites which were great.
I added kid-friendly to this review because my friend brought her eight-month-old son. We sat in one of my usual back booths. The server brought a high-chair immediately and when it was a little large, brought a stack of cloth napkins, folded them in half and created a cushion for the baby. BTW, the baby was fabulous the entire two-hour lunch!! And the lunch -- sushi is my usual, thanks Jerry! -- was fabulous! Thanks for yet another wonderful time!
Cafe Japengo doesn't hold a candle to MauiJapengo
One of the finest meals we had in Maui was at Japengo at the Hyatt Regency, unfortunately this California location did not measure up. We were so excited to see it, we had to try it as we ate at the other location just a month ago. The Clams appetizer and fried rice were not even close to what we remembered. The service was great, the ambiance, a bit dark.
Calamari salad was the very best!
Calamari salad was the very best!
GOOD LUNCH LOCATION
Great place to enjoy lunch although it can be a bit slow if you order sushi. The booths are best as it can be louder out in the open. The food is terrific.
Nice ambience, great sushi and good entr ...
Nice ambience, great sushi and good entrees, fun cocktails. Service is friendly but on the slower side. Fun spot for a date or Friday night out.
Not impresed, more of a disappointment.
I want to thank you for contacting us and get our feed back. I want to start with a negative feedback, we didn't have a good experience @ Cafe Japengo restaurant. My husband and I ordered sushi and inside one of one of his rolls the fish still had a piece of fish bone, he bit into it. He pocked himself while chewing it. My husband told me about it, I just advised him to let our server know, maybe they can make him a new roll... but to our surprise.. She wasn't helpful at all, this was her response. " yeah that's bone.. I happens more than you think." I said really? I have been to many sushi restaurants and I have never had that happen to me-us. then she replied "that's how you know your fish is fresh" My husband and I were shocked.. there was silence.... she smiled, turned around and left our table. very disappointed.
I looked for reviews online for a great Sushi spot and much to my surprise we found a gem! Excellent vibe, excellent service, and yes, the food was outstanding! You won't be disappointed! Prices were on point, which in my opinion, exceeded expectations!
Slow food service
As always, great food. Service was slow.... meaning the food takes a bit too long after order is placed.
I am a regular at Japengo for both lunch and occasionally dinner. Usually I have sushi, which is consistently excellent. This time we shared the barbecued tofu salad (outstanding!!) and the seared ahi salad (also terrific). The tofu in particular was outstanding and unless you are a big eater the salad is enough for a light lunch for two.
Outstanding all the way around!! N
This place was phenomenal, the service was impeccable and the food quality was outstanding! There is such a variety to pick from and the portion size makes it perfect to do tapas, I would go back here in a minute!!! Next visit to San Diego this is a staple!!!!
If you love great sushi, this is the pla ...
If you love great sushi, this is the place to go. The price is well worth it! The service is outstanding. Solomon is the best sushi chef around! If you sit at the sushi bar, request him. All the chefs are good, but Solomon, in my opinion, is tops! Full bar with a variety of meals so come hungry. The best sushi is San Diego by far!!!
Dates & Catching up
Japengos is one of my favorite go to restaurants for date night or catching up with girlfriends. I can count on great sushi and entrees with a good glass of wine or cocktail in addition to a great vibe and ambiance. U wish they could somehow make the main dining room a bit more inviting, the samurai outfit displays are kinda out of place. Other than that I would highly recommend japengos for lunch, dinner, or a cocktail.
The food really wasn't very good. At $80/head, poor value.
The menu for sushi was varied and there was also a dinner menu to supplement it. The music was a little too energetic and loud for my taste and the service was friendly and competent, though pretty slow The food was good enough that I would definitely return. Not my idea of a "romantic" restaurant, but good for a dinner with friends.
Always a great place for a business lunch, or just meeting friends. The service is fantastic and their food selection complete. Would highly recommend!!
Best Sushi in La Jolla!
We dined here for the first time and we can't wait to go back for more. The sushi was fresh and delicious. The service was outstanding!
Great service and incredible Sushi rolls!
We were pleasantly surprised by the service and the quality of the food. This is a great alternative to other Sushi restaurants in downtown SD!
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