Sushi Ota

★★★★☆
  • 4529 Mission Bay Dr

    San Diego, CA 92109

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  • 858-270-5670

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Hours
Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm, Mon 5:30pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm

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I love the foods being served here. I'm a fan of Japanese cuisine and this place is definitely a must-visit for me on a regular basis. I highly recommend!

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I love the foods being served here. I'm a fan of Japanese cuisine and this place is definitely a must-visit for me on a regular basis. I highly recommend!

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one of the best sushi places we know in the san diego area

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★★★★★

one of the best sushi places we know in the san diego area

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I have no idea how the food is because despite having made reservations a week in advance for a birthday dinner, confirming the day off, arriving 10 minutes early, they were not prepared and kept seating parties that arrived after us! We

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★★★★★

I have no idea how the food is because despite having made reservations a week in advance for a birthday dinner, confirming the day off, arriving 10 minutes early, they were not prepared and kept seating parties that arrived after us! We

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Went for first time for lunch on a weekday. It was impossible to find parking, even in the lot behind the strip. Once I got to the restaurant, I was promptly seated. The service was very quick, and impeccible. I tried several pieces of sushi and a roll. The sushi was slightly disappointing, after all the raves this place has had in the past (and after having eaten at Sasabune in Honolulu last month). The sake and hamachi I ordered failed to overly impress. The roll was good. I will definitely come back again, and try more things.

2
★★★★☆

Went for first time for lunch on a weekday. It was impossible to find parking, even in the lot behind the strip. Once I got to the restaurant, I was promptly seated. The service was very quick, and impeccible. I tried several pieces of sushi and a roll. The sushi was slightly disappointing, after all the raves this place has had in the past (and after having eaten at Sasabune in Honolulu last month). The sake and hamachi I ordered failed to overly impress. The roll was good. I will definitely come back again, and try more things.

Pros: Quick service, good food

Cons: Parking

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It looks like a hole in the wall (it's next door to a planned parenthood), but the sushi is amazingly fresh and tasty! Be sure to make reservations :) Whether at the bar or table, the food comes out fast. The people that work here are helpful and friendly. Yellowtail, Chu Toro, O Toro, Salmon sashimi, sweet shrimp, some rolls, fried rice, miso soup, all very delicious!! Be careful though, it's easy to spend a lot!!

5
★★★★★

It looks like a hole in the wall (it's next door to a planned parenthood), but the sushi is amazingly fresh and tasty! Be sure to make reservations :) Whether at the bar or table, the food comes out fast. The people that work here are helpful and friendly. Yellowtail, Chu Toro, O Toro, Salmon sashimi, sweet shrimp, some rolls, fried rice, miso soup, all very delicious!! Be careful though, it's easy to spend a lot!!

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The food was average, nothing special. However, the staff was most unprofessional. Our group of 6 arrived for our reservation on time a 6:00 PM on a Wednesday. The staff immediately warned us that we had to be finished by 7:30, or else!!! You would think they were giving it away for free. Also, they kept on forgetting items we ordered. If we would have had a bad memory, we probably would have never received all of our food.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was average, nothing special. However, the staff was most unprofessional. Our group of 6 arrived for our reservation on time a 6:00 PM on a Wednesday. The staff immediately warned us that we had to be finished by 7:30, or else!!! You would think they were giving it away for free. Also, they kept on forgetting items we ordered. If we would have had a bad memory, we probably would have never received all of our food.

Cons: Poor Service

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This place is crowded and I agree with some of the other posters, waiting for a table even with a reservation can be very annoying. However the sushi and sashimi is great!

2
★★★★☆

This place is crowded and I agree with some of the other posters, waiting for a table even with a reservation can be very annoying. However the sushi and sashimi is great!

Pros: Great basic sushi!!

Cons: Wait, service just okay

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Took my wife here after reading rave reviews on this site. First impression upon entering the restaurant was very good. It was very crowded and full of Japanese customers, all good signs. What I noticed as we were waiting to check in for our reservation was that Japanese people definately got preferential treatment. I was in line just to let the front know that we had reservations (not even waiting for our table yet) when a group of Japanese would come in and would be greeted with hugs and seated right away!! Ok, I thought, as long as the food is good, no problem. So after we got seated at the sushi bar, we ordered some rolls and omakase dinners. Sushi was very unspectacular (small portions may I add). Hey, maybe that is "real sushi". Well, if it is, then I dont like the real deal. One reader went as far as to say that this was one of the best sushi in all of southern CA.....no friggin way. For really good sushi, try your luck with Happy Sushi in Mira Mesa or Sushi Ono in Hillcrest. Sushi Ono surprising had one of THE freshest and tasty sushi I had in a long time. Avoid Sushi Ota....unless you're Japanese.

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★☆☆☆☆

Took my wife here after reading rave reviews on this site. First impression upon entering the restaurant was very good. It was very crowded and full of Japanese customers, all good signs. What I noticed as we were waiting to check in for our reservation was that Japanese people definately got preferential treatment. I was in line just to let the front know that we had reservations (not even waiting for our table yet) when a group of Japanese would come in and would be greeted with hugs and seated right away!! Ok, I thought, as long as the food is good, no problem. So after we got seated at the sushi bar, we ordered some rolls and omakase dinners. Sushi was very unspectacular (small portions may I add). Hey, maybe that is "real sushi". Well, if it is, then I dont like the real deal. One reader went as far as to say that this was one of the best sushi in all of southern CA.....no friggin way. For really good sushi, try your luck with Happy Sushi in Mira Mesa or Sushi Ono in Hillcrest. Sushi Ono surprising had one of THE freshest and tasty sushi I had in a long time. Avoid Sushi Ota....unless you're Japanese.

Pros: nice atmosphere...feels like you're in Japan

Cons: sushi not good

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Despite the location of the restaurant, the interior is very nice and you can't see outside. The sushi is very high quality but it's expensive, of course you get what you pay for.

5
★★★★★

Despite the location of the restaurant, the interior is very nice and you can't see outside. The sushi is very high quality but it's expensive, of course you get what you pay for.

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For years this was THE spot I loved to take out of town guests to.
Even my friends from Manhattan (who were used to places like Nabu and Sushi Yasuda) were impressed .

But the last 2 meals I had at Sushi Ota were NOT good. The freshness that had always been a hallmark was missing.

I was so disappointed. I'll probably give it one more chance, but at this point I cannot recommend them.

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★★☆☆☆

For years this was THE spot I loved to take out of town guests to.
Even my friends from Manhattan (who were used to places like Nabu and Sushi Yasuda) were impressed .

But the last 2 meals I had at Sushi Ota were NOT good. The freshness that had always been a hallmark was missing.

I was so disappointed. I'll probably give it one more chance, but at this point I cannot recommend them.

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May be these guys are just uneven. May be these guys are just full of themselves. Either way, I had a horrible experience there. The sashimi did not taste fresh. The servers were surly and seemed put out that we were not people they recognized. Too bad for them. We had just moved to San Diego from San Francisco. We love sushi and were looking forward to Sushi Ota because it was on the top five sushi restaurant list for San Diego. After that experience, we haven't been back and, frankly, Sushi Ota would not even make it on a top twenty list in the whole San Francisco Bay Area.

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★☆☆☆☆

May be these guys are just uneven. May be these guys are just full of themselves. Either way, I had a horrible experience there. The sashimi did not taste fresh. The servers were surly and seemed put out that we were not people they recognized. Too bad for them. We had just moved to San Diego from San Francisco. We love sushi and were looking forward to Sushi Ota because it was on the top five sushi restaurant list for San Diego. After that experience, we haven't been back and, frankly, Sushi Ota would not even make it on a top twenty list in the whole San Francisco Bay Area.

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Don't let this place fool you. Though it's tucked behind a convenience store, and a Thai restaurant, it is a hidden gem. The fish is fresh, and some of the specials they have are amazing. My wife and I went here on the recommendation of a friend and were pretty happy with all facets of the food (sushi, tempura, etc...). There was a LONG wait though, even after we had made a reservation, and the place was pretty packed (we were seated right next to another couple which we didn't mind, though other people may find intrusive). Overall, a decent experience.

2
★★★★☆

Don't let this place fool you. Though it's tucked behind a convenience store, and a Thai restaurant, it is a hidden gem. The fish is fresh, and some of the specials they have are amazing. My wife and I went here on the recommendation of a friend and were pretty happy with all facets of the food (sushi, tempura, etc...). There was a LONG wait though, even after we had made a reservation, and the place was pretty packed (we were seated right next to another couple which we didn't mind, though other people may find intrusive). Overall, a decent experience.

Pros: Good selection of food

Cons: Long wait for seating, Hard to find if you don't know where it is, tight quarters

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Up to par with decent sushi places in LA, but by far the best fish in SD. There's really no other place to go in SD for good sushi.

2
★★★★★

Up to par with decent sushi places in LA, but by far the best fish in SD. There's really no other place to go in SD for good sushi.

Pros: good sushi

Cons: not much

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This unassuming strip mall location has the best sushi in San Diego by far. The experience is about as authentic as it gets. Much of the clientele is Japanese and the restaurant can get very crowded. However, you won't find a better selection or quality of fish anywhere. Be sure to try the oototo!

2
★★★★★

This unassuming strip mall location has the best sushi in San Diego by far. The experience is about as authentic as it gets. Much of the clientele is Japanese and the restaurant can get very crowded. However, you won't find a better selection or quality of fish anywhere. Be sure to try the oototo!

Pros: Great fresh fish

Cons: Crowded

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Summary: To tell myself Sushi Ota was delectably delightful would only begin to scratch the taste buds as my mouth exploded in delight when the otoro (fatty tuna) touched down. They have some of the freshest fish you'll find from both sides of the Pacific, the chefs are all knowledgeable, professional, and talkative. We went omakase (chef's choice) style as well as picked up a baked scallop dish, proving that both cooked and uncooked made the grade. We went on a Monday (I believe the chef mentioned they get their shipments in on Monday) for lunch and had to wait about 30 minutes for the sushi bar which serves about 12.

Recommendations:
- Make a reservation for the sushi bar if possible. If you are going for a table on a busy day I'd probably recommend it as well, it seems to have a following.
- Careful on the parking. The strip mall's parking is small and tight, but there is a convenience store which should have a decent amount of people churning in and out.
- Try the otoro (fatty tuna). It was $12 for 2 pieces when I went and worth every penny. Even a friend of mine who has sushi very infrequently was blown away by the taste.
- The chefs cut and move between orders at a blinding pace, so you may have to be slightly aggressive (depending on your chef) if you want attention. (It was the only reason I dinged Ota a star, but it is also understandable considering the ratio of tables to sushi chefs.)

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★★★★★

Summary: To tell myself Sushi Ota was delectably delightful would only begin to scratch the taste buds as my mouth exploded in delight when the otoro (fatty tuna) touched down. They have some of the freshest fish you'll find from both sides of the Pacific, the chefs are all knowledgeable, professional, and talkative. We went omakase (chef's choice) style as well as picked up a baked scallop dish, proving that both cooked and uncooked made the grade. We went on a Monday (I believe the chef mentioned they get their shipments in on Monday) for lunch and had to wait about 30 minutes for the sushi bar which serves about 12.

Recommendations:
- Make a reservation for the sushi bar if possible. If you are going for a table on a busy day I'd probably recommend it as well, it seems to have a following.
- Careful on the parking. The strip mall's parking is small and tight, but there is a convenience store which should have a decent amount of people churning in and out.
- Try the otoro (fatty tuna). It was $12 for 2 pieces when I went and worth every penny. Even a friend of mine who has sushi very infrequently was blown away by the taste.
- The chefs cut and move between orders at a blinding pace, so you may have to be slightly aggressive (depending on your chef) if you want attention. (It was the only reason I dinged Ota a star, but it is also understandable considering the ratio of tables to sushi chefs.)

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Even with reservations you can expect a wait, but you have to be there on time in order to get the table. However, the sushi is fantastic. I would definitely say that it is on par with great places I've been to in LA and New York, and among the best sushi I've had in the US. It doesn't quite compare with the sushi in Japan, but is not bad for the States. I would recommend the sashimi omakase, we once had that there and it came with a live lobster and lobster sashimi which is not even readily available in Japan. I would also recommend trying to get seated at the sushi bar. I usually get the chef's recommended sushi and sashimi, which is excellent.

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★★★★★

Even with reservations you can expect a wait, but you have to be there on time in order to get the table. However, the sushi is fantastic. I would definitely say that it is on par with great places I've been to in LA and New York, and among the best sushi I've had in the US. It doesn't quite compare with the sushi in Japan, but is not bad for the States. I would recommend the sashimi omakase, we once had that there and it came with a live lobster and lobster sashimi which is not even readily available in Japan. I would also recommend trying to get seated at the sushi bar. I usually get the chef's recommended sushi and sashimi, which is excellent.

Pros: delicious fresh sushi (the freshest in san diego)

Cons: expensive compared to other sushi restaurants, need to make reservations ahead of time

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You know this place is the best when it's standing room only and you can't get a reservation for the same day. And when you see this many Japanese people in one place, you know it's authentic, too. The spider rolls are awesome!

2
★★★★★

You know this place is the best when it's standing room only and you can't get a reservation for the same day. And when you see this many Japanese people in one place, you know it's authentic, too. The spider rolls are awesome!

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Although the looks of this place may decieve, this place is great. It is locked right beside a car dealership. By the looks of the place you wouldnt expect such good sushi. I like good sushi.. and this is good sushi. Their rainbow rolls are one of the best and the unagi is great. I have eaten here plenty of times, and it is always good. People say it is the best in San Diego. I dont know about that, but it is pretty dang good. People also interchange it with sushi itto (one in hillcrest) not so... this place is way better....
go for the rainbow roll, the unagi, and same carpaccio....
Of course, sushi is a little on the expensive side, so it is a little pricey. Compared to other sushi joints, it is very comparative.

PROS: great fresh sushi, good prices
CONS: not the greatest of locations

5
★★★★★

Although the looks of this place may decieve, this place is great. It is locked right beside a car dealership. By the looks of the place you wouldnt expect such good sushi. I like good sushi.. and this is good sushi. Their rainbow rolls are one of the best and the unagi is great. I have eaten here plenty of times, and it is always good. People say it is the best in San Diego. I dont know about that, but it is pretty dang good. People also interchange it with sushi itto (one in hillcrest) not so... this place is way better....
go for the rainbow roll, the unagi, and same carpaccio....
Of course, sushi is a little on the expensive side, so it is a little pricey. Compared to other sushi joints, it is very comparative.

PROS: great fresh sushi, good prices
CONS: not the greatest of locations

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Herald as one of the most authentic Sushi places in San Diego and one of the best, I only thought it was okay. We ordered a specialty crunchy roll and found it to be mediocre. The ingredients did not taste any more special than from another restaurant. Furthermore, the wait for Sushi Ota on a Friday/Sat night is incredible-- be sure to call ahead for reservations. The wait will be one hour if you do not! The person I had dinner with there thought that their salmon and tuna were delectable and very fresh.

PROS: fresh sushi
CONS: mediocre rolls

3
★★★☆☆

Herald as one of the most authentic Sushi places in San Diego and one of the best, I only thought it was okay. We ordered a specialty crunchy roll and found it to be mediocre. The ingredients did not taste any more special than from another restaurant. Furthermore, the wait for Sushi Ota on a Friday/Sat night is incredible-- be sure to call ahead for reservations. The wait will be one hour if you do not! The person I had dinner with there thought that their salmon and tuna were delectable and very fresh.

PROS: fresh sushi
CONS: mediocre rolls

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You can't do much better in San Diego than this place for sushi. Angelenos may find the sushi here merely average compared to what you can find in LA, but for San Diego it is pretty good.

They do rolls well here. Daily recommended appetizers are usually fresh and tasty as well. The decor is rather hip. The service is good. Likely wait due to high popularity.

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★★★★☆

You can't do much better in San Diego than this place for sushi. Angelenos may find the sushi here merely average compared to what you can find in LA, but for San Diego it is pretty good.

They do rolls well here. Daily recommended appetizers are usually fresh and tasty as well. The decor is rather hip. The service is good. Likely wait due to high popularity.

Pros: good rolls, good appetizers

Cons: likely wait

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Long known as the best sushi in San Diego, Sushi Ota maintains its title with the most authentic Japanese food south of Los Angeles. Devoid of ambience (literally located in a strip mall between a 7-11 and a laundromat), the food is…

 

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