Zenbu Sushi Bar & Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 7660 Fay Ave

    La Jolla, CA 92037

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  • 858-454-4540

About Zenbu Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Hours
Thursday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Sunday To Wednesday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM

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Deliciously wonderful sushi. The cocktails are amazing and innovative, ask the sushi chefs to make you something unique and you won't be disapointed.

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Deliciously wonderful sushi. The cocktails are amazing and innovative, ask the sushi chefs to make you something unique and you won't be disapointed.

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Sitting at the sushi bar and there was only one other person at the sushi bar. I ordered salmon sushi and wasn't served for almost 10 minutes while I watched them make to go orders for people who weren't there.
The sushi roll was skimpy. It had scallops in it and there was such a miniscule amount of scallop it defeated the entire purpose of having scallop at all. There was a fish draped across the top of the roll and it too was very skimpy and frugal. The roll was uneven and the ends of the roll, the two pieces out of 4 were small and the rice wasn't packed tightly so that it was difficult to dip into the soy sauce.

Aside from that there was a very lively atmosphere and seemed like diners were having fun and enjoying themselves. I left quickly without ordering my usual amount of sushi.

Maybe the cooked dishes are better, but I went there for sushi.

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★★☆☆☆

Sitting at the sushi bar and there was only one other person at the sushi bar. I ordered salmon sushi and wasn't served for almost 10 minutes while I watched them make to go orders for people who weren't there.
The sushi roll was skimpy. It had scallops in it and there was such a miniscule amount of scallop it defeated the entire purpose of having scallop at all. There was a fish draped across the top of the roll and it too was very skimpy and frugal. The roll was uneven and the ends of the roll, the two pieces out of 4 were small and the rice wasn't packed tightly so that it was difficult to dip into the soy sauce.

Aside from that there was a very lively atmosphere and seemed like diners were having fun and enjoying themselves. I left quickly without ordering my usual amount of sushi.

Maybe the cooked dishes are better, but I went there for sushi.

Pros: very fresh fish

Cons: had to wait almost 10 minutes to get my sushi

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parking is a major problem here for every business. you dont want to risk getting tickets if you violate parking code. it is strictly enforced here.

prices are good, but not very attractive to students. food are acceptable like other japanese sushi. atmosphere is good because it is located very close to the beach.

3
★★★☆☆

parking is a major problem here for every business. you dont want to risk getting tickets if you violate parking code. it is strictly enforced here.

prices are good, but not very attractive to students. food are acceptable like other japanese sushi. atmosphere is good because it is located very close to the beach.

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The Interior is well decorated. Staff were nice, not the best that I've had, but I guess that's because my friend and I dressed a little bit too casual for the store's taste; however, they made sure that I had a full glass of ice tea, so two thumbs up for that!

We ordered rolls and nigiri. It might have been chef's fault, but the rolls weren't tightly rolled at all. I fell apart as soon as I grabbed a piece of it. Nigiri wasn't prepped correctly either; seem like the chef just grabbed a small portion of sushi rice and stuck a piece of sashimi on the top of it; It wasn't prepped correctly. Sushi tasted well, so chef needs a little more training. I know I shouldn't expect Japan quality sushi in America, but being born and raised in Japan, I was expecting a little more care in Nigiri, since IT IS the sushi that I know (I can care less about rolls, since they are not sushi that I grew up with anyway).

I would go back if I'm trying to have a casual sushi night with a date.

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★★★☆☆

The Interior is well decorated. Staff were nice, not the best that I've had, but I guess that's because my friend and I dressed a little bit too casual for the store's taste; however, they made sure that I had a full glass of ice tea, so two thumbs up for that!

We ordered rolls and nigiri. It might have been chef's fault, but the rolls weren't tightly rolled at all. I fell apart as soon as I grabbed a piece of it. Nigiri wasn't prepped correctly either; seem like the chef just grabbed a small portion of sushi rice and stuck a piece of sashimi on the top of it; It wasn't prepped correctly. Sushi tasted well, so chef needs a little more training. I know I shouldn't expect Japan quality sushi in America, but being born and raised in Japan, I was expecting a little more care in Nigiri, since IT IS the sushi that I know (I can care less about rolls, since they are not sushi that I grew up with anyway).

I would go back if I'm trying to have a casual sushi night with a date.

Pros: The decore and atomosphere

Cons: chef needs a little more training

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I used to be a huge Sushi Ota fan but I think they are resting on their laurels now.

Zenbu is the now the 2nd best sushi place in San Diego.

Super fresh (I think they own their own boats) and delicious.

I had them at #1 for a while but now I think Sushi on the Rocks
is superior.

4
★★★★☆

I used to be a huge Sushi Ota fan but I think they are resting on their laurels now.

Zenbu is the now the 2nd best sushi place in San Diego.

Super fresh (I think they own their own boats) and delicious.

I had them at #1 for a while but now I think Sushi on the Rocks
is superior.

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Zenbu is the best sushi in San Diego. Better than Japengo, Sushi on the Rock or anything downtown for sure. Be sure to try their Wasabi Filet which isn't really sushi but exceptionally good. Bring your wallet but it is really worth it!

PROS: Everything
CONS: you will be much poorer after leaving

5
★★★★★

Zenbu is the best sushi in San Diego. Better than Japengo, Sushi on the Rock or anything downtown for sure. Be sure to try their Wasabi Filet which isn't really sushi but exceptionally good. Bring your wallet but it is really worth it!

PROS: Everything
CONS: you will be much poorer after leaving

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Zenbu is simply the best sushi I have had in the past decade. While living in La Jolla for a couple years I ate at Zenbu at least 3 times per week and was never anything less than thrilled. I am extremely picky and I eat sushi for about 70% of my dinners. The fish is extremely fresh, inventive, fabulous rolls and great cocktails. The atmoshere is totally unprentious, but very loungy and zen...there are a few tables outside, but not as peaceful as the vibe inside. It's a little hidden if you're not from La Jolla, but it's most def. worth the trip.

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★★★★★

Zenbu is simply the best sushi I have had in the past decade. While living in La Jolla for a couple years I ate at Zenbu at least 3 times per week and was never anything less than thrilled. I am extremely picky and I eat sushi for about 70% of my dinners. The fish is extremely fresh, inventive, fabulous rolls and great cocktails. The atmoshere is totally unprentious, but very loungy and zen...there are a few tables outside, but not as peaceful as the vibe inside. It's a little hidden if you're not from La Jolla, but it's most def. worth the trip.

Pros: amazing sushi, great atmosphere, impressive cocktails...

Cons: wish they had more room to make a bigger outdoor dining patio

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