We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Cafe Japengo

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (La Jolla Village)
+1 858-450-3355
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 180: English reviews
San Diego
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has many Asian styled dishes to choose from but my favorite there is the excellent sushi offerings. This is some of the best sushi in San Diego.

Thank Gerald Y
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently had dinner at Cafe Japengo for the first time in several years. It continues to be an excellent choice - the sushi is top notch. Great atmosphere and service. The entree's on the menu look great, but I always go with sushi.

Thank JimDTraveler
Lahaina, Hawaii
Level Contributor
208 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

I have been to lots of great sushi bars in Canada and the US. This is up there with the best. The chef was friendly and gave me the items I was most interested in as sashimi. The waiter was attentive and the drinks are well thought out. I had one with floating jalapeno pepper slices.

Thank medanne1
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
241 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This place was billed as something special but quite honestly you can have better sushi almost anywhere else. There is nothing on the menu that hasn't been done before, and while it was tasty, it was expensive and mediocre. Service was slow, particularly given how quiet it was. The place itself is nice. It's dark and comfortable but nothing stunning.... More 

Thank Elizabeth W
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

What a great lunch experience! This was part of a work team building event. Our waitress was always with in reach, whenever we needed something she was right there. She made suggestions as to how to order which made things easier seeing how we were a group. The food was excellent and the bathrooms were clean. Would recommend for any... More 

Thank Kimberly64
Columbia, Maryland
Level Contributor
218 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed Japengo recently for a business dinner, with six colleagues, at the recommendation of the locals, who considered this a favorite among higher end restaurants in La Jolla. What a great choice! The food was excellent. I split a sushi order - a California roll, special eel roll (amazing), nigiri yellow tuna, and soup/salad. That plus dessert for one... More 

Thank Deborah F
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

An envoy from Essos suggested to dine in this restaurant. The food was exquisite, we ordered appetizers (the beef yakitori was tender, the oysters and clams were tasty, cooked to perfection) and amazing sushi rolls.The ambiance was perfect, perfect in discussing politics and how to take over the Iron Throne. Our servers were courteous and friendly, they made us feel... More 

Thank DanearysTargaryen
San Jose, California, United States
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Love the sushi at Japengo. The carne asada and fifty-fifty rolls are amazing! Friendly service, chill atmosphere, and fresh and deliciously-made sushi keep us coming back for more.

Thank Magdalena C
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Lots of offerings - customization available. The fire roasted oysters are extra amazing! Fresh and tasty -- but a bit pricey.

Thank Melissa E
Level Contributor
30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This restaurant is actually part of the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, but is in a building across the driveway. They have regular lunch and dinner menus, along with an extensive sushi menu. The Red Dragon Roll was excellent, and was a meal in itself. I would also recommend the Fire Roasted Fanny Bay Oysters, which are very large and meaty.... More 

Thank fredw1

Travellers who viewed Cafe Japengo also viewed

La Jolla, San Diego
La Jolla, San Diego
La Jolla, San Diego

Been to Cafe Japengo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 35 - USD 50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
    (La Jolla Village)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-450-3355

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Japengo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?