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Cafe Japengo

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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
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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st. paul
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165 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of several restaurants across from the Hyatt. It has fantastic sushi and very good variety of other dishes. We had several sushi rolls. The "carne asada roll " was wonderful (and is meatless) . We also loved the scallops which were served on a bed of delicious sautéed vegetables . Fun cocktail list and good choice of... More 

Thank stpauliewoman
Chicago, IL, USA
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201 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place had one of the best hamburgers I have ever had -- at a sushi restaurant!!! I was the only one in the group who didn't want sushi, saw they had a burger and thought oh well I can manage -- little did I know that the burger would be so great!!! The atmosphere was nice, busy but not... More 

Thank chgotrvlr71
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to Japengos for 10+ years and have never been disappointed. I've had Sushi every time. And it's been good every time. Servers are nice and friendly. Fish is very fresh, melts in your mouth. Tastes great. Great ambience. Been there for business and personal meals and it's good for both. Any time I want good quality... More 

Thank DeeJaySunLuvr
San Diego
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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
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211 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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
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241 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
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
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117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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
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229 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?