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1449 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3404
+1 619-299-7203
Today
11:30 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 09:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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New Bern, North Carolina
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Always a great spot to stop in for their 1/2 price happy hour specials on rolls. They serve up traditional japanese fare with reasonable prices. They have outdoor seating so it's a great place to enjoy some good food in the great San Diego weather.

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Thank Eric L
London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

Fast service, cheap happy hour, not exceptional sushi but good. The place has an outdoor seating area, relaxing and great during a warm night

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Thank Roberta V
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A fun, cheap and easy to get to sushi place, with great service, Japanese cuisine, rolls and sushi, sake

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Thank Chris53835
San Diego, California
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69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

We stopped in Ichiban after watching some of the Gay Pride Parade in the drenching downpour last Saturday. The restaurant was very crowded. We had a group of five, and two of us ordered together first, then the other three. After a few minutes, we got a table, and twenty minutes later a larger table for all of us. The... More 

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Thank SteveK619
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A Hillcrest favorite, cheap Japanese food, sushi and rolls, available lunchtime and late night, great service

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Thank Chris53835
Costa Mesa, California, United States
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014

Order at the counter and sit on the patio. The bento boxes are a very very good value. The sushi is also very well prepared, although the selection is not broad. The service is friendly and attentive and it is always fun to eat on a patio in Hillcrest.

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Thank ChrisBlank_FNS
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2014

Small, fun, cheap sushi and japenese food. Fast, quick service, and fun street side seating for people watching.

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Thank Chris53835
San Diego, California
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were delighted to find this popular spot on University, in Hillcrest, within walking distance of our new residence. Run by several Japanese ladies, the restaurant is informal (order at the counter and pay in advance) and authentically Japanese, and the prices are reasonable. The samurai bento is a bargain; the ramen is good, too.

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Thank Tony C
Ogden, Utah
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138 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Ichiban is an excellent Sushi bar is San Diego. We have gone here for years and always enjoy the fresh Sushi. The place isn't much to look at from the outside, but you will find excellent food. The prices are very reasonable. Weekends are pretty busy so it is best to get there a little early. Enjoy!

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Thank Wine_loving_Chef
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

This unsuspecting restaurant is a really fabulous find. The food is fresh, the service is fast, and always with big smiles. They have amazing lunch deals, I had a whole 8 piece rainbow roll for just $5.95!! Their shrimp tempura roll is delicious too. My favorite is the sashimi salad, it has the yummiest peanut ginger sauce dressing that I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 09:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1449 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-299-7203

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