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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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United States
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168 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Melissa E
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I was with a group of people, and the sushi and appetizers were great. The service was good. However, my ticket was divided by the number of people at the table which made it a bit pricey, and I did not eat that much!

Thank Freneka M
Fountain Valley, California
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Just steps steps away from the La Jolla Hyatt....excellent service and enjoyed the dinner; ambiance is good. Will definitely visit again.

Thank 82SAH
Roslyn, New York
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102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

visited for a quick lunch - good sushi and drink choices. Nice small outdoor seating area in addition to large indoor seating.

Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We went to Japengo on our recent visit to Torrey Pines. The place smelled like sewer for some reason. The food was just ok. The server was very attentive and intuitive. We really appreciated him. However, the decor is dated and the place looks worn down. The atmosphere is not great. I was constantly swatting fruit flies away from my... More 

Thank fryearoundtheworld
Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

I started going to Japengo as a teenager when it first opened (it was the "cool new sushi place") and my love for it has never waned. When they changed the menu format I was nervous - but everything is still amazing. On my trip to San Diego I went twice because I love it that much. We had the... 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
US$35 - US$50
Sushi, Asian, Japanese, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
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?