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Cafe Japengo

The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-450-3355
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good41%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“sushi” (78 reviews)
“yakitori” (4 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a shared experience..yakitori,sushi and duck entree..all excellent Nice ambiance Good wine. Good service

Thank robinhenry
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very good food and excellent service. Stayed at hotel nearby and ate here twice--both nights had great food and wonderful service!

Thank Cori P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am in town on business. A coworker and I dined here because of the convenient location. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food was well prepared and beautifully presented. Our server was gracious and very willing to describe each item when asked. I had...More

Thank Kimberly A
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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...More

Thank stpauliewoman
Reviewed 3 April 2017 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...More

Thank chgotrvlr71
Reviewed 2 April 2017 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...More

Thank DeeJaySunLuvr
Reviewed 17 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
Reviewed 1 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
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank medanne1
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...More

Thank Elizabeth W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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