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101 Bayview Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92660-2986
+1 949-725-0777
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever I come to stay at Newport Coast, this is my must goto place for authentic Japanese food. I've been here at least 5 times in the last 8 years and the food and service are always top notch! A bit expensive but worth the money for sushi, small dishes and sukiyaki. If you like creative salad, I also recommend... More 

Thank musichef_TJ
Irvine, California
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120 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Based the location, service and food, definitely this is one of the best Japanese restaurants around here. I have lunch with my friends several times. The quality is always consistent. Sometimes it is better to have reservation during lunch time since too popular.

Thank hwang123
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Second time I went there and enjoyed the food very much. All items were delicious and enjoyed every bit. the staff is very friendly but this restaurant is a bit pricy

Thank trungtinle81
Jackson, Wyoming
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84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

I love Japanese food. I have eaten in Japanese restaurants all over America. Tonight, two of us, at Kitayama couldn't have been more disappointe: 10 minutes to take a drink order, another 15 minutes to bring two drinks, martini glass was half full, 40 minutes to get two of our sushi orders. After 55 minutes [!!] having had two orders... More 

1 Thank GeeAtl
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

You feel like eating in Japan. You gotta take your shoes off, low seat tables, etc. I gotta say that this place is more about the Japanese experience than the food itself. Nothing wrong with the food, it was actually tasty, fresh & good service, ... But I have had better Japanese food for about the same price. Probably, because... More 

Thank Frank G
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40 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

My friend and I had lunch at Kitayama restaurant and found the place pretty full. Luckily, we reserved in advance and didn't have to wait long for a table. Parking was also easy since the restaurant has it's own parking lot. I ordered the lunch bento set with gindara and my friend ordered the sashimi set. I found the price... More 

Thank Book W
Escondido, California
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153 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

A business associate and I went to Kitayama looking forward to good old fashioned Shabu Shabu. Fifteen years ago this was the place for this Japanese dish. Sadly no more. The waitress told us that they got caught by the fire inspector without adequate venting and the Shabu Shabu could no longer cook at the table. We had steaks instead... More 

Thank John C
Bristol, Rhode Island
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125 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

The food here isn't bad at all, but the fact that they used fake crab in the sushi was off putting to me. The other fish was fresh and tasty, I just hate fake crab. They also have a large tepayaki grill area and it was packed, but I'm a sushi guy. I was greeted and seated promptly and my... More 

1 Thank Michael O
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

I've been to Kitayama many times and it's one of my favorite sushi/Japanese restaurants in Irvine/Newport Beach. From high quality sashimi to shabu shabu and a very extensive authentic menu, it's got quite a variety. Including a zen garden and outside seating near a tranquil waterfall. Try the snow crab and avocado salad, toro sushi and shabu shabu. Great wine... More 

Thank Anya C
Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Kitayama is a large restaurant with plenty of free parking. The menu selection is impressive with lots of traditional Japanese food and some American inspired fare. Prices were on the high side considering portions and fish quality were average. Did not offer specials or combination dinners during my visit, but it was mid-week. Professional service and lots of interesting cocktails.

Thank DScotty

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Bayview Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92660-2986
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-725-0777

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