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Takao Japanese Restaurant

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425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4718
+1 949-498-7111
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17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015 via mobile

Beautiful dining area, food was okay, parking limited. Waitress was too personable. I expected more from the food appearance and taste.

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Thank BennettDavis
San Clemente, California
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

We go for the karaoke, but enjoy the draft beer selection and the hand rolls are very good. They recently upgraded the karaoke system.

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Thank briansocal1
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

So my wife and I went. We were really stoked to go. Lots of people told us we had to try it. So we went. !! We walk in and no host not even a bell or ANYONE!!! Keep in mind the restaurant is nearly empty. We waited for 15 minutes till I had enough and walked to the back... More 

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Thank Ryan M
CENTRAL POINT
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

We enjoyed this restaurant several years ago when traveling. We almost did not go again because of a 3.5 rating on Yelp. We had the early bird special and it was very good. The sushi was excellent. The service was also excellent. We were happy that we gave them another opportunity. We would return but we are moving on.

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Thank Alvin W
Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015

This place is the "Cheers" of sushi bars. The owner, Roger is an outgoing, gregarious guy, that will remember your name. The sushi chefs are outstanding, we sat with Nao, and the food is excellent. A really casual place that has two sushi bars and another part with just nice tables. Reasonable prices, the freshest sushi and sashimi, can be... More 

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Thank Michael V
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014 via mobile

I stumbled across an Excellent place for sushi here in San Clemente...Takao!! Fresh, good quality sushi at a fair price is definitely the way to my heart. The "lunch happy hour" is the BEST deal I have come across in a while! I especially enjoy their hand rolls in seaweed...I highly recommend the Tataki (everyone's is different theirs is stellar),... More 

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Thank bradidas722
Atlanta
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Had a nice, quiet, casual dinner, sat at the sushi bar. The Oh No Roll is quite tasty. Also had a baked dish with scallops and shrimp that was very good. Service was good, the sushi masters were friendly and full of conversation ! Next time I am visiting San Clemente, I will go back.

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Thank Pequod77
Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014

Some of the best sushi, created by premier sushi carvers, in a great casual atmosphere. Not to be missed, Friday and Saturday nights are a hoot.

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Thank Michael V
Aliso Viejo, California
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91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

If you are a Sushi lover and are in the San Clemente area, look no further, this is your place. Let's start with the "Hummingbird" to die for, and then "The Kitchen Sink" is delicious, salmon, eel, tuna tataki, yellow tail, garlic edamame, I can go on forever, if they don't have it on the menu, they can make it... More 

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Thank hisbux21
San Clemente, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

One of our favorite Sushi restaurants in our hometown, San Clemente, we are always satisfied with our meals. One of our favorites, Tataki Sashimi (lightly seared albacore with thinly sliced cucumber), has a secret sauce to die for! We're never dissatisfied with any choice off the menu and often try new sushi and sashimi for variety. Still, we always start... More 

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Thank Rochelle K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4718
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-7111

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?