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Zensei Sushi

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30th and Upas, San Diego, CA 92104
12:00 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Monterey, California
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Zensei Sushi has a great selection of sushi, and their garlic and ginger edamame is delicious. Prices are reasonable. Service can be hit or miss depending or wait staff.

Thank Amanda D
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Zensei has a laid back and contemporary feel with a vast array of unique roils and sushi options to try. You will find traditional sashimi, standard rolls as well as a variety of specialty rolls to choose from. So for anyone who is a fan of sushi, Zensei should be a place of interest for you to check out. They... More 

Thank Mike B
Munich, Germany
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427 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

We have been to Zensei many times before and had been very impressed with the food and service every time, but this time it was quite different. We went for lunch which was usually very good. Service was lackluster bordering at times at rude despite only three tables being occupied. The food was ok this time, the sushi not as... More 

Thank SFLeonce
San Diego, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2015

I'm a vegetarian who always bailed out of going to sushi restaurants. But Zensei completely changed all that. Hands down the best sushi place I've been to. Every time we go, we're surprised with new creations. Zensei has become my go-to restaurant for the last 3 years.

Thank PKTravelReview
San Diego, CA
Level Contributor
257 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

I have been passing this place for years. Finally decided to try it for dinner on a Friday night. Very disappointing. Food was just OK. Staff is very friendly, but service is incredibly slow. My husband ordered tempura and got it in about 10-15 min. My son's sushi came about 15 min after that, my "California" roll came 15 min... More 

Thank SDTravelMom
San Diego, California
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152 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Happy hour prices are awesome, and the food is always fresh and promptly prepared and served. We generally order the entire happy hour choice list!

Thank Darrell92104
Munich, Germany
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427 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2015

We have been to Zensei Sushi every time we visited San Diego over the last years and enjoy it every time again. The Sushi is creative, excellently prepared and absolutely delicious. Their home brew is great and service has every time been outstanding. This time we went once and immediately ordered food for the next day as take-out as we... More 

Thank SFLeonce
New York City, New York
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767 reviews
509 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2015

A few friends went for sushi and were very disappointed. All of the great proclamations of this place, you can clearly read on the front of the menu (not sure what year it was proclaimed as such a hot spot) One of the best places in America!/!!. Are you kidding?. The expectations were set high, what was delivered was quite... More 

Thank Mike P
San Diego, California
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2014 via mobile

Love the dim romantic atmosphere. Nice view of the busy new North Park area. The sushi is always good. Not a huge beer selection but that's okay, after you can go across the street for that.

Thank Bill Q
Bremen, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

atmosphere and service okay, but no good sushi. especially bad tasting sushi rice and salmon. it was my first and last visit at this place.

Thank plic42

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30th and Upas, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

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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?