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1449 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3404
+1 619-299-7203
Today
11:30 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 09:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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San Diego, California
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158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We're very lucky to live within walking distance of this dependable, happy place. Unlike many (most?) Japanese places in Hillcrest, the staff is Japanese, and the menu is broad, varied, and pretty authentic--with some trendy additions, like spam and poke. The 1/2 price sushi during happy hour (until 7pm) is a great bargain. The appetizers are varied and appetizing--order several... More 

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Thank Tony C
Phoenix, Arizona
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79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I grew up in San Diego and Ichiban's was one of my go to places to have a cheap dinner. I was back in town and made a be line to it again, this time I had large Ramon Spicy bowl. It was perfect, the noodles were cooked perfectly, the broth was spicy and hot since the weather was cold.... More 

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Thank tferdaise
New Bern, North Carolina
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Always a great spot to stop in for their 1/2 price happy hour specials on rolls. They serve up traditional japanese fare with reasonable prices. They have outdoor seating so it's a great place to enjoy some good food in the great San Diego weather.

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Thank Eric L
London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

Fast service, cheap happy hour, not exceptional sushi but good. The place has an outdoor seating area, relaxing and great during a warm night

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Thank Roberta V
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

A fun, cheap and easy to get to sushi place, with great service, Japanese cuisine, rolls and sushi, sake

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Thank Chris53835
San Diego, California
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

We stopped in Ichiban after watching some of the Gay Pride Parade in the drenching downpour last Saturday. The restaurant was very crowded. We had a group of five, and two of us ordered together first, then the other three. After a few minutes, we got a table, and twenty minutes later a larger table for all of us. The... More 

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Thank SteveK619
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2015

A Hillcrest favorite, cheap Japanese food, sushi and rolls, available lunchtime and late night, great service

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Thank Chris53835
Costa Mesa, California, United States
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2014

Order at the counter and sit on the patio. The bento boxes are a very very good value. The sushi is also very well prepared, although the selection is not broad. The service is friendly and attentive and it is always fun to eat on a patio in Hillcrest.

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Thank ChrisBlank_FNS
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2014

Small, fun, cheap sushi and japenese food. Fast, quick service, and fun street side seating for people watching.

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Thank Chris53835
San Diego, California
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158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were delighted to find this popular spot on University, in Hillcrest, within walking distance of our new residence. Run by several Japanese ladies, the restaurant is informal (order at the counter and pay in advance) and authentically Japanese, and the prices are reasonable. The samurai bento is a bargain; the ramen is good, too.

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Thank Tony C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 09:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1449 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-299-7203

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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?