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“Great Sushi, Fun, Friendly Atmosphere, Pricey”
Review of Taka Restaurant

Taka Restaurant
Ranked #40 of 5,557 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Reviewed January 9, 2018

This restaurant is a great example of why I use and contribute to TripAdvisor. This was my first visit to San Diego (a professional conference) and i was looking for a sushi place within walking distance of my hotel. Taka stood out because of the number of reviews, the positive nature of them and the multiple references to good food and atmosphere.

It became immediately obvious that I had made a good choice because on both occasions that I visited the people sitting around me were regular customers who lived in the area and who were more than happy to engage in fun conversation and recommend their favorite dishes. I was amused that both chefs who served me were surfers and so were some of the customers and they enjoyed sharing their daily surfing stories. That is why I returned the very next night and found more surfing friends of the chefs at the sushi bar.

I started with a martini which was very good and surprisingly inexpensive. In fact, their drinks menu offers many choices that are quite reasonably priced. They offer a variety of sakes and beers. Sake is offered in 4 and 8 ounce carafes and by the bottle. Prices ranged from a low of $13 to $15 for the 8 oz to about double that. Be judicious unless you want to spend a lot. There are good, quality offerings at the lower price ranges.

The sushi menu, while excellent and ultimately reasonable relative to quality, is more expensive.

The quality of the food is really top notch and the chefs will gladly explain where each item came from and recommend how it should be eaten, as you would expect in a good sushi restaurant.

If you are a big eater like me, a roll is highly recommended. I had the rainbow one night and the spicy tuna roll the next night. Very good.

I then went with Omakase, chef's choice of sashimi, again on both occasions. The first chef who served me recommended it, and by the second night I knew I would have it again. The price is variable. The first night was $55, the second $75. The first one was more generous with the uni (which was truly exquisite) but the second one had giant clam and a few other items. I especially enjoyed the mackerel, salmon, giant clam, ikura, uni, and usually finished with wonderful sweet sea eel (anago). The ama ebi was good, but I was disappointed by the fried heads (too greasy, which seemed to suggest that the oil was not hot enough). They offer seasonal items and lobster was the main course here including the moving live whole lobster. It is fascinating to watch, but I really do not need my food to move (a bit too Klingon for my taste). The lobster miso soup and tempura did look fantastic. Did not even ask what it cost!

Again, if you are a bit eater like me, you will spend $150 to $200 in the blink of an eye (actually it will take you a while to eat that much). But you will be happy that you enjoyed great sashimi and sushi and, since I was traveling alone, I really enjoyed the conversation at the bar with customers, chefs and servers.

Many of the servers speak Spanish and the chefs speak it a little bit as well.

The sushi bar is popular, but finding a seat, perhaps after a short wait for one or two people is common. Tables should probably be reserved, especially on Friday and weekend days.

I will definitely visit whenever I make it to San Diego again!

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2017

We eat at a number of different sushi restaurants in Portland, OR. It is well known for it's high quality Asian cuisine, so we are pretty picky. Taka definitely lived up to our standards. They had a really nice atmosphere, which some sushi places fall short on. In addition they had a nice selection of sushi and sashimi. I think the Miso soup was pretty average, not much miso flavor, but lots of seaweed, and nice soft tofu.
The service was really good. The waiter was very attentive.
I really recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Thank Luanne S
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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

We went without reservations because we did not see anywhere that we have to do so, but when arrive the host lady treat us with no respect, it was clear that the restaurant was not her’s
We went to Harvey sushi and it was wonderful
Never I will go to Taka again

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank RenataC872
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Our desire for a sushi dinner was between the known Nobu restaurant and this one. After looking at the menu offerings, we decided to try this one. It is a very small restaurant with people waiting for a table and some coming back to check later to see if any tables opened up. I ordered the battered calarmari salad that was fresh and crisp and the shrimp tempura practically melted upon each bite. Sushi rolls are the right bite size. I was impressed that for the small size restaurant, the servers treated us as if we were in a fine dining environment - changing out our plates and tea cups each time they served. The location is in the midst of many choice restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter and I highly recommend it.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank HolidayTraveller6253
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Reviewed October 23, 2017

İt is very small restaurant but very good food. Open kitchen you can follow the chefs and they are very good to make sushi.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Thank Bayram K
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