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Best sushi bets around John Wayne aiport

garz Nov 28, 2007 01:03 PM

Hi chow friends, going for NYE to Disneyland and we are staying around the airport and would like to have at least 1 or 2 gorgeous sushi nights while my sister takes care of our children, we will have a car and dont mind to drive around for a good sushi place, we are avid sushi eaters, we prefer traditional sushi, if possible we would like to try a place with a fair variety of different fish and shellfish, and we definitely like to have omakase, we are thinking in the range of 50-60 usd pp excluding beer, tax and tip, do you think thats doable?we apprecciate your recs!!


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    curiousgeo Nov 29, 2007 12:26 PM

    Is Kitayama still around? It used to be a really good Japanese restaurant just over in Newport Beach serving very fresh sushi. I haven't been to the area for 5-6 years so I'm wondering if it is still around and any good. Thanks.

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      exilekiss Nov 29, 2007 01:40 PM

      Yah Kitayama is still around.

      Unfortunately, while it's still a nice setting (they remodeled recently), and it's nice and relaxing... their Sushi is mediocre at best. Nowhere near as fresh as they use to be. It's now more for ambiance than good food. :(

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      cookinjay Nov 29, 2007 12:02 PM

      My vote would be for Frenzy Sushi, on 17th St. in Costa Mesa. The fish is super fresh and the owner/chef knows his way around raw fish. They don't advertise an omakase, but I'm sure they can put a great one together, especially if you call ahead.

      1. elmomonster Nov 28, 2007 03:26 PM

        My vote would be for Shibucho (you can easily get away for $50 per head for omakase even), but it's really hard to get a seat at the bar nowadays. The omakase can be had at the table, but seats there can be pretty challenging to get also. Call ahead.

        Here's my review with pics:


        1. russkar Nov 28, 2007 01:35 PM

          Sushi Wasabi in Tustin, (traditional omakase only). 12 mins from the Airport depending on traffic. Probably more toward 75- pp depending on the selections that night. Better check to make sure their open during the Holidays? Ango Tei is good but not Traditional. Shibucho (Costa Mesa) is very good but possibly too Authentic for most Americanized Sushi Eaters.

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            russkar Nov 28, 2007 05:26 PM

            Another favorite is IKKO off Baker in CM. High Quality also.

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              elmomonster Nov 29, 2007 06:31 AM

              Agree. Forgot about Ikko. They have omakase too. Three different pricing levels. $60, $70, or $80 per person.


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            Wonginator Nov 28, 2007 01:31 PM

            Don't know what the hours will be for any of these places on NYE, so you probably should call each place to see if they'll be open, but Sushi Shibucho is probably your best bet nearby for omakase.

            Closer to the airport, if you like creative rolls, Sushi Imari is a favorite for locals.

            Haven't been yet, but some have raved about Frenzy Sushi.

            A little further away past Corona del Mar is Bluefin, which has gotten many positive reviews here on Chowhound.

            7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660

            Sushi Shibucho
            590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

            375 Bristol St # 40, Costa Mesa, CA

            Frenzy, Sushi Gone Wild
            369 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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              exilekiss Nov 28, 2007 01:29 PM

              Hey Garz,

              Agree with RVD's Ango Tei rec. You can also try:

              * Shibucho in Costa Mesa.

              It's about ~7-10 minutes away from John Wayne. The Sushi Chef / Owner is so wonderful and they serve arguably the freshest sushi in the OC.


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                rvd72 Nov 28, 2007 01:14 PM

                ango tei is the best.

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                  1000steps Nov 29, 2007 12:20 PM

                  Agree with Ango Tei, though good luck getting a seat... or just be patient.

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