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Nov 28, 2007 01:03 PM

Best sushi bets around John Wayne aiport

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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    1. re: rvd72

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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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          1. re: russkar

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

            1. re: russkar

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


          2. 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: