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low-priced San Diego sushi

Josh Jul 20, 2008 08:12 PM

Obviously we all know that great sushi can be found at Shirahama and Ota. However I'm not always able to drop $80 or more on dinner for two. What are some "good enough" sushi places in San Diego, where two people can have decent sushi (drinks not necessary) for under $40-50? Does this even exist?

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  1. phee RE: Josh Jul 20, 2008 09:22 PM

    Well, there's Oishii in Santee, which is my first choice, but I know you're not in East County. If you're not looking for ambiance per se, I'd recommend Chiba by McGregor's on San Diego Mission Rd. or Kiyo's in the Gaslamp.

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      Josh RE: phee Jul 20, 2008 09:57 PM

      Santee is a little out of the way, but Chiba and Kiyo's sound like good candidates, thanks.

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        normalheightsfoodie RE: phee Jul 22, 2008 10:42 AM

        Sushi Deli in Hillcrest/Mission Hills is good and inexpensive. It is located on Washington.

      2. kare_raisu RE: Josh Jul 20, 2008 09:23 PM

        Fish market sushi bar, cabron

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          Josh RE: kare_raisu Jul 20, 2008 09:56 PM

          Cool, wasn't aware it was lower-priced. Thanks.

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          Cathy RE: Josh Jul 20, 2008 09:34 PM

          Second Oiishi. It really isn't that far.

          Take the 52 to Mast Blvd. Can only turn East. in a small strip mall South side of street just before the 10th light (Magnolia) across from Albertsons - lights are timed so once you make the first one and go the speed limit you can drive through.

          I also like Banbu Sushi in La Mesa inside old Pacific Theaters lobby by trolley station off of Fletcher Parkway.

          I do not like going to *any* place that advertises "half price sushi" but I can tell you where those are if you care. (I see more and more popping up all over town).Those would meet your price critera and all have "A" ratings ( I always look when passing by) but for some reason, I have a small fear of eating at most of them.

          1. Alice Q RE: Josh Jul 21, 2008 12:13 AM

            I assume you've tried Zensei and found it lacking? Surfside might fit the bill - at Garnet and Mission in PB. Yoshino apparently serves sushi - though I haven't tried it, and of course there's always Sushi Deli. We also used to occasionally tolerate Nami, on the corner of 5th and University in Hillcrest before a movie over there - but it's been awhile so I can't really vouch for it now.

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              MrKrispy RE: Alice Q Jul 22, 2008 12:03 PM

              yeah Zensei at Happy Hour seems like a great first stop for you Josh

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                Josh RE: MrKrispy Jul 22, 2008 12:14 PM

                I've been to Zensei many times. Was looking for an alternative.

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              daantaat RE: Josh Jul 21, 2008 09:52 PM

              We did omakase at Kaito in Encinitas for under $40/pp. I realize this may be beyond the city limits of SD but we were surprised by the cost to quality ratio. Excellent sushi for the price. Even better service from the chef!

              Within city limits, Edo Sushi in UTC is pretty good w/ fair prices.

              Have you tried Izakaya Sakura? We usually eat at the tables and order a mix of sushi and izakaya, so can comment on the actual prices.

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                Josh RE: daantaat Jul 21, 2008 10:19 PM

                Sakura is quite expensive for sushi, IMO. The mix sushi is $20 for six pieces of nigiri.

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                  daantaat RE: Josh Jul 22, 2008 12:30 PM

                  Yeah, I think you might be right. The chirashi bowl is a steal at $20, though.

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                HungryDudete RE: Josh Jan 21, 2010 05:10 AM

                Ichiban in Poway has excellent quality fish and you'll get out of there for under $40 for two! The dishes are not artful, but it's a great family owned place with good quality tasting food. And if you like Korean they have some awesome Tofu Stew, what a treat.
                We go regularly and the place is consistant.

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                  Josh RE: HungryDudete Jan 21, 2010 08:08 AM

                  Funny to see this old post. Kaito has ruined me for this. Now instead of getting cheap sushi I just wait until I can afford a trip up there.

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                    Ed Dibble RE: Josh Jan 22, 2010 07:47 AM

                    Whenever anyone mentions cheap sushi in SD, I always suggest a chirashi at Sakura. Last time I had it, I think it was still justs $22.

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                  oceancitygirrl RE: Josh Jan 21, 2010 09:50 PM

                  RK Sushi in Hillcrest is great and cheap. It's a block away from Sushi Deli 1 and prices are about the same but the quality is so much better.

                  1. Beach Chick RE: Josh Jan 22, 2010 09:03 AM

                    Fish Market Downtown Sushi Bar has good quality sushi for pretty cheap and the views of the bay aren't too bad either.

                    1. LLingo RE: Josh May 20, 2010 12:07 PM

                      Bar Ninety on 8th & Market---YUMMY. If you don't try it you ARE missing out!

                      1. Fake Name RE: Josh May 20, 2010 05:29 PM

                        Has anyone else noticed the "brand ambassadors" that have discovered CH lately? One post- a very positive review, typically with lots of exclamation points and CAPITALS !!!

                        That, my friends, is "social media".

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                          Beach Chick RE: Fake Name May 20, 2010 06:06 PM

                          LOL..the SD Hype Machine..

                          Social Media Optimization (SMO) or also known as Astroturfing..

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                            stevewag23 RE: Beach Chick May 22, 2010 12:35 PM

                            Yes, this my friends, is The San Diego Hype Machine 2.0

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                              Fake Name RE: stevewag23 May 22, 2010 06:53 PM

                              Maybe, but as hype machines go, it's a pathetic one. Which is why we don't share the opinion that SD's poor restaurants do well because of hype.

                              There are a few places that have active and solid PR promotions, but it's the better places in town- really. I know most of them, and they are not appearing here.

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                                RB Hound RE: stevewag23 May 22, 2010 09:26 PM

                                Steve, I got the Web 2.0 reference, and thought it was pretty funny. Oh well... :)

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                              bizzwriter RE: Fake Name May 20, 2010 07:26 PM


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                                chris2269 RE: bizzwriter May 22, 2010 08:19 PM

                                Sorry, but I find the whole conspiracy SD Hype machine behind the curtain controversy thing funny as hell. It must be the Cohn Restaurant group orchestrating it all from behind the scenes (insert evil laughter and Capitol letters here)

                                BTW this post was for my own amusment more than anything else :)

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