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If not Kaito or Sushi Ota, then...

Visiting SD this weekend and would love some great sushi. All the boards I've seen seem to focus on these two restaurants, but Kaito is farther than I want to drive, and Ota has a reputation for being super crowded.
Come on people, there has to be more quality sushi in town than just these places?!

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Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

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  1. Hane sushi or Fish Market downtown sushi bar.
    Never been to Kaito but trust the people on this board when they say there is no other and Ota is pretty good but its been awhile.

    1. Kaito Sushi > Sushi Dokoro Shirahama >>> Sushi Ota...

      ...so your constraints still leaves you with an excellent choice in Shirahama...

      But why compromise for distance? Not only is Kaito the best we have, but they also have the most comfortable and easy-going environment of any Sushi bar in its class where they really respect the customer.

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      Kaito Sushi
      130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

      Sushi Ota
      4529 Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

      1. It's not really that far. 30-40 minutes from downtown, and well worth the drive.

        Other places people like are Hane in Banker's Hill and Kazumi in Hillcrest. As cgfan mentioned, Shirahama in Kearny Mesa is a good choice.

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        Kearny's
        8310 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

        1. If you want a no-frills, no decor, just-gimme-some-fish sushi run by an actual Japanese chef you might check out Kazumi sushi in Hillcrest on 5th ave by the theater. No American style rolls, just really fresh high quality fish. We use to go there a lot when we lived over there, don't get over there as often. I think they got lax on the fish quality for a while but we went back late last year and it was fantastic again.

          1. Where in town are you staying? How far are you willing to go? I've heard good things about Taka downtown but haven't been.