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Sushi Deli 1- Avoid this place!!

Awful, terrible. Do not go here. Sure, the food is ok and is actually good given the very low prices. There is a long wait and it is noisy, but that is no surprise. But, today I had a horrible experience. My son and I arrived at 1:15 pm. End of lunch rush but 75 minutes before closing. We ordered quickly and the waitress brought our soups right away. But, then, before barely starting the soup the waitress brings my son's order, chicken tempura platter. Ummm, ok, that isn't terrible, but. Then,, no food for me. No waitress. Or I see her but she runs by without stopping. I ordered the sushi monthly special so nothing esoteric or unusual, in fact, something that they are presumably making frequently all day long. 20 minutes goes by. My son is starving so he starts eating his now cold chicken tempura. The waitress finally stops by (I have my head on the table) and says she is sorry for the delay. I try to ask her how much longer but she is gone. 10 more minutes, my son is done eating and still no sushi. Still no waitress. Or rather, she is there but she passes our table at supersonic sppeds. So we just left. This place is terrible. To serve one person at a table 30+(?+++) minutes before the other, to never tell me when my food would be ready or to offer a substitute or an appetizer, awful. Do not go here

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Sushi Deli 1
228 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

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  1. "she is there but she passes our table at supersonic sppeds"

    On the plus side, at least America might be able to field a good female sprinter in the next Olympics. Right?

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    1. re: stevewag23

      On the plus side, at least I will never need to wait in the frequently monster lines there...

    2. "Still no waitress. Or rather, she is there but she passes our table at supersonic sppeds. So we just left." - So you left without paying ?

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      1. re: honkman

        I paid cash, no tip, but added sales tax and rounded up for my son's meal. We both were drinking water. So, I guess I did not pay for my miso soup. That's it.

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        1. I've never understood Sushi Deli. It was pretty awful the one and only time I went some years
          back. You couldn't pay me enough to eat there.

          If you're talking about the one on Washington, RK sushi just down the street is 10x times
          better and pretty close to the same price. Though, unfortunately, I think it's getting discovered
          and there are starting to be long lines there now too.

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          1. re: mikec

            is that the one that was the Rice King? I thought they just rebranded that location lol

            1. re: MrKrispy

              No, that place is very nearby though, a bit further west on Washington.

              1. re: MrKrispy

                Yeah, it's the old Rice King (and before that KFC) location, right across the side street
                from the old Big Bear (now Albertson's) and Wells Fargo (formerly San Diego Trust & Savings).

              2. re: mikec

                Same here, I dont know what the appeal is. I went to the one Downtown since its closer to me and my Wife and I were pretty much disgusted.

                I figure its there for tourists. Let them have it.

                1. re: kriot

                  The people who line up every day and crowd up Sushi Deli in Downtown are almost exclusively locals, including a ton of attorneys from the County Courthouse. I know a judge who dismisses his cases 15 minutes earlier than most so he can get to Sushi Deli before the crowds.

                  1. re: scottca075

                    Yeah, I agree.

                    It is nearly 100% san diego locals.

              3. What did the manager say when you called or emailed to advise them of your experience?

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                1. re: JRSD

                  I could not find an email for the place, even though it does have a web site. I did call. I had to leave a message for the manager. I have not heard back.