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Jan 29, 2004 02:54 PM

japanese restaurants in Encinitas area

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My brother-in-law is moving to Encinitas after spending four years in Japan. He will truly miss the Japanese cuisine. Can anyone recommend good Japanese restaurants in the Encinitas/San Diego area. Thanks.

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  1. I don't know if it is still there (I moved to L.A. three years ago, but grew up in Encinitas), but Nobu's (on 101) and Samurai (near the 5 freeway, off of Lomas Santa Fe,) both in Solana Beach, used to serve decent food, with Nobu's being my preference. There is also a decent place at the south end of The Lumberyard, a strip mall in Encinitas on the east side of the 101 as it passes through just north of the Self-Realization Temple. Unfortunately, I can't remember this restaurant's name.


    1. Sakura Bana is located on Coast Hwy 101, towards the south end of the Lumberyard shopping center. This is probably my favorite.

      Sushi House is located on the west side of El Camino Real, 1 block north of Encinitas Blvd, in the shopping center with the AMC theater. This place seems frequently busy.

      Mr. Sushi is located on the northeast corner of El Camino Real and Encinitas Blvd, in the shopping center with Ralphs and Longs drugstore. This place used to (and still do?) have some kind of all-you-can-eat-sushi special.

      Tomiko is located on Encinitas Blvd, just west of Interstate 5. Up the hill from the Denny's. Very nice view.

      I just saw an ad for Leucadia Sushi Bar. No address, but phone number is 760-635-9312.

      Katsu is located in nearby San Marcos, at the Restaurant Row on San Marcos Blvd.

      Sushi Taisho is located in Carlsbad, on the northwest corner of Carlsbad Village Dr. and Coast Hwy 101, in the shopping center where Neiman's is. It's located upstairs above Coyote Bar & Grill.

      Mikko is located in Carlsbad, just off of Carlsbad Village Dr, west of interstate 5.

      Onami is an all-you-can-eat sushi/seafood buffet located in Plaza Camino Real in Carlsbad, Hwy 78 and El Camino Real.

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      1. re: Tina

        Leucadia Sushi Bar is located on Hwy 101, just North of Leucadia Blvd. Great Food, unique set up- (sushi bar is set up like the sushi bars in Japan.)

      2. For sushi, I would recommend Kaito Restaurant in front of their head itamae-san, Morita-san.

        On the 15th of August Yumenoya, an izakaya, will be opening in Leucadia (northern Encinitas) at the former site of Wakei Japanese restaurant.

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        1. re: cgfan

          Tomiko used to take the cake simply for the amazing view of the sunset over the beach, after the two main chefs left, the food has not been the same.

          Hands down, Kaito Restaurant is totally pure heaven if you are a hardcore sushi lover like I am.

          R.I.P. Wakei

          I am heading out to Yumenoya tonight, the izakaya, referenced above - great place to get Japanese tapas but not a place I would order sushi. Amazing selection of sake and japanese finger foods makes it all worth not having sushi.