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Cafe Japengo

The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-450-3355
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good39%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must go to if you are into perfect sushi and rolls. Check out the off the menu dishes. Heavenly spicy yellowtail sashimi. An amazing roll with yellowtail, truffle oil, flying fish eggs, and more. My mouth played ping pong with every bite....More

Thank MrMarcSB
Reviewed 11 February 2018

I hate to give bad reviews, but I hate even more to pay a lot of money for bad sushi. I ate two rolls here on 2/9 for dinner. The rice was way overcooked (mushy) AND wet. They must have known the rice was horrible....More

Thank Charlie T
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Fan’friggintastic ! Lots of good stuff here. Stuffed mussels (returning just for them) ... fresh seaweed salad dressing to the side...creative assortment of sushi. I recommend.

Thank Sam S
Reviewed 20 January 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch there in December 2017. My Sashimi for $22 was superb and includes 4 types of fish. All appeared perfectly fresh and bright in color & the portions of each fish were also good. Mixed vegetable tempura was superb - prefect...More

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Other than the fact that this restaurant is located nowhere near La Jolla, I can't say enough about the place. It is in an attractive restaurant plaza across from the Hyatt. And the bus line has two nearby stops which you can find on Google...More

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We had a delicious sushi lunch here -- highly recommend. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was very fresh and well prepared. It is located right across the way from the Hyatt, and the meal can be charged to the room if...More

Thank travel_blurbs
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We went to Cafe Japengo because it was close to our hotel, but we were more than satisfied with our experience. They have an open and active cooking gallery that is interesting, the service was prompt and efficient (and the waiter made nice suggestions but...More

Thank Philip D
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Had dinner for business at Japengo. The sushis were great from a taste standpoint but also from a presentation standpoint. The decor and ambiance are well suited to have a business discussion, but I would also go there with friends. All in all, great place...More

Thank Danny V
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Long story but was a Hyatt. 3 times this month for more than 18 days total with no car and recovering from minor surgery. so comfort food (but high quality) was what i was looking for. the sushi bar is great and the sushi chef...More

1  Thank dhj68
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Can't say enough about the flavors at this restaurant. I have been here three times and each time is well done. There are different appetizer choices, I love the curried calamari. Serving sizes are huge, you could make it a meal. I get half order...More

Thank C0dys_Dad
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
    (La Jolla Village)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-450-3355
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