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1222 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2108
+1 831-600-7093
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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1222 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2108
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent food. High-quality fish. Everything is fresh and well-prepared. I especially enjoy their shrimp sticks. They are served crisp and salty and wonderful, with the head on ( as they should be). They have some really creative rolls, that are tasty and beautifully presented. They...More

Thank Akibomb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome place near downtown Santa Cruz. No matter the apetite you will not leave this place hungry or unsatisfied. Fresh sushi, large selection of original hand rolls (try twelve twenty two) huge bento box, and Akira fries with sweet mustard dip ... yummy!

Thank Alex P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at the Aptos Akira last week. It’s new to our area and what a delight to have such a fantastic Sushi spot in our neighborhood It’s small so expect to wait but while you’re waiting you can wine taste right...More

Thank Denise A
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Akita is a great addition to the Eastside Santa Cruz dining scene. The sushi is fresh and imaginative. My favorites are the Firecracker and the Seabright roll. Good draft beer as well Give it a try!

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We found Akira on TripAdvisor. We ate dinner there on a Friday evening in June. The restaurant is located away from the tourist areas, on a city block next to a hardware store. This gave the restaurant a more authentic, local feel, which I liked....More

Thank Dina0827
Reviewed 19 July 2017

My family and I went here upon a recommendation from an Asian local, and are we ever glad we did. We have since been back once (and will go again!). We also recommended it to my in-laws (which, in many circumstances, is a risky thing...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We waited, and waited, and waited... and then we waited some more. When the rolls arrived we were delighted. They were excellent. Hotategai was bland, with no sweetness to the scallop. Ama Ebi was sweet and delicious, though I did not appreciate that the head...More

Thank tempchicago
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Recommended by family. Sushi was good. However, the atmosphere was a bit noisy and chaotic at lunch. Not sure what it is like for dinner. I do prefer to eat sushi in a calm and attractive atmosphere. The chefs and staff were very good.

Thank Rick L
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Akira is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. It's busy at dinner, so I usually go a little earlier to avoid waiting for tables. My favorite appetizer is Ninja Sticks (there is tuna) and there are a lot of delicious choices of rolls.

Thank marifmelo
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Friends recommended we eat here for sushi while in Santa Cruz. This is not your normal Sushi restaurant, it is owned and operated by California surfer types. Eclectic art on the walls. Wait staff are the most friendliest people you would ever want to meet....More

Thank Joseph N
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1222 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-600-7093
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