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Harney Sushi is San Diego’s premier sushi bar and restaurant experience. As fresh and it gets, as imaginative as you want. This is the place where experimentation mixes with celebration, where fin dining service and knowledge fuses with beaming personality and style. Besides having San Diego’s only sake bar, Harney boasts more than 40 award winning wines, 30 of the worlds best sakes, a private VIP booth and over 30 gourmet specialty rolls named and created by loyalists. Music for your mouth, sushi for your soul. We are proud to offer our Southern California Based, Award-winning, sustainable sushi cuisine since 2001.
PRICE RANGE
US$10 - US$35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 13 March 2020

We had a birthday dinner here, and hopefully it was because of the new server, but SLOW service! My husband and I both had Chimichurri steak, which didn't arrive until after our sons were done with their sushi. There was a mixup with theirs, too,...as they confused their orders and put the wrong sushi on the other plate! When we asked where our meal was, our server said 10 more minutes (this is after waiting 40 minutes!). It was thin try-tip and only needed to be cooked for a few minutes! When the server saw our faces drop, he said "8 more minutes!" On the positive side, the steaks were great as was the sushi. My son comes here often and says this has never happened. So we'd probably come back as the food is very good!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2020

Hello, Thank you for celebrating your special day with us. I’m so sorry to hear that things didn’t go smoothly. I will definitely look into what happened, we take all of our reviews to heart.

Reviewed 30 January 2020 via mobile

Smells good. Menu looks good. Was sat at sushi bar and waiter brought me a drink. He never came back. Couldn’t order. Left. I really wish I could have spent my 50$ here, but oh well, no sushi tonight.

Date of visit: January 2020
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2020

Hello, We are very sorry for the lack of service you received. We take a lot of pride in our restaurant and we definitely strive for more. I will look into this and take your complaint to heart.

Reviewed 31 December 2019

Good fresh sushi in old town. There's usually a wait, so make a reservation. They have great traditional sushi and a huge selection of specialty rolls/fusion sushi and other entrees.

Date of visit: December 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2020

Thank you so much! Great suggestion on making a reservation:)

Reviewed 8 December 2019 via mobile

Fresh, Delicious & Sustainable Fish! That about sums up the wonderful quality of Harney’s fish selections. This was our second time here and defiantly overdue for a review! We sat at the bar, as it’s always entertaining to watch the sushi chef make everything. We...ordered the Chef Special Sashimi (omakase), ika nigiri, Sea Spider roll, a spicy scallops roll, and 4 large hot sake. The fish (and squid) were all really fresh and delicious. I don’t usually like salmon, but their New Zealand caught salmon was so good that I ate a few slices! The Hawaii caught Ahi was excellent! The textures, flavors and appearance of everything was top quality. Service was attentive and warm. I usually don’t expect too much from sushi/sashimi places that aren’t filled with Japanese sushi chefs, but Harney’s has surprised me... the quality of their fish and ingredients definitely speaks for itself.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2019

We could ask for a better review! Thank you so very much :)

Reviewed 30 November 2019 via mobile

Went for supper with a group of 8 and every single one of us were extremely happy with our dinner. I have only praises on the service and food. My only negative thing was that our table was located by the door going to the...outdoor patio and we had a good cold draft. Below is what i ordered. Sea Bass Truffle Nigiri Sea bass, torched garlic, truffle oil, black sea salt Unwritten Law-bacore seared albacore sashimi, garlic, jalapeno, sautéed in ponzu Lightning Roll shrimp tempura spicy tuna topped with black cod seared tuna avocado, faux-nagi sauce, rayu Rollz Royce shrimp tempura, asparagus, topped with tuna sashimi, jalapeno, money sauce, hand seared garlic, ponzu, faux-nagi sauceMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time and writing us a wonderful review. I’m so sorry you experienced a cold draft. Perhaps the next time you make a reservation you could request to not sit next to a door.

Reviewed 11 October 2019

If you can, make a reservation, but they also can accommodate walk ins. It's a little dark in the restaurant but there's also a really cool outdoor seating area. The menu is huge, so we asked the server for recommendations and really enjoyed all the...specialty rolls we tried. They are pretty large rolls and have some interesting combinations, so order 1 or 2 rolls per person and share!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2019

Thank you for the great review, and suggesting to make a reservation. We would love to back you back in soon!

Reviewed 7 October 2019 via mobile

Stopped at old downtown San Diego on a windy September evening looking for high quality sushi restaurant . Old downtown San Diego is one of the coolest place to visit regardless of the purpose of your visit. We went with the soft shell crab roll,...spicy yellow tail roll and the spicy California roll all we’re behind great worth a visit whenever I’ll be in the area. Thumb up at Ofer’s scaleMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2019

This is so kind of you, and nice to hear. We love to know we hit the mark for you:) Thank you for giving us a try and for the thoughtful review.

Reviewed 18 September 2019

A friend who previously lived in San Diego recommended Harney to me for when I visited. Dropped by for a late lunch and order the Sushi Party combo that included a Cali Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, and a Flaming Lip Roll. It was delicious! The...flaming lip roll especially - so spicy without being too overpowering. Loved it! I was visiting solo, but finished the entire platter on my own - just could not let it go to waste. Harney is on my list of places to eat the next time I am in San Diego. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2019

We love our out of town regulars! Thanks for giving us a try:)

Reviewed 16 September 2019 via mobile

Wow! Sit at the bar and ask for Gabriel. This is probably the best sushi I've ever had. Unique taste and flavor. Top notch!

Date of visit: September 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2019

So great to hear!! Thank you ✨

Reviewed 5 September 2019

Yes, a sushi restaurant in Old Town among the sea of good Mexican restaurants here. There are non-sushi items, like teriyaki and tempura as well. The decor is dark and club-like with music on the louder side. Food quality was good and prices were fair....Sat at the bar. Alex the bartender was friendly and took good care of drink and food. Employees seemed happy. We had a nice time.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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DanielleHarney, Owner at Harney Sushi, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2019

Thank you for checking us out. I’m glad you had a nice meal with us :)

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Frequently Asked Questions about Harney Sushi

  • Yes, Harney Sushi offers takeaway services.

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  • Harney Sushi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4