The crowd at Sushi Ota speak volumes about the quality of the fish and other Asian delicacies served up here. Look for the Omikasa Chef's Dinner ... More
The crowd at Sushi Ota speak volumes about the quality of the fish and other Asian delicacies served up here. Look for the Omikasa Chef's Dinner Special, which changes daily but always provides good quality, quantity and value. In addition to the raw fish selections, you can also find sukiyaki, yakitori and other cooked entrees from the land of the rising sun. The service is pleasant and patient if you are a first-time sushi diner, always ready to make suggestions to assure a pleasant meal.
I am a regular here and am never disappointed. Ota, I'm told by his chefs, has a great connection with his fishmonger and you can tell by the quality of his food. I always get something different because everything is so good that I can't have a favorite. The service is always exceptional and warm. Impossible not to like this place.
First, you have to wait a long time, even if you have a reservation. The service is marginal at best. The facilities are very dirty (check out the bathroom - plus, notice that no one seems to wash their hands). The prices are high and the food is just average (with a few exceptions). I think that the awful looking place makes the food look better than it really is. I've had equal, or better, quality at other sushi bars. If you live in San Diego you probably know which places. I feel that the analogy of the 'emperor has no clothes' applies to this place.
I have been going here religiously for 10 years. I have been to sushi throughout North America and this is the best. Twelve months a year from 5-11 there are waiting lines. Call ahead for a reservation because you'll have a long wait if you do not.
They do have fresh fish...but not the best in town!! I agree the location & ambiance is not even at par w/ the price. After many many years in business im suprised they have not remodeled to a modern, clean look to support their pricing. Try Sushi NIPPON in 4th St., place is small but THE BEST sushi I've ever tried so far in San Diego! Looks like their chef are fresh from Japan...awesome caterpillar~ to die for!
I tried all my favorite fishes. I was delighted by what I got. However, what made this dinner unforgettable were all the sushi dishes that I have never seen anywhere else. I now know what I will be missing when I head back to my home state.
Not sure if it's best in town..but it's definately worth the try!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 5/21/06
Our Japanese friends recommended Sushi Ota, so we decided to give it a try.
We walked in at 5:30pm Sunday without reservation. There were already many people there eating. The waitress who greeted us by the door said she could gave us a table for 2 if we could finish our dinner by 6:30pm. We accepted the condition.
We ordered several dishes. The food is pretty good except some.
We DON'T recommend:
1. toro sashimi($12 for 2 thin pieces)- not fresh, tasted just okay
2. Fried Oysters (3 big oysters about $5.50)- very big ones but not very fresh and sweet
1. Miso marinated sea bass combo (come with steamed rice/or fried rice + soup/or salad, about $16)- sea bass tasted very sweet, the greens on the place were good too.
2. regular sushi- I guess you just have to order regular sushi (like salmon, yellow tail, shrimp, uni, etc.)which most Japanese people ordered. I guess that way you will be more likly to have fresh sashimi.
We will go back to Sushi Ota. But we won't order expensive toro next time.
By the way, we paid about $67 for two people.