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7127 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2859
+1 805-968-1838
17:30 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Mon 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 14:30
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Goleta, California
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

If you want good, traditional Japanese food in Goleta, Itsuki is the natural place to go to. They have all the basics staples of udon, ramen, tonkatsu, teriyaki, and tempura and you won't be disappointed. Gaku Chiba, the owner has taught his staff well. The sushi is above average, we like the spicy tuna and salmon. Most of the staff... More 

Thank Irontak
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is our go to place for Japanese. The sushi is really excellent -very fresh, good selection and beautifully prepared. I've not tried the rolls, just the nigiri and sashimi. I love their Tsukemen ramen. The spicy ramen is good too. Another great favorite is the mushroom tempura appetizer.

Thank ExportIng
Naperville, Illinois
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223 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The wait staff was wonderful. My dinner friend ordered the incorrect meal - the restaurant made a new one without a charge! Wow. The sushi is very good. The menu is large. There are lots of tables and plenty of parking as the restaurant is in a mall area. If you like sushi - you'll like this restaurant.

1 Thank MicheleC106
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45 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Better than average, not my first pick but in Goleta this would be my choice for Japanese. I did prefer the small little restaurant it was before, and thought the food was better there. Nonetheless, the lunch bentos are a good deal, and large portions overall. The rolls were average, but the ramen was tasty. There are many menu items,... More 

Thank emmyish
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

We came and were very pleased with the food. Which is what you come here for I guess... but never got a refill of water and waited way too long for the bill. Long enough to complete this review and its not even terribly crowded on a Friday night 5 star on food. 2.5 star on service.

Thank Devildog8411
Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

Very good sushi and sashimi with a wide assortment of fish available. Also a wide assortment of sake - and the special sakes were excellent. There was also an extensive menu of oter Japanese food, including Bento boxes and ramen noodles. Pleasant room and good service

Thank marcia93110
Santa Barbara, California
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97 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

This place has fantastic food! I love giving good reviews, especially when a place has fantastic food but the service here was horrible. We had to wait over 25 minutes for a table, half the restaurant was empty. The hostess had no idea how to run the show. When asked for the manager, it turned out that the hostess was... More 

Thank Dutchman101
Santa Barbara, California
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Itsuki is great for Japanese food and sushi. Sushi is always fresh, also enjoy ramen and other cooked Japanese food here. Location is open, clean and can take a group of people on the patio easily. Service is generally ok but can be a bit slow if they are busy, which makes sense. I appreciate the freshness of the food... More 

Thank Christine K
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

Having lived in Japan and returning stateside I am always looking for what I cannot find...The authentic taste and atmosphere of Japan. I finally found it. It feels like someone plucked this restaurant out of the middle of Japan and set it right here in Goleta employees and all. Other restaurants are good but they miss the unique flavors and... More 

1 Thank Freefly93
Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

I spent a lot of time in Japan, living with Japanese families. I learned the food. Itsuki has the food. I'm impressed that they can serve a top notch meal at the sushi bar, and turn out multiple homemade broths for Ramen, Udon, or Soba noodles. They do the work of what would be multiple restaurants in Japan. For what... More 

Thank 1269NHD

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7127 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-2859
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: +1 805-968-1838

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?