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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 good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Aventine Center, 8960 University Centre Lane, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Closed. Last day was June 22, 2018. They had a good run, and I will miss it. Good sushi, nice Japanese fusion cuisine, at one time this was a very hot spot for happy hour and dinner for local professionals.

Thank KLD101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The happy hour deals are amazing- half off wine (really good wine too!) and delicious rolls for a few bucks- we literally spent $80 bucks and ate (and drank) like kings! Friendly wait-staff and definitely convenient for those staying at the Hyatt.. Next trip out...More

Thank daikin
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Nice chicken potstickers. But eat ‘em while they’re hot, don’t let them sit. Spicy tuna roll was yum and several varieties of Sake

Thank LSPrelli
Reviewed 30 March 2018 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.

1  Thank Sam S
Reviewed 21 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 20 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

1  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 15 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 23 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
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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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