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Takao Japanese Restaurant

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425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4718
+1 949-498-7111
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Japanese cuisine is the consistent choice for us. Have had the luxury of visiting that unique country and sampled restaurants all over the U.S. Our favorite is in Dana Point, but we decided to give this establishment a try for comparison. Sashimi is always on my plate and my lady prefers tempura, so we ordered accordingly. The overall impression was... More 

Thank petelapuh
Apple Valley, United States
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We have been going to San Clemente regularly since 1975 but had never tried Taka-O. We were very pleased with our dinner; and we got in on an Early Bird special.

Thank Cheryl D
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63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Some times eating out alone isn't fun, but the sushi chefs are pretty friendly and actually pretty funny! Loved the roll I got and the sauce was amazing...but the amount of sauce was a little more than I like. I would ask for sauce on the side next time. If I lived here, this would be my sushi spot.

Thank Laura D
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Get there at 7 eat a casual dinner (its not fancy)and then sing Karaoke from 8-10. The Karaoke bar did not get busy until 10 so we sang lots of songs from an endless Karaoke library. Staff is very nice. Makes you feel like you are on vacation. I had teriyaki chicken and tempura for $15, my husband enjoyed the... More 

Thank Susan Haines L
San Diego, California
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77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Great little restaurant , set back off a busy main street with limited parking available in front. Entrance through the small front door brings you to the reception desk which is not always staffed. Take a right to the sushi bar and karaoke lounge and to the left for the restaurant proper. Great decor, lots of polished wood and Japanese... More 

Thank LJB610
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We had lunch here and were nicely surprised at how fresh the sushi was. Service was very good as well. We will eat here again.

Thank pitter22
Laguna Niguel, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We would go here once a month or so, my favorite Japanese in the area. I always have had good meals here and the wait staff is fine. Weekends are busy, of course, but food is decent and service is just fine. When you go in the sit down restaurant is to the left and you have to go in... More 

Thank fishjet
San Francisco, California
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282 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

My friend raves about this place so I feel bad to not write a better review. Perhaps I have been spoiled with access to better Japanese food living in Asia the past 4 years, the food here just didn't do it for me. The quality of fish was ok, the flavors was kinda bland, and the overall taste lacks the... More 

Thank Minnie Y
San Jose, California
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Beautiful dining area with nice ambiance and delicious food...Service is awesome, friendly staff..I had sushi with Saki...it was too good...thumbs up to this place...

Thank Mohit_parmar
San Clemente, California
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151 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Call ahead for reservations. Very limited parking. Street parking is available. Offer sushi at their bar or at the dining room table. Can accommodate large groups. Some customers can be noisy and is not an intimate location. But we like coming here often. I like their shrimp tempura combination dinners.

Thank windiveski

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4718
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-7111

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