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Kiyo's Japanese Restaurant

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531 F St, San Diego, CA 92101-6308
+1 619-238-1726
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Kansas City, Missouri
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128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2014

I am back in San Diego Aug 30, 2014 and headed to get some excellent Japanese food from Kiyo's. Unfortunately, the restaurant has now closed. I will miss this gem of the Gas Light District.

1 Thank Richard B
Kansas City, Missouri
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128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Kiyo's has very authentic and very good Japanese foods. Lunch prices are very reasonable. The other restaurants in the Gas Lamp districts are quite pricey. Kiyo's is reasonable.

3 Thank Richard B
Olney, Maryland
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2012

We have been going to Kiyos restaurant since the 90's. Although we live on the East Coast we have family in San Diego and come out often. We always make a point of going to eat at Kiyos. Kiyo usually goes to the fish market twice/day to select the freshest fish he can find. We always sit at the sushi... More 

1 Thank gsinha
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2012

Not horribly expensive and the food is great. Service is wonderful. Nice ambiance--quiet, no TVs. Terrific place to go with a group of friends as it's quiet enough that you can actually converse (imagine that--eating and conversing rather than watching TV). The sushi is delicious and there are other choices for the non-sushi eaters. Portions are large. Conveniently located close... More 

1 Thank Jill P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 July 2012

After reading everyone's reviews I was expecting something a little better than what I received. I didn't order anything extra special... the edamame came out ice cold. The spicy tuna roll was just like any other and the hand roll I had was average as well. The part that was really annoying was that I asked for my bill and... More 

1 Thank AnnaGS26
New York City, New York
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2012

I live right down the street. It is by far the most authentic Japanese restaurant I've ever been to in America. The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and the food is great! The table right by the window is very romantic; great for a date!

1 Thank Alex K
Cherry Valley, California
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2012

But really nice employees. We were celebrating a bachelorette party and they were very accommodating and helpful. It wasn't my favorite sushi ever, but I didn't think it was awful.

1 Thank mburton0000
Detroit, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2010

I was almost offput by the mixed reviews of Kiyo's despite the four star overall review. I'm glad I wasn't swayed. A tiny hole in the wall that you'd blink if you missed, with a charming, almost outdated feel, Kiyo's has a relaxed but authentic atmosphere. Other reviews mention slow service - they're absolutely right. Service definitely is not their... More 

1 Thank thomeygirl
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2010

Love the sushi here and love the staff. SO friendly! The place itself is well-worn and -- well, frankly, woefully run-down... but they know their fish. And things are very reasonably priced. Try the soft shell crab roll.

1 Thank MollyMcLolly
Arlington, TX
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107 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2009

This place had decent sushi, although the group I was with wasn't very adventurous (CA Rolls, etc) What I did have was very good. The place wasn't very full, but the service was still slow for some reason.

1 Thank ACWilson

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 531 F St, San Diego, CA 92101-6308
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-238-1726

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