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Himitsu, La Jolla, CA
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Himitsu

$31 to $50
Sushi
A sushi bar and Japanese bistro. Inspired by the sushi bars in Tokyo. Himitsu introduces Japanese culture, design, and hospitality to San Diego.

Our 8 person sushi bar and 20 person patio is located in a discrete corner of La Jolla, a setting well suited to our name, which translate to "Secret" in Japanese.

Chef Mitsu Aihara presents a menu of traditional sushi and nigiri, along with Japanese style tapas using the high quality products and ingredients.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Why we love it

Executive chef: Mitsu Aihara

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Plate

    2022

Plan ahead to secure a seat at chef Mitsu Aihara’s intimate sushi counter or grab a spot in the cozy outdoor setup. Either way, you’ll be rewarded with an elegant omakase selection and on-trend dishes like a rib-eye katsu sando and seared scallops with brown butter soy cream.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 263-4463
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,002 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Sushi

1,002 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The omakase was poorly put together. Non of she sashimi or nigiri were consistently made. There were several bites that were far to big and we had to split into additional bites. Overall my least favorite onakase experience.

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  2. Anlly

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Good food, but we were sitting basically at the parking lot.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice and easy going sushi counter. High quality fish with both traditional and modern preparation. Nice atmosphere despite being in a small strip mall. The chef is very skilled and fun to talk to about what you want. Overall great experience for the money.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fresh fish. You can taste the care in each cut. Would 100% go again and recommend to others. Such a great dinner!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was better than the previous plate. Salmon, sweet shrimp, oysters, wagyu with uni. The service was amazing. The staff was attentive but not over bearing.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Outstanding customer service! Food not worth the price tho

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  7. MariaT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic authentic Japanese sushi. So fresh excellent specials

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good, but it took over an hour for us to get it, and our server hardly spoke to us. We wanted to order more, as we were still hungry, but never got an opportunity to ask since our reservation was only for 90 minutes — our server made sure we were aware of that when we sat down. After asking for the check, we ended up waiting for an additional 30 minutes before asking a host for the check. It’s pretty disappointing to pay over 200 dollars and leave hungry. I hope this was just an off night for Himitsu, but we won’t be coming back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the servers do a great job at making recommendations.

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  10. AhmedH

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Only slot available was for 9pm. Called the restaurant to confirm what time they close, I was assured that the information posted online is incorrect for Fridays and Saturdays. Last call at 10pm. Called to request earlier seating if available, and was told could sit at the bar at 8:45, so I preferred to keep the table at 9pm. As soon as we arrived, 8:59pm the server gave us the menus and told us we had to order quickly as they close at 9:30pm! We kept on being pressured for last order, without any orders coming till the table before I started complaining that there’s no way to judge if we want to order more if there’s no food served, and that feeling of being rushed in a highly rated supposedly gourmet restaurant should not be acceptable! Manager came and apologized, then the treatment changed and they kept the kitchen open until we were done eating and ordering more. However, I had higher expectations of the Salmon Belly - I clearly asked the waitress to explain to sushi chef that I expect belly to be fatty as in white coloured quality, in such a restaurant. It was very disappointing. The waggyu nigiri was out of these world, we ordered it twice. The spice n spicy roll is the best dish we had. The yellow fin Tuna was highly appraised as well. Soft shell crab roll was average, nothing special. The restaurant needs to stop taking 9pm reservations if they can’t offer high quality service to the guests.

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FAQs

Himitsu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 263-4463.

Himitsu is rated 4.8 stars by 1002 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Himitsu

1030 Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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