4529 Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
Why did we dine here? – Sushi Ota is a well known Sushi hot spot in San Diego. We were vacationing in San Diego and decided to give it a try. We were trying to find something representative of this town and came up with this?! They are rated 4.5 stars on Yelp. Also they are famous for their Uni but had ran out.
Insider Tip – Make reservations or else pray there is a Sushi bar seat open
Cuisine – Japanese Sushi
Location – San Diego
Opened – 2014
Service – Sushi Ota had very good service. Someone seemed to be passing by every couple minutes.
Verdict – Sushi Ota definitely a place to hit if you are in San Diego and like Sushi.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Sushi Ota Signature Dishes – Omakase 5 course $85 or Special Sashimi w/Appetizer $180
Sushi Ota’s Menu includes the standard Nigiri and Rolls along with the Omakase. Be sure to look at the specials board on the wall.
Sushi Ota Food Picks:
Fried Calamari ($5) was a comp’d appetizer. They had us waiting beyond our reservation time by 30 minutes. Light batter, good starter.
$85 Omakase 5 course:
Miso Soup – Fine, nothing special
Appetizer: Mozuku Seaweed & 1pc Tuna Belly, 1pc Yellowtail Belly, 1pc Salmon Belly – An ornate dish to start us off. It was cool having 3 different types of belly to compare and contrast.
Baked: Baked Miso Seabass, Baked Clam Dynamite were both very good. The Sea Bass really stood out but was small.
Sushi: Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, albacore, Tai, Eel (1pc of each) – Wow, beautiful, fresh, cut perfect, could have used another order of this.
Dessert: Green Tea ice cream
Unagi Don ($25) had a sweet sauce and several large pieces of unagi. Fresh and cooked just right.
Teriyaki Chicken ($6) was larger than we thought it would be.
California Now Crab Roll ($8.50) was very good. Real smooth tasting crab and you pay the up charge.
Nigiri Ebi ($4.50) had a large shrimp and hit the mark.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better? Any other suggestions for San Diego dining?