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Top 5 Sushi Places in San Diego North County

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Oct 3 3 minutes read

San Diego North County offers a wide variety of international cuisine to choose from but if you're craving for Sushi, San Diego's sushi game is particularly strong. There's a long list of sushi restaurants from inexpensive maki rolls for a quick lunch to gourmet rolls that incorporate special ingredients, these local sushi restaurants have it all. Here's our top pick of the best Sushi restaurants this side of the planet!

Kaito Sushi

130 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

Definitely one of the undisputed sushi place in San Diego North County and with Kaito's Tokyo-trained chef, Kazuo Morita, one will surely delight with the day's fresh selection as he makes the best sushi out of it. And in case you see his delicate version of saltwater eel, or anago, is available on the menu, don't miss it.


1030 Torrey Pines Rd G, La Jolla, CA 92037

With only eight seats at the sushi bar, everyone covets a spot as they offer an intimate dining experience in the hands of chef Mitsu Aihara, who spent 16 years at the revered Sushi Ota. Himitsu's traditional menu appeals to anyone who fancies the Japanese culinary experience while adding trendy dishes like the rib-eye katsu sando, a sandwich stuffed with a breaded steak and ginger-dressed cabbage.

Wrench And The Rodent

1815 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Chef/owner Davin Waite has developed a fervent following for his irreverent yet sincere approach to sushi, which brings together local seafood and creative sauces in unexpected flavor combinations. If you're going to take a turn from the traditional, do it here.

The Land & Water Company

2978 Carlsbad Blvd #110, Carlsbad, CA 92008

A local favorite, Chef Rob Ruiz has built a distinguished career on the advocacy of sustainable seafood, which he promotes here in his first solo restaurant that has an emphasis on sushi. Every piece of fish served is carefully sourced and pre-dressed with the chef's housemade sweet soy.


190 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

“Chopstick optional, sharing encouraged” is HapiFish’s motto. Signature sushi rolls are a must try here.  They also offer a Surf & Turf Roll with grilled cajun shrimp and seared wagyu beef. And if you're feeling feisty, try their Beach Bum Roll (spicy tuna, crab mix, cream cheese and jalapeño, tempura fried, and topped with spicy mayo & unagi sauce).

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