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The “Best of” Japanese Sushi Bars in Orange County, California

One persons idea of the best, is not everybody’s idea of the bestess’ess’sess (that is a word), so I compiled a list of the best of the best broken down into a number of categories.

You might start off a search by “best (rating),” than by “reviews (popularity), and eventually places “open late” because you took so damn long to decide. If that is you, you’re on the right page because I’m going to save you time by breaking everything down by category, but I just left out “best place to get food poisoning.”

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Yea, that chirashi from Koto Sushi does look good. Image by Sushi Koto.

Best Omakase

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Come for the food minus the sushi bar chitchat and pretentious prices.

Sushi Murasaki
2901 W MacArthur Blvd #108, Santa Ana, CA
(714) 241-1000
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 6-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Sat: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Sun: 5:30-9pm, Mon: Closed

Friendliest Service

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How long has it been? 3 years? What you still remember what I like?!

Nana San
3601 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 474-7373
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Sat: 5:30-10pm, Sun: Closed Mon: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Best Variety of Fish

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That school field trip you took as kid is nothing compared to Shunka because they at least let you eat the fish here.

Shunka
369 E 17th St #17, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-9854
Tues-Mon: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm

Best Sushi “Bar”

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Just remember how to say “kampai,” “sake bomb,” and “biiru o mou ippon onegaishimasu”

Jizake Sushi Restaurant
30001 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste C, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 363-9779
www.jizakeoc.com
Tues-Thurs: 5-9pm, 5:30-9:30pm, Fri: 12am-1:30pm, 5-10pm, Sat: 5-10pm, Sun: 5-9pm Mon: 5-9pm

Best Value

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It’s a good value when it’s affordable, but they don’t come up short on quality.

Ikeda Japanese Dining
18900 Beach Blvd #112, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 861-2125
Tues-Sun: 4-9pm, Mon: Closed

Best for Large Groups

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The sushi bar, dining room, garden, the bar, tatami room, to the outdoor patio, they got you covered for your family and lover(s).

Kitayama
101 Bayview Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 725-0777
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Sat: 5:30-10pm, Sun: 5:30-9:30pm, Mon: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Best Kitchen Menu

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Twice on the list for good reason.

Murasaki
2901 W MacArthur Blvd #108, Santa Ana, CA
(714) 241-1000
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 6-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Sat: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Sun: 5:30-9pm, Mon: Closed

Best Ambiance

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Where best can you take selfies and valet your yacht.

Nobu
3450 Via Oporto #101, Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 429-4440
www.noburestaurants.com
Tues-Thurs: 12-10pm, Fri: 12-11pm, Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 11am-10pm, Mon: 12-10pm

Best Service

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Don’t worry about having to lift a hand, they’ll do everything for you except feed you (well, maybe for the right price).

San Shi Go
205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 673-3724
Tues-Thurs: 5-10pm, Fri-Sat: 5-10:30pm, Sun: 5-10pm, Mon: 5-10pm

Best Family  Restaurant

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Go get gramps and gam gam’s because you can also do hibachi and sushi night here.

Matsu Restaurant
18035 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 848-4404
www.matsugood.com
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10:30pm, Sat: 5-10:30pm, Sun: 5-9:30pm, Mon: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm

Best Fusion Sushi

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The fusion will rock you (sing it, everybody, alright).

Sushi Roku
327 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
www.innovativedining.com
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat: 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun: 11:30-9:30pm, Mon: 11:30-9:30pm

Best AYCE (All You Can Eat)

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Eat up fatass, go feed your tapeworm.

Sake 2 Me Sushi
13951 Carroll Way, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 731-6980
www.sake2mesushi.com
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-10pm, Fri: 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat: 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun: 12-10pm, Mon: 11:30-10pm

Best Kaiten Sushi

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It’s like you walked directly into a slice of Japan minus the drunken salarymen.

Kura Sushi
2700 Alton Pkwy #133, Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 553-0747
www.kurausa.com
Tues-Thurs: 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-12am, Sun-Mon: 11am-11pm

Best Chirashi

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Why would you not come here for it, it’s the go to item (check out the pic at the bottom).

Koto Sushi
18120 Brookhurst St #25, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
www.kotooc.com
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-1:45pm, 5-9:15pm, Fri: 11:30am-2:15pm, 5-10pm, Sat: 11:30am-2:15pm, 5-10pm, Sun: 11:30-2:15pm, 5:30-9:15 pm Mon: 11:30am-1:45pm, 5-9:15pm

Best Lunch Specials

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You just can’t beat the quality and price, just hope the service is quick.

Sushi Wazen
22641 Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 855-8330
Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm, Sat: 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm, Sun: 11:30-2pm, 5-10pm, Mon: Closed

Best Late Night Sushi

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Not strictly sushi, but they are open till 1 am with an expansive menu and bar.

Tokyo Table
2710 Alton Pkwy #101, Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 263-0000
www.tokyotable.com
Tues-Mon: 11:30am-1am