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425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4718
+1 949-498-7111
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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San Clemente, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 May 2014

One of our favorite Sushi restaurants in our hometown, San Clemente, we are always satisfied with our meals. One of our favorites, Tataki Sashimi (lightly seared albacore with thinly sliced cucumber), has a secret sauce to die for! We're never dissatisfied with any choice off the menu and often try new sushi and sashimi for variety. Still, we always start... More 

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Thank Rochelle K
San Clemente, California
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95 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

It seems like I have been here a lot in the last month. I really enjoy trying new things at the sushi bar. I loved the Halibut Sashimi, Uni, and the sauce on the albacore sushi. Everyone at the restaurant is very friendly and I think for sushi the value is good. Also the hand roll from the yellowtail belly... More 

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Thank Omar N
Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2013

Gave a good portion for the price and the fish was fresh and service good. Also there was good side dishes that went with the sushi

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Delray Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013

I just moved to San Clemente from Florida and read all the reviews to find a good sushi restaurant here. This is sad if it is the best in town. I ordered the tuna tataki roll. They seared the tuna and smothered it in "tataki sauce" which overwhelmed the roll to the point you could not even taste the other... More 

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Thank 1Delraylocal
Diamond Bar, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Taka-O restaurant is a great, affordable, and amazing Sushi dining experience in San Clemente, CA. I've eaten here quite a few times, and every time it has been enjoyable and pleasant experience. The specials are really what set Taka-O apart from other restaurants, and you can always be sure the fish is fresh! They are busy at times [a good... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2013

I brought a few of my colleagues to partake in the sushi that put sushi in my crawl. It was the place I went to every week I was home in California. My favorite chef is gone now.the quality is still fine. The fish is fresh, the chefs were attentive. Tataki sashimi which was the wife's favorites still great. The... More 

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Thank Dave B
Canada
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2013

This review is based on two different bento box lunches; we did not try the sushi and will not be back to chance it. First, the chef is most certainly NOT Japan-trained and probably not even Japanese. Second, if you know true Japanese food this place is NOT for you. The first course is Miso Soup, not hot but only... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2013

This is a tiny restaraunt, so get a reservation or get there early. The food was very fresh, and as far as sushi goes, a good value for the money. Staff was knowledgable and made good recommendations.

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Sun City, Arizona
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390 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2013

Although the night was cold, cold, cold the atmosphere inside was warm, welcoming and so friendly. My wife and I are not highly skilled sushi fans but do love it. From the hot wet towels to start to the prompt service we had a great evening. The octopus sashimi was perhaps the best we've ever had.

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Chino Hills, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 September 2012

This was a quiet restaurant that had wooden booths. The booth made it semi-private and the dinner specials were of great value. We went there for our 36th Wedding anniversary.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4718
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-7111

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