Since 1990, Sushi Chef Ota has been serving the freshest local fish to San Diego residents. Born and trained in Japan, Chef Ota provides authentic and quality sushi to his customers, regular patrons say. The menu at Sushi Ota features traditional sushi and sashimi, along with entrees of beef, chicken, or salmon teriyaki, and sushi combo platters.
Be sure to try the sea urchin. The high quality and unique flavor of San Diego’s local urchins is what persuaded Chef Ota to stay in the city, the restaurant’s website says. If you’re looking for a sample of all Ota has to offer, try the chirashi bowl, which features salmon, yellowtail, octopus, squid, clam, and other delicacies from the sea.
Sushi Ota serves lunch Tuesdays through Fridays and dinner daily. A tip from locals: make a reservation. The wait here can be long, but regulars say the sushi is worth it.