Japanese >RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
474 Broadway, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210132.715765 -117.160626
Food: 11am-11pm Daily
Late Night Menu: 11pm-midnight
Bar: Open until 1am or later
Neighborhoods: Horton Plaza, Central, Central San Diego
I went to the RA Sushi bar a few weeks ago and LOVED IT! The service was excellent and the environment was fun for 6:30 on tuesday! They have great happy hour specials and the sushi is so fresh! I will definitely be going back soon!
A bit high on price, but cool atmosphere, especially with a night on the town. Great place to have drinks and eat with a group of friends
Not bad but Pricey – the service was great and the food was good too, nothing out of the ordinary but good. One negative aspect was the price; I thought it was too pricey for the amount of food. But for the atmosphere and location i guess that is what it is.
bad spot for date – Stay clear of this sushi place. Sushi place on washington is a more private place for date
Sushi restaurant and lounge features Asian fusion dishes and sleek, club-like decor. – Washed in red by overhead lamps and stained woods, the sleek décor bears a hip Asian feel. Expect an Asian fusion menu and artful sushi, including specialty rolls like the Tootsy Maki, Lone Star Roll and lotus-root-topped Viva Las Vegas. Enjoy a specialty cocktail or happy hour in the lounge.
"The place was packed (with mostly attractive people, always a plus to have some eye candy), but the service was still excellent (and of course we got sauced)." (lenabean82, Citysearch user)
"I loved their innovative sushi rolls, like the gojira roll (shrimp tempura, spicy mayo, red beet, and spinach tempura flakes) and the tootsy maki which included a rich eel sauce." (phlordsfo, Citysearch user)
"Interesting rolls... not sure if you really get your moneys worth." (5StarReview, Citysearch user)
"Our server seemed to forget about us as she tended to a large party behind us, and the food came all at once, on several small plates." (jomarkumar423, Citysearch user)
Fun place to look at, still not my favorite place... – The servers are all pretty cool, funky tattoos and hair, very hip place down town. Park at Horton Plaza and validate parking there and walk to RA. Interesting rolls... not sure if you really get your moneys worth.
Overrated!! Bad sushi – This place was so overrated! Everyone in San Diego was saying this is the best place. Not even! I'm from LA and i have had my fair share of awesome sushi but it placed sucked. Our server was the dumbest girl i have ever met. She put our drinks in and forgot to ring in 2 of ours. We were a party of 4. Come on...she then forgot to put in our soup and salads. Every time we needed a refill or something we seriously had to ask 3 times until we got it. The sushi was so gross, the fish and crab was imitation. We also order 4 shots and she forgot those then when she put them in they took forever! The bartender ending up bringing them over and was like "Uh have you been waiting on these?" The drinks were weak, small, warm and not worth the money. Avoid this place.
perfect for happy hour – I first went to RA in Tempe, AZ on Mill Ave and had the best time ever. I was visiting my friend Colleen (she's from NY and I trust her taste implicitly) and she swore by their happy hour. The place was packed (with mostly attractive people, always a plus to have some eye candy), but the service was still excellent (and of course we got sauced). I had a similar experience in SD, as with AZ the happy hour had a few more options than most sushi spots (i mean how many california rolls can one girl eat?) and the service was fantastic. I have found a few more places with better sushi, but for happy hour I totally recommend checking out RA (pinapple wontons are a must, yum!).
You can find better sushi else where – My sisters, wife and I went to check out Ra Sushi last Sunday during their "reverse happy hour." Since it was the holidays, we figured we wouldn't have to fight a line, and would finally get a chance to check this place out. Sure enough, there wasn't much of a line, and we were seated immediately. The aesthetics of the place were nice, but that's pretty much the highlight of this trip. The food was mediocre at best. We ordered the spicy tuna (bland), the lobster and crab roll (couldn't taste the lobster, almost a glorified california roll), the ultimate shrimp tempura roll (which tasted remarkably like a california roll), and the tempura coconut shrimp (actually decent). While we did get happy hour prices, I still feel that it wasn't worth the effort of maneuvering around downtown. Our service was off as well. Our server seemed to forget about us as she tended to a large party behind us, and the food came all at once, on several small plates (instead of one large one as it is with most places). Our entire table was taken up, which was only have as annoying as our server ignorning us. For a true sushi buff, stay away from this place. This place is a true "chain restaurant", and is more of a place to be seen, than it is to eat.
Recommend for a fun night out – This place was great. The music was fun but really random and the food was very good. The edamame and tempura shrimp were an excellent start and the California rolls were good for dinner. We finished the meal off with fried banana and kahlua and it was great! We all enjoyed dinner. The music in the bar area was a bit too loud.
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