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Best Sushi Joints With Great Happy Hours

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The smell of the ocean surrounds us every day, with our wisely selected coastal habitation. The breeze blows off the water, bringing a refreshing wind through our hair. Besides these sensational gifts, we also get the pleasure of eating fresh fish from our own waters. Reminder to locals: this is amazing.

Enjoy the sushi by the sea, for your own weekly fish fix, or when hosting friends from out of town. Show off what San Diego has to offer with these amazing sushi finds.

Norwegia Roll Salmon Sushi at Million Dollar Japanese Restaurant, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Sushi Lounge | Encinitas, Poway, Point Loma

With three locations in San Diego, Sushi Lounge calls itself ‘the best sushi in San Diego,’ and we definitely agree that it’s up there. Mark your calendar to check this place out on Mondays, and appreciate their half price deals from 4PM-close. Oh, and if you’re a dessert person, the House Made Mud Pie won’t steer you wrong. In addition to their incredible food, Sushi Lounge is committed to volunteering in the communities that surround their locations, giving back to schools and local charities.

We recommend: Tasmanian Devil
Grilled shrimp, spicy krab and cucumber layered with tasmanian salmon, avocado, cilantro, and ponzu sauce

The Joint | Ocean Beach

The Joint is located just 2 blocks from the water, on Ocean Beach’s main drag. Grab a seat outside during a Wednesday farmer’s market night, and engage in a fun array of people watching while you eat your rolls. Every day from 2-6PM select rolls and tapas are available for a happy hour discount. Stop by for an early dinner and walk to the end of the road to watch the sunset over the OB Pier.

We recommend: The Joint Roll
Deep fried soft shell crab, chopped with avocado, green onions, pickled shallots, masago, & sesame seeds, rolled in soy paper

Harney Sushi | Old Town & Oceanside

Known for having San Diego’s only sake bar and 30 of the world’s best sake, this sushi joint takes quality seriously. Several of their fish are on the ‘best choice’ ratings from Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. Need some late night grub? Harney hosts a late night social hour every day of the week from 10PM-Close with select plates and appetizers sold at a discounted rate.

We recommend: Flaming Lip
Tempura fried cali roll with cream cheese, topped with spicy mayo, jalapeno, and sriracha

Akinori | Hillcrest

Chef Akinori Sato, a native Japanese chef from Tokyo, brought his talent and experience to the heart of Hillcrest. He prides himself in being ‘the seeker of the freshest fish,’ and desires to spread the traditional art of sushi to San Diegans. Get a small hot sake for just 99 cents during happy hour, as well as discounts on a handful of other rolls and appetizers.

We recommend: The Birthday Roll
Asparagus, snow crab, and calamari, topped with tuna, salmon, seared albacore, avocado, and drizzled with spicy mayo and eel sauce

Don’t forget to take advantage of your close proximity to the ocean, for however long you call San Diego home!

Katrina is an OBcean that spends her time drinking quality coffee and engaging in the community that she lives in.

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