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Best Japanese/Sushi in Orange County

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Nana San

This bright and modern sushi bar and restaurant is one of Newport Beach's best and best kept secrets. In-the-know diners begin lining up for a seat in the fairly small restaurant before it even opens for both lunch and dinner. Nana San offers a menu full of high quality and affordable sushi and sashimi. For the adventurous sushi-lover, try the chef's choice, where you merely tell them your price point and the dishes start flowing. Reasonably priced lunch specials include miso soup and salad in addition to the variety of rolls and sushi and other surprises that might emerge.

Newport Beach, CA, United States
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Roy's - Anaheim

Roy Yamaguchi, a Tokyo native, first tasted Hawaiian fare as a kid when he traveled with his grandparents to Maui. These early memories inform his menus with exotic flavors and spices confected with the freshest of local ingredients. Roy Yamaguchi's commitment to fine food with his seafood-intensive menu saw the debut of Roy's Restaurant in Honolulu in 1988 and word got around that this was THE place for excellent food and service. A nice way to start your meal is to select from the many tantalizing Ohana Appetizers. The tempura crusted spicy ahi sushi roll has just enough bite to whet your appetite. Roy's Canoe appetizer for two includes shrimp sticks, Szechuan baby ribs, lemongrass steak summer roll, crispy blue crab cake and lobster pot stickers – a choice sampling of the eatery's extensive menu. For entrees, The charred Japanese misoyaki butterfish is as succulent as its name. The original blackened island ahi, bathed in spicy hot soy mustard butter is another favorite. For dessert, Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé, a flourless chocolate cake with a molten hot center, is the right way to round things out.

Anaheim, CA, United States
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Nagisa

Nagisa upholds its legacy as the most traditional, authentic Japanese restaurant in Newport Beach. Owner Ray and his second-in-command Reggie continue to be hands-on with restaurant operations, dutifully serving hordes of local regulars and the errant out-of-towner. The decor matches the cuisine's authenticity, wooden walls, subtle Japanese decor and delicate instrumental music combining to create the perfect ambiance for such refined fare. Fresh fish and immaculately presented sashimi is only part of the reason locals have flocked to this location since 1982, a wide selection of more substantial (and Westernized) dishes such as tempura and chicken or beef terriyaki also available. Shellfish deserves a special mention for the massive, yet balanced flavors, the baked clam and "Sue's Mussels", a platter of fresh mussels in a delectable soy sauce-based marinade, some surprising and delightful choices. If owner Ray's service can seem brusque to newcomers, it is only because he saves his real adoration for repeat local guests, many of whom have candid photos hanging right over the register in the back. With its quality ingredients, skilled chefs and picture-perfect atmosphere, it's hard to find a better sushi experience, let alone better sushi, anywhere else than local favorite and hidden gem Nagisa.

Newport Beach, CA, United States
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Sushi on Fire

Sushi on Fire boasts a cosmopolitan cool from its central location in Huntington Beach, an elegantly minimal dining area and trendy bar creating a hip atmosphere. A la carte sushi is the main focus of the menu here, although a somewhat secret menu of twelve artisan sakes makes this restaurant a destination in itself. Knowledgeable servers can assist you in making the perfect sake choice to accompany the incredibly fresh fare on offer. Overflowing with California cool, Sushi on Fire is a hot item in the Huntington dining scene.

Huntington Beach, CA, United States
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O Fine Japanese Cuisine - Laguna Beach

O Fine Japanese Cuisine - Laguna Beach is the sister restaurant of the Irvine branch. Set in a cozy triangular space with cool blue neon lighting, the restaurant serves lovely Japanese cuisine with a fusion swirl to it. From sushi, sashimi, sukiyaki (hot pot), teriyaki, and California rolls to the creative dishes like Chilean sea bass misoyaki, garlic beef, king crab roll, tempura ice cream and more, you will find every dish deliciously wonderful. They also have fully stocked bar of sake, beer and wine.

Laguna Beach, CA, United States
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