“Omakase” means to “entrust” or in the case of omakase sushi, “Trust the chef.” There is no need to look at the menu because your chef will prepare fresh sushi dishes for you, from their daily specials to off-menu items. Omakase is perfect for sushi lovers who are more adventurous and want to try new things. Chefs will continue to offer you food until you tell them to stop. Dining omakase-style can get a bit pricey but all of these places are definitely worth the expense for their freshness, quality and service.
18507 Yorba Linda Blvd
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Owned by Chef Hiro-san and his wife Jun, this hidden gem in Yorba Linda seems out of the way. However, his ankimo (monk fish liver), king crab leg sushi and fresh scallop with uni dishes are extremely fresh and worth the trek to their restaurant.
1956 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92865
Tucked away in a small and quiet plaza, Oshima sticks to fresh basics and simple sushi. Their omakase prices for lunch are affordable, making Oshima a very popular spot. They have an uni pasta on the menu that is hearty and delicious.
735 Baker St., Ste C
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Ikko can be easily missed if you don’t pay attention. Their space is very small but always packed so be sure to make reservations. They have a very diverse omakase dinner which incorporates hot dishes as well. If you’re lucky you may get to try their wagyu beef sushi.
369 E 17th St., Ste 17
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
This Japanese restaurant is new to the omakase sushi options list in Orange County but the chefs are seasoned experts. Another great choice for fresh sushi and sashimi meals in Costa Mesa.
2901 W MacArthur Blvd, Ste 108
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Sushi Murasaki has a very diverse omakase menu, from hot dishes to a variety of fresh sushi. They also have an extensive a la carte menu for those that do not want to dine omakase-style.
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