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H2O Sushi & Izakaya

Map & Directions 1870 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Asian, Japanese
  • Sun 12pm-11pm, Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Garage


OC Weekly's Description

When eating at the new H2O Sushi & Izakaya at the Triangle in Costa Mesa, Sushi Shibucho worshipers will need to try very hard to not think about how close they are to their temple. Though mere yards separate the two restaurants, the gulf between them is larger than the Pacific Ocean is wide. H2O Sushi & Izakaya is everything Sushi Shibucho isn’t. H2O is to sushi what Javier’s is to tacos. So if you’re a self-professed sushi snob and you find yourself here, you should bite your tongue because it’s likely the people you’re with aren’t the same kind of sushi consumer you are. They, unlike you, will regard Sushi Shibucho’s refusal to do California rolls as elitist, not admirable. Omakase? They don’t know the word. What they’re after are rolls fashioned into snakes and volcanoes, the fish and rice practically drowned with sauces sticky sweet and Sriracha-based. They’ll supplement the meal with combo plates containing something teriyaki and something tempura, and then wash it all down with neon-colored sake martinis. They, unlike you, didn’t go out tonight to sit quietly and reverentially across from an itamae who apprenticed for years under his father’s stern tutelage. H2O’s customers are those who will regard its nightclub aesthetics and the halting screeches of the dubstep soundtrack not as distractions, but as an essential part of the experience.

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