Irvine >Food & Dining > Taiko Japanese Restaurant
14775 Jeffrey Rd Ste K, Irvine, CA | Directions 9261833.688733 -117.771563
Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 2 pm, Mon-Sat 5 pm - 10 pm, Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Neighborhoods: El Camino Real
BEST sushi around! We wont even go anywhere else... & we live 20 mins away!!
Not worth your time – Frankly very disappointed. Parents ordered tak out for mothers day cuz I just had surgery so couldn't go eat there. They REFUSED to take sushi order!!! Now keep in mind my rents are repeat patrons. There's no excuse for that type of BS attitude to customers. Then they REFUSED to give us miso soup with the dinners when they come with it. To top it off the tempura was soggy with grease... Not how it should be. Chain restaurants make better food than these guys. Bad service, bad management, bad customer attitude, bad food. I give 1 stars only cuz they at least let my dad leave with some food and not empty handed. If you read this Taiko, you've just lost another customer and I'll be sure to tell all my friends moving to OC to avoid you like the plague. Inexcusable how my dad was treated.
It is the best sushi restaurant – I can't believe the people who write one star. When you read their reviews, you can tell they are not cultured.
Nor are they accurate about pricing.
The pricing is not cheap, the sushi is always fresh, that is the number one important thing when eating anything raw people.
For a sushi restaurant. Ambience, outdated,... I do not care about. If they will take that money and spend it on getting the most freshest fish, that is all that matters.
Think about it, and don't be uncultured or ignorant.
People who are giving a bad review don't know good food – Taiko is the best and most consistent sushi I have ever had! The sushi chefs have been there forever and the line is always long for a reason! I live in San Diego and have had sushi all over the west coast and this is as good as it gets!
The salmon sashimi is TO die for, the ponzo sauce is amazing and the best I have ever hadl. The fresh scallops are just melt in your mouth wonderfully smooth and sweet, really you can't go wrong with anything you order. The halibut and japanese snapper is great too! Pack your patience and be prepared to not get in for lunch if you are not there at least an hour before opening and want to sit at the sushi bar (It seats approx 21) that goes for dinner too! Beyond worth the wait!
Enjoy and ignore the haters, they need to buy some taste and are probably the california roll eaters that tell people they eat sushi!
The Best Sushi Around and Worth the Wait – My good friend turned me on to Taiko recently. I was surprised to see a line of faithful sushi lovers waiting outside for well over an hour before the place was even open. The best place to sit is right up at the sushi bar. The cuts of albacore and yellowtail are right from the belly and will melt in your mouth. The octopus is superb, as are the hand rolls. The toro is spectacular, too. I didn't mess with "California Rolls" or any of the other non-sushi offerings. Just the sashimi and sushi. Why else would I be there?
Keep in mind that different sushi restaurants offer different specialties and it is well worth the effort to have a good rapport and ask your chef for suggestions of what they recommend, or what is good today. They will not steer you wrong, and your tummy will be way satisfied.
In Southern California, I frequent several sushi restaurants and Taiko is the best. Close at second would be Sumo sushi in Sherman Oaks, followed by Ike sushi in Hollywood (known for their oysters and fresh octopus - most places only offer frozen octopus, including Taiko). Lastly, for a good vibe, try Teru Sushi in Studio City. Definitely avoid the buffet-style sushi restaurants. They may be cheap, but so is the food. You get what you pay for.
To clarify, Taiko is hands-down the best sushi to be had in Southern California. Worth the wait to sit at the bar. And reasonably priced, too. You don't have to trust me. Give it a try and trust your instincts. You'll be back again and again.
Best Sushi from the sushi bar. Not the best if you sit at table. – Taiko has THE best sushi available from their sushi bar. And the price is very reasonable for the taste.
Now, if you're sitting at the tables, it's a different story. Sushi doesn't taste as good all of a sudden. If you're not sitting at the sushi bar, try other Japanese restaurants that offers more choices in their menu.
What is Ginsberg75 talking about? – ginsberg75 obviously doesn't know sushi that well since all that was familiar to him was a crunchy roll. If you know sushi you that amateurs only go for California rolls and crunchy rolls. He was correct in describing the decorations though, it looks very old fashion, but the sushi is supreme. The sushi is not two expensive (two pieces of toro for $8) and the sushi chefs are the real deal. The service is great and the amount of sushi they give you is monstrous compared to most sushi joints. Their spicy tuna hand rolls look like ice cream cones and taste amazing. They don't take call-in reservations so prepare to wait a little for a spot at the sushi bar if that's what you are planning on. I haven't been to Ango TEI but I have been to the other sushi places rated above Taiko and I will tell you right now that Taiko should be at least rated 2nd if not 1st.
it's barely worth a try if you actualy like japanese food... – i usually eat around the corner from this Taiko place to get cheap but good chinese food (especially beef noodle soup) but i one day i decided to give it a shot since i always see loads of people waiting for a seat. boy, was that a mistake. first off, the decor is so dated i felt like i was in the 70's and mr. miyagi was gonna jump out any minute. the food was dated too. the prices are cheap but you know that saying? you get what you paid for? well this is pretty much true here. the only thing remotely familiar to me in terms of quality was the crunchy roll. other than that i had to wait almost 10 minutes before i got my bowl of rice that was supposed to come with my entree. my server was ok. she was an older lady like most of the waitresses there... they've probably all been working there since the 70's. on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best this place it a 3. the only reason it's not any lower is that it's cheap... good for starving college students (but nothing i'd feed my own children) and because it's it's right next door to the new Yogurtland (which my wife loves to death).
same old fish story... – may be 10 20 year ago this place was a great innovation -- great setting, great price, great food... ok, may be not great food. but you would have to be hard pressed to want to go here these days (it's never been updated). the long line is pretty much for the sushi bar, not the dinning table, but the place is packed every night. i just don't understand it. i go there just so i can eat a head of lettuce in one sitting (my vegetable intake). try to avoid the "combi" sets with sashimi, unless you feel like chewing unflavored rubber. the tempura is subpar and teriyaki beef is tough. despite all of this negativity, I do think you need to go there once in your lifetime. this place is an Irvine institution -- deserving of your appearance and patronage at once, just once.
I know SO MANY BETTER Japanese places in OC!! Taiko is VERY under-par – I have eatern here more than once and each time I have been dissapointed. First of all, I KNOW japanese food. I have lived and worked in Japan, and this restaurant comes nowhere close to authenticity. It serves the average tempura and teriyaki sets, and even these are lacking in taste and texture. The prices are much too high; there are many other Japanese restaurants in OC where you can find the same food, for the same price, yet feel satisfied or even ecstatic upon leaving. Unfortunately, people line up outside this restaurant during lunch, and even at dinner, and every time I see it I almost get angry that people are wasting their time at a sub-par restaurant and not experiencing true Japanese deliciousness. If you want atmosphere, taste, price, location, authenticity, or have any other preference, there are several other Japanese restaurants which will meet these criteria, each with their own specific characteristics. TAIKO is deficient in ALL of them. The only good thing about this restaurant is that it is located NEXT TO SOME DELICIOUS CHINESE RESTAURANTS- so keep walking in the center and pick one of these, or try a good Japanese restaurant (all within a 5 or 10 minutes drive)
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