Katsu Cafe – Kearney Mesa, San Diego

Thank goodness is all I have to say.  It’s been awhile since I blasted a restaurant, but Teri Cafe was terrible in my opinion.  Granted I haven’t been there in years, but I distinctly remember their chicken was always dry and under season. So, I’m happy to report that Teri Cafe is no longer around and has been replaced with Katsu Cafe!


I’m not exactly sure when they opened since I don’t work in the area any longer, but I decided to check it out with Jorgina and the kids one day while we were furniture shopping.  We’re glad we did.

Inside has been updated to have a more Hawaiian “ahola” feel.  The menu is nice and visible behind the counter with specials lining the base and counter.


Of course I immediately honed in on the Ahi Poke Bowl.  At $6.95, that’s a great price, but how would the quality be?


Here it is.  I was pretty pleased with what we got.  Not only was the poke decent, but the fresh avocado and seaweed salad made it fantastic.  I’d definitely order this again.


Since my daughter loves noodles, Jorgina ordered her their Udon bowl.  It was pretty simple, but had a nice broth that wasn’t too salty like many places.  The noodles were cooked al dente which was a nice surprise.


We ordered small side of tempura which included a shrimp, green bean, and zucchini.  The texture was good overall, although I would have liked it a touch more hot.


Finally, we ordered the chicken teriyaki bowl.  It was pretty good. The teriyaki sauce had a nice balance of sweet and savory.  The chicken was cooked well and not too dry.


Seating inside is comfortable as they have a pretty good sized space.  The food came out within 10 minutes or so.  The service was excellent considering it is a quick service restaurant.  They were very attentive especially since we need a bunch of extra things (you know what I mean if you have kids!!).

We’ll definitely re-visit when we’re in the area again.  Check them out and let me know what else is good!  (Ironically we have no clue how their katsu is.)

Katsu Cafe
7305 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste B
San Diego, CA 92111

(858) 560-8859

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I couldn't be luckier to call San Diego my home the past couple decades. America's "Finest City" is bursting with delicious eats in nearly every corner. Whether you want savory or sweet, fancy or rustic, you can have it all! I have the awesome job of uncovering some of these gems, and sharing them with you. When I'm not chowing down, I also write about $$$ at www.financiallyalert.com. Thanks for stopping by!

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3 Comments on “Katsu Cafe – Kearney Mesa, San Diego”

  1. I was obsessed with this place earlier this year! I think I went three times in one week at one point. Then got kinda sick of it but recently returned. I think their pork tonkatsu has improved greatly (pork was meaty, plentiful, and not dry). Do they also have a salmon poke?

  2. i went here a while back and my biggest impression was how the manager came by and kept insisting i eat the food right away and stop taking pictures. i have been afraid to come back since… =/

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