JAPONICA is a sushi & izakaya Japanese restaurant where you can not only enjoy traditional Japanese favorites such as sushi and tempura, but also multi-national dishes like carpaccios in a cool, yet casual atmosphere.
So, what is an “Izakaya”?
An Izakaya is a casual Japanese tapas restaurant where you can share a variety of dishes among friends. So try not to fill up on any one dish as the joy of izakaya lies in sharing different dishes.
We are proudly serving seasonal day boat fish from Japan with the best formula to enjoy its superb taste and quality. Expand your Japanese food experience!
Founder Taka opened Japonica in 2002 to spread izakaya style dining in California and added new kick to make it fit into beach lifestyle in California.
Taka spent most time in his early life in Osaka, Japan and surfed around from his local beaches to southern island in Japan and south Asia. He always dreamed about moving to California to broaden his horizon of life experience. His journey is not completed yet, so he is working on not only in food industry but a wide range of businesses such as information technology and logistics like he always enjoys a lot of different dishes and sakes when he dines at izakaya.