Sushi and Starters in Encinitas!

Sushi and Starters in Encinitas!

Did you know that our appetizers are so delicious that we have people stop in all the time to get their fill? Our sushi bar experience is second to none in the way of freshness and quality, and our starters are no different! Sometimes you just want something light to tide you over until dinner, or maybe you’re pregaming and just want something to quick before hitting the town with your crew. If it sounds like we’re speaking your language, then you need to pop in for some of our amazing starters.


Sometimes you just want to share some appetizers (and maybe have a sake bomb or two), and we’re here to enlighten you with all of the great starters and shareables on our menu. There’s so much to talk about, and so little time to get into it, so let’s walk you through our starters, so you can get your evening started right with a full and happy stomach!



Our starters are great on their own! Whether you’re just pregaming, and want something light, or you’re just not quite ready to conquer a full sushi roll set. We’re here to help with great small plates that will satisfy your hunger, and make you want to come back for a full flight next time! 


Miso Soup – Silken Tofu, Green Onion, Dashi Miso Broth


Edamame – Smoked Sea Salt


Cucumber Salad – Sesame, Scallion, Crunchy Garlic, White Ponzu


Crispy Bang Bang Shrimp – Gochujang Mayo, Scallion


Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice – Fried Sushi Rice, Chili Garlic, Citrus Ponzu


Agedashi Tofu – Vegan Tosazu Sauce, Kizami Nori, Green Onions


Yellowtail Special Sashimi – Yuzu Kosho, Scallion, Temaki Sauce


Beef Tataki – Mustard Seed, Shiso, Ponzu, Brown Butter Aioli


Tuna Poke Bowl – Sushi Rice, Cucumber, Daikon, Avocado, Seaweed, Spicy Aioli

How to get on the waitlist at Temaki Sushi Bar


Temaki Hand Roll Sushi Sake does not take reservations. We permit guests to put their name on the online waitlist up to an hour and ½ prior to their expected arrival. The online waitlist can be accessed via our website.


Where: 575 Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA, 92007

Phone: 760-704-8888

Hours: Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-10pm, and Friday/Saturday: 11am-11pm

Wait list: You can get onto our waitlist at, OpenTable, or via QR code located at the front of the restaurant.

To Go orders?: You’re welcome to order online!


We know that waiting for your spot is probably your least favorite part about getting dinner with friends, but since freshness is the name of our game we wanted to let you know that we appreciate your willingness to let us do what we do best! We want to let you know that our hand rolls are well worth the wait, and we hope you’ll be joining us soon!

About Us

Literally translating to “hand roll,” Temaki Bar celebrates the tradition that all perfect hand rolls should be eaten within seconds of the chef passing them across the counter — while the rice is still warm and the fish, fresh and chilled.

In keeping with tradition, Temaki Bar’s hand rolls are prepared counter-side and made-to-order, highlighting the freshest seafood featuring blue crab, yellowtail, salmon, and more.

Temaki will celebrate traditional sushi-making with Chef Jojo Ruiz, local veteran chef and San Diego native at the helm. Ruiz began his career as a sushi chef and is heading back to those roots, with the added bonus of his seafood sourcing and sustainability practices that earned him recognition with the James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader.