Fatty Tuna

22967 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612


  • Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Beer and wine
Fatty Tuna is a sushi restaurant in Irvine. It’s like no other sushi bar OC has ever seen. It’s an entirely new subspecies. It offers traditional omakase meals centered around nigiri, but it doesn’t operate like Sushi Noguchi, Nana San, or Hamamori whose elder craftsmen would cut and sculpt their masterpieces in front of your eyes. Instead, the two people who make Fatty Tuna’s sushi are hidden in the kitchen where you can’t see their hands, their knives, or the fish they’re cutting. You can only see only their heads and shoulders, which are visible through the rectangular opening where they occasionally slide plates of sushi as though Grand Slam® Breakfasts. But this is not to say Fatty Tuna isn’t good. Actually, the restaurant is an OC trailblazer. It has carved out its own niche in OC’s sushi restaurant hierarchy and done so with the conviction of knowing that it has something new to offer. In this space, it has found an unoccupied and unmet market smack in the middle between the expensive itamae-run places at the top and those ultra-cheap all-you-can-eat joints that dole out wasabi by the ice cream scoop at the bottom.

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