San Diego Ramen Empire Tajima To Open First South County Location

July 7, 2022

The original in San Diego's expanding chain of Japanese ramen restaurants, Tajima will soon open its first South County location. 

Well before San Diego became inundated with ramen eateries, Isamu "Sam" Morikizono was a pioneer with the opening of his first Tajima location in Kearny Mesa in 2001. Now, Tajima boasts six San Diego branches and another outpost in Tijuana. 

In 2017, Morikizono teamed up with Cesar Vallin, the previous owner of now-defunct Prospect Bar & Grill in La Jolla, and Setaro Takashi, who operates more than 30 restaurants in Japan, to open Cloak & Petal in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood. Morikizono also took over the longtime Cafe Chloe space in the East Village to open Corner Chicken Nashville-style fried chicken restaurant, but that concept shuttered last October

The newest Tajima will soon install within Westfield Plaza Bonita mall in National City. Like other branches, the South County restaurant will serve a menu centered around a variety of ramen noodle soups, Japanese appetizers and rice bowls, as well as a many beers on tap, wine and sake.

The new Tajima aims to open by mid-November at 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, Suite 2445, in San Diego's National City. For more information, visit