Los Angeles-Based Katsuya Japanese Restaurant Chain Bringing New Dining Concept To San Diego

April 26, 2024

Los Angeles-based Katsuya Japanese restaurant group is starting a fresh dining concept aimed at attracting a younger clientele, with the first location set to open in San Diego. 

Westfield UTC continues to elevate its culinary offerings with the upcoming addition of Katsuya Ko, set to debut this fall alongside a current roster of Asian-inspired eateries that defy typical mall fare. Following the footsteps of esteemed establishments like Din Tai Fung and Marugame Udon, Katsuya Ko marks the latest venture in the mall's evolving dining scene.

Conceived by hospitality group Sbe and renowned chef Katsuya Uechi, Katsuya Ko represents a fresh take on the iconic Katsuya restaurant brand, which has locations spanning across California, New York, Florida, Dubai, and the Bahamas. Being Ko means "child" in Japanese, Katsuya Ko introduces a more approachable concept aimed at attracting a younger demographic.

Scheduled for a fall opening, the 3,000-square-foot restaurant will occupy a prime spot near True Food Kitchen, featuring seating for 80 indoors and 32 on an outdoor patio. Designed by Studio Murnane, the space will offer an elegant yet inviting atmosphere and the menu will blend traditional Japanese cuisine with California comfort. Menu highlights include shareable dishes like chicken yakitori, miso cod bites, and pork and kimchi gyoza, alongside Katsuya classics such as sushi, sashimi, and hand rolls, as well as new additions like the Ko burger and corn croquettes roasted on a robata grill.

Katsuya was founded by Chef Katsuya Uechi, a master sushi chef renowned for his innovative approach to Japanese cuisine. The flagship Katsuya restaurant opened its doors in Brentwood, Los Angeles, in 2006. From the beginning, Katsuya aimed to offer a unique dining experience that combined traditional Japanese flavors with a contemporary twist, attracting a diverse clientele, including celebrities and food enthusiasts. Buoyed by the success of its flagship location, Katsuya quickly expanded its footprint across the United States and internationally.

This is not the first San Diego endeavor for Katsuya. The company operated a location of Katsuya by Starck at Andaz Hotel in downtown San Diego from 2012 to early 2014. The former Katsuya by Starck space is now occupied by STK Steakhouse

For more information on the Katsuya restaurant brand, visit sbe.com/restaurants/katsuya.