Appropriately named after the Japanese phrase used during celebrations and cheers, Banzai has recently opened up in the Midway District bringing a splash of Asian culture to this local neighborhood. Banzai is the new brainchild of the Waterfront family who are known for their true-blue, San Diego establishments such as Eastbound, Harbor Town Pub, The Hills Local Pub, Club Marina, Werewolf and The Waterfront (the oldest tavern in San Diego).
The menu was created by owner Chad Cline’s wife, who used inspiration from her Japanese heritage and upbringing to create out-of-the-box recipes. Patrons can expect American classics with an Asian twist, from burgers and burritos to tacos and bowls. For example, their Bahn Mi Sliders with pickled carrots, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and dojo sauce or their Poke Bowl with pickled carrots, grilled pineapple, edamame, cilantro, wasabi cream and crispy garlic.
Wash it all down with their carefully crafted cocktail list of crazy creations, such as the Bonzer cocktail with Kraken Rum, coconut syrup, orgeat, egg white, angostura bitters, lime and sugar. Lovers of craft are also sure to be satisfied with Banzai’s 16 rotating taps that include truly California favorites such as Stone, Ballast, Belching Beaver and ACE. Not to mention, Banzai is the official bar of the San Diego Gulls and the perfect place to enjoy pre or postgame grub and drinks with fellow fans.