GONZO! was founded by Mika and Jamison Murphy with the dream of bringing lively atmosphere and flavors of Japan to the United States .Their three sons (Justin, Jake, Jeff) grew up in Japan and the Murphy family has lived in San Diego for 12 years afterwards. After much thought and consideration, Mika and Jamison decided to pursue their dream of owning and operating their own restaurant. With the help of their three sons, GONZO! became a reality on March 4th, 2020!

On January 25th, 2023, GONZO! was recognized on the Yelp Top 100 Restaurants of U.S.A List as #20.