Bushido

Bushido

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bushidoizakaya.com/
  • Phone: 6503866821x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday (5:00pm - 6:30pm); Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday (5:00 pm - 9:30pm), Saturday (5:00pm - 1:00am), Sunday (5:00pm - 9:30pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Isamu Kanai
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off site catering is also available within 10 miles of Mountain View for lunch and dinner including traditional dishes, sushi platters and creative izakaya items such as Japanese slider style burgers made with Kobe beef. Ask about Lunchtime Bento Boxes for 20+ Or call ahead for pickup.
  • Entertainment: We feature a full bar with many weekly events
  • Special Events: WINE DOWN TUESDAY - Half off all wines by the glass or bottle
    WEDNESDAY HALF PRICE SAKE- half off all sakes by the glass or bottle, dai ginjos excluded
    THIRSTY THURSDAY - Happy hour drinks all night $2 Sapporos, $3 house wine, $3 large hot sake, $2 small hot sake, assorted specialty cocktails for $5
    OYSTER SUNDAY - $1 oysters all night

    HAPPY HOUR 5-7 PM ( Tuesday- Friday)
    $2 Sapporo pints, $2 small hot sake , $3 large hot sake, $3 house wines, $5 assorted specialty cocktails,
    Specials on assorted appetizers, $3 sushi rolls, $3 hand rolls, $2 yakitori, $1 oysters

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Villa Street
  • Public Transit: Caltrain at Castro Street in Mountain View.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free public garage directly behind the restaurant as well as street parking.
A word from Bushido
Bushido Izakaya offers Silicon Valley diners the best of Japanese izakaya dining- an integral part of Japanese restaurant culture where people come together at casual “watering holes” to drink and enjoy unique small plates and authentic offerings that are satisfying for one or perfect to share.

Specializing in unique Japanese "small plates', grilled Yakitori Skewers, highest quality Sashimi, Katsu, satisfying Ramen dishes, and select Sushi; Bushido serves authentic dishes with modern flair. Our flavors are perfectly balanced to complement our homey, izakaya roots while featuring the freshest of local ingredients; with a strong emphasis on sustainable seafood. The result is a menu that is in harmony with the seasons, the environment, and the palate.

Full Bar with Happy Hour Specials 5-7 pm
Private Room & Outside Catering with Bento Box Lunches a Specialty
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Bushido reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (7)neighborhood gem (7)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • wide choice of fair Japanese food
    Marco
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I went there with a friend on an informal catch up. The place fits any informal occasion and its outdoor tables let you enjoy MV Castro's life/shuffle. List is wide, combining sushi and cooked food, all along the Japanese tradition (although a bit revised and adapted to the US flavors...). Food is ok, fresh but not remarkable. Service is pretty poor: waitress was poor in giving explanation and barely got the order; plate service sequence was pretty scattered and based on the kitchen readiness rather the order we would have expected... In summary a fair place, to be kept in mind as backup when the top sushi places in MV are overcrowded.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A long wait
    Jean
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We arrived at 7:30 and our food came in shifts, the last two noodle soups which took an hour to get to the table. The rest of us had finished eating when the last two were served. However, the sushi,vegetable tempura and the soups were delicious. The service was good , but the problem was in the kitchen. The waiter was very apologetic and she treated us to a white chocolate fondue on the house. We have eaten here before and did not have to wait so maybe it was a one time problem.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not the best
    TaylorVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Interesting sushi combos, but nothing I was astounded by. Good Service. Atmosphere is nice.
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    special occasion
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  • Okonomiyaki
    anhtuanVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Bacon mochi is a bit heavy. Crab was delish. Veggie is also excellent. Mushroom fried rice was yum. Kids enjoyed the calamari. Edamame hummus was interesting. Yaki Onigiri mnp enjoyed. Baked not fried.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Okonomiyaki + yamazaki
    kitana
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Totally loved the okonomiyaki - we chose one of their specials, crab with leeks. Don't expect your usual izakaya here, they actually close early but have a great sake and whisky selection
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Awesome happy hour
    bigeater
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Stellar food and cheap beer! Excellent food. We really enjoyed the sushi, but the pork belly sliders were amazing. The soft bread reminded of Peking duck, but the fried squid sticks were also excellent.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 176 reviews are from the Bushido reviews archive.
  • Great food, mediocre service
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The drinks and food here were awesome. The sashimi was super fresh, the rolls and chicken karaage just right, and the braised short rib was tender and yummy. We did not enjoy was the calamari because the breading was thick and greasy. The service was not great, though. It took too long for our order to be taken and it was about 30 minutes before even drinks came out. One person asked for a diet Coke 3 times. The waitress also didn't bring out all the dishes we ordered. When she asked if she could bring the check we reminded her we had ordered 2 more dishes which never arrived. The final kicker was they tacked on an 18% service charge even though we only had 5 people. I would go back for the food, but not if I'm in a hurry.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fresh and yummy
    MeekoB94501VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I enjoyed the bento box, the albacore sashimi was pillowy to bite into and the grilled miso glazed cod was terrific, as well. You get a complimentary roll with 2 bento box orders, nice touch. Sweet potato chips with edamame hummus and gyoza were a nice way to start. Well crafted, simple menu. Really fresh! They compted a nice dessert as we posted our friend's bday in the reservation. Awesome!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - mediocre service
    MathanSwift
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I thought the food here was good, but the service was quite mediocre. I absolutely would not recommend it. If you're looking for Japanese tapas you're better of going to Gochi.
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  • Good neighborhood dining
    Bouffe
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Interesting place. Will characterize as fusion. Good service overall and will repeat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still tasty
    AnitaMW
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We returned to try a noodle dish and had the house ramen with an egg. It was excellent. That and a roll (we chose the spicy scallop) were ample for the two of us. The Wed sake special (half price) enticed us to try a glass, which was good. There were several large groups this time, making it a very noisy spot, but they were all having fun, so it's nothing to complain about. Just know that it's not a romantic retreat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4hungry
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Went here with my boyfriend on a Saturday night- wanted to try something new. Our table was ready when we arrived. We got the 3 mushroom fried rice (SO GOOD- great left overs too), Zen roll, crab and leek okonomiyaki special, and agedashi tofu. I wish there was mushroom sauce with the tofu, it only had fish flakes and green onions. We got the Bushido Spirit cocktail- excellent! A perfect mix between a Manhattan and an old fashioned. The service took a little longer than we'd have liked but the staff was friendly. All the food was excellent! Definitely coming back
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  • The sushi & sashimi were fresh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The sushi & sashimi were fresh. We had the sukiyaki and iron pot udon, both were the best we have had in a long time. Our was was very soft spoken and pleasant. Drinks were prepared quickly and we were not rushed to order.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a switch from sushi and rolls
    mbeachyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    If you are looking for excellent braised meats, veggies Japanese style, this is a great place. They have specials on food and drinks before 7 pm during the week-a great buy. Check it out.
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    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Tasty Izakaya Plates
    krisVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Bushido has tasty izakaya food. Staff recommended 2-3 plates per person to share. Standouts were the crispy sesame wings (finger-licking good!) and the ultra tender porkbelly with egg. The crab special okonomiyaki was also delicious. However, the yakitori skewers and sushi (small rolls and the rainbow roll) were underwhelming. Food came out quickly and servers were attentive and friendly. Ambiance was casual but on the trendier side and there is table and bar seating and of course, mood lighting. Most of the tables seemed to be for 2-4 people so I'm not sure if its the best for large parties. Tables have a decent amount of space between them and we were able to enjoy our conversation without shouting at each other across the table.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Second time around it was better
    rkeatsVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Had the house special Tonkatsu Ramen.... Great flavor broth & texture of the noodles are about right. The additional Chashu was tender, delicious, and flavorful. We got a few rolls that were mediocre, nothing exciting to mention about them. Colleagues got the bento boxes which as I have mentioned in a previous review are plentiful with portions sizes Service good like before. I must also note that the times I have come here were on the company dime so I personally wouldn't have picked this place but the location is good and food is getting there.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb lunch
    JeweljdVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This is my 'go to' spot for lunch. Taking friends or clients-- everyone has an excellent dining experience. The fish is sustainable and super fresh. Can't go wrong. The Bento box is an excellent deal. Plus if 2 order, you get a free roll. Yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical business lunch dining
    rkeatsVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    A couple of great things to mention about this place: -Great location on Castro street -Hearty portions The "Hearty Portions" comment is debatable. Although they are somewhat generous with their portions there price is ridiculously high for an almost average Japanese restaurant. We got a variety of things on their menu and wasn't really satisfied with any of the taste or flavors of any of the dishes. The 3-Mushroom rice appetizer was so bland and the grilled chicken thigh skewers were more burnt than grilled. I hope not all 1k point restaurants are not all like this.
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    great for lunch
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  • We enjoyed the sushi and the variet
    AnitaMW
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    The menu is pan-Asian with an ample amount of sushi and rolls. We stuck mostly with the sushi, which was very good, and added a little variety with a delicious crab pancake (one of the specials). The waiter was very helpful in making sure we didn't order too much food. The sake was good too. We will return to try more of the menu (the noodle dishes look very interesting).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okonomyaki Special is great
    BfromCAVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Very tasty specials with crab were available this time. Loved the crab and leak okonomyaki. Also the Uni was very fresh. It's also nice that some of the happy hour drink specials are available all evening. I especially appreciate that the chef is following the sustainable fish guidelines from Monterey Aquarium when possible.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & friendly exec chef
    kg6dpl
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The exec chef, Ishamu ?), was very friendly and helpful. He asked what we liked and gave us recommendations. We had 2 dishes that I especially liked. He prepared the okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) for us and substituted some dungeness crab after our conversation about liking local fresh food. He also recommended some incredible Hawaiian Ahi sushi. Ishamu came back several times to check on us and to just continue visiting about our common interest, food!!! Our third time here and one of our favorites.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was great but the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Food was great but the service could be better. Had to flag down server to order cocktails and drinks. It's a popular place and think it's a little understaffed. Our tip reflected on the service that was given.
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  • Great food, I liked the vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Great food, I liked the vegetarian options, and delicious food. Service was slightly chaotic, as several servers came to the table at different points and we didn't know who was really taking care of us. Took awhile to get our wine. Not attentive throughout the meal; but were very quick on some things; so it was mixed service. But the food was great and ambience nice. Great happy hour deals 5-7pm.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Art of the Samurai
    Billyboy
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The Japanese food was very good and in my experience unique. Four of us dined and shared the appetizers and most of the entrees. All were good. As my ratings indicate, the service was fair (the restaurant was very busy), indeed a bit confused, but pleasant and helpful. The room was noisy--in part because all surfaces are hard, including chair seats. Nevertheless, this was our first experience with Bushido (which means the way of the warrior) and we will return to try other dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Japanese Pub food
    jenmat
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We tried lots of new things, some premium sake, the house special pancakes, a couple risottos, delicious pork belly. Great server was very helpful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Izakaya!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    3rd time at Bushido (1st time with new sweetie), and it was fantastic as always! Outstanding izakaya (Japanese 'pub" cuisine)) in a lovely restauarant with superb service. Service could not be better, and the food is divine (some dishes reminiscent of Nobu Matsihitsu!). The miso-marinated cod is exquisite melt-in-your mouth buttery goodness, the yakitori tongue is to die for, and the seafood Okonomiyaki (savory pancake) will knock your socks off (I always get the seafood one, but I'm sure the other two are also yummy). Presentation is superb - not just the dishes, but the Hakkaisan sake (delish!) was served in a full glass floating in a full sake box - beautiful, and essentially two servings for the price of one. DEFINITELY returning!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great find
    Kk1234
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    A new favorite. Great ramen, sashimi, desserts are not anything special but otherwise would strongly recommend
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for general lunch
    markymark
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    This restaurant was nothing spectacular, but the food was tasty and the service was good. I'm not sure I would crave this place, but I would visit it again.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday Dad!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We went to Bushido to celebrate our Dad's birthday. He loves Japanese food and we love drinking so it worked out for everyone. We had reservations for 6:30, but we were super early and they were able to accommodate us immediately. The drinks were amazing and the food can be described as the Japanese version of tapas. It was perfect for the four of us. For our Dad's dessert, they gave us a red bean fondue. It was amazing! Thank you Bushido! We will definitely be back.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great Spot
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Another good experience here. Good food & service, nice specials and all over great experience. Enjoy ordering around the menu; interesting with excellent quality...
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Ruthieann30VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We had the Bento box which was good. The tuna sashimi was very fresh.
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  • a visit to Japan-
    mbeachyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    A great find on Castro Street. Since changing chefs a year of so ago, sushi has been added. But the grilled items, their original emphasis is still fabulous! They do offer "happy hour" specials, both food and cocktails. Plenty of choice if you enjoy Sake! Try it for a step beyond the usual rolls-welcome to the world of grilling, Japanese style.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Uni creation for me
    BfromCAVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The chef is responsive to request and made me a wonderful uni creation. I also love it that they follow the Sustainable Seafood recommendations as much as possible. Also try the Okonomyiaki. I tried it the first time in Japan and it is not so easy to find on the menu. Although prepared in the kitchen (no hot table plate) and brought to the table ready to eat, it is still very good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sashimi Salad
    WineTimes
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    It miss this wonderful salad on the menu, but our server recommended it and it was delicious!
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • OK food, great staff, ho-hum decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The menu selection is really interesting and great to share with a friend or a group. The best is the really smart and engaging staff. Our service was equal to some of the best Bay Area restaurants, attentive but unobtrusive. Our glasses never went empty and the food arrival was amazingly timed, even had the chef come and asked how we liked it and we were no special guests. The only issue is the dark and a bit tired and kind of musty smelling decor and interior. I really think this may be the reason the restaurant is not as full all the time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Been to Japan 13 times, & was looking forward to trying Bushido since I moved to MV 3 months ago. I took my 19 yo son, & was blown away! Perfectly prepared Izakaya AKA "Japanese tapas" - AKA Japanese Pub food. Started with lightly seared albacore sashimi (delectable, melt in your mouth with a hint of chile, reminiscent of Nobu), then knock your socks off beef tongue yakitori (my son's new favorite!), miso marinated cod, wild mushroom fried rice, spicy edamame, and fished with 'dessert" of seafood okonomiyaki ((as good as any I've had in Japan), a sizzling pancake stuffed with shrimp & calamari, ramen noodles & egg, drizzled with molasses & aoli with a sprinkle of bonito flakes - heaven! Plated beutifully, great sake, great service - A++
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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  • Such delicious food!
    DessertfirstVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    The food was very creative and beautifully displayed. Our waitress was adorable. I think when you sit outdoors, there is a bit of a lag in getting food/drinks. It's pretty normal, and it doesn't stop me from wanting to go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas type Japanese food
    ThumperVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Very, very slow on a Sunday evening, but service still a bit spotty. DELICIOUS Japanese food - tender, juicy, tasty. Really perfect food. Enjoyed the ambiance very much. Will return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food a Keeper Service a Bit Spotty
    SFbayarea
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Nice selection of cocktails including a no fuss sake and sochu list. Both the barley & rice sochu were enjoyable. Our dinner consisted of: Gyoza - We've had way better. Wrapper was overcooked and stuffing was crunchy for some reason. Sashimi Daily Special - Presentation & quality were both good with salmon belly our fav Bacon Mochi - Highlight of our meal. Interesting twist on classic mochi with a smooth texture, not too sweet either Beef Tongue in Miso Stew - Surprisingly tasty and was my fav Kimchee Nabe - By far the most disappointing dish. Too large a cabbage to meat ratio Yakitori Sausage & Tsukune (chicken) - both good but 1 order is 2 skewers with 2 pieces; confusing Service attention dipped as more patrons dined.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Uni
    BfromCAVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We got a special treat by the chef after we realized how fresh and tasty the uni was in the Ozachuke (Green Tea) Soup. He made me sushi pieces with uni and they were delightful. The Green Tea Ice cream is also very good and creamy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.