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Bushido Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bushidoizakaya.com
  • Email: info@bushidoizakaya.com
  • Phone: (650) 386-6821
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday (11:30am - 2:00pm) ; Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday (5:00pm - 6:30pm); Dinner: Tuesday - Friday (6:00 pm - 10:00pm), Saturday (5:00pm - 10:00pm), Sunday (3:00pm - 9:00pm)
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We tried lots of new things, some premium sake, the house special pancakes, a couple risottos, delicious pork belly. Great server was very helpful."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "A new favorite. Great ramen, sashimi, desserts are not anything special but otherwise would strongly recommend"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Another good experience here. Good food & service, nice specials and all over great experience. Enjoy ordering around the menu; interesting with excellent quality..."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We had the Bento box which was good. The tuna sashimi was very fresh."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/14/2013