Misaka Grill
Misaka Grill

Misaka Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.misakagrill.com/
  • Phone: 4088666668
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Sa-Su 12:00pm-2:30pm
    Dinner: Su, T-F 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Sa 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Nobu Kagawa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Driftwood Drive
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Misaka Grill
“Misaka Grill”: the new standard in Japanese cuisine in the Bay Area! Misaka Grill is an authentic Japanese restaurant and our dining style is Izakaya (think casual drinking and dining with lots of small plate selections) and specializing in Kushiyaki and Tsukiji market menu selections. We have an extensive selection of Junmai sake, Shochu and 10 draft beers. We offer happy hour every day of the week. We are a casual destination for the discerning Japanese palate as well as the novice to sushi/sashimi. Come in and see how the Misaka service from our staff is unique and welcoming.
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Misaka Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)special occasion (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awesome service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    When I dine, I care about the service as much as I care about the food. This place excelled in BOTH!! I brought my husband here for his birthday dinner along with our little puggy. Staff was awesome and very friendly --- and genuinely friendly I think, not those that fake their friendliness for tips. Loved this place and definitely will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    MeowVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Reservation easy to make. Waiter was very attentive. Food: awesome for skewers, each has different sauce so you have different taste on each skewers; unlike other skewers restaurants were all same sauce), my favorites were pork belly with garlic, beef tongue and duck breast. Sashimi Salmon was very very fresh and we love it! It is a little pricey than most skewers restaurants but they offer different sauces to different skewers. So, I believe that's quality of price reflects. However, the restaurant sign at night was different to detect. They shall put a spot light to beam on the sign; that will help a lot to find the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, outrageously expensive
    rverdVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was pale in comparison to other Yakitori joint in San Mateo/Sunyvalle. Beef tongue was tasteless (we asked for the sauce the 'chef' decline our request, it was just maybe a mix of yakitori sauce nothing special really, some skewers hv the sauce but very little). Skewer are either overly burnt (crunchy bitter dark burnt) or greasy oil dripping from the skewers, out of 10-12 food items we ordered (only the grilled octopus/squid is the better ones, the rest are mediocre). Normally on other Yakitori joint, we have our stomach stuffed (+$70), here we are not even stuffed but the bill came out $100+ (too expensive, we do not even order the appetizer/ala carte). Service was excellent though. Unfortunately food was too pricey and tasteless.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great izakaya
    Petorawolf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you're looking for a good izakaya experience, this is the best I've found in the bay. It's not pretentious nor is it a bunch of deep fried food. They have an awesome, massive yakitori grill, good quality fish, a fun sake selection and they have the game on
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent, not excellent
    cjelli
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very nice place, although a bit noise. Exceptional service. Food was good, but not exceptional, especially the grill items - a bit on the dry/rubbery side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, confused identity
    Sain
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant based on the positive reviews on Yelp. We were impressed with the food, although disappointed that they've decided to stop importing fish from Tsukiji market in Tokyo. Disappointing, but understandable. We had numerous skewers, a clay pot, the stone grilled scallops, and more. The food were all well prepared, and tend to be lightly seasoned to allow the natural flavors to come through. Over all we were impressed the food. However, we think the restaurant is still searching for its identity. The food trends authentic Japanese Izakaya, but the decor tries to be more Western. The menu is also still in flux we think. The building is also converted from an old Chinese restaurant, whose sign still remains.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hands down best S Bay Japanese food
    GigiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been visiting all the Japanese food restaurants in the Silicon Valley/ South Bay area and Misaka is the winner. I usually order comparable menus including Gyutan, Hirame Carpaccio and Kushiyaki (skewers) and this place has the extra touch that really enhances the flavor of the different fresh ingredients. For those of you who can differentiate good Japanese food from awesome Japanese food, this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chairs too short for tables
    LKnoop
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    On our recent trip to Misaka Grill we chose to sit outside on the patio because the weather was beautiful and the indoor area was very noisy. Our chairs were so short compared to the tables that both my husband and I had sore backs by the end of the meal. The food was decent, but very expensive. The duck skewers were my favorite. Because everything is small plates, it takes quite a few plates to fill you up. The waitresses were friendly, but the owner? was quite rude to me when I told him I didn't like a glass of wine I had ordered. It was a good meal, but for the over $160 we spent for 2 we will probably not be returning anytime soon. There are several better options for Japanese food in the same neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    First time visit to Mikasa Grill. We placed orders of kushiyaki - japanese grilled skewers. We ordered off the daily special kushiyaki menu (the blackboard) and had tontoro with garlic (jowl), saikyo momo (chicken thighs), kano (duck breast), bara pork belly, saikyo black cod, tatsuta- age (fried chicken) and okaka musbui (bonito). Food was well done, well seasoned everything was a favorite. James, the owner stopped by the table to introduce himself and welcome us to the restaurant and even sent over a complimentary plate of nigiri of hotate (scallops) and it was really sweet and delicious along with all the other items that we ordered off the kushiyaki menu. I'll be back for more kushiyaki.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We came here not knowing what to expect, but left very satisfied and happy. Apologies to the waitress since we ordered so many things throughout the meal. It's a good thing though--we just wanted to try everything! Will be back to try more!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mariam
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was outstanding, service was a bit slow, but it was their second day. It was nice to meet the owner. Jazz was also quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    jaswingVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Everything we ordered was expertly prepared and absolutely delicious! It's not your typical sushi place. The skewers, particularly the chicken wings and pork bellies, were so good we ordered more. And the hamachi was some of the best most melt-in-your-mouth I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1 reviews are from the Misaka Grill reviews archive.
  • Great Japanese food
    MeowVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Food: really good. each skewer has its own sauce. That made each skewer different. Most skewers in Chinese, Japanese, American, Malaysian or Mediterranean use same sauce and made me get bored at 3rd skewers (even though different taste like beef, lamb, chicken) Duck, Pork with Garlic wrap, chicken are my favorites. My friend love chicken butt, squid, scallop as well. Sashimi are very fresh. Will definitely pay next visit again to try out Uni (Sea Urchin). Don't forget to leave stomach for dessert only sold here: Japanese red bean fried donuts. It was delicious and great ending to finish a dinner :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.