Mitama Japanese Restaurant
Mitama Japanese Restaurant

Mitama Japanese Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mitamasushi.com/
  • Phone: 5106526157
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm
    Lunch: Sa-Su 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hiroshi Tanabe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alcatraz Ave.
  • Public Transit: Rockridge BART station and AC Transit bus.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on College Ave. and Alcatraz Ave., relatively easy to find.
A word from Mitama Japanese Restaurant
Mitama is a Japanese-style restaurant with sushi bar and sake lounge. Mitiama offers an extensive menu of appetizers, robata grills, Tempura, Teriyaki and sushi and specialty rolls. The restaurant serves beer, wine, soft drinks and over 30 different varieties of premium sake from Japan. Mitama is one of the few restaurant in the Bay Area to serve wild caught fresh fish directly from Japan. Every detail is placed on our sushi from the freshness of fish we serve to the quality of rice we use. We offer daily lunch specials as well as weeknight dinner special and happy hour. Sake lounge is open nightly with 100 inch mega screen TV showing your favorite sports. The restaurant is open every day lunch and dinner.
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Mitama Japanese Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)fit for foodies (2)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Solid fish option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went here with a party of 6 for my wife's birthday, at 9pm. Our waiter was very friendly and had lots of suggestions for things he personally liked, and went into details about what fish would be ending its season soon, "try it while you can". Most in our group got sushi and absolutely loved it. The albacore and salmon were particularly good. One of our group got ramen there and was happy with it. The menu is pretty extensive, there are a lot of non-fish options. The place was fairly casual but we're already talking about going back, so we're pretty happy about it. Plus, Trappist Provisions is right across the street if you'd like to have some quality brews before or after.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious salad and rolls
    Alyssa
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The salad here is wonderful in comparison to other Japanese restaurants that just use iceberg lettuce. The dressing is really yummy I just want to dip everything in it. The rolls are phenomenal. The staff is incredibly sweet. Would have been a five star except we arrived early for our 8:45pm reservation and they were ready to close up and kick us out by 9pm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty, solid food
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I was ravenous after an entire day at Six Flags and luckily this place was still open. We ordered so many dishes the tiny table couldn't hold them all (but I ate quickly so it wasn't a problem). We did feel a bit rushed to finish as they were winding down which is always a little annoying but we still had a long drive ahead so that was negligible. Cocktails were nice and new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 25 reviews are from the Mitama Japanese Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Food!
    specialdate
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food was very fresh and flavorful. The restaurant created a nice assortment of sushi for our pre-graduation lunch and the fish was fresh and of high quality. The tempura was also great. The service was superb. Overall, a very nice experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly cooked rice
    GoodAji
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We appreciate Mitama's attention to authentic Japanese flavors (aji), and other details like the crispiness of the tempura and doneness of the rice. In our party of 6 that always leaves leftovers, we left only empty bowls and plates. More pricy than Temari, but bigger menu and faster service. Whimsical and traditional kanji art, and lighting create a pleasant ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feeling Japanese tonight?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This nice medium-sized location is great for small or large groups. It's got a nice selection of Sake if you feel like drinking, as well as a fresh selection of fish for those feeling like a tasting session! Definitely worth the money! They also have a good list of noodle+rice combos that will definitely fill you up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious! Outstanding! Went
    katydid
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Delicious! Outstanding! Went out of their way to accommodate our food allergies. Excellent staff and chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overworked & Undercut
    Carnivore
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    I went to Mitama on a Monday night and found the servers to be quite overworked. Either they were understaffed, someone didn't show up, or they didn't expect anyone to be dining there that night. Whatever it was, I felt bad for the server who was clearly stretched to his limits. The food was 'OK', but I wouldn't say it blew me away. The portions were quite small compared to what I am used to at my more regular Sushi stops (i.e. Shimizu on Piedmont, which is AWESOME!!). I chose Mitama this time mostly due to location, but I think I will take the extra 10 minutes to drive to my favorite spots next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very light and digestible food
    Johnny
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    I liked this restaurant for its simple, light, and easy-to-digest food. There is a variety of Japanese beer... I wouldn't say it's a place for romantic meals. The place is a bit squeezy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Japanese food
    MerryDrinkerVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This place was fine for lunch - bright, friendly spot with regulars so it must be ok. It's BERKELEY - college ave. it ain't Katsuya in Brentwood... So yes, the decor and ambience is nothing fancy. We took our kids there (both under 11) and they were able to find items on the menu. Food was good - better than some other not so fancy japanese places we've eaten at...but we didnt really eat a lot of sushi; what we had was fine (Katsu, udon, bento). Japanese places always run expensive. This place was ok value. Overall, I liked it, wasn't wowed by it, but would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, wonderful food,
    Sushilover762
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    As always, wonderful food, wonderful staff. My wife and I routinely drive half an hour each way to eat at Mitama, and it's worth every second in the car.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful sushi. Wonderful
    Sushilover762
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Wonderful sushi. Wonderful cooked entrees. I drove the 25 miles from home to Mitama on the recommendation of a client, and have been back at least once each month since then. Most nights you don't need a reservation, but weekends it's a great bet. I've always been able to get a same-day reservation and most nights I didn't need it after 6PM. Based on the quality of the food, and the Japanese staff's attentive service, my wife and I are surprised this place doesn't have a line out the door every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't believe the OT Reviews
    unsats
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    The reviews on Yelp are much more accurate. This place is just an ordinary dingy sushi restaurant that seats 73. Modest prices, less than eager service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sushi on College Ave!
    Sushilover762
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Went here based on a recommendation of a friend. Loved the food. The service was amazing. The space was tiny with exactly as many tables (and chairs at the sushi bar) that can be squeezed into a space that size and still have enough space to walk in or out of the restaurant between tables. Great sushi. Wonderful tempura. Prices moderate, but the quality of the fish makes it "worth the $$". At meal times, I'd definitely recommend a reservation, but Opentable.com makes online reservations easy as 1, 2, 3. We arrived and there was a "reserved" sign on our table. I almost felt like a VIP. :) Will DEFINITELY eat there again. CAREFUL!!! The road back to Hwy 24 is NOT the one you take off the freeway. Plan ahead!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and homey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    What a wonderful, cozy restaurant! My niece and I went here after reading a Yelp review about the unique and very fresh sushi - we were not disappointed! Food was artfully prepared and melted in our mouths. We were especially fond of the Sawara (fresh eel), Miruguy (clam), and totally enjoyed the Dragon, Dynamite and Spider rolls. The atmosphere was casual, but service was very attentive without being intrusive (they never let our water glasses get empty!) And our server's descriptions of the different fish reminded me of a sommelier discussing wine! Great experience, will go back for sure! Thank you!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Nice sake collection. Not much in stock apparently as they ran out of several we ordered but the waiter was well trained and did a fine job recommending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant - delicious
    jakiVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    A great restaurant - delicious food; wonderful service; a diverse and delicious sake options; friendly owners and staff; ; and comfortable ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No reservation on record
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    When I arrived, the restaurant said they did not have a reservation under my name. When I said I booked it through Open Table, they said they don't use Open Table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    Stew
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    J-food expertise shows thru and thru in flavor and presentation. Would be tops with a bit more support/service staff to take care of guests' needs and make for a great dining experience. Still, well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food - uneven service
    garyf
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    I liked the food - we chose the sushi and salads and some starters - all very good - but the service was erratic - we sat for 10 minutes after being seated and then had to wave someone down to get water - we had to wave someone down again before we could order the food - and then I had wave people down three more times to get more water, more tea and finally the check -
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mix of skewers, sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Great mix of skewers, sushi and hot entrees; something to please anyone. They offer a basket of many different sake glasses and allow you to choose your own; a very small thing that was very unique and enjoyable for our group.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Good food but slow service because it seems understaffed. I highly recommend the robota grill food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi Good, Service Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    I continue to go back to Mitama because the sushi is really good. If it were based on service, I would never go back. The service is very hit-or-miss, meaning, they can be very slow regardless of how busy the restaurant is. Our servers were attentive on this last visit. However, it took over 30 minutes to receive our sushi order. I think that this is an unacceptable wait time, and the server should have compensated by either providing us with complimentary edamame or some other nominal way. The restaurant was almost full when we arrived, and by the time we left, there were only 2-3 tables of diners. My friend was very frustrated with this wait time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy obento
    JoKo
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    My friend and I went to have lunch. The waitress was a real sweetie. We didn't know about parking and she advised us to park in one of the nearby streets. The food was yummy. We both had fish. The obento was very filling and so good. We'll definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place! Been here a few times.
    Roger
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    I've been here a few times, but this was the busiest they had been at any time I'd been there. As a result, our waiter was a little taxed and our food was a little slow. No big deal, since we were with friends that we hadn't seen in a while. The waiter was very good, in good spirits, and gave awesome suggestions on how to make our sushi experience more authentic (I had no idea that nigiri is traditionally eaten with fingers!). All-in-all, great place; because it's small, when there's a crowd it feels a little packed, so I think I prefer to go on a "school night" than on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we ate was very
    Debbie
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Everything we ate was very good. We had a group of 7 and everyone got their food at the same time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • everything was very fresh,
    jojomVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    everything was very fresh, and service was good. great japanese meal option in the area. will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little restaurant. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Great little restaurant. I had a spicy tuna roll and an asparagus roll, the second being recommended to me by the chef. The bar seating is a bit tight, but dinner was overall a very pleasant experience. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate