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Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal
Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal

Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themokutanya.com
  • Phone: (650) 348-9388
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: The private dining room hosts 8 small sunken dining tables.
  • Private Party Contact: May Chan (650) 348-9388

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: -On-site parking lot -Metered street parking along California Dr. and Broadway Ave
A word from Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal
Experience Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers, small plates, wine and beer in individual glass-divided rooms with sunken Japanese tables. We strive to source our ingredients locally.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "Awesome staff and food! Would definitely recommend! Friendly staff!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "it's like japanese tapas and small bites. very delicious because everything is made to order. the customer service is outstanding. will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Really a fun place, ambiance and food-wise, we really felt we must be in the City, not Burlingame. Really enjoyed our meal, however, it is a bit pricey, so will be more of a special occasion place for us. We ordered the clams, lamb, beef and okra, which were fabulous. I would have preferred the chicken wings to be grilled more on both sides, the order we received had them grilled on just one side. We got the edamame for free because we did a checkin so that was nice. Great saki choices too, all bottles though so it also raises the price. We do look forward to returning for another occasion."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was great. The food, drinks, servers, hostesses. Everything was great."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Delicious food, nice atmosphere and ambiance, good service. Overall positive experience. Shoes off style dining."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Great place for first dates and special occasions. (When we went, there were at least 2 other obviously early dating couples.). We loved each bite sized dish and could have easily ordered double the amount. But we held back due to the quickly mounting check amount. Overall a great experience. We'd definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Pork cheek was great and so was the pork belly. Perfect balance of charcoal and smoky flavor. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wow this place was awesome. we will definitely be back. My husband found them through open table and grabbed an 8:15pm Wednesday slot. Tucked away in a strip mall by a gas station, this place is a total find. The restaurant was about 50% full and the atmosphere was amazing. Sleek tall glass separating seating areas. Sunken floors and tables. Remove your shoes and enjoy! Candle lit and good music. The grill produced amazing Wagyu beef, bacon asparagus, salmon, spicy mayo chicken and it went down smooth with our Asahi beers. Really enjoyed this place. We went as a couple, but both thought it's great for couples or a group of 4 or 6. =)"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This is our first visit. I would say the food and service were outstanding. Our server, Shirley, as completely attentive and a delight to meet."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We loved this place. We ordered a bunch of dishes and every one of them were amazing. Some of note were lobster, hamachi, pork sausage, and lamb."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Service was perfect and had great suggestions for shochu and food. I'm glad it's on my way home so I can stop by more often!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This us my 2nd times going to this restaurant. My 1st time was my birthday. I was very impressed- meaning wow. Loved the skewers and ramen soup. Outstanding service and the glass room- very private and quiet. The sake was so good. Especially the Lychee sake was delicious. Ask for May, she is the greatest Host. I would like to take new member of family and friends to try this place."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My son turned 13 and we took him for his first grown up dinner. The waitresses were super nice and even offered him a complimentary dessert, we walked in with his cake(like all moms wanting to make ur kid feel special) they were happy to hold it in the kitchen, but in the end we were so full we ended taking it home, this was our third visit and we will return. The food came at a good pace, my son loved the l Tongue, my daughter loved everything, thank you to the staff for making the night a success!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "They are open til 2am! Great M/Tue $1 oyster special. Love their Black Garlic Miso Ramen."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Prices are high but the food and atmosphere make it worthwhile. Definitely a couple spot, not for the kiddos."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Yakitori is not bad though often lukewarm when arriving at the table. Hugh markups on the largest list of sake you can find in the country. The ramen is very bad. Please learn from all the ramen restaurants in downtown San Mateo! Open till very late every night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is our third time dining at Mokutanya. It was just as good as we remember. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went to dinner here with my son and my husband. it was her first time and we were pleasantly surprised to find the interior decor very relaxin. The hallway was nice and dimly lit as the we were led to the main dining area. we were asked to take our shoes off and taken to our table. at first glance it looks like our table is the traditional Japanese tabe were you have to sit on the floor. we were pleasantly surprised to find that the tables were actually deeply rooted and dug from the floor. Neat! the food was great and the green tea was wonderful. a bit on the pricey side though...will iI come back? Definitely."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I recommend Mokutanya for dinner but not for lunch. The yakitori is really good, but the bento boxes and ramen are just average."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Mokutanya and the service was better than my first visit. The host was very friendly and helpful and our waitress was competent and checked on our needs regularly. My only complaint is that they were a bit skimpy on their happy hour specials. We ordered 3 dozen $1 oysters. The first dozen were decent... relatively good size. In the second dozen that arrived, there were a couple of oysters that were so small that it was practically nonexistent. I'm not sure why they would serve an oyster that's been shriveled up to their customers. I had to send it back. The 3rd dozen were on the small side as well. Overall, this is a good restaurant for the ambiance and experience, but food portions are small."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Their Yakitori are full of flavor. Tried Wagyu Beef, Kamo (duck breast), Butabara (pork belly), Bacon wrapped asparagus, chicken thigh topped with wasabe paste and spicy mayonnaise. You can't go wrong with any of them! Tried their Tonkotsu and Spicy Beef ramen as well, loved the flavors of the their broth."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place. Best place for the perfect date night to set the mood right."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been going to this place for quite sometime now. Love their yakitori - wagyu beef and pork belly in particular. They have good ramen. Another fave of mine is their chicken karaage. The place is nice with impressive glass dividers. Ambiance is great with dim lights and not so loud music. Truly a gem."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Mokutanya is consistently delicious for dinner. Every dish I have tried there from the wonderful appetizers, to the fantastic meats, to the scrumptious desserts, has been outstanding. I have not been there for lunch, but there is another menu that does not include the fantastic, smoky grilled meats, but does include ramen and salads. This place is particularly fantastic if you are trying to stay away from carbs. My only complaint is that the bathroom is uni-sex and often dirty later in the evenings."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I have been there few times. Food and service were good as usual. Noise level was disturbing as the people next to our table were uncontrollably loud! Their wagyu beef is good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Very cool ambience and good food, get ready to fold your feet and take shoes off. The spicy beef ramen is yummmmmmy"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We do not mind to pay more for good food but it is kind of disappointed. Somestuffs taste just ok and the bill are way more expensive than Japanese sushi and still feel hungry after meal."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "From the outside, you'd never guess the inside is so elegant. The food is great, the atmosphere is really nice with a feeling of privacy from the glass dividers. I liked the idea of sitting on the floor with the footwell. Overall a really nice experience especially on a holiday."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Our group of 5, including a relative spending a lay-over at the SF Airport, had a delightful lunch at this cute, little room. The food was scrumptious and well prepared. Many of the menu choices were items on skewers, which were varied and tasty, but my favorites were the soft-shell crab salad and the monkfish liver, which were true delights. Though there were few other diners for a late lunch on the holiday, the wait staff were uniformly charming and the waitress was able to recall our dishes without making notes! The traditional, low bench seating fit the character of the room. Don't be put off by its location in a small shopping center. This was a good discovery, and we'll return and recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The service is good and foods are great. I think it is little bit over priced since the location is not so nice."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "This place has some interesting game yakitori, including crocodile. We stuck with the standards and this place was good. I think it's made better by the fact they have a ton of sake to choose from. It was halloween week so the staff was dressed up in costume and definitely had some cuites to boot. The portions are small and you can end up with a pretty large bill or going out for a second dinner if you didn't want to pay for the additional sticks."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I came here with a relative visiting from out of town. Atmosphere is dim lighting, with semi private booths. You have to take your shoes off before entering your booth. Seating is low so you have to climb down and climb out of our seat. I had a dress on so it was a bit awkward. Waitstaff and hostesses were attentive. Food was delicious but portions were small and pricey. Your bill will get very expensive quickly. Not really great for kids."
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "This is the second time we ate at the restaurant. It was as nice as the first time and we plan to come back next time we're in the area."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "It is our first visit at this restaurant. Atmosphere was nice, sit in your own area, separated by glass, you can hear other people, so it isn't secluded, but enough that you wouldn't notice if you weren't looking around. We order some skewers, Beef Tataki, chicken Karaage and Spice Beef Ramen. Overall the Skewer was good: The Beef Tataki is over priced (4 paper thin slices for $14), The ckicken Karaage was kind a dry and it looks on the dark brown side (it looks like the frying oil has not been changed for a while). The spicy beef ramen is good but over priced at $15 and we had to wait for about 10 minutes before we get the extra bowls to share the ramen after serveral requests.."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Some of the skewers were good, some meh. Good spot to have a conversation."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "being in the corner of a strip plaza makes it look cheap, but nonetheless the food and ambiance made up for it when you forget where you're at."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "For a first few times I went Mokutanya I always got 1 or 2 complaints. Sometimes, they gave me a wrong bill or put too many orders on them. Sometimes service was slow or food a bit too hard and too salty but this time I took my girl friend there and it went really well. The great thing about my last visit was the host waited on us herself. She is so great and sweet."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "I'm glad I read the reviews as the restaurant is located in a shabby looking strip mall, but once inside you will quickly forget its external appearance; it is beautiful. Lighting is very low so transition from bright outside can be problematic. Also the traditional Japanese seating will be difficult for those with hip, knee or spine problems, so be sure to let the restaurant know in advance if you need regular seating. This was our son's 21st birthday. They were delighted to help us celebrate with a candle on his cake. The one person cakes as well as the food was delicious. Service was a little slow, but not too annoying. Prepare to take your time for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "food is incredible, best chicken wing ever. design and ambiance is incredible."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "Awesome food, outrageous sake prices, talking at least 300-400%"
    Dined on 8/2/2013