Shiki Bistro - San Carlos
Shiki Bistro - San Carlos

Shiki Bistro - San Carlos

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shikirestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (650) 593-2275
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: Mon-Fri:4:30pm-6:00pm, Sat & Sun: 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Thursday Night Live Jazz Music, 6pm to 8pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olive St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Shiki Bistro - San Carlos
Irasshaimase!!
Welcome to Shiki Bistro in San Carlos!! With its downtown San Carlos location, Shiki Bistro has quickly become a customer favorite by integrating a full bar into its metro modern Japanese atmosphere. Not satisfied to rest on prior achievements, Shiki strives to push the limits of what people have come to expect from a restaurant by sending traditional Japanese cuisine into altogether new territory. Stay on the cusp of fine dining with our Chef's Specials menu, constantly refined and revised by customer responses and our chef's newest brilliant creations. Nestled in the friendly Laurel Street shopping area, Shiki Bistro is proud to host the community's business meetings, celebrations, and daily dining.
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Shiki Bistro - San Carlos reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (10)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (5)special occasion (4)romantic (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A Night At Shiki
    norad97504
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Five of us (3 fifty-something's and 2 nine year olds) had reservations Saturday night, 11/22/14. We were seated quickly and the server immediately asked my kids what they wanted. Smart girl. Appetizers and drinks were prompt, and we were give ample time to peruse the menu. Scallops were a special that night, and they were served thinly cut between lemon slices. Awesome. Nigiri was excellent, as were the rolls. Not a huge roll fan myself, but these weren't slathered with some unidentifiable sauce, and the seafood was the attraction. I had heard that it was noisy, but the volume was really ambient noise. Overall, an outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative sushi rolls and fresh fresh fish!
    JonS
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Bonus to note, great full bar and selection of specialty drinks. This is a wonderful location and we can always count on great sushi with fresh ingredients. Best to make reservations on weekends, but walk-in wait is rarely too long. The sashimi combination is an excellent variety of fish, generous cuts and so buttery fresh. By far, the best tempura preparation in the Bay Area. We have dined at many places, and always sample two specific dishes: Agadashi Tofu and Tempura combinations. Shiki uses a nice light panko and it is crisp without being oily. So many places over bread the tempura and make it very heavy. So many rolls to choose from too! We enjoy many of the varieties, and recommend everyone try them out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad but not great either
    123A
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Service was great but food fell a bit short. The sushi roll was so small for the price. Having live music was a nice touch but it was too loud for regular conversation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for sushi lovers
    thansVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was our second visit and we enjoyed it even more than the first time. The sushi is very fresh (you can watch them being made) and full of flavor. The combinations of ingredients are very interesting. Portions are very generous - we ordered four dishes for the two of us and had plenty to eat. We especially liked the ahi tuna in a spicy sauce and the jalapeno peppers stuffed with shrimp. Service is fast. This is becoming one of our favorite local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour joy
    DBICHON
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Got to Shiki by 5:45 Friday night to indulge in many happy hour specials, $5 wine and margaritas, inexpensive but extensive HH menu, and overall frivolity.Service is better than before, efficient and polite.Like their Ahi Poke, California rolls and tempura.Generous portions, tempura had crisp batter, large shrimp, yummy veggies.Overall very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday lunch
    Ckgee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Taylor chose to go to Shiki for her birthday for the beef udon which she loves. The salmon bento is good and the pork ramen is Brandon's fave. Kelvin tried the sushi lunch which was good but not enough.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go to, for the sushi/sashimi
    LittleNancyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Per the title I would also like to add tempura and saki. Stick with those food items and you cannot err. I do not recommend any of the teriyaki meat, chicken or fish. I have tried all of them, every time I have been disappointed, these combo options the mea/salmon has always been cut paper thin and served dry and tough, flavor is off. But, as long as you stick with my suggestions you will be very pleased as the sushi selection is outstanding and fresh. The saki sampler is also very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fish a little tired
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is my third visit and each time I'm a little disappointed. I keep giving a second chance. Mainly I find the fish.. The sushi a bit dry and tired. Also unimaginative. But I'm a sushi lover. This last visit I ordered eel over rice for lunch.. Again, the eel with the anticipation of tender and juicy.... was dry without much sauce.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sadly not so hot
    luv2luvfood
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dour, cold unresponsive servers...had to flag them down several times even though they walked by us often. They never checked in with us. Spiderman roll okay. Veggie tempura was just warm which is just not good for deep fried food. Green tea ice cream too bitter. Chocolate Souffle not a souffle at all, but an overcooked lava cake. Boo hoo.
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  • service wasnt great, getting worse
    Yums4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is our go to spot for sushi ! I love their sashimi, extremely fresh but their service has been poor the last few times we've invited friends. It's disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Shiki Bistro - San Carlos reviews archive.
  • I did show up for lunch
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I have the receipt. Please call me and change my no show to showed up and actually ate at the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was alright
    feedMeGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had the see bass and it was just OK, not spectacular. Decent sashimi. Nice atmosphere. The one star is for the incidient that happened after our meal. After using opentable check, my bill came out to be $25.67, not bad right. Well, they accidentally charged $2,567.00 on my debit visa card! They were able to void it, however not w/out the money coming out of the account! It took 2 days for the money to go back in to the account! I was expecting a complimentary dessert BUT nothing, just a "oh, the machine made a mistake". I would try that place again, but I will definitely be using cash or a regular credit card.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi & Tempura, the best!
    LittleNancyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Always the destination for my favorite sushi & tempura prawns and vegetables. I did not rate the brunch or wine list. I have the saki sampler. Romantic depends on who your neighbors are, if you have a family with young children across from you, not romantic. There is seating at the front and at the back for groups, maybe a maximum of 16 - 20 people, my guess-timate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chicasVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    we had great service, a fun time and the sushi was delicious and fresh tasting
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, per usual.
    Partyof4VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Fish is always fresh and firm. The team always does a good job and ambiance is very friendly; plus Vikki is fun too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for sushi with friends
    saskiaVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Good variety, good service and fun to go to with friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites for sushi!
    JonS
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at Shiki Bistro many many times. The food is always very flavorful, and nicely prepared. We appreciate the consistency and look forward to dining at the San Carlos restaurant. The sashimi (Chef's choice) is generous and one of the best we have had. Our serving included butterfish which is so flavorful. We enjoy a variety of sushi rolls, including the Honey Crunch roll, the Aki roll, Red Dragon roll, and many others. The Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura appetizer and Agedashi Tofu are excellent. Too many restaurants over bread the tofu and lack the tender texture. We have been to many other places that just do not know how to make this dish. Shiki really does it right! Also, they have a full bar with some creative drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dining elegant with sushi
    sfdiningVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Sushi was outstanding. Fresh!!!! Beautiful place. staff was very attentive and welcoming..returning customer!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Restaurant
    JohnDoughVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very large space with many tables, some private, and a huge bar. Service was fine and food good. Portions were large and priced accordingly. Practically empty between lunch and dinner so no wait.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Mother's Day lunch
    golfinglady
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had made an Open Table reservation for 11:30 a.m. but it was closed even though they had a special sign on the door they would be open at 11:30 a.m. So we called to let them know that we are waiting outside. Finally, they let us in and notified us that their computer was down so they didn't know about our reservations. They normally open at noontime on Saturday and Sundays. The food was very fresh and tasty. They still remain as one of my favorite restaurants. Hopefully, we won't be locked out the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great California Rolls
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have been coming to this restaurant for some time now. They have the best California Rolls that I have ever eaten. I have eaten at many Japanese Restaurants and their California Rolls are the freshest and the best.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Sushi
    LittleNancyVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We enjoyed the saki and sushi, a great selection. If you're not in the mood for sushi, a very nice dinner menu is available. My favorite is the tempura teriyaki combo.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter
    Ckgee
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our kids enjoy the tempura udon and pork ramen. It's great to have the opportunity to park in the parking lot.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bit pricey but worth it
    TapestryVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Shared 4 different rolls, all tasty. Cold sake sampler - also tasty but still prefer hot. Service and food good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Get there before 6:00pm for $3 draft beers and great prices on sushi. Try the Godzilla roll!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; under whelming service
    Roc2u
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We love the food at this restaurant but the service was bad. We made a reservation because they seem to always be busy. This was a special occasion and they DID NOT have a table for us. Even arriving a few minutes early to ensure our table they told us they didn't have anything available and we could sit at the bar. How do you sit at the bar with children under 10. We eventually were seated but not after some discussion with the greeter. Food is good but don't expect great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The very best Tempura prawns
    LittleNancyVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had a very nice enjoyable dinner. We started with an order of avocado rolls, for dinner my husband had the teriyaki chicken dinner, I had the combination Tempura & steak dinner. Even though it was a Sunday evening, people were waiting to be seated. I'm glad I had made a reservation, as we only waited until a booth was prepared and we were seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi
    ReggieinRWCVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Consistently good food- great sushi and rolls, nice atmosphere with friendly service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and ambiance!
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I took my team here to celebrate after we completed some important milestones on client work. Parking is usually easy enough to find, food here is always mouth-watering good, and the service is prompt and easy. And the sake sampler is always fun! The food is fresh and choices have just the right amount of variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great specialty rolls. This
    Renu
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great specialty rolls. This is the more upscale of the three branches. The flaming roll is kitschy but a must-try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines day at shiki
    Cameron
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great night. They were able to squeeze us in for a late dinner. We didn't get the "Valentines special" but the good was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi, plenty of parking
    ClimateBestByGvrnmntTestVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Good quality sushi and sashimi - generous slices, very fresh. Plenty of private parking at lunchtime. Quiet and attractive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sashimi was good but very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Sashimi was good but very cold, so not as tasty as it could have been. Staff friendly but heavily accented so a bit hard to understand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious and
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food was delicious and the owner was gracious - be careful with the bar drinks though - you may have to tell the bartender directly what drink you want, as the servers do not seem to have any knowledge of a liquor menu....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • simple and clean
    goodeats
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We come here for the good service, clean and bright ambiance, and a quick bite for noodles. Not a lot of flavor but the broth is clear and great for when you just want something quick and hot for lunch with friends. TVs are great for watching sports too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy sushi
    kirs
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Love Shikki! Great service and there is something to please everyone. We come here a lot, dates, with the kids, it's perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation not honored
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The restaurant did not have our open table reservation in their book. They were very busy that night and even though we showed them our email confirmation, we were the last group seated as they continued to seat everyone in order of arrival - except one large party that arrived after we did that had a reservation. Once seated, food and service was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungry for sushi
    rjtdVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Very good Sushi Rolls and sashimi was very fresh. A little pricy. But worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Japanese food in San Carlos
    LittleNancyVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Start with the Saki sampler, enjoy with Ahi tuna. Delicious combination choices, my favorite Prawn tempura with pork chop. Attention to detail, service and decor. A very nice dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in a pleasant atmosphere
    kappVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Wonderful, extensive menu with an attentive and pleasant staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate