Nombe
Nombe

Nombe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nombesf.com/
  • Phone: 4156817150
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6PM - 10:30PM(closed Monday)
    Friday - Saturday: 6PM - 12AM


    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Noriyuki Sugie
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full service Japanese and Western Fusion, having been a caterer that has been serving private, corporate, and large event functions and guests for over eight years. In addition to full service catering, we provide specialized sushi catering, including on-site sushi booths, chefs and refrigeration, plus private sushi functions such as corporate team-building and sushi-making parties. Consult www.marisfood.com for more information, or call Chef Mari at 415-341-5468 to discuss the details of your particular event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you would like to do a sushi-making class, team building event, or have your own private sake tasting and pairing party, Nombe is the place to enjoy both intimate and larger party occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Gil Payne 8886080445
  • Entertainment: As all three partners have spent time in rock and jazz bands, the music will always flow at Nombe!!! Don't be afraid to listen to the Grateful Dead, Phish, Stevie, Miles, Floyd (etc.) while at a Japanese gastropub - for many Japanese adore them as much as we do.
  • Special Events: Nombe will be hosting monthly sake tasting and pairing events, in addition to offering some special events like Singles Sushi-Making Parties, Chef & Sommelier Signature Pairing Nights, and more. Check www.nombesf.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Public Transit: Muni 14, 49. 3 blocks to 24th St. Bart Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available in front of Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission Street), about 1/2 block up Mission from Nombe.

    Plentiful street parking. Parking lots between Mission & Valencia on 21st, and on Capp and 20th Streets behind Bruno's.
A word from Nombe
Nombe (pronounced “nom – bay”) refers to someone who likes to drink heartily. We are bringing Japan’s most popular eating and drinking establishments, IZAKAYA, to the heart of Mission.

We offer Northern California’s seasonal, sustainable, and locally sourced tapas food along with over 75 brands of premium sake, organic Shochu cocktails, as well as eight Japanese and local beers on tap.

We open Street Food window after 11:00pm on the weekends to satisfy the hungry soul of the hip Mission crowd.
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Nombe reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (9)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)special occasion (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • incredible!
    TheJessmanVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went to Nombe with a group of 6. They had a wonderful window seat for us. The waiter was AMAZING, simply one of the best. The food was incredible! Overall we had a wonderful night! I am VERY excited to come back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, mediocre service
    JenKVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had to wait quite some time for our server to greet us, then waited another 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive at the table (in fact, our appetizers arrived prior to our drinks). Our server was quite absent for much of the meal, and said she was pulling double duty (bartender and server). Notwithstanding the service, our food was impeccable - we tried quite a few items on the menu, and enjoyed all of them. The tofu small plate is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Creative fusion of flavors
    JP1001VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by the creative items on the menu. The bacon mochi was amazing! And the guys really loved the pork belly. Oh, and the grilled hamachi cheek was awesome! And surprisingly, the Tofu salad was actually really good too. Granted, I did ask a side of ponzu sauce to drizzle over the tofu but the toppings on it were really yummy! A great surprise find for a group dinner to try out various items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My date and I decided to check this restaurant out after seeing it on the "Dine about Town" list and we were pleasantly surprised! The food was not only amazing, the drinks were as well as the customer service! Our waitress was very attentive and the entire staff was very accommodating. We enjoyed our experience here and plan to come back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic dine about town menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Many options to chose from. All guest left full and extremely happy. No hesitation about returning for another meal here.
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  • Dinner with Visiting Friends
    ALim
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a great intimate place for a dinner with friends. I brought my fiance and another couple here for his birthday and the food was delicious and served in a timely manner. The owner came and greeted us a couple of times and checked on our dining experience which was really nice. We did the Dine About Town prix fixe menu and it worked out really well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 220 reviews are from the Nombe reviews archive.
  • Interesting, tasty small dishes
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Incredible chicken wings, probably the best chicken wings I've ever had. And relatively cheap for the quality and amount of food you're getting. I totally over ate by an incredible amount on 40 bucks.
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    fit for foodies
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  • It was okay.
    tlpb
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I was not impressed with most of the food and neither was my friend. There was a couple of things we really like, but for the main part we were not wowed by anything we had.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The Dine About Town meal (which
    glovesmVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    The Dine About Town meal (which they so nicely extended for 2 days because they had prior commitments for 2 days during the time period) surprised me with the quantity and how AMAZING it was. Chicken karaage was primo, crunchy and oily, but not too oily. The edamame hummus with homemade taro chips was the right balance of garlic and salt and crunch. I think I had some high expectations for the Ramenburger and would have liked a little more sear on the outside of the Ramen. I also had forgotten there was blue cheese on it that was a little too strong in flavor. What took the cake without being a cake was the apple pie gyoza a la mode, crunchy and warm and sweet. A perfect end to this place that I'll definitely return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT IMPRESSED
    tomiko127
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    had lunch here for two reasons 1. ramenburger - which was oily and bland in some spots and super salty in others GROSS. 2. it was on the list for Dine About Town - big mistake. i would not come here again. Our server, a young asian guy was helpful but not really personable and enthusiastic. However, my gf ordered the okonomiyaki which took about 25 mins to come out. the rest of our party was already finished with our meal. I asked some guy behind the bar where her food was and he rudely said "who's food?" "well i dont know what you are talking about but i'll go check" REALLY BAD customer service on his end. He did come over and apologize as we were talking about writing a review on yelp. LOL
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  • Nombe Dine About Town
    sharebear
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The Miso version ramen burger included blue cheese and shitake mushrooms with kobe and pork belly meat. We also had salty fries with an amazing sweet chili sauce on the side. The service was most outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Slow Service for Mediocre Food
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We tried this restaurant for Dine About Town and we're sad to report this place isn't worthy to be a Dine About Town restaurant. I was with a group of 7 and all of us agreed that the food was rather mediocre and the service was ridiculously slow for the venue capacity and limited number of folks dining on a Tuesday night. The salmon sashimi was slimy (who wants slimy sashimi?), the famous ramenburger was extremely greasy (don't go if you have a sensitive stomach), and their rendition of an apple pie (apple gyoza) was worse than the apple turnovers from McDonalds. The wait staff kept messing up our orders and someone in our party was kept waiting for their burger AFTER everyone else had finished theirs. No comps for the inconvenience.
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  • Food was ok, service was not there
    DineAboutTowners
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Went with 2 friends to check out their dine about town offerings. The manager sat us at our table immediately, but took 15 mins before someone took our order. The server had taken orders of two other tables before us, all of whom came after us. The service was not any better through the night. They were either short staffed or their (only) two servers were new. Regardless, the manager apologized for the delay. Also of note, two tables down from us, two men were seated but ended up walking out because no one had approached their table. I don't think the staff even realized that they had walked out. By the time we had our 5th course, I was no longer hungry. I've been trying to convince myself that overall it was a good experience. I can't.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Best breakfast I ever had! My friend had the ramen burger and loved it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    AredubVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Every time I eat here I think, "why don't I eat here more often?". Everything is great! Nice wines, delicious food, wonderful service. This place deserves to be way busier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Don't go!
    jsyenVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The food wasn't very good and the service was slow. I would skip it.
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  • not the besy in town
    Wailin
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The location is convenient but the food, is rather blend. The yaki, or the grill items are not spiced right and not cooked right. Their special ramen burger although has fresh meat, somehow the seasoning is not there to help bring out the essense of a burger.
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  • Nombe Experience
    Nombe
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    I invited my sister who has spent a year in Japan to revisit the Izakaya experience right in the heart of Mission. Nombe is small, but at 7pm on a Friday night there were still open tables. So reservation was a good idea, but not necessary. We each had a ramen burger. We both ordered the miso burger, but unfortunately, my sister received the wrong order and had the Shiyo burger instead. We didn't realize the mistake until we got to the end. I had a pleasant experience with my miso burger, but my sister did not. We also had a summer salad and a vegetable grill sampler. Both of which were interesting, but I thought the flavors were too strong and overpowering. Nombe is interesting and definitely worth a try, but not a craving-worthy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Ramenburger
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    My friend and I went specifically to try the ramenburger. Sadly, we have to agree with previous reviews. The ramen bun was fairly flavorless. It also needed to be a bit thicker and crisper. The ingredients inside, however, were very tasty. The terryaki infused patty and grilled onions were good. We also had the mac 'n cheese which was average. I'd be willing to try the original ramenburger to see if there should be hype.
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  • Great for people that lives
    rexie
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Great for people that lives in the Mission District, I live in the Nob Hill area. So it's quite a drive for me, wherein we have better restaurants.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Ramenburger is it
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We went to Nombe for the ramenburger and it did NOT disappoint. The patty was juicy and the sauce so flavorful. It didn't even need the bacon. Loved the ramen substituting for the bun. It actually made the burger more enjoyable because you're not filling up on bun. It was described as a "slider" but it was the size of an In N Out burger. Also recommend the cod with the quinoa coating--very good texture and the fish was just right. If I lived in the Mission, I'd go there at least twice a month.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Execution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    I've been to Nombe a few times and their food execution is spot on every time. The ramen burgers are obviously delicious, and whenever you see brussel sprouts on the menu, order them. The owner has an eye on how long your food is taking and if he feels like it's verging on too long, he has been known personally deliver small glasses of sake to the table to keep you happy- and it does, for me at least. If you're in the mood for some playful Japanese food done right, come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst service ever
    bayarean
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    literally the worst service i have ever experienced at a restaurant.
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  • horribad
    nocturnalcasketVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    your service was so bad that i'm speechless with the possible adjectives. a restaurant with good food but terrible service is just terrible.
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  • Dead as winter
    touristabouttown
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    We had dinner at Nombe a few nights ago. Booked a table just to be sure. We show up at 9.15 to a completely empty restaurant. Had a few things. First the chawanmushi, sadly without uni which they didn't have that night. OK not super. Then some yakitori, very tasty. Followed that with dumplings, where they forgot our sauce. The Korean Fried Chicken was tasty if a bit soggy. To that, some rice and a few more dishes I can't remember. Then the servers dissapeared and we literally had to wave to order more. Some tasty dishes, some disappointments. Spotty service. Eight dishes plus some beer came to a total of $80 including tip.
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    good for groups
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  • Worst Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    I was so disappointed because the food was phenomenal but the service ruined the entire experience. The server was extremely rude and actually turns and walked away as I was speaking to her! Our food came out at such different times that more than half of our party didn't receive food until 5-10 min after the other people in our party had already finished their meals. Three dishes were completely forgotten and the staff did nothing when we asked them about our order. It wasn't until we asked multiple times that we actually got SOME of what we ordered. I'm sad to say that I'll never go back, even though the ramen burgers were delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Nombe = Bomb
    Spence
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    I had the best b-day dinner at Nombe. The owners, Gil and Nori, made the experience outstanding. Their warm welcoming smiles and friendly demeanor....in addition to the best home cooked Japanese food in the Bay area brought back memories of trips to Japan to visit my Grandmother and the delicious meals she made. p.s. I need to check into rehab soon...just can't kick the strong craving for mochi wrapped with bacon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hi Expectations...but disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    I came to this restaurant on a Gilt special for a 7-course tasting menu with sake pairing. The food overall was lackluster. The best two dishes were the sunomono and the chawanmushi. One of the things they need to figure out is their workflow (or lack thereof). My main dish sat on the counter long enough that the beef was lukewarm and began to toughen. They appear to be understaffed and really need to figure out both the execution of their service and their overall tastes/textures of their dishes. I am a huge fan of ramen and was very disappointed in the flavor of the ramen broth. It was completely non-descript. I usually finish off both the broth and noodles in a really great ramen and I let my dinner companion finish off this dish.
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  • Great food bad location
    PhillyGourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    When my wife and I first walked into Nombe we weren't sure we were in the right place. It certainly doesn't have the look or appeal of the foods that they serve. More like a bar that would fry everything. They even have a TV on above their bar. However the food and sake pairings that we had were far above my expectations and I would recommend Nombe solely on their culinary prowess, if nothing else. Service was friendly and professional as well. All in all, we had a good time and I would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience
    EatzVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    I came here expecting good things. Inventive-sounding menu, great location. The food was embarrassingly bad across the board, with terrible execution on dishes I had to struggle to eat. I couldn't even choke down my iced tea. Service went from ok to bad when owner could tell we didn't like the food. It was awkward, and then even more so when he had to run my credit card through Square 4 times and made me sign with my bare finger on his broken iPhone screen. To make matters even worse, I never got my 1,000 credits for using my United card, even though it's a certified restaurant. Never again.
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  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Don't do it. My friend and I had to go find more food after tasting a bit at Nombe. Not good.
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  • Never Trust an Empty Restaurant
    Steve
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We should have turned around and walked out of Nombe as soon as we realized that at *PM on a Saturday only three or four tables were full. We reserved a table here because we had read about a particular dish (Ramen) but the only soup was a mini-bowl of mediocre quality. The one waitress was quite sweet but totally inexperienced and, frankly at this price point one would expect a more professional level of service. The restaurant is quite dark and depressing which did not make us feel better about paying over $70 for two or three appetizer-sized portions. All in all I would give this restaurant a miss.
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  • Birthday dinner
    Birthday
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    The restaurant is locate on 21st and mission. Easy to get to and find. The style of dinning is small plates intend for sharing. We order about 8 different plates to share for a group of five. Pork belly, chicken sampler, chicken wings (really good), bacon wrapped asparaguses, ahi tuna. I really joy the meal. I would go back again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good food and generous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Very good food and generous portions. We left happy and full.
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  • Eh.
    batmaneatsf
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Food was ok but the atmosphere was about as flat as it gets. Service was inattentive and seemed distracted. Not the best.
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  • I don't know what happened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    I don't know what happened to Nombe, but obviously it is not the place it used to be. I think previous reviews must have been for other management/chef. Basically, just a total disappointment, the best was "average" and the worst was sort of unpleasant. Waaay too pricey for what it is. Nice enough staff, but I go to restaurants for the food. Sorry, but don't go.
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  • Went to Nombe with some pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Went to Nombe with some pretty high expectations and none of them were met. Service was very poor; I had to wait 30 minutes before the waiter remembered to bring our drinks (and the restaurant wasn't even busy). The food was was under average. I'd rather go to a Subway than go back to Nombe again.
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  • Fantastic and interesting
    dan7000VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Fantastic and interesting menu. Being mostly veg and peseta rains we declined the waitresses entreaties to try the beef tounge small plate until we'd all had enough to drink to lose our inhibitions and then to our surprise we all loved it. This place is Japanese but it is definitely not sushi. Everything we had was terrific, the wait staff was very friendly and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Nobody was really there during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Nobody was really there during Dine About Town... including the chef it seemed like. Not sure if it was because of a late dinner but everything seemed to have come out from a fridge and previously prepared. The Dine About Town menu was good but poorly executed as stated earlier. Some things were really good but others were "meh". Service was weird and awkward - multiple servers that didn't communicate. Wanted to love it but walked away disappointed with a decent experience
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  • For all you food lovers out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    For all you food lovers out there, I would recommend this place for their 7-course dine about town menu or their fresh selection of sashimi. They're not a sushi restaurant, per se, but they do serve their fresh fish of the day. The Uni pate for the first course with the pairing of same was pretty amazing. Get there fast for the great price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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