Yakitori Boy Japas  - Philadelphia
Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia

Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yakitoriboy.com/
  • Phone: (215) 923-8088
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tasaka Yasuhiko
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Yakitori Boy - Japas is a two establishment that offers ample space for private events and special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Dining Reservations 2159238088x
  • Entertainment: We offer public and private karaoke.
  • Special Events: Our Japas karaoke lounge is a great place to have special events not limiting to birthdays, graduations, bachelorette/bachelor parties, business gatherings and much more...
    To reserve a karaoke room or a table at our Japas lounge, please call 215-821-7280.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th & Race Street
  • Public Transit: Septa-The Market Frankford stop is on 11th & Market, and only a few blocks away from the Broad Street line at City Hall.

    Patco-train stop @ 8th and Market.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Aside from street parking, there are many parking lots within a 1-2 block walk of the restaurant.
A word from Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia
Philadelphia's 1st Izakaya, a Japanese version of a pub, serving a variety of small dishes for snacking while drinking. We specialize in Yakitori skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables, seasoned and skillfully grilled to perfection. We also offer "half sushi rolls". We believe food is better shared, naturally our menu is tapas style, which we affectionately refer to as Japanese Tapas or “Japas”. We encourage you to order a variety of dishes so that you and all of your guests can sample, enjoy and satisfy your “foodie” cravings.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (28)late-night find (23)fit for foodies (22)hot spot (19)neighborhood gem (16)special occasion (15)vibrant bar scene (13)romantic (10)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delish
    jdott827
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    John, our waiter, was super nice and very informative. He helped us pick a few items from the menu and kept our drinks full. Everything was really tasty. I will definitely be coming back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sushi!!!
    autumn17
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Was a little skeptic about going but it wind up being a great experience. Great customer service and nice group of people.Will visited again soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it use to be
    MrsCav
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I used to love Yakitori Boy. This time my food was just ok. The waitress couldn't answer questions on the Menu. She got the manager who couldn't answer either who got another waiter who answered the questions and took the order but came back because he wasn't sure. Too much confusion. Then the food was just ok instead of fantastic like I remembered. My lycheetini was still great though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi and Japas!
    Chris
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The sushi we had as part of the happy hour was excellent and ordered 2 more servings of it for our dinner. The soft shell crab was out of this world. The short rib and hearts/livers yakatori was amazing! The best bite were the quail eggs wrapped in bacon! Simple but amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blast!!!
    LeemSoPretti
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Love Love Love...the lobster is a must!!! The servers were extremely friendly and hospitable. He mad it his business to accommodate our every need. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forget the Karaoke!! EAT HERE!!
    PhillyWizard
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although we were squeezed into one of the six tables that are situated in the wall inset.......everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Freshest late night sushi
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always the yummiest: ginkgo beans, soup, mushrooms, tempura shrimp… chef's roll… veggie dumplings… and service :-)
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best LATE NIGHT SUSHI!!!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    IT IS SUCH A GREAT PLACE AND SO FRESH! WE JUST LOVE IT
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best late night Sushi!!!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great place! Great prices! Super fresh and delicious! Open late night!! Best PLaCE!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Teish
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Awesome place no complaints! I had a bday dinner food was awesome then join karoke it was soooo much fun!!!! I would love to come out again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST LATE NIGHT SUSHI!!!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    THE BEST!!! I met the owner, and he is awesome! I love the hostess! I love our servers! Somehow, we always get the same table and it feels like home!! Tues night is the 1$ skewers and my favorite veggie one is the ginko beans!! My friend loved the asparagus and the meat skewers, but I don't do meat. Also high on the list: shrimp teriaki, or the shrimp grand mar. but next time I will get the sauce on the side. The shu mai is good… and the California roll… and especially the MUSHROOMS!!! … miso soup good to combine them… it's such a fun place! Karaoke is upstairs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience as always!
    Angee
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I love returning to my favorite resturant to enjoy the company of my husband or good friends, but it's made more special when the server remembers you and continues to give you the same outstanding service as they did before! This is why we keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Late Night Sushi!!!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Best!!! It is super fast and super fresh!!! I LOVE the ginko beans!! …Friend LOVES the chilean bass, which is super and the shrimp tempura roll… Met the owner's daughter, and got to see my family from LA!!! It is a place of sheer "MIRACLES!" Everytime I have been there, something GREAT happens!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Jake
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was really good. The person up front started the experience pretty bad though. She was a little sassy but that's fine. The waitress we got was awesome! Her recommended sushi roll was great! The food overall was pretty good. I shouldn't have booked the last day because they ran out of crème brûlée (my favorite).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I made a reservation for the last night of Restaurant week. They were kind and courteous when I changed the time of the reservation and add more people to the party. The food was amazing and the service as superb; the 5 course meal was more than what we expected for a $35 deal. The only downside is that because the entire party was not present at the time of reservation although I was, I did not get my 100 points for the reservation made.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!!
    KingJay215
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. After dinner we went upstairs to the karaoke bar. Great time!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LATE NIGHT GEM! OPEN TILL 2!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    KITCHEN IS OPEN UNTIL 1 AM!!!! AND IT IS AWESOME!! TRY THE EAGLE ROLL. AND THE MOCHI ICE CREAM AND THE GINKO NUTS ON A SKEWER, FOR 1$! MY FRIEND HAD THE BENTO BOX WITH THE SHRIMP, AND WENT CRAZY FOR IT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back very soon!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My husband and I came here for our anniversary on a Tuesday. I was at the restaurant on the Saturday night before for a bachelorette party and I just knew I had to bring him. We both had the beef nakimura box and a few different rolls of sushi. Plus, we shared a bowl of beef soy sauce ramen, which was delicious. Oh and I forgot my husband got some of the yakitori also. The waitstaff was very attentive and very friendly! Bonus points for the restaurant bc we had a 7:45 reservation and arrived at 7. They sat us right away. Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere makes for a fantastic anniversary dinner. Next time I will be back for dinner and karaoke!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sushi
    fooodeeee
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went for restaurant week and could not finish my meal, it was too much food when cau you ever say that for restaurant week. The servers were good, it had a good vibe to it and the sushi roll i had was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Chinita
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had come here a month ago for the first time for my birthday and my entire party loved it. I had returned this past Monday and thinking about it is making my mouth water. Food is delicious and very affordable. Lots of options and pictures are a HUGE help. Orders come out separately but that did not bother me. It can get loud when its busy but that is expected. I dont have any particular reason to deduct stars because overall its great. Came with my boyfriend who is very particular about some asian foods and I'm pleasantly surprised this is his favorable preference. Will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!
    TaNsHa
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Been there several times. They've been consistently great with the service; friendly greeting, attentive, fast service, and they serve awesome food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    TravelingDiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was great and so was the service! The decor could use some updating but it's easy to look past when the food is so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    Mysand303
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my 3rd visit and I really love the food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Menu
    NewFoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The menu included five courses. I started with the tempura udon which was really good. Then I had the chicken meatball and rib eye Yakitori. The meatball tasted weird but the rib eye was perfect. Next was the sushi roll I had the He roll which was amazing and the Eagles roll was just as yummy. For the main course I had the chicken teriyaki. It was good but I expected some type of rice to go with it. The major score of the evening was my friend having a entire lobster and we only paid $35 each!! I ended with the Mochi ice cream which tasted okay I prefer another. Overall the experience was amazing the amount of food you get is totally worth the price. Even if it is not restaurant week the prices aren't too bad. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rockin' menu and execution
    Greensnakes
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Some of the freshest fish and most creative dishes in town. Try the Eagles roll and the wasabi tuna yakitori. To die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food and service
    asianflav
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were seated in one of the best booths in the house. The staff was incredibly attentive, and I've only experienced that level of service once before. Food was excellent, top notch presentation and attention to detail with subtle flavor profiles. The menu has a lot that appeals to me as well. Great experience and value during restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So sorry to bother you yakatori!!!
    Johnndishon310
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Been here many times before and love the place...got done working in the trauma center down the street, and the wife just finished work as well. we didnt have reservation,the hostess says she cant seat us, she "had a lot of people coming in and no tables available" its 7:24, i go on open table(all times avail.)make a reservation for 7:30, she refuses to seat us at a table stating "she cant sit us between another table", eventually she sat us, but that was horrible service and by then my wife was upset. We ordered our usual $100 worth of food and enjoyed it, but im sure my wife wont let us return. You should think twice too, unless you like being judged on your appearance by the young C yoU Next Thursday hostess...no fun, bad meal,bad deal
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  • First time patron
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was very impressed with both the food and the service. Everything came out hot and was delicious. The prices were very reasonable. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family to try a different style of Asian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 164 reviews are from the Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • okay food, good service
    Nixotic
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was very good. Sushi rolls left something to be desired. Ginger was dry as if it had been left out. Good for the price but four rolls vs six or eight does skew it a little. Overall a good quick dine for mediocre sushi and great service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Sushi4life
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had an absolutely great time at Yakitori boy. This was my second time there but my first in the restaurant section so I reserved a table and was immediately sat down. Service was on point, which is a huge plus for me. The drinks were great, had the sake bomb and drank this huge beer they call Godzilla. AND finally the food my group went with a whole bunch of sushi and sashimi and it was nothing short of delicious. Everything taste good. I highly recommend Yakitori boy It was an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful sushi!
    Krysta
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Really great dinner, good ambiance, very private tables that made for easier conversation than a lot of set ups. Good service, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happy hour
    falseilash
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Came here for dinner on the first floor on a Friday night. I've been upstairs for karaoke before and I also recommend that if you are into it! but I had never been to the restaurant on the first floor. To my surprise happy hour is until 7pm. They had a special happy hour discounted drink and food list and there were a lot of choices. The food was the same as is offered upstairs...and it's very yummy! (I got springs rolls, gyoza, shrimp tempura roll & I got a pomegranate martini! delish! :) The tables were also pretty big so I think it would be great for large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    sarah
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My friends and I usually come for dollar skewer night after work, but this time I took my boyfriend for a Sunday date night. The staff is super friendly and the food is always good. We had a great time and I always appreciate that they don't bat an eye when you order a ton of food :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Torriep
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I was running late for my reservation but I called ahead and they held my table for me! When we were seated it was kinda tight...like I could teach out and sample the person's meal next to me lol but the food was great and reasonably priced as well. I went here on a date and it was a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very cheap and underrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great for late night dining. Fun if you are indecisive and want to try a lot of different things. Skewers are a little bit on the salty side but pretty tasty! Sushi is surprisingly decent (don't expect Morimoto though!). I like how they only give you half a roll so if you want to try lots of different specialty rolls but don't want to blow a lot of money, this is a great place for you. Check out their daily specials, too. I like going on Sundays for $1.50 sashimi!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv this place!!!
    Zug9mm
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Nice place for happy hour ( they always have great specials) the staff is always friendly I really enjoy their small plates
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    TaNsHa
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I've been here many times and it's never disappointing. Recently, I was there for my birthday with a couple of friends. As a birthday treat, they placed a sparkler candle on my tempura ice cream. Food is delicious, service is impeccable, and it's reasonably priced. Everything was amazing, always!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Happy Hour
    ncstinnett
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I've now had the pleasure of experiencing 2 happy hours at Yakitori Boy and both were delightful. The food selection is not only amazingly priced, but is tasty and offers a great variety. The drinks are also reasonably priced. Yakitori staff are polite and friendly. I have no bad things to say and will continue to come to this wonderful place and bring others!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love sushi.
    yucheng35
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I am a sushi fan, Yakitori Boys makes me go there almost every weekend. Need I say more?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neat Experience
    SarajevoVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Yakitori Boy was definitely an interesting experience in Philadelphia's Chinatown. I was very excited to go there and sing karaoke, but their rooms were incredibly expensive and the food was mediocre. If you go here, don't order the sushi--its not very good. However, the yakitori and okonomiyaki is pretty worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.