Yakitori Boy Japas  - Philadelphia
Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia

Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.yakitoriboy.com/
  • Phone: 2159238088x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (17)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (12)romantic (11)late-night find (11)special occasion (10)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 159 reviews are from the Yakitori Boy Japas - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Excellent
    hotscorpiocop
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I love the tapas menu. The smaller portions allowed me to taste many of the delicious dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding karaoke studio/izakaya!
    yosshii
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Ten of us karaoke fanatics went to this place after a conference. First, we sat at a semi-private table on the 1st floor and had an authentic izakaya experience. The food was really good, served quickly, and not expensive. After a couple of hours of eating and drinking, we moved to the 2nd floor for karaoke. We had a room reserved for 3 hours. (Reservation is a must!) We had also requested a "karaoke system with lots of Japanese songs." The system turned out to be a DAM system from Japan, and it had everything! It was a great karaoke experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was incredible,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The service was incredible, timely and on point! I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends, coworkers, family...etc and especially loved the karaoke floor on the second level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting
    EXCITING
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very friendly staff. Busy on Saturday night but worth it. Try something new. Very popular for groups. Make reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There really isn't anything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    There really isn't anything bad that I can say about the food here. The "Japas" concept is a lot of fun, and the skewered meat is amazing! My husband also tried the sushi and said it was really good. The kitchen did run out of a few items, but that wasn't a problem, we just got something else. it did get a little noisy when the restaurant filled up, and some of the tables are very close together, so it might not be ideal for a romantic dinner. The karaoke rooms upstairs look like fun; we're thinking of doing that some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Total Package
    Bellagirl
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Short walk from the convention center! Great food, terrific service & cool ambience. Everyone was pleasant and attentive. It's been awhile since I was here, but I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so hot....
    Keisha89
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The service here sucked. We sat directly by the good prep station and saw food sit on the counter for long stretches of time. Our food took forever. They appeared under staffed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious yakitori
    caligirl
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    great japanese bbq with all the usual fun things i like to eat (pork belly, chicken skin, gizzards) and then some really awesome new ones (bacon wrapped quail eggs). awesome extensive fun yakitori menu that made me miss the izakayas in japan. i wouldn't rate the sushi so high although we only tried 2 rolls. i loved our yellowtail carpaccio appetizer and the lobster entree. unfortunately, the desserts were really poor (tempura ice cream too bready and the creme brulee was not the silky cold texture you expect it to be). i would definitely come back for the carpaccio and the yakitori!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Asian food in Philly!
    PhillyChica
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Perfect to go during restaurant week so you can get a sampling of everything. Definitely would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi, Sushi, Sushi
    BlissRest
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I luv sushi and Yaki have one of the best sushi EVER. I went for restaurant wk, 5 course meals for $35. You can't beat that no where.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every time I eat here it is
    Angee
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Every time I eat here it is an enjoyable experience! The seafood is fresh and they make trying new foods an incredible and very enjoyable experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Fun
    Jack
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Got 5 delicious, plentiful courses for restaurant week. Picked Yakatori Boy for restaurant week b/c it allowed you to try a variety of foods (soup/salad, skewers, sushi, entree, and dessert). Everything was tasty and service was prompt! Would def recommend to others and come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We four ordered 4 kinds of
    EmmaVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We four ordered 4 kinds of rolls on restaurant week menu. even though we do not know the names but they were all wonderful. Especially there is one roll with fruits and fish together, i have never seen how these come along together so lovely. PS: the yellow tale appetizer and sea bass was so good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Funky!
    AdventurousEater
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    This was the first time my parents experienced Japanese cuisine and they loved it! Yakatori Boy had the best Restaurant week menu in Philly. The food was excellent. The service was good by I think the server could have been more attentive. This could have been due to the crowd and it was a Friday night. Overall; Fantastic. Going again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inside was very cold.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    It was very cold in the restaurant. Heater shoud be prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow.
    Loseyourself5845
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Yakitori brought it. From the yellowtail carpaccio to the whole grilled lobster...THANK YOU!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh - service was so weird
    ix42
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Last time I went here (over a year ago) was a better experience. Reservation process is overly complicated. Too many call backs and calling back and forth. No one picks up when you return their calls. The food was just OK, but the service was so strange. Got there early and were told we could sit at the bar to wait. Bartender wasn't friendly AT ALL, made it clear she was annoyed we were just waiting & not ordering drinks. Waiter and people bringing water acted like they were uncomfortable coming to our table. They would barely make eye contact, no friendliness what so ever. Just really stranger. The hostess was friendly though. I took someone there for a special occasion and they were weirded out by the service, so that's not ideal...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi
    Toytoy
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I have been in love with sushi for a long time. I have tried multiple spots and nothing has come close to Yakitori Boy. The sushi is always fresh and tasty. I do not go anywhere else to get much sushi because no other place compares. I'm totally in love with this place and have to dine here a few times a month. Can't wait unit I go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.