YamaSho
YamaSho

YamaSho

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yamasho-sf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 346-2222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our comfortable Banquet room loft is perfect for parties of up to 50 guests. This large private room overlooks the restaurant, sushi bar and also has it"s own restrooms. The room includes two large HD flat screens, and an audio system that can be utilized for karaoke, or for video or computer connected presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: YamaSho 4153462222
  • Entertainment: YamaSho’s ten Karaoke Lounges are equipped with state of the art karaoke equipment, including large high Definition flat screens, dual microphones, individual climate control, sound-proofing, and offer a selection of over 120,000 songs in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Spanish available at the touch of a button.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Ness & Polk
  • Public Transit: Muni:2,3,19,38,47,49
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A convenient parking garage is located just across the street at 1150 Post Street.
A word from YamaSho
In the heart of San Francisco is a true authentic Japanese experience. In a city where so many Japanese restaurants offer the usual sushi and tempura standards, YamaSho brings you a true experience of not just authentic Japanese cuisine, but also Japanese culture. From a Japanese restaurateur who really likes to sing, YamaSho makes you feel like you are guests in the cozy home of a talented native chef.
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YamaSho reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (8)special occasion (6)fit for foodies (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)neighborhood gem (2)Show More
  • Really poor service.
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Came here with a group of about 10 coworkers. Had a reservation on OpenTable but apparently because I was not able to pick up their phone call a few hours earlier, they assumed I was not coming and did not have a table ready. So we had to wait for them to get a table for 10 together upon arrival. After ordering, it took a good 50 minutes for all food to arrive. That is one thing, BUT there was a 30 minute difference from the time that the first person's food arrived until the last dish. Most restaurants will attempt to prepare dishes for the entire table before bringing everyone's food. There was zero attempt to do that in this situation. That created a very awkward situation where literally 8 of the 10 people had finished the food before the last person's food came. Finally, everyone but one person's dish arrived and that person ate alone while everyone else waited (we had to rush because we had another appointment after). They showed no concern even when we asked about the remaining dishes. Really really poor experience here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was not good. We will not return. We will recommend against visiting
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was dissapointed this time
    ElenaVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I live next door from the restaurant. Food and service were always good, but the sushi chef is very slow. Last time we had to wait for about 40 mins to get a simple roll. They need to do something about this
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  • Fun, Festive and great Food
    AbbeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Go, it was a surprise to find such a nice spot in this area of town. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dining and great karaoke
    Th3R1chard
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    YamaSho is definitely the best place to karaoke in San Francisco, but they are also an excellent place to eat some delicious Japanese food! Their menu is comprehensive and includes many options that help making ordering for groups easier (sushi packages, pitchers of beer, etc.). Note that making and OpenTable reservation for YamaSho is strictly for their dining area, so if you wanna karaoke you should call in to reserve a room (rooms go fast!). The service at YamaSho is excellent and I always feel completely taken care of from before I arrive until I leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so Japanese food/experience
    TableForTwo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    These days it's hard to find a really good Japanese restaurant. YamaSho is okay for the food, but the service and ambience is lacking. You have to constantly track down a wait staff to make inquiries. Food isn't always served timely such as appetizers served first with time to enjoy them and then your main entree. They tended to be served on top of each other. The look of the restaurant is okay with the wood walls and benches, but it feels like a barn with wood tables placed in the middle of it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 89 reviews are from the YamaSho reviews archive.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Cathrynne
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I made a reservation through Open Table for a group of friends for dinner to celebrate a birthday. The food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. (It's one of the few places I've found takoyaki - let alone good takoyaki.) We let slip that it was our friend's birthday. Around dessert time, one of the employees came out with a slice of cake and a candle. After my group sang happy birthday, the employee said that she would now sing for my friend. We were all completely blown away! Her voice was beyond amazing! So, great food at a decent price not to mention the option to get a karaoke room and fantastic service. I'd definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YamaSho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great location. Parking very very close. Greta food fair price. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible, slow service
    Shreha
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I went with a large party for a friend's birthday and we were seated in the upstairs dining room. The food was great but the service was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! It took us 1 hour to get our drinks (we had to approach multiple servers and even go down to the kitchen to ask them to AT LEAST give us water because we were parched) and 2 hours to start getting our appetizers and then our food. It was absolutely ridiculous. I have never had this terrible service in my life. I would never, ever, EVER go here again.
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  • Great service and tasty sushi
    firsttimer
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The combo of being seated promptly, good sushi, delicious drinks and awesome service made this a great night for our group of 7.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant!!!!!
    MauriceP25
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Wonderful, kind & spirited host. They gave excellent service and I would recommend to all my friends and family. The hostess sang me happy birthday and I loved it she almost made me cry because it was the best happy birthday I'd ever heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    chopstickchick
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our reservation was for 5:30 on Saturday night. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated promptly by the hostess. Our waitress came to take our drink order within 2 minutes of us sitting down. As the restaurant began to fill up, we were worried that service would start lacking, but we never felt unattended. The service was great, the food was great, and we had a great time. We would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese food with creative flair!
    JohnfromSF
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    YamaSho is a gem. On its premises is a stand-alone restaurant and Karaoke rooms. The cuisine is exquisite -- creative, well prepared, and utterly delicious. The service and serving staff are among the best in San Francisco: friendly and courteous, knowledgeable about the dishes, and clearly there to be of help. The drink menu includes an overflowing, inexpensive wooden container of one of two kinds of saki not to be missed. Our recommendations include: for appetizers, the black cod, grilled squid, and takosu (octopus); for small plate dishes, the grilled mackerel; and the sushi is extraordinarily fresh and well-prepared. But our favorite dish is a shiso "cracker" that is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great group experience
    KC99
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    I went with a group of 19, and we were able to get the upstairs private room, typically used for karaoke, although we were only dining. It was great to have our own space, food was good, although service was a little slow and everybody's food came out at different times so that we weren't really eating together. They did apologize for the slow service as they were really busy that night, which we appreciated. Good sushi rolls, great variety of items on the menu, and lots of choices of sake! Overall, a really good experience, and was exactly the type of spot we were looking to celebrate the occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad
    tallnerd
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    That's the best way to describe the overall experience. My friends roll came with wasabi in it as well as my very basic rolls. I thought I had smudged some onto mine but opened mine up and saw it was in it. Our servers were running around like mad as if the place was full when there were only about 15 of us in there. Made it a bit distracting. My friend got a different roll but I ate 2 pieces and didn't want to be "that customer" so ate it all with no enjoyment. I'm just not a fan of it and least expect it in a roll unless stated in the menu. Inside, the decor is great, warm environment, and very friendly staff.
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  • This is my second time going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This is my second time going here for Karaoke. It has become my go-to Karaoke spot because they have a great selection of music and the customer service is excellent!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    Mitch
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I went there with a group of 8 on a Friday night and the service was very impersonal and slow. It's as if they were understaffed that evening, perhaps that's the reason. The food was OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun with a few drawbacks
    Susso
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Yamasho was a great time. A group of 9 came out to celebrate my bday. We ate and sang for three hours, and probably would have stayed longer if we could have afforded it. The food was decent-- not the best sushi, but we came for the music and were glad it was so convenient to get dinner. We ordered a lot of food, and didn't get three orders, which were still on the bill. Thank god we noticed, because it was pretty pricey-- about $50 per person. Still, had a great time-- would probably go back and have dinner elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Karaoke rooms
    ranma
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Went there in a group of 4 for an evening of Karaoke and we were not disappointed. Also love the Izakaya-style food you could order even from inside the Karaoke rooms. I'll most definitively go again the next time in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but service was lacking
    micu5
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Dining at YamaSho was a rather bizarre experience. They weren't very busy, and there seemed to be plenty of servers in proportion to the number of customers, but the service was terrible. The only times we ever talked to a server were when we stopped them on their way past our table. We had to ask to order dinner, ask for water (twice), ask for utensils, ask to order dessert, and ask for our check. Nobody ever stopped to ask us how our food was or if we needed anything. Not once. And they were so disorganized; it seemed like none of them knew what to do. I'm not even sure which person was our actual server. The food was pretty good, but don't come to YamaSho if you're starving or in a hurry.
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  • Fantastic Big Party!
    Llebuttercup
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Yamasho was a great place to have our group party! Very accommodating for group of 12, food was fantastic, and service was friendly. Overall, good value, lively place to have your special celebration or get together for an entertaining night with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Karaoke Heaven
    LoriWVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We booked the New York room for my daughters 21st birthday. We were greeted warmly & signed in and quickly shown to our room. The staff was fantastic and food and beverage service to the room was a phone call away. It was a great night out!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best birthday accommodation
    Rachel
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I made my reservation for 18 people just two days in advance, not only was the restaurant very accommodating in that they made plenty of room for such a large party but they were timely and accurate with orders. Also, as it was a birthday dinner, a female server whom I regret not getting the name of brought out a free dessert and sang happy birthday beautifully and enthusiastically. The experience was great in every way, and the birthday song made it the most special birthday experience I have ever had at a restaurant as an adult. Because of the exceptional service I will absolutely recommend this restaurant, especially for birthdays. The food, and selection, was also very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make sure to leave a tip
    edgarVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    My friends and I were here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday - after being able to book at massive karaoke room for only 10 of us, and $500 later, the lady at the front area could not help but remind us how the bill did not include tip THREE TIMES. Needless to say, customer service at this place is the worse but they will make sure to remind you to tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time and still charmed!
    Drooling4Gormet
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We went there for Birthday Karaoke fun! I may be hoarse from all the singing, but I have no regrets. The food is a bit pricy but good. I’ve enjoyed this for another b-day venue too. GO and have a blast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but mediocre service
    Jessica
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The food was good however the service was mediocre.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh food, horrible service
    NelleVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The food was so fresh and authentic tasting but the service was horrible. The servers skipped over us about 3 times until I went to the hostess stand to place my order. There was a birthday party and another table that seemed to be VIP so the servers were focusing all of their attention on those two tables. We were the only other table in there. It was disappointing to have such poor service the food was so good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Because it was a special event
    HiTeaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Because it was a special event night, the food service was very slow. The food- rolls are very small and we thought those were so tiny. Price is reasonable but we do not mind paying more for more food....too bad.
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  • Star quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Friends and I rented a karaoke room here for four hours! We had so much fun we made a date on our calendar to come again soon. The service in our room when we ordered food and drinks was fast and very friendly. I highly recommend letting you're inner star come have a little mic time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great private room karaoke spot
    burgernbeerluvr
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    This review is just for their private karaoke rooms, as they have general restaurant seating as well. YamaSho is a great place for getting a group of friends together to sing karaoke. The service is great and there's a phone in your karaoke room to call whenever you need assistance (such as turning up the AC) or to place a food order. Wonderful place to sing karaoke AND dine as you can order from their full menu and have your meal brouht right into the room as you are singing. The food experience was mediocre (we ordered different sushi rolls), but the karaoke experience was great as they provided an ipad which allowed us to easily search for the song/artist we wanted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome karaoke
    Jason
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    This is ge second time i gave brought my family here and both times we had so much fun. The staff was very hospitable and friendly. We love it. Even my picky teens had a great time hanging out with Dad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was in town for a conference
    niccid
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    I was in town for a conference and our last night a group of us went to Yamasho for dinner and karaoke. We had a blast. It was our best night the whole trip!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Sushi For the Price
    BGOO
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    YamaSho is tasty for the cost. And if you sing, the karaoke rooms are a lot of fun.
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  • Great dinner & karaoke spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Excellent food, although the sushi selection is a bit limited (not that many rolls, no seasonal specials -- we were hoping to get some toro but they didn't have any). Most of the rolls unfortunately have some kind of cooked or fried element to it, but there are still a few good ones that avoid it. The shiro maguro (albacore tuna) sashimi was heavenly, and the shiso cracker with spicy tuna is one of my fav japanese appetizers in the whole city. The cooked food is really good too. Excellent chicken karaage, and they have this noodle dish with pork and bonito flakes which is outstanding (didn't order it on this trip). The karaoke experience at YamaSho is top notch! Best song selection in SF, and quick delivery of beer and sake! :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Birthday Dinner Karaoke
    DrDan
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    spent quite a bit of money here, rented a karaoke room, but it seemed very disorganized and just about the money. Thank goodness for my wonderful friends who helped make the night a memorable one. Otherwise, I might've been bitter for having rented the room in the first place.
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  • Sashimi was particularly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    Sashimi was particularly good in quality and flavor. Rolls are better than average and service was excellent. Very lively place so the noise level is high.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was the only place my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    This was the only place my group of ornery friends agreed to meet for karaoke. We had a really good time. I personally do not like sushi / sake and did not have the food. But my group did and they were complimentary. We're not foodies though. I recommend this place. The staff was really nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • YamaSho sushi is superb
    JessDubya
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Great service and great food for a price. Also a nice karaoke spot with plenty of rooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise off of Van Ness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    We had no idea about this place until we got there. After a darn good meal, the hostess (Kiyomi) gave us a tour of the Karaoke rooms down stairs. She gave us a free 1/2 hour try since it was a Tuesday evening. She even sang us a song. She had a fantastic voice by the way! Great experience. The food was solid Japanese fare, sushi was good and an overall great place to spend a few hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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  • Nice reastaurant. It was a
    hungry
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Nice reastaurant. It was a surprise, nothing outside but very beautiful inside. Help was top notch, food was terrific 6 blocks from city hall so not bad for the Opera, Ballet, Hurbst theater etc. 50 feet off Van Ness so easy to get to. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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