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Hamachi

3.7
78 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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At Hamachi, which is a Japanese restaurant and lounge in Walnut Grove, California, patrons can expect excellent service and delicious sushi as well as other Japanese favorites in a contemporary atmosphere. In addition to its Japanese food, Hamachi serves a variety of Asian tapas and has a full bar with signature martinis and a number of sakes. Its sushi consists of classic rolls like spicy tuna or California rolls, but also serves up a variety of creative offerings like the 49er roll with crab, avocado, salmon and lemon or the golden California roll, which is a deep fried California roll served with an unagi sauce.

So when you’re looking for a great dinner in a restaurant with a cool, laidback vibe, Hamachi should be on the top of your list.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation


Lunch: T-F 11:00am-2:00pm

Dinner: Su, T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00PM
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Phone number
(925) 296-0630
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Locust St/North Main St.
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Parking details
We have a private lot on our Giamonna Dr. entrance as well as ample street parking as well as a city run parking structure just one block southwest of our location.
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Public transit
Walnut Creek Bart is less that 3 blocks North of our location.
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Entertainment
Featuring Dueling Pianos Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 10pm until 130am.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SanRamon (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

The food was incredible. Hats off to the sushi chef. It was a girls night out and the staff and owner of the restaurant couldn't have been more pleasant and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Roma (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

Great service, excellent drinks and food and a fun, upbeat, late-night bar atmosphere (even earlier in the evening.) Lots of younger people but also some families. We had a wonderful time there - everything was delicious. At some point, they brought us an un-asked-for bottle of complimentary sake, a lovely touch.

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vipWildElk (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 24, 2014

Sushi rolls good. Cocktails OK. HEAVY ON BITTERS. Staff needs better direction for promotions. They use imitation crab in all sushi rolls. Probably won't be back

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FrequentDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 24, 2014

We had 2 roles including the Lion King roll and also grilled garlic, ginger shrimp. All the food was exceptionally prepared the flavors bursting on your tongue. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The only down side was both our server and what I believe to be the manager kept stopping by asking if we wanted to order more. Ok, you don't want to be left having to try to track your server down, but we were really pestered. I would highly suggest to go for the food. Maybe consider sitting at the sushi bar.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2014

The food was OK, just. Things that we get as part of the same dinner at Hama in Pleasant Hill had to be ordered separately. The waitress, though very willing to please, did not know her offerings. While there is a small parking lot, it is insufficient to accomodate more than a very few cars; we parked with a meter on the street.Displeased in Walnut Creek

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vipBaddkahrma (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Hamachi is perfectly fine. I was a bit taken aback by the chef's specials ranging from $50-$100 and the $25-$30 8-piece sashimi plates, but ultimately we were able to navigate the menu and find enough "values" for a decent meal that was only a bit more than we'd normally expect to pay for sushi. A few fillers off the happy hour menu didn't hurt.

Service was friendly and they were very accommodating of our 2 year old daughter. We were there early, i get the sense that the lounge/party vibe cranks up a bit later- can't speak to that part of the equation, though the one-man-band synthesizer player was already going, leading to a somewhat odd live music selection.

Overall no complaints, but also wouldn't rush back- I'd go to Sasa first.

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vipFoodlatinlover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2014

My friends and I were celebrating a birthday and had a great time. Jose and team were wonderful as always.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

The food was really good and came out fast. The restaurant is clean and modern. The service was great, very attentive. Live music is cool, but the guy on the keyboards was WAY too loud! Impossible to carry on a conversation without constantly repeating yourself. If the volume was turned down by 33%, this place would be perfect.

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KBRR (London)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

Ended up at Hamachi after a long day of wine tasting for a 30th bday party...sounds like a nightmare group, right?? Our waitress could not have been more accommodating and patient. I woke up the next morning thinking about all of our annoying requests (separate checks, multiple credit cards at check out), etc....and she just smiled and took care of everything.

Wish I could say more about the food -- but I just don't recall. Like I said, wine tasting all day long....

Oh - did I mention we were like 45 minutes late for our reservation? We called to warn them, and they totally accommodated us. Not recommending you do that (because c'mon - not cool), but they knew they were getting annoying group of ladies and they were fantastic!

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vipDenise (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

If you are attending a show at the RCA, just head around the corner to this nice spot. Has its own parking, though most of us don't try to get that close. The food is great and they run happy hour specials late during the week. We loved the food, but the music was a bit loud and distracting. May be trying to attract more of a bar crowd than dining with the music.

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RandyCali (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2014

We enjoyed an after work dinner with Ngiri, California rolls, Miso soup and streams of smooth sake at happy hour prices and left with a full stomach, and warm feeling. The service was great. The lady who provided service was attentive and pointed out the various delicacies we enjoyed and the pricing specials. We'll definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

Everything was great, except the tables were too close together and we had to hear the "first date" convo from the couple next to us.

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vipPete (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

My wife and I went here for Valentine's day and had an excellent experience. Our server was attentive, courteous, and not overbearing. Additionally, the food was great in my humble opinion. Highly recommended.

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vipBelgo (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Having made the mistake of not noticing that we were going to the theater on Valentine's Day, I made the mistake of waiting to reserve until 4 days prior, and this was the only place in town that still had tables. Service was atrocious, starting with the hostess who said "Your wife is already here" (she's 32 years my senior). Unlike most Japanese restaurants, there are no combo or bento dinners, so it's all small plates. The dishes came in random order, with three of my dishes coming in before one of hers. They actually brought her miso soup last! We had to chase our waitress half-way through dinner to get the glass of wine we ordered in the beginning, and her response was "I don't know why they didn't have it ready!" This place won't last.

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Letty (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

The best sushi I have ever had! The service could have been better. She was nice, but took too long to refill drinks and bring desert.

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vipJoey (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2014

I booked a 11:30am lunch reservation on Opentable and only to find out after I got there with the door locked that they only open for dinner!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2014

I coordinated a surprise birthday dinner for a close friend and had a wonderful experience at Hamachi! The original reservation was for 12 people, however due to traffic conditions, most of the party was late, and some did not show. The restaurant staff was extremely understanding and accomodating to the small group that we had. We started with seaweed salads, which was under $5 on the Happy Hour menu (Happy Hour on Tuesdays is all night - awesome!) and had various special rolls from the menu. I had the King Kong roll, which was amazing! Another girl at our table at sashimi, and noted how fresh the fish was. The manager or supervisor on duty surprised our table with kamikaze shots all around for the birthday girl - so sweet! We'll be back.

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eatoutalot (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2014

It was very cold. The space is large with high ceilings and they could not seem to get the chill out--almost everyone was sitting with their jackets on. Further the Waitress seemed to know very little about fish let alone sushi. Yet when asked if she was new she denied it. The food in the end was good, nothing particularly unique--That said, my two mainstay comparisons are how a restaurant makes a Poke and a seaweed salad, and in both cases they were better than most.

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Alyssa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2014

The bartender and busser were especially nice! Great atmosphere, very fun to go with friends or even on a date. The food was delicious as well :)

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gkmac (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2014

Food was outstanding & the service was very accomodating & gracious.

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vipTheStarLady (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2013

Happy hour was until 7pm on a Sunday including $5 sushi rolls, sashimi, seaweed salad, edaname, and other appetizers, all very good. House cocktails were also $5-6 with a very tasty lychee martini. Four of us ordered sushi off the main menu and the only complaint was that our server had no clue as to what was in any item. He was very friendly and attentive, but not knowledgeable about the menu. The food is very fresh, the ambiance is casual and inviting, and the prices are reasonable. We’ll come back.

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Roger (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

This is the first time we've been here, and what a great find! We started at the bar, and the bartender was fantastic. She used the freshest ingredients and top-shelf liquors. When we went to our reserved table, the menus were outstanding and every sushi roll that came out was great. They did a very good job of taking care of us. I've already recommended it to someone else and we WILL be coming back again!

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vipLoveLafayette (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2013

I loved Hamachi when I visited the first time, but experience was less desirable on my recent visit. Service was slow. The sushi was literally falling apart on the plate before we ever touched it. I'll give Hamachi another chance, but substantial improvement is necessary.

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vipCAtransplant (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined on November 30, 2013

The bad news.....our server was awful. He seemed very impressed with himself and had a bad attitude. We had to ask repeatedly for more ginger and refills on olur water. The good news....the food was great so we will be back.

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NorCalvisitor (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 29, 2013

The food was okay. Our waitress was nice. But atmosphere was really weird. There were 2 guys who seemed out of place, standing around the middle of the restaurant. Were they waiters? Security? The place was not busy at all, so the extra staff seemed odd. The food took a long time, as did our drinks. Our waitress was nice and I don't blame her for the things she can't control, such as: two giant TV screens playing different football games - loudly, background music that seemed more appropriate for a nightclub. And the two guys who looked like weightlifters. On top of that, the restaurant was very cold. The food was good, but not good enough to overcome the other issues. Especially the cold temperature in the room.

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vipmomma (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 29, 2013

If you are a Japanese restaurant that serves Tempura you really ought to change your oil. Perhaps we went at the wrong time---lunch. We were the only ones there. Maybe they step it up at Happy Hour. The only thing that I can really recommend is the Miso Soup, which was gratis. I had a tempura roll and the shrimp was not cooked. My husband had the Tempura onion rings and it was old oil time... The chicken dishes were good but they're all about "decorative" saucing, which is pretty but does not allow you to have as much sauce as you would like, or NOT like. The Vietnamese spring rolls were weirder than anything that I've ever eaten, it didn't taste like a "food" product. I'm sure that they have some great dishes, we really weren't very lucky.

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RQFSH (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2013

Sushi is good, good nigiri cuts, some interesting rolls. Service was very friendly, but a little off. Maybe some good training is in order. Atmosphere is different than typical Sushi Bar. It could develop into a really great place, if some things were tweaked.

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CoastGuard (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2013

We were in need of a place we could go to at a late notice. We found the restaurant through the hotel list & what a score. We arrived before they opened & they invited all 7 if us in we ordered drinks & had a nice relaxing meal. Staff was friendly & food was great. Nice specialty cocktail list too. Overl great experience

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Jeneastbay (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 8, 2013

Too to bottom, hostess was bad and refused to get us another table farther away from the front door and cold air that was coming in. Bus boy greeted us after 10 minutes. After over 15 minutes still no waiter came to is to ask us for a drink. We were starving and it was a rare date night away from the kids. At about 20 minutes we stood up and walked next door to Eleve).The inside of hamachi is sad. It looked like a strip mall place trying to be a little bit sports bar and a little hip and a little traditional and it does not carry either one. Really weird vibe and I wouldn't even bother going back for another try since the service and ambiance was so poor, even pretty good sushi wouldn't have saved our dinner.

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vipPallets (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

Food was typical and service was extremely slow. We had a table full of empty dishes and waiter still had to ask if it was okay to remove when it was so obvious we need more room. The sake that dimes with their fixed sashimi dishes is misleading. Not a small same but rather one little kiddie size cup suitable for a toddler.

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