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About Izakaya Kou
Izakaya Kou is taking the idea of the traditional Izakaya and turning it into the modern gathering place where we offer high quality Japanese fusion tapas and various unique drinking beverages in a comfortable, modern and fashionable atmosphere. It is a place where people can linger with good friends, good food, and drinks in the heart of San Francisco.
*Happy Hour, Tues-Fri from 5:30 to 7:00p*
If you would like to reserve a Tatami Room, please be advised, each room requires a $200 minimum with 3 hours use of the space. The largest room, seating up to 8 is a $260 minimum.
Parties of 6 and more, please contact the restaurant directly between the hours of 4pm-10pm.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Japanese, Asian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: T-Th 5:30pm-11:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-12:00am
Dinner: Su 5:30pm-10:00pm
Fillmore Street and Geary Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is metered until 6 pm or there is one neighborhood parking facility a block away at The Japan Center garage at 1610 Geary Blvd.
We are located on the Southeast corner of Geary Street and Fillmore Street. Muni buses run regularly to the Japan town area.
Private Party Facilities:
Our space offers private tatami rooms with a minimum seating of four and up to eight. The rooms feature sliding doors that connect to an adjoining room for larger parties. Each room requires a $250 spending minimum and can be used up to three hours. The largest room seats up to 8 and requires a $350minimum.
No shoes allowed in Tatami Rooms
Private Party Contact:
James: (415) 441-9294
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Izakaya Kou Ratings and Reviews
Our group was going to an evening show at The Fillmore and we were looking for a place that was close to the club. we made reservations at Izakaya Kou because it was right across the street. what a great decision we made. This restaurant has a very nice atmosphere and the food was outstanding. And they served some of the freshest tasting sushi that I have ever had. The others in my group were also very impressed. I look forward to going back here again in the near future.
The quality of the food was terrible.
The agedashi tofu was limp & had little flavor.
The “veggie” tempura was ONLY shoestring fries- NO VEGETABLES; they served a balled-up mass of sweet potato & regular potato, perhaps shoestring onions; the “tempura sauce” didn’t taste like tempura sauce at all- it was foul; luckily, they only provide approx 3 tablespoons of it.
There was no option for salmon belly on the menu.
All the salmon on their menu was farmed; they had no wild caught fish available.
The only reason I went there is that it is next to the Fillmore venue; will not make that mistake again.
I don’t recommend this place for anyone who wants to eat good quality Japanese food.
A very disappointing experience.
Some background: over the last 6 months, I’ve dined here 10-15 times. Before moving to SF a few years ago, I lived in NYC for about 5 years.
Of all the Japanese restaurants in both cities (including Nobu!), this is the best. I’ve found myself comparing Izakaya Kou to restaurants that are 2x as expensive. With some dishes - like the Hamachi (yellowtail) Carpaccio - are of equal quality to Nobu, but at half the price.
But some dishes, notably, the Beef Tataki, are unmatched. No Japanese restaurant on either coast executes this dish so well!
If you need another reason to come, the service is excellent!
This most recent visit, the food quality slipped a bit. The menu has a seafood noodle soup, but the waitress said they don't serve the ramen with seafood. so ordered an assortment of vege, meat and other tapas. They tend to use a bit too much salt and some of the dishes have a little bit too much butter or oil.
I had a reservation for 8:30 that I got at 7:00 same day. When I arrived with my party to Izakaya Kou it was like madness inside. So many people waiting around. We waited at least 10 minutes to check in with the non-existent hostess to have her tell us that we didn't actually have a reservation and that they were fully booked. I showed her my OpenTable confirmation and she told us to wait a few minutes after saying again that she's fully booked. She then disappeared again and tons of other people were also frantically trying to get a table or checkin. We waited another 15-20 minutes before talking to another person at the host counter. Same response, told us to "wait a minute". We overheard her ask a group who had been sitting in the waiting area if they wanted to sit at the bar. They asked how long it would be for a table, explaining they'd already waited 1.5 hours! We left disappointed and hungry. Worst OpenTable experience I've ever had- and embarrassing to be with a group of friends and not actually have a reservation according to them!? That's the whole point of OpenTable- to have a reservation and things go smoothly. They also never apologized or seemed to care at all. They were so in over their heads they forgot to say something as simple as "sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to have you return a different day"... They offered none of that. Just "wait a minute" with deer in headlights looks.
Stopped in here as part of a day in the Western Addition exploring the different pockets of businesses, and was seated quickly. Once there, and after extremely attentive service to get us tea and take our order, the problems began.
Everything. Is. Sweet.
Kou sauce, the house specialty, gives everything a sugary before-, middle-, and after-taste. Seafood salad was sweet, tuna tartare was sitting in sweet sauce which the poached egg couldn't save us from, and almost all skewers had an encounter with a brush of the by-now-blasé sauce. There was quite a variety of food of all types, and almost all of it was cooked well, but the sweetness just killed it for us since it shows up in every marinade, sauce, and dish.
I thought agedashi tofu should be a bit more crispy. I was disappointed that beef tongue was not on the menu, and restaurant ran out of uni at 6:30pm!!!!!!! 6:30 is very early to run out a major popular dish. Tako wasabi was amazing. I wish there were more grilled and yakitori items on the menu... we had to leave because we had ordered lots of dishes already and we felt like we haven't started eating yet... portions were way too small and not much variety on the menu so we had to leave and eat real dinner elsewhere.
We had a reservation, but they were so short staffed, we had to wait 10-15 minutes. Also, they did not acknowledge the request I put in when I made the reservation, that we were celebrating a birthday and wanted a more private space. Instead, we were right next to 5 other couples and a drafty door. The food itself was pretty good and the service once we sat down.
I think I was the oldest person in Izakaya Kou (and I am not that old!) It seems like a very popular place for young people. Most of people go there to drink Japanese / Korean sake or shouchu. If you want to have traditional Japanese food.... this is not that kind of place. This place is for more fun and party. I think I will go back there with my co-works for party.
Great spot. Cool interior design. Allowed server to have the chef "surprise us." Gave little or no direction other than enjoyment of seafood and no dietary restrictions. Ended up with a varied mix of wonderful favor in a great range of small plates at an all-in tab of under $60 for two.
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