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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.

1560 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Fillmore Street and Geary Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 441-9294

Website:
http://www.izakayakou.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
We are located on the Southeast corner of Geary Street and Fillmore Street. Muni buses run regularly to the Japan town area.

Executive Chef:
Nick Yoon

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (7)
Casual (5)
Good for a Date (4)
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Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

My server was friendly and helpful. My food was great. I got the sashimi kou and the tobiko Sushi. I’ll put this on my list of places to revisit when I’m in SF.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, love the interior, but not very good service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Izakaya Kou is always good for a tasty meal in an energetic environment. I would highly recommend the Kou Bomb as well as their rolls. We have not yet ordered a dish we did not like and we've been here several times!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Solid Japanese restaurant in San Francisco. Most Japanese restaurants in SF do not live up to the hype, are not authentic, and are extremely overpriced, but Izakaya Kou was great. I will be coming back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I have been to Izakaya Kou multiple times and it is always a great experience. It is fast, has great food and great service. It the perfect date spot before or after a movie. I always suggest this place to my friends.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was very hit or miss (calamari was rubbery and flat out bad) and the restaurant was extremely quiet. Otherwise fine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great venue. Relaxed. Great for conversation - intimate or party

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent except for poor service. Nigiri sushi was high quality.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is a fun place to visit. If you would like to try something new, go here. I recommend making reservation. This place gets full very quickly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

It was just bad.

Service, ambiance, attitude of waiters - everything was aweful. It was my third visit and i think the restaurant is changing for the worst. I would not recommend.

09.03.2017

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was very good although they are all on the salty side. We particularly liked the grilled pork and the uni rice in hotpot. The waitor was really rushing us. We were taking second seating (and there shouldn't be any more seating), so why the rush?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Can't miss. Consistently excellent food and a fun vibe.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 5, 2017

It was our first time here, we are from out of town. The place is hot and muggy, the water was warm with no ice...seriously? Sorry locals!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Went here for dinner and absolutely loved the place. They took very good care of us.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great sushi! Every dish was wonderful, creative, fresh and amazing!

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Horrible. We waited for 20 minutes after being seated and no one even came to offer water or menus so we left.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great value sushi, very reasonably priced and delicious. Also had pretty cheap sake- fun evening vibe for a group, definitely on the louder/more partying side which was exactly what we were looking for. Would recommend before a fun night out!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fun, Hot Spot, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Yay! Softer music would help keep the noise down. Food and service were amazing though.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Medicore food but cool ambiance, wouldn't go there again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The service for tatami room is really sick!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I would like to give them points for customer service. We were not seated until 15 mins after the reservation time, understanding that the restaurant was busy, they took the sake on the house as a token.

Food was great, services was great too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Food is just OK, not as good as expected. Won't come back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great food! Loved the scallop on the fire pit and also the jelly sparkling wine!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 14, 2017

I. Adore. This. Restaurant.

Bok choi
Oyster mushrooms
Chicken Tsukune
Kou Sashimi
Volcano roll
Croquette
Etc

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2017

This restaurant mails it in - lackluster in every regard from service to ambiance and most of all the food. It's edible and reasonably priced.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

The food was scrupulously and well priced. The hosted gave us a private room. She was very accommodating which made the 15 minutes wait from our reservation time worthwhile.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Amazing food. Everything was delicious and such great flavor. Service felt a bit rushed but I'd come back here in a heart best. Great sake menu

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

I was totally blown away by the impeccable service and food! Perfect place for a date OR dinner with friends. Not to mention the decor was simply stunning. I highly recommend this place for honest Japanese food!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Good food and reasonable prices. The wine list is bare and overpriced but everything else is ok

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Best place I've found in a year of living in SF

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