Izakaya Roku

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69 reviews
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In the tradition of Japanese izakayas—sake shops with tapas-style menus—Izakaya Roku serves an extensive menu of small plates. Recommended by The New York Times, the menu opens with simple snacks such as edamame, before introducing seared fish and several kinds of Carpaccio. There's tempura and ramen, of course, but also stews with everything from pork belly to sake-steamed clams. The traditional izakaya in Japan is a cozy, neighborly place, and Izakaya Roku would fit right in among them, with its sleek and manly Japanese feel to the room. "Now, this is an izakaya," said the San Francisco Chronicle's Janny Hu, praising the restaurant's authenticity and dedication to the true form of its namesake. Hu advised guests to "order up and just enjoy what comes to the table." Izakaya Roku offers the same dishes as their enormously popular JapaCurry food truck, voted one of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America in 2014.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worse place ive been in a while

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LB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you like japanese food, beer, and bacon, this is the place for you.

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Munich
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great original japanese Place.

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k
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very very very noisy. Would not return . Nice people work there. Food is too spicy hot

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San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

this is good place for a casual dinner. The food and service is good. The prices are very reasonable. I wonder about the quality of the ingredients based on how inexpensive the prices are. $4.50 for 3 shrimp or 3 scallops is really cheap. However everything was really tasty and well prepared. Service was helpful friendly and well timed.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! The service was great and the food awesome as always

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated immediately, had lots of choices that were tempting, service was consistent and made sense considering what we ordered, for example, the more delicate tasting items came out first and the heaviest, the udon carbonara, came out soon after the avocado tempura which had a sriracha sauce on it. The meal took up just the right amount of time since we had to head out for a show. All in all, we will be back because there are more items we want to try on their menu.

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this place after looking for something different to what we have back home.

It was fun, delicious, friendly and a great choice.

It was pretty busy for a Sunday evening, so I'm glad that we had a reservation.

The Tonkatsu Ramen was excellent. -- in fact, the best broth I've ever had for balance of flavor and richness without feeling greasy.

The Chicken Wings were addictive and the Scallops and Mushrooms were tender and sweet.

This is a must try but go with friends so that you can try lots of small bites

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San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

we love japanese food, & we've been wanting to try roku for a while. as a casual celebration of my hubby's birthday, he, my daughter & i enjoyed an excellent array of izakaya fare. we had small plates of skewers, onigiri, karaage, stews, shochu cocktails & beer, all so good that it was hard to stop ordering more, even after we were stuffed. the atmosphere was great--a little dark, busy but intimate, menu items posted on the walls.... only issue was the slow service as the night got busier. but we will absolutely be back.

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GP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must have are the okonomiyaki and the grilled squid. Everything we had was amazing.
Only note is that I wish they had a dessert without green tea.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Izakaya Roku. The food was excellent and service was attentive and prompt. We particularly enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, hamachi carpaccio, and green tea Panna cotta.

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LE
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The curry tonkatsu ramen is particularly good. [Since I have to write at least 50 characters for this review]....my only "con" is the scallops lacked flavor so the bacon wrap overpowered the overall flavor.

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G
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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s
London
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was decent, but hardly amazing and the service was downright infuriating. Each dish, including our two mains, came out far apart. Specifically, the freshly fried squid main came out 15 minutes before the ramen, which didn't even have fresh noodles. Why would you make one of the two people at the table wait for the food to turn cold our eat entirely alone? The kitchen really blew it, and the wait staff didn't notice the problem or make up for it when they were notified. We won't be back, which is a shame, because the food was tasty.

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I come here regularly. The sea urchin rice is amazing. Also love the onigiri. It’s low key, a good place to hang out with friends.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like we were in Japan!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

After reading all the positive reviews about Izakaya Roku, my friend and I decided to dine here on our trip to SF. We ordered the mochi bacon, shishito peppers, short ribs, scallops, chicken thigh, onomiyaki and the assorted tempura.
The shishito pepper dish was by far the best. The char on the pepper was perfect and the accompanying sauce was delicious. The mochi bacon was also flavorful and all that we expected it to be. The tempura was good and the portion was large. Everything else was just blah, nothing special.
Would I go back? Probably not since the only two dishes worth going back for are mochi and peppers.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Izakaya Roku is a lasting favorite. We always leave feeling we've had an exceptionally delicious dinner. Try the garlic rice, hamachi carpaccio, spicy gyoza hot pot, grilled brussels sprouts with anchovy and garlic, sashimi salad, grilled mackerel...you can hardly go wrong. Service is brisk and friendly. Great place to order copiously and share around the table.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

for an izakaya it was reasonably priced for the SFBA. The grilled items such as the chicken, mochi-bacon, eringi, bacon wrapped asparagus and tomatoes, and kalbi were good. The grilled dish for mushrooms and scallops was excellent.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It's a cosy and casual place to grab a bite. The food and service was great. Noise level was perfect for having a conversation with your table without feeling like the next table can overhear you even though the seating is a little cramped.

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PG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked the non-sushi/sashimi options in Japanese cuisine - breakout experience for Yosemite who have never enjoyed Japanese curry!

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l
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good, mostly. A couple of dishes were bland but the others were very good. But the service was TERRIBLE! We told the waiter we had a time constraint and he said he understood but we waited and waited for the last dish. He actually offered to give it to us to go, but that would do us no good because we were going to a music performance and couldn't take it with us. We wound up paying the bill and then sitting and waiting for the last dish, which a few of the group wolfed down. We BARELY got to the performance on time, and we should have had plenty of time.

Don't go here if you're in any kind of hurry. They just don't understand speed of service.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mother's Day

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and meal before seeing Hamilton ( walking distance to theater). Fun place to eat with friends. Highlights- uni and soft boiled egg and ramen salad. Would go back.

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SW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Yummy! One of the best Japanese Izakaya and Yakitori I've had in the Bay Area. Flavorful, well seasoned and served quickly. Absolutely recommended. Restaurant is very busy so make a reservation. About a 4 block walk from Muni.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was a bit mediocre considering the amount of good reviews it received. Ordered the kakuni and it was really tough and dry. Disappointing for a $75 meal!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Salmon mushroom wrapped in foil was good; karaage, tofu pot and grilled beef ordinary to below average; onigilly took a long time and was salty

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T
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very fresh and prepared just right!
Service was great. We will return.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is amazing! Great service, great food and great overall! Been back here so many times! Always consistant and food has always been great!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Izakaya Roku is one of the best Japanese places that I've been to. Their skewers are great. Their curry is also amazing. I usually measure how good a Japanese place is from their curry. Some places don't even serve their curry with beef chunks or any kind of beef to put more flavour into the curry, and that just makes the curry bland. Unless of course if you're a vegetarian, then putting beef into the curry won't be a viable option.

Service was great. If I remember the name of the waitress, I would put it here. It's unfortunate that I don't remember.

One bad thing was that I ate there while there was an obnoxious loud group. Yelling and doing all those horse laughters like they own the place.

Other than that, I have no complains. Definitely will come back again. A good service could definitely get people to come multiple times.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is fantastic and nostalgic from my time living in Japan. The sea urchin and soft boiled egg and yakionigiri are great. It took a while to get the attention of our waitresses toward the end, but it seemed as though they might have been understaffed, and they were always cordial and gracious when they were serving us. This place is worth checking out for a reasonably priced izakaya meal.

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JF
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not your typical Japanese fare. A good selection of grilled and cooked food with a selection of chefs specials to choose from. I had the Spicy Ramen which was quite delicious. I was most impressed with the service which was very attentive, efficient, and friendly. while the crowd skews younger, the atmosphere is pleasant and energetic! A terrific meal all around.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very authentic. Easy seating.

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WT
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent presentation. Nice ambiance.

Soju was great

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VR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a pretty inexpensive izakaya with good flavors. The chicken wings alone are reason enough to come back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, convenient location, friendly staff. We were celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed the dinner at Izakaya Roku.

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TH
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal with our family! Would definitely dine here again!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Every single yakitori item, order them all and in multiples; you might not want to share because they're all good. I recommend a head nod bowing gesture in addition to the tip is a good way to go when you're done.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

had a great time with my 20plus years friends and their wives. Enjoyed a lot and recommend as one of best Japanese restaurants in san francisco, especially for friends dining.

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