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Kobe Japan - Pleasant Hill

27 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (44)
  • Special Occasion (34)
  • Neighborhood Gem (31)

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Kobe Japan � Pleasant Hill is known for its high quality, authentic Japanese cuisine. It provides excitement and entertainment with every dish, as the Teppanyaki meals are prepared by highly trained chefs at your table right in front of your eyes. Kobe Japan sources the finest Kobe beef from local Snake River Farm, ensuring freshness and high quality in every bite.

In addition to Teppanyaki, Kobe Japan offers a variety of sushi and hibachi options as well as various entrees. Try fried rice with chicken, beef or prawn, miso chicken seafood ramen, the popular sesame chicken or pan fried soft shell crab and NY steak, salmon, veggie or chicken teriyaki.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation

Lunch: M-Sa: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch: Su: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Su-Th: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 705-7065
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Kobe Japan Restaurant in Pleasant Hill is the perfect place to help you celebrate your next special event. We have two semi-private rooms for groups. Our Sushi Banquet Room can seat up to 10 people and our Teppanyaki (Hibachi) Banquet Room can seat up to 15 guests including nine seated around the Teppanyaki cooking area. Contact Kobe Japan today and reserve a banquet room and discuss menu options to make your next event special.
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Private party contact
Terry: (925) 705-7065
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Cross street
Patterson Boulevard
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For the sports enthusiasts, Kobe Japan boasts a full bar and lounge featuring six high definition flat screen TVs for all your sports entertainment. Our bar offers eight beer varieties on tap, including Budweiser and Sapporo along with several unique bottled beer and ale brands. All of your favorite mixed drink cocktails are available as well, along with several varietals of wine. Be sure to check-out our Sports Bar Happy Hour Specials.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour
What 27 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lmarg (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 17, 2015

My team and I love coming to Kobe Japan to treat ourselves for a delicious lunch. We have had an excellent lunch each and very time. It was fun to bring two new employees for our last lunch. Now we have two more fans. Thanks for a great lunch with great food and excellent service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2015

I'm not a sushi fan. My other parties were very satisfied by the sushi and sashimi. I always get
the Kobe Beef Carpacchio. This time it was horrible. Completely changed. Was not as it was...
I will not be back if this is now the 'norm'.

Lark (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2015

Had dinner with you for the first time last week and was pleasantly surprised. Great wait staff, chef, and ombiance. Most definitely will be back! You have the most beautiful sushi I have ever seen!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

Food quality not great, presentation just ok. Quick and competent service.

Erintr (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2014

I love it here the food is great and watching the chief cook and do tricks in front of you is awesome
The bacon fried rice is the best!!

Debbie94597 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2014

Love doing the Hibachi dining. It is quirky and fun to watch the chefs enertain. The food is always good and I like that they off a birthday certificate every year. And it is close to home.

vipSushiLover (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2014

The food at Kobe is consistently good and its close to our house. We have been here probably 7 or 8 times now. On a busy night we always feel rushed and the service suffers. Not good!

lop4 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2014

Excellent food and service! Would definitely choose Kobe Japan over its competition. Went for the husbands birthday and kids had a blast!

Marc (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2014

Very fun. Good for kids. Great food. Super service.

Ccmag (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2014

We've always had great service and food here. Tried the Kobe Punch this time -- great, as are the rest if their cocktails. This is the place our kids choose first for birthday dinners out. We'll be back!

HappyDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2014

Had a birthday dinner here last weekend and really enjoyed it. Everyone ordered something different, so we got to taste most everything on the Teppenyaki Hibatchi menu. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because they offer Kobe beef, at Kobe beef prices, but when one of us got a tough piece of meat and questioned it, we learned it's not Kobe beef but "Kobe like". But we didn't pay "kobe like" prices, we paid what you would pay for Kobe. So bottom line - don't order the Kobe - get the regular steak or the sirloin - both of those were tender and tasty and much less expensive.
Other than that, dinner was great. We will definitely be returning customers.

catgetsdown (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2014

We had been to Kobe teppan dinner and wanted to be able to talk more during the meal so reserved a table for regular dining. The sushi roll selection is incredible. Lots of variety and interesting combinations. We ordered the sushi and sashimi for two, bento lunch and sashimi lunch (there were 4 of us), and 2 specialty rolls. The server came back a few minutes later and told us that would be a lot of food and recommended some changes- nice! How many places would actually tell you to order less?The classic rainbow roll was good, the softshell crab roll could have done with less sauce. The sushi sashimi was very good. Being as we came on New Years, the fish hadn't been caught that day but everything tasted fresh without a stale flavor.

jpmack (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2013

I highly recommend the Kobe Beef...delicious!

vipKurumi (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 17, 2013

i am really surprised about the size of my chirashi . Only few pieces of sashimi on top of the rice.
Not worth it!!

vipSklo171 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2013

The service was great and the chef was funny and quite skilled! My only complaints would be the food flavoring and air conditioning! We were there when it was 100+ degrees and the restaurant, especially the teppanyaki side, was like a sauna! It was uncomfortable but heck, it was our fault to pick to eat there when it was boiling hot outside! The food was average-- could be more flavorful. Chicken was kind of bland. Otherwise, it was a good experience.

Jennifer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2013

Great people own and run Kobe Japan. They make every dining experience special whether you are doing sushi or the hibachi grill. Sushi is very fresh and they have an amazing variety of it. This place probably has the best sushi I have ever had. And the chef's who do the Hibachi grill are experts in their field. They make it so fun and entertaining. Definitely worth it!

Ccmag (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

Spent Mother's Day lunch here, and it was fantastic. All the beef they use is so tender, and the cocktails are great. The kids really enjoyed the grill show, and the staff was so nice to them. We'll be back!

Ccmag (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2013

Great service and food. Ken was a terrific grill chef. Our young children had a blast! The sushi was very fresh, too . Try the pineapple martini!

vipSFLocal (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2013

Had a great birthday dinner and the Hibachi cook, Ken was amazing. He really made the whole experience fun and enjoyable. Will return.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2013

Our Teppanyaki Chef, Ken, was amazing and personable! The staff is generally very good, but we didn't have such a great server. She wasn't very attentive, but when she did appear, she was nice enough. I will revisit this place, as I look forward to giving it a better review the next time around! The food, of course was REALLY good. I preferred the quality of their food to Benihana...