Mitama Japanese Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Sushi
Mitama is a Japanese-style restaurant with sushi bar and sake lounge. Mitiama offers an extensive menu of appetizers, robata grills, Ramen, Tempura, Teriyaki, Sushi and specialty rolls. The restaurant serves beer, wine, soft drinks and over 30 different varieties of premium sake from Japan. Mitama is one of the few restaurant in the Bay Area to serve wild caught fresh fish directly from Japan. Sake lounge is open nightly with 100 inch mega screen TV showing your favorite sports. The restaurant is open every day lunch and dinner.
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vipDanielW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Exceptional food in modest surroundings

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing and we had a great time on our first trip! We went on Valentine’s Day and despite the rush, they kept up their service pretty well. A very energetic staff that all worked well together. I’m pretty sure this will become a regular spot for us now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Had to ask multiple times for the waiter. 4 tables next to us were empty so not like they were slammed. Waited 15 mins from time we sat down until we finally had a waiter take our order.

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vipDrMDK
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We all had the special dinner with options. Salmon was dry but otherwise the food was great. I highly recommend it.

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vipfoodbabybay
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very poor service. Many people stood at the door and were ignored by the staff who made eye contact then looked away numerous times. Slow service. Inattentive and inefficient.

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betterave
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As usual, good food, great service, tranquility, freshness of products...

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vipSpencer
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

This is our fourth time to Mitama. The food is always very fresh and worth the wait if it’s busy. Little atmosphere of note but perfect for a cozy evening with your partner. The service is challenged by the fact that they seldom have enough servers who seem frazzled.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh sushi and great service

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vipBarbhm
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

their sushi was fresh and very good and our friend had a combo plate of tempura and sashimi which he enjoyed. we went to try their ramen ,which wad okay but we like Marufuku better.

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vipPierre42
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food at Mitama. They even had a selection of Sashimi fresh from Tokyo.

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vipPamelaB
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh, always delicious. Thank you.

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vipTerryS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laid back like a cafe but the quality of a high end sushi place. Nice neighborhood, good to walk around before or after.

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vipSteve
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service and great sushi

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vipLucy
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

I had soft shell crab for the third time but it was not very good this time.
I visited the restroom for the first time and found it quite dirty. It made me question how clean the restaurant is.

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vipJManNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not too bad, it fish in the chirashi was not great.

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vipZazzi
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

too bad service needs a lot of help. would like the place more, but the wait is ridiculous since restaurant is understaffed. tried 3x's

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lpadoukee
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great neighborhood place with fresh, well-prepared food. we tried salads, sushi, soups... no complaints at all.. a little tired on the inside, but who cares... a new go-to place when friends want Japanese

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vipErinaF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food is good but the long wait overshadowed the whole experience.

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vipGrover
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is great! I have been coming here for over 8 years and the only thing that I have noticed is that the service seems slow but I've come to realize that the restaurant is small and that only allows for a limited number of servers. The only time it is slow is when getting seated and when getting the check. Once you know to expect that, you can enjoy the truly great Japanese fare they have to offer.

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luv2dine
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The fish selection and quality is excellent plus the nigiri portions are large.
On a busy night the service was overwhelmed but eventually got the job done.
The sushi chef was ornery but very capable.
The atmosphere isn’t anything special- an average corner restaurant. Great for friends and family outings but probably not a date to impress.
I would certainly recommend it dinner for the fish alone.

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vipDeborahD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best thing about this place is the food. Is was fantastic! Probably the best sushi fish I've had in several years. They say the fish is flown in fresh from Japan, and seems to be a much better quality than many other local restaurants. We also had tempura appetizer, and steak teriyaki. Also good, and generous portions. A mix-up with the order, but that was corrected. I would describe the restaurant as "homey," not fancy. They have at least a couple of dozen different sakes, if you are an afficionado. I am not, but enjoyed the asian beer on tap, and the food. My daughter saw a bowl of Ramen going by, and wants to go back to try it. Looked fantastic also, and per the menu they make their own broth to make sure it is the best.

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Hagabe22
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We live in the neighborhood and wanted to check it out during restaurant week. The fish was tasty and well prepared and we enjoyed. We suggest the server slow done the delivery for each course. Thank you!

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vipSanRamonFoodie
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

It seemed like they were understaffed the night that we went. It was very hard to get the attention of our server. I wasn't thrilled with the sashimi that I chose but that may have been because they were new types of fish for me. I won't be headed back.

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vipNinafel
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We eat here often, as it's in the neighborhood. Excellent food; better than some more expensive Japanese restaurants in the area. My only (minor) complaint is that the service can be a little iffy; they don't always seem to have enough wait staff and it can be somewhat slow getting served. But things seem to be getting better lately. I noticed there's a nice, quieter banquet room I never saw before with a big screen for presentations. I think you can book it even if you have a medium-large party of people rather than a very large one.

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vipJNCh
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was pretty good. Service was spotty and disorganized. Decor is kinda shabby. Teriyaki dish was not sweet enough.

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and service,

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ChristinaR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had the unagi udon, which was tasty - however, the host took too long to seat me, and service was slow. The value was great - definitely a good inexpensive tasty spot!

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vipGrover
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Would recommend to a friend. Dishes were presented very well and were made very quickly. Be sure to check this neighborhood gem out!

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dining4fun
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great find in the neighborhood. The sushi is fresh and the Ramen was great. It is a small place so I would recommend reservations especially if there are more than two.

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PhredDeTerroir
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had ramen and pork slices, served in a rich bone broth. The dish includes a soft boiled egg, bean sprouts, spicy pickle, etc. The place was very busy and they lost our order. When we asked after about half an hour what was happening, they rushed it and gave us a bonus order of edamame.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience2

We love this restaurant so much!

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vipEater
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food, lack of cleanliness in bathroom - naw we won’t be going back.

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vipLauraW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Gem of a restaurant. Ordered multiple dishes with sushi for a party of four and everything was exceptional. Portions were large. Casual setting, relaxed atmosphere, in a walkable neighborhood. Will be back when next in Berkeley.

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went here pre theater since my favorite Japanese restaurant doesn’t take reservations.
Green beans appetizer was tasty, as was hamachi negi maki and teriyaki salmon.
Disappointed in 2 “special” sushi’s.
Clam , and horse mackerel were just “ok.”
Surprised these were room temp, not cool.
Sushi rice fell apart easily when dipped in soy sauce (not ideal)
Large selection of “imported from Japan “ special sushi items. Waiter said he didn’t know anything about them to help me pick a couple.

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wceagle2
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. Busy. Make a reservation. Great food. Nori chips are popular. Had rice bowl and udon noodle combo. Delicious.

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vipMenloparkers
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really fresh sushi and robata was nice combo to try a mix of dishes. It’s going to be my new East Bay goto place!

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penn
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were lots of choices on the menu, reasonable prices. Excellent service, well prepared fresh food. Nice ambiance for casual dining and conversing with friends.

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MerveL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Ramen was spot on and the Nori chips are a must

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DaveR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is excellent, service is slow. Nori chips take forever to cook so should be ordered in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and service was good! Very busy place! Definitely make reservations there’s not a lot of seating!

FAQs

Mitama Japanese Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 652-6157.

Mitama Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.