Mitama Japanese Restaurant

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109 reviews
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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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

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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l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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EF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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l
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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DD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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H
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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SR
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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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N
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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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JN
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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GM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and service,

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CR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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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G
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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PD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

We love this restaurant so much!

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E
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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

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LW
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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BB
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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w
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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p
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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RJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The tonkatsu I had was perhaps the best ever. Crispy and juicy. Happy hour runs until 7 on weeknights and I took advantage of that (on a Thursday) for a draft Asahi and a tofu appetizer. It seems you can park legally in the Safeway lot next door. Not fancy but the food is great.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Looking for sushi in the rockridge area. Triangulated on Mitami through Google, Yelp, and OT reviews. NIce place. Neighborhood ambience. Sat at the sushi bar, and was struck by the friendliness and expertise of the cutters. In addition to all the standards, they had a 8-10 fresh offerings. Started with melt in your mouth Hamachi, Toro, and Sake sashimi, but the most amazing presentations that night were salmon roe marinated in soy sauce and fresh uni. Doubled up on almost everything we ordered. Along the way we sampled barracuda and monkfish liver. All delicious. I've eaten great sushi in many major cities. The Mitami offering is world class. My partner and I both agreed we had to make a special trip back.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had to take my Japanese friends to a lunch get-together on weekends and Mitama is the only place as long as I know open for lunch. I, including my friends, was a bit skeptical because of the convenience but we were all pleasantly surprised by the quality of their food. This place may look a little too simple to some, but they serve genuine Japanese food. Tempura is crisp as it should be and sushi melts on your tongue. I am so happy to know this place.

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OA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great find! Nice neighborhood location with great dishes.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was family dinner occasion for the four of us. As there was a Warriors game so the restaurant was not full on Saturday night. We ordered our usual combination dinners, with sashimi, salmon teriyaki, shrimp tempura etc. The rolls were very fresh and the starters of deep fried oysters and seaweed were of the normal high standard. The combination dinner is a hearty meal in a bento box and we can mix and match a variety of food choices. We just keep coming back. The only complaint will be the decor is a bit outdated and quite dark - walls need a facelift. Then the experience will be superb

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place doesn't look bad, the food and service its not graet, the table where the sat us at had a big mosquito in the wall that was the first thing i noticed. Food was ok.

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OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice and unassuming, but really good food. I tried the Robata Grill, which I thought was superb, especially the Salmon.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly neighborhood place. Delcious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We live in the neighborhood and would love to have a good neighborhood sushi place within walking distance. We stopped going to Mitama several years ago because of the truly abysmal service. But because there's often a crowd there these days, we figured service MUST have improved. But we were wrong.

Oh so wrong. Despite having a reservation, it took more than 10 minutes to be seated. Fortunately, we were put in the much more attractive and quiet annex next to the main room. Our drinks and sushi order were taken relatively quickly, and the drinks arrived pronto. Unfortunately, the food didn't follow, the waitress didn't provide updates, and time ticked by. When we finally asked about our food, 45 minutes later, the waitress said it would be 10 more minutes. But almost instantly, our food appeared -- delivered to the wrong table. After we claimed our order, we found that the soft shell crab in the spider roll was stone cold. I can only guess that it had been sitting around somewhere for quite a while.

The couple next to us -- who had been there even longer than we were and were in the same situation -- asked where their food was and were told it would be a few more minutes. They got up to leave and amazingly, less than a minute later, their food arrived. In each case, the waitress mumbled an apology that it had taken so long. By that point, it's pretty hard to enjoy your meal.

If you really want sushi, try Man Puku in Elmwood -- it's noisy and rushed and crowded, but the sushi is great and they do take out. If you want a nice, not too fancy meal in Rockridge, go next door to Flavors of India. The food is great, service is good and they treat you with respect.

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HU
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Mah...what can i say? I like Katana-ya in El Cerrito a lot better.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and they forgot to put my four year old sons order in so he sat there while everyone ate. They didn't bring his food until everyone was done eating. The bill was very confusing as they added tip without telling us or stating it anywhere on the bill. My chicken seemed undercooked but the service was so bad st this point, I didn't want to even bother.

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KG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food! First time visit...ramen was delicious, nice "chewy" texture to the ramen noodles, delicious broth with lots of goodies in the bowl. Had the tonkatsu ramen. Perfect for a cold night. Also tried the rock and roll sushi...was very fresh. Will definitely go there again to try other items on the menu!! Not many tables, so get there early!

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OT
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Below average Japanese. I would rather eat sushi from Whole Foods than to spend a dime here.

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BP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Never received my points. Disappointed. I view that as a service issue.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the first time that my husband and I tried Mitama for a date night. We thought that the service was very friendly and fairly quick with bringing over your orders. As Japanese food lovers we thought that the food had many wonderful dishes and choices! Looking forward to going back again!

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