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.
The Ramen was spot on and the Nori chips are a must
Food is excellent, service is slow. Nori chips take forever to cook so should be ordered in advance.
Food was delicious and service was good! Very busy place! Definitely make reservations there’s not a lot of seating!
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.
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.
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.
A great find! Nice neighborhood location with great dishes.
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 The only complaint will be the decor is a bit outdated and quite dark - walls need a facelift.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
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.
Nice and unassuming, but really good food. I tried the Robata Grill, which I thought was superb, especially the Salmon.
Friendly neighborhood place. Delcious.
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.
Mah...what can i say? I like Katana-ya in El Cerrito a lot better.
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.
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!
Below average Japanese. I would rather eat sushi from Whole Foods than to spend a dime here.
Never received my points. Disappointed. I view that as a service issue.
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!
Great Sushi Bar experience all the way around. Casual environment, fresh sushi and lots of good sake.
Delicious bento box! Next time we'll try sushi too which looked fantastic
One of our favorite restaurants!!! Great food and staff are wonderful.
Wonderful restaurant, friendly staff and amazing sushi!
Mitama's sushi and sashimi is always good, particularly since they fly some of their selections in from Tokyo's Tsukiji market.
Chicken karaage is also a favorite. Everything is great!
The restaurant is very basic, not romantic or chic, but the food is great. We were 4 adults who had small plates. The beef wrapped asparagus was out favorite. Chicken kara age was crispy on the outside and succulent inside. Sashimi was very fresh. Fried calamari and scallops were also good. Not cheap but reasonable ($20 pp without wine) but we only ordered off the appetizer menu.
Service was very slow. Our server was pleasant when she did finally come to the table. We had to repeatedly ask for extra ginger - which we asked for from the beginning. We asked for a California roll with tobiko and it was the smallest amount of tobiko that we have ever been served in the 3 decades of ordering the exact same thing--maybe a dozen eggs only.
I only come here for the ramen, though my friends have had the sashimi which was fresh and well-presented. The ramen is flavourful without being heavy, and the portions leave you satisfied. Located in a lovely, walkable neighbourhood!
This was my first time at this restaurant! Got seated, took our order! Got our appetizers in a timely manner but the entree came very late. We ordered two bowls of Tonkotsu ramen! The table next to us arrived the same time and they left 45 minutes before our party! Their tonkotsu ramen has to be the most awful I've ever tasted, very bland! Wont be coming back to this dive!
This is an average restaurant. Nothing special. The beef that came with the dinner special was very fatty. Nothing special on the prices.
Overall very good food well presented and delicious we have come back several times and try different dishes and each time found everything very well presented and very good we enjoyed the atmosphere it's cozy and comfortable look forward to the next time
The sake menu was good - we had good options and enjoyed what our waitress recommended. We tried the ramen this time. Good, not great. Better option is the robata, which was very nice.
Sushi here is spectacular. Service was friendly and fast. Small place, but good.
We were there at their door before the door opened. We got seated, placed our order and waited. And waited some more. We inquired about our food (noodles and one appetizer) 40 min later. Maybe they misplaced our order? We would've felt better if they had come clean, but we were given the excuse that they had too many to-go orders at the same time. We look around the restaurant and other people who have come after us are already eating. They brought the noodles out 5 min after we complained. The appetizer came out 55 min after we sat down. Poor service.
The food and service was great. Sushi was fresh, and other dishes we ordered was excellent. Only issue was with open table reservation. Our reservation was not on their reservation list
So hard to find a place that does sushi and ramen right.
Mitama is a cute small eatery. The menu is huge for it's size. We just barely scratched the surface. My ramen bowl was very tasty. Vegetarians don't get as good a selection. The calamari was fair, though not as fresh as I anticipated from other reviews on seafood. I suspect fried earlier and reheated, or oil that was not at temperature. It had a very slightly soggy feel. But back to the ramen, which was outstanding. I would definitely try it another time or two.
Delicious variety from ramen or udon to fresh sushi. Complete entrees to a large variety on combinatons.
Conveniently located neighborhood Japanese restaurant. Informal atmosphere, huge selection of dishes, affordable. Service is friendly and courteous. A real asset to the community.
Always amazing food, prompt service, and reasonable prices. I've never ever had a single bad bite of foot at Mitama. Every single piece of food is prepared exactly the way it should be. The fish is fresh and firm, the cooked foods are perfect. Appetizers are delicious and a large selections.
There's a bento box special week nights, and special happy hour prices for certain sushi dishes around dinner time. Would absolutely recommend Mitama to anyone who loves sushi and is picky about their sushi quality.
Mitama is nearby, and thus very convenient. My wife and I have eaten there multiple times, sometimes to enjoy the Mon-Thur 5:30-7:00 happy hour offerings as a prelude to ordering off their dinner menu.
During multiple extended stints in Japan, I have always loved the great variety of inexpensive (relative to Bay Area prices) and tasty ultrafresh fish, and enjoyed the enthusiasm of my Japanese friends for a bowl of ramen, even only an hour or two after a full dinner. Ramen well executed is a wonderfully satisfying yet inexpensive dish.
There are numerous things to like about Mitama beyond personal convenience. Although it is hard to match the freshness of fish in Japan, the fish at Mitama is fresh. The preparation of sushi, and of cooked dishes is generally sound. I have not found ramen in the Bay Area that matches what you can find in Fukuoka and in Tokyo, where it is rare to see a bowl of ramen costing more than $10. Perhaps it is because of the low real estate prices in cities like Tokyo. (Yes, I am being sarcastic.) Mitama offers a good-sized bowl of ramen with a tasty broth for around $12. If you explicitly ask, they will prepare firm noodles. Mitama has the limited selection of Japanese beers, a more extensive selection of sakes, and a very limited “house wine” selection. Fortunately, they charge only $12 for corkage, not the $20-$25 that Shakewell, Pathos, and Homestead inflict on their customers, and three sources of wine are within 200 yards.
My experience has been that service is a bit inconsistent, sometimes approaching inattentive, and that the timing of food delivery leaves a bit to be desired. My main course arrived 3 min after the appetizer, my wife’s main course 10 min later. This last visit, the ramen broth seemed a bit “thin”, the kamaboko was dried out, but the egg was perfect. Still a good bowl of ramen. I have yet to dine there and have an experience where all elements of the operation were in sync, but the flaws are generally minor.