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Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal

4.5
4.5
739 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Experience Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers, small plates, wine and beer in individual glass-divided rooms with sunken Japanese tables. We strive to source our ingredients locally.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 348-9388

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    May Chan: (650) 348-9388

  • Neighborhood

    Burlingame

  • Cross street

    Broadway Ave

  • Parking details

    -On-site parking lot<br />-Metered street parking along California Dr. and Broadway Ave<br />-Metered parking lot on Chula Vista Ave (between Broadway Ave and Carmelita Ave)

  • Public transit

    Caltrain (weekends only): We are located right across from the Broadway Station<br />Sam Trans: 292 stops right in front of the small shopping plaza where we are located

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 739 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Romantic

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  1. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience so much that I’m compelled to respond to this review email request
  2. LG

    LauraG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Salt and pepper Wagyu beef is the best, eat it hot! The pork belly is fantastic as well. Raspberry marscapone mousse cake was delicious. The manager is wonderful, and provides a warm and friendly atmosphere.
  3. SA

    SARAH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 experience! The food, as always, is incredible here, but what made it better was the service. The servers were extremely friendly and attentive, but the star of our experience was the host, Gary!!!!!!!!! Gary was the highlight of our night and should be the face of Mokutanya. Give that man a raise.
  4. g

    gracec

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    price is on the high side, servers and owner are friendly
  5. ZG

    ZhuanjiaG

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and opens late. What’s not to love?
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Incredibly overpriced
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Servers were great and very attentive.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We usually come here twice a month. But this time, service was horrible, plus the Ramen's price was a joke now. Seriously? $21.00 for a small bowl of ramen? With the taste of the ramen is not even worth $21.00. We ordered the Ika Karrage and they charged us $2.00 for a side of Spicy mayo. Told my wife we're not going to come back to this place anymore.
  9. g

    gildas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall the experience including the food is excellent. It is just too dark. Shoes are removed prior to sitting but need to have a better place for them as some shoes do stink! Pricey but if you are with someone you love it is worth it😍
  10. b

    barbaral

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for sake, Japanese tapas, and hanging out with friends. Super friendly service and overall great vibe. Definitely a new place to have as regular option for good food and special occasion spot.
  11. MR

    MariaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They even contacted me when a table opened up earlier to see if we wanted to dine earlier than our reservation since it was later than we originally wanted. Well, even if we had to wait, the food is so worth it. Amazing meal!
  12. IM

    IvanM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to get a bite with a date. Would definitely go again.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time my date loved it!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Loved how each table was separated with a barrier so there’s a bit of privacy for conversations. Food was absolutely delicious and ambience was 10/10
  15. A

    Andre

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The shoyu ramen is too salty
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great atmosphere, the only complaint I had was that the floor which was hard to see since the tables were sunken in by design, was not cleaned. I stepped on food with my bare foot
  17. l

    lambadaking

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will always be a favorite - awesome as usual!! great service and good to see the restaurant humming with activity!
  18. KW

    KristieW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here after a few years hiatus for Father’s Day celebration. Decor and ambience, including loud music and high noise levels, remained the same. Food portion, quality, and value was not as good as it used to be, but I think that’s par for the course in the post-pandemic reality of the food industry.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food, fabulous service, beautiful hostesses!! Fantastic ambience.
  20. SD

    SDinSD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The glass exteriors are an amazing feature! It made the area not feel claustrophobic and it also dampened the sound from other parties. The wagyu was definitely the star, would definitely come back!
  21. S

    Sean

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem in Burlingame. After a great Warriors victory, we were looking for a good vibe with good food. We found this in Mokutanya Izakaya. Our fav was the kobe cubes, fresh river prawns and grilled corn. Service was the best. Thank you to Alice, Mindy, Vicky and Danielle. Best and coolest around. Hope to be back for Game 5 of the Warriors run.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Waited over an hour for food to come out. Even rice balls and fries took forever. 2 hour dining limited but over an hour for food to come after ordering…
  23. GT

    GTA888

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Yakitori and Ramen. Wagyu, Momo and chicken wings are great!
  24. C

    Cute

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very cute place with great service. Skewers are good but the meals are really delicious. Great for a fun night out or a special event
  25. P

    Philip

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We went for our wedding anniversary dinner. Energetic atmosphere and great ambiance. Drinks were great as well with a large section of sake and other alcohol. The food was ok. Some items were overcooked and many items we ordered were out of stock. The wait time for food was also very long. We waited 40 minutes to get our yakitori from the time we ordered. The servers were apologetic and offered alternative items for the missing items but we were disappointed when 1/4 of the yakitori we ordered were not available and we had to get substitutes. I came here before covid and felt the food selection and quality was way better. Definitely go for the ambiance and drinks... the food needs an improvement.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant for my wife and myself. The Yakitori variety was great and everything that came to our table was delicious. Service is top notch and we WILL be going back!
  27. C

    Christine

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Service is good but food is pretty bad, if I received these food from a fast-food place than I will not complaint, but overcooked ankimo that is hard to break apart, over cooked yakitori that are either over salted, or no salt at all, or only taste spicy just not what I expected. We ordered 15 different items, the only one that came in warm is beef tongue, everything else is almost cold. Mochi wrapped wasn't using Jap mochi but Korean round shape rice cake. The best thing is takowasa, which is very very sad.
  28. AG

    AndyG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mei and the team at Mokutanya make every visit special for our family!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my top 5s nothing like it around !!! I bring everyone here and they all love it !!!! Thank you so much Dee
  30. s

    silask

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    great service, our first time there and would recommend to give this place a try.
  31. AK

    AshleyK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, and the food is delicious! I will continue to come here and highly recommend 😊
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food quality was subpar and way overpriced.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love the experience! ( no shoes allowed in dining area) But portions are small so order side of rice.I love asparagus, sausage, pork, rack of lamb. Wasn’t impressed with chicken hearts.
  35. E

    Evita1

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We had a waitress and a server. The waitress was easily annoyed. She gave us one menu to share among 8 of us and we asked for an extra one. We didn't think it was too much to ask for....The server was good and he was very polite and helpful when we asked him to check on some dishes that came very late.. Food is good!
  36. B

    Brandi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Mokutanya. You get to taste a wide variety of different food for a reasonable price. The fried baby octopus and bacon wrapped quail eggs are delicious! This is always a r get eat space for intimate gatherings. The music is soft enough that you can maintain your conversation, but loud enough that you can’t hear anyone else. The service is consistently friendly and food comes out quickly.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    We kept waiting for the waiter to get our order- and it wasn't that too busy that night. food is great - service just needs improvement - we were parched and wanted to order more food but there was no waiter checking on us /attending to us
  38. LG

    LauraG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a fabulous experience. Food was so delicious, including dessert. Very attentive to all the details, and always so good to their loyal customers. A definite favorite!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and food was delicious, but there were some items towards the end of the night that were no longer available. Also for those items we ordered and they ran out of, they tried to charge us (never removed it from the bill). They didn’t dispute it when we told them though so that’s good. They ask you to remove your shoes to sit down.
  40. TC

    TeresaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    this recent visit was grear as we missed coming back eating their juicy marinated skewers. Just a note on the bacon salmon - there were bones on 1-2 sticks and it’s for my kid and though the server apologized, she didn’t even offer to take it out of the bill proactively- we suggested though and then she updated the receipt.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 348-9388.

Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal is rated 4.5 stars by 739 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal

1155 California Dr., Burlingame, CA 94010

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Burlingame

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    -On-site parking lot<br />-Metered street parking along California Dr. and Broadway Ave<br />-Metered parking lot on Chula Vista Ave (between Broadway Ave and Carmelita Ave)

  • Public transit

    Caltrain (weekends only): We are located right across from the Broadway StationSam Trans: 292 stops right in front of the small shopping plaza where we are located

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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